Written by Eleni Ikoniadou
In 1961, at the peak of the Space Race, the Soviet Union government headed by Khrushchev, secretly set up an experimental laboratory made of space scientists, artists computer programmers, philosophers, and sound engineers in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The purpose was researching sonic warfare tactics and the project was given the code name Rockmore and headed up by Aliki Zamfe. Zamfe was chosen for developing the sonic aspects of maskirovka, a Russian military doctrine first put into operation during the Battle of Kulikovo against the Tatars in 1380, leading to the establishment of the modern Russian state, and still the modus operandi of Russian state today.
Audio essay, collaboration with Savvas Metaxas for Nottingham Contemporary gallery’s The Contemporary Journal: