Visual Artist Anastasya Alekhina chats to us ahead of Synthposium

Synthposium is a synthesis of music, interactive and technology.  Kicking off on August 24th, the festival is host to an array of musicians, artists and speakers. We caught up with Anastasya Alekhina ahead of Synthposium,  a visual artist who works with wearable electronics. Here we get some insight into her depth of thought, her tools and her ideas behind the message.

Tell us a little about the practicalities of making the kind of work you make? How do you create a balance between conceptualising and practicality?

I create work in the field of art and technology. Lately, I have been mostly working with wearable electronics. These projects are also connected with sound, in varying degrees. My inner feeling, something like intuition, helps me to find the right balance. I find it quite easily, sometimes it finds itself. The depth of thought might tend to infinity, but there are always limitations in resources, time and other things. As for the wearable devices, they have their own requirements, for example, portability and the size of tiny which form the practical side of work.

What’s your setup for live exhibitions? How are audiences required to interact with your pieces?

I use DIY electronics and sometimes a computer. The audience should just watch and listen to it. Sometimes they should push the buttons or turn the potentiometers. It is also important to read the work description and try to comprehend the message.
Which other creative medium would you love to pursue?

I would like to pursue some achievement in 3D graphics because it could help me to solve some tasks in my work. I also think about getting welding skills. This process might look cool. I also have to improve my skills in electronics, physics and programming.

Read the full interview on The Playground.

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