ASYMPTOTE merges past and present into a unified visual form connecting photography, video and sound. The project is composed of scenes set in the period of socialism, yet interpreted in a digital language through the eyes of three young creatives.
ASYMPTOTE uses architectonic sites that are authentic to the era of socialism. At the basis of the project lies a historical foundation that collaborates with a fictional scenario to blur the lines between reality and memory. All body form in the project is folded within the space to shape a coherent geometrical composition, a symbol of the regime itself.
People create a pattern. They become part of the overall composition: the architecture and the society. Each person is stripped off his their own individuality to become a unified form, creating . By doing so, it creates an absurd platform where every difference is an anomaly.
The sound of ASYMPTOTE fuses digital and analogue processing extracted from authentic archive of the radio. The acoustic manipulation shifts the collected material into abstract forms, which experiment with the viewer’s perception and invites the audience into this the partially absurd game.
Spartakiada. The Spartakiads, a national tradition with its roots in 1955, was were a colossal gymnastic performances that used choreography to unify people into large patterns and structures. The video footage creates a dialogue between the characters and the formations they create, following a sudden deformation by pixels that submerge into a digital noise. There is state of tension and paranoia , that is induced by the obsessive repetition of sound and image. All of the these elements blend into an audiovisual language creating a characteristic for ASYMPTOTE.
Through completing this project, we try to come closer to topic of socialism and lead a dialogue with people , who experienced this era of our national history themselves.
ASYMPTOTE portrays a contact between collective feelings and testimonials interpreted by the today’s young generation , which is represented by the authors. The goal is not only to initiate reflectionto reflect on the past, but most importantly to address the current state of society and its values.
Natalia Evelyn Bencicova ( 4.12.1992 ) works mostly with digital photography. Grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia, currently studying studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In her work, she she is trying to pursue a point where the commercial and the artistic meet, focusing on the conceptual as well as the visual aspects of photography.
Adam Csoka Keller ( 05 Sept. .09.1991 ) was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, but grew up in Canada. but was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. His work creates a fusion between the diverse forms of fashion, design and video. He pursues the studies of media theory and defines what it means to be a multidisciplinary designer in today’s society. He is currently finishing his Masters Master’s degree in Visual Communication at Central Saint Martins in London.
Arielle Esther ( 08 April.04.1989 ) is a French born singer and electronic musician working mostly on conceptual, audiovisual contents. Recently, she graduated from sound engineering in Berlin, where she experiments with music from both organic and electronic sources, aiming to translate emotional expressions into sound and create contrasted contrasting sonic perceptions.
Asymptote by Evelyn Bencicova & Adam Csoka Keller
Video by Adam Csoka Keller & Arielle Esther