Olga Kozmanidze is a Russian born and Berlin-based interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses music composition, sound installations, site-specific interventions, performance, collage and drawing. From the age of 7 she studied piano and music theory and pursued experimental sound and multimedia technology at SA))studio, Moscow; performance art at Pyr Fyr School, Moscow; and voice movement integration at VMI Centre, Amsterdam. In 2016 she co-founded Sentire: a system engaging participatory performance and interactive sound. Sentire is currently funded by German Federal Ministry of Education for a 3-year research project at University of Humboldt, Berlin. Olga composes and releases experimental music as Unfinishe_and contributes to Folga as singer and songwriter. She facilitates workshops for adults and children exploring creative expression through sound, movement and shared processes. Appearances have included: Malá Inventura Festival, Prague (2019); CTM Vorspiel, Berlin (2019, 2018); Just Mad, Madrid (2017); Art Basel, Miami (2016).
Olga’s work centres upon body-based artistic practices that are inclusive of the "other", be it a person, a group, and also objects (including musical instruments). Searching for the “otherness” also within herself, she creates works that sometimes question notions of subjectivity and agency. Olga is interested in two aspects of human experience: the patterned, algorithmic; and the explorative, creative. Her artistic work engages a transitioning between these aspects through: awareness, creative dynamics and facilitating the possibilities for connectivity.
Emerging inter-subjectivity is often explored in the form of participatory performance. Inspired by the paradigmatic shift from substantialist to a processual concept of the body, Olga creates environments for emerging relations with the "other". Such relations are explored by means of her major medium - performing body. Her conceptual frameworks often rely on scores, codes or systems allowing the disruption and re-imagining of previously established order. The processual becomes frame and context for resonating bodies looking for, maintaining or ceasing contact.
Olga’s diverse artistic practise led to her research in “Sentire- social interaction through sound feedback”, Humboldt University, Berlin (funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). Through the integration of artistic and academic approaches she seeks to explore the possibilities of relating to and resonating with the “other”.
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Festivals: 2019 Eufonia, Berlin 2019 Malá Inventura Festival, Prague 2018 Project Space Festival, Berlin 2018 Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Berlin 2018 KlangKellar festival for experimental music, Berlin 2018 CTM Vorspiel, Könnig Otto, Berlin 2017 Wärmflasche sound and performance art festival, Green House, Berlin 2017 Scope sessions, Spektrum, Berlin 2017 "Berlin International Performance Art Weekend", Luisa Catucci Gallery, Berlin 2016 "Satellite art show", Miami art week, USA 2016 «Archstoyanie», Nikola-Lenivetz, Russia 2016 CIPAF international performance art festival, Cyprus 2015 «Archstoyanie», Nikola-Lenivetz, Russia 2015 «Moscow Music Week» at Mars Gallery, Moscow 2015 «Prepared Wednesdays» festival for experimental music, GCCA, Moscow
Exhibitions: 2017 "Just Mad Art Fair", Madrid 2016 «10 new» at Solyanka VPA Gallery, Moscow 2016 «Zvukochto» at Graund Gallery, Moscow 2016 «Antimuseum» at Elektromuseum, Moscow 2015 «Art-dictionary: A-art, F-feminism» at NII DAR Gallery, Moscow.
Conferences, symposiums: 2020 "Music, media, art education", Berlin/zoom 2019 Reihe: interacting with body, electronics and space, Berlin 2018 Linux Audio Conference, Berlin
Collaborations 2018 on, Unfold:community for unfolding perception, Berlin 2018 MAVOtech IV by Tomomi Adachi, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin 2018 Vokale Räume by Maulwerker and Cristian Kesten, Ballhous Ost, Berlin 2018 on, "y" with Martina Marini Misterioso 2016 on, a member of MovLab Community, Spektrum, Berlin 2016 on, co-founder, performer, researcher in "Sentire"
Residencies: 2017 "Just Mad Art Residency", Aviles, Spain 2016 «Break Through» performance series at the world smallest performance space, Kreativquartier, Munich 2016 New Synchronicities within CIPAF international performance art festival, Cyprus
Grants, Prizes: 2019 German Federal Ministry of Education and research (BMBF) for 3-year research in "Sentire: social interaction through sound feedback", Humboldt University, Berlin 2019 Special prize at the contest "New instruments for music therapy" by the Deutsche Musiktherapeutische Gesellschaft and Frankfurt Music Messe in 2019. 2018 Initiative neue musik berlin e.V. (for Sentire project) 2016 STEP Beyond travel grant winner