Ekphrasis is a term that comes from ancient Greek, "εκφραζειν" meaning going to the end. If in antiquity, the term referred to the "eloquent evocation of a given subject," the modern meaning of it refers to a process by which an artistic means relates to another artistic means in an attempt to reveal and describe the essence and form of the work of art.
Ekphrasis puts forward a synergy-based relationship. Thus, an artwork is transposed into another artistic environment generating a greater impact. Artists use this method to create reflection to highlight what man did not perceive through the original artistic means of representing the work of art. It aims at developing and enhancing its meanings.
Music implies and generates motion and vibration. The artist's gesture gives vibration content, it imparts motion to the movement. The musician descends where the content becomes music.
The image implies and generates motion and vibration. This means more than visible, it involves inexplicable and inexhaustible phenomena. There are infinite layers and structures that animate a work of visual art, related to its generating factors.
The synergy between music and visual art is the catalyst of the Ekphrasis experiment, the process of development involving simultaneous and intertwined development of these two plans: music and visual art.
Stefan Diaconu has built a flute recital in which he will perform, alongside Daria Tofănescu, musical pieces from different historical periods, from Preclasic to Contemporary. The composers will be Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Carl Joachim Andersen, Johannès Donjon, Claude Debussy, Dinu Lipatti, Doina Rotaru and Katherine Hoover. Musicians will exhibit various modes of flute interpretation that correspond to the different historical periods they are addressing. They will recreate, through sound, a history of instrument evolution.
Constantin Rusu uses a notation system based on the arrow as a graphic sign to generate the image. Use the same graphic sign to translate the music into drawing with black ink on white. The musical recital will inspire a series of drawings, each drawing corresponding to a song performed by musicians. The gestures of the musicians will find their resonance in the plastic gesture that will generate the drawing.
The line is a moving point. The arrow reveals to the viewer the meaning of the movement, in addition to its result. The arrow sign gives concrete evidence of the phenomenon, animates the graphical representation of the point movement.
The gesture is human intervention over time. The gesture of the musician and the visual artist's gesture, which generates artistic content, meets and is animated by a common essence.