Alexander Brodsky (1955) is a Russian architect and artist famous for his narrative works on the brink between different disciplines. His production has always been about questioning ways of living through interpretations of the space or taking critical viewpoints on Russian cities development through time.
His work “Your Prison” adopts a more existentialist standpoint. The installation consists of a small closed cell (3 m large and 4m long) where the walls are crossed with ladders connecting small platforms. On different levels are located pieces of furniture which support the basic acts of daily living: cooking, sleeping, washing, studying… The living routine is simulated by the ladders which ascend and descend while connecting the platforms, thus becoming an endless loop of spaces and actions. An archetypal conception of progression, the ladder gets subverted to become the symbol of being stuck in a perpetual condition. The daily life of an isolated individual is dissected through the fragmentation of his activities in minimal units, the automatism of living is exposed in the shape of a prison cell.
Thanks Alexandra B!
More on Brodsky on SOCKS:
An escape into the realm of imagination