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Arotin & Serghei

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Arotin & Serghei (own spelling AROTIN & SERGHEI) is an artist duo formed by Alexander Arotin (* 1970 in Vienna, Austria) and Serghei Victor Dubin (* 1973 in Chisinau, USSR). Since 1994, the two artists have been working together and appear since 2010 as the Russian-Austrian artist duo Arotin & Serghei.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Alexander Arotin grew up next to his native city of Vienna, in Paris and Moscow. Already at the age of four, he plays piano and later studied composition and orchestra direction at the Academy of Music in Vienna and at the Center Acanthes Avignon with Luigi Nono in France. With the study of art, stage design and film at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, his artistic focus shifted to the visual field.[1] Serghei Victor Dubin, born in Chisinau, USSR, studied art history in Vienna, journalism in Moscow and art history and archeology in Montpellier and Vienna. He worked in fashion, design and as a curator.[2][3]

Work[edit | edit source]

With their works Arotin & Serghei create a universe of color and light, which is put into constant metamorphosis by superposition, fusion and splitting. In this process of transformation, concepts of philosophy and science are taken up and condensed into pictorial and sound compositions. The fundamental questioning of "truth possibilities" (Ludwig Wittgenstein: Tractatus Logico Philosophicus 4.3) allows the artists to create a multitude of artworks, pictures, drawings and large-scale installations, both analog and digital ones. One of their major works, Infinite Screen, was commissioned by the Venice Biennale and Klangforum Wien (2013/15).[4][5] The art installation was further developed for Ars Electronica and the Beyeler Foundation.[6]

As a project for the 125th anniversary of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Infinite Screen was extended into a one month long 1200m2 installation on the main facade of the museum on the Maria Theresien-Platz and presented as a constantly changing image and sound composition.[7][8] Parallel to these large-scale installations, Arotin & Serghei work on intermedial pictures, drawings and scores. For the artist duo, the term "intermedial" means "media-independent" and free of fixed bonds to a specific medium.

Exhibitions (selection)[edit | edit source]

  • Infinite Time Machine, Espace Muraille Gallery, Geneva, 2017
  • Logical Structure of Color, Ars Electronica Festival, Gallery Spaces, Linz, 2017
  • Prometheus / White Point, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2016
  • Infinite Screen / The Babel Tower, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 2016
  • Infinite Screen / Mantegna, La Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale / Teatro Alle Tese, Venice, 2015
  • Infinite Screen / Everything We See Could So Be Otherwise (Wittgenstein), Festival Ars Electronica, Brucknerhaus, Linz, 2014
  • Infinite Screen / Mantegna, Vienna Concert House, Vienna, 2013

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Alexander Arotin". SensAgent. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. "Press Release - Vernissage - "INFINITE SCREEN – The Babel Tower"" (PDF). Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Vienna. p. 3. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. "AROTIN & SERGHEI". museum in progress (in English and german). Retrieved 13 September 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  4. Parpinel, Davide. "Biennale Musica 2015. Da Venezia lo slancio verso il futuro". Artribune (in italian). Retrieved 13 September 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  5. "Aureliano Cattaneo — Parole di Settembre". Klangforum Vienna. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  6. "Big Concert Night". Ars Electronica Festival 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  7. "Infinite Screen – The Babel Tower". museum in progress (in English and german). Retrieved 13 September 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  8. "INFINITE SCREEN – The Babel Tower". Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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