Heloisa Amaral (moderator)
Even though the Iron Curtain was pulled back at the end of the 1980s, Western audiences still know surprisingly little about the music and arts of modern-day Russia. At the same time, the cultural archives of the former Soviet Union remain largely undiscovered. Highlighting the Russian music threaded through this year’s Ultima programme, Russian Invasion investigates the past, present and future of avant garde sounds from this extraordinary country.
Andrey Smirnov, Researcher and senior lecturer at the Centre for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow State Conseratory, and the author of Sound In Z: Experiments In Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th Century Russia (2013), brings us up to date with a wide ranging historical survey of alternative sound and music practices from the Soviet Union into present day Russia.
Oslo-based artist Ignas Krunglevicius, who opens his Riot installation at Sentralen on the same day, was born in present-day Lithuania during the Soviet era. He will discuss his work and identity as an artist with connections to a nation that no longer exists.
A contemporary view of music in Russia will come from representatives from Belgium’s Ensemble Nadar, who play a fascinating and enigmatic collaborative piece by four young Russian composers later today.
In collaboration with the Ulysses Network and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and Norwegian Society of Composers.
Ultima Academy is a series of talks, lectures and panel discussions and is free and open to anyone interested in knowing more about the ideas that underlie this year's festival programme.