NMG@PRAKTIKA_Manja Ristić / Aleksandar Lazar – Dobra voda

NMG@PRAKTIKA_Manja Ristić / Aleksandar Lazar – Dobra voda
Klub Kocka Gallery, Youth Center Split, Ulica slobode 28
START: Friday, October 21st 2022. at 8pm
This activity is a part of the ISPOD BINE sound art festival.

Dobra voda is an audio-visual composition created from 16 underwater recordings of a magical wave on the island of Silba, known for the artistic commune that gathered protagonists of the alternative culture of the former Yugoslavia in the late 70s and early 80s. The foundations of the new avant-garde and the new wave were created in the ambiance of the hidden paradise island. 40 years later, Manja Ristić explores the morphology of the Dobra voda environment through aleatoric gestures, sound interventions, and listening to the past.
Biome micro-movement, salinity, and geomorphological records are further manifested through the magic of cymatics – shapes generated by treating the tonoscope (cymatic plate) with sound waves, which form multidimensional visual patterns. The material used by the artist in the  Dobra voda installation is salt crystals. Aleksandar Lazar approaches the composition using the technique of sensitization of sound with visual elements and introduces us to the gradual objectification of synaesthesia.

While hydrophone recordings – as well as field recordings made by burying sound recorders in dry deposits of seagrass Posidonia oceanica (an extremely important oxygen producer whose efficiency of processing carbon dioxide exceeds the efficiency of the Amazon forests) – penetrate deep into the sonic simulacrum of the endemic biodiversity of the island of Silba, palimpsests of reduced cymatics are creating a new psycho-sensory field and revealing the intrinsic nature of sound. This carefully treated matrix of newly created reality is revealed precisely in magical details, like a long-awaited archetypal dream.
-Natasha Kadin


Manja Ristić graduated from the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade (2001) and received her master’s degree from the Royal College of Music in London (2004). She performed throughout Europe and the United States as a performer of chamber and classical music and as an improviser. She has collaborated with numerous renowned conductors, multimedia artists, poets, theater and film directors. Manja’s sound explores the space beyond contemporary music. It is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to the art of sound, field recording, instrumental electroacoustics and experimental radio forms. She lives and works on the island of Korčula.

Aleksandar Lazar is a multidisciplinary artist who deals with artistic graphics, music, video art and audio-visual performance (live-cinema). He completed his undergraduate and master’s studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, where he is currently finishing his doctorate on the topic “Načulji oči, protrljaj uši – Vizualna muzika”. His work explores the structural parallels of sound arts and visual media, insisting on synesthetic processes and psycho-sensory expression.
Manja Ristić and Aleksandar Lazar have been actively collaborating since 2019.

CURATOR: Natasha Kadin
NMG CURATORIAL TEAM: Katarina Duplančić, Natasha Kadin, Vedran Perkov
DESIGN: Nikola Križanac
TRANSLATION: Katarina Duplančić
DOCUMENTATION: Damira Kalajžić
SETUP: Katarina Duplančić, Eugen Jeličić, Hrvoje Pelicarić, Franko Sardelić Kolinac
DONORS: Ministarstvo kulture i medija RH, Grad Split
MAVENA SUPPORTED BY: Zaklada Kultura nova