sonó/curso II - Audio Gymnastics
Participatory sound installation, 2019
4-channel sound, tactile transducers, gymnastics rings, painted, wood, suspension ropes, Duration: 15 minutes in a loop
This sound installation 'Audio Gymnastics', an adaptation of sonó/curso, was presented at 'Recreation' art festival in cultural center ZIL in Moscow (Russia). It was set in the famous "palace for culture", designed by constructivist architects Vesnin brothers in 1930s as a space where automotive factory workers could participate in active cultural and physical leisure. The exhibition was curated by Olga Deryugina and Kristina Markova.
Audio Gymnastics is a series of exercises with objects carrying tactile sound. This setup invites the public to interact with objects in non-vertical physical positions, employing our own weight, sense of balance, muscles, spine and limbs. Audio Gymnastics is a type of embodied, tactile listening, where the physical presence of self is intensifie by the the experience of "here and now".
This project is a part of 'Non-vertical listening' series which questions a type of verticality that freezes and alienates listener from sound-maker or performer. Alternatively I suggests non-vertical modes in which sonic and visual stimulation can take over not only our ears and eyes, but also limbs, bones and body cavities.