About Sonica 2014
This year’s Sonica festival is again focusing on diverse artistic practices which all involve transitoryness in the medium of image, sound, object, space and concept.
The main theme of the festival is the thin line of playing with perception which is understood as transitory, in constant change, be it the point of view, the point of listening, contemplating an object or transgressing it. Perception is not only a little bit overused field in art but also – in the extreme omnipresence of media in the nowadays society – amongst all a political concept. The artists of this year’s Sonica are not explicitly addressing the political context in their artworks, moreover, they use different artistic forms and aesthetic approaches to address the question of perception at the very point where it is most
exploited, in the usage of the term, in the field of popular culture. Which is, of course, nowadays interfered by the digital, multimedia culture. Olivier Ratsi, a member of the famous ANTIVJ collective, presents himself with a AV installation Delta, which reconstitutes the symbol from different aspect and position of the viewer. Saša Spačal, Mirjan Švagelj and Anil Podgornik on the other hand use this point of view in order to sprinkle and multiply it in their installation Mycophone_Unison. Vesna Krebs presents the micro and macro level of the involved piece Microscope to question the processes of manipulation of information, images and the question of authorship. Canadian sound artist Jamie Drouin uses minimalist halts in the noise in his piece Gradient 2 and therefore transfers the points of listening and sound. Martin Messier uses 8 mm projectors in his piece Projectors and creates loud performative sculptures and changes and transfers their basic technological functions in the void between the sound, the picture and the stage. Austrian-American trio Innode uses the microscopic optic of division of rhythm between digital and acoustic and transfers genre between rock and electronics. Repeated guest of Sonica, the Dutch artist Gabey Tjon in her sound-light-kinetic installation Red Horizon creates constantly moving patterns of behaviour, which sprinkle through sound. The program of Zavod Sploh, named Zvokotok, brings contemporary content to the classical music and to the heritage of modernism and avant-garde in contemporary classical music (KOMPULZ Esnemble performed by Bruce Hamilton, Luigi Nono, Mauricio Valdes, among others), uses video art, audio-visual performance (Izland in the piece of Matej Bonin), conceptuality (Marko Košnik), innovation in technology for sound reproduction (Miha Ciglar), hacking and DIY electronics (Theremidi Orchestra) and improvisation (Jaka Berger). Tomaž Grom’s installation Privid, prisluh takes us into an installationa, that acts as audiovisual instrument, creating diffusion between visual and sonical, between improvisation and composition. Join us in the game of perception which can be on this year’s Sonica very playful and very serious at the same time – dependent on your own perception of course…