Toni Meštrović (HR) Evacuation plan

17.1 ch ambisonic 3D sound composition in exhibition space

Evacuation Plan (2016), new artistic project by Toni Meštrović recorded on Jadrolinija's classical ferry boat called Tijat. Through 18 synced sound channels, this multichannel (ambisonic 3D) sound composition represents a sound documentation of the Tijat ferry as an acoustic object or an instrument. The Tijat ferry has been built in 1955 in Split's shipyard called Brodograđevina. Main characteristics of this relatively small ferry include a one-propeller engine, a large chimney in the middle, above the engine room, and an architecture that resounds with the roars of the machine, the sounds which spread from every opening, each in its own way. All segments of the powerful sound of the engine are compacted. They reverberate through the space of the ferry and, like the sounds of an orchestra, they are received as a whole. The production process included recording of different sounds of the ferry as it was sailing, preparation of fragments of the ambisonic 3D composition in the studio, as well as in an ambisonic 3D space of a larger scale, in 17.1. channel surround. During the presentation of the artwork, the gallery space is transformed to an auditive ferry object from the sound and spatial point of view. Evacuation Plan is, so to speak, an evacuation of ferry sounds from Tijat, one of the last ferries of its kind, and one which is soon to sail on its very last journey.

acknowledgements: Mikula and Maroje, Nadija Mustapić, families Meštrović and Mustapić, Vedran Perkov, Hannes Hölzl, Brian Willems, Sunčica Ostoić, Damir Kustić, Robertina Šebjanič, Hrvoje Pelicarić, Zrinka Kursar, Bepo Čapalija, Sanja Lovrić Kontuš, Slavica Afrić, captain and crew of Tijat ferry, Jadrolinija.

Toni Meštrović (HR)

Toni Meštrović (Split, 1973) in 1999 graduated in Graphic Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where he produced graphic arts, sculpture and installations. Thanks to his interest in electronic audiovisual media, he attended the Video/Digital Imaging International Summer Academy for Contemporary Art in Salzburg in 1997. In 2004, he completed a two-year postgraduate degree in Media Art at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. Since 1992, he has actively participated in group and solo shows, as well as video festivals in Croatia and abroad. Sound entered his artistic production spontaneously, as a secondary segment of video and film. With time he recognized it as his medium of expression, splitting it from the visual and devoting himself entirely to sound. In almost two decades of working with sound, Meštrović’s approach to the medium has grown more complex, creating spatial sound installations and compositions. He divides his time between Rijeka and Kaštela and teaches at the Department of Film and Video of the Arts Academy in Split.



Pogon Jedinstvo (Zagreb)

Opening and artist talk: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8.00 p.m. @ Pogon Jedinstvo, Trnjanski nasip bb, Zagreb
The installation is open April 6-8, 2017 from 5.00 to 8.00 p.m.
Free entrance.