Photo from I.Vanechkina collection
October 2, 1940|
Tashkent, Usbekistan, Soviet Union
|Died||January 5, 2009(aged 68)|
Bulat Galeyev (1940-2009) was a science researcher, artist and long-time director of the Prometei Institute.
Born Bulat Maxmudovich Galeyev in 1940. Graduated from Kazan State Pedagogical Institute, Kazan, USSR, in 1962, and received a Ph.D. in 1986. He was a teacher in physics and aesthetics, 1962-1963; a lecturer in physics and philosophy at KAI, Kazan, 1963-1966; a scientific worker, 1966-1994; head of SKB Prometheus, director of scientific and research institute for experimental aesthetics affilated with the Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan and Kazan State Technical University, Kazan, 1994-present; a film director, theatrical performances director, director of light-music performances and video art installations, SKB Prometei, 1964-1995; and professor of aesthetics of Kazan Conservatory, from 1990.
Galeyev wrote several books and contributed more than 500 articles to professional journals. He was a member of the editorial board of Leonardo, since 1987; of Language of Design magazine, USA, 1992-1997; and Kazan magazine, from 1993. He had organided fifteen editions of All-Union and All-Russia Light and Music conferences and participated in numerous international symposia and festivals. He received a Diploma for Spectacle from the All-Russia Theatrical Society, Moscow, 1970; a diploma for film awarded by the organizing committee of the international Techfilm festival, Prague, 1975; and an honorary medal awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the USSR, Moscow, 1983. He was a member of Russian Academy of Humanities and of the Russian Cinemamakers Union, as well as a corresponding member ofthe Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan. Member of International Society for Art, Science and Technology. Died in 2009.
fragment from the concert using Crystall
fragment from the concert using Prometheus-2
Crimson Chime installation in Spasskaya Tower of Kazan Citadel, 1967
The system of dynamical lighting of Kazan Circus, 1968
fragment from the light-music film Eternal Movement, 1969
The light-musical panel Singing Cosmos, 1970
fragment from the light-music film Space Sonata, 1981
fragment from the light-music video The Temple (in the kitsch-style), 1989
fragment from the light-music video Dance of Vertical Lines, 1990
Collective self-portrait of Prometei institute, 1994
Russians Leave Europe, video installation, 1995
Electronic Court, video installation
Electronic Grimases in the Magnetic Field, video installation
TV Set Playing the Piano, video installation
The Op Art of Video Art, video installation
- The Space Dandelion. Electronic interpretation of Kant's and Hegel's philosofic concepts (a series of 12 oscillograms), 1987.
- with S.A. Andreyev, Principles of the Construction of Light-Musical Devices, Moscow: Energia, 1973, 104 pp. (Russian)
- Artistic and Technological Experiments of Design Office 'Prometheus' , Kazan: KAI, 1974, 32 pp. (Russian)
- Light-Music: The Formation and Essence of a New Art, Kazan: Tatknigoizdat, 1976, 272 pp. (Russian)
- with R.F. Saifullin, Light-Musical Devices, Moscow: Energia, 1978, 176 pp. (Russian)
- Singing Rainbow: Stories about Light-Music and Light-Musicians, Kazan: Tatknigoizdat, 1980, 120 pp. (Russian)
- with I.L. Vanechkina, Poem of Fire: An Interpretation of the Light-Musical Synthesis of A.N.Scriabin, Kazan: KGU Press, 1981, 160 pp. (Russian)
- The Concord of Senses and Synthesis of Arts, Moscow: Znanie, 1982, 64 pp. (Russian)
- with S.M. Zorin and R.F. Saifullin, Light-Musical Instruments, Moscow: Radio i Svyaz, 1987, 128 pp. (Russian)
- Man, Art, Technology: The Problem of Synaesthesia in Art, Kazan: KGU Press, 1987, 264 pp. (Russian)
- Sovetskiy Faust. Lev Termen, pioner elektronnogo iskusstva [Советский Фауст: Лев Термен, пионер электронного искусства], Kazan: Kazan magazine, 1995, 96 pp. Biography. (Russian)
- Soviet Faust: Leon Theremin, Pioneer of Electronic Art, trans. Sally Brown, Sydney: ETT Imprint, 2010, 96 pp.  (English)
- Art of the Space Age. Selected Works, Kazan: Fan Publishers, 2002. 600 pages. Selected writings by Bulat Galeyev on 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).  (Russian)
- Spatial Music [joint edition], 2005.
- Light-Music, Synesthesia, "Color-Hearing": An Annotated Bibliography (Russia 1742-2002, Kazan: Fan Publishers, 2006. (Russian)
- editor, Synaesthesia: The unity of the senses and synthesis of arts, Kazan: Tupolev KSTU, 2008.
- Synesthesie. (French)
- "Music-Kinetic Art Medium: On the Work of the Group 'Prometei' (SKB), Kazan, U.S.S.R.", Leonardo 9:3 (1976), pp 177-182.
- "The Fire of "Prometheus": Music-Kinetic Art Experiments in the USSR", Leonardo 21:4 (1988), pp 383-396.
- "The New 'Laokoön': A Periodic System of the Arts", Leonardo 24:4 (1991), pp 453-456. 
- "Modern Laokoön: Esthetic Problems of Synaesthesia Conference, Moscow, USSR, 21-22 January 1991", Leonardo 24:5 (1991), pp 505-507.
- "Kandinsky and Schoenberg: The Problem of Internal Counterpoint", Languages of Design 1 No. 2, (1993) pp 184-186.
- "Synesthesia and Musical Space: On Yavorsky's Forgotten Hypothesis and a Proposal for an Experiment in Zero Gravity", Leonardo 26:1 (1993), pp 76-78. 
- "Problem of synaesthesia in the arts", Languages of Design 1 (1993), pp 201-203.
- "On Maxim Gorky's synaethesia". (Russian)
- "Schoenberg/Kandinsky Symposium and the Academy of Light", Leonardo 27:1 (1994), pp 3-5.
- "Farewell Prometheus Readings: Light-Music in the Former Soviet Union", Leonardo 27:4 (1994), pp 351-352.
- Stan Voronin, "Review: Man, Art, Technology: The Problem of Synesthesia in Art by Bulat Galeyev; Light-Music in the System of the Arts by Bulat Galeyev", Leonardo 27:5 (1994) pp 449-450.
- "Light from an Extinct Star: Music and Technology in the Former Soviet Union", Leonardo 28:1 (1995), pp 51-52.
- Review: The International "Ostranenie" Festival, Leonardo 28:1 (1995), pp 78-79.
- "On the true sources of light-music", Languages of Design 3 (1996), pp 33-44.
- "Institute "Prometei", Kazan, Russia (1962-1997)" 1997.
- "Russians Leave Europe", Leonardo 31:2 (1998), pp 142-143.
- "Light-Music Today: The development of Scriabin's Ideas (on the example of Kazan school of new art)", Transactions of Scriabin Museum, Moscow, 1998, No 3, pp. 52-71.
- "What is synaesthesia: myth and reality", Leonardo Electronic Almanac 7:6 (1999).
- "Synaesthesia is not a psychic abnormality". Paper presented at the conference "Language, Vision & Music", August 1999, Galeway, Ireland.
- "Loftysickness of synesthesia or creative impotence of its interpreters?", in Conference Prometheus-2000. Collected theses, Kazan: FEN, 2000, pp 73-79.
- I. L. Vanechkina, "Was Scriabin a Synesthete?", Leonardo 34:4 (2001), pp 357-361. 
- "Are 'Cognitive Fossils' Significant for Art? Studies of Synesthesia in Normal and Abnormal Cases", Leonardo 38:4 (2005), pp 365-366. 
- "Mikhail Matyushin's Contribution to Synthetic Art", Leonardo 38:2 (2005), pp 151-154.
- "The Nature and Functions of Synesthesia in Music", Leonardo 40:3 (2007), pp 285-288.
- "Periodical System of Art", undated.
- "Computers and Art: Myths and Reality", undated.
- "Abstract Cinema and Light-Music", undated.
- "Spatial Music", undated.
- "Sound and Light Performances", undated.
- "Color hearing and affects theory". (Russian)
- "Color hearing and light-music". (Russian)
- "Color hearing: nature and functions of synaesthesia". (Russian)
- "To colour and light (evolution of gravitational synaesthesia inmusic)".
- "Korolenko as color hearing researcher". (Russian)
- "Problem of light-music and synaesthesia in the West and in the East" (Russian)
- "Synaesthesia is a form of non-verbal thinking". (Russian)
- "Synaesthesia in language and art of word". (Russian)
- "Synaesthesia is a miracle of poetic thinking". (Russian)
- Brian Droitcour, "The Prometheus Institute and the Work of Bulat Galeyev", 2009.
- Jörg Jewanski, "Obituary: Bulat Maxmudovich Galeyev (2 Oct. 1940 - 5 Jan. 2009)", 2009.
- Lucid Light Comp. #2, a dynamic installation inspired by ideas and aesthetics of Galeyev and Prometheus Institute, part of the Remake project in Brno, Czech Republic, 2012.
- From Synesthesia to Synthesis of Arts: In Praise of Bulat Galeyev, a conference in Kazan, 2-5 October 2015.