Rhythms Of Presence
The installation Rhythms of Presence by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec is comprised of two large floor surfaces. One is discretely installed at an undisclosed location and the other in the exhibition space. They are identical in size and shape. The floor surface at the undisclosed location is sensing human steps, transmitting their temporal and spatial information to the exhibition space, where a grid of mechanical knockers is invisibly tapping the rhythms of the remotely detected steps and following their paths from below the floor surface. Focusing solely on rhythms and paths of everyday walking, the installation Rhythms Of Presence aims to capture the invisible aspects of walking and investigate how they contribute to constituting presence, temporality and spatiality.
Displacing and superimposing the walking rhythms and paths of one place to those of another, the installation creates a hybrid and asymmetrical space where two simultaneous present times and presences interfere. A floor that becomes unknowingly performative and a floor that echoes steps from an unknown origin together form an open unsitely space that is both here, somewhere else and at the same instance nowhere and in-between. Stepping in this space one inhabits a concrete, yet un-mappable and disoriented territory.
During the exhibition at Errant Bodies Project Space artists, dancers, thinkers, writers and musicians will be invited to inhabit, question, activate, investigate, interpret and together imagine this space in becoming.
The installation Rhythms Of Presence is part of the three-year artistic research project (2013-2016) carried out under the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (SI/NL/NO) is an artist and musician working with invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal phenomena like sound, weather and human activities and built environment and social spaces they inhabit. In his installations, he makes architecture sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings and creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal converse. His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions and electro acoustic music. Tao is currently research fellow at the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design (KHiB), within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. He has shown and performed in various museums, project spaces, galleries and festivals internationally.
Software and hardware development: Mr. Stock Interfaces
Carpenters: Seamus Cater, Bill Earwaker
Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and Bergen Academy of Art and Design
Zavod SPLOH, Ljubljana – Slovenia
Zavod Projekt Atol, Ljubljana – Slovenia
Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
Showbots Engineering GmbH – BERLIN
Thanks to: James Beckett