Display audio player
Éloge de l’armée russe
Éloge de l’armée russe Nataliya Petkova (2008)

Éloge de l’armée russe is an audio-visual installation that plays on the appearance and disappearance of sounds.

Éloge de l’armée russe is an audio-visual installation that plays on the appearance and disappearance of sounds. The setup is quite simple: a turntable and amplifier, speakers, and a vinyl record coated in ice. The needle tracked along the ice, scratching and slightly reshaping a groove in it. Then the ice began to melt. Bit by bit, the vinyl surface of the record began to show through and snippets of music were heard—the Russian army choir, singing, distorted by the mechanism.

It was an intervention in space and time, with the sounds it gave off and the water that flowed over the sides of the turntable. It invaded the room like a living creature born out of the battle between the needle and the frozen vinyl.

Éloge de l’armée russe was displayed at Musée de la civilisation in 2009.

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