Programming by Mikhail Chernov
Brushstroke artist Marina Koldobskaya
Collage artist Irina Vasileva

Materials: percussion instrument,
custom software, digital video projection
Physical Size: Variable

The interactive artwork “DRUMPAINTING” transforms live sound into moving image, realizing an idea of “colour music” on a modern technological level. Through a computer system devised and engineered by artists at CYLAND Media Lab, viewers play on a drum set to produce a visual unique to and created by their musical performance. As adaptable to any rhythm as it is to any off-rhythm notes, “DRUMPAINTING” has no restrictions in its ability to generate unlimited variations unique to each individual’s own beat.

Previous site specific installations have utilized various percussion instruments ranging from toy bongos to a full professional drum kit with high hat. In each instance, no matter how soft or loud, fast or slow, sophisticated or awkward, every note is transmitted to a computer. CYLAND Media Lab’s program then translates each sound into a corresponding image. The devised software coordinates an image with each note but also allows mixing, changes in colour and size on each channel (maximum 4) and effects such as multiplication, transparency, time delay and inversion.

Streams of images are mixed in real time by the means of custom interface creating a live visual melody embodying the sounds exuding from the public, any form of music or nonmusic that may.

“Drumpainting” at TRANSMODERN Festival, Baltimore USA
April, 28 – 1 May, 2011

Anna Frants – Interview, 2009

Anna Frants

Anna Frants is an internationally known media artist and curator. She graduated from Baron Stieglitz St. Petersburg Academy of Art & Industry and also studied at Pratt Institute School of Advanced Studies in New York.

Anna Frants’ interactive art installations have been exhibited at top venues across the world. Recent highlights from 2009 until the present time include exhibiting in the St. Petersburg Biennial, Moscow Biennial and Polish Biennial, Kuoseino Sato Museum of Contemporary Art (Fukuoka, Japan), The Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), RSProjects (Berlin, Germany), VAP / Gogolfest (Kiev, Ukraine) and Transmediale (Berlin, Germany) as well as participating in a 17 day expedition to The Arctic Circle with The Farm Foundation of Arts and Sciences.

Frants is represented by Borey Gallery (St. Petersburg, Russia), Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery (Brooklyn, USA & Berlin, Germany) and Barbarian Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland). Her works can be found in collections of Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), Kolodzei Art Foundation (New York, USA), Sergey Kuryokhin Center for Modern Art (St. Petersburg, Russia) and private collections.