CURATOR & ARTIST
SATURDAY 6.7. | RASTER-NOTON | (RU)
Dasha Rush is a Russian-born artist who spends her time drifting around the globe, while constructing a rather wide assortment of electronic music and arts projects. Among releases on labels like Sonic Groove and Raster Noton, and collaborations with few others, still majority of her work is released on her own imprint Fullpanda records and more experimental sub-label Hunger to Create.
The beginnings of her musical activity at very young age, had took place in her mother land- Russia. It progresses organically while her move to France, developing as electronic music composer, producer and dj she steps into experimentations with the diverse forms of Arts by creating collaborating with dancers, painters.
Rush sees the genre as a starting place, not a destination. And brings up a mixture of rather rare electronic experimentation's more akin to the brief movement of underground music the roots of such partially go back to the early 20th century and rise to significant Art Movements to this day.
Her last album on Raster-Noton, Sleepstep, could be a metaphor for her musical work: "These 16 pieces are transmissions from that state between sleep and wakefulness," said Tony Naylor, a reflection of the in-between zones her music often inhabits. Dubby but intense, brutal but tender, foggy yet clear-Sleepstep was a wonderful mass of contradictions. Not being one thing or the other is vitally important to Rush, which goes hand-in-hand with her strong independent streak.
Rush likes to push and expand the boundaries of the contemporary music to the limit, still encourages experimentation with various musical (and non-musical) forms and assembling to a thoughtful composition into multidisciplinary projects.
Her audiovisual projects named "Antarctic Takt" in collaboration with the visual artist Stanislav Glaszov, is a monochromatic audio/video performance that sends the audience on an imaginative journey to an abstract Antarctica. Which was premiered at the Atonal festival in 2014, following the presentations at Mutek Montreal 2015, L.E.V Festival (Spain) 2016, Ars Electronica (Austria) 2016, and Resonanz festival Tokyo, Volt Festival Sweden, Alexandrinskii Theater in Saint Petersburg and Barbican Center in London among the others.
Also, more recent AV show and installation - "Dark Hearts of Space" exploring poetic and physical nature of a black hole. The performance was Developed in 2016 at the Banff Center for arts and science in Canada, during the Convergence Residency. The Premier of the AV performance version took place at the Salle Pierre-Mercure in Montreal during AV Vision at Mutek festival. Followed by performances at Unsound Festival and at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester. Currently, Dasha with her fellow visual partner Stanislav Glazov are in the process of developing the Dark Hearts of Space in form of the Art Installation, as it was initially conceived.
In past years she is enlarging the field of her activities. Currently Dasha is a part of the curatorial board at Spacial Sound institute in Budapest, for the current residency which is focused on the new development and experimentation in spatial sound technology. 4DSOUND opens up new possibilities to create, perform and experience sound spatially, based on the very specific sound system called 4D sound.
To sum up, Dasha is a respected and well-traveled Live performer, electronic music composer, sound artist and Dj, but her work is equally focused away from the dance floor, and sometimes away from the music itself.
In her strange and twisted world the machines are the protagonists of a neo-romanticism, weaved with human dreams.