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Short glimpse through the curtain



Author Boris Shershenkov


“Short glimpse through the curtain” is the aided look through the window curtainhiding the last reminder of the physical world left outside the screen during quarantine, the video documentation of the element of self-similar set of self- isolation as survival strategy. The quasi-random process of city channel water ripple captured inside the video frame is demodulated into a sound ripple of receiving channel in the custom instrument of Videovox type which use the Soviet audiovisual technologies of the early 80s. These technologies often arose as a result of borrowing foreign developments and were kind of glimpse through the Iron Curtain. But in the USSR they developed according to their own special laws, which left an imprint on the technical artifacts of the past. The chaos of microevents, inaccessible for analysis, when the focus changes, merges into a single superstructure. This structure hides each individual event, but creates the illusion of the harmony of its own nature, and then disintegrates, leaving an endless space of possibilities for its interpretation.


Boris Shershenkov – sound artist, PhD (candidate of technical sciences) and musical instrument designer. Focusing on projects that develop new methodologies in technological and sound art, he investigates the relationship between human and technology combining modern techniques with media archaeological research.

Boris is engaged in various activities in the field of experimental music and sound art as the author of numerous media installations and sound performances and curator of concert programs, exhibitions and educational projects. As a musician, he is actively working in the areas of live electronics and electroacoustic improvisation, both solo and in collaboration with Russian and foreign musicians. His works were presented at the exhibitions in the NCCA, the Electromuseum, the Museum of Musical Culture (Moscow), the Sound Museum, the Elaginoostrovsky Palace Museum, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications (St. Petersburg), the Sirius Center (Sochi), as well as in the framework of various festivals such as Dark Sounds in White Nights, Cyfest 11, Acousmonium, 101.Mediapoetry (St. Petersburg), Prepared Wednesdays, Geometry of the Now (Moscow), Ars Electronica 2015 (Lintz, Austria), Hors Normes (Le Pont, Switzerland), Art Fair Suomi (Helsinki, Finland).