Rhythm as the Prevention of Falling


28.02.2017, 19:30 Tuesday

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Program: [Theoretical Studies in Cultural Anthropology]

In the performance lecture “Rhythm as the Prevention of Falling” Keti Chukhrov and Victor Alimpiev will unravel the secrets of the rhythmic temporalization of an art-piece, which we never question.

It is traditionally thought that rhythm is an auxiliary characteristic of an art-work, it defines its temporal and space organization becoming a formal component of a composition. Relying on the examples of a number of music paradigms and certain video-pieces the lecture will show that rhythm  is a special condition of ontology, when temporality happens to be in a crisis. In this case rhythm is rather a syndrome of a standstill, of a halt, of a caesura; it stems from the impossibility to go off and the inevitability of termination. Rhythm breaks the automation of movement, on which the considerable part of the harmonic and metric system of any composition relies on. According to Andre Lepecki  it is the figuration of the rhythm that makes performing arts fatally elusive. They disappear before perception is able to grasp any evolving of whatever. However, with his polyphonic studies Bach accomplished the impossible – he transformed melody into the plastics of a pace, and thus retrieved for the temporality of the sound emission the physical, almost anthropometric presence. How and why he did it? And who helped him in this?

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