Galerija za zvok, bioakustiko in umetnost / Gallery for sound, bioacustics and art

Brane Zorman: The Tree Spirits | Touch

Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 20.00 p.m. at MGLC Švicarija
replay of live FM sound event (on sistem Silent Disco)

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 20.00 pm. at MGLC Švicarija
live FM sound event (on sistem Silent Disco)

Due to the limited number of handsets, registration for the event (cona@cona.si) is mandatory. This will allow us to carry out the attendance of as many interested people as possible.

The event is part of the current exhibition by Brane Zorman The Tree Spirits | Touch created for the Steklenik Gallery and scheduled for listening during 15 May and 10 September.

Brane Zorman will perform a reworked version of the composition The Tree Spirits | Touch live in front of the entrance to Švicarija.   The live sound event will be performed with Silent Disco equipment consisting of several micro FM transmitters and short-range headphones on multiple frequencies. Use of the ambisonic technology will allow visitors a particularly intense sonic experience of being embedded and surrounded by sound in space. And it allows the artist to move the sounds in the composition freely and manipulate them in a 360-angular spherical space, while at the same time transmitting it via ordinary stereo headphones to the listeners.

The Tree Spirits| Touch sound work reflects on the life of a tree, speculating on its acoustic component, and explores the interaction of an individual part of a plant with the colony of organisms and the forest biotic community. The sound recordings give voice to the existence of a tree in its annual and life cycles which begin and end in silence. The silence anticipating the springtime resurgence of sap flow, and the silence of destruction caused by climate change, drought, and fires.

The artist zeros in on the touch; touch as an expression of genuine concern and awareness of the coexistence with plants, and a destructive touch of environmental devastation. The sounds of touching a tree trunk, branches rubbing against each other, the crushing of loose bark, the foliage, the rustling of trees in the wind, water drenching the roots – an acoustic journey through the physical existence of a tree. All the way to branch breaking, tree falling and a fire, a warning of the upcoming drought which is always a hard blow to a forest habitat.

The composition with the recorded and processed tree sounds, produced both within the organism as well as when touched by a human or the environment, builds an emotional and dramatic narrative charged with the natural and amplified sounds comingling and entwining. A dynamic 8-channel installation pulls the listener in the very centre of a sound happening.

Brane Zorman is a composer, sound and intermedia artist, sound manipulator, producer and curator. Besides composing for the theatre, intermedia and dance, he is focused on developing different strategies, techniques, dynamic and interactive models in his work relating to sound and space, recording and reinterpreting soundscapes and creating electronic and acoustic sound sculptures using sophisticated tools.

Credits:
Artist: Brane Zorman
Consulting: Valentina Cvetkovič, Boris Semenič
Curated by: Irena Pivka
Vibration sensor design: Gregor Krpič
Fieldwork (Trzin): Morales d.o.o., Rok Rucigaj, Boštjan Divjak
Translation and editing: Melita Silič
Cover photo: Brane Zorman, Irena Pivka
photos: Sunčan Stone
Organisation: Irena Pivka, Katarina Radaljac
Public relations: Katarina Radaljac
Production: Cona, Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing, 2021
Locations: Steklenik, Gallery for Sound, Bioacoustics and Art, MGLC, Švicarija, Ars programme
Partners:
International Centre of Graphic Arts (Švicarija)
Thanks: Zavod Kersnikova 4

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