Sound in Z
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, autumn/winter 2008-09

Sound in Z was an exhibition of extraordinary audio, visual, textual and documentation material that revolves around the archives of the Theremin Centre, Moscow – an institution whose history is inextricably interwoven with the development of music and audio technology in Russia during the 20th Century, and which is now a part of the Moscow State Conservatory. The exhibition was developed as part of an ongoing project by Andrey Smirnov and Lubov Pchelkina that attempts ‘to restore the history and culture of the artistic Utopia of the 1910s and 1920s that was destroyed through its collision with the totalitarian state of the 1930s’. Sound in Z offered an introduction to some of the key figures of the period and their areas of research. Some of the featured documentation, sound and footage had not previously been made available in the West and tantalizingly offered a taste of the material from the period that remains to be explored. The exhibition formed part of From One Revolution to Another – a series of exhibitions initiated by Jeremy Deller at the request of the Palais de Tokyo. The exhibition was curated by Andrey Smirnov and Matt Price, with assistant curator Christina Steinbrecher, and a version of the exhibition was subsequently included in the Moscow Biennial, 2009.