Money Is Time by Olga Kisseleva is the new exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC). The exhibition is a collaboration with Kasa Gallery where another exhibition titled Money Is Time will take place simultaneously. Kisseleva’s works of art have engaged, over the course of her artistic career, with the concept of time and its value, but also with the value of money in relation to time. This dichotomy in the complex set of relationships that emerge between money and time has led to a conceptualization of money as erasure and consumption of time. Money, in Kisseleva’s representation of the corporate world, is the embodiment of a process of consumption that by eroding the planet is slowly decreasing our collective time.
The greater the money, the fewer the resources, the less time left for humanity. In Kisseleva’s artwork Arctic Conquistadors, by examining the tensions and conflicts that characterize the conquest of the Arctic today, the artist reveals through the sedimentation of conquests, appropriation of resources and their consumption, the role that time plays as record keeper of the process of destruction. Time becomes a narrator of its own ending, the clue that is offered to us to understand that the end of resources/time is our own ending.
Kisseleva offers, in the larger perspective of ‘Universal’ time, a glimpse of the possibility and necessity for a personal engagement and personal investment in corporate and state activities that may appear distant from our personal lives. Time becomes a ticking bomb – a bomb that is wired by money, corporate greed and personal selfishness.
By re-presenting the link between money and time in a relationship between the ‘Particular’ and the ‘Universal,’ Kisseleva’s works of art speak of a poetic that conceives society as indivisible from everyone’s personal investment in its future. This is a future made possible solely by our ability to restrain money from consuming and dissipating time.
Senior Curator: Lanfranco Aceti.
Curator: Jonathan Munro.
Exhibition Dates: May 9 – June 7, 2014.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC)
Olga Kisseleva (Artist and Founding Director Art&Science Lab, Sorbonne University, Paris) was born 1965 in Saint-Petersburg. She graduated from the the Vera Mukhina Institute of Industrial Art in 1988 and continued her studies with a Ph.D at the Hermitage Museum as well as studying physics at Leningrad State University. In the early 1990s she studied at the University of California and Columbia University in New York, focusing on video art and multi-media, defending her Ph.D. dissertation on the topic of video and computer art. After receiving a Fulbright grant in 2000, she became part of a team of creators working on the development of numerical technologies in the United States.
In 1998, Kisseleva’s book on video and computer art was published in France and other countries and she was invited to teach at Sorbonne. Since 2007 Kisseleva is Head of the Art and Science Department and a member of the High Scientific Committee of Sorbonne. She is also an editor of Plastic Art & Science Magazine at Editions de la Sorbonne.
Olga Kisseleva works mainly in installation, science and media art. Her work employs various media, including video, immersive virtual reality, the Web, wireless technology, performance, large-scale art installations and interactive exhibitions. She realized numerous works of art and projects internationally: e.g. the Modern Art Museum (Paris, France), the State Russian Museum, (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), KIASMA (Helsinki, Finland), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain), Foundation Cartier for Contemporary Art (Paris, France), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain), MOMA (New York, USA), the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia).