In the work Chronolith, consisting of a complex multi-channel sound composition and stone slab installation, the bioacoustic group Jata C investigates the acoustics and temporal dimensions of stone structures, as well as their sustainability and interdependence with humans. Jata C (beepblip, OR poiesis, Boštjan Perovšek, Bojana Šaljić Podešva, Brane Zorman) poses the questions: How to listen to stone and think in geological time? Is it possible to understand the wider social context of man’s unsustainable exploitation of the environment through the sonority of stones? And if so, can this help with creating a juster and more reciprocal relationship with nature?
The artists obtained the sound material for the composition via field recordings of various locations and quarries. The installation serves as stone instrument, a sensorial extension to the human body, with which the composition and the vibrations of the stones are fed back into the materiality of the slabs with the help of transducers, forming a feedback loop. The work Chronolith is produced by the CONA institute for the program of the Steklenik gallery.
Sound artists: Jata C (beepblip, OR poiesis, Boštjan Perovšek, Bojana Šaljić Podešva, Brane Zorman)
Production: CONA Institute for Steklenik Gallery | konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art
Premiere sound event partner: MGLC Švicarija
Produced by: Irena Pivka
Public relations: Matej Tomažin
Translation and proofreading: Melita Silič
Photo: Mojca Čerpenjak
Video: Miha Godec
The installation part of the project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia; City of Ljubljana, Department for Culture
We would like to thank the company Marmor Hotavlje d. o. o. for access to their quarry and the offered sponsorship for the marble slabs comprising the installation