Jiří Suchánek – SOIL CHOIR v.0.1

Kasárne Kulturpark 26th of August 2019, 6-9 p.m.

/poly/interactive sound installation

We cordially invite you to Kasárne Kulturpark, where you will have a unique opportunity to experience a poly / interactive sound installation through your senses – sight and hearing – on which Jiří Suchánek – a Czech audiovisual artist, musician, multimedia experimenter, and developer, worked during his two-month residence stay within the project K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence.

Topics: ambivalence, technology, and nature, the interconnection of techno-bio-society, the inconsistency of solutions, singing clay, the voice of the deaf, sonication of humidity, time

Principle: Three sensors measure the humidity in the aluminum column. The data obtained controls the speed of pulsation of the digitally generated sound emitted by each object. There are four clay objects. This results in a twelve-voice polyrhythm that changes in response to changes in the humidity of soil. Music time takes place on a different scale than normal. Changes happen within days, weeks, months …

Interaction through nature.

material: clay, steel, plexiglass, capacitive sensors, Bela, Supercollider

You will be able to see the installation and learn more about it during a guided tour with the author during the opening of Karolína Kohoutková’s exhibition on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 6 p.m. The installation will be available for the public during the opening hours of the gallery from 4-6 p.m. until Friday 30.8.2019.

Jiří Suchánek (1979) systematically works on creating permanent audiovisual installations, which he often places in unusual natural spaces. This enables him to explore, among other things, the durability of electronic media in harsher climatic conditions and to look for ways to (de) synchronize sound and light. For his light, kinetic, robotic installations he composes his own music and develops software. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Czech Technical University in Brno at the video-multimedia-performance studio led by Keiko Sei and Petr Rónai. Later he attended several workshops and study visits, for example, CTM MusicMakersHacklab 2014, Timet (Giardino Sonoro de la Limonaia), STEIM (Orientation workshop). He is a member of the Institute of Sonology in The Hague. Currently, he is working on his dissertation thesis “Sonification and Aesthetics of Data Mapping” as a Ph.D. student at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts.


The residency is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council. The residency is also supported by Creative Industry Košice and City Košice.