Visual Utopia / Digital Dystopia – ‘NET’
Multimedia artist Anatolii Belikov is a madman. Leveraging slick CGI and vector graphics, his animations and 3D narratives are optical bombshells. His work always gives the viewer a glut of information and a solid polemic to contemplate, be it geopolitics, violence, aesthetic theory or behavioral psychology. Anatolii’s hard-edged abstraction and CGI representations are a riot to watch — literally.
In a collab with Ukanian artist/hip-hop freak Youra, Anatolii produced ‘NET’, an apocalyptic poem that depicts the dark side of human nature and explores the desensitization of violence, conflict and our always oscillating human condition. They probe the perplexities and perils of post-modernity in a moment defined by unprecedented volatility, social discord, an unmanageable deluge of data and informational warfare.
Ricocheting between genres and conditions — video gaming, news reportage, art, personal angst and collective psychosis — ‘NET’ corresponds to our virtual/IRT Darwinian habitat; it tells the surreal story of the conflict in Ukraine via GoPro vantage points, virtual microcosms, iambic wordplay and fiery metaphor. The piece explores the complex relationship between analogue and digital, didactic and discursive, and crackles with dystopian omens. “As a multimedia artist, I’m not trying to be a ‘futurologist’ but more like a therapist, working through certain things about the human condition,” says Anatolii.
“How else could I show that my homeland is in a state of slow-burning war? Some people kill each other and some try to pretend everything is fine by taking selfies in restaurants and clubs and posting on instagram. Suffocation and suffering can’t have a palatable face.” Watch ‘NET’ below.
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