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minim (Diana Dulgheru)

Conference: Contemporary Art Biennials – Our Hegemonic Machines in States of Emergency

28 June 2020, 5.30 pm

Artistic intervention “zero” by minim (Diana Dulgheru)

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In “Understanding Media : The Extensions of Man”, Marshall McLuhan offered an entire chapter to the numbers because they have an important place in understanding media as technological extensions of man. Throughout the history of the West, the letters have been the symbol of civilization and the numbers, the language of science. Viewed as the extensions of the physical body, the writing is an extension of sight and the number, of the tactile sense. The implication of the tactile sense is not a direct one, McLuhan thought of the possibility that the touch might be more than the skin’s contact with the things, an interaction between all senses at the mental level. Starting from McLuhan’s theory, the project is an audio-visual study that aims to explore a visualization of the sound through the numbers, being aware that at a deeper level the tactile sense is involved as well. Being a meditation on the number as a symbol, abstractization, the set of numbers is presented in a dynamic manner, a diagramof the world that we live in.

The image and the sound are synesthetically related, aiming to show the intensity of the emotions through the rhythm that is constructed of different sounds of technological errors.

Diana Dulgheru lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.
Searching for a certain purity in the particularities of the relation between sound and visual form in a postdigital context, minim develops projects in which sounds are reduced to their basic form and are used for their own sonic value. Drawing from an education involving figurative composition, minim’s means of sonic expression have evolved to utilize digital technology with a minimalist approach.  In complementary artistic terms, Diana has also worked with media such as photography, installation and later audiovisual performances that explore the visualization of the sound and the aesthetic possibilities of errors generated by digital technology.

The conference is organised by Prof Dr Dorothee Richter (Head of PhD in Practice in Curating, University of Reading/ Zurich University of the Arts) and Ronald Kolb, Scientific researcher PhD in Practice in Curating.) Respondents to the speakers are PhD Candidates of the PhD in Practice in Curating (University of Reading/ Zurich University of the Arts) and students of the MAS in Curating.

The online conference is supported by Goethe Institut Bucharest, The Suisse Arts Council ProHelvetia, and Zurich University of the Arts.