Inside – Out

Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana
10 September – 04 October 2013

Undoing architecture – making space

Inside – Out is a spatial intervention based on a series of weather responsive installations entitled Virtual Holes and Virtual Mirrors, which Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec have been developing since 2006. The series investigates the relationship between weather conditions and the built architecture in an urban environment. Each work addresses a single weather element of the immediate surroundings of a building in relation to its interior.

In the installations Virtual Hole – Rain (2006), Virtual Hole – Wind 1:1 (2011) and Virtual Hole – Sun 1:1 (2011), weather phenomena such as rain, wind, and sunlight are detected through digital sensors and are recreated within the exhibition space through transformations of the received data. Every time a raindrop falls, the sun shines or the wind blows against the roof sensors, a water droplet, a ray of light or a gust of winds is being synthesized indoors correspondingly. I call this process “undoing architecture”.

The work Inside – Out is an integration of the three previous installations into a single intervention, creating a setting where external rain, wind and sunlight are simultaneously synthesized indoors, establishing a tactile presence of weather inside.


INSIDE – OUT (2013)
Custom-made hardware, custom-made software, light, wind, water.
Installation by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec

Expert collaborators
Lex van den Broek – software and hardware development
Lars Vaupel, Stefan Doepner – f18 Institute – software and hardware development
Mr. Stock – software development
Marije Baalman – software development
Floriaan Ganzevoort – expert light consulting

Galerija Kapelica-Zavod K6/4
Projekt ATOL
Lonely Projects

Project supported by
Ministry of Culture – Slovenia
City of Ljubljana – Slovenia
Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst AFK – Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Mondriaan Funds – Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Sponsored by
Ocean Optics

Photo of the installation
Damjan Svarc

Thanks to
Siemens Slovenija
Hans Graafmans – Lightco Nederland BV
Roman Kloucek – Papouch Store s.r.o. CSZ
Joze Dobravc
Christina Li


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