Reading (as) Bodies

Cirkulacija 2, Ajdovščina underpass, Ljubljana
17 – 30 September 2021

Opening: 17. 9. 2021 od 20:00 – 22:00
At the opening invited guests will inhabit and explore the installation as performative setting.
Performance – Lola Mlačnik, Urška Preis, Mauricio Valdés San Emeterio: 21:00 – 21:30

Exhibition: 18. 9. 2021 – 30. 9. 2021, 15:00 – 19:00. Closed on Sundays.

­Reading (as) Bodies is a spatial intervention, responsive sound installation and performative setting emphasizing the notion of written text as a graphic territory and the act of reading as a bodily movement. Using tracing technology and digital sound synthesis the installation accommodates a situation where visitors bodily inhabit the graphic representation and sonic manifestation of written text simultaneously through the processes of magnification, movement and slowing down. This situation disrupts the practice of reading and unsettles the established relations between body, text, voice, movement, space and hearing, setting the ground for interpretative community of bodies to emerge.

Reading (as) Bodies is a part of artistic research project Reading Reading (2017-).

The research project investigates the experience of reading as an interface between our interior mental state and the exterior world, asking whether what separates the two is a temporal, flexible and virtual gap, as opposed to a fixed corporal/material border. The artistic research project comprises of a series of artistic works that in various ways address, explore, alter and unsettle the practice of reading as artistic material.



Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec: Reading (as) Bodies, 2020
Text, sound, custom software, modified wireless speakers, digital positioning system.

Avtor: Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec
Software development by Darien Brito with Giuliano Anzani

The project is co-produced by Zavod Projekt Atol – Ljubljana and Zavod Sploh – Ljubljana, with support by v2_Lab for unstable media – Rotterdam.

Supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund, Ministry of Culture of Republic Slovenia and City of Ljubljana.

Past presentations: V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, september 2020


Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec is Amsterdam-based artist with a particular focus in sound, new media, real-time interaction, and questions of contemporary mediation in relation to the sense of (bodily) presence. His recent work consists of spatial and sound installations, events and interventions, where (un)mediated sonic events act as central element that affectively evokes human bodily presence, while signaling its physical absence. His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions and electro acoustic music.

Born in 1972 (Ljubljana – Slovenia), he received BA at Trondheim Music Conservatory (Norway), BA in music composition and MA at Interfaculty Image and Sound – ArtScience, both at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague – The Netherlands, where he also followed Sonology course.
He earned his PhD in Artistic Research from Faculty of Fine Art at University in Bergen, Norway, where he was the recipient of Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship (2013 – 2016). In 2017 he took part in Research Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. In 2010 his work was awarded at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz – Austria.

Since 2018 he is member of artistic committee of puntWG project space in Amsterdam and a member of artistic committee of DNK – Amsterdam, a series of experimental contemporary music and sound art concerts, events, lectures and exhibitions. Together wit Sascha Pohle, he is initiatior and organizer of Home Sequence, an exhibition taking place in the private homes of Amsterdam-based artists. In 2001 he founded international cycle of sound events, lectures and workshops Bitshift in Kapelica Gallery – Ljubljana. He is currently the recipient of Mondriaan Fund Stipendium for Established Artists Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent (2018 – 2022).

His works were shown and performed in various museums, project spaces and festivals, amongst other at Kapelica Gallery – Ljubljana, Public Space With a Roof Gallery (PSWAR) – Amsterdam, Sonic Acts Festival – Amsterdam, Ars Electronica Festival – Linz – Austria, Museum of Modern Art – Ljubljana, AV Festival – Newcastle Upon Tyne, SKUC Gallery – Ljubljana, State Museum of Contemporary Art – Thessaloniki – Greece, Gwangju Museum of Art – Gwangju – South Korea, Reseach Pavilion – Venice – Italy, Madrid Abierto – Madrid, Musica a Metronom – Barcelona, Gaudeamus Music Week – Amsterdam, Forum neuer Musik  – Köln, festival of contemporary music Contemporanea 2004 – Udine, CMMAS – Morelia, Mexico, Moon Life Concept Store, Shanghai, Toonspur – MuseumsQuartier, Vienna …

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec