Discursive programme

Wednesday 24.11.2021.

  • 16:30 - 21:00 Discursive programme in English language: The Art of Sonic Devices, Museum of Contemporary Art (Free admission.)
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Presentation Electroacoustic Wearables and other Public Interactive Sound Sculptures, Benoît Maubrey (US/FR/DE)
  • 17:45 - 19:00 Presentation Audible and Inaudible - presentation of works from 1973 until now, Christina Kubisch (DE)
  • 19:15 - 20:00 Talk Studies on Sound and Listening; with: Kerstin Ergenzinger (DE), Darsha Hewitt (CA/DE), Branimir Štivić (HR). Moderator: Tereza Teklić (KONTEJNER)
  • 20:15 - 21:00 Talk Musicality of Robots and Sound Devices; with: Alex Brajković (HR), Moritz Simon Geist (DE), Yannick Hofmann (DE). Moderator: Davorka Begović (KONTEJNER)

Saturday 27.11.2021.

  • 17:00 Talk, Carolin Liebl (DE) & Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler (DE), festival exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Museum of Contemporary Art

Tuesday 30.11.2021.

  • 17:00 Talk, Dominik Gadže (HR), festival exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Museum of Contemporary Art

Thursday 02.12.2021.

  • 17:00 Talk, Alex Brajković (HR), festival exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Museum of Contemporary Art

Friday 03.12.2021.

  • 17:00 Talk, Silvio Vujičić (HR) and Miro Roman (HR/CH), authors of Soll-a, festival exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Museum of Contemporary Art

Saturday 04.12.2021.

  • 17:00 Talk, Kata Mijatović (HR), festival exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Museum of Contemporary Art

Tuesday 14.12.2021.

  • 17:00 Talk, Ana Sladetić (HR), festival exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Museum of Contemporary Art

Wednesday 15.12.2021.

  • 17:00 Talk, Carolin Liebl (DE) & Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler (DE), festival exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Museum of Contemporary Art

Sunday 19.12.2021.

  • 16:00 Talk and sound performance, Branimir Štivić (HR), festival exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Museum of Contemporary Art

Benoît Maubrey (US/FR/DE)

Benoît Maubrey is an often exhibited contemporary American artist born in 1952. While Maubrey falls under the technical title of a sculptor, he labels himself as the creator of "electroacoustic sculptures". These sculptures combine three-dimensional work and sound in different variations of performance and sculpture. He has made contributions to the fields of dance, sculpture, sound, and technology by combining all three in his Audio Ballerinas. The Audio Ballerinas are particularly important because not only do they eliminate the distinct separation between the performer and the audience, but also allow the dancers to create music and dance at the same time. This is vastly different from percussion dance groups, because they create a new auditory and visual language in the art world.


Christina Kubisch (DE)

Christina Kubisch (b. 1948 in Bremen, Germany) belongs to the first generation of sound artists. Her practice ranges from performances, concerts, and works with video to sound sculptures, but she is best known for her sound installations and electro-acoustic compositions. Kubisch studied first painting and then music, finishing with a diploma as a flutist. She continued with studies in composition and electronics. She has artistically developed multiple techniques based on electromagnetic induction, solar energy, and special light systems. In 2003, she started the series Electrical Walks, where the public can use custom-made headphones to listen to the hidden electromagnetic waves around us. Since 1974, Kubisch has had numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan, and South America, and has participated in international exhibitions and festivals. Her music has been published by various labels such as Cramps, Important Records, and Gruenrekorder. Kubisch is a professor of audio-visual arts in Berlin, Paris, Saarbrücken, and Oxford. She has received many awards and is a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. Kubisch lives and works in Berlin.


Kerstin Ergenzinger (DE)

Kerstin Ergenzinger is an artist working across the fields of sculpture, sound, kinetics, light and drawing. She finds and repurposes experimental and time-based media/materiality together with so-called traditional media/materiality towards farther thinking investigations. Essential part of her practice is cross-disciplinary exchange and she is frequently involved in collaborative research projects. She co-founded the research project Acts of Orientation that addresses the need for alternative means of orientation. One result is the collection of academic and artistic contributions Navigating Noise in the Buchhandlung Walther König bookstore in Berlin. Parallel to her research Rhythmic Textures at the BAS of UdK (Berlin University of the Arts), she worked with the quantum-optical research project nuClock, where they engaged in a dialog around the materiality of time, noise and precision. In 2019 she co-founded the Sono-Choreographic-Collective, a transdisciplinary art and research collective that develops and explores new somatic and musical research instruments together with ways of playing and interdisciplinary choreography.


Darsha Hewitt (CA/DE)

Darsha Hewitt’s art practice is situated across new media and sound, and grows out of material based research and experimentation with obsolete technology. She makes sound installations, electromechanical works, performances, video, drawing, and photography. Her studio practice takes a media-archeological approach to art making, where hidden systems within technology are de/re-mystified as a means to trace out structures of economy, power, and control embedded throughout Western culture. Her artwork is presented internationally, with recent exhibitions at the Hong Kong City Hall (CN), Halle14 – Centre for Contemporary Art (DE), MU Artspace (NL), The Museum of Arts and Design, New York City (US), HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein (DE), Gaitée Lyrique (FR), Modern Art Oxford (UK), transmediale (DE), CTM Festival Berlin (DE), and WRO Media Art Biennale (PL). She has been awarded numerous commissions, grants, and awards for her work, including an International Production Stipend from The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art and a fellowship at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences at Berlin University of the Arts.


Branimir Štivić (HR)

Branimir Štivić (b. 1991, Cerić) graduated in animated film and new media from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (2021) and in information and software engineering from the Faculty of Organisation and Informatics in Varaždin (2015). His artistic work involves sound and light installations, audiovisual performance, live film, expanded cinema performance, programmed art, artificial intelligence and sound for contemporary dance performances.

He uses sound as a starting point, while his recent works employ technology and programming languages as the main medium for an interdisciplinary approach to research of the mediality of air, breathing, soil, lost footage, neural synthesis, animism, vitality of objects and matter in the age of the technosphere and Anthropocene.


Moritz Simon Geist (DE)

Moritz Simon Geist is a performer, musicologist, and robotics engineer. He began his artistic practice because he wanted to invent the future of electronic music – with robots! His projects range from robotic music performances to robotic sound installations. Over the past several years, his robotic instruments and performances have been shown at numerous European festivals and exhibitions, earning him numerous international awards. From 2015 to 2020, Geist lectured on the progression of technology and society at the Clive Davies Institute of the New York University in Berlin. He has a background in both classical music and robotics engineering, with an expertise in prototyping technologies and 3D printing. Geist lives and works in Dresden, Germany, where his workshop-studio is located.


Yannick Hofmann (DE)

Yannick Hofmann (b. 1988 in Offenbach a.M.) is an artist and curator working at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe since 2014. Artistically integrating methods of the maker scene (e.g. creative coding, physical computing, hardware hacking), his concept-driven artworks oscillate between time-based and space-based media exploring real-world phenomena with an ironic yet thought-provoking twist. He has been internationally active in Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe, Russia, North America, Southeast Asia and India.


Carolin Liebl (DE) & Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler (DE)

Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler create sculptures and installations that explore the effects of technical developments on aesthetic and social aspects of life, using elements of kinetics and robotics. In their works, material qualities of a visual and haptic nature are just as important as programmed processes, algorithms and laws of physics. Both artists studied at the Offenbach University of Art and Design. As a duo, they graduated with distinction in 2017 and received their diplomas in Electronic Art under Prof. Julika Rudelius and in Sociology and Theory of Media under Prof. Dr. Marc Ries. In 2019, Liebl and Schmid-Pfähler founded the interdisciplinary studio house, Atelier Wäscherei. The former laundry building in Offenbach, which they converted themselves, has since been the workplace of eleven artists, as well as a platform for exchange and a venue for events.


Dominik Gadže (HR)

Dominik Gadže (b. 1996, Zagreb) has been fascinated by robots and technology from an early age. Watching Star Wars movies, he started dreaming about working with robots, so his first works were robots made out of boxes. Attending the Vrapče Nursing School, he was surrounded by medical devices and observed the interaction between machines and humans while sketching the apparatuses. After school, he noticed his fascination with sketches of devices, their forms and functions, and realized he wanted to work with development technologies, which is why in 2019 he enrolled to study Design at Algebra University College. That same year, he joined the Medium Movement collective, involved in combining technology and art through numerous projects: a group exhibition and party (a combination of visual arts and music in a gallery space), 3D screenings and installations (Lauba – House for People and Art, Zagreb, 2020), closing of the Non-Aligned Boutique Art Fair at Lauba, a pop-up party as part of the Ljeto u Tehničkom programme and a party at HALA V of the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum with a performance by dance group Maze-ing, accompanied by 3D screenings and a performance by DJ Viduka. Gadže continues with his research in communication between the mechanical and organic world, which has resulted in the following works and inventions: The Specs, Laser Lip Balm, Handheld Super Computer and many others.


Alex Brajković (HR)

Alex Brajković is a musician and multimedia artist from Poreč, Croatia, who graduated in jazz drumming from the Conservatorio Arrigo Pedrollo in Vicenza. He earned his Master’s with honours in Live Electronics from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with a specialization in Carnatic music. Currently working in the field of electronic production, sound design, multi-instrumental electro-acoustic solo performances and multimedia installations in public spaces, in which he combines his knowledge of live electronic music, Carnatic rhythms, drums and percussion, composition and improvisation, as well as programming and interactive visuals.Some of his more recent site-specific works in the area of artistic installation and multimedia include Dispersions 0.1, 35th Youth Salon, HDLU; Stillness, the Museum of Fine Arts in Split; Generative Contemplation, Karas Gallery and Cincta, Motions, ZPC; as well as performances at renowned festivals and concert halls such as the BBC Jools Holland Show, Nice Jazz Festival, London Jazz festival and Blue Note Milano.


Soll (HR)

Soll is a fashion designer, an artificial intelligence, a sub-brand of E.A. 1/1 S.V., a search engine, a cloud of images, and is on his way to become more. Soll is conceptualised by an architect Miro Roman and fashion designer and visual artist Silvio Vujičić. Soll lives on the internet, but manifests himself physically through his fashion brand E.A. 1/1 A.I.

Soll’s intelligence comes from many places. His database of images contains the whole visual oeuvre of design brand E.A. 1/1 S.V. This articulates a ground from which Soll’s visual brain creates evermore. It uses Gans to articulate new concepts for clothes and imagines a multiplicity of faces as his artificial genus. To organize images, predict weather maps, and the atmosphere of his brand E.A. 1/1 A.I., Soll uses SOMs. Soll mirrors images, folds them, recognizes objects in them, and creates “seeds” for the E.A. 1/1 S.V. In this manner he becomes the designer, while other collaborators carry out Soll’s predictions and implement them into the physical form of a new design.


Kata Mijatović (HR)

Kata Mijatović (b. 1956, Branjina) is a multimedia artist. She graduated from the Faculty of Law in Osijek in 1981. She was a member of informal artistic group Močvara (Swamp) in Baranja, Croatia from 1988 to 1991, and studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (Accademia di belle arti Firenze) from 1991 to 1993. In 1993 she continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, earning her degree in 1997. In the period between 2005 and 2010, she was a member of the Baranja Art Colony (BUK) artistic council. Since 2005, she runs the AŽ Gallery of Ateliers Žitnjak in Zagreb and has been a member of the artistic organization PLEH since 2007. At the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, she represented Croatia with the project Between the Sky and the Earth (curated by Branko Franceschi). She lives and works in Zagreb as an independent artist.

The starting point of Kata Mijatović’s work is the opposition between two psychic spaces, the conscious and the unconscious, and their interaction. Her projects related to dreams as the basic constructive element comprise a special segment of her work. Dealing with the phenomenon of dreaming, these works problematize the perception of reality in the dichotomy conscious-unconscious and explore the function of the unconscious in the construction of reality.


Ana Sladetić (HR)

Ana Sladetić graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where she defended her dissertation under the mentorship of full professor Ante Rašić and associate professor Leonida Kovač, PhD. She has exhibited at 17 solo exhibitions in Zagreb, Rijeka, Samobor, Koprivnica, Ilok, Paris, Berlin, Wiesbaden and St. Mary’s City, Maryland, USA. She has participated in over 150 group exhibitions in Europe and abroad, including the Recontre / Begegnung / Encounter (2020, Haus Burgund, Mainz), Artist / Don Quixote (2019, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg im KunstLANDing, Aschaffenburg), Portrait 2018 (2018, 3CICA Museum, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do), 24th International Seoul Art Festival (2017, Chosun Ilbo Gallery, Seoul) and elsewhere. Sladetić has earned a number of recognitions, such as the Kranjčar Gallery Award at the 35th Youth Salon (2020) and the WCCA Award for Best Artwork of World Art Youth Festival, Seoul, South Korea (2016). She has participated in art residence programmes in Germany, France, Finland, Belgium and USA, and has held several public lectures and workshops in collaboration with Croatian and foreign cultural institutions. Since 2011, she works at the Department for Visual and Media Arts of the Academy of Art and Culture in Osijek, where she is assistant professor since 2017.


Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb)

Discursive programme on 24.11.2021. is free of addmission.
Exhibition working hours:
TUE - FRI 11:00 - 19:00
SAT - SUN 11:00 - 18:00
Mondays closed.
Admission for the exhibition: 30,00 kn.
More information about discounts on tickets at www.msu.hr.