PIL Project (2014 – current)
PILproject (PIL) sets out to delve forward into the political value of its growing memes collection, following from the previous incarnation in 2015, hosted at the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design. Through the acquisition process one particular meme caught the team’s attention, The Putin Rides meme, which pushed the team to investigate further into the politics of Russia and the Internet, and how the implementation of the countries recent Internet content law had affected artists operating on the net. Traveling to Russia and contacting several local artist groups and galleries in the Moscow area, the PIL team conducted interviews with these parties to attain a first-hand account of this new Internet legislation and its implications on the artistic practice. What will manifest for this next chapter in PIL Project is an exhibition with two invited artists from Russia, and will react to PIL’s meme collection. The exhibition and event surrounding it will serve to present the research findings undertaken while in Russia and will examine the effects of control and surveillance, and the dystopia of Internet freedom.
By nature, PILproject.net is primarily an Internet platform that acts both on-line and off-line. Therefore, for this current exhibition in VCR Centrespace, the invited artists will enact performative interventions onto the PIL Project online platform, and social media, during the duration of the exhibition in Dundee.
There is also a writer’s residency that will precede the formal exhibition on the art platform CuratingtheContemporary.org – which aims to provide a discursive readers companion to the exhibition. This will take place throughout the month of September till the opening of the show.
A research publication with documentation from the live event, interviews conducted whilst in Russia, and discursive articles by invited writers, will be released as a companion after the exhibition (date of release early 2017).
Ksenia Pilsova (Russia, 1990)
Ksenia Plisova is a Russian artist, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. She studied fashion and design in the Siberian Federal University and the Omsk State University of Service, and as well graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow in 2013. She works with found images and utilizes this process as a tool to produce installations, collages, and objects, which criticize socio-political issues and the notion of a Post-Internet reality. She is currently based in Moscow.
Rostan Tavasiev (Russia, 1976)
Rostan Tavasiev graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow in 2002, and has had solo exhibitions with The Pechersky Gallery, 2015 (Moscow, Russia), CCA in Grozny, 2014 (Grozny, Russia), The National Museum RNO-Alania, 2013 (Vladikavkaz, Russia), and MAMM, 2013 (Moscow, Russia). Tavasiev has also participated in the following group exhibitions, ‘Innovation’, ZUM, 2014 (Moscow, Russia), ‘GOSZAKAZ’, Winzavod, 2013 (Moscow, Russia), and ‘Dreams for those who are awake’, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2013 (Moscow, Russia). He currently lives and works in Moscow.
PIL Project Team:
In terms of the team and its capabilities, all three members are professionals within the arts, and individually have worked with institutions such as the Whitechapel Gallery (London), Waterside Contemporary, and Hangar.org. As well we have many associations with local artistic communities such as Five Years (London) and NEoN Digital Arts Festival (Dundee).
Alejandro Ball (Peru, 1983)
Juan Crespo (Spain, 1987)
Enrique Tutor Torres (Spain, 1987)
We are pleased to offer for our two higher rewards categories a run of limited edition prints. There will be a selection of 2 groups, 5 designs in each – all will an edition run of 10 for each print.
The final selection of available prints can be found here. Drop us a line with your choice.
For the highest contributions, reward holders will have the choice of selecting any 5 prints, which will be shipped in a custom portfolio case.
All prints will be provided with certificates of authentication.
One last note in regards to the rewards, we will endeavour to get everything out on time, however, as there is only one of us that will be producing the prints there is a chance for delay. If this does occur, we will quickly inform all reward holders and give an approximation of when they should expect their prints.
PIL was awarded financial support by ECF Labs for the travel to Russia, which highlights the past support we have received towards the completion of this project.
Risks and challenges
As an independent endeavour, PIL Project faces many issues when trying to setup events and exhibitions related to its research interests, and we are dependent on a number of different sources, ranging from government and private funding bodies, to crowd funding. Thus, this crowd fund is to help contribute to our funding for the exhibition's publication, and travel funding to bring the artist to Dundee for the opening night!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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