composition: Tilen Lebar: Emancipated Fauna
curator: Katarina Radaljac
9 Jan–5 Mar 2021
exhibition of 8-channel installation
9 Jan 2021 Saturday exhibition opening for families
12 Jan 2021 Ina Puntar, live sound event
26 Jan 2021 Vid Drašler, live sound event
9 Feb 2021 Eduardo Raon, live sound event
The zoomusicological cycle AnimotMUZIK, a sound research and an interspecies experiment, encourages participating artists to create work using the sounds of non-human animals and challenge the established modes of musical expression. The cycle of three concert evenings will host artists improvising to the same piece of music, which will be developed using animal-made sounds and/or their music by our resident sound artist. The artists are encouraged to respond to the composition, explore the sounds of non-human animals, their state and mode of expression and, by doing so, create their own interpretation, their own response to the sounds and lives of animals. After the events, the artists will talk about their interaction and share their experiences with the audience.
This edition of the cycle presents Tilen Lebar’s sound installation Emancipated Fauna, addressing the animal industry and its sectors (livestock production, entertainment and textile industries etc.). The installation addresses these issues with beautifully arranged “plasticised” sounds that can be understood as a product of animal origin, nicely packaged in plastic and with an expiry date. The aestheticised drops of blood falling, the screams, shrieks, gasping and gurgling, the sounds of skinning live animals, are a new sonic experience that makes us become aware of what’s hidden … They release the listener from suppressing and raise awareness about the fact that these sounds are a result of perpetual exploitation of non-human animals as well as the workers who protect us from psychological suffering by taking the psychological trauma onto their shoulders.
Saxophone player and composer Tilen Lebar works primarily in the fields of classical, improvised, experimental, jazz and popular music. Since 2019, he has been studying composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands.
Katarina Radaljac is an activist with a MA musicology. In their research, they are focusing on non-human animal music and on interaction with animals. In this process they connects different scientific and artistic fields such as zoomusicology, applied ethnomusicology, interspecies art, human-animal studies, animal ethics and others.
Ina Puntar is a musician of the younger generation dealing with voice exploration. Although she is aware of historical and ethnical practices, she is particularly interested in modern sonorities.
Vid Drašler is from Bistrica ob Sotli, where he played in a jazz-rock band Zmajev rep and in the Malik. With the Balžalorsky / Drašler trio he made a breakthrough in Slovenian jazz. With no less subtlety he plays in a chanson-oriented Orkestrada. One of his next peaks is the Drašler – Karlovčec – Drašler trio whose noisy improvisation is in no way less clear than his earlier more structured work.
Although he has a classical harp education, Eduaro Raon has always been unsatisfied with standing with both feet on the same recognizable ground. Either improvising, composing or interpreting and with a mixed attitude that oscillates between the visceral and the delicate/minute, his harp is squelched, stretched, melted, lit, consumed, blossomed, caressed.
Composer: Tillen Lebar
Musicians: Vid Drašler, Ina Puntar, Eduardo Raon
Curator: Katarina Radaljac
Organisation: Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman
Translation and editing: Katja Kosi, Melita Silič
Public relations: Katarina Radaljac
Production: Cona, Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing, 2020/2021
Venue:Steklenik, Gallery for Sound, Bioacoustics and Art, City Park Tivoli, FM frequency 88.8MHz
Photo: Julija Rauluševičiūtė; published under CC BY 2.0, https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcmcwi/4348434337/