Tao G. Vrhovec SambolecStipendiat/research Fellow
Kontor:C.Sundsgate 53, 3 etage
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec was admitted as a Research Fellow to the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme in October 2013 with the project 'Rhythms of Presence'.
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec is an artist and musician working with the invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal flows like sound, weather phenomena and human activity and the architectural and social spaces they inhabit.
In his installations, he makes built environment sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings and enhances temporality of lived space by creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal, converse.
His works encompasses interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions and electro acoustic music.
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec has shown and performed in Kapelica Gallery - Ljubljana, Ars Electronica Festival - Linz, AV Festival - Newcastle, Museum of Modern Art - Ljubljana, Museum of Contemporary Art - MSUM - Ljubljana, Madrid Abierto - Madrid, Sonic Acts Festival - Amsterdam, Dutch Institute for Media Art - Amsterdam and Public Space with a Roof (PSWAR) - Amsterdam, amongst others.
In 2010 his work 'Virtual Mirror - Rain' got awarded Hybrid Arts Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica Festival - Linz, Austria.
From artistic research project description
Rhythms of Presence
Living in a mediated and virtually networked society, notions of temporality, the ephemeral nature of existence, and remote presence are increasingly in the foreground. Simultaneously, it appears that the significance of direct lived experience, in all its multisensory complexity, is in decline.
Sambolec's aims through his artistic research project to explore this current situation by focusing on invisible manifestations of presence, in particular the rhythms of everyday bodily movement. These will form the basis for developing tests aimed at exposing the gap between remote and felt presence, and how related temporalities can act as material for artistic work.
Can reality be understood and researched as an invisible "flow of events"? How does experiencing reality from this perspective effect relations between the self, the other and place? How can these ideas be applied and experienced through an artistic work? And how might such experiences inform our view onto networked society?
Following such questions Sambolec intend to develop research into how energies of human movements and mental activities can be remotely sensed using digital systems, their rhythms discerned and re-enacted by mechanical actions in a space. This will lead to developing custom-made software, as well as hardware devices, that can be applied to various settings and situations, public and private. Sambolec's interest is to develop the means for exploring the re-enactment of bodily expressions, and the conditions of presence, creating what he would like to call shadow events. These events follow existing flows and rhythms of human presence, capturing their temporal dimension, while re-enacting them so as to open up a critical view onto our mediated surroundings.
By bringing forward these often "invisible" rhythms of lived reality, manifesting them as concrete experiences, he intends to discover the possibilities for their artistic re-articulations. Such work ultimately intends toward questioning in what way presence can be felt beyond the directness of visuality and vicinity, and further, what kind of new poetics these re-articulations can form.
Artistic research project page here
Tao Sambolec's website: www.taogvs.org
Main supervisor: Brandon LaBelle, Professor of New Media at Bergen Academy of the Art and Design.
Second Supervisor: Dr. Sher Doruff