Pink Nightingale

The sound piece of the installation consists of mixed, overlapped and distorted sound files of varied origin. It is a compilation of sounds that reflect an anxious, turmoiled inner state: An unrecognisable melody that is my first memory of a song, a distorted WhatsApp audio message, illegible clamour of individual voices, a crowd and others. They are sounds that I anticipate with a certain amount of discomfort, which through transforming and in the end destroying them should lose their initial effect and power.

The work Pink Nightingale attempts to show how the duality of our existence is reflected in our body’s state – the pressure and release, being held and letting go, the pull and the push, subtlety and aggression. The viewer is both a witness and participant in a body’s unravelling. Inside, our bodies are full of ‘artefacts’ – past feelings, past experiences, behaviours and memories, which all take some space. We carry these artefacts within ourselves every day. There are those, which are no longer necessary to us today, which represent nothing more than a piece of information overloaded with tension.

The sound was made in collaboration with Austrian musician Pieter Gabriel.

On Distance and Dissonance

In this work, I wanted to look into my relationship with and within the artist collective U10 (Belgrade), and specifically, my physical distance to it, being that I am based in Vienna. The work resulted in an installation consisting of a computer-spoken text and diorama that jointly represent a poetic contemplation on distance, remoteness, and the feeling of dissonance that results from communicating on a distance through emails and video conferencing. I wanted to show that we can be a part of different communities, even on a distance, but that our relationship with and within them can become somewhat skewed, creating a certain amount of confusion and distress, given that in this case, we operate between at least two cultures, or realities.