wolFMoon Prologue curated by radioCona
Brane Zorman/Maja Smrekar Wolf Howling
Andrej Hrvatin No Wolf, just Wind and Void!
Emiliano Zelada The Solemn Geographies of our Limits
Brane Zorman It’s in my Nature
Brane Zorman/Maja Smrekar Wolf Howling 2017, 12.00
Because of the culling, disease, and the shrinking of the living environment of the already decimated wolf packs, humans are counting their members, mapping their paths, and statistically recording their minimal growth or decline. In their search, humans imitate wolves’ howling and listen to their response. More often than not, there is no feedback, only the echo of dogs barking in the distance.
The work includes sound recordings of calling in wolves, which were taken at Menišija in August 2013 in collaboration with Miha Krofl PhD. The field day was part of Maja Smrekar’s research for the project K-9_topology:Ecce Canis, produced by Kapelica Gallery. Brane Zorman has reworked the original sound recording to prepare a 20-minutes long track of unrealized communications.
Andrej Hrvatin No Wolf, just Wind and Void! 2017
When unsuccessful “howling” – http://www.volkovi.si/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/navodila_howling.pdf – gets transformed into a journey into the emptiness of an unpopulated forest landscape. Snowy slopes, the cold, emptiness, the wind in the trees, and deep darkness weave together melodies of loneliness, which transport the two lone recorders into different imaginary films. Nature is magnificently indifferent!
Emiliano Zelada, The Solemn Geographies of Our Limits, 2011, 2.30
The work is centered on language and its geographical implications and communication effects. The work “introduces” members of two different groups of wolves – one from North America and one from the Arabian Peninsula – into the European continent. The sounds made by wolves are very similar for all 39 species of canis lupus in all continents and its use, according to behavior, is identical throughout. The act of introducing other species in a geographically new location, as seen from a human point of view, it’s not very different from finding oneself in an unknown place – for instance, being an immigrant. In any given territory the newly introduced wolves, would be dealt with by the local packs using the same communication parameters, thus breaking any geographical frontier. Original principles of human society’s structures are similar to wolves’ behavioral laws (inside aspect) within a broader geographical territory (outside aspect).
Brane Zorman It’s in my Nature 2017, 55.00
When howling, wolves acoustically mark their environment and connect with their pack members. They holler during clear, calm nights, preferably during the period of twilight or at the onset of the night. Are the conditions for sound transmission better at twilight?
As certain spaces and times have become oversaturated due to urbanisation and the population explosion, certain (animal) species have began withdrawing to unpopulated landscapes and unoccupied times – into the night. We understand these withdrawals as a search for solutions that could lead to a ‘better quality of life’, an existence that would be better than the one offered to us by the oversaturated space-time. Is this an expression of silent resistance or a coerced adjustment, segregation, and doubling of work productivity?