‘Cosplay at the Family Dinner’ by Anastasia Sosunova, Viktor Timofeev & Perrin Turner at The Sunroom

The Sunroom. Exterior view

The Sunroom. Exterior view

I speak Lithuanian with stylistic mistakes, and my mother tongue, Russian, with a slight accent and poor vocabulary. I forget words. Language seems to be a sophisticated tool that is too hard to master and fraught with technical subtleties. I like to map the history of words, although it often brings up precarious revelations. For instance, the word hybrid is a variation of the word ibrida – a mongrel, or an offspring of a tame sow and a wild boar. Two-headed dogs, hybridised beings, microchimerisms – their existence erodes a binary understanding of the world, they stand against rigid identities with their bare bodies. But who would have thought that it is probably related to hubris – wanton violence, insolence, outrage, or even a presumption towards the gods. I keep forgetting that language is that kind of violent tool.
It often seems that the tools we’ve fashioned for mapping and knowing the world – knives, scientific equations, eyelash curlers, smartphones, sociology books – have become calcified and rusty; cancered cargo ships in their own right. Pointing the finger to the chest when saying “I,” the index finger is the implement of cultural heritage no one ever asked for. Just as no one ever asked to be given a name, a language, an identity. A tool is an extension of a collective mindset, and many would say that it’s better to keep these extensions obedient – preventing them from forming into fists.
There are these memories, deep in our bodies, too awkward to recreate; languages and tongues not that easy to untie. I recently remembered that my mother used to store two recycled Sprite bottles in the kitchen cupboard when I was a kid. One was filled with surgical spirit (or rubbing alcohol), and another with holy water. When one tool wasn’t working, the other would be called into use, supported with a gesture of crossing oneself. These bottles were confused once when I drank cough medicine with a cup of the rubbing alcohol instead of the curing holy water. I remember this feeling of suffocation in my throat and a thought flashing across my mind: Confusing tools is no joke.
Some tools come from imaginary worlds and societies. At first, they seem speculative, wild and out of control before making their way to the physical reality – rebooting and updating our cognitive maps. I’m thinking of the way we attempt to optimize ourselves to think in a non-human way, while simultaneously training Artificial Intelligence to perform human consciousness, subjectivity and behaviour. I overheard someone telling my MacBook that it’s healthy to disconnect now and then: observe oppositions, intellectual failures, and performative behaviours with compassion.
What are the instruments that are sharp enough to get rid of the functions we grant them with? What if the automatons are performing a dance? What if the fist raised held high in solidarity and power is a weapon pointed back at its holder? What happens when a hand clenches into a fist and what gets clenched within?
It’s a particular kind of anomaly – creating new alliances, seeing unprogrammed mutations of meaning occur in a place where three perspectives meet. Like a cosplay taking over the family dinner, the most uncanny formations of tools, hybrids and relations suddenly start to make sense even more than ever before.

– Anastasia Sosunova

Cosplay at the Family Dinner
Anastasia Sosunova, Viktor Timofeev & Perrin Turner
May 18 – July 15, 2018
Photographer: Peter Cochrane & Patrick Harkin
Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Viktor Timofeev AB + AB, 2018, Coloured pencil on paper 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev, AB + AB, 2018, Coloured pencil on paper 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Pumpkin (Ellie Hunter & McKeever Donovan) and Anastasia Sosunova Bench for Demikhov Dog Mixed media 20 x 60 x 16 inches

Pumpkin (Ellie Hunter & McKeever Donovan) and Anastasia Sosunova, Bench for Demikhov Dog. Mixed media, 20 x 60 x 16 inches

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Anastasia Sosunova Demikhov Dog (still), 2017 Single channel video, sound 7’ 18’’ 9.

Anastasia Sosunova, Demikhov Dog (still), 2017.Single channel video, sound, 7’ 18’’

Anastasia Sosunova, Demikhov Dog (excerpt), 2017. Single channel video, sound 7’ 18’’

Anastasia Sosunova, Demikhov Dog (excerpt), 2017. Single channel video, sound 7’ 18’’

Viktor Timofeev, AB = 7AB, 2018 Coloured pencil on paper 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev, AB = 7AB, 2018. Coloured pencil on paper, 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev A = ∞B - 3, 2018 Coloured pencil on paper 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev, A = ∞B – 3, 2018. Coloured pencil on paper, 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Perrin Turner Model 2, 2018 Resin, fly, dyed cotton, magnetic field, pipe cleaners, beads, thorns, comb, blade, and paint 5 x 19 x 1/2 inches

Perrin Turner, Model 2, 2018. Resin, fly, dyed cotton, magnetic field, pipe cleaners, beads, thorns, comb, blade, and paint, 5 x 19 x 1/2 inches

Perrin Turner Model 2, 2018 Resin, fly, dyed cotton, magnetic field, pipe cleaners, beads, thorns, comb, blade, and paint 5 x 19 x 1/2 inches

Perrin Turner, Model 2, 2018. Resin, fly, dyed cotton, magnetic field, pipe cleaners, beads, thorns, comb, blade, and paint, 5 x 19 x 1/2 inches

Perrin Turner Model 2, 2018 Resin, fly, dyed cotton, magnetic field, pipe cleaners, beads, thorns, comb, blade, and paint 5 x 19 x 1/2 inches

Perrin Turner, Model 2, 2018. Resin, fly, dyed cotton, magnetic field, pipe cleaners, beads, thorns, comb, blade, and paint, 5 x 19 x 1/2 inches

Viktor Timofeev (A / B) / A, 2018 Coloured pencil on paper 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev, (A / B) / A, 2018. Coloured pencil on paper, 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Perrin Turner, Model 1, 2018 Handle, resin and blade 6 x 1 x 1/4 inches

Perrin Turner, Model 1, 2018. Handle, resin and blade, 6 x 1 x 1/4 inches

Perrin Turner, Model 1, 2018 Handle, resin and blade 6 x 1 x 1/4 inches

Perrin Turner, Model 1, 2018. Handle, resin and blade, 6 x 1 x 1/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev A + B = AB, 2018 Coloured pencil on paper 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev, A + B = AB, 2018. Coloured pencil on paper, 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev (∞A) / B, 2018 Coloured pencil on paper 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev, (∞A) / B, 2018. Coloured pencil on paper, 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Viktor Timofeev Four Characters in search of a Random Exit, 2017 Two-channel generative video Custom software, sound

Viktor Timofeev, Four Characters in search of a Random Exit, 2017. Two-channel generative video, Custom software, sound

Viktor Timofeev Four Characters in search of a Random Exit, 2017 Two-channel generative video Custom software, sound

Viktor Timofeev, Four Characters in search of a Random Exit, 2017. Two-channel generative video, Custom software, sound

Viktor Timofeev, Four Characters in search of a Random Exit (excerpt), 2017 Two-channel generative video Custom software, sound

‘Four Characters in search of a Random Exit’ (installation detail), 2017 Two-channel generative video Custom software, sound

‘Four Characters in search of a Random Exit’ (installation detail), 2017. Two-channel generative video, Custom software, sound

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Cosplay at the Family Dinner. Installation image

Viktor Timofeev 17A / (B + 2), 2018 Coloured pencil on paper 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Viktor Timofeev, 17A / (B + 2), 2018. Coloured pencil on paper, 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Perrin Turner Model 3, 2018 Handle, resin, mesh and unknown character 20 x 5 x 1/4 inches

Perrin Turner, Model 3, 2018. Handle, resin, mesh and unknown character, 20 x 5 x 1/4 inches

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June 26, 2018
Published in Photo / Video from Lithuania
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