The Generation Z: ReNoise exhibition assembles rare original early sound equipment and explores the fate of researchers, sound experimentalists, and inventors active during a Russian period of revolution, war, and dictatorship in the first decades of the last century.
An ongoing project by Andrey Smirnov and Liubov Pchelkina, the exhibition attempts to restore the censored history and culture of the Russian artistic utopia of the 1910s and 20s, which was destroyed through its collision with the totalitarian state of the 1930s. Musicians, artists, poets, scientists, psychologists, engineers, and thinkers in many other fields collectively joined forces to put into practice a socio-utopian vision.
Premiering in Berlin as part of the exhibition is ReNoise, a collaboration with researchers and artists Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro, Peter Aidu, and Evgenia Vorobyeva, exploring the unique proletarian amateur noise music culture that thrived in post-revolution Russia. The exhibition's ReNoise component explores the unique proletarian amateur noise music culture that thrived in post-revolution Russia, shedding light on two main components of early Soviet noise art and uniting these in presentation together for the first time. Through a variety of handmade proletarian instruments, the project explores amateur noise bands that were widely spread across post-revolutionary Russia. In a second section, a special selection of reconstructions of the more than 200 mechanical noise instruments invented by Vladimir Popov between the 1920-1950s will be displayed.