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Rosarium Philosophorum

The source of this installation is an alchemical treatise that was lost in mysterious circumstances around the Botanical Gardens of Moscow. On the 19th of May, at night, Hermes Trismegistus had opened up a magical portal from a different dimension over the village Tabolovo (west of Moscow). He did this to pass on the alchemical treatise "Rosarium Philosophorum", which holds the secret of synthesising the Philosophers' Stone to the artist Svetlana Grishina. The treatise was carried by a magical pelican in his large beak. However, the knowledge contained in the treatise was so explosive that the flesh of the pelican couldn't retain the weight of Truth and the pelican spontaneously combusted while flying over the Botanical Gardens. The pages of the treatise had been scattered around the gardens. Nevertheless, the artist Svetlana Grishina had a vision about this and went to seek the lost pages. For 7 days and 7 nights, she wandered around the Botanical Gardens looking for the lost pages. Then, for 7 days and 7 nights, she studied the discovered fragments of the treatise. Then, she spent 7 days and 7 nights in a deep meditative state to condense the knowledge that was held within the treatise into 7 illustrations. These were painted directly onto the artist’s studio windows and comprised the installation shown at the festival.