TARAS MASHTALIR

TARAS MASHTALIR

TARAS MASHTALIR is a Russian composer and a sonic artist based in New York. A classically trained musician turned electronic music producer, Taras Mashtalir has worked in the fields of TV, film and advertising in addition to exhibiting nationally and internationally. The method of his work is the exploration of the role of media in the development of literary art practices including video poetry, text generators and performance art. It is the exploration of how text can be transformed by mechanized reading, sonification and visualization and what are the possible limits of this transmedia play of interpretation. The main principles are formulated in his Machine Poetry Manifesto, addressing the idea of liberation of the machines (algorithms) from routine tasks and increasing the intensity of their use for creative and educational practices. His multimedia works have been featured in a number of international festivals like LUMEN EX, ISEA, ZEBRA, Brooklyn International Film Festival, Moscow Book Festival, ELO, E-Poetry, Oslo poesifilm, OTHER MINDS. For the last eight years Taras Mashtalir has given numerous lectures and workshops on interactive technology at MIT Media Lab, Bard College, Harvestworks in New York, Kingston University in London, Bergen University, Hermitage State Museum and European Biennial of Contemporary Art – MANIFESTA10, as well as presented his works at MIT, Brown University, City University of Hong Kong, UCSC and Harvard. He is currently Artist in Residence at ITMO University in St. Petersburg, teaching a course of “Sonic Ecology: harmonious sonic aesthetics in urban environments”.

Russia