Digbeth First Friday- Olga Grotova & Post-Paradise Series
For DFF Olga Grotova and Zach Dawson present a collaborative project where they interpret diagrammatic ‘scores’, which propose multiple connections of sound to physical materials, light, and time as a starting point.
The scores, presented as physical objects using various materials and medium (glass, mirror, paint), become part of the fabric of the exhibition, framed as visual representations of the sonic process generated through performance. Every aspect of the ‘score’, musical notation, line, shape, is freely interpreted to engender new contexts and meanings.
Both artists are interested in ways music and sound can be used as a medium in artistic performance. The juxtaposition of sound, various materials and scores explore the void between the symbolic systems, which the diagrams represent, and their physical expressions. The artistic
production remains fixed in its choreography, but at the same time freely adapts to the circumstances.
Olga Grotova (b.1986, St Petersburg) is a London based artist. She has graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2016 and has since exhibited in the UK and internationally. Olga Grotova was a member of the Malarmé for the 21st century working group lead by author Tom
McCarthy in 2015-2016. In 2018 she organised a performance titled “The First Reading of the Book” with the members of the group at Mimosa House in London.
In 2012 Grotova produced a publication “A Joyful Archipelago” with the support from the Outset. In 2016, Olga Grotova was shortlisted for the South London Gallery Graduate Residency and the same year for the Land Securities Award.
Selected exhibitions include Mimosa House (London), Coventry Biennial, Osnova Gallery (Moscow). Grotova has previously exhibited at Centrala in 2016 as a part of ‘Seventeen’, a three-person exhibition, where she showed paintings and her video work ‘One’ (2016).
Post-Paradise Series is a grassroots experimental music series run by a collective of composers based in Birmingham, UK.
They have created a centre of activity for new music in the city, programming established and emerging composers from the UK