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PRO&CONTRA International Symposium
Moscow, October 8-11 2011; Krasnoyarsk, October 14-16 2011

The project is realized with Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation support
Under the patronage of Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation
Organized by "MediaArtLab" Centre for Art and Culture
Co-organized by Artplay on Yauza Design Centre
Partners: Royal Netherlands Embassy, Goethe Institut, Moskau, Austrian Cultural Forum

2011 Theme: Total Observer

“Today media constructs reality. Digital technologies change the society, politics and economics, but we are also changing with them. Technologies are extensions of our nervous system. We mutate gradually and become part of it. Under the pressure of the infinite number of cameras, stucked in the web, on one hand, we loose our freedom. But on the other - we expand our rights day by day via technological innovations. Art is not an outsider now, it's a trendsetter with new ideas and introduction into various fields is not directly connected to it. Only art with its intuition and power of imagination not limited by either discourse, or status, or norm becomes able to perceive the vague outlines of the future...”

Olga Shishko, PRO&CONTRA curator


General partner

Under the patronage of

Supported by

Open Society Institute


Площадка проведения

Sound Art

The PRO&CONTRA Symposium consists of six sections which include talks by theoreticians, artists, curators and public figures, as well as discussions, classes on various subjects and a presentation programme.


Co-curatred by Sergey Kasich, curator, sound artist (Russia)

Michaela Melián. Mobile, 1999 (Detail). Installation dimensions variable. Courtesy of Michaela Melián

Performances using digital and electro acoustic technologies, demonstrating new experimental methods of processing and visualization of sound processes, using situational potential of a live performance, radio, net and interactive and self-generating music, sound sculptures and sound installations expanding our concept of the nature of sound and its perception.



The co-curator Sergey Kasich (Sound-artist, curator, Russia).

Presentations, lectures. 

Michaela Melian (Artist, Germany) — Speicher;
Kurt Liedwart (sound-artist, Russia) — History of Sound Art; 
Parl Christian Bjørn Vester — GOODIEPAL (artist, musician, hacker, Denmark) — Performance 


Presentation and discussion. Projects of the 2011 nominees.

Yury Kalendarev — "The Standing Wave", Ludmila Belova, programming by Sergey Komarov, Alexey Grachyov, Cyland — "A Time Capsule", Denis Perevalov, Nina Rizhskaya, Igor Sodazot — "Spherephonograph", Valery Aizenberg — "Simone speaks Russian".


Performances by:

"SHVEITSARIA" ("Switzerland") Group (Alexey Zagniy, Lev Rubinshteyn, Maria Chuykova, Russia);
"EVEREST" Group (Switzerland);
Residents of the SoundArtist.ru community (Oleg Makarov & Patrick K.-H.,:: vtol::, Kurt Liedwart, Kasich).