Miha Godec | Con·d/s·ense
The title of the new media audio-spatial installation Con·d/s·ense is a wordplay between condense and consense (consensus), with which the author hints at the consent of the people in how we treat water and attitude of technology towards environmental problems. The main question arises as to whether technology can relieve the human of responsibility for environmental mismanagement and help solve the human problems we face in the ecology. The new media audio-spatial installation Con·d/s·ense is part of Godec's ongoing series of installations that are problematizing anthropogenic impacts on aquatic ecosystems, experimenting with water purification and researching the sonification properties of water. The device combines water acquisition and sonification and adds a time dimension to the viewer's experience.
The installation uses thermoelectric generator or Peltier junction to obtain water from the air, it uses condensation principles to create pure water. Condensation is a physical change in the state of matter of a substance, in this case, water. Water droplets are being condensed on the cold bottom of the aluminum cone and at the tip of the cone, a drop is formed. When the droplet gets big enough it drops into a bowl-like pot that resonates the sound of a fallen drop. The bowl-like structure is a modern version of Japanese Suikinkutsu (水琴窟, literally "water koto cave"); the variation of the Japanese garden ornament and sound-generating music device. It consists of an upside-down buried pot with a hole at the top. Water drips through the hole at the top onto a small pool of water inside of the pot, creating a pleasant splashing sound that rings inside of the pot similar to a bell or a Japanese zither called Koto. Japanese Suikinkutsu has also embedded the idea of a philosophy of observing delicate or imperceptible sounds of nature. The sound produced by the installation helps the viewer sharpen his senses and notice the small invisible beauty of nature, such as the sound of the wind, insects, falling leaves, water droplets, etc. Miha Godec, with his installation, sets the subtle natural and traditional sounds in the context of new media art and environmental issues of water. With the sound of the installation, he attempts to transcend the viewer to a higher level of awareness.
Special thanks for their contribution to the project: Simon Gmajner, Chris Csíkszentmihályi, Robertina Šebjanič, dr. Peter Purg, Nayari Castillo-Rutz and Franziska Hederer.
Miha Godec (1988, SI) graduated in 2014 from the Academy of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica (UNG AU) and began his professional career as a photographer. During his studies, he perfected his knowledge at the Portuguese school ESAD (College of Art and Design). Godec already held many photographic and new media exhibitions, both at home and abroad. In addition to creating art installations, he also gives lectures in photography and virtual reality. He also independently carries out educational, scientific, and artistic workshops. Godec pays a lot of attention to the development of new media projects, in which he researches the consequences of anthropogenic impact on aquatic ecosystems, experimenting with water purification, and researching the sonification properties of water, at the intersections of art, science, and new technologies.