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Impossible Horizon

exhibition draft

“The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared to the mountain, the nearer we come too participating in its greatness.” – Arne Næss, a Norwegian philosopher and creator of the “deep ecology” concept.

“Impossible Horizon” is a project by Ewa Doroszenko and Jacek Doroszenko, a Polish intermedia artist duo. The project consists of a series of photographs, unique photographic objects, a sound installation, and a video work. In the project “Impossible Horizon”, the Doroszenko duo explores one of the most classic themes – a landscape. The works were created from 2018 to 2023, as part of artistic residencies at The Island Resignified Lefkada (Greece), Re_Act contemporary art laboratory Azores (Portugal), Klaipeda Culture Communication Center (Lithuania) and in Warsaw, Poland, as part of the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

To better understand the causes of the current environmental crisis, the artists look at the history of the Western tradition of landscape painting, in which the concept of natural landscape was defined according to the dominant worldview – as a detached component, outside the subject. In their works, Ewa and Jacek Doroszenko aim to question the separation between the issue – the observer – and the separated environment.

In their mixed-media projects, the artists explore how digital images, and the latest technologies mediate the perception of the natural world. Fascinated by modern information tools and their immense potential for shaping lifestyles, Ewa and Jacek Doroszenko attempt to capture the atmosphere of the physical yet virtual present. Looking at the textures of landscapes – both natural and simulated – the artists highlight the role of photography in navigating the current world. Using Google Street View, popular computer games, travel guides and other online sources, the artists examine how contemporary digital culture is changing the perception of the landscape.

A significant element of the Doroszenko duo’s artistic practice is to treat sound phenomena as a full-fledged element in the field of visual art and to emphasize the importance of „deep listening” in everyday life. Accordingly, the artists are interested in the landscape’s holistic experience, which is impossible without the acoustic factor. Their works focus on the positive impact of the landscape on human psychological wellbeing. As residents of Warsaw who regularly experience urban „noise pollution”, they know the need to popularize „soundscape ecology” – the science of acoustic relationships between living organisms, human and otherwise, and their environment. It is well known that positive experiences provided by contact with a specific landscape influence the experience of joy of life, stimulate action and intensify creative activity. Referring to this therapeutic function of landscape, the Doroszenko duo focuses on the auditory exploration of places and regions, discovering spaces with unique auditory features, and present works that subtly reveal the inseparable connection between man and his natural surroundings.

Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory 01, photographic object
Jacek Doroszenko – ASMR Machine, 4-channel sound installation, endless loop, alluminium, prepared sound speakers, 2019

Sound loop recording fragment 1

Sound loop recording fragment 2

Jacek Doroszenko – ASMR Machine
4-channel sound installation, endless loop, alluminum, prepared sound speakers, 2019

Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory, exhibition view 08
Jacek Doroszenko – ASMR Machine, 4-channel sound installation, endless loop, alluminium, prepared sound speakers, 2019, detail
Ewa Doroszenko Jacek Doroszenko Impossible Horizon Foto Forum Exhibition View 03
Ewa Doroszenko Jacek Doroszenko Impossible Horizon Foto Forum Exhibition View 17
dr Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory, wystawa 07
dr Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory, wystawa 04
Ewa Doroszenko Jacek Doroszenko Impossible Horizon Foto Forum Exhibition View 05
Ewa Doroszenko Jacek Doroszenko Impossible Horizon Foto Forum Exhibition View 10
Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory 05, photographic object
Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory 04, photographic objects
Ewa Doroszenko Jacek Doroszenko Impossible Horizon Foto Forum Exhibition View 09
Ewa Doroszenko Jacek Doroszenko Impossible Horizon Foto Forum Exhibition View 08
Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory 07, fotografia
Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory 05, fotografia
Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory 09, photography
Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory 08, photography
dr Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory, wystawa 06
Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory, exhibition view 03
Ewa Doroszenko – Impossible Territory, exhibition view 01

Imagine yourself on an island in the middle of the ocean

Ewa Doroszenko
Full HD video H.264, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 07:50, 2018

The video is based on the reflections accompanying the creative stays within the Artist-in-Residence programs on the island of Lefkada in Greece and the Azores in Portugal. Music and sound design by Jacek Doroszenko.
The video uses virtual landscapes and digital distortions that often accompany computer applications and games. Inspired by virtual landscapes, I present how we strive to achieve a state of inner balance in an age of information overload. Despite technological advances, virtualization and digitalization of reality, we are still looking for rituals and spiritual practices that will allow us to reach a state of deep awareness or at least simulate it. In the video, I use a text I wrote based on meditations popular on the YouTube channel, listening to which helps to calm down, relax and achieve the desired results in various aspects of life. By using the alphabet of contemporaneity and looking at one of the most classic themes – a landscape, I attempt to present the very common in the digital age craving for relaxation in an idyllic environment.

Ewa Doroszenko

The video was presented as part of many exhibitions and festivals, among others:

Ewa Doroszenko – Imagine yourself on an island in the middle of the ocean - video 02
Jacek Doroszenko – ASMR Machine, 4-channel sound installation, endless loop, alluminium, prepared sound speakers, 2019
Ewa Doroszenko – Imagine yourself on an island in the middle of the ocean 01 - video
Ewa Doroszenko – Imagine yourself on an island in the middle of the ocean 03 - video
Ewa Doroszenko – Imagine yourself on an island in the middle of the ocean - video 01

It is hard to find a polyphonic body

Jacek Doroszenko
4K transferred to full HD video | 07:45 | stereo | color | 2016

The video has been produced in a framework of the Artist-in-Residence program at Kunstnarhuset Messen in Ålvik, Norway.

The video consists of scenes of the majestic Norwegian landscape, in which the moving figure delivers luminous markers and determines the pitch on the scale of each frame, from higher to lower. Each marker causes a different pitch of the sound. These consonances reveal a specific approach in which the nature and articulation of certain basic elements of a composed work are left to the performer himself. In the lower part of the frame, there are screen records, captured in Max/MSP, a creative software environment. Virtual instruments are constantly generating music notated in the landscapes above.

The project has been presented during exhibitions listed below:

  • Residents, Propaganda Gallery, Warsaw Gallery Weekend (PL), 2017
  • CoCArt Festival, video screening, Centre of Contemporary Art, Toruń (PL), 2017
  • The Drawers vol. 2, Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warsaw (PL), 2016
  • Exercises of listening, Fait Gallery, Brno (CZ), 2016
Ewa Doroszenko Jacek Doroszenko Exhibition Residents Warsaw Gallery Weekend 01
It is hard to find a polyphonic body Jacek Doroszenko Video 03
It is hard to find a polyphonic body Jacek Doroszenko Video 02
It is hard to find a polyphonic body Jacek Doroszenko Video 01
It is hard to find a polyphonic body Jacek Doroszenko Video
It is hard to find a polyphonic body Jacek Doroszenko Video Exhibition View

Ewa Doroszenko

Jacek Doroszenko

– polish intermedia artist, Doctor of Fine Arts, lives and works in Warsaw. Graduate of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2019 and the City of Toruń in the field of culture in 2013 and 2011. Winner of many international competitions, including Preview – Fait Gallery Brno 2016, Debuts 2018 – doc! photo magazine, Debut 2018 – Lithuanian Photographers Association and finalist of Noorderlicht International Photo Festival 2021, Kranj Foto Fest 2021, International Festival of Photography FIF BH – Brazil 2020, Athens Digital Arts Festival 2020, GENERATE! Festival for Electronic Arts 2019, Der Greif and the World Photography Organization open call 2018, FILE Electronic Language International Festival Sao Paulo 2015, Fisheye Youth Art Biennale 2013, Grey House Foundation Competition in Krakow 2011. Participant in numerous artist residency programmes, including Re_Act contemporary art laboratory in Portugal, Atelierhaus Salzamt Linz in Austria, The Island Resignified Lefkada in Greece, Petrohradska Kolektiv Prague in the Czech Republic, Klaipeda Culture Communication Center in Lithuania, AAVC Hangar Barcelona in Spain, Kunstnarhuset Messen Ålvik in Norway. She has exhibited her works at the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wozownia Art Gallery in Toruń, Fait Gallery in Brno, Propaganda Gallery in Warsaw, Exgirlfriend Gallery in Berlin, Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Polish Institute in Düsseldorf, among others.
– polish audio-visual artist, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage 2020, the City of Toruń in the field of culture in 2011 and resident at, among others, AAVC Hangar Barcelona in Spain, Kunstnarhuset Messen Ålvik in Norway, Atelierhaus Salzamt Linz in Austria, The Island Resignified Lefkada in Greece, Petrohradska Kolektiv Prague in the Czech Republic, Klaipeda Culture Communication Center in Lithuania. He has participated in The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale in Rio de Janeiro, FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, Transmission Arts Festival in Athens, ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art in Vancouver, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Future Places Festival in Porto, European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, R>>EJECT Radicals Festival in Rotterdam, CoCart Festival in Toruń, Open-Source Art Festival in Sopot, Mediations Biennale in Warsaw, among others. He has presented his works at Propaganda Gallery in Warsaw, Exgirlfriend Gallery in Berlin, Jedna Dva Tři Gallery in Prague, Starak Family Foundation in Warsaw, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Polish Institute in Düsseldorf, among others. The artist’s visual works are reflected in the field of music and sound art. His musical compositions have been released in the form of albums of international reach, including Infinite Values, Time Released Sound in the USA; Wide Grey, Eilean Records in France; Soundreaming and Bodyfulness, Audiobulb Records in the UK.