Svetlana Maraš is a composer and sound artist from Serbia. She studied composition at University of Art in Belgrade and graduated from Helsinki Media Lab - Sound in New Media department, where she also worked as a research assistant. Along with formal music training, she pursued a path of free experimentation that brought her into an area where music merges with other fields of art, theory and technology. She has written music for ensembles, radiophonic pieces, interactive sound and media installations and she often performs live electronic music with others and solo.
Her works have been presented internationally, at venues, conferences and festivals such as CTM (Berlin), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), International Music Institute (Darmstadt), Espace Multimedia Gantner (Bourogne), Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade), Ausland (Berlin), ORF Kunstradio-Radiokunst, Radio Belgrade, RTE Lyric (Ireland), ICMC (New York), ISEA (Dubai), Orpheus Institute (Ghent) among many other places.
In December 2016, Maraš was Artist-In-Residence at the Spatial Sound Institute, where she created two kinetic studies in 4DSOUND. The studies explore the relation between sound and mechanical movement. Elements of “clockwork” mechanisms are interconnected dually - each sound has a corresponding movement, and all movements work simultaneously and interdependently to create a perpetual sound sculpture that manifests in space - almost tangibly. The sonification of certain trajectories triggers specific behaviours of the sound objects, and the listener is provided with multiple renditions of the work he or she can listen to. The music draws resemblance to the process-like pieces by the early minimalists of the 20th Century. The sculptural and kinetic aspects of the work indicate Maraš' affection for the works by Jean Tinguely and Pierre Bastien.
Maraš is currently based in Belgrade, where she's in charge of Radio Belgrade’s Electronic studio.