Change is an ethereal action. Change is transformation. Change is the universal natural phenomenon and an integral part of the creating a cyclic evolution of the universe, space and species. The art project titled “NEW EUROPE” represents the creation of Earth and omnipresent universal Change as a part of apsolute constant. Without any corresponding prefix of  “good” or “bad”, Change exists by itself, evolving into different forms and meanings. This Change is a change of energy, temperature, space, movement, time; a change of geological structures, a change of civilization, a spiritual change, a climate change, a migration change, a change in human awareness, a change of species, a social change, or any other change induced by the human race. Even now, in this very moment, we are witnessing a myriad of changes occurring on our Planet. I decided to name the Universal Change represented by this art installation using the now ubiquitous notion of “ NEW EUROPE “, thereby associating to the most topical and current changes that significantly affect today’s world.


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About “NEW EUROPE” photographs

In 2016, for the first time in nearly 70 years the full moon rose on the day of the summer solstice. It rose just as the sun set.

Opposite the moon, as we can see on the photographs, stands one of the biggest factories of synthetic fertilizers in Eastern Europe. It represents a totally different side of the life on our Planet. It is a conflict of two types of actions or changes: Organic VS Synthetic. One type is a rare natural phenomenon, while the other type is something that was built “against” nature. Between these actions or changes the Universal action stands: the relief “Whip of God”, an art installation that in its material form represents the phenomenon of change.
The surface of the “Whip of God” is covered in black hematite, a mineral also known by its Latin name, “blood stone”. Hematite has magnetic properties. Therefore, amongst the huge variety of metaphysical crystals that are non-magnetic, we have here a mineral with some pretty amazing properties. Another important feature of hematite that cannot be neglected is the fact that it is an iron based stone.

Photographs are completely authentic without any digital manipulation, taken on a grass field at night.

“NEW EUROPE” photography – photo shoots on the summer solstice 2016 _ format 1000 x 1500 mm _ 2016 © MOON

“NEW EUROPE” photographs – photo shoots on the summer solstice 2016 _ format 1000 x 1500 mm _ 2016 © MOON

RELIEFS, surfaces

WHIP OF GOD _ technique silver Galena (mineral stone), concrete plaster, acrylic paint, strong wooden board

_ dimensions 180 x 120cm (each 90 x 120cm) _ original 2000/re 2016

REBIRTH OF THE EARTH _ technique  black Sphalerite (mineral stone), concrete plaster, acrylic paint, strong wooden board

_ dimensions 80 x 140cm (3 parts) _ original 2000/re 2016

NEW EUROPE _ technique golden Pyrite (mineral stone), concrete plaster, acrylic paint, strong wooden board

_ dimensions 70 x 180cm (2 peaces, each 70 x 90cm) _ original 2000/re 2016

THE SOUND OF MINERAL STONE, sound interactive installation

Title: NEW EUROPE, interactive sound installation
Production and funding: MOON Studio
Project associates: Ruđer Bošković Institute (IRB) Zagreb Croatia, Department of Physics of Materials, dr.sc Ankica Šarić, dr.sc. Goran Štefanić (XRPD analysis), dr.sc. Marijan Gotić(FE SEM / EDS analysis)

Co-production: TOUCH ME Festival 2017, Kontejner – bureau of contemporary art praxis Zagreb
Curator: Monica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN
Time and place: 6.-18.10. 2017. Gallery Močvara, Zagreb Croatia

A unique set of interactive sound installations “NEW EUROPE” consists of three works of art, namely three special installations in the form of cubes 2m height, coated in silver and golded foil, geomorphic reliefs with natural mineral- stones: golden Pyrite (FeS2), silver Galena (PbS ) and black Sphalerite (ZnS). Their chemical composition represents the roots of civilization. Through the artistic prism of intuitive perceptions and factual scientific analyzes, the project presents the phenomenon of dark matter and Change as its absolute constant in the Universe, shown in material forms: audibly -a sounds of mineral-stones, visibly- geomorphic reliefs (2 x diptych, 1 x triptych). 

Change is transformation. It belongs to the phenomenon of Constant. The Change in its structure belongs to the absolute constant and it shows no change in conditions. It has constant value such as light speeds, gravitational constants, and Planck’s constant h {bar, within the framework of dark matter radiation, in the study of electrons and other elemental particles in atoms, molecules, and crystals.

In collaboration with Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, has been used a quantum mechanics, X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) which deals with particle analysis, determination of chemical and crystallographic properties, and a high-resolution scanning electron microscope for material analysis called FESEM. Each of three mineral stones has been analyzed by X-rays for crystal density analysis. The obtained data is used for further processing into sound. Thus it was “drawn out” of the invisible dimension – a sound of minerals. The art project NEW EUROPE represents the creation of Planet Earth.


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THE PROCESSS OF MAKING A SOUND from mineral-stones 

Microscopic analysis of mineral stones: black Sphalerite, silver Galena and golden Pyrite. FESEM/EDS, high-result electron microscope for material analysis, Ruđer Bošković Institute (IRB)

_ Laboratory credit: dr.sc. Marijan Gotić, Ruđer Bošković Institute (IRB), 2017

X-RAY powder diffraction (XRPD): black Sphalerite, silver Galena and golden Pyrite. Laboratory credit: dr.sc. Goran Štefanić, Ruđer Bošković Institute (IRB) _ Photo credit: MOON 2017


interactive sound installation set up at the Touch Me Festival 2017, Pogon Gallery _ Photography: Neviđeno

The result: three different sounds transmitted from three different mineral stones. Obtained laboratory analysis of mineral stones are used for further computer processing into sound.