BOTH EARS ON THE GROUND
Video HD, 2019, 29 min
This project was realized in the framework of the Artist-in-Residence program of the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, "Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear", curated by Kristina Gorlanova, Anna Litovskikh and Artyom Antipin.
The city of Berezniki, Ural, was built on salt mines, and became infamous because of the sinkholes they caused. “Both Ears on the Ground” is a collection of voices revolving around these events. It displays a series of encounters in this city where industry is intermingled with the local culture. Sinkholes are a combination of human and natural processes, a rapid breaking point of slow movements happening out of sight, a conflict between spectacular occurrences and invisible dynamics. That very invisibility triggers the question of belief and trust: every person must decide where to place their faith. Sinkholes are a source of sensational images for journalists, but a banal fact for Berezeniki citizens going about their daily life, leaving the image of their "sinking town" to distant eyes.
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Main cast: Olga Soloveva, Elena Travnikova, Elena Nizhegorodova, Kirill Kobyakov, Luybov Bushueva, Victor Kryvokorytov, Nicolay NicolayevProducer, location manager, interpreter, sound Recording: Anna LitovskikhDirector, editor, camera: Naïmé PerretteSound mix: Thimofey Shestakov