Mirjana Vodopija (HR) Vibrating Landscape

Installation, 2018.

Vibrating Landscape is an object formed according to a personal nostalgia and everyday desire for open space. The uniqueness of absolute space in a physical sense is equivalent to the uniqueness of the free and unlimited mind as against the isolation of smaller spaces, interiors as shelters of the mind. Personal space is enclosed for the sake of the creation of a territory of safety and comfort, personal sound boxes of desirable echoes in which consciousness is limited to the isolated part.

The object contains a duality between enclosed space, source of vibrations and simulated open space in which the vibration generates a kinetic and sound landscape.

In the reticular housing of the interior are placed electrical motors that vibrate elastic filaments with varying frequencies. The filaments visually lose their linearity and are turned into spindle-shaped forms of different sizes and transparencies, in line with the vibration frequency, overlap and create a hum of low frequencies (30-50 Hz).

The elastic filaments are fixed on both sides and at one of their ends with the use of the electrical motor they generate the vibration. At the other end with a butterfly screw the tension of the filament is adjusted, which produces the diversity of forms. The appearance of the landscape changes in the programmed cycle.

The dimensions of the object are 200 x 4 x 90 cm. The construction is of steel sections, metal grids and plates on which the electrical motors are fixed.

Coproduction: KONTEJNER
The work was technically worked out and produced with associates from the Department of Physics of the The Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb, with Leonard Krleža, a student, and the expert associate in the technical support unit Nenad Mijić.

Mirjana Vodopija (HR)

Mirjana Vodopija took her degree in 1987 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 1985 she has had 34 solo shows and taken part in more than 200 collective exhibitions, curatorial conceptions and residential projects. She has won numerous art prizes, such as the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Plaque at the 4th Croatian Graphic Triennial in Zagreb in 2006, the 1st Prize at the International Triennial of Graphic Arts in Prague in 2001 and the Annual HDLU Prize for a young artist in 2000. Since 1987 she has worked part-time for Croatian National Television as set and visual identity designer for its broadcasts. Since 2007 she has taught at the Printmaking Section of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Major recent exhibitions / solo: 2016, Mindset: Mirjana Vodopija and Miroslav Šutej, Kranjčar Gallery, Zagreb; 2015, One on One: Damir Babić and Mirjana Vodopija, Fine Arts Gallery, Split, 2013; Irreversible, Art Pavilion, Zagreb. Major recent exhibitions / collective: 2018/ 2016 / 2014 / 2009 T-HT NAGRADA@MSU.HR, MSU, Zagreb; 2015 In the Absence of Self, Woodstreet Galleries, Pittsburgh (Astala, Franke, Ragnarsdottir, Vodopija); Forest Unbowed and Radovan Ivšić, MSU, Zagreb; Structures of the Invisible, Klovićevi dvori, Zagreb and Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence; 2009. Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Echigo- Tsumari region, Japan.

contact: mv.mirjana@gmail.com