Protey Temen

Protey Temen is a mixed media artist working with drawings, videos, books and installations. Protey creates abstract visuals to explore and visualize the intersections between science and random visual data utilizing the poetry of everyday life processes.

Selected cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rotterdam, Seoul, Sofia, Sydney, São Paulo, Venice


Everything is Gonna Be Fine • Social Club Creative Space, Los Angeles, California, 2018
Having coffee making calculations
First Person exhibition / Magazijn, Amsterdam Art Weekend, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017
"Knowledge Of" (with Lucas Gutierrez) • Aperto Raum, Berlin, Germany, 2017
One Ant Climbed Into Astronaut's Ear, Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, Russia, 2016
The Cave of Generosity • Komnata Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia, 2014
Passion • Rojo Nova, Sao–Paolo, Brasil, 2011
Mechanics Logotype • LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2011
Oil Project • Gallery Annexe, Bordeaux, France, 2010
Breakfast Heroes • Pictoplasma Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2009


Knowledge Of, Chapter BThe Quickest Via pavilion, The Wrong biennale, World Wide Web, 2017
Processes and Interactions • Art4 Museum, Moscow, Russia, 2016–2017
Various Works Selection • META – The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, 180 Creative Camp, Abrantes, Portugal, 2014
Newspaper • L'École européenne supérieure d'art de Bretagne, Rennes, France, 2013
Passion the Movie. New Cut • Nova Festival, Auditório MIS, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2012
Videomix, Gogbot Festival • Planetart, Enschede, Netherlands, 2011
Videosculptures • La Biennale di Venezia, Internet Pavilion, BYOB, Venice, Italy, 2011


The Spring Cycle • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia, 2017
Emptiness Between Us • Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, Yerevan, Armenia, 2017
When Will Shepherd Return? • National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2013
Constructivism meets Characters • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 2009

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russian National Library, private collections in Russia, Germany, France, Spain and USA

"The essential topic that Protey Temen works with is researching the symbolical environment and analyzing it with the plastic language of abstract art. From pagan myths to the method of "sur-ritualism" discovered by him, Protey approaches step-by-step a quasi-scientific way of interpreting the world. What is the information and how can it be processed, what physical material is used in the composition of a particular object, why do we see a spot and perceive a symbol in a definite way, how do we influence our surroundings in order to execute various processes? All of these questions may be conventionally laid into the sphere of the sensitive, reflexive personal experience – facts that cannot be checked are codified and converted into a common popular knowledge by Protey. To prove his hypotheses, he explains his own intuitive discoveries about the world's structure by using the approach and verbal/visual glossary of a quantitative scientist. The artist packs these pieces of knowledge into text, illustrative materials, schemes, and visual aids as he returns the aesthetic focus to a theory's dry language. The scientific process usually implies the abandonment of aesthetics in favor of a didactic understanding of the meaning. Protey combines the emotional experience and he manifests to us as spectators and students of his "Inner School of Open Studies" the similarity of fundamental strategies of the scientific approach and art practices aimed at revelation of the only true and faithful version of reality." — Introduction by Yulya Yusma