Tadej Droljc: Capillaries Capillaries

Tadej Droljc: Capillaries Capillaries
AV performance – MIGAV
MMC KIBLA, Friday, 29 November 2019, at 9 p. m.

Capillaries Capillaries is an audiovisual composition that does not prioritise any established audiovisual hierarchy. Therefore, the piece does not represent a visualisation of music or music for an image but rather a tangle of audiovisual interactions. In a predominantly bottom-up compositional approach, most of the compositional decisions came as a consequence of cross-fertilisation between both modalities.

The work extends the idea of an audiovisual object to an audio-visual-time object – that is, a tangle of interactions between sound, geometry and time. The audio-visual-time object is treated as a (meta)physical material inside a high-voltage continuum. The tensity of the continuum arises from the imbalance between various forces that pull the material in varied directions. Since the material is a complex audio-visual-time object, the result is often impossible to predict. Exploring the emerging structures and their behaviors is the main focus of the piece.

The concept represents the translation of the id, ego and super-ego model to the audiovisual world. Just as the ego is established between the two groups of conflicting forces that constitute, distort, constrain, liberate, punish or disperse our subjectivity, so too is the material of Capillaries Capillaries. What we observe throughout the work is one and the same material transformed in different ways.

The emerging structures were hence approached from two opposite angles. Some parts of the piece are predominantly “id driven” and are based on “hands off” generative techniques where time, rhythm and sound originate from various methods of geometry sonification – hence the unexpected bursts of energy, jerky rhythms and random time.

Other parts on the contrary reflect the super-ego like internalisation of cultural norms – hence the metric re-organisation of audiovisual material into tidy sound-geometry-time gestalts or comprehensible shapes. However, the main focus of the piece is the space in between where the forces of id are tamed and the rules of super-ego bended – where noise becomes form and form becomes noise.


Tadej Droljc (b. 1981) is a Slovenian interdisciplinary artist and creative coder who works in the field of electronic music, computer-generated audiovisual composition and other forms of intermedia art. His recent work is focusing at what he calls a pluralistic approach to real-time audiovisual composition, where various hierarchies between sound and image co-exist inside individual compositions.

For his recent work Tadej was awarded the Lumen Prize Student Award, Dennis Smalley scholarship in electroacoustic music and he won the Most Promising Video Artist prize at Madatac. A work from his collaborative project Synspecies won the Edigma Semibreve award and was shortlisted for the Lumen Prize in category moving image.

Tadej performed and exhibited his works at the festivals or galleries around the globe such as Ars Electronica, L.E.V. Festival, Brighton Digital Festival, Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, Semibreve, Galerija Kapelica, Madatac or Athens Digital Arts Festival among others. With project Synspecies he also became a part of the ENCAC – European Network for Contemporary AV Creation. Currently, he is collaborating with Ars Electronica’s Futurelab on the project Immersify.




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