ASYMPTOTE - Evelyn Bencicova

Asymptote of a curve is a line such that coming ever closer they tend towards infinity but will never touch. It is endless desire and longing, belief in and fights for the future which is not approachable in reality. Or is it simply a lie?

Artist: Evelyn Bencicova
Project: Asymptote

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Asymptote uses architectural sites that are authentic to the era of socialism. Places, former symbols of power and greatness, elevated in order to make the person feel small. Today they stand still, stripped of essential purpose, abandoned or forgotten like gravestones of their former glory. Asymptote merges past and present, by reflecting on one at the time of the other.

At the basis of the project lies a historical foundation that collaborates with a fictional scenario to blur the lines between reality and memory. Authentic testimonies and archive materials are reinterpreted by the contemporary digital language of fiction based on truth. The goal is not only to reflect on the past but most importantly to address the current state of (post-soviet satellite) society and its values. The project deals with several topics such as paranoia, surveillance, uniformity, normalization, or censorship, all being part of this cultural legacy and having a lasting effect on actual situations, thinking, and behaviour. 

editor : Ecaterina Rusu

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