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The Tree Spirits | Touch

The Tree Spirits | Touch

The Tree Spirits| Touch sound work reflects on the life of a tree, speculating on its acoustic component, and explores the interaction of an individual part of a plant with the colony of organisms and the forest biotic community. The sound recordings give voice to the existence of a tree in its annual and life cycles which begin and end in silence. The silence anticipating the springtime resurgence of sap flow, and the silence of destruction caused by climate change, drought, and fires.

Installation at +MSUM, Ljubljana, 19. May until 11. September 2022

The artist zeros in on the touch; touch as an expression of genuine concern and awareness of the coexistence with plants, and a destructive touch of environmental devastation. The sounds of touching a tree trunk, branches rubbing against each other, the crushing of loose bark, the foliage, the rustling of trees in the wind, water drenching the roots – an acoustic journey through the physical existence of a tree. All the way to branch breaking, tree falling and a fire, a warning of the upcoming drought which is always a hard blow to a forest habitat.

The composition with the recorded and processed tree sounds, produced both within the organism as well as when touched by a human or the environment, builds an emotional and dramatic narrative charged with the natural and amplified sounds comingling and entwining. A dynamic 8-channel installation pulls the listener in the very centre of a sound happening.

The installation demonstrates, investigates, and records the changes in the electrical conductivity, which are the result of the intensive drying process of the individual tree cookies (sliced portions of a tree trunk), converting the parameters – through heat, electrical and oscillation sensors, and converters – in the visual and acoustic forms. The cookies dry up and crack. They are colonised by microbes, mould, and fungi, and in the process of decomposition change their forms. Symbolically, these newly formed tree structures confront us with the shortage of water and moisture.

Artist: Brane Zorman
Consulting: Valentina Cvetkovič, Boris Semenič
Curated by: Irena Pivka
Vibration sensor design: Gregor Krpič
Fieldwork (Trzin): Morales d.o.o., Rok Rucigaj, Boštjan Divjak
Translation and editing: Melita Silič
Photo: Brane Zorman, Irena Pivka
Cover photo: Sunčan Stone
Organisation: Irena Pivka, Katarina Radaljac
Public relations: Katarina Radaljac
Production: Cona, Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing, 2021
Locations: Steklenik, Gallery for Sound, Bioacoustics and Art, MGLC, Švicarija, Ars programme
Partners: International Centre of Graphic Arts (Švicarija)
Thanks: Zavod Kersnikova 4

Steklenik – gallery for sound, bioacoustics and art – the opening

Steklenik – gallery for sound, bioacoustics and art – the opening

Saturday, 20. 10. 2018, at 12.00 AM (noon)

Steklenik opened with eight channel sound exhibition by Boštjan Perovšek: Bugs, a Walrus and a Door – Steklenik 2018

Steklenik, gallery for sound, bioacoustics and art is an art programme in the space of Tivoli Greenhouse. It addresses works that are connecting art and science practices through sonic research of nature and environment. Presented artworks range from bioacoustics, sound ecology, soundscapes, sound art, etc. They are intended for curious public, interested in joint experience of botanic observation and listening to the current artwork from Steklenik programme.

Steklenik is a cross-pollinating space for creation, research, and presentation of artworks, exhibitions, performances and accompanying events. It offers insight in creative and research processes. It addresses the public, interested in cohabitation of space, environment, nature and its entities in holistic ecosystems. Through activities we research the perception and understanding of these phenomena and the way of their formation via sound and listening. Listening to such artworks in the space, intended for the study of botanic biodiversity, enriches the experience and enables the connection of nature and art.

Greenhouse is an exhibition space that enables good conditions for the growth, research and admiring of selected botanical organisms. If we observe it through the aspect of space, such structure is similar to the spaces of art production; theatre, gallery, concert hall, radio…  The connection between both contents, the botanical and the sound art, is an interesting example of intermingling of science and art.

Steklenik is a partnership project of Cona Institute and University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana. Cona technically equipped and installed sound system in the east wing of the Tivoli Greenhouse, in which the programme of the gallery is offered. University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana provide the space capacities and collaborates in formation of connections between the scientific and artistic way of doing research and creation. Together we form a new connective space. Selected, created, and presented artworks are tackling the questions of sound, ecology, space, and introduce the audience to different ways of listening.

Concept and Management:
Irena Pivka  e-mail: irena(at)
Brane Zorman  e-mail: brane(at)
Organisation and Communications:
Katarina Radaljac e-mail: katarina(at)

Botanical Garden Representatives:
Dr. Jože Bavcon, Blanka Ravnjak, MA

Steklenik is supported by Ministry of Culture RS and  Municipality of Ljubljana Culture.

For past and current exhibitions, sound events, workshops go to Steklenik web site



english below:

8 kanalna zvočna instalacija
Sonoretum – Galerija Kapelica
otvoritev: četrtek 8.06.2017 ob 20:00 – 30.06.2017

‘ElektroMagnetikSpektrum’ je zvočnemu okolju Sonoretuma prilagojen del skladbe EMS Memory Trackers (2016). Avtor iz položajev in barvnih konstelacij osončij, sonc, planetov, iz neskončnega fluksa elektromagnetnega sevanja, ki kot oddaljeni eho spominov kontinuirano sipajo radiacijo iz zunanjega dela vesolja, zajema in transformira elektromagnetne informacije ter jih pretvarja v naše zelo omejeno slišno območje.

Neslišno in nevidno, navidezno brez strukture, kontinuirani fluks minulega časa pulzira in seva ter se kot množica X oslabljenih in razdrobljenih segmentov vrača, odbija, absorbira v telesih, na katera naključno trči. Avtor mrežo nezaznavnih sevanj in pozicij neba nad nami vidi in vzpostavlja kot notno črtovje, kot večdimenzionalno platno, na katerem konstelacije zvezd, galaksij različnih velikosti, gostot, barv in intenzivnosti tvorijo matrico, po kateri se z različnimi hitrostmi na različnih globinah premikajo časovni skenerji. Vzorci neba mu služijo kot metrični, narativni in dramaturški elementi, ki jim v skladbi spontano sledi, na njih reagira in jih zvočno mapira z vnaprej pripravljenimi moduli posnetkov elektromagnetnih sevanj, njihovih mutacij in modulacij. Tako mapira, zasleduje in naredi slišne trenutne pulze šuma, tiste večno prisotne, a le občasno dekodirane oddaljene krike, spomine in podobe nepredstavljivih dimenzij in aktivnosti daljnega in minulega časa.

Zvočna skulptura ‘ElektroMagnetikSpektrum‘ transcendira posnetke EM radijskih valov, ki so bili posneti z različnimi radijskimi sprejemniki in nas zdaj kot tančica pokrijejo v prostoru časovne kapsule Sonoretuma.

Dogodek je del mednarodnega projekta ‘Evropska mreža digitalne umetnosti in znanosti’. Program podpirajo: EU – Ustvarjalna Evropa, Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, MOL – Oddelek za kulturo.


8 channel audio installation
Sonoretum – Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana
opening: Thursday, 8.06.2017 at 20:00 – 30.06.2017

‘ElektroMagnetikSpektrum’ is part of the ‘EMS Memory Trackers‘ composition (2016), edited to suit the 8-channel sonic environment of Sonoretum. Based on the positions and colour constellations of solar systems, stars, planets and the endless flux of electromagnetic radiation, scattering radiation like so many ancient echoes, the author collects and transforms electromagnetic information and translates them to the very limited spectrum of the human audible range.

The event is part of the ‘European Digital Art and Science Network‘ project. Co-funded by: Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture

Moon Pong – Ping.Ping a project by Brane Zorman and Hakan Lidbo

Moon Pong – Ping.Ping a project by Brane Zorman and Hakan Lidbo

I am glad to announce a new project that is in the development since July 2016 with Hakan Lidbo partnering with programmer Per-Olov Jernberg and me powered with programmers Slavko Glamočanin and Gregor Žigon, with Silvo Obrul an active member of Slovenj Gradec radio amateur club as a EME consultant and operator on the ground.

We will post news and updates here but first few words about the Moon Pong – Ping.Ping project:

Moon Pong – Ping.Ping is planned to become the largest interactive game that was ever created, with the largest natural outreach delivered and accepted trails (ie. the transmitted, received and recorded radio signal) based on EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) communications. Initiated by artists Brane Zorman and Hakan Lidbo Moon Pong – Ping.Ping is set to cross international and space borders by-passing physical limits and creating an enormously vast playground field where EME radio amateur community plays a crucial role in projects realization.

The Field:

Moon Pong – Ping.Ping play field is measured a whooping 384.000 (Earth-Moon distance) x 6,371km (radius of the planet Earth), not counting in that gets “lost” or bounced to outer space, as for the moment we believe there is no one that would join our game from there.

This project aims to bridge and cross fields of art, science and radio amateurism creating interesting and fruitful experience for everyone involved. While creating this project we were led by desire to play, explore, discover, connect and merge art methodologies with communities dealing with electromagnetic radiation and space exploration.

The Game:

By using special radio protocols and frequencies used in their daily operations, EME radio amateurs, amateur clubs and organizations around the world use targeted and computer controlled radio antennas (with diameter of 8m or more) and operate them with a laser sharp precision to send / receive Morse code identification messages to the Moon.

Player ie. server sends out Moon Pong Ball Morse radio signal pointed straight to the Moon. From the lunar surface it bounces in various directions – some heading back to the Earth while most of it gets lost in the space. Bounced signal collides with atmosphere, clouds, winds and other factors when weakened returns to Earth’s surface dispersed across a vast area (eg. Europe , Africa, Asia, the Middle East, America,..).

Spread around the globe EME radio amateurs are waiting and listening to the Moon Pong Ball bounce as it arrives around 2,5 seconds later. When they recognize and identify its sender they trigger their controllers. Players actions get through the process of verification and seconds later winner is announced and score gets updated. The last winner becomes a new server and the game continues for another 60 minutes.

The winner of the game becomes first Moon Pong – Ping.Ping champion. He or she holds the title till the next game is announced and played.

Stay tuned for further announcements here.


Presentations, lectures and discussion at:
Thursday 18. 6. 2015 18:00 – 21:30
Dittrichova 9/337, Prague 2, CZ

Eric Leonardson: Our Sonic Playground: A Model for Active Engagement in Urban Soundscapes
A public event that proposes a model for active, public participation in soundscape awareness. For those who are new to acoustic ecology and the experiential basis of its pedagogy, this practical template or ‘recipe’ may help others organise their own events aimed at active engagement in sound, listening, and environment. While offering practical suggestions for getting started, I also address some relevant issues regarding a broader cultural discourse of sound in the arts and sciences. Eric Leonardson is a Chicago-based composer, radio artist, sound designer, instrument inventor, improvisor, visual artist, and teacher. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, founder and co-chair of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and co-founder and Executive Director of the World Listening Project.

Brane Zorman: Re-planting the sound(s), where sound and location collide
The aspects and possible interpretations/understanding based on CONA’s soundwalk and soundmap projects Walk the City and Field Frequency Field”: carefully chosen recorded content (sounds, narration, effects) relate to historical, social, political, cultural facts or interpretations. They are combined to form and open reflection on context, content, location, time and when, as such, are re-planted on the same (or other locations) in the form of a soundwalk or soundmap, they merge and un-hide different layers of reality, form new shifted relations, transposed contexts, pitched understandings.” Brane Zorman (Slovenia) is a composer, sound and radio artist, sound manipulator and producer. His work examines and explores the possibilities of processing, presenting, perceiving, understanding, positioning, manipulating and reinterpreting the sound and space. With Irena Pivka he cofounded CONA Institute for contemporary art processing which produces radioCona, Field Frequency Flux projects among others. He is program selector for ZVO.ČI.TI ( series project, curates sound art exhibitions, publishes artist’s books.

Peter Cusack: Aral Sea Stories: Dariga, golden carp, untraceable artists who restore fishermen to ships stranded in the desert and other tales
Fifty years ago the Aral Sea in Central Asia was the planet’s fourth largest lake. In the decades since it has virtually disappeared; a victim of the irrigation schemes that extract most of the water from its feeder rivers. Since May 2013 I have made three trips to the Aral to make field recordings, take photographs and talk to people there. It is a difficult, but fascinating, place to try to record. During this talk I will tell stories, play recordings, show images from my visits.
Peter Cusack works as a field recordist with a special interest in environmental sound and acoustic ecology. Projects include community arts, researches into sound and our sense of place and documentary recordings in areas of special sonic interest (Lake Bajkal, Siberia). His project Sounds From Dangerous Places explores soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage – Chernobyl exclusion zone; Caspian oil fields; UK nuclear sites. He describes the use of sound to investigate documentary issues as sonic journalism.

Lloyd Dunn:
a regular series of filecasts and an online presence.
Lloyd Dunn is a founding member of the experimental intermedia group The Tape-beatles, and publisher and editor of several small-circulation magazines such as Photostatic and Retrofuturism. Starting in the 1980s, he has worked in many mediums, including film, video, audio, print, and web applications. Since 2009 his main project has been nula which is continually updated with new sound works, movies, photographs, and essays.

Helena Štorchová: Arctic Ecology, or Alaskan Warming
What is the significance of the extreme, rather than average temperature for the ecology of the North and what is its impact on ecosystems?
RNDr. Helena Štorchová, PhD is a specialist in plant molecular biology and she works at the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Republic. She mainly concentrates on the genetic basis of flowering plants, research of mitochondrial DNA and on general evolutionary biology. From 2002 to 2003 she received a Fulbright scholarship, which allowed her to stay at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and still cooperates intensively with this northernmost university in the world. Externally lectures at the Faculty of Charles University in Prague and at the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Budějovice.

Dagmar Šubrtová: Frontiers of Solitude
The project confronts the context of unprecedented transformation of northern and global ecosystems to seek out and form new relationships between ethical, aesthetic, political, ecological, economic and thermodynamic concerns related to the idea of septentrional. It is a joint initiative between three partners: Gallery Školská 28, Atelier Nord in Oslo, and Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art in eastern Iceland.
Project supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Municipal of Prague.

Conceived and organized by Školská 28 and Tranzitdisplay in collaboration with Asociace MLOK and Agosto Foundation.

Čazven – FM and in-situ soundwork

Brane Zorman: Čazven (14.22min) Irena Pivka: Mapping the Čazven process Hiša na Hribu (House on the hill)  a project, where a group of artists will create, communicate and connect their works with the content of the site. Participating artists: Franc Cegnar, Irena Pivka in Brane Zorman, Petja Grafenauer, Kata Mijatović, Marian Molnar, Silvana Paletti, Zoran Pavelić, Zvonka T…

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