June–October 2015

Temporary exhibition

Open furniture storage, Kino Partizan

UNDER THE WINDOW

The project UNDER THE WINDOW is a site-specific audio walk, a play composed by the town of Maribor. Inside a room that echoes the antique residues of a dreamworld, visitors are invited to embark on an audiovisual journey through the town wearing a pair of slippers. The event combines sound, installation and photography. With the desire to uncover places, sounds and voices contained within the city of Maribor, the artist has woven a fictional narrative from the accounts of oral histories, maps, photographs, and sounds presenting visitors with one particular narrative that allows the space inside Kino Partizan to speak its past and present. The audio is interpreted and read aloud by the poet Tjaša Koprivec and features the voices of four local women.

I began the project by thinking about the museum space itself, its history as a previous cinema and its connection with the town. I knew that the boundary between the museum space

and whatever I would create was going to be inseparable. Stepping inside the space one is immediately struck by the static presence of the furniture collection, as if frozen inside a time capsule, which is physically impossible to escape. The idea to work with sound grew from this initial feeling and represents an attempt to de-stabilize the space and create some kind of movement. To what extent is peoples experience pre-defined when visiting an exhibition? Where is the moment of critical frictions which invites us physically into the past to awaken memories or to develop new thoughts? I have always been fascinated by maps, the physicality of different spaces – entries, exits – and boundaries between one place and another. I suppose that the environment within which you grew up establishes a certain relationship between yourself, space, place and your imagination. As a child, we lived in an old weaver’s cottage half way up a steep valley in the Cotswolds. The garden was wild and extended out into the surrounding landscape with narrow winding roads, hidden pathways, and old semi-derelict buildings. This intimate relationship with different places is something I have always incorporated into my work. The site specific framework of this project enabled me to work physically with the place and compose the work in close dialogue with the dialectics of the town.

As part of my research I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet and talk to four local inhabitants. Their presence and stories brought to life my imagination for writing

a narrative which illuminates what can often remain hidden. The walk, which invites small groups to be guided by sound in-between the old furniture, is an attempt to synchronize what

you see, what you hear and what you do inside the museum. I wanted to bring the town, inside of the space and at the same time create an intimacy between the viewer and the world which is being created by the furniture. I gave people slippers to wear as a way to re-establish a sense of being in the space. How do people feel under their feet and what is it like wearing slippers inside a museum?