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Sound Walk September 2020 – Sandbox receives honourable mention

Sound Walk September 2020 – Sandbox receives honourable mention

walk · listen · create is home of Sound Walk September, the yearly event that celebrates the experience of walking, augmented by sound. It can be seen as home for walking artists as it collects the publications of artists who walk, and provides a place for walking artists to share their websites, thoughts, pieces and events.

Among two SWS20 Winners Sandbox received honourable mention.

From the jury notification:

SandBox, by Irena Pivka and Brane Zorman, captures the period of silence during the pandemic when daily life ground to a halt, followed by the subsequent gradual return to noise. Sandbox is a downloadable, site-specific, geo-located, participatory work that invites walkers to explore the transitional spaces of railroad tracks that have awaited redevelopment for over a decade, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

Artists Irena Pivka and Brane Zorman use the audio walk as a format to encourage active listening and increase sensitivity for our coexistence with the landscape. By extending an invitation to reevaluate the surrounding environment and its potential, Sandbox invites a meditation on planetary limits through the intersection of both real and fictional spaces. 

The jury was impressed by the use of walking as a political act and as a tool for the consideration of alternative futures. As nature rehabilitates and repopulates the abandoned area, walking participants can consider how nature reasserts and regenerates itself, and in that awareness find a vision for societal change.”

Read more about SWS2020

Irena Pivka in Brane Zorman: Sandbox

Irena Pivka in Brane Zorman: Sandbox

Geolocation newmedia performans
Thur, 1 Oct and Fri, 2 Oct at 6.00 p.m.
Loction: Vilharjeva cesta (near railway underpass)

premiere A_DELA festival
Tue 25 Aug 2020 at 9.00 a.m. and
Wed 26 Aug 2020 at 7.30 p.m.

A walk along the railway tracks, with the help of an app and headphones, leads a viewer, a wanderer and an eavesdropper into a performative space. The work was created during the time of the epidemic when all public life had come to a standstill. As a result, the thick layer of the all-encompassing and constant noise disappeared, the existence of which we only really became aware of once it was gone. The authors captured this period, marked by weeks of silence and the gradual return of noise, with their recording equipment, walked paths and by discovering local microspaces. The result of their research is the existent locative performance, which, through the absence of noise, tells a tale of a future space. By using geolocation tools, the performance reflects on an experiential experience of landscape and sound and, in these complicated times, brings forth thoughts about the potential of a degraded space from the perspective of a society incapable of dialogue. The latter is using its last atoms of strength to depict dominance over the planet, while plants on the other side are blossoming, intertwining and even consoling, soothing, silencing and covering the all-pervasive species. The rhythm of walking, listening-in to the transitional space, a path that leads away from the overburdened city, and of listening to the degraded, waiting spaces, which are being taken back by nature, form the stance of this period of time … before it ends.

The authors have developed the work with the help of the geolocation tool ECHOES, developed by Echoes Lab. More than 30 geolocation points, connected by sound files and in combination with the available navigation tools, form the subtle dramaturgy of the overall acoustic image of the work Sandbox at a specific location.

Production: Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory, CONA Institute, NOVARS Research centre – University of Manchester, ECHOES
Thanks: Josh Kopeček, Ricardo Climent
Voice interpretation: Irena Pivka (SI)
Voice interpretation: Jana Wilcoxen (EN)
Translation: Katja Kosi
Sound composition: Brane Zorman



27.10. – 10.12.2017
gardenWALK: Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman
e_city Ljubljana Apollonia
Strasbourg, Robertsau

GardenWALK, a locative sound walk performance, taking place along the streets of Strasbourg, Robertsau. It invites a visitor to relive the future impact of the planned Apollonia community garden to the immediate surroundings of district and its community.

An integral part of the project is a sound map with circular path which the visitor walks within the project. The beginning of this 1.6km long route and duration of 30minutes is at the Apollonia Garden, end of the rout is in Lieu de Europe Parc Henri.

Through the subtile sound inserts of the shared garden urban landscape sound and the sound scape transformation with vision of potentional possibilities, the sound walk performance sensitize public to experience the Robertsau quarter. Garden and gardening in this project is a metaphor for rethinking and re-cultivation of urban landscape changes in local society.

Read more about gardenWALK



Irena Pivka / Brane Zorman HODI.TI / 2.WALK
Premiere: Thursday 12.10.2017
Reprises: Friday, 13, and Sunday 15.10. 2017
Performances (slovene, english) start at 17.00 and 18.00
Duration: 45min
Location: Park Špica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Photo by: Nada Žgank

2.WALK is a locational multimedia performance taking place on city streets. It is designed as a sound walk, which the spectator takes on a pre-delineated path and follows it by means of a mobile app and headphones. With the help of sound images, imprinted into the location of the delineated path, she or he traverses between fictive and real situations. The performance intertwines narration and sound with space and path, and offers it thoroughly as experience. The sound image was made at the edges of the Ljubljanica river, recorded by binaural and studio microphones.

When you are walking a safe, known city path, you find it hard to imagine that women in some parts of the world do not walk alone. That individual walking is connected with inappropriate, even illicit, behaviour. At this point, the mechanisms of control for safe walking of female individuals enter the picture, in the form of social regulations, which are, and will be in near future, strengthened by the apparatuses of power, control and capital. It is exactly these apparatuses that, now and here, are tailoring our everyday walking in safe areas. Walking becomes more time-constrained, regulated, precisely determined and directed.

Group, collective walking, as a revolt and conquering of space, is a reflection of political action. What about individual walking? Can walking, as a personal and conscious choice, be the power of an individual? An intervention into the existing social system. Is it radical to walk? Walking as a possible means of resistance, so much more so when time and space are taken by a woman, the woman who has socially and, consequently, self-regulating access to the time to walk.

Link to video, Published by City of Women

Text and space: Irena Pivka,
Sound creation: Brane Zorman,
Interpreters: Irena Pivka, Petra Tanko, Igor Velše
Dramaturgic advice: Saška Rakef,
Text review: Suzana Koncut
Translation: Urban Belina
Mobile App: Vasja Progar
Production: CONA. Co-production: City of Women.

HODITI odsončje (Afelij) / WALKING the Aphelion

HODITI odsončje (Afelij) / WALKING the Aphelion

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HODITI odsončje (Afelij)
zamika in premešča zvočno krajino znotraj iste lokacije in iste prehojene poti. Osredotoča se na prostorsko uresničitev kraja, ki ga preko slušne izkušnje na novo ozavesti.

Zvočna slika je bila posneta z binauralnimi mikrofoni, 4. julija 2016 zvečer, ko zemlja prispe na točko imenovano odsončje (Afelij), to je skrajna točka Zemlje na tirnici okoli Sonca. Udeleženec, opremljen s slušalkami in aplikacijo zvočni zemljevid na mobilnem telefonu, obhodi isto pot ob istem dnevnem času nastanka izvorne zvočne slike, a v časovnem zamiku. Dolžina zamika je četrtine zemljine tirnice – malo po jesenskem enakonočju.

V januarju 2017 bomo pripravili HODITI prisončje (Perihelij) in hkrati ponudili v posluh poletni zvočni sprehod. Tako bosta dva zvočna sprehoda namenjena cikličnemu poslušanju: zimski poleti in poletni pozimi.

Avtorja: Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman
radioCona WALK aplikacija: Vasja progar
Produkcija CONA, 2016, v sodelovanju s Festivalom SONICA

Brane Zorman – From the former town tavern to the former military barracks

Brane Zorman – From the former town tavern to the former military barracks

A Soundwalk from the former town tavern to the former military barracks
Location: Island of Molat, Croatia
Monday 18th July at 6:29am
Distance 1.3km, duration 7:04 min (Audio below)

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On 18th July 2016 Irena Pivka and Brane Zorman will dedicate their two short early morning sound walks to the #WLD2016 event focusing on Sounds Lost and Found.

We have used binaural in-ear microphones* to record sounds at two very different locations in two different states: one was in park Tivoli in Ljubljana, Slovenia while the other was on the island of Molat in Croatia. At both locations we walked between two formerly important social places, located away from the centre, in the park and in a garden.

All objects (starting and ending points of both soundwalks) have been officially closed for a number of years and the facilities have declined. All of them have been closed due to recent historical, political and economical changes. Following the years of closure they have been attempts to revive these locations but it seems that the social interests have shifted in a different direction.

By connecting two locations in two different towns we highlighted the broken paths and connected the locations from our not so distant memories.

*For listening SoundCloud track I recommend using headphones.

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