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March 15th 2018
Utyugon in Akademie der Künste Berlin

Notes from the Underground – Art and Alternative Music in Eastern Europe 1968–1994
15 Mar – 6 May 2018

Akademie der Künste, Berlin

The exhibition “Notes from the Underground – Art and Alternative Music in Eastern Europe 1968–1994” commemorates a generation of artists that occupied the interface between performance art, video art and experimental music, deliberately eschewing official culture. Censorship and scarcity produced richly imaginative and frequently ironic types of work. The exhibition presents a selection of contemporary testimonies, some for the first time, including musical instruments fashioned by the artists themselves, Super 8 films, Samizdat magazines and documentary recordings of performances.

For this exhibition White Space Gallery loaned the Utyugon – an instrument created in the 1980s by artists Timur Novikov and Ivan Sotnikov out of scrap metal, domestic irons and a wooden kitchen table. Utyugon was designed by Ivan Sotnikov in 2014 and produced by London craftsman for the sound performance at Calvert 22 based on associations with the Russian rock band Kino and the Popular Mechanics orchestra and the New Composers.  https://www.adk.de

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