Anna Dobrovolskaya-Mints and Anton Bundenko

A new technological reality
Dicecream Magazine has prepared for you an interview with immersion in an incredible collaboration of two artists who found each other, and then found the language of art, which they want to speak with the world together.
Last year photographer Anna Dobrovolskaya-Mints and artist Anton Bundenko have released a collection of T-shirts dedicated to the process of comprehending the new technological reality:
The key points of their collection are:
Measure time in moments, not minutes.
Wear it to take a break and return to meaningful things through an experience of quiet and sensual contemplation.
Wear it to turn off analysis and return to feeling.
Feel the support and support within yourself in order to move without fuss and take verified steps in the chosen direction.
More about it here in the interview:
Story of ANNA DOBROVOLSKAYA-MINTS, contemporary artist and photographer.

How did you came to photography?
I did not choose the type of shooting. My creative path has evolved from shooting flowers and butterflies - what any new photographer does - to what I am doing now as a professional.

The path of a photographer is not finite. It is not the way where you cannot consciously choose one thing and stick to it all your life. Any artist is always in the research of the best way to reflect his inner experiences, but if this does not happen, then either the artist has dried up, or has never been an artist

Why did you choose such an unusual type of shooting.
At this stage of my career, astrophography is interesting to me for several reasons: main — the shooting process. This is the best kind of photography for an introvert, since during the working hours of the photographer — the rest of the world is asleep and no one interferes with the privacy.

Is it hard? Tell me about difficulties.
Astrophotography is a measured and meditative process; it is not a style of urban photography, where you have time to get your camera and click the shutter. As a rule, I plan the final photo long before the moment the shutter is released. The shooting process begins at home, starts with to finding a right location and in what position the stars will be, than it depends of for how long the daylight will be, what weather forecast that night, and than I need to decide on the choice of technology which I'll be use. It is necessary to take into account and calculate a bunch of inputs, which are subsequently brought to a common denominator. It often takes several months for the Milky Way to take the desired position. Pretty interesting to watch the northern lights for several nights, which, contrary to all forecasts, does not shine.

I like the fact that this type of shooting has not yet become widespread and I do not meet teenagers with iPhones at night trying to shoot a distant comet. I like unpopular things and do not tolerate amateurishness.

And then, I like to show viewers a world that is invisible at first glance, without the need to manipulate reality. I do not create a parallel universe, I beautifully present the one in which we live.

Wow, sounds amazing, tell me more about the hardest part about being you as an artist?
I do not divide my activity into "difficult" and "easy". If you do what you like, you don't even think about such a thing. Is it difficult to shoot at night? Yes. It can be scary, it can be cold and hungry. Is it difficult to process photos afterwards? Yes. Sometimes you may sit for hours and nothing happening, but I am still waiting, forgetting eat and sleep. Which is harder, I don't know/ Life is generally difficult if you do a little more than get up off the couch. ;)

How and why did you come to the conclusion that it would be impossible to implement the project without each other (I mean Anton Budenko)? Why collaboration is important?
When I met Anton, I realized that we were talking about the same thing, but in different words. We are not trying to change the world for the better, but we delve into our sensations and translate them into forms. We are both tired of the noise, the abundance of information and the modern world. The pace at which we live is not suitable for both of us, but we have to match it. Anton managed to translate my feelings into words, add meaning to images. Teamwork is often more productive than solo sailing because the end of result is multifaceted and fulfilling.

Whether we helped each other answer questions, I don't know. The artist shouldn't have answers. But for sure, we helped each other to ask new questions, and this is the ideal result of any joint activity.
Let's talk with Anton?


What prompted you to study a person as a subject of art?

Human as an art-object was interested for me. My art path began with portrait photography, I had been interested in critically comprehending when a person feels in the new reality of the surrounding context. What the person thinks about, how he/she can think and comprehend his state, and the state of affairs of the surrounding reality of a critical time. The reality is connected with technologies and the speed of development, which forms in my works the concept of "Atmosphere" (art project) as the context around a person.

The main topic is a critical understanding of the dissonance between the speed of human development and the atmosphere around him (technology, 4 industrial revolutions, etc.). Complex algorithms and a new reality are reshaping the economy, transforming the fundamental conditions of politics, and even redefining what it means to be human.

The new reality has many conflicts, but it would be a mistake to regard them as a primarily technical (atmospheric) things. If we live in the information of technology era, it is vital to understand how it functions and what processes affect us in order to be able to think critically. When there is no time and opportunity to learn about them, it is impossible to realize their consequences. To do this, I created the Futureisnown project, which informs about these processes, making them visible, focusing on their critical understanding.

Why through design and art? Was there any background behind this?

Art is not only a language and freedom in the form of expressing ideas but also a human viewer + a situation formed by combining them together.

Research forms give me ideas. Art allows the critical and more free form, unlike disciplinary sciences, to broadcast the idea, design and clothing - give the most important thing - a personal user experience. Together with a person, a situation is formed and the magic of art begins, when a person, through play and immersion, asks important questions and begins to think critically. It is difficult to do this within the framework of the already classical format of the presentation of works in galleries / museums / exhibitions in the form of paintings / media art / statements, performances, etc., every year in these areas there is less and less involvement of the Viewer. On the other hand, there are more and more images around in fashion, politics, and the commercialized world that influence people. Clothing is something we interact with most and the longest, something more intimate, fashion is the creation of fictional worlds through images and storytelling through storytelling.

As I infiltrate (intervene) into the world of fashion and commercial objects, I start working with fused reality and generating errors, performing all movements in such a way that it becomes difficult to distinguish the border between reality and absurdity. When a person catches himself on this, there is a motivation to stop, figure it out and ask really important questions.

(for example: how the game "When Objects Dream" turns to the chatbot of Mirai and issues of engineering empathy, security, and total integration of information processes in all areas of our life, raising privacy issues, etc.).

How did you meet Anna? Your version of why you two collaborate.

Anna works at the level of empirical research, at the level of sensations through photographs. Her art works with places where the atmosphere of the technological context is minimized. There you can breathe, start thinking purely. In such quiet places, other thoughts and images come. In her photos, you can find places of power, originality, and the value of millennia. Pause locations. This correlates well with the concept of Atmosphere in my works. We both work a lot with atmosphere, space, thoughts.

(for example: how the game "When Objects Dream" turns to the chatbot of Mirai and issues of engineering empathy, security, and total integration of information processes in all areas of our life, raising privacy issues, etc.).

Where, when and how did you start?

Building on Research - (The World Happiness Report, which ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens consider themselves to be), of the 13,000 volunteers in London whose phones were located when users reported that they were happy, that the geo-data included proximity to rivers, lakes, canals and green spaces where air quality is higher and noise levels are lower. During interesting work, walking, sports, gardening, and bird watching, in all cases compared to the sedentary lifestyle at home.

The pause — is about the surrounding context of speed, multitasking, exhaustive and dispersed thoughts, and a person.

About the fact that we must learn to have the time and opportunity to stop, think critically or just be happy.

Learn to mark time in moments, and not in minutes, because what matters is not what you have, but how you live.

To learn to do what you really want, and not what the atmosphere and context dictate, but we do not have time to stop and comprehend the processes around us in ordinary high-speed life.

And you don't have to be far from the city and noise. I wanted to make a piece of pause, calmness, peace, and pure contemplation of the mind, which could always be there as a reminder of what is important and valuable.

Collaging the atmosphere of a pause in the form of Anna's photographs with contemplation of mind and thoughts in the form of graphics and schematic interconnections of prints - we got Pause T-shirts with four reminders for us: from the importance of moments in time to feel and empathy.

I think that was a great interview. I am glad we've met.
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