The second Lab held by Kontejner took place last April into Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth. This former factory rehabilitated in creative centre welcomed the Swiss artist Zimoun, also involved in the first Lab of our Croatian partner. Zimoun developped, in ten days, a site-specific installation directly inspired by the roots and history of Pogon.
“New sound perspectives” Lab includes Croatian audio artists and engineers: Miodrag Gladović, Andro Giunio and Miroslav Piškulić as mentors, and students of the Zagreb’s Academy of Fine Arts. Together during their artistic process they experimented on a new vision, a new dimension of Zimoun’s installation by isolating, manipulating and processing of sound produced by installation presented in the large hall of Pogon Jedinstvo.
For fifteen days, mentors and students created a psycho-acoustic map of the Pogon Jedinstvo building filled with the complex sound of Zimoun’s installation through the experimental artistic and scientific process and with the aim of locating specified segments of the overall sound. Located and specified sound segments have been isolated by using audio studio equipment (microphones, recorders, etc.) and distributed/implemented within XLR conductors to multichannel audio mixers and sound system placed in a temporary studio in the small hall of Pogon Jedinstvo. Audio segments of Zimoun’s installation has been conducted to the temporary audio studio where students and mentors continue to manipulate, process and reintroduce new sound units as an alternative, new dimension of Zimoun’s installation – a contemporary experimental musical composition.
Zimoun creates his installations according to the features of space in which each work is presented. This means that Zimoun, while conceptualizing, designing and producing the installation, takes into account not only the physical and material aspects of the exhibition space, but also its historical dimension, local context, practical features, its history and meaning for the community. Therefore the project presented in Zagreb also opened a new opportunity to tell the story of a former factory transformed into the Pogon – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth which is a specific and unique platform providing resources for the production and presentation of cultural events of different formats. Pogon Jedinstvo building – the main facility of the Centre – is currently at the beginning of the architectural reconstruction process which will transform it into a multifunctional building opened to the entire community. Parallel to Zimoun’s space analysis in this unique site-specific installation, the participants of the Lab have also considered the building’s past in correlation with its current uses well as possible technological and creative improvements of the present space.
At the end of the Lab, mentors and students have presented the results of two-week process through a sound performance and a concert where the composition has been performed in the small hall of Pogon Jedinstvo. After visiting Zimoun’s exhibition in the large hall of Pogon Jedinstvo, the audience had the chance to experience the sound performance and concert just 30 m away from the main installation.
Final Lab results and the musical composition has been broadcasted on Radio Student and as a part of the Picture of Sound project which produces and broadcasts original sound artworks of contemporary visual artists.
• Zimoun (CH)
In his artistic work Zimoun builds architectural sound platforms using very simple functional components. His projects are mainly focused on exploring the nature of mechanical rhythms and dynamics of sound systems constructed of well-known, standard industrial objects brought to complex and unusual physical and auditory relationships. His site-specific installations constructed of the elegant array of DC motors, cables and wires, tubes and cardboard surfaces create extremely complex and fascinating sound structures that are surprisingly organic and vital.
• Miodrag Gladović (HR)
Miodrag Gladović is an engineer of electroacoustics, musician, musical producer and multimedia artist. As a musician, he has been involved for numerous years in the underground musical scene. He is also one of the founders of the independent label Moonlee records based in the DIY aesthetics. Since 2010 he has been more focused on makin experimental and improvised music and multimedia art. With Bojan Gagić, he has been working under the pseudonym Lightune.G
• Andro Giunio (HR)
Andro Giunio is a visual communications designer, assistant professor at Media design department of Sjever University Centre in Koprivnica and experimental musician. Since 2008 he has been working as a graphic designer, freelancer, individually as well as in collaboration with numerous colleagues from the cultural scene. Since 2012 he has been active in the muscial performance field; he has performed as a solo artist at the Sine Linea Platform for new sound expressions in 2012, 2013 and 2016 at the Zagreb Dance Centre and Greta gallery, Mochvara Club, Grič cinema, KSET, Medika. In 2017 he realized “The composition for the untuned guitar” for the Picture of Sound at the third programme of Croatian Radio. In his music he relies on the tradition of the western avanguard and minimalist music as well as contemporary alternative musical genres such as drone, electronic music, noise rock, krautrock, shoegaze and black metal.
• Miroslav Piškulić (HR)
Miroslav Piškulić is an audio engineer, musician and experimentator in the field of audio art. For a long period of his life he has been a guitar player and electronic musician in numerous relevant underground bands of Zagreb’s independent scene. Since 2014 he has become a part of the Days of the year multimedia project team along with musicians Nenad and Alen Sinkauz and artist Ivan Marušić-Klif. As audio engineer and composer he has participated in many experimental theatre projects and performances. Currently he is working at the Zagreb Youth Theatre – ZKM as sound designer.