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Santa Barbara – A Living Sculpture

One of the most anticipated exhibitions to premiere at the GES-2 House of Culture in the heart of Moscow is Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s Santa Barbara – A Living Sculpture, a recreation of the cult-classic 1980s TV show and the first American telenovela to be broadcast on Russian television and the country’s longest-ever running soap opera.

GES-2 is a power station dating back to 1907, located in the center of Moscow, recently transformed into a major new cultural destination for the city.

Lorem Ipsum’s role in the performance required the tall task of staging, filming, and producing over 100 episodes of the show, live, in a single take, in front of visitors.

“Re-staging a fundamental part of the 1990s social and cultural landscape produces a collectively constructed, live history painting.”

– Francesco Manacorda, artistic director of V–A–C Foundation

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We worked closely alongside Kjartansson for each performance, ensuring all of the artistic and technical elements necessary to complete each episode of the show demonstrated the drama effectively. Continuously re-filming episode after episode on an open platform for the audience turns each performance into a living sculpture, unexpectedly transforming over time. Santa Barbara. The Living Sculpture of Ragnar Kjartansson will be held at the GES-2 House of Culture from December 4, 2021, to March 13, 2022.

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