V. Ribas: The laser sculptures I create can be surely defined as a new kind of a modern visual art. I developed my own technique to take laser pictures, and the first one was published in 2008. Actually, this method makes possible for me to create both 2D images as a classical photo and 3D pieces of art as a material sculpture. The video I represent, is a sample of how this 3D model would look like. I'm sure I will have an opportunity to create a real 3D laser sculpture in the nearest future. Many of my explicit works are in private collections now. Some of 2D photos sized 60x50cm are kept in the Russian Museum of Art in St. Petersburg. On art critics opinion these images have a new degree of an emotional quality that dramatically differs from previously known art techniques. It's a new reflection of human qualities that are manifested more symbolic, more expressive. And a viewer seems to feel all the energy of my heroes, who are just common people around me - teachers, dancers, musicians, sport goers, etc.

 

"Russian Ballerina between the acts"

 

"The Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky has become a world heritage. This melody is recognizable everywhere. But in Russia this melody has a very specific connotation.  The Swan Lake ballet was always aired on Soviet TV in the moments of misfortune or mental collapse of Russian authorities when they had nothing to say to the nation. The soundtrack I use is a real record of the Swan ballet broadcast on August 19, 1991 when a coup happened. The so called GKChP (the State Committee for the State of Emergency) tried to remove Gorbachev and Yeltsin from power. The whole country was waiting for answers but there was nothing on TV accept The Swan Lake. The music you can hear is just the ending of the 1st Act of the ballet. And then the intermission follows and you can hear the white noise of TV equipment and a rustle in the Bolshoi Theater where the ballet was recorded. Indefinite noise becomes prior. And whereas Siegfried tried to break a spell put on Odette, Soviet people watched TV and thought spells and curses are put on their country. And I think these curses are not broken until now.

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  • "Russian ballerina in between acts". Laser Sculpture by Victor Ribas


    The soundtrack for this video is taken from a recording of a live broadcast of Soviet television on August 19, 1991. The USSR was waiting for the resolution of the situation with the seizure of power by ГКЧП (the State Emergency Committee). Isolation of Gorbachev and Yeltsin threatened the country with a return to the communist past. The Swan Lake ballet was the only artistic material on the air. It was broadcast between short news bulletins and created an inexplicable tension among viewers. This piece of music sounds just at the end of the First Act of the ballet. Before the start of the Second Act, there is a few seconds of silence, in which one can hear the electrical noise of the TV broadcast and the rustle of the film on which the Bolshoi Theater ballet was recorded. The whole country was waiting tensely in front of the screens when Siegfried would remove the curse from the bewitched Odette. And it seems that this curse has not been lifted from the country until now