Secrets of Soča - Time Horizon (Skrivnosti Soče - Časovno obzorje)
1995 33 min loop sound BetaSP/Laserdisc 8-channel
The message of Soča is in its primal, aerial clarity. True treasure which surprises and inspires anew, engendering a respectful stance towards Nature. The installation Secrets of Soča is a garland of songs of river Soča (so:cha). Each song unveils in picture and sound one of the many life moods which source in the movements and phenomena of its waters.
My first underwater Soča filming experiments in 1987 led me to devise a special tool to capture Soča from unique, as yet unseen perspectives.
(In 1997, I made the film Riverglass, a related work to the Secrets of Soča installation).
Secrets of Soča is a permanent exhibit at Dom Trenta, Triglav National Park Information Centre, Slovenia, since June 1995.
“Secrets of Soča is the harbinger of something new on our art scene. In the lap of the mighty Julian Alps, in the air filled with the scent of the sea and the Mediterranean, a composition of mysterious pulsations of nature unfolds across an eight-monitor horizon. What is new is not the use of high technology, but the wonder of technology helping man regain a sense of scale. A scale of our destinies intertwined in the play of cosmic forces. The Secrets of Soča - Time Horizon hypnotically expands the space with images perpetually moving in the present, the past and the future. Before our eyes the Heraclitus' Pythian saying: 'You cannot step twice into the same river' comes to life."
Milan Dekleva, poet and writer, Dnevnik, Ljubljana, 1995
"Secrets of Soča, the multi-monitor installation by Andrej Zdravič, presented at Expo'98 - Pavilion of Slovenia, is one of the most successful creations of all exhibition. We are caught by the infinite beauty and simplicity of the images, through the interiorization of the sound it takes you to the very essence of the element of water, to the very life of water in relation to what surrounds it. It's a unique moment of communication with the water and it frames within the spirit of the World Exhibition, what unfortunately few others managed to do."
Pedro Veiguinha, psychologist, Lisbon, 1998