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I Giorgio Agamben fries an egg I 

(D6), 2015


600 x 600 x 500 cm


courtesy of the artists (Katya Ev & Hanna Zubkova)

Special Project of the Moscow Biennale, 2015

view of the show «Leaving Tomorrow», Winzavod Art Center, Moscow, October - December 2015, curated by Ivan Isaev

The installation  I Giorgio Agamben fries an egg I (D6)  is composed of the black square space 5 x 6 meters which includes: the video on plasma screen, the deep freeze, the text reflected in the mirror, two chess figures (pawn and queen), the formula hand-written with chalk on the wall, and the quote from James Joyce "Finnigans Wake", printed on the wall that contains Humpty Dumpty

Katya and Hanna undertook the idea of friyng the egg with Giorgio Agamben as a logic-alchemic problem, as a game and an adventure which would be a metaphorical projection of adventures of Alice in ‘Alice through the looking glass’’ by Lewis Carrol.

Ekaterina and Hanna undertook the idea of frying the egg with Giorgio Agamben as a logic-alchemic problem, as a game and an adventure which would be a metaphorical projection of adventures of Alice in «Alice through the looking glass» by Lewis Carrol.


The eleven moves of Alice through the chessboard universe where she meets Humpty Dumpty at d6 square, were adopted as a metaphor for interaction with reality, so that this binary dimension mediates events of different systems and at the same timecreates space for reflection.

The game starts from the moment when the hero utters his will to play

and to transform. It is only after this utterance he is to make a move.

It implies pre-existing rules and codes, but at the same time its unfol- ding is full of extemporary events, as perceived by the hero. It is of the nature of an alchemic process, where the knowledge of the procedure foreshadows the way, but the inner peripeteias elude predetermined limits. The game is a way of a hero, through peripeties to his arcane self, that already exists in him from the beginning, but needs a way to be accomplished to reveal itself, as a Pawn that already contains a poten- tiality of a Queen but needs to go through a game to accomplish itself. ‘


Alice through the looking glass’ is a metaphor which diffuses its semantic repertoire of images on the structure and the events of the way, where the Wood without Names is an extralinguistic universe, the Shop with Vanishing Objects is an inconceivability of empirical world, Humpty Dumpty is a trickster and a toon who eludes the power of language.


The d6 square is not merely a spacial designation, but a system of events. It could arrange itself in a multitude of specific ways during the whole period when the hero is passing through it. According to the Humpty Dumpty law of thermodynamics, the more the number of the ways this system may be arranged, the more the entropy, and at some point, when the actual irreparable event happens, the level of disorder increases to such a state, where the hero is to make the next move.


Within the black space of a chess square a formula, letters, speech exist as different modes of being of an utterance «Agamben fries an egg».

Installation elements :

          Black square space, 600 x 500 x 600 cm


          Plasma screen, 93 x 52 cm. Conversation between Hanna, Ekaterina and Giorgio Agamben which starting point is the artists' proposition to the philosopher to fry an egg


          Deep freeze, 60 x 50 cm. Likewise, this cube preserves emptiness, frozen in the moment of now. It also envelops potentiality for a testament of an event that comes - an artifact in a form of an egg fried by Agamben


           Mirror, 90 x 60 cm, within which a viewer can read the first text. The text is printed on wall mirror-wise. Echoing Jabberwocky poem which Alice reads in the mirror and which marks the start of her adventure, this text was the first project description submitted to the institution. It was the starting point of the artists’ «game»

          “Bothallchoractorschumminaroundgansumuminarumdrumstrumtrumin- chumptadurnpwaultopoofoolooderamaunstumup! “

Quote from James Joyce Finnigans Wake, printed on the wall 600 x 30 cm

The quote is preceded by the note: “ And Humpty Dumpty is packed within the seventh of these bursts”


            Formula, hand-written, chalk on the wall, 300 x 270 cm
The formula resumes the argumentation exposed on the first page of the project description within the current document, using the language of logic signs


           Chess figures, the Pawn and the Queen, lg 50 cm, put outside of the square.

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