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Pierre Bastien (FR): Quiet Motors

Tuesday, May 2nd, 9:00 pm: Pierre Bastien, Franz Hautzinger & Alen Sinkauz @ Theatre &TD - semicircular hall, impro session
Wednesday, May 3rd, 9:30 pm: Pierre Bastien: Quiet Motors @ Theatre &TD - semicircular hall, performance
Free entrance

As a part of the fifth edition of Showroom of Contemporary Sound festival, Music Showroom SC and Mochvara Gallery are presenting French artist Pierre Bastien. At the semicircular hall of the Theatre &TD, Bastien will perform for two days: an impro session with musicians Franz Hautzinger and Alen Sinkauz will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd at 9:00 pm while his solo performance ‘’Quiet Motors’’ is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd at 9:30 pm. The framework of the performance ‘’Quiet Motors’’ is a colorful, rhythmical machinery whose visual and auditive elements completely occupy the visitor’s senses. Only seemingly simple, Bastien’s constructions out of Meccano material hide complexity in details committed to the accuracy of each performance. Hand-made electromotors and paper instruments are the main components of the machine. Their alternate and unsynchronized movements are gradually building up the sound composition making it unique every time. Paper straps are flowing under varying air stream intensity, creating sound by touching the membrane in unpredictable intervals. As described by Pierre Bastien, the visitor becomes the explorer – by listening and watching, he discovers versatile sound dimensions, as if he was walking inside the composition.

Pierre Bastien, born in 1953, is a French sound artist and composer who articulates his work around delicate mechanical sound sculptures inspired by music, avant-garde and literature. He creates his machines out of Meccano materials. Bastien is an internationally recognized artist who performed in several well-known institutions such as Barbican Center, Centre Georges Pompidou, Fondation Cartier and exhibited his sound installations in many museums and galleries from MAST in Bologna to Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta in St. Petersburg. His piece Somewhere in the Dark is a part of the Stedelijk museum collection in Amsterdam.

http://www.pierrebastien.com, http://pierrebastientapes.com/

co-production: Culture of Change Student Centre University of Zagreb, KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Culture Development Association “URK” + Mochvara Club
Mochvara Gallery media partners: Transmeet.tv, Vizkultura, Kulturpunkt, Radio Student, Ziher
Mochvara Gallery is supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb, Kultura Nova Foundation
 

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Toni Meštrović (HR): Evacuation Plan

17.1 ch ambisonic 3D sound composition in exhibition space
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.

Mochvara Gallery in Zagreb presents from Wednesday, April 5, 2017 an ambisonic 3D sound composition called "Evacuation Plan" by Croatian artist Toni Meštrović. The subject of the artist’s acoustic exploration is Tijat, Jadrolinija’s passenger ferry built in 1955. „The main characteristics of this ferry“, says Meštrović, „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.” Using different microphones, Toni Meštrović immerses the listener into a multidimensional experiential vortex of the Tijat ferry as it travels on its Dalmatian route: Šibenik – Zlarin – Prvić Luka – Šepurine – Vodice. Microphones are set up in many locations in, on and around the ship: field mics sample the atmosphere on deck and in the engine room, contact mics record the vibration of sound waves passing through metal walls and floors, and hydrophones sunk underwater record the ship’s arrival and departure, along with plankton hitting the sensors of the actual recording instrument. The visitors find themselves in different places at the same time, in the hull of the ship, on its surfaces and the surfaces of the sea which this ship touches while sailing; below and above the water level, within the engine, within the metal, in the water, in the wave. This experience of immersion into the sounds of the ferry, the shipyard, waiting rooms, stone houses, islands and salt brings both turbulence as well as an even measured, tranquil tone. 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. After the opening accompanied by an artist talk session, the exhibition stays opened until April 8th 2017.

Toni Meštrović, born 1973 in Split, Croatia, graduated with a Graphic Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1999, where he produced graphic arts, sculpture and installation. Due to his interest in electronic audiovisual media, he studied Video/Digital Imaging at the International Summer Academy for Contemporary Art in Salzburg in 1997, and completed a two-year postgraduate diploma in Media Art at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne in 2004. Video, sound and audiovisual installations produced during Meštrović’s postgraduate studies explore his personal perception of the sea, and the island where he grew up. Upon his return to Croatia, his work deals with themes of cultural heritage, identity and the changes that have occurred in Dalmatia due to the period of transition. Since 1992, he has taken part in group and solo shows, as well as video festivals. He lives in Rijeka and Kaštela, and teaches at the Arts Academy University of Split, Department of Film and Video.

organizers: Culture Development Association “URK” + Mochvara Club & KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis
media partners: Transmeet.tv, Vizkultura, Kulturpunkt, Radio Student, Ziher
supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb, Kultura Nova Foundation

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Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng – Zergon, Ida Hiršenfelder (SI): Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden

interactive generative (chemical) sound installation
Opening and artist talk: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 8.00 p.m. @ large hall of Pogon Jedinstvo, Trnjanski nasip bb, Zagreb
The installation is open March 21-22, 2017 from 5.00 to 8.00 p.m.
Free entrance.

The sound of chemical gardens in Mochvara Gallery

The seventh annual sound art programme in Zagreb's Mochvara Gallery starts with a team of artists: Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng – Zergon and Ida Hiršenfelder. Their installation "Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden" opens on Monday, March 20th, 2017 and is accompanied with an artist talk session. It stays open for visitors on March 21st and 22nd, 2017, from 5.00 to 8.00 p.m. in the large hall of Pogon Jedinstvo, Trnjanski nasip bb. 
Ida Hiršenfelder describes that the core proposition of this piece is to create a situation in which the growth of chemical structures takes the centre stage. The human expectations are put in the background in order to stimulate a state of altered listening in which one is exposed to the geological passage of time. Passage of time from human point of view and in relation to geological time is the basis for authors' questioning of the anthropocentric perspective. Arranging a series of chemical gardens full of growing crystals, shapes and colours, Slovene authors explore also the evolution of sound as well as principles of hydrothermal chemistry, offering insight into chemical processes from the very beginning of life on Earth. The gardens are in the state of perpetual change of colour and shape; these changes are detected by the camera, transmitted into a computer programme and translated into changes of the sound. The changes in sound created by the gardens are a portrait of the geological time – slow and inconspicuous, evading the range of human perception.
artists: Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng - Zergon & Ida Hiršenfelder 
programming: Slavko Glamočanin
production: Projekt Atol Institute & Ljudmila, Art and Science Laboratory, 2015
co-production: Mochvara Gallery
Project was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and MOL – Department for Culture.
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organizers: Culture Development Association “URK” + Mochvara Club & KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis
co-production: Projekt Atol Institute & Ljudmila, Art and Science Laboratory
media partners: Transmeet.tv, Vizkultura, Kulturpunkt, Radio Student, Ziher
supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb, Kultura Nova Foundation, Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana

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