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Dual Visions
Dual Visison is an exhibtion where two works, Parallel Faces and Democracity, have been fused together to create a new installation where the idea and the concept of vision is the common denominator and central focus. 
 
Parallel Faces is a video which assembles faces from Russian/European propaganda films of the 1930´s. The faces and the gaze are representing the people´s/the crowds emotional, ideological  and political engagement of the theme and vision of the film, mostly industrial developments. These types of portraits are typical for propaganda films and are often represented by common people, extras, non-professional actors and workers.
 
Democracity is based on the futuristic vision of a city named Democracity which was presented in the central pavilion of the World Fair in New York in 1939: a globe shaped building adjacent to an obelisk-shaped structure which became the logo and the symbol of the fair. Democracity was a planned urban and exurban complex of the future, an attempt to imagine how a city could look in 2039. It was inspired by urban planner Ebenezer Howards  Garden Cities of Tomorrow from 1902, and was designed by Henry Dreyfuss, based on an idea of Edward Bernays. Edward Bernays, who directed the public relations of the fair, was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and one of the American pioneers in the field of public relations and played a major role in defining the industry's philosophy and methods. In 1925 he published the book Propaganda which settled his notions on Public Relations.
Democracity is a relief which varies in size depending on the exhibition space and adapts it´s aesthetics to the surface it´s exhibited on.
 
 
For a little introduction to Democracity in the New York World Fair 1939.

Installation view of Dual Visions at Taiga Space, St Petersburg, Russia.

Installation view of Dual Visions at Taiga Space, St Petersburg, Russia

Installation view of Dual Visions at Taiga Space, St Petersburg, Russia

Installation view of Dual Visions at Taiga Space, St Petersburg, Russia.
 
Democracity in the exhibition Dual Visions, Taiga Space, St Petersburg, Russia.