Reality Soundtrack – moving sound intervention in public spaces (2003)

Tao G. Vrhovec


Description of the proyect:

RS (REALITY SOUNDTRACK) is sound intervention in public spaces as post offices, passages, shopping malls, streets, …

Sound carriers are people equipped with small radio receivers – 25 or more people, each one having 1 radio receiver.

All these radio receivers transmit the same electronic composition, which is transmitted from a mobile short range radio station, or even better, from an existing radio station.

All the participants – carriers are walking together through parts of a city following a given score of movement. The audible result of the action is a moving cloud of sound, which is traveling through a city.

The duration of the intervention is flexible, best around 2 hours in the afternoon time.


The goal of the intervention is to transpose a real situation in public space onto a plane of fictionality. The sound intervention alters the mode of perception of a random passer-by listener. That which a listener sees becomes a fiction and support for that which he or she hears. The result of such alienation is that the listener no longer perceives reality as something that has any immediate effect on his or her own existence but, rather, accepts it as an aesthetic phenomenon; this, however, may present a direct threat to his or her own existence.

Reality Soundtrack has so far been presented at:

BREAK 2.2 Invisible Threat - International Festival of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenija –- INTERVENTION

4th Triennal of Contemporary Slovene Art “U3” - Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenija – AUDIO PRESENTATION

Gallery Public Space With a Roof and Radio Amsterdam FM, Amsterdam – Holland - INTERVENTION AND INSTALLATION

BREAKTROUGH – Perspectives on art from 10 new EU member states, The Hague – Holland – INTERVENTION AND INSTALLATION

EASA 2004 - European Architecture Students Assembly, Rubaix – France – 14 DAYS WORKSHOP WITH STUDENTS OF ARCHITECTURE, different interventions.

SOUNDING OUT 2 - International Symposium on Sound and Media –, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom – LECTURE WITH TITLE: Reality Soundtrack – transforming the perception of reality by means of sound intervention

CONTEMPORANEA 2004 - International Festival of Contemporary Music, Udine- Italy – INTERVENTION

INTERVENING URBAN VOID – research project on strategies of intervention in the city, gallery Public Space With a Roof, Amsterdam – Holland – LECTURE “... transforming the perception...”

COSMOPOLIS – microcosmosXmacrocosmos, Balkan Biennal of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece – INSTALLATION (intervention).

7 SINS – LJUBLJANA – MOSCOW, ARTEAST EXHIBITION, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenija – INSTALLATION (mini version)

RADIODAYS – invsible exhibition, DE APPEL gallery, Amsterdam – RADIO TALK. http://www.radiodays.org/program_detail.php?programID=187

GAUDEAMUS MUSICWEEK – International festival for young composers, MUZIEKGEBOUW, Amsterdam, Holland. INTERVENTION, INSTALLATION, LECTURE.


Paseo de Recoletos, Tienda Telefónica (near museo de cera)

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