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Sounding The Body Electric Exhibition

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Experiments in Art and Music in Eastern Europe 1957–1984
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Source: Calvert 22

The period in which Joseph Stalin was in power, creativity in the Soviet Union was suppressed. After his death, however, artists were able to express themselves once more, and a whole new wave of experimental work was produced.

The aftermath during the first decade brought intellectual freedom and reform; artists such as Milan Knižák, Komar & Melamid, and Dóra Maurer started to merge both sound and image together to form films, sound installations, and other experimental pieces. This was helped through technological advances such as magnetic tape recorders and synthesisers, which were introduced to recording studios.

From the 1970s onwards, more critical forms of work were produced that focussed on the themes of censorship and surveillance.

Taking a look at the period between 1957 and 1984, the Calvert 22 gallery is holding an exhibition called Sounding The Body Electric. It is on display until the 25th August, and explores the optimism and anxiety faced after Stalin's regime.

Examples of work include Destroyed Records, which is a combination of edited recordings on vinyl, Acoustic Drawings, which looks at the creation process of new music, and various graphic scores by Katalin Yadik. Many of these have never been seen before in the UK.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 25th Aug
Phone: 020 7613 2141
Where: Calvert 22
Cost: Free
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