Manifesto of Nothing

In 2023, I asked AI to write a manifesto for a contemporary artist. Since AI uses human-created content as a resource, this text appears as a unified contemporary art discourse artificially composed by a machine, and becomes a manifesto of everything and nothing. This manifesto is an unbound text and can be neither the manifesto of a single artist, nor the manifesto of all artists, nor the manifesto of anyone.

I transform the manifesto into a film, creating a video essay full of metaphors based on contemporary dance practices as a leading medium. Using a variety of intuition-filming and AI-generating techniques, I guide the audience through a non-logical sequence of visuals accompanied by a voice reading the Manifesto of Nothing. This experimental film is an allegorical comparison of public and personal, generative and consumptive, artificial and natural.

  • Aleksandr Lialiushkin
  • Aleksei Sinitsin
    Special thanks
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Director Biography - Aleksandr Lialiushkin

Aleksandr Lialiushkin is an artist, performer, theatre director, and choreographer, working in fine arts, embroidery, digital media, contemporary dance, and performance.

He started his artistic journey by graduating from the School of Contemporary Arts "Paideia" in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2016. Aleksandr researches the philosophy of the body, the interaction between the artist and art, and politics and political science. In 2019 he staged a theater performance "We", based on the novel by E. Zamyatin and dedicated to the "moscow protests" in Russia in 2019.

Working with visual arts (e.g. ARTEPOVERA20 / COVID19, 2020), performance (e.g. I'm a Bad Artist but a Good Person, 2016), embroidery (e.g. Untitled about war, 2022), he describes photography as his leading medium. Aleksandr's photographic practice is not about documenting reality, but rather constructing the new. He makes a statement with each project, taking full control of the image: from directing the shooting to using retouching tools. Aleksandr uses it as an independent genre (e.g. Slow sliding at home, 2020-2023) or combines it with others (e.g. Sense of Kin, 2018-2020).

In 2022, Aleksandr fled Russia and now lives in Georgia.

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