REALITY SOUNDTRACK - moving sound intervention in public spaces by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec

This website is an open score which contains all the necessary information and materials for any individual or group of people to realize Reality Soundtrack - moving sound intervention in public spaces.
If you do decide to realize the intervention, please contact me.


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 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 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 given Intervention Map. 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.




Installation consists of a big - 5.5 m (length) x 4.5 m (height) Reality Soundtrack Instruction Score on a wall. In front of the wall, there is small radio transmitter with antenna that is transmitting Reality Soundtrack. On the floor, there are 25 radio receivers scattered around, transmitting the sound in moderate loudness. There is also television with video documentations of previous interventions and previous Intervention Maps.



TAO G. VRHOVEC SAMBOLEC is an artist and musician based in Amsterdam and Ljubljana, working with the invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal flows like sound and weather phenomena and architectural and social spaces they inhabit.
In his installations, he makes architecture sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings and enhances the temporal dimension of architecture by creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal, time and space converse.
His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions and electro acoustic music.



- MSUM - Museum of Contemporary Art - Ljubljana - The Present and Presence exhibition (2011 - 2013)
- Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear: Vol 2 - Article about the project and audio excerpt.
- Sprawl Festival - Structures/Feedbacks/Disruptions - Festival of urban interventions, Innsbruck - Austria
- Ohrwurm Festival, Lausanne - Switzerland

- Errant Bodies Space, Berlin - Germany

- Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection - ULTIMA festival for contemporary music - Oslo, Norway

- AV Festival - International festival of electronic arts, music and moving image and MUSIC & MACHINES Symposium, Newcastle - England

- EstacionArte - Mexico City - Mexico

-Madrid Abierto 2006 - public art manifestation, Madrid - Spain.

-Gaudeamus Music Week - International Festival of Young Composers, Amsterdam - Holland.
-Radiodays - De Appel Gallery, Amsterdam.

-7 Sins - Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana - Slovenija.
-Cosmopolis - microcosmosXmacrocosmos, Balkan Biennal of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki - Greece.
-Intervening Urban Void -artist initiative "Public Space With a Roof", Amsterdam - Holland.
-Contemporanea 2004 - International Festival of Contemporary Music, Udine - Italy.
-Sounding Out 2 - International Symposium on Sound and Media - University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
-Easa 2004 - European Architecture Students Assembly, Rubaix - France. Workshop with students of architecture, different interventions.
-Breaktrough - Perspectives on art from 10 new EU member states, The Hague - Holland.
-Public Space With a Roof and Radio Amsterdam FM, Amsterdam - Holland.

-U3 - Triennal of Contemporary Slovene Art - Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana - Slovenija. Audio presentation.
-Break 2.2 "Invisible Threat" - International Festival of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenija. Intervention.




The project couldn't have been realized without support from different organizations at different times in different places: KAPELICA GALLERY - LJUBLJANA , PUBLIC SPACE WITH A ROOF - PSWAR - AMSTERDAM , GAUDEAMUS FOUNDTAION - AMSTERDAM , AMSTERDAMS FONDS VOOR DE KUNST - AMSTERDAM