dark matter (2019) by Viktor Brim dark matter (2019) by Viktor Brim dark matter (2019) by Viktor Brim dark matter (2019) by Viktor Brim

dark matter

2020, 4K video, 19‘52“, col­or, sound

A trace of reg­u­lar­ly ordered mounds of earth. In the twi­light a dump truck is being loaded. A thick veil of mist hangs over the tops of the trees. Dark earth is exca­vat­ed, loaded and trans­port­ed off the scenery. In Dark Mat­ter (2020), via the sit­u­a­tive arrange­ment of dif­fer­ent pic­ture ele­ments a visu­al fric­tion sur­face is cre­at­ed, which is shaped by the fig­u­ra­tions of a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic land­scape. The images are deter­mined by the process­es of extract­ing raw mate­ri­als. With­out the min­er­al resources from the numer­ous dia­mond and gold mines in the so-called Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion sub­ject Yaku­tia, the Sovi­et Union would nev­er have been able to exist until the 1990s.

Tech­nol­o­gy and ide­ol­o­gy go hand in hand and leave their mark. Mil­i­tary and eco­nom­ic efforts to secure pow­er are inscribed in this land­scape. The extrac­tion of raw mate­ri­als and the exploita­tion of nature show their planned eco­nom­ic and geopo­lit­i­cal con­se­quences, which make up the char­ac­ter of the “sub­jects of the Fed­er­a­tion”. Their des­ig­na­tion as “sub­jects” was intro­duced in the USSR in order to equip and admin­is­ter dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of ter­ri­to­r­i­al units with dif­fer­ent degrees of auton­o­my. Tech­no­log­i­cal progress and ide­o­log­i­cal utopias con­sti­tute a proces­su­al and change­ful net­work of rela­tion­ships between sub­ject def­i­n­i­tion and state appa­ra­tus.