‘Time, forward!’ audiovisual show. The Russian Railway Museum

One of the key installations of the Museum of Railways of Russia is the video mapping show named ‘Time, Forward!’ on a cargo locomotive of the SO series. The idea of the show is based on the allegorical story of…

'Time, forward!' audiovisual show. The Russian Railway Museum

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One of the key installations of the Museum of Railways of Russia is the video mapping show named ‘Time, Forward!’ on a cargo locomotive of the SO series. The idea of the show is based on the allegorical story of a locomotive crew which, as a real steam engine crew, consists of 3 people, who determined the development of world art and culture for years to come. The role of the locomotive driver of the revolution is played by the artist K.Malevich, his assistant – by a theater director V. Meyerhold, and the stoker – by poet V. Mayakovsky.
The projection content embeds architectones (suprematic architectural models) and the elements of paintings by Malevich, reflects on exercises in biomechanics (a novel system of stage movement, developed by Meyerhold) and includes lines from the poems of Mayakovsky. The compositional set-up refers the viewer to the scenery of the ‘Mystery-buff’ – the world-famous staging of Meyerhold’s social and household play by Vladimir Mayakovsky, the artist-designer of which was Malevich. For the projection show an original musical composition was written. It combines sound design, the main theme of the suite ‘Time, Forward!’ by G. Sviridov and Mayakovsky’s verses.
To achieve a complete match between the elements of the content of the video mapping and details of the locomotive body, we conducted a full scan of the locomotive model. The technical setup of the installation includes a Screenberry media server as well as 4 video projectors, one of which illuminates the space between the audience and the locomotive, visually expanding the mapping area into an additional plane and involving visitors in a dialogue with the avant-garde art of the twentieth century, thus perfectly complementing the brutal look of the SO locomotive.

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