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

Irena Pivka & Brane Zorman: Earthling Gaia

performance (11+)
Friday, 10 Sep 2021 at 6 p.m.
educational trail Drvošec, Cerknica, Slovenia
festival Sound Walk City · prelude
production of Cerknica Culture House and Notranjska regional park 
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Earthling Gaia is a performance which through sound, walking and the inclusion of space aims at the sensibilization of young people and the promotion of outdoor activities. In addition to experiencing and reflecting on the ecology, it prompts the development of mindfulness.

At the meeting point, the participants receive a set of headphones connected with a FM transmitter in the backpack of the artists who join the participants in the walk.

From an indoor site, such as a theatre, cinema or gallery, the performance invites us outdoors, in the nature. A forest as a stage, and the audience trading comfortable chairs for walking shoes and heading off to the performance.

Some locations along the way are natural venues – natural auditoriums complete with architecturally superb observations posts, offering magnificent views of the landscape which intoxicates with its beauty and triggers imagination by constantly changing. We can imagine looking into the future, exploring possible scenarios for the days to come.

A dystopian story of Earthling Gaia recounts a possible future of the Lake Cerknica area. We experience the sound performance while walking a selected part of the Drvošec trail. We stop at the observation posts, observe the lake, experience the forest and, above all, listen. Earthling Gaia, a girl as a metaphor and the main character of the performance, will speculate on a potential scenario of the future of our overstrained planet which indisputably dictates the development of the local landscape.

Irena Pivka is an artist, producer, architect and scenographer. In recent years she has primarily focused on artworks that shed light on the connection between place, sound, map and digital tools. Her evolving artistic expression is centered on sound-geolocation performances, which, with the help of location tools and created sound images, combine walking and listening.

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 on sound and space, recording and reinterpreting soundscapes and creating electronic and acoustic sound sculptures using sophisticated tools.

Artists: Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman
Text: Irena Pivka
Music Composition: Brane Zorman
Voices: Nada Vodušek, Anu Pivka
Translation and editing: Melita Silič
Cover photo: Irena Pivka
Illustration: Jovana Dukić
Production: Cerknica Culture House, 2021
In collaboration: Cona, Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing
part of the festival Sound Walk City · prelude
part of the project Acoustic Commons

Sound Walk City · prelude was initiated by the walk · listen · create platform, in collaboration with the Cona Institute. The Ljubljana edition is produced by the Cona Institute, Steklenik Gallery.