To make your hands strong

Presentation, video show

12.01.2009, 19:00-21:00 Monday

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Program: [Context of the visual]

Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the small hall

Coordinator: [Daria Pyrkina]

The project titled To Make Your Hands Strong, Your Fingers Must Tear Paper, Every Athlete will Tell You that is the product of creative communication between the two artists, Pyotr Bystrov and Kirill Preobrazhensky. In the course of one-hour-long action Pyotr Bystrov tears huge masses of paper into tiny fragments, destroying packs of newspapers and journals, rolls of toilet paper and wallpaper. This is a kind of Sisyphean labor doomed to be eternal and to lack any positive result, but the performance of Bystrov and Preobrazhensky acquires compositional form with a beginning, development and upshot. Paper of different size, thickness and texture sounds different when it is torn. Kirill Preobrazhenensky uses a microphone, a mixer and a computer to synthesize sounds of the torn paper, giving them specific timbre and frequency in real time mode. This produces a multi-aspect audiovisual image where a simple and laconic action acquires the scale of some multimedia symphony.

The documentation of the performance realized at three art venues was used to produce a DVD in a limited number of copies which will be presented by its authors.

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