with the Collection

sound intervention, 2020

image converted to the sound.

It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without it. It’s one of the first things you experience when you wake up and the last thing you hear at night. Its invisible vibrations travel through the air in all directions.

It can define a space, it triggers memories and can describe almost any area of human experience or imagination… and when you hear it, you become a witness of the energy making its journey.


"The sound circulated like an autonomous being whose tentacles needed to experience a sensitive awareness of the terrain.” Ondjaki


My proposal for ‘With the Collection’ exhibition is based on the idea of transforming the photo archive of works that are in the MMSU online collection into the sound form. The notion of archive carries the evidence of past, marks the time, cultural and historical context accumulating in its core the subject of memory and projections. By using the methodology of generating the sound waves from the digital images I am interested in representing the archive/collection of the museum in the shape that can be transmitted to the surrounding environment in movements on the molecular level. This sound intervention is an attempt to find an alternative way to mediate the art collection/archive providing its existence in another dimension.


For this online presentation, a new sound piece of one artwork is published every day until the whole museum's collection of works is translated into the sound format. As a final result, there will be one long sound piece. For reconstructing the sounds from the digital images as an essential tool for the conceptual approach I’ve used the program that operates in a principle similar to the optoelectronic synthesizer ANS.

David Maljkovic’s With the Collection exhibition consisted of an ongoing workshop where participants of WHW Akademija treated the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Rijeka) as a reader, while the digital museum database served as a communication tool and an incentive for dialogue with the museum collection. The translations and views, woven into a dialogue with the collection, were supposed to become an integral part of the exhibition on March 28th, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our responses won’t get the full materialization in the space of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art but will continue to exist as proposals published on the website of MMSU. 

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