Dynamics between the sound and material

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Initially presented in 2014 and after being hosted at the various Slovenian galleries and museums, as well as at Močvara Gallery in Zagreb, the retrospective exhibition Temporary Objects and Hybrid Ambients by Ljubljana-based intermedia artist Marko Batista is coming to Filodrammatica Gallery in Rijeka. Exhibition contains the artist’s works created over the past seven years at the intersection of performative intermedia practices, sound and visual installations, and physical-sensorial experiments.

Batista – who already presented one of his works included in the retrospective (Parallel Digital Structures) to Rijeka audience back in 2009 – will also attend the exhibition opening, set for Thursday, 21 January 2016, at 7 PM. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary Art Aksioma from Ljubljana and it will stay on display until 6 February 2016.

The basic principle of operation followed by the artist is the exploration of intermediate spaces both in the physical sense, where electronic signal – acoustic or visual – are produced via home-made interfaces, as well as in the ideational sense, where human perception is explored in a world suffused with electronic communication, digital devices and technology. Namely, human perception is adapted to a certain kind of use of technology and, therefore, it is limited to a certain type of experience. By creating hybrid technological, electromagnetic or chemical systems, Marko Batista challenges the mystification of technology while he also opens up new ways of thinking about it. With his experimental systems, which bring together various fields, he expands the field of human sensorial perception and the phenomenology of unstable audio-visual systems in space and time.

The exhibition works as an integral work of art, which makes it possible for the viewer, depending on his position in space, to get an audio-visual impression of the whole or of the individual modular objects. As regards content, the projects are divided into three exhibition clusters distinguished by the basic principle of “operation”.

The experimental systems of electromagnetic radiation and transfer of information deal with the exploration of visual and sound images, be it sound interventions in space or the fragmentation of media images in the transfer of information. The cluster entitled Electro-Chemical Systems is based on the interweaving and the mutual impact of electric and chemical processes, in which electric impulses travel through a series of fluid matters, converge in spatial sound stimuli and produce unpredictable effects. In the final, third cluster entitled High-Voltage Experimental Systems, the author explores the impact of high voltage, which enables the creation of specific architectonics of signals, whose mapping, manipulation and distribution with the system are manifested in the visual and acoustic field of the spectator confronted with real-time projections and a synchronous acoustic backdrop. The repetitive, mutating structures of audio and video elements trigger unpredictable effects at various psycho-sensorial levels of the spectator’s perception.

The artist’s installations reveal his specific relationship to technology, which, on the one hand, he demystifies by using “low-tech” elements and by visualizing its processes, while on the other hand, he introduces the element of the unknown and he moves on the cusp between controlled and chaotic modular systems.

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Here you can download a free PDF and order a printed version of the book Marko Batista: Temporary Objects and Hybrid Ambients (Ljubljana, 2014), in which the authors Jurij Krpan, Andreja Hribernik, Ida Hiršenfelder and Luka Zagoričnik bring together four different perspectives on Batista’s work.


Marko Batista is a 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 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. He participated at numerous festivals and exhibition spaces like 10. International Istanbul Bienale, Ars Electronica 2008, Cellsbutton#3 Jogjakarta, Zero Gallery/Transmediale Berlin, NetAudio Festival London, razstava Device Art Prague, Spajalica/MMSUM Rijeka, Temporary Object and Hybrid Ambients in KGLU Slovenij Gradec.

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