Mikhail Chekalin Back to the Future ~ Post-Realism
In the late 1960′s and 70′s, postmodern art and music were a progressive step away from conformity. Later there was an attempt to merge those forms with a lifestyle more attuned to consumption and relaxation. Now a new norm has deflated the whole scene, protest centers around bringing back fundamental values. In fact, Post Realism centers ironically around the idea of getting back to the avant-garde culture and traditions of the XX century.
In today’s world, true Art does not occupy the place it did in the last century. At that time art was a form of religion, the role of the artist in society was equal to, and sometimes even surpassed the role of the writer, philosopher, and especially politician. Since then, Art has fallen from its pedestal. Post-modern art does not even attempt to work as cultural protest against the present order of things; now instead it serves as a utilitarian sonic background, striving instead to become a form of entertainment.
With the onset of the era of consumption and mass culture, artists must uphold the value and purpose of the Art like never before. An artist is someone who reflects reality. To paraphrase a key phrase of Stanislavski: “Artist – this is not a diagnosis; the artist is the one who sets the diagnosis for the society.”
The music of Mikhail Chekalin continues this tradition of 20th century Art. His music directly epitomizes this. It is not socialist realism, but a form of surrealism created in the context of modernity. It may seem strange, yet it is certainly true that Art of XX century was futuristic and has proven to be more modern than that of XXI. Digitization and advanced technology cannot replicate true human artistic creativity, which when manifested becomes revolutionary by its own nature. The idea of social revolution may be gone, but the inspiration that art (and first of all music) can provide are eternal.
Chekalin’s Music is like Shostakovich, for the Electronica Generation