Information letter 1



III Galeyev's Readings

International Scientific and Practical Conference
"From Synesthesia to Synthesis of Arts"

To the 75th anniversary of Bulat Makhmudovich Galeyev's birth

2-5 October 2015, Kazan

Dear colleagues!

On October, 2, 2015, we celebrate 75 years since an outstanding native scientist, founder of Kazan light-musical school, researcher of philosophical and aesthetic basics of synesthesia and pioneer of native videoculture Bulat Machmudovich Galeyev's birth (1940-2009).

For more than 40 years under his direction, SKB-NII of experimental aesthetics "Prometheus" was the main center for studying Scriabin's ideas of light-music, theory and practice of audio-visual synthesis. Here Galeyev's and his colleagues' original light-musical ideas were born and realized.

Kazan conferences gather researchers of the very various fields of knowledge from all over the world. The interdisciplinary direction has discovered rare, sometimes the most unexpected and important perspectives of scientific and artistic relationship in their historical and modern context. This gives an opportunity to understand and see one or another cultural event in new ways.

In Memoriam of Bulat Machmudovich Galeyev and his business, to which he devoted all his life, we are planning on having a scientific and practical conference "From Synesthesia to Synthesis of Arts". According to Galeyev, synesthesia is a specific demonstration of non-verbal thinking that can be realized by means of involuntary or purposeful comparison of different-modal impressions based on structural, sense bearing or, mostly, emotional resemblance. In the scientist's opinion, synesthesia is a social and cultural but not a biological phenomenon. The very language, art is that "ground" where synesthesia is formed and extensively cultivated.

A special sounding for today is a problem of synthesis of arts in conditions of digitalization of modern culture and art. Synesthesia here is becoming the most important "scene" to unite efforts of artists involving in various kinds and genres of art.

We invite specialists of various scientific fields who are interested in studies of synesthesia and synthesis of arts, their theories and historical realizations in the world and native cultures.

At the conference it is proposed to have lectures and brief notes in the following sections:

B.M.Galeyev, "Prometheus": history, theory, practice

- practical and theoretical heritage of B.M.Galeyev in the context of modern native and foreign cultural situation;

- SKB-NII "Prometheus" as a main center of studying synesthesia and designing of "light-musical" devices;

- unknown pages and reconstruction of forgotten events in Kazan light-musical school: history, people and facts.

Problems of synesthesia in aesthetics

- algorythmic aesthetics and synesthesia;

- receptive feelings and emotional experience in the context of synesthesia;

- modern digital art practice of synthetical type.

Problems of synesthesia in art

- from synesthesia to synthesis in arts in visual art: history, theory and art practice;

- synesthesia and synthesis of arts in design and architecture: history and modernity, theory and practice;

- synesthesia in theatre, music and cinema: history and modernity, theory and practice;

- from synesthesia to synthesis of arts: history and practice, theory and modernity in the world literature.

Within the conference we are going to have an exhibition and an evening festival program in which veterans of audiovisual experiences with representation of their works as well as practitioners of modern art are welcomed.

To take part in the conference, evening festival program or exhibition, please, send your applications before March, 15, 2015. The application form is in Appendix 1.

It is planned to publish a conference book with RSCI (Russia Science Citation Index) label. Due to this fact, the paper being maximally ready for publication should be sent before April, 1, 2015, as an attachment to or by post to Russia, 420111, Kazan, K.Marks St., 10, KNITU-KAI, "Prometheus".

Organizing committee:

Alexander S. Migunov, D.Sc. in Philosophy, member of AIS (Association of Art Critics, Russian public organization of art historians and critics, MSU, Moscow) - Conference Chair, Research Advisor;

Stanislav A. Zavadski, Ph.D. in Philosophy (MSU, Moscow);

Vyacheslav F. Kolejchuk, artist, designer, member of SA (Union of Architects), prof. (MIARCH, Moscow);

Nina P. Kolyadenko, D.Sc. in History of Arts (NSC, Novosibirsk);

Larisa P. Prokofieva, D.Sc. in Philology (STMU, Saratov);

Michael S. Zalivadny, Ph.D. in History of Arts (SPSC, S.-Petersburg);

Irina A. Trofimova, Ph.D. in Education (KFU, Kazan);

Nadezhda A. Kargapolova, Ph.D. in History of Arts, member of AIS (Association of Art Critics, Russian public organization of art historians and critics, Moscow);

Anastasia B. Maximova, Ph.D. in History (KSRTU-KAI, CA "Prometheus", Kazan);

Sunbul M. Galyavina (CA "Prometheus", Kazan) - Assistant Editor.

Some requested details about printing your paper:

The paper is to be printed on not more than 4 pages in Microsoft Office Word format, Times New Roman of 14 pt with line distance of 1; 2 cm from all printed page sides, page numbering should be placed at the bottom center of each page.

The paper's title is to be centered with author's name, location and e-mail to the right of the page. The paper should be supported with an ABSTRACT (6-8 lines, see Appendix 2)

Any notes should be listed in order as the work progresses.

Publications on Linguistics will be published in author's native language. The paper can be supplied with any simple diagrams, tables, pictures (jpg, b&w). The Conference Committee reserves the right to reject one's application.

The publication fee is 50 USD, including postal charges of a conference book to a participator in case of his/her distance participation.

Unfortunately, we cannot cover costs for your travel or stay during our event but we are here to help make arrangements for comfortable hotel accommodations according to your wishes.

Our contacts: office tel. +7 (843) 238-62-73 (Kazan, Russia)

Anastasia Maximova +7(987) 237-06-87

Sunbul Galyavina +7 (960) 038-13-58

Ellina Sokolova +7 (987) 207-88-45

Appendix 1
Application Form
1.  Last name ____________________________________________________
2.  Name _______________________________________________________
3.  Patronymic name_______________________________________________
4.  Article subject_________________________________________________
5.  Section______________________________________________________
6.  Form of participation (in person, in absence)__________________________
7.  Place of work/study____________________________________________
8.  Position_____________________________________________________
9.  Academic degree______________________________________________
10. Special apparatus requirements___________________________________
11. Telephone number_________________e-mail ______________________
12. Postal address where to send a conference book______________________

Appendix 2


CarpenterE.D. , USA

This paper examines the most significant contributions of Bulat M. Galeyev to research on the Russian composer A.N. Scriabin (1872-1915). Emphasis is on the related areas of synesthesia, light-music, color hearing, synthesis of the arts, Gesamtkunstwerk, and Scriabin's tone-poem Prometheus.

Bulat Makhmudovich Galeyev fulfilled many roles - teacher, scholar and researcher, inventor, art theorist, philosopher, and creative artist, not to mention director of the Prometheus Institute in Kazan'. In the vast scope of his artistic creativity and research, Galeyev embraced a truly interdisciplinary range of topics in the synthesis of the arts (Gesamtkunstwerk) and the connections between the arts and sensory perception. Galeyev, utilizing the rigor and scope of his training in physics and mathematics, not only explored and developed new connections, new syntheses, new techniques, and new approaches in these areas, but also delved into their history and theory in Russia, providing nascent disciplines with firm foundations. Always central to his vision were the views and music of Alexander Nikolaevich Scriabin (1872-1915), whose tone-and-light-poem Prometheus, with its attendant ideas of synesthesia, artistic synthesis and synergy, and art/technology connections, provided a springboard and inspiration for Galeyev's intellectual and artistic endeavors. Just as works on twentieth-century harmony must include Scriabin's innovations as pivotal in the direction of harmonic modernity, so too must his equally innovative use of colored lights in Prometheus - not just to accompany the music score but as an integral part of the score and therefore the performance - figure prominently in any study of the connection of sound with the visual arts and perception.

Not long after Scriabin's death in April 1915, Aleksei Podgaetskii accurately prophesized, "The literature on Scriabin will be huge, because Scriabin's genius was huge and multifaceted" [1, 396].


1. Podgaetskii A.A.. Nachalo literatury o Skriabine. - Muzyka, 227 (October 10, 1915). 4- . . I. . 1 2. .: , 1969.

2. Galeyev B.M., ed., Svetomuzyka, sinesteziia, tsvetnoi slukh: Annotirovannyi bibliograficheskii ukazatel' (Rossia, 1742-2002), 2nd ed. - Kazan', 2006.

(Kazan, Russia)

Information letter

Dear colleagues!

"Prometheus Center" (Kazan, Russia) cordially invites you to take part in "Galeyev's Readings" in commemoration of the outstanding scientist and artist, theorist and expert in light- music, Bulat Makhmudovich Galeyev (1940-2009), whose 70th anniversary will be at October 2, 2010.

During "Galeyev's Readings" from 1st till 7th October 2010, there will be held a conference, an exhibition and a festival events, on the following themes:

1. In Memoriam.

   - B.M. Galeyev - a theorist and an expert in new arts.

   - B.M. Galeyev's contribution in the formation of public opinion on the path of development of synthetic art.

2. History, theory and practice of light-music.

3. Theory and practice of new arts, arisen at the boundary of new millennium ("Son et Lumiere" spectacles, video installations, performances, laser and computer art, etc).

4. Synesthesia in the light of philosophy and psychology, in literature and fine arts.

5. Light and sound in architecture. The conference book is to be published prior to conference start.

As it is important to justify a request for the financing in time, please send your application till August 30, 2009.

The application form includes:

- Title of the paper and/or exhibits, artworks (please add brief description of your contribution).

- Name, surname.

- Place of work.

- Position.

- Academic status.

- Scientific degree.

- Home address.

- E-mail.

- Telephone.

Please either e-mail your application to or send to our office street address:

Russia, 420111, Kazan

K. Marks Str. 10, KGTU, "Prometheus Center".

We'd be very grateful if you inform us on other specialists who are willing to take part in our conference (exhibition, festival).


Tel: (843) 238-62-73, (843) 231-01-55

Fax: (843) 236-53-31


Organizing Committee

Dear colleagues!

Dear publishers,

Our book "Soviet Faust" (in Russian) about Leon Theremin had been translated into English by one of his admirers Sally Brown, who is good in Russian. If any Publishing House is interested in republishing this book for the Western readers, please address us by . A briet diges of this Book in English is available now on-line at (

Bulat Galeyev (the author of book "Soviet Faust").

The web-site of our Institute 'Prometheus' ( is one of the most extended in the world as regards to the problems of light-music (color music) and synesthesia. The language of web-site is Russian, but many materials are duplicated in English and regularly updated. To increase the efficiency of our scientific web-site we open a special section containing links to other web-sites (either in Russian or other languages) dealing with such themes as:

  1. Theory and history of light-music (color music, "dynamic light-painting", "music of light", "lumia", abstract cinema, musical computer animation, etc.)..
  2. Technology of light-music synthesis (including computer programs).
  3. Information about research centers, groups, original projects, concerts, films, etc.
  4. Synesthesia, "color hearing" from various points of view: psychological, linguistic, literature/music study, aesthetic.
  5. Information on conferences, festivals, exhibitions concerning the above problems.
  6. Information on new books.
  7. Bibliography of publications in that field.
  8. Advertising (if it concerns manufacturing and purchasing of light-music equipment for either concert of design purposes; new books, films, computer programs).

If you are interested in setting the link to your web-site in our new section, please contact us and give some details:

ART OF COSMIC ERA: This book, published in Russia in 2002 ( 600 p., 100 illus.), presents selected writings by Bulat Galeyev, head of the Institute "Prometheus" (Kazan), on various topics, including history and theory of light-music, abstract cinema, spatial music, light-architecture, video-art, computer art and his own experiments in all of these fields. A separate section is devoted to synesthesia. The book includes a bibliography of the author's works (800 titles). The author offers his book for re-publication in English, as well as some other books (on synesthesia, light-music, A. Scriabin and L. Theremin). Art of Cosmic Era may be sent to any interested readers in exchange for their works mail to: bulat.galeyev@
    Below is the Contents of this book.

The research institute Prometheus has collected a unique bibliography of nearly all Russian publications concerning synesthesia, "color hear ing" and related art experiments such as light-music, abstract films with music, multimedia compositions, etc. The bibliography covers the last 100-125 years and consists of nearly 3,000 book titles, journal articles and conference theses. As these works are little known in the West, the Prometheus Institute is planning to issue an English version of the bibliography (print and Internet) and include an abstract with each item. In order to realize this project, we need financial support. Any grants or donations from interested organizations will be most gratefully received. Mail to:


tel.: (843)-2386273; tel/fax: (843)-2365331
Russia, 420111. zn, .rks str., 10, KGTU, Institute "Prometei",