Monument IV

Soundwave sculpture

“Monument IV” is the static spatial sound composition dedicated to Leningrad architectural avant-garde. It is based on three main principles of the Soviet constructivism of the 1920s, formulated by the Russian artist and art-theorist Aleksei Gan, which are “… tectonics, construction and texture …".

In their architectural and sculptural works the constructivists tried to emphasize and utilize the environment materiality by means of form simplicity and building material technical basis exposure. As such building material also the sound wave can serve. The combination of the elementary sound signals can create acoustic analog of ferroconcrete – the main resource of constructivists – where the role of steel reinforcements is played by sinusoidal waves and the noise signals acts as hearting concrete.

Therefore, the use of physics, phonics and psychoacoustics makes possible to work with a sound field as with static material object which can be perceived by listeners in three-dimensional space. Perception process of such sound construction is quite similar to viewing of sculptural and architectural objects: the construction remains invariable and for its "sighting" it is necessary for the audience to move in space around (or inside) it. However in this case the spatial form of the construction is created only on the basis of sound sensations and aural memory, emphasizing materiality of the acoustic phenomena.

The New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, Saint-Petersburg
New Media Lab #1 presentations
Octophonic version
03.09.2015 - 07.09.2015
PostCity Gleishalle, Linz, Austria
Russian Sound Art Showcase / Atonal Architectonics: postroenie, Ars Electronica 2015
Site-specific 10-channel version