Kunsti ja disaini õppekava doktorant Varvara Guljajeva väitekirja “Unaware Participation in Art” juurde kuuluva loomingulise tegevuse eelretsenseerimine 13. juunil!

Neljapäeval, 13. juunil algusega kell 17.00 toimub Estonia pst 7 õppehoone ruumis 405 (IV korrusel) kunsti ja disaini eriala doktorant Varvara Guljajeva väitekirja “Unaware Participation in Art” juurde kuuluva loomingulise tegevuse eelretsenseerimine.

Doktoritöö juhendaja on prof dr Raivo Kelomees, projekti eelretsensendid on Pau Waelder, MA ja dr Heie Treier. 

Kunstitöö põhjalik kataloog asub siin: http://mcanet.infofiles/catalogue_baltic_sea_radio_op.pdf

Olete oodatud kuulama!

Baltic Sea Radio (2012)

Authors: Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet Sola

The artwork was the part of Baltic Goes Digital exhibition organized by Art Line Project that took place in the Gdansk City Gallery in Gdansk, Poland (14.09-04.11.12).
Baltic Sea Radio was one of the three winning works of Baltic Goes Digital contest.

Baltic Sea Radio is an art project that makes use of the Baltic Sea traffic for artistic purposes and offers a novel sonic experience to the audience. The artwork reflects the local ships’ movements in real-time and applies marine traffic as a score of a sound composition. The boats that can be reached by the AIS-receiver, which is installed in Sopot right on the coast of Baltic Sea, are affecting and determining the score of the soundwork in real-time. Hence, the artists have given away the control over the sound composition to the marine data. In other words, the sound work is in a constant flux and relates to current activity of Gdansk Bay. It means, one could listen to the voice of local sea, and imagine the movement and activity of it.

The artwork uses unaware participation concept developed by the artists through their past works, which applies certain human or animal activity for artistic purposes without awareness of the subject in real-time. It means, the artwork is based on daily life events at the moment. In the case of Baltic Sea Radio, the sound installation is affected by the ships’ movement in Gdansk Bay in real-time. Thus, the artwork aims to draw on everyday life and invite the audience to rediscover reality in unusual way, rather than to be an auto-reflective piece of art.

Baltic Sea Radio goes beyond gallery space. It expands over 3 spaces: the receiving station on the coast of Gdansk Bay, the listening and visual installation in the gallery, and virtual space in the form of online radio stream. Hence, the work cannot be seen just as a sonic one because it interacts with different spaces and has it’s visual and experiential elements besides the sonic part. It is important to mention that as visual artists we have approached sound as a visual material and tried to give a texture to the composition elements. In addition to that, we are not talking about sonification of marine data, because the data do not correspond directly to certain parameters in the software but rather determines the score, the characteristics and activity of used sonic textures or instruments created in PureData program.

Concerning technical realization, an AIS-receiver was used for receiving the marine traffic. This device has 50 nautical miles of reachability. It constitutes, the receiver has to be placed on the spot that has a view on sea. Hence, the AIS-receiver was placed on the coast of Gdansk Bay in Sopot where in average 40 – 100 ships could be reached and applied as a source for composition. There was installed also a computer that makes sense of received data, decrypts it and forwards to the second computer that is located in the exhibition space in Gdansk City Gallery. The listening station is also the place where real-time sound composition is generated. The soundwork uses Pure Data software for electronic sound composition purposes and also for receiving decoded marine data from another machine. Moreover, from the gallery space is realized also the broadcast of Baltic Sea Radio online.

In terms of visual presentation in the gallery space, the audience is invited to take a seat in the half-boat and experience the real-time composition of Baltic Sea. The listening station is made out of old fishing boat that was cut into two pieces, equipped with a seat, computer and headphones.

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