PLASTIC MAN, 2017

Experimental documentary short film, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 and nominated for BAFTA Scotland 2017. Breaking from daily reality, a man transforms into Plastic Man Рarmed with chemicals, ready to set landscape on fire. Is he the destroyer of Nature, or the voice of its resilience? […]

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Plastic Man, 2017, short film by Yulia Kovanova

TONN at Aichi Triennale 2016, Nagoya, Japan

TONN (meaning ‚Äėwave‚Äô in Scottish Gaelic) is a light, sound and poetry installation in the city centre of Nagoya, at the Oasis 21 transport interchange. This multi-media public art piece brings the experience of Scottish waves translated through the movement of light, poetry and sound, to create a performance that [‚Ķ]

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Three Times to the Moon and Back

Exploring the life of something other-than-human offers an opportunity to get closer to the intricate balance of natural forces on which life is built. Yulia was commissioned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to create bird sculptures to be placed on a wildlife reserve to attract a colony […]

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DOT

DOT is a transitional space that plays with the boundaries of perception. It is created by artists Yulia¬†Kovanova and Kenny Lam in collaboration with sound artist Lars Koens as an atmospheric space somewhere between wakefulness and dreaming, as a compelling experience of the ‚Äėuncanny‚Äô; of the familiar yet incongruous, a [‚Ķ]

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DOT

Animot

An exhibition of work by MA/MFA students in Art, Space & Nature at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh: Russell Beard Yulia Kovanova Olivia Tutton & Alex Hackett Will Urmston This exhibition is a result of a research project initiated by Ronald Binnie exploring alternatives to anthropocentric culture […]

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Animot

a leaf, a dream

Yulia and Yurika had never met before, and they wouldn’t ever have if they had different names, looks, or chosen occupations. Yet, the similar sounding names, similar body build and similar occupation was enough of a premise for them to be introduced through a collaborative art project. They agreed to monitor transformations […]

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a leaf, a dream

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016

Circumpolar installation has been created for the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016 and is on show from 4th until 9th April 2016 at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). Circumpolar explores the act of migration along with the idea of borders and boundaries through the life of an incredible bird Рthe Arctic […]

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Circumpolar

Artist Fieldwork and Exhibition: LET ME IN

Following a five day artist fieldwork at Outlandia in Glen Nevis, Scotland, Yulia Kovanova worked in collaboration with artist Olivia Tutton. The collaboration resulted in a video installation and poem, presented at the Tent Gallery, Edinburgh in December 2015. A place to stay A place to sway Let me dance on […]

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Outlandia - Yulia Kovanova

Art | Science Collaboration at Biological Architecture Lab (BAL)

Emergence: Living Matters was Biological Architecture Lab (BAL) project and collaboration with scientist Eric Thorand. The exhibition explored manipulation and comparisons of human and microscopic scales. cells float slower than humans move in microscopic spheres cells travel faster than earth’s orbit round ball-of-sun in scale equivalence units of matter/ matters of […]

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Still from Living Matters instalation

Residency: Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Scotland

Outlandia is an off-grid treehouse artist studio and field station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland. A flexible meeting space in the forest for creative collaboration and research. Created by artists Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson, designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects and constructed by local builder Norman Clark, Outlandia is inspired by […]

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Still from Shadows installation

Forest Fates

Forest Fates Three maidens/women/crones sit at their work. They are creating together, spinning, weaving, and cutting. Or so it seems, though if there is a cloth it is unlike anything you are familiar with. Everything about this scene shifts and changes according to unseen whims and circumstances. They even seem to shift amongst […]

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Still from video for Forest Fates exhibition

Morph: Leaving to Chance

Eyes close shut and the world disappears.  Light fades and the reality we perceive with our eyes shifts though the objects in space physically remain the same. Our world is fraught with complexities in perception. Our inner world is invisible to the eyes and yet can be expressed or said […]

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Image from Morph installation

Gravitas: Echoes in the Void

It’s a curious phenomenon: when someone who has made an indelible impression on us dies, they leave behind a vacuum. And there’s this strange ambivalence. It’s almost as if it depends on which filter or prism we view it through: with one, we get an impression of their absence by [‚Ķ]

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Image from Gravitas installation

Tension: Apposition of Opposition

Tension tends to be viewed as uncomfortable, something to avoid. Yet it is there, at the points where forces are pulling in different directions, that a space is created.  Here we find life that exists between and because of the opposing things.  The opposition is necessary, as long as it […]

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Still from Tension video