In their series Asymptote, Evelyn Bencicova, Adam Csoka Keller and Arielle Esther connect photography, video and sound to create scenes that imagine a dystopian future. Using buildings and locations that the trio believe are “authentic to the era of socialism”, their aim is to merge historical events with a fictional scenario to blur the lines between reality and memory.

The featured models in the series pose in coherent geometrical compositions, a symbol of the regime itself. “People create a pattern,” says Evelyn. They become part of the overall composition: the architecture and the society. Each person is stripped of their own individuality to become a unified form, creating an absurd platform where every difference is an anomaly.”

The sound of Asymptote fuses digital and analogue processing, extracted from authentic archives from the radio. Evelyn continues: “The acoustic manipulation shifts the collected material into abstract forms, which experiment with the viewer’s perception and invites the audience into this the partially absurd game. Spartakiada, a national tradition with its roots in 1955, included colossal gymnastic performances that used choreography to unify people into large patterns and structures.

“The video footage creates a dialogue between the characters and the formations they create, following a sudden deformation by pixels that submerge into a digital noise. There is state of tension and paranoia that is induced by the obsessive repetition of sound and image. All of the these elements blend into an audiovisual language creating a characteristic for Asymptote.”

You can discover more of Evelyn’s work at Or watch the fascinating Asymptote video below. It’s certainly a Brave New World.

Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of Evelyn Bencicova

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