Marko Batista is Ljubljana based tech-mixed-media artist, sound researcher, video experimentalist and AV performer, born in Tito’s Yugoslavia.
He focuses on themes such as displaced sound-scapes, video transformation processes, networking data, collaboration, linking concepts, hybrid spaces, politics of art and other fields of contemporary media art. Graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and finished Master of Arts degree from Central Saint Martins in London. A founding member of experimental multimedia group Klon:Art:Resistance. On Indie.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
I think nowadays “being creative” is very fashionable term in our capitalist society. On the other hand the prevailing economic and political conditions make severe limits to the spheres in which any supposedly ‘new creativity’ is allowed to function.
That is the reason why I use more the term invention instead of creativity when describing my art practice. Invention in the Marxist sense of self-creation can make many forms. The process can re-define certain applications of knowledge and skills in new ways to achieve desired goal. A process often described as development but in practice a new definition at the roots of the mind.
[N]one of these elements can appear without the other being still to come, still indeterminate or unknown. Each created element on a plane calls on other het- erogeneous elements, which are still to be created on other planes: thought as heterogenesis. (Deleuze and Guattari)
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating (making art) was something you absolutely had to do?
As I remember it came very spontaneously. There was the time in high school where I started painting on canvas and was involved in lots of street art projects. It was the time when Yugoslavia was falling apart and there was like a chaotic period of uncertainty and also a new beginning on many levels that inspired me. Since then I still can not get rid of this force and discussions about contemporary media art, technology and hybrid ambient.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created and why?
There is no such thing as my favorite thing because they are all linked to each other but I can point out one. Chem:Sys:Reactor is experimental project where many of my electronic frequency research and chemistry are merged and extended in one spatial sound oriented installation. It is the most complex piece in terms of electro-acoustic analysis, DIY electronics and site specific special conditions.
For that reason I had to do many theory based relation diagrams to make clear what are the basic elements and definitions that I relate to. When I had my first setup done it opened the whole new field of perception on sound traveling and room architecture.
Plans for the future?
I will soon start working on my solo exhibition at Aksioma Project Space in November. There is still a lot of work for my speaker horn project and research on acoustic ambient inside of the caves for the Cave Astronauts Project and so on. Would love to go back to more time based live audio-visual performances with my DIY electronic devices built in several different ways.