Marko Tadić & Miro Manojlović

Marko Tadić & Miro Manojlović
Concrète machines (13 pieces for Prvomajska)

I went to Raša as an observer, looking for visual feedback on my new work. When I entered the Prvomajska(1. May) factory in Krapan, I was surprised by the silence of the abandoned factory hall. The acoustics of the space magnified nearby sounds, and everything that echoed inside made the factory sound like a concert hall. At that moment, I decided that on this occasion, my work would be in the medium of sound. Since I am not a musician, nor a composer, I invited Miro Manojlović to collaborate with me. I gave Miro the drawings based on the space and the machinery at Prvomajska, so that he could interpret them as partitions and play them as “compositions” on the machines. These metal giants, that had once produced completely different sounds, became acoustic instruments with a broad tonal rangeover the course of our performance. For a few hours, the sound recordings we produced enlivened,in the subtlest possible way, the space of the factory that had once employed more than a thousand people. The sounds and the noisetherein returned to this impressive industrial space, which had once fed, schooled and brought together a community of workers and their families.

Marko Tadić graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. His works have been exhibited at solo and group exhibitions and film festivals in Croatia and internationally, at venues in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Milano, Vienna, Kassel, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. He has received the following awards: 28. Youth Salon, Zagreb, 2006; Radoslav Putar Award for a Young Croatian Artist, Zagreb, 2008; Ministry of Culture Vladimir Nazor Award for the Best Exhibition in 2014. He has participated in the following residencies and study programs: 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, 2008; KulturKontakt, Vienna, 2008; ISCP, New York, 2009; Kultur Bunker, Frankfurt, 2010, and the Helsinki International Artist Program, 2011. He currently teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan. Along with Tina Gverović, he has represented Croatia at the 57th Venice Biennial in 2017. Born in 1979 in Sisak, Croatia, he lives and works in Zagreb.

Miro Manojlović completed his studies at the Vatroslav Lisinski Music High School, finishing the percussion course under the tutelage of Professor Elvira Happ. He then graduated fromthe Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he completed the film and television editing course, under the mentorship of Professor Hrvoje Turković. He is currently employed as an artistic associate in the dance department at the Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He works in music, film and theatre. While working in theatre he has collaborated on projects with Marina Petković Liker, D.B. Indoš, Tanja Vrvilo, Zlatko Burić, Senka Bulić, Dario Harjaček, Ivica Buljan, Aruša Theatre and Villa Trans Theatre.As a musician he has collaborated with a number of musicians on the music improvisation scene in Croatia and abroad.He is an active member of Kinoklub Zagreb. In his free time, he studies the mysteries of the joy of music.