OPEN AIR LECTURES IN LABORATORIA ART&SCIENCE SPACE
BETWEEN EARTH AND HEAVENS
WHO IS SITTING ON A CLOUD?
EVENT DATE AND LOCATION
11.08.2009, 9 pm
LAB GARDEN, 3 Obukha per.
Ivar MAKSUTOV, religion studies, Head of Religions Studies Society of Moscow State University
At the age of mass culture the person forgot how to distinguish between reality and digital image. The world has turned to clots of paints, and the sky is only the background for flying iron birds.
Sky as the backstage, scenery to the next plain plot iof ridiculous life dramas. The sky is as much an illusion as an image on the monitor screen. At the same time heavens used to be the habitat of divine power with all its blessings and damnations. The cultural and mental concepts transformed and in the XXIst century it appears so simply to understand any more that heavens mean for culture of a postmodern and that he from them waits.
The lecture by Ivar MAKSUTOV will tell about sky, its imagenary inhabitants and about the feelings that a person of postmodernity might experience watching in the sky and clouds.
This summer you can enjoy the sophisticated and unique CLOUD HARP installation by Nicolas Reeves (Canada). The instrument is the result of a research in electronics, acoustics, and programming. It is a physical sculpture containing a technological system that, by means of an infrared laser beam 8 kilometers high, reads the structure of clouds and then transforms this reading into musical sequences. Musical sequences by CLOUD HARP gives a new sensation of sky, now it can be experienced and understood not only visually but also aurally.
For fresh «cloudists» LABORATORIA together with scientists, whose professional experience is connected with sky and clouds – astronomers, meteorologists, and artists and paragliders have created a special exposition the CLOUD ATLAS. Instructions by Cloud Commission.Members of Cloud Commission and special guests will tell us about sky secrets and discoveries.
Media partner – "Theory and practice of Moscow".