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Second Nature

Under consideration here is the issue of truth and falsity, a phenomenon and its negation, an occurrence of second nature. The creation of second nature as a topic is the foundation of academy history.

Amoeba. 2010. Linoleum, carving. Courtesy of the artist

Under consideration here is the issue of truth and falsity, a phenomenon and its negation, an occurrence of second nature. The creation of second nature as a topic is the foundation of academy history.

Second nature, created by man over the course of centuries, played until recent times the role of a barrier, securing people from the aggression of the world around. An embodiment of ideal images of human consciousness, second nature facilitated the arousal of a second reality, which eventually contributed to the isolation of the human being from reality. Years passed, epochs changed. Buried alive in their megalopolises and tired of rays of artificial neon suns people appeared to be trapped inside their own inventiveness. Striving for harmony and comfort turned into lack of self-awareness and individuality, and striving for the accessibility of second nature products for the possible majority of the society led to uniform copying and to arousal of the “mass culture” phenomenon. Nowadays, at the highest point of progress of contemporary civilization, and perhaps on the verge of its fall, the process of creating second nature has become largely meditative and provides a possibility for people to return to the source of existence and become aware of their place in the macrocosm. Second nature, which loses its utilitarian aspect from time to time, has begun to play the role of a bridge between a human being, stuck in the virtual space of modernity, and the real world surrounding him.

Natalia Arkharova & Svetlana Minko

Organized by
Kirill Gavrilin
Vera Dazhina

Artists
Alexey Dyakov
Alena Malygina
Nikolay Orlovsky
Ilya Romanov
Alexey Sokolov
Darya Surovtseva
Elena Variukhina
Curators
Natalia Arkharova
Svetlana Minko
Address
Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Design and Applied Arts
July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.