“Radio Wall” at Cēsis Art Festival 2012. Photo: Katrīna Ģelze
“Orbīta” reaches the final of Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award
On the evening of April 5 Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Center in Saint Petersburg will hold an award ceremony for the annual Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award. The first time this award was held was in 2009 and ever since then it has been presented to those artists, curators and musicians, who, within their creative work, develop ideas, which were formulated by Sergey Kuryokhin, the leader of “Pop-Mechanica” project and a cult figure of Saint Petersburg’s art scene in the 1990s. In the foreground of this award is a search for new forms of interplay of arts, provocation, and commitment to performance, improvisation and unpredictable results of artistic work.
This year Latvian creative group “Orbīta” has reached the finals of Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award with the project “Radio Wall”, which was exhibited in Cēsis Art Festival in 2012. The Latvian creative group will compete in the prestigious category “Pop-mechanica Grand-Prix”. Next to “Orbita” are also three other candidates, one of which is the international festival for cybernetic art CYBERFEST. Two of the members of creative group “Orbīta” are already in Moscow, where they will reconstruct a five metre long fragment of the “Radio Wall”. Originally the installation reached 20 metres, encompassed 82 receivers and 12 FM transmitters that were broadcasting specially prepared sounds and poetry collages.
Walking past the “Radio Wall” listeners were submerged in the hypnotic sounds that allowed them to concentrate for a moment exclusively on the poetic text that sounds like signals and voices from a non-existent radio station - as if it was received accidentally while twisting the tuning knob, then recognised and its message - comprehended.
Other nominations of the Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award are “Best Curator Project”, “Best Visual Art Project” (installation, object, painting, sculpture), “Best Media Object” (video art, film, animation), “Public Art” (public art, land art, graffiti projects) and “Best Contemporary Art Text” (journalist/critic/art expert awards).
The results will be announced on the evening of April 5, 2013.