«Last Next Winter» by Yuri Vassiliev
01.06. – 06.08.2017 with some exceptions, the videos are shown in between daily infos on the eBoard of the Congress Center Basel, Messeplatz 21 next to Swissôtel Le Plaza, furthermore from July on the eBoards of the City Lounge
from 01.06. – 18.06.2017 in the GLOBUS Basel display window on Marktplatz 2
from 8 until 24 hours
videocity.bs special will have you astonished this year with an extreme contrast programme: the icy Russian winter will be transported into the centre of lively, summery Basel: snowballs and a pair of old men in grey winter clothing who stomp through the snow, meeting countless bathers with their gaily coloured plastic bag fish, who swim along down the waves of the Rhine, as well as thousands of other visitors coming from all over the world.
videocity.bs is pleased to be presenting the Basel public with a Swiss premiere again. Yuri Vassiliev is numbered among the most important Russian video artists of today but has never so far been presented here in person before. Under the title of “Last Next Winter” three of his video works are brought together in the GLOBUS Basel display window and four videos on the eBoards of the Congress Center Basel.
Yuri Vassiliev's central themes are the Russian winter and the Russian Avantgarde colour red. He approaches both of them on a symbolic level. Humans, often as solitary figures and not recognizable as individuals, totter disorientated now here, now there, forming snowballs or being pelted with them or even rolling an enormous snowball, doggedly, with enormous expenditure of effort. The protagonists are exposed to the perils of nature in the videos in existential ways, their doings appearing pointless and cut out of time.
Although it was created independantly and with a view to an interior art space, it is exciting to experience how in the context of videocity.bs what challenges the scale and the public space place upon the showcased video: What influence does the bustling life of the trade fair Messeplatz square exert on our perception of an autonomous work of an artist? The surrounding hustle and bustle amplifies the factors of movement and space within the video. Yuri Vassiliev makes his videos with a small hand camera, which follows the activities of his performers. The field of view sways with every step and sometimes it seems as if the body relations to which we are accustomed, and the familiar relations we associate with these are completely inverted. A face bends down giant-like, appearing from above into the image, some men are going – but though they seem to be striving forwards – apparently in reverse; instead of the protagonist who was now being pelted with snowballs, the observer suddenly sees the world turned white. The video artist undestands how to masterfully transpose the scenes using a sophisticated cutting technique, into the realm of universal human experience. His compositions set up bridges between the eye of the camera and the eye of the spectator and allow us to perceive what we see on a physical level.
Videos: Under the title of “Last Next Winter” four videos are brought together, format 4:3, 1-canal. The videos have a soundtrack, but during videocity.bs they are however shown without sound on the eBoards, so that the Basel city sounds for once provide their unique sound track: