Turbulence zone


Turbulence zone

Half a century after Alvin Toffler’s Futuroshock, prominent sales managers have discovered that we are caught in a turbulent V.U.C.A. flow of instability, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

It is easy to see that situations of turbulence are periodic phases in the state of human culture. And they arise as a result of cultural activity itself. Thus, the eidos of certainty and perfection in the Renaissance is replaced by the turbulent whirlwinds of the Baroque. But if earlier “turbulence” in culture was defined as “crisis” or “transitional” periods, with their spatial and temporal boundaries, now the state of turbulence claims to be boundless. The ancient curse “May you live in the epoch of change!” loses its meaning, because other epochs, epochs of stability, are not envisaged by modern culture, and the “exit” from the turbulence zone is conceived only in the form of a catastrophe that ends human existence as a whole. The unity and confrontation of the private and the general are entering the most dangerous phase of risk. Radical means of project modeling are urgently required in the conditions of permanent changes that are accelerating exponentially.

One of such means was art, for which working with universal interrelationships, including dynamic ones, has always been an everyday task. In the zone of turbulence, the value of this function tends to infinity.

Again and again we are called upon to look into the essence of social problems through the specific and universal optics of art.

We exist at a boundary where the hermetic nature of the audience of contemporary art, a product of post-industrial society, becomes unbearable.

The Odesa Biennale of Modern Art once again poses a global problem for artists, which, according to many authoritative experts, is one of the signs of provincialism or marginality. However, in the epochs of fundamental crises, and even more so, the crisis of fundamentality, faithful sketches of what is to come have often emerged on the margins of canonical texts, on the borders melting in the fire of innovation.