Lessons of Decay [Final]

Project Statement: The spiral of time has achieved its highest point and now obviously falling down. “Lessons of decay” captures the moments of the fading reality—its beauty and ugliness—in order to observe and analyze this specific quality of time.

The story divides into three parts:

1) Memory of water is a story of Aral, a place that used to be a sea just a few decades ago and turned into a lifeless desert because of anthropogenic factors. Despite all that it has been through, some people still live in Aral. Its landscape keeps the memory of the water.

2) Last dance of the fly is a contemporary dance performance made by Uzbek ballerina Cristine Borzova. This is a symbolic story of escapism for dreamers who are caught in the web of reality.

3) City liquidators questions who plays the main role in the game—the city, or those who built it. The city is a living organism that, for some reason, rejects some of its people.

Supported by CEC ArtsLink, the N M Bodecker Foundation, and Stelo Arts and Culture Foundation.

Lessons of Decay is a collaboration of myself, Reese Bowes (Portland, Or), my friend and collaborator Jesse Kees of This Will Destroy You (Portland,Or), and Ashot Danielyan (Uzbekistan), and was commissioned by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.

Lessons of Decay

Lessons of Decay

Please join PICA + CEC ArtsLink International Fellow and artist in residence Ashot Danielyan (Uzbekistan) with Reese Bowes (Portland) in their presentation of “Lessons of decay.” This is a work in progress created during a CEC Arts Link Residency in Portland, OR. The November 6 virtual event will include introductions from the artists, the premiere of “Lessons of decay,” and a brief Q&A with the audience. This event is free to attend and will include Zoom AI captioning.

-Event Link-

The Bodecker Foundation

Bodecker Foundation

More to come, soon.

Aurora Borealis

September 3, 2021.

It's 3:30am. I find myself standing in a field just 20 minutes north of Fairbanks, Alaska, and I'm staring at the stars. The batteries in my camera have all but depleted, but I'm still shooting long exposures of the high energy protons forcing their way through the magnetosphere above and all around me.

I don't care about the cold anymore.

I've been thinking about coming out here for decades, and I finally made it. Flew into Anchorage. Picked up the car. Drove six hours through every bit of glorious wilderness to get here, and now I'm here. And dammit if I didn't almost miss it.

With every terrible thing that happens everyday, everywhere on this planet, to be standing here in this field away from all of that - to experience what bit of magic exists at the almost-edge-of-the-world - is all that I could have ever asked for and more.

I'll never forget it.

Music is my own:

"Seeds" - Reliqs ('18)

NGC_Ael-172 [Lycan Variant] ('17/'21) - Reliqs

The visuals for this track are generated on the fly and rendered real-time based on bounced tracks input I produced in 2017-2018 and updated for 2021. The evolution of this variant you see is a result of the growth over time of the length of the snippet from this song (NGC_Ael-172), and each captured high frequency drum strike triggers several variables at random to introduce a new growth pattern - it continues to spread until the track finishes and restarts.