With Plutati u Vremenu, na zemlji the distinctive urban poetic of Sergej Vutuc shifts to natural
treasures affected by humankind: Patagonian glaciers become the unspoken landscape of an apocalyptic romance. Swimming in time, there is a passage into a creative and oneiric narrative, but it is also a lucid consideration of the inexorability of time flowing and of its consequences— appropriation of common goods, climate catastrophes and consumerism blend with the lyricism of fading memories and romantic idealizations.
This dualistic abstraction is reflected also in the medium itself. On the one hand, the pages’
surfaces, textures and consistency suggest a dream-like and melting vapor, where light grey and blue on black paper enhance the lunar atmosphere of an ungraspable subject shimmering in the dark. On the other hand, the work’s composition plays with interferences, manipulations and
layering of different media (notably, super 8 film and 35mm film processed in darkroom) that, freezing the moment at multiple levels, suggest ironically the hidden complexity of this fiction.
- Giada Dalla Bonta
Sergej Vutuc’s work is about observing the overdevelopment of modern society and the privatization of public space; nature being conquered by concrete, concrete being conquered by the subversive act of skateboarding. The work is based in nomadic movement through space and time, an endless sense of mobility, existence in between cities, countries, borders, worlds, etc. He often works in contested spaces such as Fukushima, Detroit, Chernobyl, Israel and Palestine — strong symbols of ongoing human error and conflict.
He documents an ever-shifting landscape (physical and symbolic) through analog photography, publications, films, exhibitions, music, wall drawings, constant collaboration (as the essence of human creative exchange). Analog photo process allows the altering and scratching of the film, and further manipulation and questioning of (documented) reality. Super8 films are projected, allowing the staging and creating of space between installation and moving picture. Movement, transforming light from film into sound, becomes one more source to work with.