SOUND ART PROGRAM – January 25, 19:00
St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Main Hall
Nao Nishihara (Japan)
In this performance, Nao Nishihara shows the notion of his body. When he beats a drum on his back, he looks as if he is dancing even though he does not intend to dance. The drum makes him dance. So who is the boss of the body? Also, kinetic sound machines emit sound across him. When they are activated, he feels as if he’s in a band. The machines are machines, but they help him in the way musicians do. Besides, they do not always work perfectly and they require maintenance similar to the body. Nishihara wants to show the art of the normal body. Not for any nostalgic reason, but due to the further development of society and technology.
Nao Nishihara – CYFEST 10 in Saint-Petersburg
Nazar Rakhmanov, Eduard Rakhmanov, Anastasia Tolchneva (Russia)
audio installation, performance
The electromagnetic field of 50 Hz frequency is generated by an inductor coil and presented as an object in space. The project invites the viewer to rethink the relationship between the human being and the anthropogenic environment. In the contemporary world, human beings often find themselves in zones of magnetic fields generated by a power grid without a sensory experience of them. The inductor coil is a concentrated presence of the electric grid that has filled every corner of the civilized ecumene. The installation manifests the invisible presence of electromagnetic field by means of objects that emit sounds or move under its influence. What transpires proves to be a dance and a sound performance, a duet of the body and the field.
St. Petersburg Improvisational Orchestra (Russia)
Conductor: Dmitry Shubin. Project’s concept: Antonina Pozdnyakova
The conducted improvisation, which was pioneered by Walter Thompson and William Morris, has only become widespread recently. Improvisational orchestras exist in London, New York, Berlin, Glasgow, Amsterdam and many other cities. Conductors of these ensembles differ from classical conductors, and they use a special system of signs and gestures. The only improvisational orchestra in Russia, which was created in 2012 on the base of GES-21, brings together around 30 musicians. “Gadgetophonia” is a project that experiments with the conventional sound of Smartphone, pad synthesizers and samples of MP3 players, with initially non-individual sound material. In the process of playing, a field with “floating” semantics is created, where sound, as if on a swing, moves from the known to the unknown, from the associable to the non-associative.