Jelena Glazova is an artist and a poet from Rīga, Latvia. Since 2011, she is working in the interdisciplinary areas of contemporary art, combining in her works image, poetic text, experimental sound and installation.
Her signature sound might be described as experimental, drone and noise, usually constructed from processed vocals. As a conceptual artist she is primarily using her voice as a generator, heavily altering it and manipulating with a help of digital processing. She considers that type of vocal elements deconstruction as a form of expressing unpronounced speech - connecting it with her practice as a poet. As a visual artist she is often dealing with physicality, which is also a basis of her work as a sound artist.
As a visual artist Jelena had 7 solo exhibitions, including solo shows at Latvian Museum of Photography (2010) and Latvian Contemporary Art Centre (LMC) (2011), participated in numerous group exhibitions, festivals and projects in Latvia, Russia, USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, South Korea, Canada and other countries. As a poet she participates in poetry festvals and has publications. Collected poetry book by Glazova published in 2013 by poetic union Orbita.
As a sound artist started performing in 2012 – took part in experimental music and sound art festival Sound around Kaliningrad 2012 (Kaliningrad, Russia), Vilnius Noise Week (Vilnius, Lithuania), adventurous music festival Skaņu Mežs (Riga, Latvia), video festival Ūdensgabali (Waterpieces) (Riga, Latvia), Art’s Birthday electronic music festival 2013 (Stockholm, Sweden), Noise and Fury 2013 (Moscow, Russia), Sound Around Kaliningrad 2013 (Kaliningrad, Russia) etc. Was a guest composer at EMS Stockholm in January 2013 (Stockholm, Sweden), WORM in March 2013, where she worked with ARP 2500 synthesizer (Rotterdam, NL), stayed in sound art residency at MoKs 2012/13(Mooste, Estonia).
Collaborated with artists and poets – Derek Holzer (US/DE), Alexei Borisov (RUS), Ernesto Estrella(ES/DE), Edvins Raups (LV), Constantine Katsiris ( Scant Intone, Canada), Platons Buravickis (LV), video artist Zane Raudina (LV).
Jelena has chosen experimental and drone/noise form of expression after disappointment with tonal music, as she did not find it creative enough as a form of expression (she was playing few instruments and had classical vocal training, as adolescent performed parts in children’s operas).
She became interested in philosophical issues of sound self-sustainability (John Cage, La Monte Young etc.), historical origins of drone music (Ancient Eastern musical tradition), minimalism, especially mentioning inspiration from work of Eliane Radigue (an example of combining Eastern philosophy with the Western minimalist practices) and 20th century avant-garde and experimental music tradition. Jelena considers drone as a metaphor for eternal flowing development of “primordial”, “primary” matter on macrocosmic level as opposed to human body development’s physicality. Her sound is also formally inspired by sound poetry tradition of using human voice (dadaism, futurism practices) that is linking her sound work with her work as a poet.
She combines interest in postmodernism with its collage aesthetics and deconstruction practices (obtained BA at Latvian Academy of Culture with work on postmodernism in audiovisual culture) and interest in Eastern philosophy with the concepts of nothingness and eternal development.
Currently pursuing doctoral studies at PhD programme of Arts Academy of Latvia.
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