IMG_0485Photo: Tanja Kanazir

In the framework of the MADE IN – Platform for Contemporary Crafts and Design, the fifth edition of the AND Fair: Abandon Normal Devices (Sajam 3N: Napusti normalne naprave) will take place in Rijeka on April 19th and 20th, featuring an intriguing showcase of various devices and objects, along with a rich program of workshops for both children and adults.

 

PROGRAM:

> unusual devices fair @ Filodrammatica
> workshops @ Filodrammatica, Dječja kuća (Children’s House), Radio Roža, Torpedo Launch Station
> Transponder Party @ Club Manual

 

Sajam 3N: day 1Photo: Tanja Kanazir

 

UNUSUAL DEVICES FAIR

Large hall of Filodrammatica, Korzo 28/1, Rijeka

Friday, 19th April from noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 20th April from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  

The Fair gathers DIY enthusiasts from Croatia and Slovenia who don’t readily relinquish the development of technology to industry; instead, they modify existing devices and objects and create new ones using electronics and natural resources, or recycling artificial materials to make something new, witty, useful, and environmentally friendly. By leveraging different knowledge, skills, and disciplines, from engineering and craftsmanship to art, the Fair opens up new realms of exploration. In that way, the participants of the Fair will show us that, if we make a little effort ourselves, technology and resources can become more understandable and applicable without the need for complex machinery and tools.

The results of their research will be presented in the exhibition part of the Fair, featuring organizations Radiona from Zagreb, and collectives Cirkulacija2 and BridA from Slovenia.

RADIONA.ORG

Radiona.org brings to Rijeka an interactive exhibition program from a long-standing selection of the association’s productions. Participants at the Rijeka fair are: Deborah Hustić, Paula Bučar, Tomislav Tukša, Vito Menjak, Damir Prizmić, Goran Mahovlić, Aleksandar Vojnić and Igor Brkić.

Radiona _ Sajam 3NPhotos courtesy of Radiona.org

Radiona.org is a non-profit organisation and citizen lab consisting of makerspace/hackerspace, media art lab, Repair Café and residence program founded in 2011.

The organisation is dealing with DIY (do-it-yourself), DIWO (do-it-with-others) and DITO (do-it-together) cultures, STEAM concepts, interdisciplinary and intergenerational non-formal education and hybrid activities. The lab is developing innovative projects with an emphasis on community building, participation, cohesion and social inclusion, knowledge transfer and co-creation. It is also active in the areas of GLAM, CCI in the international and local context, policy making on municipal and international level. It focuses its activities on education, innovation, research processes, art production, curatorial practices, residencies, international and domestic inter-sector collaborations, self-sustainable systems, repair community activities, citizen science and social awareness related activities.

They have organized more than 500 international, regional and domestic workshops and masterclasses, 8 hackathons, 36 international exhibitions, 4 international conferences, 5 international camps, 16 residential programs and has an ecosystem of more than 180 international partners.

It is a diverse and intergenerational community of different professions working together.

CIRKULACIJA2

Cirkulacija 2 is an association and collective of artists from Ljubljana that has been active since 2007, always tied to space, which is a combination of a workshop and an exhibition/performative space. So far, they have changed three spaces, while the current one is located 4 meters below the center of Ljubljana itself and is very active. At the moment, the association comprises ten individuals who constantly seek unusual approaches in art and other related forms of creativity, and at the 3N Fair, their inventions will be presented by: Borut Savski, Boštjan Čadež, and Marko Batista.

Marko Batista_Ljubav loptica i žica _ Sajam 3NPhoto courtesy of Marko Batista

Borut Savski (1960) is an intermedia artist and sound composer, informally also an engineer and programmer. He does all of this for pleasure rather than a career – one he’s soon leaving. So, he will dedicate himself exclusively to pleasure!

Boštjan Čadež (1979, Ljubljana) is a new media artist whose interdisciplinary practice explores the intersections of art, technology, and human experience. His innovative installations and performances often challenge the boundaries between the digital and physical world, incorporating elements such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, and real-time data processing. Čadež’s art is characterized by a dynamism and unique life that stems from the algorithms and guidelines he uses to shape his works. His interest in simple guidelines from which an infinite number of images or situations arise, which are never the same as before, is one of the key aspects of his creations. His works often include interaction with viewers, who with their involvement become part of the artistic experience and at the same time co-create the work they observe.

Marko Batista is Ljubljana based tech-mixed-media artist, sound researcher, video experimentalist and AV performer, born in Tito’s Yugoslavia. Batista focuses on themes such as displaced sound-scapes, video transformation processes, networking data, collaboration, linking concepts, hybrid spaces, politics of art and other fields of contemporary media art. Graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and finished Master of Arts degree from Central Saint Martins in London. Marko Batista is a founding member of experimental multimedia group Klon:Art:Resistance. In 2003 he collaborated on a project for 50th LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA: VV2 .

 

BRIDA

BridA / Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica is a collective made up of graduates from the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, formed in 1996 during their university years. The group produces artwork across a wide spectrum of contemporary artistic practices exhibits both locally and internationally, and has participated in numerous international residency programs, workshops and seminars. BridA’s works have been purchased for a score of international contemporary art collections. In 2015 they received the highest award of the Municipality of Nova Gorica, the France Bevk Prize, commemorating 20 years of their successful activity; in 2018 they received the international Tesla Award. They are recipients of the Iaspis scholarship awarded by the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and Culture Bridges, awarded by the British Council under the EU.

Photo courtesy of BridA

At the Fair, they will present a multimedia installation Nano Plotter. In this project, an obsolete machine normally used for technical drawings, has been adapted for an unusual purpose. The device is programmed and adapted to draw on cornflower, the table is equipped by vibrating system that cancel the drawing when is finished. The robotic hand of the plotter and the noise it makes while working create a strange atmosphere. At the same time the plotter becomes a performer, telling a story and giving it its own peculiar rhythm. In this fictional world, two characters talk about nano particles as their living space. They dont understand the situation; apparently they have been created by chance and for a very short time. The performance created by the device can be also perceived like a video project, it has all the properties such as precise time line, the content and the sound. Through an unusual narrative, Nanoplot is an attempt to explore a still unknown space-time dimension: the nano world. A world made of particles that can be manipulated only using special microscopes (such as the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope STM, or the Atomic Force Microscope AFM) with a needle as big as a carbon molecule and able to move nano particles.

 

WORKSHOPS

The interested attendees will be able to learn a few tricks at the workshops that can help us unleash our imagination and create tangible devices. Sound recording and editing, rocket and electronic jewelry making, electronic waste recycling, homemade gaming consoles, production of useful materials from bio-waste, and much more await us at the workshops within the AND Fair.

You can apply to participate by filling out the form provided at the links accompanying the description of each workshop.

Music production workshop – DIY mastering

Saša Rajković – Zarkoff

– Friday, 19th April from 4 to 7 p.m. & Saturday, 20th April from 4 to 7 p.m. @ Radio Roža

APPLY! *the workshop is designed for up to 8 participants.

Zarkoff _ Sajam 3NPhoto courtesy of Zarkoff

The topic of mastering is often mystified, with the prevailing belief that it’s best left to professionals with top-notch equipment in studios with perfect acoustics. While this is largely true, sometimes it’s not a realistic option, so it’s necessary to roll up our sleeves and make the most of what we have available.

This workshop is beneficial even to those who don’t plan on mastering because knowledge about this stage of music production is very useful, especially for the preceding phase that more and more musicians are taking into their own hands – mixing. 

How to navigate this precisely will be clarified by workshop leader Saša Rajković, also known as Zarkoff, owner of Sensorium Studio, mastering engineer for labels such as Creme Organization, Raw Culture Records, Kri Recordings, Rapid Eye Movement, Vesuvius Recordings, and many others.

Spacecraft construction

Brida (Sendi Mango i Jurij Pavlica)

– Saturday 20th April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Dječja kuća (Children’s House)

APPLY!  *the workshop is designed for up to 12 participants aged 7 to 10 years old.

BridA _ Sajam 3NPhoto courtesy of BridA

The workshop for children, youth, and the young at heart will cover the creation of spacecraft and understanding space travel.

Throughout history, humanity has transcended the boundaries of its physical and mental abilities. Like science and technology, the conquest of space has been aided by a great deal of creativity and imagination. Artistic and visionary creations have always inspired scientists to design spacecraft that have taken the first human into the infinite space.

With the expert guidance of mentors, rocket models will be assembled that can fly with the help of water pressure. Together, we will build a launch ramp for launching water rockets, enabling safe launches of water rockets into the distance.

BridA / Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica is a collective made up of graduates from the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, formed in 1996 during their university years. The group produces artwork across a wide spectrum of contemporary artistic practices exhibits both locally and internationally, and has participated in numerous international residency programs, workshops and seminars. BridA’s works have been purchased for a score of international contemporary art collections. In 2015 they received the highest award of the Municipality of Nova Gorica, the France Bevk Prize, commemorating 20 years of their successful activity; in 2018 they received the international Tesla Award. They are recipients of the Iaspis scholarship awarded by the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and Culture Bridges, awarded by the British Council under the EU.

T-Shirt Painting with Pine Bark

Duje Dorotka (Jelsa Municipal Museum)

– Friday 19th April, from 5 to 7 p.m. @ Art kvart

APPLY!  *the workshop is designed for up to 10 participants aged 7 to 10 years old.

Duje Dorotka _ Sajam 3NPhoto courtesy of Jelsa Municipal Museum

The workshop on dyeing T-shirts with pine bark is designed with the aim of preserving and transferring knowledge about the traditional skill of dyeing fishing nets with natural pigment, which will be applied in this case to dyeing white cotton T-shirts. This process was widespread and common along the Croatian coast until the mid-20th century when the arrival of synthetic nets in our markets diminished its importance and gradually led to its oblivion.

Greasing of nets served a dual purpose: to impregnate the nets and make them more resistant to the effects of the sea and salt, but also to dye them in a dark red color to make them as inconspicuous and effective as possible in the sea. The process we will reconstruct in the workshop begins with grinding pine bark with wooden hammers and collecting and sieving the ground bark to extract the fine dust, which is then boiled in seawater. After boiling, the mixture is filtered through fine fabric, and the dye is ready for application.

Duje Dorotka is an ethnologist and anthropologist with the professional title of museum curator, was born in Split and has been living on the island of Hvar since 2019. He works at the Jelsa Municipal Museum, where he performs professional museum duties, including the care of collections, research, preparation of permanent and temporary exhibitions, and, when necessary, educational work, program preparation, and interaction with users. He is the head of the Fishermen’s Collection in Vrboska.

Badger ORI

Radiona.org

– Friday 19th April from 6 to 7.30 p.m. @ Filodrammatica

APPLY! *the workshop is designed for up to 12 participants, aged 10 and above.

Jazavac ORI-Radiona-radionica 2 _ Sajam 3NVizual courtesy of Radiona.org

The Badger ORI is a do-it-yourself kit for self-assembly that you can use as a badge/pin, keychain charm, or necklace, whichever suits you best. With this kit, you will master the basics of electricity and soldering while simultaneously discovering why the badger is a cool inhabitant of planet Earth.

Radiona.org is a non-profit organisation and citizen lab consisting of makerspace/hackerspace, media art lab, Repair Café and residence program founded in 2011. The organisation is dealing with DIY (do-it-yourself), DIWO (do-it-with-others) and DITO (do-it-together) cultures, STEAM concepts, interdisciplinary and intergenerational non-formal education and hybrid activities. The lab is developing innovative projects with an emphasis on community building, participation, cohesion and social inclusion, knowledge transfer and co-creation. It is also active in the areas of GLAM, CCI in the international and local context, policy making on municipal and international level. It focuses its activities on education, innovation, research processes, art production, curatorial practices, residencies, international and domestic inter-sector collaborations, self-sustainable systems, repair community activities, citizen science and social awareness related activities.

In / Above Water Sonic Mapping> (Echoes of the Abyss I)

Robertina Šebjanič & Ivo Vičić

– Saturday 20th April from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Torpedo Launch Station, Rijeka (meeting point: Porta – Lansirna rampa Torpedo)

APPLY! *the workshop is designed for up to 10 participants aged 18 and above.

* participants are invited to bring their recording devices

hydrophone recording _ Sajam 3NPhoto courtesy of Robertina Šebjanič

Devoted to the sonic mapping of the shore of the Adriatic Sea, this event offers audiences a chance to immerse themselves in the under/above water soundscapes of the historic landmark where they had been sent out torpedoes, which is connected with the identity of Rijeka. The workshop aims to introduce participants to the sonic mapping of coastal regions. It will also include a practical in situ lecture/presentation about the disturbing human presence in underwater acoustics and other experiences, as well as listening to the bioacoustics of aquatic environments above and under the waves at the shores. Both mentors will share their expertise in sound recording, location-based sonic mapping and above /underwater soundscapes.

This workshop briefly presents issues and situations related to the above-water acoustic environment, emphasising the importance of acoustic interspecies communication.

We will use hydrophones to do underwater eavesdropping. A hydrophone (from Ancient Greek ὕδωρ = water and φωνή = sound) is a microphone that detects sound waves underwater. Most hydrophones are based on piezoelectric transducers that generate electricity when pressure changes. We will use omnipresent and directional microphones for above-water listening to experience and compare their differences.

During the theoretical part of the workshop, which will be in situ at the location, participants will be briefly introduced to the concept of (underwater) acoustics, which involves the study of the propagation of sound and sound signals. Sound waves propagate  4-7 times faster than in air. Therefore, different apparatus is used in water than air and vacuum (e.g. sonar for water, radar for air).

The workshop is developed in the frame of a new artwork/research, Echoes of the Abyss II, by Robertina Šebjanič supported by Drugo More (Made In platform).

Ivo Vičić is a sound recordist, wildlife sound recordist and music producer from Rijeka. He has been recording natural sounds for many years now and his portfolio includes sounds for: documentaries, ambient music, art installations, sound backgrounds, radio broadcasting, sound FX, etc. He is also an on location sound recordist on demand. In his pursuit for the new sounds he experiments with structure borne sound and underwater sound as well. Many of his field recordings are included in British library catalogue, museums, educative centers in National parks etc.

Robertina Šebjanič is an artist/researcher from Ljubljana whose work explores the biological, (geo)political, and cultural realities of aquatic environments and the impact of humanity on other organisms. In her analysis of the Anthropocene and its theoretical framework, the artist uses the terms “aquatocene” and “aquaforming” to refer to the human impact on aquatic environments. Her work received several awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Starts Prize, Falling Walls, Re:Humanism a.o..

zapeSYNTHnica

Monika Pocrnjić

– Saturday, 20th April from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ Filodrammatica, 2nd floor

APPLY *the workshop is designed for up to 10 participants and will be conducted in English.

Monika Pocrnjic synthzapestnica _ Sajam 3NPhoto courtesy of Monika Pocrnjić

 

Zapesynthnica is a synthesizer on a bracelet. “Stepped-tone generator” is the official name of the synthesizer based on the 555 chip, and its author Forrest Mims called it the “Sound Synthesizer” in 1982, later it got the name by which most people know it today: the Atari punk console. And Zapesynthnica is an old idea in a new form. In the workshop, participants will make a wearable sound system that is simple to make, but can provide hours of fun thanks to the possibility of controlling it with light.

The Zapesynthnica is a wonderful journey both for those who are taking their first steps into the world of DIY sound synthesizers, and for those who, with its cv inputs, will mean another module in the composition of a modular synthesizer.

Monika Pocrnjić is a graduate of art education and a new media artist. She works in the fields of do-it-yourself (DIY) electronics, drawing and puppet theater. In her work, she focuses on concepts such as objects as interface, robotic theater and the role of technologies in the modern world. In her works of art, she uses and combines various methods, media and techniques, including 3D technologies, hacking and creative coding. She displays these objects in performative events or theater performances. She lives in Ruše, works in Maribor and around the world.

Pop up Workshop DIY Synth

Radiona.org

– Friday 19th April from 5 p.m. @ Filodrammatica

*no registration required!

Synth photo - radionica _ Sajam 3NPhoto courtesy of Radiona.org

Mini synth by Radiona.org, designed by Igor Brkić, enables participants to create a simple electronic device for sound generation. They will also learn how and why the synth does what it does, how to connect wires, how to solder, and master the basics of electronics, culminating in the opportunity to produce some noise with their mini synthesizer. Participants take their synths home.

Radiona.org is a non-profit organisation and citizen lab consisting of makerspace/hackerspace, media art lab, Repair Café and residence program founded in 2011. The organisation is dealing with DIY (do-it-yourself), DIWO (do-it-with-others) and DITO (do-it-together) cultures, STEAM concepts, interdisciplinary and intergenerational non-formal education and hybrid activities. The lab is developing innovative projects with an emphasis on community building, participation, cohesion and social inclusion, knowledge transfer and co-creation. It is also active in the areas of GLAM, CCI in the international and local context, policy making on municipal and international level. It focuses its activities on education, innovation, research processes, art production, curatorial practices, residencies, international and domestic inter-sector collaborations, self-sustainable systems, repair community activities, citizen science and social awareness related activities.

 

TRANSPONDER PARTY

Last but not least, in the evening of the first day of the Fair (Friday 19th April, from 9 p.m.), DJs and authors gathered around the Rijeka-based electronic music label Transponder Recordings are preparing a party in the club Manual.

Transponder Records is a Rijeka-based music label established in 2006, dedicated to promoting electronic music and creating a space for fusion and exploration rooted in contemporary electronic music.

At the party in Manual, we’ll be treated to two DJ sets (DJ Monotaks and DJ Arexx) and a whopping four live acts (Notein, Monotask, Arexx, and the Transponder live crew).

 

Transponder _ Sajam 3NPhoto courtesy of Transponder Crew

TRANSPONDER PARTY

Notein is a producer primarily of non-genre-specific electronic music from Rijeka. He released his latest album on the progressive 3OP label, and this concert will be his fourth performance in front of the Rijeka audience.

Monotask is a DJ and producer from Rijeka whose DJ sets you can hear as part of the Shuffle nights at Manual. This time, he will present his original works of various genres, from ambient soundscapes to electro and techno, both solo and in collaboration with DJ Arexx during the concert portion of the evening.

AREXX is a DJ and producer from Rijeka, will perform a DJ set on turntables, predominantly spinning Berlin underground electronic sounds, as well as a solo live act (synthesizer performance), presenting his own original music.

Transponder Crew is a live act featuring members of the Transponder Records team from Rijeka.

https://transponder-records.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/@uesoundri

 


 

This program is organized within the framework of the MADE IN – Platform for Contemporary Crafts and Design.









Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.

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