________Invisible landscapes / Earth

Davor Sanvincenti’s Solo exhibition
Inauguration of the space at 4 rue Moret during the opening on March 9, 2012

Invisible Landscapes/Earth is an 8-hour sound installation, part of a larger project, ‘La cour du domaine’ (‘The courtyard of the domain’). The piece, which occupies the fields of sound capture and ecological perception, is the result of a series of sound sequences recorded on major natural sites on three continents. Its linearity invites contemplation, and to create a space of inner vision.
With ‘The Lightning Field’ (1977), Walter de Maria established the impossibility for ‘photography, or a series of photographs and other recorded images’ to fully represent his work. ‘Isolation is the essence of land-art’ marks the end of the text ‘Some Facts, Notes, Data, Information, Statistics and Statements’, published in the Art Forum magazine in April 1980. The gap between the land art artist’s experience at work and the presentation of this work to the public in a gallery remains an insurmountable and inherent obstacle to the encoding of land-art artistic practices in Western art. The isolation required by the artist in this kind of practice escapes representation. The essence of land art cannot be exposed.
Sound sequences recorded in an asymptotic search for wild purity for a sound that tends towards a landscape devoid of any human presence, these eight hours that we are given to hear is the result of a selection from a wider collection of sound recordings. The fact of extracting duration, of placing it in another context, transforms the meaning of the initial experience. Invisible Landscapes/Earth is not the transcription of this experience but the creation of an original situation. The manipulation of sequences makes it possible to construct the context of a new perception, focusing on the process of unfolding and fragmentation. This in turn becomes unique and imperceptible in its entirety, and thus functions as a portion of time and space that meditates on its own flow.

Ana Kutlesa.


Davor Sanvincenti, born in 1979 in Croatia.
The multimedia artist, also known by the pseudonyms Messmatik and Gurtjo Ningmor, his audiovisual research focuses on the anthropology of visual culture, with a particular focus on the conditions and perceptions of form and meaning. What he notes, observes and investigates is impregnated and intertwined in the scientific and artistic spheres, and constitutes the structure of his work. His artistic practice is embedded in a variety of media – film – video, photography, physical light – sound installations and multimedia shows.
His work plays with the concept of illusion, exploring the possible limits of perception and through the construction field of experience. Davor Sanvincenti explores the aesthetic capacities and qualities of the different media as a direct means of communication with the spectator, who becomes himself an element of the artwork, in the process, and the contemplative reflection in a physical body structure.
His work has been exhibited and presented internationally, in particular at the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid festivals; LOOP, Barcelona; 25 FPS, Zagreb; World Fim Festival, Bangkok; VideoEX, Zurich; CineMed, Montpellier and the galleries and art centres: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; HfG/ZKM, Karlsruhe; MoCA, Zagreb ; Lincoln Center, New York; HB Galerie, Rotterdam; Joanneum Museum, Graz; NIU, Barcelona; La Triennale, Milano ; MoCA Vojvodina, Novi Sad; Filmoteca Espańola, Madrid; Art Pavilion, Zagreb; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. He is the winner of the 2010 Radoslav Putar Prize for the best artist in Croatia under 35 years of age.


Exhibition > from 03.10 to 03.23.12


Davor Sanvincenti