osmo/za, Ljubljana
01 – 30 September 2017

During his one month residency at Ljudmila Dmitry Morozov ::vtol:: produced a first machine called Stupa in a row of a new project series, which explores and engages topics such as gravity, stability, chaos and self-organisation. The machine itself operates in two different states – stability and chaos. As soon as the machine reaches stable phase, it changes to unsteady, chaos phase, and vice versa, keeping the machine in the continuous loop between this two stages indefinitely. The machine is a equipt with a digital gyroscope, which is providing the system information on its position in space and translates machine’s movements into the sound.

Stupa is a robotised audio and kinetic installation that is based on my research (as part of practical art training) on such topics as gravitation, the stability of systems, chaos and self-organisation. The actual object may be described as a composite pendulum, with two main phases – stabilisation and resonance. The object is equipped with several motors ensuring balance/imbalance at several axes, a digital gyroscope/accelerometer and single-channel sound system. In the “stabilisation” phase, the motors use the data from the gyroscope to balance and stop the object, while in the “resonance” phase the data are inverted and compel the object to swing around all the axes. In this case the amplitude constantly rises until it attains peak level. Then the object transitions to the “stabilisation” regime, and as soon as balance is attained – the object again transitions to the phase of mechanical self-oscillation.

In addition, the data from the gyroscope on positions on the axes have a direct impact on the generation of sound, thereby contributing an additional “dimension” to the work, and illustrating the inherent processes. Initially contemplated as a test project for the development of a number of systems and principles, the object was transformed in the end into a standalone work, which resembles more the test bench of a flying machine developing its own choreography (which it is in part). To a large extent, my personal expectations vested in the system were misplaced. At the same time, however, I discovered a number of fascinating phenomena that appeared even more interesting than the ones that I had initially contemplated. It is also impossible to ignore the evident tendencies of the project for “resonant” self-destruction – observing the object’s behaviour triggers all manner of fears in its creator. Dmitry Morozov ::vtol::


September 22 2017, 8pm @ Cirkulacija 2, Ljubljana

Clicker Workshop
September 26 & 27 2017 @ Rampa Lab, Ljubljana

Final presentation
September 29 2017, 8pm @ osmo/za, Ljubljana


Dmitry Morozov ::vtol:: Stupa, 2017
Mechanical sound installation

Production: Ljudmila, Art and Science Laboratory (Tina Dolinšek) and Projekt Atol Institute.

Residency was supported by the Slovene Ministry of Culture (in the co-production with Zavod Projekt Atol), MOL – Department for Culture and JSKD.


Dmitry Morozov aka ::vtol:: (b.1986, Moscow) is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher. He focuses on contemporary media arts including sound, robotics and installation, placing special emphasis on the link between emergent systems and new kinds of technological synthesis.

His works have been exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, including the NCCA, MMOMA, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Tretyakov State Gallery, Electromuseum, Laboratoria Art&Science Space (Moscow), Laznia Center for Contemporary Arts (Gdansk), ZKM Zentrum (Karlsruhe), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung), Kapelica gallery (Ljubljana), ArtScience Museum (Singapore) etc., in 4th MBCA (Moscow), SIGGRAPH 2016 (Anaheim) and in festivals such as Mirage (Lyon), Ars Electronica (Linz), Future Everything (Manchester) and CTM (Berlin).

He is the award winner of the Sergei Kuryokhin Prize (Russia, 2013 and 2020), Innovation (Russia, 2020), Prix Cube (France, 2014) and also received honorary mentions at VIDA 16.0 (Spain, 2014) and Prix Ars Electronica (Austria, 2015, 2017).

Dmitry Morozov