Unvoiced Territories

Gathering place in front of Moderna Galerija, Cankarjeva cesta 15, Ljubljana, 18h
30 September 2021

Intervention: 30.9.2021 at 18.00.

Gathering place: in front of Moderna Galerija, Cankarjeva cesta 15, Ljubljana.

Intervention will move through the city and will last for approximately 1 hour.

Application Unvoiced Territories will be available from 30.9.2021 on www.unvoicedterritories.net

If you wish to participate in the intervention download the application and bring a loudspeaker for your mobile phone.

19:30 – 21:00: Social gathering and finissage of the exhibition Reading (as) Bodies at Cirkulacija2, Ajdovščina underpass.

Unvoiced Territories is a sonic situation in outdoor public spaces and their virtual shadows that outlines a zone for experimental wandering, lingering, reading, contemplating, surveillance, mapping, movement, listening, sounding and voice. To inhabit and activate the work, visit the geographical location of the work and download the mobile app Unvoiced Territories.

The first edition of the project takes place in central Ljubljana, Slovenia, between three bridges, Tivoli park, the train station and Križanke.

Text that only appears on the app is digitally inscribed onto public space accompanied by mediated sound to establish an invisible spatial setting in the city. Self-developed software maps the text onto the ground and also to prerecorded voices who read it – such that the letters on the map correspond to their speech sounds. Visitors can traverse the text written “on” the city, as their tracked phones emit the phonemes according to their movements over the text.

Unvoiced Territories is a permanent sonic installation and performative platform as path, shelter, itinerary, trace, poetic pause and place to gather. It is a hybrid voice that stutters at the threshold between thought and the murmur of a world carried through the city by bodies.

Unvoiced Territories is a part of artistic research project Reading Reading (2017-). The 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.


Software development: TeaTracks (Jan T.v. Falkenstein)
Audio DSP based on work by Jushua Parmenter
Built with JUCE, OpenStreetMaps, Mapbox and Flutter

Voices: Rada Kovačević, Brigita Gračner, Špela Trošt, Luke Thomas Dunne, Erika Johnson Debeljak, Dalibor Novković, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec.

Produced by: Sploh Institute and Projekt Atol Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Project supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana and Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands

Project is presented as part of Zvokotok cycle.


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