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INTER VIEW:

ANNA SME TANENKO, ARTIST Interview by Xavier Vega

Photo 1: Page 117 XAVIER: The imagery at times looks pixelated, leading me to believe you used computer techniques to splice and distort your artwork. Thematically speaking, do you feel your work is influenced by modern technology? ANNA: I am inspired by curiosity. Understanding where we the people came from, possibilities and different ways of thinking via analyzing the historical landscape, traces of human potential. Why and how certain things made their way towards the normative acceptance and why others were denied or lost, due to which factors. The gaps of informational intake on individual and social level. And of course technology is part of it, how each medium allows us to think and extend ourselves. XAVIER: If I were to take a crack at any commentary on technology, I would guess this piece serves as a chameleon collage, which almost animates a web-surfing session. Any thoughts on that? ANNA: Web surfing interpretation is appealing to me. The input of so much information that is available on the net and it’s translation to a mind container leaves stains on our (un)consciousness. The works presented are open for interpretation and having your comment I can fetch up from here a collaborative view on the piece. What you see on the image is ship’s fenders mashed further. Between them is a 116

bicycle; just as bicycle was a start for further wheel transportation, reshaping landscape, routine and infrastructure, so is the internet- a digital bicycle of today. Since fenders serve as ship’s protection at the pier, new and innovative lies outside protective areas. And as time goes further, the common disbelief spreads that not many new ideas are out there. The area gets narrower, it is true, but perhaps only in the horizontal space, in depths- there is still (and always) place to go. Human potential is enormous since we constantly re-wire ourselves and even if we would get inspiration from Antiquity, for example, we’d look from the eyes of today, allowing in this way, a mash between past, present and a future. When reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula it is easy to notice how author proudly goes about back in the day scientific discoveries and their usage in everyday life. Most of us already take internet for granted, as something regular and mundane. However one day it will be the same Bram Stocker’s memory. As the book also deals both with superstitious and scientific approach, the debate between philosophers and neuroscientist regarding freedom/mind patterns will be solved and new questions will rise. ANNA: The story is not an interpretation of a work, but, as mentioned before, a one of the possible looks piled with your comment (that is why works never have titles). An open dialog. Association game. How would you take the story further?

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