Plateau is a new independent, non-commercial YouTube channel, established and run by Goldsmiths Contemporary Art Theory graduate Elena Konyushikhina, which is dedicated to capturing the processes which occur in young contemporary art. It aims to display the dynamism, the vibrancy and invigorating environments central to moving picture, rather than sterile written interpretation. The team behind Plateau have met and interviewed artists, curators, and critics at studios and exhibitions where transparency and accessibility are sought out; the channel is a platform for horizontal media and counter-culture to interrupt established order by showcasing emergent artists and curatorial practices.
Non-representation of young voices, and authoritarian disregard of their cultural position, has provided the impetus for Plateau‘s values, and its mission to challenge the establishment through inclusivity. Communication with marginalised artistic communities is key to stimulating an auditory which primarily focuses on millennials and minority groups; the implanted truth is met with pre-eminent knowledge which fits elusive contemporaneity. Encouraging the youthful ambition of its showcased artists, the channel fosters self-confidence, self-sufficiency, and autonomy, rather than treading the beaten path into the art world’s meat grinder.
Artists from a variety of social backgrounds and living conditions demonstrate the strive for being. The responsibilities of their choices are presented alongside their art, regardless of their support or access to resources. Plateau intends to introduce these artists’ practices to a broader dialectic with the aim of its online presence allowing for self-reliance and unification of creative communities across Europe and the world.
The first season of Plateau features a series of five interviews with post-Soviet artists, and a curator, in studios and galleries across Moscow. The second season will showcase artists from the Goldsmiths MFA programme, alongside Deptford Moving Image Festival. Between these two subjects, osculation will be unfolded between the East and the West, and polar art communities will be connected to raise international awareness of the global art youth. The first instalment centres on Sasha Kutovoy, a sculptor whose work undermines the life forms of urban sculpture and its relation to the human consciousness. Watch the Plateau team’s interview with Sasha HERE.