Anya Tsyrlina and Sid Iandovka work with their own and other people’s archives, juxtaposing, combining different media (film, VHS, digital) and allowing various formats to exist in symbiosis in individual works and their artistic project as a whole. They create flickering film objects in which hauntological detachment is combined with a raw DIY approach.
Some of their works were created spontaneously, literally in the space of a few hours, while others are the result of painstaking labour and constant revisions. In this sense Tsyrlina and Iandovka are similar to other experimental directors who constantly reassemble and update their works. What is fundamental here is freedom in the use of the material, instinctive decision-making and the rejection of clearly legible meanings and messages. The process of creating videos is similar to free improvisation in music. As guitarist Derek Bailey, one of the key ideologues of this method wrote: “Improvisation is not much use for making statements or presenting concepts. If you have any philosophical, political, religious or racial messages to send, use composition or the post office.”
Curated by Aleksandr Podbornov