embankment

In September 2011, I was invited by the Slovak National Gallery to create an audio tour for their exhibition ‘New Slovakia: (difficult) birth of the modern lifestyle, 1918-1949‘. So that the tour would be thematic, in collaboration with the exhibition’s curators I selected a series of images from the exhibition that all depict the Danube River. Voice recordings were recorded in the Gallery (in front of each image); all other sounds were recorded along the river using a variety of microphones.
The tour, launched during the 2011 Bratislava Art Festival, can be listened to on headphones installed within the Gallery (see photo) until January 2012. You can also listen to the whole tour below in tandem with the Danube images. The Gallery are hosting the walk on their website to download here.

Headphones are recommended for playback.

1. Tour introduction
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2. Viliam Malík – Old Bridge in Bratislava after Demolition (1945) / From the Repatriates Cycle (1945)

repatriates-cycle-and-old-bridge-demolition
Copyright: Slovak National Gallery/Private collection

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3. Interval
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4. Štefan Bednár – Embankment under the Castle (1946-1947)

under-the-castle
Copyright: Slovak National Gallery

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5. Interval
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6. Štefan Tamáš – Danube Fishermen I. (1937 – 1939) / Refreshing (1936)

fisherman-and-refreshing
Copyright: Slovak National Gallery

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7. Tour outro
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Credits
Concept, sound recording and editing: Jonathan Prior
Slovak interview: Aurel Hrabušický (head curator of photography)
English interview: Lucia Almášiová (assistant curator of photography)
Project facilitation, translation, and intro, intervals and outro voice: Michal Cudrnak
Special thanks to all the staff at the Gallery for assisting me and for being so welcoming during the project