Sound Optics


05.04 - 28.04.2012

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Program: [Context of the visual]

Place: Municipal exhibition center GAlereYA

Curator: [Vitaly Patsyukov]

Coordinators: [Aliya Berdigaliyeva], [Maria Punina]

Participants: [project "Generation Z"], Alexandra Mitlyanskaya, [Vladimir Martynov], [Vladimir Smolyar], [Vladimir Tarasov], [Alexander Pettai ], [AES+F group], [Pavel Karmanov]

Partners: Municipal exhibition center GAlereYA

Vladimir Smolyar, Vladimir Tarasov. Afternoon of Bach. 2011. Still from video installation

The “Sound Optics” exhibition explores artistic reality as an integrated system of relations between sound and image.

The historical part of the project consists of archival materials related to the legendary Generation Z movement of the late 1920s and early 1930s, whose members used special machines to try and translate visual imagery to sound systems.

Further development of the ideas of Generation Z can be seen in the works of contemporary artists and composers who have turned to the art of multimedia and who consider acoustics as inseparable from visual manifestations.

The exhibition presents eight projections. “Feast of Trimalchio”, a work by AES+F, is of central importance. It is a video looking at contemporary problems through ancient imagery. The relationship between mass culture and the high traditions that defined 19th century Russian culture is revealed in two works by Alexandra Mitlyanskaya set to the music of Tchaikovsky.

The method of chance, in which the variational dialogues of sound and image are laid, is represented in the work of Alexander Pettai, where the artist has associated light signals of car headlights with the latest acoustic harmony built on synthesizer technologies.

The phenomenon of acoustic minimalism is represented in the exhibition by the collaboration of composer Vladimir Martynov and artist Vladimir Smolyar, “Afternoon of Bach”, where the visual nature of pixelization is developed according to the drama of Martynov’s musical composition.

The origins of sound-image relationship are traced in Vladimir Tarasov’s video installation “Gobustan”, in which the artist and composer reconstruct the shaman’s “game” on a “ritual” stone (Gobustan early human site in Azerbaijan).

Co-organizer: Municipal exhibition center “GAlereYA”

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