Natalia Fedorova & Machine Libertine


Natalia Fedorova is a new media artist, writer, literary scholar and translator. Natalia holds a PhD in literary theory from Herzen State University (St-Petersburg). Natalia is an author of publications on avant-garde poetry, kinetic poetry, concrete poetry, hyperfiction, literary text generators and video poetry, as well as a curator and creator of VIDEO.txt, video poetry festival in St- Petersburg. Natalia is an author of hyperfiction piece with multiple endings «7», and polyphonic novel «Madame Ebaressa and a Butterfly», co-written with Sergeij Kitov and a number of short prose fragments. Currently Natalia is a Fulbright visiting scholar at Trope Tank, Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT working with Nick Montfort on translation of electronic literature.

In collaboration with sonic artist Taras Mashtalir founded Machine Libertine, a media poetry project («Snow Queen», «Just Do Not Not Do It», «In Your Voice», «Machine Poetry Manifesto», «Whoever You Are»).

Taras Mashtalir is a sonic artist and sound designer. His compositions are unique blend of different genres morphed together and wrapped into a new aesthetic fabric of electronic ambience. Taras spent some time recording/performing in St. Petersburg and Moscow and then moved to New York. For the past 12 years Taras achieved outstanding results and his work is acknowledged in the industry. He produced numbers of albums, collaborating with various artists such as: 

Patrick Leonard, legendary composer and producer (Pink FloydElton JohnMadonna) Lou Christie is an American singer-songwriter best known for pop hits in the 1960s.

Dmitri Strizhov is a Russian-born painter and poet. Currently  Taras is collaborating with Natalia Fedorova, a visiting scholar at MIT Comparative Media Studies on electronic literature.

The works of ™ also include multimedia installations, soundtracks for the films and animations, as well as music for TV ads and programs like Discovery Science Channel, History Channel, Speed Channel, TNT, FOX Sports, CBS etc. 

Taras is currently involved in several projects exploring new dimensions of digital publishing.

Founder and producer of Discrete Encounter 

Co-creator of PROTOTOROID

Co-creator of Machine Liberine

Co-founder, contributor and editor of digital publishing portal

“Snow Queen” by Machine Libertine is an unusual Mac OS automated feminine voice Vicky interpretation of William Blake's poem «Poison Tree».

“In Your Voice” is a warm and imaginative interpretation of two poems by Natalia Fedorova telling about impossibility of reaching home.

“Just Do Not Not Do It” is a sci-fi cover of the poetry film Just Say No To Family Values by John Giorno presented in Rattapallax Magazine.

“Snow Queen”

by Machine Libertine

“In Your Voice”

by Machine Libertine

“Just Do Not Not Do It”

by Machine Libertine

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