Opening and performance: SEPT 30 2016, 9 PM | Part of Sonica Festival, MoTA, Celovška 42, Ljubljana
Performers: Vitja Balžalorsky, Jaka Berger – BRGS, Blaž Božič – SsmKOSK, Aleš Hieng – Zergon, Kikiriki and Samo Pavlica – Linč
Connective is an interactive sound installation. Six electronic instruments or modular synthesizers, custom-made for producing, processing and broadcasting sound enable the audience to manipulate and re-emit sound captured through radio receivers. The situation is based on FM signal manipulation which was also explored in the context of experimental audio art by Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Don Buchla, and others. It intends to form a dynamic radio network between the performers which would form a multi-directional communication channel, as opposed to everyday radio practice.
By playing the instruments, the visitors co-shape a local radio space and receive each other’s signal while traversing other radio stations as well. Performers may listen to their signal through the sound system or headphones. Other visitors may also listen to individual performer’s signals in their vicinity through portable FM receivers. A radio network created by such participation forms various closed feedback loops while simultaneously spreading itself towards the exterior and capturing random bits of signals from the outside world.
Through this project, the artist intends to explore various possibilities of alternative means of sound production, distribution and consumption. The Connective can thus be understood as a system which provides a cooperative basis for questioning the existing collective and individual attitudes towards various social systems of communication, creation of temporary communities and possibilities of transmission technology transformation. The later form a new frequency space within which signals flow into a temporary audio-spatial corporeality.
A coproduction with Ljudmila.
Staš Vrenko (1991) born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, where he is continuing his master studies at the Sculpture Department. His interdisciplinary artistic practice combines exploration of various artistic fields with process orientated research, uncovering many different technological and medium- related specifics of the material he is working with, while focusing on innovative and original approaches in various aspects of sound, sound design, field recording, kineticism and segments of performative arts. Beside his independent work in the field of sound art, he is also a member of the audio-literary group nevem nevem.
He often collaborates with other artists, producing sound designs for videos and installations and has worked as a set designer for theatre shows. He has exhibited at several group exhibitions: at the international Lighting Guerilla Festival at the Vžigalica Gallery (2012), at the exhibition 4.4. in Ljubljana’s Škuc Gallery (2013), at the U3 | 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia | Resilience at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana (2013) and at the STIK/H exhibition for Days of poetry and wine at the Fürst house in Ptuj (2013). He presented his audio-visual performances at AKC Metelkova Mesto in Ljubljana and Sokolski dom in Škofja Loka (2014), at the Ljubljana’s Strictly Analog festival (2015) and the Lighting Guerrilla Festival (2016). He has held solo concerts at the Young Rhymes Festival in Menza pri koritu (AKC Metelkova mesto Ljubljana), held a live radio-concert for Radio Student (Ljubljana) and has held solo concerts at Pritličje and Modri Kot in Ljubljana (all in 2015).
Concept and realization: Staš Vrenko
Curator: Lenka Đorojević
Technical advices, open source schematics: Luka Frelih, Peter Edwards aka Casperelectronics, Michael Page, Dave LeBleu, Scott Gravenhorst, Nicolas Collins, Elliot Williams and Logic noise, Electro-Music (Lunettas – circuits inspired by Stanley Lunetta) and Muff-Wiggler forum
PDB assembly: Blaž Božič, Luka Frelih, Tina Dolinšek, Maja Burja, Urška Aplinc
Support and help: Maja Burja, Vesna Obid, Marij Vrenko, Maj Vrenko, Blaž Božič, Matej Stupica, Tina Dolinšek, Uroš Veber
Performers: Blaž Božič – Boško, Samo Pavlica – Linč, Kikiriki, Jaka Berger – Brgs, Vitja Balžalorsky, Aleš Hieng – Zergon
Production: Ljudmila Lab and Projekt Atol Institute
Firts presentation: MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art | Festival SONICA
Project is supported by the Slovene Ministry of Culture and MOL – Department for Culture.