2013 | video | HD | aspect ratio 16:9 | colour | sound | 9’58’’
2017 Superdemocracy, the Senate, Brussels
Biblimlen explores a series of performances – which are strung together cinematographically – the ways in which people interact with their everyday environment, which is both unique and passing. Often with little or no attention to detail, any possibility for something new or different is completely overlooked.
The performances take place in the Russian State Library, which becomes a co-author of the work. The unique atmosphere and shape of the building is closely linked to the strict rules of conduct that apply there. The work departs from common scenarios that contradict the restrictions of this strictly regulated environment.
Pirogova lets human bodies perform a surprising dance with the library’s knowledge system. She shows unsuspected qualities and possible experiences in a system striving for uniformity. It’s our movements that bring livability, enjoyment and depth. The real and the surreal come together; the characters are enchanted by the building and remain in an endless conversation with space. Bart De Baere
2015 Balagan!!! | NORDWIND Festival, Kühlhaus am Gleisdreieck, Berlin
Award-winning artist Sasha Pirogova (b. 1986, Moscow), a graduate of the Rodchenko School, is one of the few young artists from Moscow working with performance as well as video. In her work, people adapt automatically to the mechanics of their physical environment, relinquishing their autonomy to the rhythm and structure of the work. Her video-performance Biblimlen (2013) is a behind-the-scenes look at Moscow’s Russian State Library (the former Lenin Library), in which the interior architecture of the building becomes an active co-author of the piece. Its nuts, bolts, stacks and lifts give birth to characters who communicate directly with the library’s structure, as if they are enchanted or bound by their spell. David Elliott