Sploh Institute

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Zavod Sploh
Bezenškova 18, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 51 360 735
Špela Trošt, Producer
Tomaž Grom, Director
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Past Events
  • 11 January to 12 January 2019
    Concerts by Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute) and the international electroacoustic ensemble Šalter Ensemble, featuring also Slovenian musicians and improvisers Irena Tomažin, Samo Kutin, and Tomaž Grom, in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland organiser
  • 9 January 2019
    Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute) performs with Tanja Brüggemann and Christian Weber at a series of music events Signale Graz at MUMUTH in Graz, Austria
  • 25 November 2018
    A solo performance by Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute) at Studio 11 in Subotica, Serbia
  • 16 November 2018 to 25 January 2019
    Reading Stanley Brown by Tao Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Sploh Institute, featured at a group exhibition Escape, at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia
  • 23 August 2018
    Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute) and Primož Sukič perform in duets with Serbian artists Mirjana Raić and Marina Džukljev respectively, hosted by Improstor, at Izba in Novi Sad, Serbia
  • 7 September 2017
    Promising! #10, performed by Loup Abramovici and Tomaž Grom with special guest Roberta Milevoj, produced by Via Negativa and co-produced by Sploh Institute, at the Electro Camp Festival at C32 Performing Art Work Space in Venice, Italy
  • 11 May to 2 July 2017
    You Gotta Say Yes to Another Access, an exhibition featuring a work from the collection Rhythms of Presence by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Sploh Institute, at Sala del Camino - Campo S. Cosmo in Venice, Italy
  • 6 May to 13 May 2017
    Command-Alternative-Escape, an exhibition featuring a work from the collection Rhythms of Presence by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Sploh Institute, at Thetis Garden in Venice, Italy
  • 1 September to 21 September 2016
    Rhythms of Presence, a solo exhibition by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Sploh Institute, at Bergen Public Library, Lydgalleriet, Rom8 Project Space in Bergen, Norway
  • 16 August 2016
    Visual Hallucination / Auditory Hallucination (Unrepeatable) – musical instrument, an interactive installation by Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, at The Red Room in Baltimore, USA
  • 21 April 2016
    Visual Hallucination / Auditory Hallucination (Unrepeatable) – musical instrument, an interactive installation by Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute), at the DobiaArtEventi Multumedia Art Festival at DobiaLab in Trieste/Trst, Italy
  • 20 August to 26 August 2015
    Concerts by Trojnik Collective -- Tomaž Grom, Vid Drašler and Cene Resnik, Izland & jesusonecstasy -- Gašper Milkovič Biloslav, Marko Vivoda and Mitja Cerkvenik, Kača, Sraka in Lev featuring Marko Lasič, and Watch for Dogs featuring Cene Resnik and Zlatko Kaučič, and Visual Hallucination, Auditory Hallucination (Unrepeatable), an interactive installation by Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute), at the DobiArtEventi Festival at DobiaLab in Staranzano, Italy
  • 18 July 2015
    Trojnik Collective -- Tomaž Grom, Vid Drašler and Cene Resnik at the Tracento Jazz festival at Palazzo Frangipane in Tarcento, Italy
  • 25 April to 26 April 2015
    A concert by Tomaž Grom, Vid Drašler and Cene Resnik at the WHAT FOR? Art(ist)>Act(ivist)>Work(ers)>FACK borders at Casa Madiba in Rimini, Italy
  • 14 January 2015
    A concert also featuring contrabassist Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute) at Cafe Oto in London, United Kingdom
  • 13 January 2015
    A concert also featuring contrabassist Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute) at Arch 1 in London, United Kingdom
  • 26 October 2014
    Tomaž Grom and Rahra Avis at Musictechfest at Factory in Berlin, Germany
  • 3 October to 4 October 2014
    Maja Osojnik (Maja Osojnik Band), Tomaž Grom (TILT, Sploh Institute), Samo Kutin (Salamandra Salamandra), Irena Tomažin (Emanat Institute), and other Slovene musicians at the festival Ljubljana Ljubljena (Beloved) at Echoraum in Vienna, Austria
  • 30 June to 7 July 2014
    Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute) at the FACK MSUV at Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia
  • 8 November to 9 November 2013
    Concerts by Wanda & Nova deViator (Emanat Institute) and Duo Tomazin Grom (Sploh Institute), a performance by Miha Ciglar (Institute for Sonic Arts Research), and lectures by Jurij Krpan (Kapelica Gallery) and Luka Zagoričnik, at the CULTURESCAPES at House of Electronic Arts Basel in Basel, Switzerland
  • 23 August 2013
    Tomaž Grom, Irena Tomažin, Elena Boschi and Andre Vida at DobiaLab in Staranzano, Italy

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Sploh Institute is a non-for-profit arts organisation, established in 1999, which engages in music and performing arts production, publishing and education. With its wide variety of activities, the institute has become an important internationally minded node for research, networking, collaborations, education, and creativity not only in the field of music but also in dance, poetry, theatre, and multimedia arts. It supports not only the development of young artists but also of different audiences, with the latter apparent in the institute's focus on children and marginal groups.

Throughout the years the institute has cooperated with numerous producers from Slovenia, from Glej Theatre and Šerpa Literary Art Association to En-Knap Productions, Via Negativa, Bunker Institute, Sonica International Festival of Transitory Art and others. Its main centre of activities is Španski borci Culture Centre, though many of its productions take place elsewhere, most often in Klub Menza pri koritu. The founder and director of this platform is the improvising musician and composer Tomaž Grom, whose exploits earned him the Golden Bird Award in 2007.


The many projects of Sploh Institute are closely knit and mutually supportive, with the participants of the workshops also releasing music on the label, performing at the festival, leading workshops themselves, and naturally also being part of the audience.

Music production and publishing

Though the musical enterprises of Tomaž Grom, such as TILT, Alzheimer3, Trojnik, and other more transitory collaborations, form the bulk of the Sploh Institute label, there are also various other releases. Some of the musicians who appear on the label are Vid Drašler, Tao G. Vrhovec, Seijiro Murayama, Luka Juhart, and Jonas Kocher. One of the released projects was also a live-recording of a concert series for children and families by various performers, based on poetry for children written by award-winning Slovene poet Tone Pavček.

For most of its releases, Sploh offers its studio, handles the post-production, and sometimes also manages international booking.

Music cycles and other music events

Since 2007, Sploh Institute has been organising the music cycle Con-Fine Aperto. At the start, it functioned primarily as a merging of poetry and lectures with music, but later the series more or less focused on presenting and bridging various musical genres like jazz, modern compositions, improvisations, and electro-acoustic. Some of the artists who have performed on the series include Okkyung Lee, Doug Hammond, Seymour Wright, Li Tiequiao, Lucio Capece, Toshimaru Nakamura, Paul Abbott, Cene Resnik, Irena Tomažin, Marjan Stanić, Borut Savski, Bratko Bibič, Kaja Draksler, and also the poets Ana Pepelnik and Primož Čučnik (both of them long-time collaborators of Sploh Institute).

Another music cycle is Zvokotok, which is dedicated to contemporary composed music, played for example by Luka Juhart, Miha Ciglar, and Theremidi Orchestra. The events take place at different venues, from Španski borci Culture Centre to Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Cankarjev dom, Sajeta Creative Camp, Radio Slovenia, and Stara Elektrarna - Old Power Station.

The third regular cycle, done in collaboration with En-Knap Productions, is Neforma, a series of improvisations that features artists from the fields of contemporary music and contemporary dance. Some of the dancers and performers who have participated are Dragana Alfirević, Loup Abramovici, Radharani Pernarčič, Teja Reba, Tina Janežič, Leja Jurišič, and Dejan Srhoj.

The annual music festival Sound Disobedience, introduced in 2012, is in a way a culmination of all these programmes.

Workshops, performances and international activities

Within the framework of its past project Maximatika, Sploh Institute presented various concerts and workshops which focused on creating sound textures and musical structures with the help of live digital sound processing. The on-going workshop series Search and Reflect, inspired by the famous English percussionist Eddie Prévost's didactic methods, is dedicated to musical improvisation, listening practices, and various modes of musical expression.

Among the numerous other performances and installations, one can mention the concert/performance Soul, noise, valve and wire. It is a live performance interspersed with video and audio recordings from the streets of various Balkan cities, where Tomaž Grom offered his original music to interpretation by street musicians (often immigrants or homeless) from Pristina, Novi Sad, Tuzla, Maribor, Tetovo, and Zagreb.

Another curious project is called Visual Hallucination / Auditory Hallucination (Unrepeatable). It is some sort of a multimedia musical instrument that consists of recorded solo musical sequences performed by a continuously growing number of different musicians like Daichi Yoshikawa, Franz Hautzinger, Lee Patterson, Olivier Toulemonde, Ute Kanngiesser, Jennifer Allum and Tristan Honsinger. The project was presented at Media Nox Gallery, Dobbia Lab (IT), Casa Madiba (IT), Music Tech Fest (DE), F.U.C.K. festival (RS), and some other events.

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