In the eventful history of Russian underground music Alexei Borisov represents a prototype. At the beginning was “Centre”, Russia’s first new wave band. At the end of the 1980s Borisov, the “Centre” guitar player, born in Moscow in 1960, became the front man of the industrial electronic wave formation “Notchnoi Prospekt” (Night time Boulevard) and since 1992 together with Pavel Jagun he makes up F.R.U.I.T.S.
The group “”Notchnoi Prospekt””, that at an early stage started putting together their own instruments (e.g. a “vocooder”, a language synthesizer) and experimented with analogous appliances of Russian and Baltic origin, which they connected anew, was a cult band. In the period immediately after Perestroika they filled entire football stadiums. but received little attention outside the defined circle of Russian experimental music. This is a general problem as Borisov, a graduate in history and art history remarks: “The opinion is repeatedly voiced that Russian music is too “western”. For us the problem is that there is no music infrastructure in Russia.” Ever since computers became available at a reasonable price the CD-R has become the most important medium of distribution. Network thinking and Internet have made survival possible. As a consequence Borisov founded the Finnish-Russian label “N&B Research Digest” with Anton Nikilä.
One is rarely confronted elsewhere with such acoustic extremes as in Russia. Whereas the major cities are a Moloch drowning out everything else with its chaotic noise, on the lonely internal steppes the only noise is the sound of the blood coursing through ones ears. The metropolises such as Petersburg or Moscow are piles of electromagnetic refuse. It spills out of every crack mixing with Russia’s great musical inheritance left behind by Constructivism, Futurism and real Socialism. What is left? A kind of post-Perestroika sobering up phase, a result of the disintegration of shared anti consensus approaches. If not here then where else, outside the UK, could producing industrial music have made historical, ideological and social sense? The axis “Enthusiasm” (Vertov) – “Art Brut/ Musique Concrete” -“Industrial” had practically to be re-imported to Russia by means of blueprints such as Sergei Kuryokhin, Alexander Solshenitzyn, “Throbbing Gristle”, “Laibach” and, indeed, Alexej Borisov. If Glasnost achieved anything in musical terms then it was the fact that the idea of resistance had to be repositioned.
Alexei Borisov seems aware of history. Surreal and futuristic particles are found throughout his sound language. His art employs everyday life mixing it with linguistic absurdities in the spirit of the “Soviet Kafka”, Andrei Platonov and flanking it with abstract sequences of noise and electronica. This is illustrated in the equipment as well as in the song and recitation texts that he has cultivated for some time and which are full of cross-linked neologisms. Samples from sports broadcasts, old radio sounds, frequency noise, feedback and rhythmic patterns interrupted at several points are the tactics with which Borisov operates.
Visual Artist, Performer, Media Producer.
Since the mid-1980’s Oleg has been producing exhibitions-performances under the themes «Totalitarian Romanticism» and «Mausoleum L», in which the present and recent past, similar to an antique heritage, become objects of archeological excavations, various cults and rituals…
«Visuals are for me a process-art issue, a liquid substance which changes its quality over time, and I think of myself as a person who is monitoring an alchemical process».
Since 1985 Oleg has worked in the underground music scene in Moscow as a photographer, designer and promoter. Collarborating with electro and new wave groups: “Notchnoi Prospekt”, “Alisa”, “Kabinet”,”Doctor”,”Brigada S” and the underground scene promoter Vladimir Marochkin.
He produced in 1986 video screening for V.Shumovs (“Center”), a rock opera based on A.Rimbaud poetry (feat. Borisov (“Center”, “Notchnoi Prospekt”), Mamonov (“Zvuki Mu”), Aguzarova (“Bravo”)).
Expositions / Performances
1986 «Movement aside spring» photo-exhibition of the Moscow Laboratory
of Rock music. DK MIIT. Moscow
1989 “Myths and reality” Youth Palace, Moscow.
“Erato and Erotica” . Sadovniki, Moscow.
“Pressentiment de non-liberte” (with O.Kulik). Youth Palace, Moscow.
1990 “The Logic of paradox” .Youth Palace, Moscow.
“Zen” . Sadovniki, Moscow.
Inaugural exhibition of the Ephemeral Hospital, Paris.
1991 Gallery Fiat & Dhoye, Paris.
Gallery Christine Colas, Paris.
“Romantisme totalitaire”(oms exhibition) Gallery Facade. Paris.
1992 Hopital Ephemere, Paris.
Gallery Saint-Gilles, Paris.
Oleg Kornev (oms exhibition) UCAO. Oullins – France.
1993 “Romantisme totalitaire” (oms exhibition) Briscope. Brignais – France.
Action “Rendre l’espoir 2” (oms exhibition) including:
– “A la recherche de l’art” Gallery Maroe-Pellat. Paris.
– “Exposition d’un jour et d’un tableau” Gallery Catherine Fletcher.
– “Karaoke-Art” Gallery Vitoux & Zylberman. Paris.
– “De nouvelles methodes” Gallery Delsol & Innocenzi. Paris.
“La Quatrieme Rome” (oms exhibition) The Coldfinch Club. Rome – Italy.
“Victimes d’un mauvais accrochage” (oms exhibition) Gallery Maroe-Pellat. Paris.
1994 “Le monde du livre” (oms exhibition) Espace Montjoie. Saint-Denis.
1995 “Un Cadeau Unique” Gallery Lucien Durand. Paris.
“5000 ans de momification”(oms exhibition) Mausolee L. Paris.
1996 “Hommage a Gagarine” Mausolee L. Paris.
“Le debut de la fin” Hopital Ephemere. Paris.
“Mandalas mecaniques” (oms exhibition) Hong Kong Arts Club. Paris.
1997 “Recyclage” Mausolee L. Paris.
Galerie K. Paris.
“Capsules du temps” (oms exhibition) Presence 2. Paris.
1998 “Le Paradis Lapin” Institut Hongrois. Paris.
2000 Gallery K. Paris.
“Champs Elysees” (oms exhibition) LTA-Tradweb. Paris.
2004 Video for F.R.U.I.T.S. live at The Dom Cultural Center, Moscow – Russia.
“Est-Ouest”. Lives of Volga. Die/Drome – France
“To Hear is To See”. Toronto – Canada.
2005, cameo appearance in blockbuster “1,2,3 – Whiteout” of James Schneider. USA/Corsica
Transmediale BENZO live. Berlin – Germany.
MAK NITE BENZO live. Wiene – Austria.
Minimax. BENZO live. Bratislava – Slovakia
2006 Donaufestival. BENZO live. Krems – Austria.
Kontracom 06. BENZO live. Salzburg – Austria.
Video for Tooth Kink live at GEZ 21. Art-Center “Puschkinskaia 10” St.Petersburg – Russia.
Video presentation for Land Rover. Moscow – Russia.
“Memory Traces” BENZO performance at Tesla Berlin – Germany.
2008 Video for Notchnoi Prospekt live at The Dom Cultural Center, Moscow – Russia.
2009 Artwork for Mona Kalina (Mona Kalina/F.Korkuloff/Y.Torr)