20 04 2018


Opening > Friday, 11th May 2018, at 21.30


In the time of the 12th edition of the international Lighting Guerrilla festival, Ljubljana will again come to life with a series of light installations that will illuminate its city centre.

press-fotka-ležeče copyMarko Batista will present his new project entitled Colours in Motion. It is an interactive light-musical project that enables the audience to create their peculiar sound and visual environments in a playful way by means of different sensors and controllers. This kind of interactivity represents both an artistic and technological challenge since the idea is for the audience to be able to affect the moving visual images and contribute to the electronic sound landscape in real time.
sg_programska_2018_zlozenka_2009_finale.qxdThe project thus encourages the audience to make the qualitative step forward from a passive recipient, who only listens and watches, into an active contributor – not only in art, but in their lives and society in general.


19 10 2017

Cultural Centre TOBAČNA 001, Ljubljana
Opening of the exhibition will be on Friday, 27 October at 7 p.m.

The exhibition Fluid Particles of Volcanic Ash is part of a multiannual project in which Marko Batista prompts the viewer to reflect on the problem of modern post-fact society in relation to technological progress. Technological systems are not perfect, predictable, self-contained and complete, but rather unstable, and it is precisely this point that serves as the premise of Batista’s exploration.


3 10 2017

sound art exhibition
Produced by  Aksioma, Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

10.10.2017 – Exhibition opening

Židovska ulica 10,
Maribor – Slovenia
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OPTOLYTH audio/visual performance

9 06 2013

Tractrix horns and high voltage generator system were successfully  tested on friday at Old Power Station. Minor glitches still remain a mystery and task for further experiments…

Premiere: OPTOLYTH

30 05 2013

NewMedia Performance

Date: FRIDAY, 7-JUNE-2013      at   10 PM
Location: Old Powerplant
                      Slomškova 18, Ljubljana

  • Concept and realization: Marko Batista
  • Technica support: Primož Juvan, Urška Batista, Brane Ždralo, Miljenko Kadič, Matija Praznik, Dejan Kastelic
  • Production : Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
  • Executive Producer: Sonja Grdina
  • Partner: Zavod Bunker

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Over the past few years, intermedia artist Marko Batista has conceived a series of experimental performances and installations whose common denominator reveals itself, above all, in the analytical exploration and development of abstract sound and video structures, usually established in relation to various electrochemical or improvised, DIY, as it were, electronic processes. In his projects, Batista usually uses such processes in the sense of entry variables, that is to say, as a sort of immaterial and, at the same time, unpredictable, yet, still malleable matter, which – via various modular interfaces and return loops at the exit from the system – generates dynamic frequency compositions, which travel to the spectator’s senses in the form of audible or visual signals. In devising these complex installations, which inhabit the intersection of technology and art, the author thus explores the phenomenology of sound and image in relation to their mutual correlation and, in doing so, he paves the way for new experiential and aesthetic potentials in the context of contemporary techno reality. Batista’s intermedia projects are also characterised by the movement through the spaces of liminal situations, which occur in chaotic, unstable systems; the author makes the most of the changes in physical quantities of matter, interferences and mutations generated by his audio-visual “machines” and he fashions them into an environment of rhizomatic entities; in this manner, he populates the emergent audio-visual landscape with moments of the unpredictable and the inimitable.


At the heart of the performance Optolyth, with which Batista remains true to the established line of his creative inquiry, there are high-voltage generators, whose operation releases a lot of energy or heat and thus affects the material characteristics of purposefully used materials. Such operation of high-voltage generators facilitates the emergence of a specific architectonics of signals, whose mapping, manipulation and distribution within the system result in the audio and the visual fields of the spectator, confronted with real-time projections, accompanied by synchronous soundscapes. The repetitive, mutating structures of audio and video elements produce unpredictable effects at various psychosensorial levels of the spectator’s perception.

An important element, which is increasingly present in the artist’s work, is the relation to the concrete spatial architecture as regards its acoustic attributes. The well-considered spatial set-up of sound bodies, which uses the existing elements of the industrial legacy of the Old Power Station, points out, yet again, the author’s exploration of the changing perception of sound and its hapticity within a specific spatial configuration. Therefore, the experiential and aesthetic potentials of Optolyth are not dependent solely upon the used technology and the audio-visual stimuli produced by it; rather, they are also conditioned by the very architecture, in which the performative act is being carried out, and by the very position of the spectator within the spatial conglomerate.

Matjaž Brulc

The programme of Aksioma Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.


26 02 2013

Prototype update: Siphon Sonic Machine

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FESTIVAL Device_art 4.013

14 02 2013
Low-tech, high-tech and everything in between

08.02.2013. – 15.02.2013.
Školská 28 Gallery & K4 Club, Prague

Device_art 4.013, the fourth edition of the international triennial festival of devices, robots and gadgets organized by the curatorial team KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis from Zagreb, Croatia, Slovenian curator Sandra Sajovic, and Machiko Kusahara, a curator from Japan, travels abroad to tackle the Bohemian art scene, in order to bring together the device artworks of artists from Japan, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia. 

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The project in 2012/2013 comparatively presents, exchanges and contextualizes the recent device art productions from these different contemporary art scenes through an international exhibition, series of performances and a round table presentation of the artists, followed by a festival publication and celebration in relaxed late-night after-party.

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MMessy Oscillators feat. i.m.klif (HR)

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Big respect to technicians Marko and Denis!

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Concept and organisation: Kontejner | biro suvremene umjetničke prakse, Zagreb Curatorial team: Ena Hodžić & Tereza Teklić | KONTEJNER, Machiko Kusahara | Waseda University (Device Art Japan), Sandra Sajovic | Galerija Kapelica & Praksa Partners: Galerija Školská 28 | Michal Kindernay, CREST of Japan Science and Technology Agency, K4 Klub Program collaborator: Sunčica Ostoić | KONTEJNER