Iassen Markov

Curator's Selection #5

11.11.2016 – 8.1.2017

CURATOR´S SELECTION #5Technobeton, a solo show by Iassen Markov

11.11.2016 – 8.1.2017

The online show presents „Technobeton VII“, an exclusive and limited edition of furniture art objects by Iassen Markov. The edition consists of 7 exceptional pieces which serve as functional furniture and autonomous art works at the same time. As the title „Technobeton VII“ already indicates the series is composed of 100% Techno and 100 % Beton illustrating the artist’s different influences and professional background as well as the duality of the furniture objects itself. Iassen Markov is an architect, a designer, a music producer and in particular a conceptualist. As part of his project „Technobeton“ the edition stands for the transformation of techno beats in concrete forms by using the correspondent material, acrystal and acrylic glass. Building on one module the series captivates due to its eclectic style with clear lines, surprising compositions, strong materials and sharp colours. With impacts from modern masters like Le Corbusier and postmodern designers like The Memphis Group, „Technobeton VII“  unites contradictions to open the boarder between functional pieces of furniture and the visual arts. The featured film „Technobeton C“ can be understand as a digital reflection of the edition. Iassen Markov’s moving images function as a construction manual literally as a big bang theory where light creates objects and concrete forms turn to abstract sound waves. Two of the furniture art objects (BS and NT1) will be produced in a limited edition of 25. The digital sleepers will be transformed into analog art pieces – ideas become real.

Iassen MarkovTechnobeton VII, 2016NT (Night Table)Edition of 25Concrete, acrystal, acrylic glass

Iassen MarkovTechnobeton VII, 2016BS 1 (Bookshelf)Edition of 25Concrete, acrystal, acrylic glass

Iassen MarkovTechnobeton VII, 2016T1 (Table)Edition of 25Concrete, acrystal, acrylic glass

Iassen MarkovTechnobeton VII, 2016T2 (Coffee Table)Edition of 25Concrete, acrystal, acrylic glass

Iassen MarkovTechnobeton VII, 2016R1 (Shelf)Edition of 25Concrete, acrystal, acrylic glass

Iassen MarkovTechnobeton VII, 2016S1 (Armchair)Edition of 25Concrete, acrystal, acrylic glass

Iassen MarkovTechnobeton VII, 2016L1 (Light object)Edition of 25Concrete, acrystal, acrylic glass

Iassen MarkovTechnobeton C, 2016Single channel, color, sound10:28 min

Iassen Markov about his project „Technobeton“

JG: When did you start the project „Technobeton“?

IM: It has been started in my mind a long time ago, maybe some thirty years (laughing)… I was recently not sure if I shall launch it, or not, until I jumped from a cliff during the Cagliari performing art festival last year. I think this was the beginning for Technobeton in the real world.

JG: The name „Technobeton“ reflects both the duality of the project and your interests. You studied architecture and are producing music. Can you tell us how the two parts come together and influence each other?

IM: I first noticed the connection between techno and beton when I was three or four years old. My grandfather ran a mill, where I used to play among flour fog and pounding bass vibrations of the huge round mill stones. It was a nice feeling of being lost in the right place. When he repaired the stones, he was hitting on them with a very sharp spark-throwing hammer, and the mineral sound echoed in the big building. These stones looked like giant records. Then I studied architecture, and started with producing, but it’s the second and not so important part of the story.

JG: What does the blurring of the boundaries between music, architecture and art mean to you?

IM: The first concept and visualization of the Technobeton VII furniture project was made in ableton composition view (laughing), which is a music program. I would also use these arrangements to explain the objects (or furniture pieces) during a lecture, because it’s very similar to a music piece: the colorful elements the objects are made of have a specific function, as different tracks have specific functions for the song (bass, claps, melody…) I could have made a chair by intending to make chair, but instead of this I prefer to make a music track and somehow persuade myself and everybody else, that this music track is a chair. I doubt, that the best chairs or other pieces of furniture have been made by intending to make exactly this specific chair, or to make exactly this specific piece of furniture. I prefer to blur the frame and like to don’t know what will be the end product, straightforwardness, without being motion blurred bores me.

JG: Let’s talk about the edition „Technobeton VII“ for Collect Good Stuff. What was the idea behind this furniture edition which can serve on the one hand as a functional piece of furniture on the other hand works as an autonomous art work?

IM: Technobeton VII is like an old man who refused to move in his whole life, but now in the end of his life he gets the chance to learn light athletics. He has seven tries, and starts low, but it’s getting better with the time. The energy, which he’s been saving his whole life now comes out in heavy expressive explosion of uncanny moves. If you look at the movie, the objects appear suddenly from the light horizon, without development, or preparation. In fact they have been made in the manner of a very urgent furniture project, with no pre-knowledge about furniture and with no calculation about effort. They are suddenly there and are too fast gone for annoying functional qualities and regulations which want to stick on them and plague them. So this furniture is about the fusion of too much mass and too much speed =>technobeton, which might be the formula for escaping the ballast of functional life.

JG: Apart from techno music which designers, architects or artists affect you the most regarding the furniture objects of the edition?

IM: Bulgarian trash design, Memphis Design, abandoned construction places, Claude Parrent, Metallica, very early DOS games, quadratic car design, Henry Matisse, Kazimir Malevich, the colors of BASF Styrodur and Derivat products.

JG: Let’s focus on the film „Technobeton C“ which is a considerable part of the online exhibition. What role does it play for the edition?

IM: Ah ok unintentionally answered already this question to a certain extent. The film doesn’t show really the objects (or the furniture). It’s a moment capture of the mood I’ve been while I had the idea about them. So I remembered that for Technobeton VII I had the mood of a frozen black water, which is very hard and polished, frozen in big sinus-like waves with a length around 2-3m. There is a concrete grid roof and concrete walls, which are hidden by light and fog. In fact it is an enormous hall, where the objects float. Music plays. Then the objects, or actually the idea of the objects start appearing from the horizon, and pass above the camera like in a virtual concrete fashion show.