MBZ AND THE CULTURE OF CHANGE OF THE STUDENT CENTRE ZAGREB ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE OPEN CALL FOR A NEW SOUND INSTALLATION
Music Biennale Zagreb and Culture of Change of the Student Centre Zagreb last December announced an open call for one new sound installation and to be presented during the 29th edition of the contemporary music festival Music Biennale Zagreb. There were all together 28 applyed works, and the jury members (Krešimir Seletković, artistic director of MBZ; Davorka Begović, head of music program, Culture of Change, Student Centre Zagreb; Marta Kiš, head of visual art and new media program, Culture of Change, Student Centre Zagreb, Gideon Kiers, artist and curator and Davor Sanvicenti, multimedia artists) chose the winning piece. And the winner is... Adam Basanta with his installation entitled Five Lines, Crossing.
Artist Adam Basanta from Montréal, Canada as a composer mainly focuses on experimental music. He was drawn with this open call in which he could create with different audio, but also visual (spatial) elements. At the Student Centre Gallery during Biennale's week, visitors will be able to hear and see live how this creative and interesting artist reinterpreted in sound the logo of this years' MBZ and in which way it occupies (visually and audible) the space where it will be placed. Regarding the fact Adam Basanta's previous works are in the field of so called „sculptural sound installations“, the spatial dimension is very important and underlines in his works. The artist himself explains this work with following words: „In Five Lines, Crossing, sound will be produced exclusively using feedback: an amplification technique which "makes audible" the physical relationships between microphones, used speaker cones, the galleryʼs surrounding acoustic environment, and the Contemporary musical history of Zagreb and Croatia“.
In which way has Adam Basanta incorporated the reference to Croatian music? „Each line will contain several pitch structures found in the works of a Croatian composer. I would like to reserve the three lines on the left of the diagram to living composers (chosen in collaboration with the biennaleʼs curator). These chosen composers will each be asked to select one piece of their own music (pitch elements of which will be used in the installation), as well as recommend deceased Croatian composers or works that have influenced them. "The visitors sounds are integrated into the work through the recursive amplification network, which spatially displaces and modifies intentional and unintentional sounds, ranging from visitorsʼ footsteps, muted conversations, or sound-making directly into particular microphones. In this sense, visitors become part of a feedback loop, both attending to and participating in the relationships found in the gallery space as they move through it.“
In which way will you become a part of this installation? You have to come, check out and see for yourself during the Music Biennale Zagreb's week from April 21st till 29th in the Student Centre Gallery Zagreb!