Erarta Museum showcases unique projects which can only be seen within its walls. U-Space is a total installation that immerses you into a particular world, aimed at experiencing particular feelings and emotions. Within a fifteen minutes session, the visitor experiences a different life, unique and personal depending on the specifics of his individual perception. Each total installation has its own theme, predetermining the spectrum of feelings, emotions and thoughts, emerging inside the U-Space that the viewer then transforms into his own personal experiences.

U-Space. The Cherry Orchard, Polyakov Konstantin, 2009/2010, From the collection of: Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

In March, all of Japan marvels at cherry blossoms. There's something mystical in a huge cloud of tender petals which covers the earth every spring and turns daily routine into a fairytale. Legend has it, many years ago a poor old pauper who lived at the foot of mount Fuji, wanted to leave a mark in people's memories before he died but he didn't have anything, and he then decided to plant a thousand seedlings of cherry trees in the mountains. It was extremely tough — cold weather and droughts destroyed young plants but the old man did not give up and kept planting and looking after the trees. One glorious spring they all simultaneously broke into blossom and people were amazed by this beauty. The old man didn't see that spring but people, who did, were immersing in the soft pink cloud and coming to the belief that there is no death, and spring will last forever, and life is wonderful, and happiness will arrive, and all their dreams will come true.

U-Space. What’s Left When Everything’s Gone, Serebrennikova Valentina, 2010, From the collection of: Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

We've all experienced the feeling of loss. It's not necessarily connected to the physical loss of those close to us — it's sometimes caused by the inexorable transition of every particular moment from the category of “present” to the category of “past”. What do we all really have? The past is gone, the future isn't here yet and it looks like all that we have is a thin thread of memories and presentiments spliced together with instants of present sliding along. You can tie your necklace but you also can lose all beads — hold on to yours tight as life is so fragile and flies by so quickly!

U-Space. Loading, Vysotsky Dmitry, From the collection of: Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

Is our life a blank sheet on which everyone writes their own story, or have we been programmed with standard features, akin to a machine? Which is the correct choice — to accept what life has in store for us and stay within its circular boundaries, or to break out from the trapping cycle? And do we really even have that choice in the first place? How does one stay sane within the confines and what lies beyond if we break free?

U-Space. Origins, Gelya Pisareva, 2010, From the collection of: Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

The majority of us lost the tradition of pilgrimage to holy places but, much like centuries ago, from time to time we must distance ourselves from the daily routine and ask ourselves who we are and where we're going. With time, the need for actual physical contact with one's past grows and we return to the family’s homes and parents’ graves. It ' s there that we become our true selves again, drawing strength from our community with humankind, like the “bogatyr” warriors from Russian fables who would fall wounded to the ground, be nourished by mother earth’s juices and rise to fight again. Each one of us absolutely needs to know that there's a place on earth where one can come, strip oneself of all alien and unnecessary and say to the high skies —“it’s me, o Lord!”.

U-Space. Childhood, Kopeikin Nikolay, 2010, From the collection of: Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

If you, having read “Goldilocks and the three bears” in your childhood, saw it as a fun adventure rather than a thriller with a potentially fatal ending, then you will love our child’s room where you have a unique chance to get into someone’s skin, re-visit child’s magical world and feel yourself at the very beginning again.

U-Space. My House - My Fortress?, Petukhov Dmitry, 2010, From the collection of: Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

“Do what you can and then whatever happens, happens”. This well-known saying seems to have a universal meaning and yet it is perceived differently on an individual level — what is “doing”, what can one do? The main question is whether you make the wall protecting you from environment — or become an organic part of the wider world. What is the guarantee of your safety — strong walls or a strong understanding of the situation around you? The authors of the project induce you to open your eyes to the reality of the big wider world, even if the comfort of your personal little space clashes with it.

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