Submission
Šimon Chovan

Transit Cell Song

Exhibition guest: Eva Husárová


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Šimon Chovan, Transit Cell Song, 2022, Installation view, Šopa, Košice
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Cell Song, 2022, Installation view, Šopa, Košice
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Šimon Chovan, Eva Husárová, 2022, Maybe what u want is gone, PVC, Black steel, Courtesy of the artists
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Šimon Chovan, Eva Husárová, 2022, Maybe what u want is gone, PVC, Black steel, Courtesy of the artists
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Šimon Chovan, Retired Seeding Unit, 2022, Black steel, PVC, rye seeds, print on foil, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Retired Seeding Unit, 2022, Black steel, PVC, rye seeds, print on foil, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Retired Seeding Unit, 2022, Black steel, PVC, rye seeds, print on foil, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Cell Song, 2022, Installation view, Šopa, Košice
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Šimon Chovan, Chiral filter (right channel), 2022, Black steel, steel dust, soil, silicone, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Chiral filter (right channel), 2022, Black steel, steel dust, soil, silicone, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Chiral filter (right channel), 2022, Black steel, steel dust, soil, silicone, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Cell Song, 2022, Installation view, Šopa, Košice
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Cell Song, 2022, Installation view, Šopa, Košice
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Flower Patrol II, 2022, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Flower Patrol II, 2022, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Cell Song, 2022, Installation view, Šopa, Košice
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Cell Song, 2022, Installation view, Šopa, Košice
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Flower Patrol III, 2022, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Flower Patrol III, 2022, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist
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Šimon Chovan, Transit Flower Patrol III, 2022, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist

Nobody was particularly surprised when microscopic plastic particles were recently discovered in human blood. Since geologists classified a new type of stone – plastiglomerate (rock that contains natural sediments conjoined by molten plastic) – it was just a matter of time until we face an objective proof of direct engagement of this artificial material with our bodies. Nothing has changed from the phenomenological perspective – our bodies are still what they used to be, but the presence of the “unwelcomed guest” we created by ourselves that changes our cells in an unpredictable manner has disturbed us in our comfort zones. Well, for a while, at least. The plastiglomerate mentioned earlier has become a geological indicator of human presence in planetary history. Similarly, our bodies have become logbooks with entries describing our activities. We are changing the nature around us to our advantage in the same way as we are changing the nature within our bodies.

Our veins with microplastics drifting inside are not the only expression of the transforming concept of body. The modifications take place at many different levels including our genetics. These phenomena bring forward questions about what we generally think of “the nature within us”. The natural entwines with artificial products of our activities that become part of us. We are the daughters and sons of the nature and we have departed from the nature, even at physical level. The “natural element within us” has already been convoluted by the artificial agent that brings us and our bodies into a state of strange distinction.

This particular hybrid or transitory identity is amply elaborated in the works of the Šimon Chovan’s solo exhibition titled Transit Cell Song. Exhausted nature gives off its last breath from behind a screen; monumental sculptures of plants with features of living organisms covered with earth, defending against the unknown or exploring themselves; screens with protruding cables delivering flourishing plant life to the surface; futuristic dresses from the collection Breath! (2018) evoking human circulatory system made by Eva Husárová from plastic tubes gnawed by mice – these are the works of art incorporating natural, artificial and technological agents whose roles constantly change and rearrange, thus creating new connections.

Erik Vilím