Marko Batista (SI) Timing Diagrams

sound performance

Timing Diagrams, a sound performance by the Slovenian artist Marko Batista accompanied by Boštjan Čadež visuals; sound is played on a specific DIY retro-futuristic instrument devised for the performance by Batista himself; the performance flows according to a simple formula of sound + visual + mechanism and which elements are signs for three different aspects of reality which intertwine: electronic, digital and mechanical. The first element of sound is performed without any digital manipulation, while the visuals are projected on large side surfaces and a fragmented central surface. Sound and visuals do not behave as expected: the unpredictability of their relationship is exciting and disturbing for it does not correspond to our linear logic, which searches for symmetry and compliance in everything. The third element of the formula is represented by a mechanical device which reacts to the commands of the used instrument. The elements define a system of hybrid relations between three temporal diagrams: electronic sound, digital image and mechanical movement. By the end of the formula, what might be considered as the total, is stimulation and the state of absolute immersion in a technology defined landscape. Sound + image + mechanism = ambiance: and not one that tells a story and communicates meaning by narration, but one that draws the audience in much more directly, and immerses them in new ways of perceiving sound, a different way of listening to a sound/noise performance, and finally employing their senses on completely new levels.

concept and realization: Marko Batista
video: Boštjan Čadež
production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2011

organizers: Culture Development Association (URK) + Mochvara Club & KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis
curators of Mochvara Gallery: KONTEJNER | Ena Hodžić, Ivana Jelača & Tereza Teklić
technical director: Matija Jelić
The programme is executed in collaboration with Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth
supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana City Culture Office, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and Zagreb City Office for Education, Culture and Sport
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Marko Batista (SI)

Marko Batista (1976) is a Ljubljana based tech-mixed-media artist, sound researcher, video experimentalist and AV performer, born in in Tito’s Yugoslavia. Batista focuses on themes such as displaced soundscapes, video transformation processes, networking data, collaboration, linking concepts, hybrid spaces, politics of art and other fields of contemporary media art. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and attained a Master of Fine Arts degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Batista is a founding member of the experimental multimedia group Klon:Art:Resistance.

Nowadays he works mainly independently, although he is involved in collaboration with various artists and experts on specific projects. His works have been regularly shown in Slovenia (Aksioma, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana; Kibla, Maribor; MMC Pina, Koper…) and presented worldwide as part of the 50th Venice Biennial, 2003; 10th International Istanbul Biennial, 2007; Featured Art Scene/Kapelica Gallery at Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, 2008; Cellsbutton#3 – International Media Art Festival, Indonesia, 2008; Zero Gallery/Transmediale, Berlin, 2009; Share Festival, Torino, 2010; Netaudio Festival, London, 2011; Mochvara Gallery@Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb, 2012.


20—23 h

Pogon Jedinstvo (Zagreb)