Daria Shkeleva & Konstantin Dovzhik – E.D.E.N.
‘E.D.E.N.’ is an ongoing art project based on a neural network that was trained with images of real trees and forests. The work is shaped like a corridor, inviting the visitor to enter and witness the full circle of life, including the anthropogenic negative impact on it.
In many, if not all religions of the world, there is an idea of one, God-created, magnificent place of the highest bliss, where God’s grace is poured, where everything is in abundance, where there is no grief, no disease, no death. According to the Bible, the Garden of Eden was a garden of paradise, the place of the original habitation of first people. The expulsion of Adam from paradise in Christian religious tradition is supposed to be the most terrible event that occurred from the creation of the world and determined a lot in the life of all mankind. As a result of this, people have lost unity with God, with each other and with the rest of the world.
With the work, the artists compare planet Earth with the marvellous garden of Eden, that maybe one day we will have to abandon because of our thirst for knowledge. The constant
technological progress of mankind systematically influences our planet and its ecosystems, they say, which may further lead to the fact that we will be exiled from Earth due to destruction and
unsuitability for life. In the E.D.E.N. project, both the meaning of the abbreviation and the meaning of the word itself are important: Emulated (E) Digital (D) Experience (E) of Nature (N). The abbreviation denotes the name of a fictitious reality simulator created in some near future to imitate wildlife that has already ceased to exist.
In the part of the E.D.E.N project that is presented at TodaysArt, Daria Shkeleva and Konstantin Dovzhik want to draw attention to forest fires, as they are currently one of the main causes of death of forests. Long before humanity existed, there was a kind of equilibrium in nature and the ecological role of forest fires was the natural renewal of forests. Anthropogenic disturbances of natural areas led to a constant increase in fire damages. Nowadays, up to 90% of forest fires are caused by human activities.
Daria Shkeleva, Konstantin Dovzhik
Music and programming: Stanislav Glazov
Technical support: Vadim Epstein, Aleksandr Klygach Sharpball Studio, Ivan Teplov