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Ketevan Kintsurashvili

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Art Historian, PH.D., freelance art writer and educator. Ketevan currently works as an independent scholar and educator. She specializes in modern and contemporary art. From 1978-2012, Kintsurashvili worked as a Senior Researcher and Professor at the Institute of Georgian Art, the Tbilisi Art Academy, as well as at the University of Theatre and Film. She is the author of monographs on David Kakabadze, Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili, Koka Ignatov, and ‘Sepo’ (Tengiz Sepiashvili) and others. She has also authored a textbook on 20th century avant-garde art, numerous articles, catalogues and TV programs. She has taught and conducted research work at Mount Holyoke College (1995, 2004, 2008), Yale University (1996, 1998), and Balliol College, United Kingdom (2001). She is a Fellow at the Open Society Foundations (Research Support Scheme, Prague, 1995 - 96; Course Development Competition, Budapest, 1998-99), International Research Exchange (RSEP/Washington, 1998), Salzburg Global Seminars (1999, 2006), Oxford Colleges Hospitality Scheme (2001), ECA/IREX small grants (2000, 2001) Arts Link (New York, 2005), Fulbright Scholars Exchange (2003-04), Democracy Outreach (2005, 2008), and other programs. Kintsurashvili has also given presentations at conferences and seminars arranged by The University of Chicago (2007), Malmö Art Academy (2001); Prague Quadrennial and Scenography International Conference (Prague, 2007), Prague Quadrennial Scenography Expanding Symposium (Riga, 2010), Regents College (London, 2010), Jacobs University (Bremen, 2013), etc. She was also the speaker at the AICA XLVII International Congress in Seoul/Suwon (October 2014).

Kintsurashvili also arranged a lecture-exhibition at the Museum of Art of Georgia, entitled Three Stages in the Development of Abstract Art in Georgia (2000). She was the National Curator for Georgia at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (2011), a scientific consultant and organizer of David Kakabadze’s monographic show in Tbilisi (2013), an expert for the exhibition «To see the dimensions: Artists from Georgia», Lund Gallery (2011). Ketevan is currently writing fiction-documentary book "The First Abstraction: Wassily Kandinsky." With the support of Goethe Institute in Georgia she arranged an exhibition «Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism, and Modernism in Georgia» (Georgian National Gallery, Tbilisi, 2015).

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Installation by Giorgi Janiashvili and David Janiashvili (Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi), 2011

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Mannequin, wool, wood/metal construction, tank, hose, glycerin, natural paint, engine, vine switch, reservoir, incense, lighting, quadraphonic sound installation The installation is created by Giorgi Janiashvili, a composer/ multimedia artist (b. 1989; the author of the concept of project, music/sound and design) and David Janiashvili, a designer/visual artist (b. 1981; design, construction). The piece was presented in June 2011 at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space as part of the Georgian National Exposition (the curator Ketevan Kintsurashvili). In 2012 it was presented at the Tbilisi Art Festival Artisterium (Georgia). The purpose of Static Drama is to create a space, in which different arts collaborate to involve the viewer (visitor) into the process of thinking about the proposed theme (the sacrificial offering in this case). The space is designed in such a way that hearing, sight, touch, smell - almost all senses are involved in perceiving dramatic concept.
A specially created visual symbolic world reflects the dramatic idea of the installation. Original electroacoustic music composition is specially produced for the project and creates the time structure of the installation. In addition, fragrance (the smell of incense is one of the elements of the installation on the theme of Sacrifice), physical contact with organic materials (the visitors are requested to leave shoes outside the installation space and walk on wool), other visual/audio meanings (“blood” falling in drops from the head of the main figure) are applied to create such a performance space where concepts from the artists pass through the viewer’s thinking process, permitting an extensive range of interpretation. The authors direct the viewer’s thinking so that the latter could perceive the act of Sacrifice from various angles: general, historic, temporal, memorial, personal, metaphysical, mystical, depending on the observer’s background, knowledge, interests and feelings. Upon entering the space the viewer involuntarily becomes a participant within the installation and plunges into the ambience of music and visual symbols, showing violence through poetry. The design of the installation is flexible for transformation and adjustable to a new place, but the space must always be exclusive so that the visitors (alone or with companions) should feel isolated within the offered environment, in which every detail speaks about the proposed theme.

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Installation by Giorgi Janiashvili and David Janiashvili (Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi), 2011

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Installation by Giorgi Janiashvili and David Janiashvili (Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi), 2011

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Mannequin, wool, wood/metal construction, tank, hose, glycerin, natural paint, engine, vine switch, reservoir, incense, lighting, quadraphonic sound installation The installation is created by Giorgi Janiashvili, a composer/ multimedia artist (b. 1989; the author of the concept of project, music/sound and design) and David Janiashvili, a designer/visual artist (b. 1981; design, construction). The piece was presented in June 2011 at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space as part of the Georgian National Exposition (the curator Ketevan Kintsurashvili). In 2012 it was presented at the Tbilisi Art Festival Artisterium (Georgia). The purpose of Static Drama is to create a space, in which different arts collaborate to involve the viewer (visitor) into the process of thinking about the proposed theme (the sacrificial offering in this case). The space is designed in such a way that hearing, sight, touch, smell - almost all senses are involved in perceiving dramatic concept.
A specially created visual symbolic world reflects the dramatic idea of the installation. Original electroacoustic music composition is specially produced for the project and creates the time structure of the installation. In addition, fragrance (the smell of incense is one of the elements of the installation on the theme of Sacrifice), physical contact with organic materials (the visitors are requested to leave shoes outside the installation space and walk on wool), other visual/audio meanings (“blood” falling in drops from the head of the main figure) are applied to create such a performance space where concepts from the artists pass through the viewer’s thinking process, permitting an extensive range of interpretation. The authors direct the viewer’s thinking so that the latter could perceive the act of Sacrifice from various angles: general, historic, temporal, memorial, personal, metaphysical, mystical, depending on the observer’s background, knowledge, interests and feelings. Upon entering the space the viewer involuntarily becomes a participant within the installation and plunges into the ambience of music and visual symbols, showing violence through poetry. The design of the installation is flexible for transformation and adjustable to a new place, but the space must always be exclusive so that the visitors (alone or with companions) should feel isolated within the offered environment, in which every detail speaks about the proposed theme.

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Installation by Giorgi Janiashvili and David Janiashvili (Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi), 2011

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