Sonica 2011: Transitions
Festival of Transitory Art
11–15 October 2011
Sonica festival is conceived as a showcase of the yearly program of MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art. It is an experimental festival, which questions ways of representation, exhibition formats, crossing borders between art and theory, object and performance and in 2010 especially with the virtual and the real. Sonica is a sound and space experiment, an attempt to transform a classical exhibition space into a field of events, performances, workshops and lectures.
SONICA 2011 began in Ljubljana in Kino Šiška with the audio-visual performance Dust from an extraordinary Canadian artist Herman Kolgen. On the same night, we opened an exhibition of audio-visual and interactive works.
The main part of the festival took place in MoTA Point (the temporary info point of the Museum of Transitory Art), a new art space in the old part of Ljubljana on Mestni trg 15 (in front of Gallery Fotografija). Workshops, lectures and video projections took place there. Before the festival, MoTA Point functioned as a studio for resident artists who created new artworks within the framework of SONICA.
Instead of being only a standard exhibition, the festival tries to find ways to explore how can become a laboratory where residential artists create new works and activities during the festival. In 2011 we had the opportunity to see a new interactive production, Dark Star. Media artist Carolien Teunisse kept the area in the MoTA Point full of life with the help of architectural video mapping, while André Gonçalves and the duo Macular developed a new artwork based on the dynamics of the Ljubljana sites. The festival also featured a strong presence of Dutch young generation artists as well, for which we gratefully thank the Mondrian Foundation for their kind support.
Since SONICA’s visual image seemed depersonalized in these years, the work of Wolfgang Bittner was chosen for this year’s festival identity. His work – Saccades – are portraits drawn by our own eyes. A similar artwork of the artist – Lines – will be installed at the MoTA-Point. It is a modified photo booth, in which the visitor is invited to interact and intervene in the process of photographic portraiture. In that way, every visitor will be able to create his own portrait and thus become a part of the festival too.
Sonica 2011 officially started in Berlin with pre-event as part of the Berlin Music Week in the frame of ICAS SUITE. This experimental night at West Germany on September 8 showcased transitory artists, based in Berlin and Ljubljana, that combine sound with lasers, microwaves and various other types of media.
The festival opened in Ljubljana by Herman Kolgen with his audio-visual performance Dust.