Invisible Landscapes

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Artist Statement

Davor Sanvincenti (b.1979) is an international multimedia artist from Croatia, also known by monikers such as Messmatik and Gurtjo Ningmor.

He is specifically interested in the field of audiovisual research and anthropology of visual culture, particularly focused on the conditions and forms of human senses and perceptions. Notices, observations and research that pervade scientific and artistic spheres constitute the structure for his work. His artistic practice takes shape in the variety of media – film and video, photography, physical light and sound installations and live media performances.

His work plays with the concept of illusion, exploring the possible boundaries of perception and the construction of experience. Sanvincenti explores aesthetical and qualitative capabilities of different media as direct communication with the spectator which becomes an inevitable part of the work, the reflecting contemplative-physical structure.

His work has been exhibited and presented internationally, including festivals Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin / Madrid, LOOP / Barcelona, 25FPS /Zagreb, World Fim Festival /Bangkok, VideoEX /Zurich, CineMed/Montpellier and venues including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; HfG/ZKM, Karlsruhe; MoCA, Zagreb; Lincoln Center, New York; HB Galerie, Rotterdam; Joanneum Museum, Graz; NIU, Barcelona; La Triennale, Milano; MoCA Vojvodina, Novi Sad; Filmoteca Española, Madrid; Art Pavilion, Zagreb; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Radoslav Putar Award for the best Croatian artist under 35. His physical video installation1001 takes part of the AV collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.


Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (1)
Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (1)

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Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (2)
Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (2)

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Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (3)
Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (3)

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Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (4)
Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (4)

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Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (5)
Invisible-Landscapes: Earth (5)

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Psychology Tomorrow: What interests inform and inspire your artwork?

Davor Sanvincenti: Phenomenology of human senses and perception in form of expanded experience is the focus of my interests and creation. My recent concentration and action is a continuous research in the direction of time-space poetics in an open dialogue with the human sphere of perception.

PTM: Who influenced or still influences your work? Whose work do you admire?

DS: My influences are coming from silences, gestures, words, actions which expanded my inner landscape. One of the first works which moved me was the Headphone Table by Laurie Anderson. The list of creations and people I admire is quite long and in constant supplement. Giuseppe Penone, Abbas Kiarostami, Tonino GuerraFrancis HalléMax Neuhaus are few of them.

PTM: What’s a recent exhibit you went to which stood out, or who would you recommend seeing?

DS: The permanent exhibition which made a great impact on me was at Dia:Beacon Collection. The contemplative time between spaces made the desire to return there at least once per year.


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Invisible Landscapes: Space (2)
Invisible Landscapes: Space (2)

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Invisible Landscapes: Space (3)
Invisible Landscapes: Space (3)

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Invisible Landscapes: Space (4)
Invisible Landscapes: Space (4)

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Invisible Landscapes: Space (5)
Invisible Landscapes: Space (5)

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Invisible Landscapes: Space (6)
Invisible Landscapes: Space (6)

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Education / residences:

2012 | CEC ArtsLink residency – Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, US
| XXVIe Ateliers Internationaux – FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes, FR
| LKS – Lithuanian Composers Union, Druskininkai, LT
2011 | ISCP – International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, US
2009 | 5 Senses project, Vilnius – Capital of Culture 2009, Vilnius, LT
2005 | Masterclass – Multimedia Programming and Sound engineering,
Agon – electroacoustic center, Milan, IT
2004 | Academy of Fine Arts Brera, Multimedia alternative, Milan, IT
2003 | BA Visual Arts, European Institute of Design, Milan, IT
1997 – 2000 | Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psycology, Rijeka, HR

Awards / grants:

2012 | Residency grant, National Endowment for the Arts, New York, US
| Second Prize, public intervention for Vodotoranj Gredelj, Zagreb, HR
2011 | First Prize, Vizura Aperta – Festival of Visual and Audio Media, Momjan, HR
| Residency grant, Foundation for Civil Society, New York, US
2010 | Winner, Radoslav Putar Award, Zagreb, HR
| Finalist, Photodays, Rovinj, HR
2009 | Second Prize, 41. Review of Croatian Independent Film, Split, HR
| Finalist, Celeste Prize 09, Berlin, DE
2008 | Third Prize, T-HTnagrada@Msu.hr, Zagreb, HR
| Second Prize, Photodays, Rovinj, HR
| Winner, Granangular short documentary prize, Barcelona, ES
2005 | Third Prize, MOL – permanent installation for Trg Slobode, Poreč, HR
| Finalist, Diesel Wall – Temporary Art Award, Milan, IT
2003 | Grant, final year at European Institute of Design, Milan, IT


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Distant Intimacy
Distant Intimacy

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Home is not a cold place
Home is not a cold place

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I listened to myself closing my eyes and opening them back again
I listened to myself closing my eyes and opening them back again

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I listened to myself closing my eyes and open them back again
I listened to myself closing my eyes and open them back again

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In C St Francis case
In C St Francis case

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Artworks

Invisible landscapes / Space
2011
ambiental audiovisual installation
dimensions / 500 m²

Before the First Light
2011
ambiental photo and sound installation
dimensions / variable

Distant Intimacy
2010
ambiental audiovisual installation
duration / 10′ (loop)
dimensions / 1:1

 

 

 

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