Tony MASLIĆ

Nerve Loop, Hong Kong Urban Machine Jazz

2021

The language of the city as a living entity has a hidden capacity to generate improvisational jazz as it is extracted throughout the city. Nerve Loop attempts to conjoin the seemingly disparate worlds of the city and jazz music into an animated short sound piece, asking what does the city intent to communicate?

This work investigates the correlation between urban transportation systems and an organic nerve system. There is a fascinating resemblance that differs mainly in scale, time and format, but can be understood while observing these overlapping domains. Departing from an individual nerve system to a more mechanical nerve system of the city, new insights are found. The transportation of individuals and goods forms a narrative not dissimilar with the transportation of chemical and electrical signals. In that sense, we can observe or experience a complex city like Hong Kong as a living organism, where the existing transportation systems can be interpreted as the arteries and more precisely as the synaptic movements within a nerve system. In this way, the city forms an analogy with the somatic existence of a living entity, where time and scale generate a different entity. If the city can be understood as a living organism, does it communicate something? and if so, what are its messages to us?

About the artist

Tony Maslić has been working in a wide array of media, often executed in cross-disciplinary installations and/or film. Throughout his work, he has explored the relationship of space with politics, urbanism, social economics, psychology, pre-and post-war social conflicts, social and cultural displacements, violence, propaganda & populism, group (mass) dynamics/behavior, cultural identity, and the effects of capitalism. His work often explores the dichotomous interrelationships between digital art, and the physical material world and the construction of reality. For the last 5 years, he works intensely towards an understanding of the impact artificial consciousness could have on our reality. In 2019 he started a Ph.D. to study this more in-depth and is using a combination of art-based research, speculative fiction, neuroscience, neuropsychology to take a new avenue in the development of his work.