Appetite c. 1300, “craving for food,” from Anglo-French appetit, Old French apetit “appetite, desire, eagerness”, from Latin appetitus “appetite, longing,” literally “desire toward,” from appetere “to long for, desire; strive for, grasp at,” from ad “to” + petere “go to, seek out,” from PIE root ^pet- “to rush, fly” (see petition). “In his new project Martin Penev reveals himself as a virtual realist. Not because he experiments with cutting-edge technology of virtual reality, but because he reflects / speculates on the reality of the virtual. Reality filled with things and events which we can define in Bulgarian as “theoretically possible” or in English would call “virtually possible”. Martin Penev speculates upon the expectations of his audience of what can be observed in the space of a gallery- objects originating from the art history, its genres and subtypes. And here it is his key finding – the difference between the process of representation of reality in which artists have been involved for centuries, and the process of constructing realities (albeit virtual), in which not only artists but also their audience is involved within the various synthetic techno-spaces.”
Krassimir Terziev Martin Penev (b. 1985) is a Sofia based visual artist. In 2009 he earned a master’s degree in Theology at St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University and in 2012 a master’s degree in Digital Arts at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. From 2010 he has been participating in group and individual projects in a number of festivals and events in Bulgaria and abroad, including the International Digital Arts Festival DA Fest 2011, the International Theatre Festival Varna Summer 2012, ACT Independent Theater Festival 2012, Sofia Dance Week 2013 and One Dance Week 2014, Antistatic 2014, the International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts Off Europa 2014, Leipzig and Dresden Dance Fest, Skopje 2015, the International Performance Art Festival Sofia Underground 2016. From 2012 to 2015 he was a member of the Contemporary Performing Arts Guild at the Union of Bulgarian Actors. In 2016 he opened his first solo exhibition “Exploiting the Erased Image” at “Vaska Emanouilova” Gallery, branch of Sofia City Art Gallery. He has interests in the media arts, interactive design, installation and performance.