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MSA—F 2018 


I Music Space Architecture—Festival

Dates: December 1–9, 2018
Location: ZIL Cultural Center, Moscow
Partners: Moscow Architecture School MARCH, ZIL Cultural Center


Curators — Sasha Elina, Yuri Palmin
Coordinator — Olga Rubtsova
Conference moderator — Aleksander Ostrogorsky
i.
SPATIAL COMPOSITION #3.X
The ‘Spatial composition #3.X’ for two improvising ensembles (7 soloists, 10 performers) is a text score that defines the form of the performance, sets the sound fields and trajectories where the participants’ movements, sound and space interactions exist in an unusual play that gives different musical and sensual result. The performance took place inside the halls and corridors, outside and even on top of the building.
Composer: Vladimir Gorlinsky
Instruments: megaphones, electronics, voice, string instruments,
noise objects, accordeon, flute, saw.
Duration: 110 minutes



ii.
GOST 111-35
A site-specific sound installation, the major idea of which is to reimagine and reveal the sonic memory of the glass.
The title of the installation refers to the official Russian State Standard number of clear sheet glass — “GOST 111-35”. Along with concrete and steel, this material was very popular in the Soviet Union in the 1930’s when one of the many prominent constructivist buildings of The Vesnin brothers’ Likhachev Palace of Culture (ZIL) was designed.
The signal, sent to the glass sheets through speakers to vibrate, is a 17-minute soundtrack travelling from one piece of glass to another with a delay, keeping an almost living constant music cycle throughout the course of the works presentation. It is composed of highly obscured sounds taken from film scenes of the Moscow urban environment, along with Soviet and Russian songs of different years — all of these blending with more abstract noise material that shapes the piece. Doubling the windows, the six repeated constructions of metal frames and glass sheets create an additional architectural layer — a visual, poetic simulation as a canvas for representing the core idea.
The chattering sound of the six glass sheets blended with surrounding noises, the transparent constructions subtly expanded the architecture of the atrium. GOST 111-35 seemed to be naturally embedded within the space, inviting the audience to discover and engage with it live. Thus, the setting of the installation presented an ambient piece of art that is neither exposed, nor is it utterly invisible.
Artists: Anton Kuryshev, Andrey Guryanov

Duration: 24/7


iii.
LARGO MA NON TANTO
The film about a flickering time of a journey across an unfamiliar space, where the architecture and music, moving and still meet. A team of artists was invited to think about the frames of time and screen as compositional matter for both spatial and sonic experiences. The video was shot in Japan by the film director and photographer Aleksandra Karelina. The music and sound are made collaboratively by emerging composer and improvisor Darya Zvezdina along with electronic/noise musician, prominent member of the Moscow underground generation of the 80’s, Alexey Borisov. The film is narrated, with fragments of the "Travel Diary of Luigi Pelli of Aranno from Saint Petersburg to Lugano in 1829" being read in Italian. In an illusionary space of unexpected resonances, knitted of unrelated elements, "Largo ma non tanto" focuses on the unstable object of the viewer’s personal reflections.
Director: Aleksandra Karelina
Producer: Sasha Elina
Sound: Alexey Borisov, Darya Zvezdina
Text: Yuri Palmin
Duration: 21 minutes


Click here to watch the film and read the commentary by Sasha Elina (ENG, RUS).


iV.
YOUR BODY IS A COLONY
The performance for solo body, stethoscope microphones, live feedback, infrasound and live electronics that explores the body as a receiver of sonic frequencies and as a resonant space.
Composer: Cameron Graham (UK)
Performer: Anastasia Tolchneva
Duration: 120 minutes



FULL PROGRAMME:

1. "Spatial composition #3.Х" by Vladimir Gorlinsky.
2. "GOST 111-35" installation by Anton Kuryshev and Andrey Guryanov (throughout the festival).
3. Film screening of "Largo ma non tanto" by Aleksandra Karelina, with a music performance.
4. Lecture by Sergei Sitar "Music of the Spheres and the Semiosphere".
5. Lecture-dialogue by Yuri Palmin and Vladimir Gorlinsky "Inhuman Architecture".
6. Lecture by Anton Gorlenko "Approximately 19 billion seconds remaining".
7. Lecture by Cameron Graham "The Sonic Body".
8. Conference with 10 presentations selected in the open-call.
9. "Your Body is a Colony" performance by Cameron Graham (UK).
10. Film screening of "Untitled" (1993) by Alexander Brodsky.


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