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Tisa Neža Herlec + Mojca Zupančič

We are a dynamic improvising duo consisting of a vocalist Tisa Neža Herlec and a pianist Mojca Zupančič that have been creating together since 2015.

TNH and MZ have been collaborating for many years, organizing and executing various performative events in Slovenia and in the Netherlands.
Together, we have created events listed below:
– 24H: a collective processual and performative event that was being held in a gallery space and lasted for 24 hours (April 2019, Sign Gallery / livestream, Groningen);
– infinity: a performance for two bodies and voices that lasted until all members of the audience left the concert hall (May 2019, The World We Live In, Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen);
– Obrazi: a blend between a lecture and a noise concert where our main topic was sensibilisation and fear (October 2019, Lust, Groningen);
– Formacije: Duo: a protocol for sound improvisation in randomly selected duos among the participants (August 2020, Hrušica, Ljubljana);
– RADADAR: a multimedia digestive circuit through which we were processing memories, archive material and relationships (December 2020, Cirkulacija2 and livestream in eter of Radio Študent, Ljubljana).
We are driven to explore and test different modes of operation in groups, ensembles and constellations of individuals, mainly focusing on the empowerment of subjective voices and creative potentials. By introducing different methods, processes and compositions we attempt to invent new modes of organisation of collectivity. We are striving for the immersion into a mutual present, real-time generative performative practices and communication.

I, Tisa Neža Herlec (1996, LJ) communicate, improvise and create imaginaries (with sound, voice, in texts and images). Collaboration, processuality and the friction between structures ignite my inspiration. Currently I’m finishing my masters’ studies of Experimental publishing at PZI in Rotterdam.

I, Mojca Zupančič (1995, LJ) live „life“ and flirt with life. Using the tools of improvisation and presence I am searching for the crossroads between being self and the norm. I passionately work with sound, movement and image. Currently studying jazz piano at PPC in Groningen.

Intervju

Šta je za tebe zajednički jezik mladih?

Music has always been a connective tissue of societies. We can consider it a language.

We play mostly improvised music, coming together with a plethora of musicians from different places, traditions and language areas.

Expressing in sound is one of the purest modalities of interaction. We communicate through sound, unbound by the restrictions of language, creating a conversation that can be understood by anyone that allows themselves to listen carefully.

Kako izgleda proces nastanka jednog tvog rada?

It's important to first calm down our minds and ground our bodies, from there we can start creating. When this is impossible, we start from the middle, from the rumble of the chaotic moment we find ourselves in. There are always many impulses and triggers and cues in reality that offer us the starting point. Breathe in and GO!

We are improvisers by nature, so we love to get lost in the stream of consciousness and find ourselves again three hours later, enriched with new experiences, having lived a week in an hour of music, played together with our co-creators. What happens in the meantime cannot be put into words, it is an experience that each one lives differently - here speaking about the musicians and also the public that we consider as impactful for our expression.

Koji su izazovi stvaranja umetnosti onakvom kakvom je ti stvaraš?

Being a creative individual requires a lot of self-esteem and sometimes when we are in our vulnerable states, it is hard to trust our creations. They seem fragile in the eyes of the world. Their existence is gentle while they are in the process of becoming. A lot of times this delicateness of the imagination requires certain

protective layers to be established. At times this is a lonely process, but we do strive towards working with others a lot, so then the work is already stronger from the beginning, because its seed is planted and nurtured by many minds, not just one.

There are also a lot of hidden roles that we have to embody to be able to make a work come to life - we are not only the makers, we are also our own producers, managers, publishers, designers, communicators, etc. Our roles are multiplied and often this is overwhelming, planning and organization can be quite stressful at times. Again, relying on others and trusting our co-creators here brings many beautiful interactions and responsibility spreads out nicely when we trust.

Da li si ti umetnik/ca i šta za tebe predstavlja ta reč?

We are not fond of labeling. We always see ourselves as human beings with an urge to create and share out into different public situations, making experiences for ourselves and the public alike.

Because we do this a lot, we are considered professional artists in the eyes of the world.

Koji je tvoj beg od stvarnosti? Imaš li uopšte potrebu za begom?

Our practice is the opposite of an escape from reality. It is a potentiation of reality, of experience, of the known and the unknown. The emotion is potentiated, through sound and language we make it explode in our faces, enhancing perception, learning how to feel more. With this, we return to the reality of Life that often gets smudged by the everyday bureaucratization of contemporary living mechanics that cause only apathy, superficial relations and global warming - we are not interested in that.

In short: a nice escape from reality would be a vacation on some peaceful tropical island.

Šta za tebe znači biti inovativan?

A corporate synonym for creativity.

Imaš li plan za budućnost? Gde tvoja umetnička praksa može da te odvede?

The plan for the future is simply to continue creating, improvising, performing and inspiring. To become a better person together, bringing awareness and love to people. We trust the path that we are currently walking on.

We want release some physical carriers of our music, travel to Japan, meet all the people that we must meet on our way, and play!

Šta je najviše uticalo na tebe da postaneš ono što si sada / da se baviš time čime se baviš?

Mostly the people, wonderful and inspiring creators that we've met on our way. A strong influence were also some self-organizing collectives that we've been honored to be a part of, such as Transforma and Modri kot (Avtonomna Tovarna Rog) in Ljubljana. With the people there, we have created some great experiences - camps, performative parties, evenings of poetry and sound and discussions and dance. Wherever we go, we catalyze such happenings, bringing people together, organizing and making things happen.

Kako bi opisao/la mladu srpsku kulturno-umetničku scenu?

We are currently based in the Netherlands (Rotterdam and Groningen). The scene is very varied, everything can happen, especially in the NL, as there is a lot of support, respect and public interest for art. We like to encounter artists from other disciplines, as they enrich us with their perspectives and imaginaries. We believe this could happen more often. The art world can be pretty competitive and individualistic, which goes against our belief that we are stronger together. We are both a part of a couple different collectives that enable people to meet and join together. We float around different spaces, always on the lookout for something or someone that will intrigue and challenge us.

Na koji način te tvoj idejni i stvaralački proces oblikuje i/ili menja kao ličnost, da li uopšte?

Dedicating our lives to our practice definitely completely changes and impacts the ways we live. We are open to ourselves and others, exploring what is there and what could be there. We are constantly searching for inspiration, improving ourselves and being aware. Our goal is to become better people and to share love with everyone, so the focus is less on ourselves. The music is for everyone.