EROS LOADING

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An animation of non-living objects; digital animism. What can be more intimate than the constant and close presence of our computers or smartphones? It is a presence in which Plato’s idea of Eros as an ideal form can be brought to perfection with simplicity of screen operations, flawlessness of virtual colors and forms that carry through the network as internet self-presenting fascination.

I touch, tap, scroll again and again. Illuminated by a blue screen, as in the moonlight, he knows me better than I know me. The intimacy arouses an attention. It is possible that this fascination is not just practical, but spiritual.

The first series of jewellery made from flexible rubber both relates and raises questions about intimacy by our way of touching such technical devices: bodily interactions, sensual choreography of hands. Our love affair with computers lies deeper than mere aesthetic fascination, deeper than a play of senses; It is erotic and spiritual, says the philosopher Michael Heim in his fundamental work “The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality.”

The parallel series of jewellery presents robotic like plastic in an attempt to pay attention to how we create identities by wearing and using of technical objects. Narcissus does not fall in love with himself, but in the reflection of his own image. Like the Internet user, fascinated by own self-representation on the Internet consisting of pictures, text and a myriad of selfies. By touching a screen with fingers, Eros loads it’s presence. This is a platonic love to hold, to know and to reflect us.

*pictures from vernissage see here

Darja Popolitova—Hybrid Operandi on Vimeo.

The video shows hands movements imitating interactions with a smartphone (tapping, scrolling, swiping), but instead of the smartphone there are pieces of jewellery. Maybe the smartphone and jewellery are not so different today?

idea: Darja Popolitova
camera and edit: Sofja Kostenkova

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popolitova-exhibition-website3graphic design Norman Orro

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Alter Self I
brooch 2017
plastic, silver, steel
modelled, 3D-scanned, CNC-milled, vacuum formed

 

 

 

 

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Alter Self II
brooch 2017
plastic, silver, steel
modelled, 3D-scanned, CNC-milled, vacuum formed

 

 

 

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Narcissus I
brooch 2017
plastic, silver, steel
modelled, 3D-scanned, CNC-milled, vacuum formed, chromed

 

 

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Narcissus III
brooch 2017
plastic, silver, steel
modelled, 3D-scanned, CNC-milled, vacuum formed

 

 

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Narcissus II
brooch 2017
plastic, silver, steel
modelled, 3D-scanned, CNC-milled, vacuum formed, chromed

 

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Narcissus IV
brooch 2017
plastic, silver, steel
modelled, 3D-scanned, CNC-milled, vacuum formed, chromed

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Full Moon Mantra 
neckpiece 2017
rubber, silicon wafer, textile, silver neckpiece 2017

 

 

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Body Trigger
pendant 2017
rubber, lab glass, silver, textile

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Hybrid Modus II
brooch 2017

water jet cut & hydro printed rubber, silver, steel

 

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It Was Nice To Chat
brooch 2017

water jet cut rubber, silicon wafer,  silver, steel

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earrings 2017
silicon wafer, silver

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