Born in 1993, in Republic of Moldova, Mihai Moldovanu is an interdisciplinary visual artist
with interest in theory and fiction. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Photographic Arts from the University of South Wales.
His works explore ideas such as Capitalism, Climate Crisis and the Post-human.
He believes that ideology plays and important role in the maintenance of capitalist
hegemony. Mihai uses images sourced the internet as well as his personal photographs and
videos to make collages and montages exploring the topics mentioned above and glitch the
capitalist ideology. With the rise of complex algorithmic hive minds and deepening scientific
understanding of the universe the topic of non-human perspectives is more relevant than ever. By creating autonomous works of art involving different visual software, Mihai represents visually ideas related to the topic of the Post-human.
Website: Instagram @lostplanet93
by Mihai Moldovanu
There is no shadow under this sun, only glaring light passing like an x-ray through the core of things. What can we really see from this blind spot we call phenomenology? This idea of a world existing independently of human senses is so horrific that it causes a surge of anxiety that can’t be controlled. Ice eyes penetrate everything but see nothing.
What is outside human consciousness? To see how events and objects exist in themselves without humans giving them meaning is most likely unattainable for us but it is interesting to sustain this possibility as I find this a very rich ground for creative work. Trying to imagine a world without colors, a field of possibility unconstrained by time, a constantly shifting system of energies, is a horrific experience. Everything we are psychologically pivots on our perception of reality, what meaning can there be for us in frequencies and energy fields? The world outside our human perception is as alien to us as are the most monstrous Lovecraftian beings. How can we carry on with our human existence when our perception is so flawed?
In ‘X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes’ the protagonist Xavier, a scientist frustrated with the limits of human vision embarks on a project to develop a chemical solution that would enhance his eyesight.
XAVIER: I’m blind to all but a tenth of the universe.
BRANT: My dear friend, only the gods see everything.
XAVIER: My dear doctor, I am closing in on the gods
After applying this solution to his eyes, he starts seeing through objects, much like an x-ray would, but the more he applied this chemical to his eyes the deeper he would see into things. Eventually his eyes turn black like the eyes of people who suffer from Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndrome (ICE), finding it impossible to sleep or function normally.