radio broadcast
The Conference of the Birds
María Luisa Sanín Peña, prema motivu A. F. L. 'Fairy Mary's Dream'

Ljubica Letinić

Vlad Brăteanu, Ana Dević, Tin Dožić, Bianca Hisse, Neža Knez, Martina Kontošić, Ana Kovačić, Jolanta Nowaczyk, Gaisha Madanova, María Luisa Sanín Peña, Ivana Tkalčić

Radio Student, Kulturizacija
editor of Kulturizacija: Franka Štrkalj

On the waves of Radio Student on Friday 19 June at 12:15, as part of a special edition of Kulturizacija, tune into the premiere of The Conference of the Birds, a sound collage performed by the participants of this year’s WHW Akademija in collaboration with sound author and producer Ljubica Letinić.

Searching for new models of collaboration outside the gallery space—which quickly became necessary because of the pandemic—WHW Akademija has produced a sound collage inspired by the twelfth-century epic poem The Conference of the Birds by the Persian poet Feriduddin Attar, as adapted for the stage by Peter Brook and Jean-Claude Carrière. The group sound performance is one of the closing gestures of this year’s WHW Akademija cycle and is conceived as a joint encounter in virtual space. The poem tells the story of a group of birds’ mythical quest for knowledge and truth. At the end of their journey, the exhausted birds meet their true sovereign—themselves, transformed—realizing that what they were searching for was already there all along.

The sound performance is a result of intense collaboration and conversation. Along with the collective work on the text and its interpretation, the participants explored the possibilities of audio interventions, constructing a common language, and developing a space for collective action through sound. This performance is the final act of the exhibition Drei Tage bis zum Ende der Kunst by the second generation of WHW Akademija participants, curated by Ana Dević and presented at Gallery Nova, Zagreb.

WHW Akademija is realized in partnership with the Kontakt Collection, which focuses on experimental and neo-avant-garde art in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe from the late 1950s onward.

This program is presented as part of the two-year collaborative project Education from Below, organized in partnership with the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, and MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.

WHW Akademija is realized with the support of Kontakt / ERSTE Foundation and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

The program is also supported by:
European Commission’s Creative Europe program
Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs, Croatia
Kultura Nova Foundation
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
City of Zagreb