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

Manja Ristić: Sonic Ontology of Negligence

7 Nov 2021–8 Jan 2021
exhibition of 8-channel sound installation

7 Nov 2020 Saturday exhibition opening for families
10 Nov 2020 live sound event

foto: Manja Ristić

The vast number of post-constructional or other spontaneous or simply unresolved interventions that urban development has left behind, are producing landscape-irrelevant but fully habitable spaces for adaptable short life cycle biodiversity. Sometimes fully intentional, but mostly accidental, in their variety from individual neglect to structural or cultural (re)building, these phantom places offer a unique opportunity for the thriving of microorganisms and, due to exposure to rain or other geo conditions, of aquatic flora, amphibians, insect & crustacean larvae. Those spaces are environments we acknowledge as temporary, but they often exist for a prolonged period of time, and although they have seemingly predetermined physical values, the expansion of their bio composition could unexpectedly evolve into wondrous microenvironments relevant for the overall ecosystem. Their accidental creation opens a discussion about the possible ontology of false human intention that eventually enables conditions for the symbiotic cultures to root and reproduce. Observing artificial microenvironments (on the scale from the former quarry abandoned after exhausting the mine, to personal objects placed out of neglect in both private and public spaces) – through the means of sonic ecologies & experimental sound art – composes a meta geometry of creating life out of error.

Manja Ristić graduated from the Belgrade Academy of Music and later also completed her post-graduate diploma in Solo-Ensemble Recital at the Royal College of Music, London. Besides performing in the field of instrumental electroacoustic music, her sound-related research is focused on an interdisciplinary approach to sound art, field recordings and experimental radio art.

Artist: Manja Ristić
Curated by: Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman
Organisation: Irena Pivka, Katarina Radaljac
Translation and editing: Katja Kosi, Melita Silič
Public relations: Katarina Radaljac
Production: Cona, Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing, 2020
Venue: Steklenik, Gallery for Sound, Bioacoustics and Art

Exhibition is being part of the Acoustic Commons project support from the European Union’s Creative Europe program.