An elegiacally visceral response to the COVID-19 pandemic in three acts.
An elegiacally visceral response to the COVID-19 pandemic in three acts — converging Pittsburgh’s Slavic immigrant labor history and 13th century plague informants. Tenants of Russian Cosmism and transcendence are evoked through Jesse Gelaznik’s musical compositions, paired with dances by John Harbist and renowned choreographer Željko Jergan and performed by the Tamburitzans.
Surmatants – Mars Rising is an elegiacally visceral response to the CV19 pandemic in three acts — informed by Pittsburgh’s Slavic immigrant labour history, and 13th century bubonic plague imagery — through a release of dance. Tenants of Russian Cosmisim and transcendence are evoked through Jesse Gelaznik’s musical compositions, paired with renowned choreographer – Željko Jergan and John Harbist’s dances performed by the Tamburitzans. The installation is structured through a physical ascent, connecting three spaces (the white room, red room, and black room) — crescendoing to three channel circular video projection transmitting a human resurrection on Mars from the future.
I would like to thank and acknowledge with the greatest admiration everyone involved in the realization of the SMR installation, while navigating the CV19 pandemic. Thank you all.
Surmatants – Mars Rising (Three Channel HD Video)
Danny Bracken — for the Mattress Factory
Tamburtizans Dance Performers
Ryan McIntyre — Perspectrum LCC
Costume Design and Wardrobe
Merle Pastrick Linn
Benjamin Louis Brody – French Horn
Mark Broschinsky – Trombone
Jesse Gelaznik – Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer
Heather Green – Soprano Vocals
Herb Harris – Autoharp
Christopher Johnson – Bass
Sound Editing and Design
Jesse Gelaznik and Denise Mustafa
Slavic Culture Consultant
Carrie Furnaces – Rivers of Steel, Pittsburgh, PA
Final Sound Mastering
Eric Elterman – Boomtown Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Andréa Stanislav is an American artist based in New York City and works in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bloomington, Indiana. Her hybrid practice spans sculpture, video, immersive multimedia installation, and public art. Stanislav’s work is anchored in a collision of beauty and horror — dualities that intimate sublimity, through equations of site + scale. Andréa’s work often excavates constructs and devolution of civilizations and empires —merging the past and present, while proposing questions of the future. In the Duchampian sense, the viewer becomes a participant who completes the work. Stanislav’s installations erode the boundary between subject and object in a literal “physicality of ideas” — manifested experientially through an immersive experience. Stanislav’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums, contemporary art centers, galleries, biennials, site-specific public locations and art fairs.