Sergiy Petlyuk / / Сергій Петлюк

Great Mental Wall

2017

Interactive multimedia installation
Metal constructions with 25 monitors, computers and cameras (2,1x3x0,6m). Programming


Sergiy Petlyuk’s idea of Great Mental Wall refers to the development of civilization, particularly to its important foundation – the image, on which the contemporary world is based, entirely depending on providing, exchanging and transforming information.

The installation uses technical and technological means recorded in social and historical awareness, its task is to symbolically show the distortion of reality by manipulating the image. The work consists of 25 modules, each equipped with a screen, a camera and a computer; together they form a “wall” of video images. Connections between cameras and screens are irregular, which results in a “skewed” image of reality “observed” by the installation.

In this work, perversely named Great Mental Wall, the artist refers to the temporality of life of contemporary digital images. His wall of screens does not resemble the Great Wall of China, nor does it have a timeless character. Dynamically appearing images, stopped in a moment in the computer’s memory, played back with a delay, inconsistent with the current state, cause a feeling of excess, visual chaos, and inadequacy of the message. This contemporary “mental wall” is certainly not made of stone.

Zbigniew Sobczuk Director and Curator of Zachęta, Lublin, Poland