Balkan Art Scene
Retouch My Future
Future has a power named mystery. We will never know for sure what we are going to live, but what we do know are the actions we take in our present, that act like fuel. But rather than using the fuel to burn, we can use it to grow. Fuel means energy. Energy has to be consumed and because every action in this world has a reaction, it means that if we use this energy in order to grow, one day the seeds that we planted will bloom into a better future. One we wanted.
// Today's touch has a great impact on future humanity. Future it’s what we are now. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask: Are my hands touching for the future I want to live?
[Concept & Artistic Direction]: Alina Tofan, Ioana Buraga
[Performer]: Alina Tofan
[Video-Editing]: Ioana Buraga
[Camera operator]: Ioana Buraga
[Post-Production]: Ioana Buraga, Vlad Grigore
[3D & VFX]: Ioana Buraga
[Music]: Ioana Buraga
[Voice-Over]: Alina Tofan
[Text]: Alina Tofan, Ioana Buraga
A production powered by // PLASTIC
TEAM – PLASTIC Art Performance Collective
PLASTIC Art Performance Collective - young creative team from Bucharest, Romania, that proposes a foray into the world of plastics. We encourage public dialogue and question practices, representations and uses of plastics both on an individual level and within the socially shared space.
We want to sound the alarm on plastic pollution and unsustainable consumption. The project proposes a symbolic recycling of the remnants of the globalizing capitalism (as it is felt in the Romanian cultural and social context starting from the ‘90s until now); an x-ray of the distance interposed by the plastic filter of consumption between people and the natural environment.
The strong social message is delivered through the production of visual works: an art performance, experimental sound design, video-art, video mapping, conceptual photography, a VR experience.
Our aim is to provide a starting point for a fresh cultural look and a an artistic reflection on the internalization of plastic in almost all areas of daily life, probing and questioning the effects of this ubiquity.
Alina Tofan (RO) is a multidisciplinary artist, actress & ecoperformer, co-creator of Plastic Art Performance Collective. Her area of practice explores unique ways of communicating with all the senses. Her goal is to express as many feelings as possible through the body.
Ioana Buraga (RO) is a new media artist, graphic designer & sound designer based in Bucharest. Her area of practice explores the relationship between sound, space & nature.
It's hard to avoid guilt when thinking of plastic.
We see in plastic the (all-)culprit, the author of the collapse of ecosystems and the economy.
We view in others’ waste the source of loss of the four seasons.
However, we produce-consume-over-produce-over-consume.
We pollute, we lack integration, while recycling is rarely efficient.
We make use, we rejoice and then we discard.
Our pleasures are disposable.
We carry it with us, inside of us. It’s indispensable, indestructible.
Rubber soother, toy, ashtray, can…
Is it truly necessary for plastic to become all these?
Nature is not the opposite of plastic.
Plastic is not inferior to Nature.
Can the two coexist without endangering each other?
We work outside labels, rather - we investigate and interrogate.
This is a subjective exploration in the world of plastics,
An exploration of its affective memory and waste.