Workshops and education

Workshops provide invaluable opportunities for artists and researchers in the field of sound art and bioacoustics to come together, exchange ideas, and collaborate. Through hands-on activities, participants can learn new techniques, experiment with different tools and technologies, and push the boundaries of their creativity.


The workshop is intended for professional musicians (vocalists and/or acoustic instrumentalists). The goal of the workshop is to present the field of interspecies communication and musical improvisation between humans and other non-human animal species.

David Rothenberg: Interspecies sound improvisation workshop

The workshop will allow participants to freely explore their identity in the context of location through storytelling using different approaches. A soundwalk as a therapeutic approach to developing mindfulness, in which participants focus on an intense awareness of the sense of hearing and connection to location while feeling the moment, presents a field of reflection.

Colin Black: Soundwalks

On the workshop, Thomas Gorbach will explain the principles of the loudspeaker architecture of his Acousmonium, the logic of the configuration of the channels and the musical principles of the analysis and performance notation of acousmatic works.

Thomas Gorbach: The Development of the Ephemeral Dynamic-Motion Sound Sculptures

The residency program

The residency programme aims to facilitate and encourage artistic exchange in the area of new media and sound art. It is aimed at supporting artists, curators, and collaborators of CONA Institute.

Duration of residency can range from one to eight weeks. The facilities are provided for by Ljubljana-based partner institutions, namely, Public Fund for Cultural Activities of Slovenia (JSKD), Tobačna001 (until 2021), International Centre of Graphic Arts and from 2016 until 2022 by the institute’s own reZone residency.


Anne Cecilie Lie is an artist and scenographer based in Oslo, Norway. They’re working with sound, sculpture, bio-art, installations, video, text and more. Most often in collaboration with others in the creative field and within fields of scientific research, with educational institutions and local communities.

Anne Cecilie Lie: (dis)solutions II


Roland Mühlethaler PhD (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union & studio Tomás Saraceno GmbH) will study local spiders and their webs, help set up a new sound installation and lead an artistic-research soundwalk during which he will present the Arachnomancy application.

Boštjan Perovšek: Interweaving Soundscapes

Manja Ristić is artist, researcher and curator. In addition to contemporary performance in the field of instrumental electro-acoustic music, her sound-related research focuses primarily on an interdisciplinary approach to sound art, field recordings and experimental radio arts.

radioCona: StoryscapesSE
Introduction to Sound & Listening as Psychoenergetic Agencies


Martin P Eccles is a walking sound artist and poet. His practice aims to reflect the experience of his presence in and walking through natural environments. He uses a range of methods (predominantly sound and text) to respond to time, distance and place in the landscape.

Martin Eccles: No. 2: ‘no trace’

OR poiesis is an artist and researcher in the field of sound, sound perception and poetic performance. She expands the word into the sonorous spheres of time-space poetry. Besides all of the digital dimensions, her central interest is the physical presence of the body.

OR poiesis: KISETSU Quarry


Elena Biserna is a researcher at Locus Sonus, École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence. Her interests focus on expanded sound, listening and contextual practices in relationship with urban dynamics, socio-cultural processes and the everyday sphere.



Peter Sinclair (Fr) is a Sound Artist and Researcher (Ph.D University of Arts London). Long time builder of autonomous musical machines and sound installations, his work today focuses on mobile media, networked sonic spaces and the mediation of real time data.

Peter Sinclair: Other Kinds of Sound Environment

Boris Baltschun (DE) originally trained as a composer and pianist he works across media, realizing installations, radio pieces and performances. He also composes and performs solo with computer, analog synthesizer and organ, is part of The Pitch and a member of the 24-piece Splitter Orchester.


Manja Ristić is artist, researcher and curator. In addition to contemporary performance in the field of instrumental electro-acoustic music, her sound-related research focuses primarily on an interdisciplinary approach to sound art, field recordings and experimental radio arts.


Pablo Sanz (ES/UK) makes site-specific projects, multichannel installations, immersive live performances, headphone pieces and publications. His activities are engaged with the exploration of aesthetic and spatial aspects of sonic perception, working primarily with environmental sound as raw material.



Jeff Kolar is a sound artist and curator working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press) and “wonderfully strange” (John Corbett), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance.


Annie Abrahams is Dutch-French new media artist. In her work, using video, installations, performance as well as the internet, she questions the possibilities and the limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions.

Annie Abrahams, Maja Delak, Irena Pivka: Encounter |
Annie Abrahams: Kaj misliš s tem? What do you mean?

Colin Black is an internationally acclaimed composer/sound artist/radio artist having won the 2003 Prix Italia Award and achieving the final round selection in the 2010 and 2011 Prix Phonurgia Nova for his creative feature length radio works.

Colin Black: Akustični prostori | Kilian’s Antipodean Dream

Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and radio artist currently based in Chicago. She specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast, where radio is the source, subject and medium of the work.

radioCona: REuse MESTO: REuseRADIOCity at Night


Maria Papadomanolaki is a Greek sound artist, curator and author, currently based in London. She works within the fields of experimental and electro-acoustic composition, including sound design for dance and video, field recording, telematic performance, installation and radio art.


Renata Padovan is a Brazilian visual and sound artsit. In Ljubljana residency she prepared projekct Xingu from Yiara series. The artist-in-residence at JSKD was selected and invited by Cona Institute.


The stipend program

CONA’s stipend programme  aims was introduced in 2022 to support young artists and researches in the fields of new media and sound art. The stipend supports research aimed at new discoveries in the field of sound, communication between species and interspecies coexistence, and encourages innovation in the field of sound art.

Primary areas of interest range from research on interspecies sound communication, innovations in the field of acoustic ecology, bioacoustic art and mechatronics to theoretical compositions. The duration of stupend programme is set at 9 months for the period of the candidate’s school year.

Blaž Režonja is currently a 3rd year undergraduate student of biology studies at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Ljubljana. His project was comprised of field sound recording work and editing with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of preserving the pristine nature of our primeval forest reserves through learning and analysing their sound properties.