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Exhibitions
18 – 31 August 2016

International exhibition based on the annual eco-plein-air The Nature of Sound

exposition

18 – 31 August 2016

Ў Contemporary Art Gallery, NGO “Ecodom”, Institution “Agro-Eco-Culture”, NGO Kulturos Ambasada

International exhibition based on the annual eco-plein-air “The Nature of Sound”

Opening: on August 18, 2016. at 19.00

How we listen to determines what we will hear.

Rustling, hissing, growling, roaring, ringing and silence. We pay attention to some sounds, while others become background noise. Urban silence sounds almost as a continuous buzz of engines, the silence of the forest consists of humming insects, birds chattering and the whisper of the wind in branches. Silence consists of noise. Even in absolute silence we will hear the heartbeat and the sound of blood flowing through vessels. The sound is around us.

Cities are filled with sounds just like the forest, but why do we perceive some sounds as silence and others as noise pollution?

In an attempt to understand the nature of sound and to find the answer to this question, eight artists from Belarus, Lithuania and Armenia lived for eight days in the woods, surrounded by lakes with an eerie echo, and bogs that absorb sounds.

Environmentalists Lana Semenas and Irina Sukhiy told about noise pollution and the sound samples (patterns) in nature, which are destroyed by the anthropogenic load. Sound samples are a peculiar language of nature. They repeat at different levels of organization of the matter and with their help one can explore the nature and a human. Ornithologist Volha Lukšyc showed bats at night and helped to hear their sounds, and the next morning she led the participants through the sparkling and singing forest. Singers and researchers of the Belarusian folklore Rusya and Julia Hibkoŭskaja directed the participants towards the search of their distinctive sound and taught to find a common sound that blurs the boundaries of the personal. Musicians of the Opera and Ballet Theatre said what sound meant for them, its volume, height, width, and showed that Telemann on the veranda of a village house sounds better than in any high-tech concert hall.

In those days, the artists talked about the sound in the nature, about its rhythm, its ornament and function, listened to the bird language and the human language, stood on the bank of the lake and sang to the water, they saw and heard the Quartet, playing Mozart, meet the sounds of life – that of the motorboating of a tractor, the mooing of cows, the roar of the engine of a jalopy on the street in the village of Lyntupy.

This is the life of sound.

Listen to this exhibition. 

We are thankful to all who made it possible to dive into sounds:

Irina Sukhiy, Lana Semenas, Hanna Voŭk, Rusya, Julia Hibkoŭskaja, Aleh Jacyna, Diana Hančarenka, Aliaksandra Paciomina, Aliaksiej Afanasjeu, Volha Lukšyc, Vadzim Hlinnik, Lizaveta Zahuzava, Aliaksandra Das’ko, Kanstantyn Kozyraŭ, Jana Saŭčyk.

Participants of the exhibition are:

Bazinato, Siarhiej Belavoki, Ales’ Halota, Maria Garnak (Lithuania), Ihar Korzun, Tamara Sakalova, Lena Tankačova (Belarus,Lithuania), Tsolak Topchyan (Armenia), Viktorya Kharytonava.

Curators:

Valiancina Kisialiova, Hanna Chystasierdava, Safija Sadoŭskaja