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eng Automatic Translation

Lubenec & Yushko

Duet of artists Kirill Lubenets and Oleg Yushko.

Selected events

Selected artworks

Articles on KALEKTAR

Duet of artists Kirill Lubenets and Oleg Yushko.

Both artists work individually: Kirill Lubenets writes absurdist literary texts and blogs on social networks, Oleg Yushko creates art objects, site-specific, photo and video installations. Their joint activity, which spontaneously arose in the 2000s, combined the acquired personal strategies and led to the creation of a variety of art projects. For example, in 2010, Oleg Yushko prepared and published a book of texts by Kirill Lubents "A36YKA A6CYPDA" (ABC of the Absurd) typed in Volapyuk encoding, a transliteration in which Russian letters are replaced by visually similar characters of the Latin alphabet (for example, the letter "Ch" is represented as "4" , "sh" - "LLI,", "yu" - "IO", etc.), repeating the forced logic of typing text messages when there was no Russian keyboard on the computer.

In 2006, their installation "Bruno's Museum" was exhibited in the Minsk gallery "Podzemka". The installation was built in the same way as a memorial stand, which could be located in some Minsk local history museum and dedicated to the life and work of a certain remarkable person. Photo collages, images of objects, printed textures on the floor and wall, alcohol bottles, and a TV showing a video of a computer game were included in the space, fenced off from the viewer by a restrictive tape. The work was dedicated to the fictional character Bruno, a story about which was written by Kirill Lubenets in 2005. Bruno is a prisoner in a prison in which he comfortably exists, being its ringleader. The story is replete with obscene language, prison slang and frank descriptions of scenes of sex and violence.

In the Bruno Museum, the artists recreated the object world of the character, presenting the space and paraphernalia of the fictional character in the gallery. The prison from the story, as an image of a virtual trap in which the hero lives, unable and unwilling to leave the fictional reality, was presented by the authors with a video recording of the game in Counter-strike. Kirill Lubenets designed the virtual location of the alleged action and wrote the musical accompaniment, Oleg Yushko organized the game in this location and edited its video. The installation also included shelves with a collection of images of various real objects (clipart), allegedly belonging to the "king of prison Bruno". Above the shelves with clip art, there were six collages of mounted photographs of real views of Minsk, two by two, with clippings and appliqués pasted on them. Thus, the hero of the installation exists in three different dimensions: in the body of the text, the digital space of the game, and somewhere in the Belarusian reality. The artists unequivocally compare the space of Minsk with the scenery of a prison, identifying themselves with a fictional character – a “hero of our time” – who is aware of the prison around him and, at the same time, creates freedom in such conditions.

This author's pseudo-museum collection is one example of how artists collectively work on works that are characterized by narrativity, the inclusion of numerous codes from popular culture and absurd logic.