Bestiary, 2009
"Otpechatki" International Biennale, exhibition hall Petrozavodsk, 2009
Science Festival at Museum of Industrial History of Petrozavodsk, 2012

Bestiary is an attempt to present “messages” of stones. The implementation of this idea is based on the presumption that reflected oscillations from each mineral are different. On account of these distinctions, we propose to consider each oscillation as an original “message” from a stone.

We created a device receiving these “messages” in order to record sounds (modulating the coherent laser radiation) reflected from the stones and increase them a hundred thousand times. All sounds were fixed on the White Sea coast, but a notably interesting issue is how to encode these “messages”. Perhaps the most successful way to understand sounds meaning is to translate them through human consciousness. It is possible to implement appropriate psychological methods that examine the perception and comprehension of various notions including symbolic concepts. Thus, methodology is the computer program «МИФИ Карма» created by professors of Sent-Petersburg State University  Arkady Naftuljev. Ten people were involved in our experiment. The result is the classification of all sounds in four groups related to four notions: euphoria (happiness), risk, indifference, and reflection. All sounds were presented as sound poems of the stones in a dark room with soft walls and floor to achieve clear audio influence. Sound poems presented in the darkroom with four colors lights which related to these four notions in the computer program «МИФИ Карма». Science consultant: psychologist Elena Gromova.

Photos by Inna Kazakova.