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Second International Scientific and Practical Conference “The Art of Sound and Light”

The Department of Organology inside the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts, the Foundation for support of the audiovisual and technological art “Prometheus” (Foundation “Galeev-Prometheus”) and Sergey Zorin’s Optical Theater invite you to participate in the second international scientific and practical conference “The Art of Sound and Light”. The interdisciplinary background of the conference will bring together specialists from various fields of scientific knowledge. In the list of events we will have reports, master classes, a round table on the general issues of the Art of Sound and Light, as well as a demonstration of audiovisual compositions and presentations of light and sound projects. The conference will bring together specialists from various fields — philosophers, film experts, art historians, musicologists, organologists, ethnomusicologists, as well as specialists in the implementation of light and sound synthesis in modern artistic practice — light artists, light musicians, composers, and sound engineers. The conference program includes reports, master classes, demonstrations of audiovisual compositions, as well as presentations of publications on the issues of the art of sound and light, music and synesthesia, and musical synesthetics.

Issues of the conference include (but not limited to) the areas as follows:

  • interaction of the phenomena of sound and light in musical art;
  • symbolism of sound and light in visual arts and music;
  • color hearing and light and sound synesthesia;
  • psychophysiological prerequisites for the formation of images of light in music;
  • light and color in ethnomusicology;
  • “light” and “color” in musical terms and concepts;
  • polychrome notation;
  • modern light and sound instrumentation;
  • musical light painting;
  • sound and light / color in the art of cinema;
  • light architecture and light music;
  • light theater;
  • Optical Theater of S. M. Zorin;
  • research of the SKB-NII “Prometheus” in the field of synesthesia and synthesis of arts: history, theory, and practice.

The conference will take place on October 18–20, 2021 in a on- and offline format in the Green and White Halls of the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts (St. Petersburg, Isaakievskaya Square 5), as well as on the Zoom platform.

Applications for participation with the name of the conference in the title are accepted until September 10, 2021 by the following e-mail addresses: or (see Annex 1 for the application form).

Based on the results of the conference in 2021, it is planned to publish a collection of articles. The technical requirements for the articles: main text up to 40.000 characters, the abstracts in Russian and English — up to 150 words each. The technical requirements, details and deadlines for submitting materials for publication will be posted in the second information letter.

The organizing committee

Olga Viktorovna Kolganova — Department of Organology Scientific Research Scientist, Russian Institute for the History of Art (St. Petersburg).

Anastasia Borisovna Maksimova — PhD, Associate Professor of Kazan State Power Engineering University, Head of the Foundation for Support of Audiovisual and Technological Art “Prometheus” named after B. M. Galeev (Kazan).

Jörg Jewanski — PhD, musicologist, author and editor of books on synesthesia as well as on music and visual arts, Adjunct Professor at the University of Münster, Germany.

Sergey Mikhailovich Zorin — practicing light artist, founder of the Optical Theater, author and performer of compositions for musical light painting and optical performances (Moscow).

Mikhail Sergeevich Zalivadny — PhD, researcher and lecturer, St. Petersburg State Conservatory. N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov (St. Petersburg).

Maksim Ivanovich Karpets — PhD, composer, senior research scientist, Russian Institute for the History of Art, member of the St. Petersburg Union of Scientists, Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Informatization (UN), member of the Bureau of the Educational and Methodological Center for the Development of Education in the Sphere of Culture and Arts of the Committee for Culture of the Government of St. Petersburg.

Application form

FULL NAME; city; contact: e-mail, phone number; place of work; position; academic degree; title of the presentation in Russian and in English; long abstract of the presentation in Russian or in English (2000–4000 characters); short abstract of the presentation in Russian or in English (each one up to 150 words).

Information about the author is drawn up according to the following example: Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov — musicologist (film expert, artist), Doctor of Art History, Professor of the Department of Theory and History of Culture at the Russian State Pedagogical University named after A. I. Herzen, member of the Union of Composers of the Russian Federation, Honored Worker of Science and Education (St. Petersburg).