Dur

Mikayel Ohanjanyan

Suspended high up in the loggia of the Honorary Courtyard’s upper colonnade, Dur is the site-specific work Mikayel Ohanjanyan designed for the space hosting his exhibition in Milan.


Two scultures, measuring approximately 15 m in length
Each element: 120 x 120 x 120 cm
Mixed materials, ropes, 2015

Dur (Door) was specially created for the arcaded loggia in the 17th-century courtyard of Università degli Studi di Milano. It is composed of two cubic structures held in a state of balance by a small cube placed in the middle of the space running between them.

Like Tasnerku + 1, Dur can be traced back to music and, above all, to the rhythm of a musical adaptation of the numerical sequence worked out by Fibonacci in the 12th century. It is, in fact, a sculptural embodiment of a triton, the interval creating one of the main dissonances on the diatonic scale.

Dur - Mikayel Ohanjanyan
Dur - Disegno - Mikayel Ohanjanyan

Just like Tasnerku + 1, Dur analyses one of the symbolic aspects of music, its dissonant side, represented in many different cultures as a door, a dual and dynamic factor encouraging the opening up of other entrances into an immense space poised between ‘openness’ and ‘closure’.

A passageway beyond matter

Dur’s main element is also cube, a simple form, stable in itself but rendered precarious by the tension in the ropes running through it to create a contrast. In this way a solid form extends into a space of a different consistency, an invitation to move beyond the reality of matter.

Dur - Mikayel Ohanjanyan

The tension created by the two cubes in Dur is a sculptural rendering of the F-B triton in the circle of fifths that the musical anthropologist Marius Schneider once described as the zone of double beings and of contact between fire and water.

Dur installation in the loggia of the Honorary Courtyard’s upper colonnade.