For the Radio, 2008
The winner of INNOVATION Prize 2008, the All-Russian Competition in Contemporary Visual Art. "Work of Visual Art" Nomination

For the Radio is a standard way to mark sockets and plugs for radio network. The project displayed consists of three part, including "carte-de-visites" of old radio-sets; a series of pictures with radio-sets that are floating in the air in rebellion against constraints embodied in a radio socket and are trying to reunite with the free radio waves; and an electromechanical object – a radio-sets "choir".

For the Radio, 2008, Installation
Collection of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
"Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum" fes
tival supported by Pro Arte Foundation
Irina Gorlova

So far, Vladislav Efimov's primary interest seemed to be focused on accurate and estranged recreation of "desktop" objects in their pure form. However, this estranged awe masked an intention to demonstrate the potential – Efimov's objects appeared to be 'sensuously perceptible' – if we use Aristotle's vocabulary. A lamp scatters sparks and glows with mysterious light, rhythm meter's pendulum beats the time, radio-set emits waves and pistols with double triggers remind of the power hidden behind their shining frame. While doing his research into the essence of things the artist took pleasure in creating his own reality, composed of wind-bleached carcasses of birds, frogs 'crashed by a harrow', wrinkled dried roses, bare dentures. Mummifying the remains, attaching wings to the fragments of alabaster sculptures, adoring bones with baroque stucco the artist infused the found object with new forms and qualities and constructed new 'being' for them – i.e. indulged in creation. The 'creations' were later photographed with a camera, which made this mythical 'archeology' and object of reality. Quite unexpectedly those quasi-natural objects have manifested dynamic powers in the films where flying, goggle-eyed 'chariots' would not only travel in space but turn into other weird 'spirits'. The road from a compound object back to the simple one went through 'resurrected objects' that were still mutants. To soar up they needed the author to give them wings. Eventually, this led to radio-sets tied down to sockets that could fly with no wings attached – mediums of 'zephyrous celestial element', of ether that fills the atmosphere on the Olympus. For Efimov, radio that manages to catch this ether into its net and make it sound, presents one the most surprising and poetic facts of physics 'domesticated' by man, i.e. of nature. Thus from 'feeling' ideal, smooth surfaces of the first simple objects and making them fly, through creating a different reality the artist is working his way to disclose the Aristotle's essence of things: the whole and the plenty that constitutes the world.
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