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

Boštjan Perovšek: The Eye That Hears the Past

Soundwalk, 60 min
Saturday, 30 Sep, at 20:30
Jakopič promenade

Registration required

Photo: Jože Suhadolnik, DELO.

The work builds on two phenomena: synesthesia (a sensory experience where perceptual channels intertwine, and sensory information is transmitted from one sense to another) and dissociation (the ability of consciousness to temporarily withdraw from reality by creating distance from immediate physical and emotional experiences). The performance draws from two distinct yet harmonious projects: An Eye That Hears (a sonic exhibition, Ljubljana Castle, 2012) and Corona Nights in Ljubljana (a binaural experience of sonic reality during the Covid pandemic, YouTube, 2020).

The soundwalk will unfold similarly to a cinematic narrative, where the original sound is replaced with a new, different sound, thus reshaping the perception of the surrounding space. This goes beyond the synchronous substitution of sounds because it involves a multi-layered substitution of perception, whereby time is a crucial component. The sound will diverge significantly from the visual experience as on an evening soundwalk, participants will predominantly hear the sounds of the daytime.

The effect will generate an awareness of environmental dissociation, referring to the separation or disruption of the connection between individuals and their natural environment. It engenders a lack of environmental awareness and a situation where environmental issues continue to be overridden by economic interests.

Boštjan Perovšek (1956) is a musician, composer and soundscape artist who composes experimental, electro-acoustic and bioacoustic music. He performs solo and with various groups, including Jata C and SAETA, the first Slovene band engaged in experimental music. He is also actively involved in sound ecology by organising sound safaris. He has released several CDs and a vinyl LP Bio, Industrial Acoustica (green,) with compositions from his bioacoustic and urban noise body of work.