The Aliens is an autonomous institution founded by Marika Krasina and Anton Kryvulia in 2014 for the task of materializing an unproductive artistic practice in the form of exhibitions, publications, projects, and events.
Who are the Aliens? Artists
If art is not a public activity addressed to the market and the entertainment industry; not so much the objects and stories for experiencing it could be assumed as the daily and invisible artist's work of recreating, recollecting, and reinventing the world and (her)himself.
Our work is indistinguishable from our daily life. It's a continuous effort, such as the daily unproductive work of a taxi driver or window washer. Our way of action means the refusal of production: if society turns art into an object of consumption, we, in response to this, act on the territory of society with an understanding of leisure as labor. MARIKA KRASINA
Who are the Aliens? Curators
To turn such an unproductive practice into a condition of art and make the artist with his work-in-itself visible a witness is needed. It requires the observer’s appearance, carrying out the practice of materialization, in which a hidden and aimless process renders into the matter.
Like animal species (labridae, eel, etc), which can change sex in extreme circumstances, Marika Krasina and Anton Krivula had set up such outer observers from themselves. This alien, curatorial mode of action allows combining synthetically unproductive practices with materialization, communication, and presentation.
We assume our work as the practices of resistance and overcoming; we are developing a model of action. We are testing the strategies to face impassable circumstances in our living and working experience. We accepted the current universal threats as a professional challenge with which we operate by employing particular artistic means. ANTON KRIVULA
The material achieved resulted from the fixation on such unproductive artwork: documentary video and photography, audio recordings, notebooks, index of things, maps, and the things themselves act as a source for materialization and re-materialization of artwork without direct production. As a result of such materialization, the artist’s unproductive practice acquires material qualities, which at a specific moment can be installed, stored, and transmitted.
Artistic practice, engaged in the constant recollection of its origins, and curatorial practice following the unproductive artistic process and materializing it, together constitute the Aliens Institution's work.