Dmitry (Dima) Strakovsky
Born in St.Petersburg/Russia, Dima lives and works currently in Lexington/USA. His work spans across many media: robotic/kinetic installation, sound art, video, performance and digital prints.
Subtle Trajectories of Invasion
hacked toy electronics powered by AA batteries
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The piece consists of 5 sound emitters encased in, uniformly designed, black plastic boxes (each approx. 10cmX10cmX8cm). Within the sound event that they produce, each of them contributes to the overall sonic texture without dominating. The sounds are quite subtle: low, crackling ones are mixed together with high-pitched ones; all of them playing at fairly low volumes. However, they stand up quite well to various social situations. Active conversations, doors opening, and traffic “noises” simply reconfigure the piece: lower pitches drop out almost completely and the audience members find themselves surrounded by high pitches reminiscent of insects in a summer field.
This piece is an attempt to permeate the usual state of a given sound environment, to establish new trajectories within its composition. The small, inconspicuous boxes can be set up in the corners, under furniture and in other “hiding places,” taking over the area without establishing a strong physical presence.
NOTE: For the purpose of this installation they can be grouped in 100cm X100cm space to demonstrate the effect of the overall sound structure.