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Tertulia – Mirogoj

Map from Tertulia layout at Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

 

Site-specific installation in collaboration with visual artist Eduardo Molinari.

Second iteration of the project first realized at Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires (see Tertulia – Recoleta, under Sound Art). This version takes Tertulia’s main ideas and develops them further, approaching the space as an integrated geography, designing a path for the audience that formally resembled a radio (metaphorically transforming the space into both a receiver and a trasmitter), and creating a real time system for the sound composition.
Visually, a series of intimate spatial interventions (cabinets and observatories) involving objects, photographs and video were placed at the crossroads of the paths, that functioned as resting stations pacing our walk through the cemetery and displaying a multiplicity of visual records – real, intervened and fictitious – from the Croatian and the World’s history.
Sonically, a computer system was powered by the several generations of names present at Mirogoj – the nominal mass of Zagreb’s past – creating a series of sound “Fluxes” and transforming them in real time into multiple “resonances”, “turbulences” and “explosions”. Several “Synchronies” articulated these fluxes over time, unfolding in the space as a single gesture. Multiple voices emerged unexpectedly, bringing back forgotten echoes, while an omnipresent and disembodied “ethereal voice” tried to articulate what cannot be named.
The sound was diffused through an array of 40 speakers and attempted to create a space within a space: a transparent territory of sound, an immaterial topography that changed dynamically as you walked through it, where each member of the audience became the centre of the listening.

Live audio excerpt from installation:

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Production Credits:

Idea, sound and image installations, research: Nicolás Varchausky and Eduardo Molinari.

Dramaturgy: Saša Božić

Videos and animations: Bonobostudio / Dragan Đokić, Petra Hudić, Antonia Begušić, Marko Dijeska and Simon Bogojević-Narath.

Research and dramaturgy assistants: Diana Meheik, Vedrana Klepica, Iva Srnec.

Associates: Iva Prosoli, Orlanda Obad, Barbara Blasin, Srđan Nogić, Tomislav Pletenac, Mijo Ivurek, Damir Šimunović.

Performers: Snežana Abramović, Sara Barbieri, Larisa Lipovac, Petra Hraščanec, Marko Makovičić, Ognjen Vučinić.

Voice recordings by Zlatko Burić Kićo.

Costumes: Zdravka Ivandija.

Props: Ivan Ujević.

Computer framework developing: Michael McCrea and Scott Carver.

Computer voice developed by Sanda Martinčić-Ipšić, Ivo Ipšić and Miran Pobar (Department of Informatics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka).

Photo documentation: Azul Blaseotto.

Technical Director: Bojan Gagić, Ivan Bauk.

Produced by Eurokaz Festival.

Thanks to Gordana Vnuk, Branko Brezovec, Kornelija Čović, Antonija DXARTS (University of Washington), Programa Teatro Acúsitco (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes).