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

Manja RISTIĆ: Sonic Ontology of Negligence

2-channel sound installation / 6 Mar – 31 May 2023
Sežana Botanical Gardens

You can read more about the conceptualization of work in the pdf notebook Sonic Ontology of Negligence.

Sonic Ontology of Negligence is a continuous research evolving from listening to abandoned places and landscapes reshaped by extensive intervention of human presence and exploitation, and eventually “given over“ to Nature to reclaim the space.


Sound event

In the process of conceptualizing Sonic Ontology of Negligence, Manja Ristić resided in places that were heavily exploited and forever changed by the human urge to build, comprising thousand years-old quarries as well as present-day mega-structures, abandoned as a result of corruption and consumerist socio-political turmoil. The nucleus of the compositional structure is devoted to abandoned construction building site of the Stožice mega-structure, while layers of mnemopoetic sonic imprints are derived from an old lime-stone quarries from the island of Korčula in South Dalmatia, such are Glogovac, Lenga, Defora and Vrnik, but also abandoned mineral mines and lime pits from Fruška gora in Vojvodina, North Serbia, and other sites such is the military compound placed in the middle of the Avala forest in the suburbs of Belgrade. The poetical accent is given to the dynamics and textures of waters and aquatic micro spaces, which are building the formative/reproductive environments in the process of re-establishing bio diversities.

FM walk

Manja RISTIĆ (SR, CRO) 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
Photo: Sunčan Stone
Production: Cona, Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing, 2020
Venue: Steklenik gallery for sound bioacoustics and art, FM 88.8MHz, 3rd programme of Radio Slovenia – programme Ars


lecture and live sound event / Friday, 16. 9. 2022, at 20:00
Cukrarna, Ljubljana

FM exhibition, exhibition of 8-channel sound installation / 7 Nov 2020  – 8 Jan 2021
In-situ FM walks (at Park Tivoli) on the 88.8 MHz frequency:
7 Nov 2020, at 12.00
10 Nov 2020, at 18.00
12 Jan 2021, at 18.00
radio exhibition opening on the programme Ars
18 Nov 2020, at 20.00

Production of Institute Cona, part of the project Acoustic Commons. In colaboration with 3rd programme of Radio Slovenia – programme Ars.