Martina Zelenika MOON (HR) New Europe

interactive sound installation, 2017

The unique unit of the interactive sound installation NEW EUROPE consists of three works of art, three separate installations in the shape of a two-metre high cube covered in silver and gold foil on which there are geomorphic reliefs with natural minerals from the Earth: gold pyrite (FeS2), lead sulphide (PbS) and zinc sulphide or sphalerite (ZnS), which with their chemical composition are the roots of the civilisation of today’s world. Through the artistic prism of intuitive perception and factual scientific analysis, NEW EUROPE presents the phenomenon of dark matter and the phenomenon of Change as an absolute constant in the Universe, in two material forms: audible (the sounds of three different minerals) and visual (two diptychs and one triptych). Change is transformation, a universal, natural phenomenon, and a component part of the cyclical creation and evolution of the Universe, space, and species. It has no shelf life because it belongs to the phenomenon of the constant.

The installation has associations with current changes in society and humanity and represents omnipresent, universal Change. It exists without any labels of good or bad and is inescapable in relation to the dark matter. A change in its structure belongs to an absolute constant and does not alter notwithstanding changes of conditions. It has a constant value like the speed of light, the gravitational constant and Planck’s constant h {bar} in the framework of the interpretation of the radiation of a black body, in the study of the behavior of electrons and other elementary particles in atoms, molecules, and crystals.

In association with the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, quantum mechanics has been employed, the method of X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), which deals with the study of particles, the determination of chemical composition and crystallographic characteristics, and the method of high-resolution scanning electron microscope for the analysis of materials. All three minerals were analyzed for crystal density with X-rays. The results obtained were used for further processing of the information into sound and in this way an invisible dimension, the sound of minerals, was extracted.

collaborators: Ruđer Bošković Institute, Material Physics Institute: Prof. Ankica Šarić, Ph.D., Prof. Goran Štefanić, Ph.D. (XRPD analysis), Prof. Marijan Gotić, Ph.D. (FE SEM/EDS analysis)

Martina Zelenika MOON (HR)

The interdisciplinary artist MOON, aka Martina Zelenika, uses innovative methods to embody her artistic works. She links analogue media with the most up to date digital technologies and tests out communication areas, and in recent times is most interested in the visualisation of universal sound through the point of departure of analogue drawing. Universality, cosmology, geo-philosophy and being are the main areas of her interest.

Zelenika graduated in 2001 at the Printmaking Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and took a master’s in 2006 in the area of video and new media at the Academy of Visual Art and Design of Ljubljana University. She has had several art residences abroad, and has exhibited, solo or collectively, in Ljubljana, Maribor, Milan, Belgrade, London and Zagreb. She has been awarded several well-regarded grants and scholarships.