Dmitry Gelfand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1974. He received a BFA in Film/Video from New York University, 1996.
Gelfand forms an artist duo with Evelina Domnitch, and lives in Amsterdam.
Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch create sensory immersion
environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with
uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly
regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to investigate
questions of perception and perpetuality. Such investigations are
salient because the scientific picture of the world, which serves as
the basis for contemporary thought, still cannot encompass the
unrecordable workings of consciousness.
Having dismissed the use
of recording and fixative media, Domnitch and Gelfand’s installations
exist as ever-transforming phenomena offered for observation. Because
these rarely seen phenomena take place directly in front of the
observer without being intermediated, they often serve to vastly extend
the observer’s sensory envelope. The immediacy of this experience
allows the observer to transcend the illusory distinction between
scientific discovery and perceptual expansion.
In order to
engage such ephemeral processes, the artists have collaborated with
numerous scientific research facilities, including the Drittes
Physikalisches Institut (Goettingen University, Germany), the Institute
of Advanced Sciences and Technologies (Japan), Ricso Lab (Russia) and
the Meurice Institute (Belgium). They are the recipients of the Japan
Media Arts Excellence Prize (2007), and an Ars Electronica Honorary