Rhythm 1

 

installation (video, sound)

2017

photographs by Mikhail Zolotovsky



As a starting point the work takes the experience of discotheques for the people with hearing impairment, organised by ‘Belarusian Association for Deaf People’. The video installation comprises collected interviews with the deaf people, including dancers, on their perception of sound, vibration and rhythm; photographic and video materials from the given discotheques; and archival video by Belarusian pantomime theatre of actors with hearing impairment. Which are put into the broader social and political frame of concepts of rhythm and silence, along with the history of critical reflections on music and silence within the Western theatre dance tradition.
The non-synchronised soundscape is composed by the sounds below 100 Hz collected from the pop playlist of the above mentioned discotheques and random techno tracks, i.e. reduced to the beat and being accessible both corporeally (via vibration) and aurally.