You participated in remarkable art exhibition, such as Waterfront, 2017 (Saint Petersburg – Helsinki – Copenhagen), Art Electronica, 2015 (Linz, Austria), Geek Picnic, 2017, CROSS-ART, 2015, Technoart, 2016, ProToArt, 2017, etc.. Is there any particular experience you will never forget?
All festivals and exhibition projects, which I was lucky enough to take part in, gave me a unique experience of transition to new layers of ideas and their implementation. Especially bright and unusual one for me was the Waterfront project where I presented two works at once: the first was devoted to the Baltic sea (multi-channel soundscape, based on field recordings made under water on hydrophones specially created by me).
The second work was in a site-specific genre. I created a technological sound object that was built into a real pressure chamber. As a result, it became a chamber acoustic space with a complex sound.
Another interesting experience was at the Usadba Jazz festival, where it was possible to create a sound art-dome, in which several different objects and sculptures in the space of the hemisphere sounded as a concert.
The international festival Artprospekt was also unforgettable: the sound installation was suspended in the arch of a house. It was the experience of public art, I felt the positive feedback, support and gratitude of local citizens.
You have been a member of artists of Russia, member of International Association of arts – IAPA UNESCO, member of the professional creative union “Free culture partnership”, and also Community member soundartist.ru. What is your commitment and your goal as an individual artist and member of such important communities?
Being in a particular professional community, the artist has the opportunity to interact and share experiences with colleagues at a certain level of knowledge and skills, to solve problems together and to develop.
Last year, your sculpture “Orpheus: song for the Whales” won as Best Media Object at the 8th annual “Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award” (St. Petersburg). Sound is fundamental to whales and dolphins for hunting, navigating and above all communicating. It is also a sort of echolocation. As they do not have vocal chords, their production of sound is still a mystery. At the same time, the artistic result is often a mysterious act of creation. Maybe there is a common spiritual hand over the whole beauty, in nature and in art. Don’t you think so?
That’s exactly what I think! I never cease to be surprised by the variety of forms in this world and the individuality of each. I feel that everything is one organism, in which everything is interconnected and affects each other. Everything that exists in the world is a creative act. Nature itself is the Supreme artist. There is no doubt that some spiritual force inspires and directs every living being for the act of creation in one way or another.
You have just won the Seventh Edition of the COMEL Award with your work Platosonus. The Jury awarded it with the following motivation:
“In the work Platasonus, Sergey Filatov, referring to the experiments between avant-garde music and visual arts, uses aluminum as sound metal with essential construction and original and minimal technology, thanks to the percussive action of wires moved by simple electrical devices, bearing small clappers at the end. The contrast between the functional essentiality of the structure and the evocative randomness of the musical effects is resolved in a sense of delicate, discreet and intimate harmony, which is not free from a subtle and perhaps disquieting allusion to the possible hybridizations between man and machine “.
What do you think about this experience in Italy and specifically with the prize?
For me it was especially joyful that Platosonus passed the qualifying round and was exhibited with the works of great artists from Italy and other countries. It was a great honor and a real happiness for me to know that I was the winner of the competition according to the jury. The visit to Italy and communication with the participants and organizers of the exhibition expanded my horizons in the creative way and human relationships.
As for the topic of the interaction between man and technology, it is inevitable for the civilized life in our time. Developing technologies allow a person to penetrate into more subtle and complex corners of the universe at macro and micro levels, which is also one of the methods of self-knowledge. However, in the case of Platosonus I don’t feel anxiety from this hybridization, it is rather a situation of a harmonious combination of robotization and sensuality.
What’s you next project?
I am preparing for a personal exhibition in the COMEL Gallery with great enthusiasm. I want to build a new sound environment. It will be something incredible! I use a number of existing and brand new sound sculptures and generators made of aluminum.
Also, several personal and collective exhibitions are planned in St. Petersburg and Moscow in the near future.