Vladimir Chernyshev, Artem Filatov

чернышев и филатов фото_сайтVladimir Chernyshev (b. 1992) lives and works between Nizhny Novgorod and St Petersburg, where he studied at the Peter the Great Polytechnical University.
Artem Filatov (b. 1991) lives and works in Nizhny Novgorod, where he studied at the N.A. Dobrolyubov Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University. The creative team became the nominee of the Kandinsky Prize in the nomination “Young Artist. Project of the Year” in 2015.

Tabula
Man has always sought to preserve and systematize knowledge about the surrounding nature and about himself. This involved not only simple philistines or scientists, but also alchemists, who often sought to explain natural phenomena through various mystical practices, experiments, and proto-scientific research. Studying the living and inanimate nature, natural philosophers tried to uncover certain properties of plants, natural substances and objects, classify and establish a connection between them. This practice allowed natural philosophers to create whole archives, which are necessary for research and cataloging of the acquired knowledge. Traditional culture as a reflection of man in relation to nature is, in a sense, a natural philosophical act. Man was able to endow the phenomena of nature with meanings, to imitate her or enter into conflict with it. This fruitful interaction was the basis for the development of all sorts of traditions, customs and beliefs. Through a sieve, a person sifted this knowledge, separating the universal from the casual and the seeming, and transmitting the results of his observations to the next generation. Tabula, in a broad sense, is a structure that reveals the universal rules and patterns used by thinkers, philosophers, and alchemists to express the result of their research. By their nature, objects or phenomena have a universal “sympathy” – they are connected with each other at the most subtle level and sometimes it is difficult to understand immediately: does nature itself have certain meanings, or does a person, by his own will, endow nature with non-existent qualities. These processes are born, change and flow into each other, but continue to carry universal meanings that reveal human culture.