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Tviga Vasilyeva  New York, NY


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The white forms in these photographs are the sculptural manifestations of audio footage that was recorded along the border between Russia and Finland. Here the unique old-growth forests stand, The Green Belt of Fennoscandia. Recently these ancient trees are being logged for their valuable timber. There are only few remaining areas of ancient forest in Europe with the vast majority of the vanishing old-growth forests remaining are in the North of European Russia.

The soundwaves are actual objects, each is 6 metres high, reminiscent of the height of a tree, despite looking like digital intervention. I recorded them when the forest was still there. Then, when the trees had gone, I put the ‘sounds’ back to where they used to exist, sounds that look like trees that will never be heard again.


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Gregory Euclide

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"I love the sound stills work where she places the white sculptures made from field recordings in the recently cut old growth forests. I tend to enjoy things when they are visually and conceptually interesting. I also appreciate the direct interaction with the land."


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Just come back from a new exhibition on trees by Tviga. I met her at her new exhibition in London tonight. I listened to the sounds and had a a long discussion about this subject of the sounds of trees with her. She will be in New York in September 2010 for a new exhibition of her latest interactive (audio / visual) artistic work. The images above are in a forest on the Russia/Finland border. The government was de-foresting this area with no plans for future use. Government creating jobs?

the first thing i thought was

if a tree falls in the forest and theres no one around IT DOES make a noise!

Guys, go to the artist's website and u will see that it's not a photoshop!
All is handmade.

Guys, go to the artist's website. u will see that this is NOT A PHOTOSHOP!
and u will see concept and the meaning of this great work.

The white forms in these photographs are the sculptural manifestations of audio footage that was recorded along the border between Russia and Finland. Here the unique old-growth forests stand, The Green Belt of Fennoscandia. Recently these ancient trees are being logged for their valuable timber. There are only few remaining areas of ancient forest in Europe with the vast majority of the vanishing old-growth forests remaining are in the North of European Russia.

The soundwaves are actual objects, each is 6 metres high, reminiscent of the height of a tree, despite looking like digital intervention. I recorded them when the forest was still there. Then, when the trees had gone, I put the ??sounds?? back to where they used to exist, sounds that look like trees that will never be heard again.

I really like it.
It`s delicate and powerfull at the same.
Speaks about a time of visual culture and the hypertophy of the eye prosteshis with the most appropriate point of 'view'.
I would like to know where can I find more, because the artist's site link is broken.

Yes, but one in your living room would make a great Christmas tree, what with the recession an all!

Makes us see sound...!Think its a nice Artwork and concept that need be developped further...so..`'-!1"[}{]"1!-'`

Say, that looks like clear cut logging to me. As an artist, shouldn't you be doing something about that as opposed to setting up clever looking plastic things that look like sound waves??? Clear cut logging will be part of what finishes off this planet - what do u think? 50 years?

GMD

A cool idea but seems to lack quite a bit of artistic touch.
As a person who lives a life engrossed in everything to do with sound, I can find some element of interest in these images, the concept is great! But unfortunately the artist hasn't yet managed to realise the vision IMHO, the images look quite bland plus the sound waves don't look like they are interacting with the scenes in the slightest, surely making the sound waves give the impression of taking on characteristics of the environment and giving off their characteristics into the scene would be high up on the list with something like this? Looks too lifeless for me....

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

In the top photo it appears that the sound waves are comming out of the tree stumps...

They are screaming in silent horror to those few that understand.


In the lower photo it appears to be the first day of warm weather, the snow is melting...their sap has started to stir...
The trees are singing...Spring is near.

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