“For quite some time I had a desire to create a symphony. Not just a music piece, but symphony in the spirit of modern times - symphony that would engage participant’s entire being and all of their senses.”
“Intuitively and spontaneously, I started making paintings. Paintings that would sometimes be finished in just couple of minutes. Victor saw them and started writing experimental music pieces that reflected his inspiration, emotions and moods those paintings brought in him. That’s how Helium Symphony was born.”
“These sculptures grew from music... Seems like they emerged from an area of common human subconscious. They carry within something deeply intuitive.”
“Creative process is always a journey along which lurk many surprises. Just like that, unexpected and with no warning, my animations got populated by humanoids made of cube forms, by hands growing from the ground, by faces – many faces, some grotesque, others resembling artists’ faces or their combinations.”
“Seeing The Symphony as a living organism, we strove to project upon it some other reality. We played with contrasts and analyzed the relation between the amorphous, the geometric and the organic. We treated repetition as an ornament –reaction to “sound ornament” legible in The Symphony.”
Helium Symphony is a multi-disciplinary project, created through joint effort and inspiration of group of artists living in different parts of the world: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, France and USA. The symphony consists of seven movements, building upon one another, each including painting, music, sculpture, digital animation and textile installation. The project developed as a means of collaboration between several artists living on different points of the world, far from each other, yet eager to work and create together. As a resulted of this effort - a beautiful, multifaceted symphony emerged. Symphony that touches all senses. Symphony that artists regard as a child of their joint effort and love for each other.
“Each one of us lives at a different part of the world. Our idea is to work together on a group project, relying on Internet as our main channel of communication. As we create, we are connected on-line all the time 24/7, and we exchange instantly all pieces we create, immediately as they are just created. This way we eradicate the limiting effect of geography, working together as if we were physically present at the same location. This constant connection enables us to maintain free flow of ideas and inspiration between us."
Helium Symphony creative methodology is one of The Rising Spiral. The initial kernel that the artists started from was a painting created by Helene. Immediately as the painting was finished, it was forwarded to Victor, who started experiencing it, feeling it. Victor explored how it made him feel deep within, and based on those emotions, he proceeded to compose the first piece of music. The painting and the music piece were further forwarded to Ana who allowed to be moved by them, and in that state created the first ceramic sculpture. The three pieces were then passed on to Marko who created the first computer animation based on impressions caused by them. Finally, the four kernel elements were given to Vanja and Irma, who started pondering how all that energy translates to their medium – textile creations. This way the first five pieces were made, completing the first cycle - the first Helium Symphony movement. The artists then continued following this same methodology, working cycle by cycle along the creation spiral, creating one by one further six Helium Symphony movements. Each movement built upon the previous one, absorbing its inspiration and exploding with feelings, impressions and energy. Movement by movement, the scope the creative process expanded, continuously growing and gaining momentum. After 18 months of work, the seven movements of Helium Symphony were completed.
Different pieces of Helium Symphony were created at a physical location of each artist, but even though created so far apart from each other, they carry within all the energy and inspiration that artists exchanged between them. This interplay of mutual inspiration and exchange comes forth full force at the very end of the process - at the final gathering of all symphony pieces at the occasion of Helium Symphony exhibit. At that time, the created elements truly begin to interact and to radiate the forces weaved into their creation. In their new physical proximity, they begin interacting in wildly unexpected ways, thus elevating into entirely new, higher dimension of existence. Helium Symphony starts its new independent life. It starts fulfilling the second part of its destiny: the interaction and exchange with the wider world - with the exhibit visitors and participants. This way, the mutual love and creative energy of Helium Symphony creators, transmitted through creation of symphony pieces, gets instilled and built into other people's lives. The Symphony, the creators and the exhibit participants are now all ONE, their energies combined and mutually fertilized. Their future and their destinies are now intertwined and forever altered.