Alina Ozerova

The ear is a muscle II
Participatory sound installation, Rotterdam, 2020

2 channel sound, audio transducers on inflatable object and plastic, proximity and inclination sensors, gym mats, suspended fitness ball, balance board, suspended ring, acoustic foam, yellow thread, black towel, construction helmet, sport weights.

The ear is a muscle II, photo by Veronika Babayan


There are very few situations in everyday life when non-verticality is allowed or embedded: sleep/nap, sexual/intimate activity, sports or physical training. Most of them are reserved for private spaces. While in public we are mainly controlled by keeping ourselves in vertical mode. In her practice Alina wants to question that type of vertical that freezes and alienates listener from sound-maker or performer. Alternatively she suggests non-vertical modes in which sonic and visual stimulation can take over not only our ears and eyes, but also limbs, joints, bones and body cavities.

The ear is a muscle II, photo by Veronika Babayan

In this participatory installation Alina took a role of a ‘sonic-trainer’ and guided individually every visitor through the listening exercises. This work is a part of ‘Non-vertical listening’ series by Alina Ozerova

The ear is a muscle II, photo by Veronika Babayan

Alina Ozerova Short Bio

Alina is a filmmaker and sound artist (b. 1983, Moscow) based in Amsterdam. Her education includes degrees in sociology and audiovisual arts. Ozerova‘s artistic practice evolves through the juxtaposition of public (art) space organization and sensory affirmations within immersive or interactive environments. She experiments with physical and sonic settings which could alter the subject’s experience of engagement, control and power in relation to the sonic situations, narratives or objects. Her audiovisual works and performances were shown in the Netherlands and internationally in Belgium, Germany, Russia, Finland, Italy, Croatia, Iceland, and Ecuador.