Mirjana Vodopija (HR) Vibrating Landscape

Installation, 2018.

Vibrating Landscape is an object formed according to a personal nostalgia and everyday desire for open space. The uniqueness of absolute space in a physical sense is equivalent to the uniqueness of the free and unlimited mind as against the isolation of smaller spaces, interiors as shelters of the mind. Personal space is enclosed for the sake of the creation of a territory of safety and comfort, personal sound boxes of desirable echoes in which consciousness is limited to the isolated part.

The object contains a duality between enclosed space, source of vibrations and simulated open space in which the vibration generates a kinetic and sound landscape.

In the reticular housing of the interior are placed electrical motors that vibrate elastic filaments with varying frequencies. The filaments visually lose their linearity and are turned into spindle-shaped forms of different sizes and transparencies, in line with the vibration frequency, overlap and create a hum of low frequencies (30-50 Hz).

The elastic filaments are fixed on both sides and at one of their ends with the use of the electrical motor they generate the vibration. At the other end with a butterfly screw the tension of the filament is adjusted, which produces the diversity of forms. The appearance of the landscape changes in the programmed cycle.

The dimensions of the object are 200 x 4 x 90 cm. The construction is of steel sections, metal grids and plates on which the electrical motors are fixed.

Coproduction: KONTEJNER
The work was technically worked out and produced with associates from the Department of Physics of the The Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb, with Leonard Krleža, a student, and the expert associate in the technical support unit Nenad Mijić.

Mirjana Vodopija (HR)

Mirjana Vodopija employs motifs from nature to problematize the notions of consciousness, identity, and perception of time and space, often making use of different media: drawing, graphic art, photography, objects, installation, video installation and ambients. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1987 and has since exhibited in 37 solo exhibitions and participated in over 200 group exhibitions, curatorial concepts, artistic symposia, residential projects and professional training programmes around the world. She is the recipient of 14 art awards, the latest of which include the Vladimir Nazor Award of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and the annual award of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists for her solo exhibition The Wandering Landscape held at the Museum of Contemporary art in Zagreb in 2019. Vodopija is also the author of numerous production and set designs as well as visual identities for shows produced by the Croatian Radiotelevision. She is a full professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb where she teaches since 2007.