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Performance by the German artist Olaf Nikolai

On November 21 at 20:30 the performance by the German conceptualist Olaf Nikolai ‘IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD…’ will take place at Mystetskyi Arsenal. Life performance featuring Dmytro Pashynskyi (clarinet).

‘IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD …’ is based on archival sound material extracted from radio reports. It employs radio as a source (rather than a medium of transmission) to explore the relation of sound and index. Background sounds of demonstrations, riots, rallies, originally recorded for radio, become the source material for a soundtrack composed ofthesevarious‘ambiences’. The piece is conceptualized to generate further interpretations by various collaborators in form of concrete sound objects and events, ranging from broadcasting to live performances and installational settings.
‘IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD …’ was commissioned by documenta 14. An artist book frames the recorded sounds in a visual essay and presents an index of the places and dates the events occurred.

Olaf Nicolai is a German conceptual artist. Olaf Nicolai was born 1962 in Halle/Saale, Germany. Since 2011 he is a Professor for Sculpture and Fundamentals of three-dimensional Design at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Germany. Laureate of prestigious art awards. Participated in the Venice Biennale many times.
The project is implemented with support of Goethe-Institut Ukraine

‘Revolutionize’ opens on November 21st at Mystetskyi Arsenal. It is an international research and exhibition project that brings together art and museum institutions from Ukraine and the Netherlands.  30 contemporary artists and art groups from 15 countries through the language of installation, painting, multimedia, video and photo speak about the revolutionary events, and analyze the revolution as a social phenomenon. The project explores the abilities of art in times of crisis. A personal, critical, and retrospective view focuses on a special historical event – the Revolution of Dignity.
Project curators: Kateryna Filyuk (Ukraine), Nathanja van Dijk (Netherlands).

National Art and Culture Museum Complex ‘Mystetskyi Arsenal’,
National Memorial Complex of Heroes of Heavenly Hundred – Museum of the Revolution of Dignity,
‘A Tale of a Tub’ Foundation (Netherlands).

The project is implemented with support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.