Participants
Associazione Altrememorie
Sz. Berlin
Ulrike Brantl
BridA
Heka
Luka Frelih
Dr. Maša Jazbec
Labin Art Express XXI
DDTLab
Ljudmila
Medpodjetniški izobraževalni center
Marko Lük
MN Dance company
Jurij Mušič
PiNA
Polina Polikarpova
Niklas Roy
Klub Solitaer e.V
Učni izdelovalni laboratorij
TD Šempas
Robert Verch
Dean Zahtila
Brane Zorman
Associazione culturale Altrememorie

Altrememorie is a project that develops a network of artistic residencies in different territories of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia, promoting contemporary art and the exchange of practices and knowledge between cultural subjects. The project was launched in 2004 in Val Saisera, through an Art Park in which young European artists are brought together to discuss themes linked to memory, the narration of the territory and the elaboration of new visions of the future. The tools with which to develop this new narrative are artistic residencies and didactic workshops created thanks to the involvement of a dense network of partners and collaborators.

Over the years, the project has expanded to a regional and transnational scale, through an active network of artists, events and cultural actors. An observatory on the landscape in which young European artists are invited to develop a new narrative and interpretation of the territory through the different languages of contemporary art. The aim is to bring the public closer to the processes of contemporary art and to stimulate the knowledge of their own territorial heritage, promoting an attitude of curiosity and positive interaction with the artistic language and with the contamination between disciplines and languages.

Walk the line

Walk the Line is an exploratory-narrative project that aims to walk a stretch of the Italian-Slovenian border in order to elaborate a contemporary, public and transdisciplinary narrative. From 22 to 29 May, the anthropologist Janine Schemmer and the writer and journalist Nicolò Giraldi will guide a walking tour from San Pietro al Natisone to Trieste together with a group of 15 university students (Italians, Slovenians and Austrians), who will collect every day the suggestions, emotions and ideas that the landscape and the experience will inspire in them.

After the opening event at the SMO museum in San Pietro al Natisone, the participants will be backpacking for about 20 km a day along a non-linear route, stopping in towns and cities on both sides of the border. Every two days public events will be organized in the form of meetings, talks and readings with artists, geographers and anthropologists who will contextualize the theme of the border, examining it from different thematic and disciplinary points of view.

In the end, all the material produced by the students will be condensed into a compendium that will be accessible on an online platform, thanks to the support of Zeroidee's team of multimedia communication creatives.

Walk the Line is realised in collaboration with: BridA, R.o.R Festival, lnstitut für Kulturanalyse, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Associazione Quarantasettezeroquattro, Associazione Wild Routes, Associazione Robida, Inštitut za slovensko kulturo / Istituto per la Cultura Slovena, Kulturno izobraževalno društvo PiNA, Zeroidee APS

Sz. Berlin

Sz.Berlin formed in London in 2007. Working with sound, performance and installation, it first focused on the legacy of the DDR and the Warsaw Pact, performing frequently in London until 2013. In May 2011 it participated in the Time Machine Biennale with 3 installations and a live performance in the former Yugoslav nuclear bunker at Konjic, Bosnia. In 2013 it remixed the American group Epoch and in 2014 it commissioned and contributed to DDR60, a compilation CD based on East German history. It returned in 2016, participating with a video work in the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland, accompanied by a live action at Ballyvaughan Castle. In October 2016 it performed a live soundtrack to the video work at London’s Horse Hospital. In 2017 it performed in Iklectik, London and aboard the M.S. Stubnitz in Hamburg at the Primal Uproar festival. This and the 2018 album (Windstärke zwolf) were about the DDR fishing fleet and navy. The album also featured a remix by Autopsia of Sz. Berlin’s version of the East German national anthem. In January 2019 a new live audiovisual work Towards a concrete dys(u)topia premiered at Iklectik. This explored the dark history of architectural Brutalism. It was performed again online in May 2020. In January 2022 it released the a/v work The Tower, a visual soundtrack to the cdx-foto exhibition of the same title. Now based in Labin, HR, it is currently preparing thematic a/v works on the history of Berlin and the industrial history of Rijeka.

https://szberlin.wordpress.com/info/
https://szberlin.bandcamp.com

 

RZZ-22 (Requiem for cranes)

RZZ-22 is a new performance and a/v work dealing with the iconic and haunting historic dockyard cranes of Rijeka. It is the latest in a series of Sz. Berlin a/v works and performances dealing with subjects including DDR, Yugoslav and Irish history and architectural Brutalism. RZZ-22 will continue the Sz. Berlin methodology of responding to specific historic and physical sites, creating sound and visuals from audio, photographic, archival and other sources. It draws on a large collection of photos taken of the Rijeka cranes in field research during 2021 and early 2022. A century ago, the colossal cranes that now stand idle in cities like Rijeka would have seemed as fantastic as robots, like escapees from some science-fiction story by H.G. Wells. Now these massive structures are morphing into heritage icons and even more recent 20th century cranes will soon be made obsolete. The memories of their operators will also fade rapidly. We are on the cusp of the rapid robotisation of dockyard cranes and the replacement of their operators by A.I. Therefore now is the time to pay tribute to and recover the alien, proto-robotic aura of these massive industrial giants and to question what may be lost in the process of transitioning to an increasingly post-human future.

Klub Solitaer e.V.

Triggering ideas, initiating community involvement, creating room for development; for cultural work and sustainable, participatory urban development, this is Klub Solitaer e.V.‘s mission - the mission of a cultural actor located in the Sonnenberg district in Chemnitz, active in the city and the field of contemporary culture and arts since 2010. With spaces for contemporary art production and exhibitions, concerts, workshops, artistic residencies and interventions in public space, in short: events that shape the city and its quarters, the association actively works to establish a progressive local cultural scene while simultaneously networking with international cultural actors.

It is our desire to set up and grow infrastructure for upcoming and established cultural actors and creatives, while simultaneously supporting the competence- and knowledge transfer between the diverse actors from our network, thereby strengthening the existing local community with external perspectives. We want to lay nurturing ground for innovative concepts and expand these through external views. Local exchange, regional collaboration, international networking – this is how we grow from a small cooperation into a large-scale collaboration. By generating public awareness and heightening the visibility of cultural happenings, we actively integrate the neighborhood into the cultural activities in our district.

Ulrike Brantl is a cultural manager working as a project coordinator at Klub Solitaer e.V

Robert Verch is  a graduate designer and, as a Klub Solitaer e.V board member , responsible for internationalization and curation.

 

How to intervene with art and technology in a challenging social environment ?

How to build a seed-planting robot? How to establish an AR-based artistic presence in the city? And how to work artistically with local maker hubs and hacker spaces?

Developing and integrating technology-based art into public space and cultural venues alike: from machine-based interventions to artworks from the digital realm, in urban environments and rural communities – these and many more artistic endeavors bring together small maker hubs, international artists and local neighborhoods in and around Chemnitz. 

Input by the Chemnitz-based cultural player Klub Solitaer e.V. presenting artistic projects reaching from the European Capital of Culture 2025 to the city periphery.

BridA/Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica 

BridA is a collective made up of graduates from the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, formed in 1996 during their university years. The group produces artwork across a wide spectrum of contemporary artistic practices exhibits both locally and internationally, and has participated in numerous international residency programs, workshops and seminars. BridA’s works have been purchased for a score of international contemporary art collections. In 2015 they received the highest award of the Municipality of Nova Gorica, the France Bevk Prize, commemorating 20 years of their successful activity; in 2018 they received the international Tesla Award. They are recipients of the Iaspis scholarship awarded by the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and Culture Bridges, awarded by the British Council under the EU.

https://www.brida-kud.si/

Nanoploter

2010, multimedia installation (photo: BridA)

The two characters talk about nano particles as their living space. They don‘t really understand the situation; apparently they have been created by chance and for a very short time. In this context, the mechanical application transfers the content information on an unusual surface and in an unusual way. The plotter which is designed to draw technical drawings becomes a "performer". An obsolete machine from the 1980s, becomes modern due to a change in the value of its function. The robotic hand and even the noise it makes while working create a paradoxical scenery where time and space remain an unknown dimension. The nano world which cannot be directly percieved with our senses is a space ruled by completely different physical laws. This world is made of small particles that can be manipulated only using special devices, sophisticated microscopes (such as Scanning Tunneling Microscope or the Atomic Force Microscope). A needle as big as a carbon molecule manipulates atomic particles and matter and draws graffiti on nano rocks. Nanoplotter is thus seen as a scientific model trying to place modern visual perception in an unexplored environment where reality still has to be defined by new and different parametres.

PiNA

PiNA is an association of culture and education with a 20-year tradition in strengthening the well-being of the societies, developing individual competences, encouraging cooperation, empowering civil society organizations and promoting sustainable development. It has many experience with informing, educating, innovating and activating citizens to initiate positive social change and growth. 

Heka

Bringing curiosity and mindfulness in the form of artistic expression in science

HEKA is a physical space and a concept that combines art and science approaches with citizen science to bridge the gap between citizens and science using creative artistic forms of reflection and expression.

HEKA’s key service is an innovative citizens science approach how to combine creativity, art, design thinking, research for innovative environmentally sustainable processes, products, relations and new idea generation.

https://www.mcruk.si/en/article/heka

Luka Frelih

Luka Frelih (1974) is a computer programmer and artist, a hacker with a special interest in freeware, and a website designer. He is a founding member of the Ljubljana-based Ljudmila Digital Media Lab and is currently the President of Ljudmila Society. He has been involved in many projects linking technology and art.

He is a member of Theremidi Orchestra, Makrolab, ASCII Art Ensemble and a number of pioneering international net.art community projects, such as 7-11, Refresh and Remote-C. He programmed an instant ASCII-camera, a net.art generator and a number of cartographic interfaces for mobile radio-linked GPS agents.

He developed and mentored a number of workshops dealing with technology-assisted creativity. He often uses his solutions to augment innovative elements of artistic presentations in other creative fields, such as art exhibits or theater plays.

Over the past few years, he has actively contributed to the artistic design and coordination of Ljudmila’s festivals Vector Hack, A dela? and Algopolis, and has also greatly contributed to the development and guidance of Ljudmila’s broader artistic program. He also coordinates the activities of Ljudmila Society in the international collaborative projects EASTN-DC and On-the-fly, and is involved with KONS, a platform for contemporary investigative art.

Draw You, Cut You, Stick You, Stitch You!

A workshop of robotic drawing and cutting

Participants of the workshop will learn how to create original stickers, patches and collages. To make things easier and more fun, they make friends with the robotic plotter and cutter. They also learn to use software which they can use to freely draw images or forms, or turn photographs into robot-compatible patterns. They start off by creating their ideas with the computer. Next, they use the robot to draw the patterns onto paper, cardboard, fabric or foil, and finally they cut them out. In any size or number. Finally, one last challenge remains—where to stick them, stitch them or otherwise fasten them to achieve the best effect.

Ljudmila Society

Ljudmila Society, a Laboratory for Science and Art was founded in 2010 as the successor of the program Ljudmila, Ljubljana Digital Media and Culture Laboratory (established in 1994). Its mission is to serve as a platform for investigative practices, technologies, science, education, art and civil society. It is actively involved in the development and popularization of open culture, royalty-free licensing and freeware. It investigates how communication transformation affect the development of society and promotes innovative artistic practices.

Today, Ljudmila is a well-established digital media lab which focuses on digital production, education, research and hardware and software development. It offers knowledge, equipment, internet access, servers, electronic publishing and other network services to NGOs and non-profit organizations, artistic collectives, active individuals and others.

Over the past years, the intermedia art program has been researching and working mainly on the following subject areas and technologies: free culture and open-source technology (3D-design, signal processing, networking ...), haptic, interactive and responsive technology, human and machine perception, virtual reality, sensors and signal processing, advanced electronic sound generators and lighting devices, wearable technologies, modularity, etc.

Maša Jazbec

Maša Jazbec is an artist, curator and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in human informatics, attained at the University of Tsukuba (Virtual Reality Lab) in Japan, and a M.A. in Interactive Art, conferred by the Interface Culture at the Univ. of Arts and Design Linz. She was a visiting researcher at Ishiguro Laboratory at ATR, where has deepened her research in human-like robotics and android science also in practice. She is engaged in developing the vision and the execution of the Trbovlje New Media Setting project in Slovenia, and was curating events integrating science, art and technology at the new media culture festival Speculum Artium.

Her projects, exhibited as artworks, have always shown her understanding of new media as a research artistic practice, stemming from artistic and scientific thought, linked to the current situation in the contemporary society. Her latest research interests are mostly focused in social robotics and android science. She presented her research at conferences such as Computer Human Interaction, Human Robot Interaction, ISEA and System Man and Cybernetics IEEE.

Currently she is leading DDTLab in Trbovlje, Slovenia. DDTLab is a research lab operating in the fields of cybernetics, virtualization, BCI systems, and robotics

 

What kind of future do you envision with robots?

Lecture

foto: Jože Suhadolnik

This question is at the core of human robot interaction, an inherently interdisciplinary research aspiration. Human robot interaction research brings together engineering and social science, cognitive science, neuroscience, ethics and arts. Humans have a strange response to things that are lifelike, but not alive. Robotics is as much a study of people as it is about robots; it requires us to reach insight into a new and dynamically changing relationship between human and intelligent machines. By creating robots, we can reflect on humanity and consequently understand humans better. Learning from human behavior is critical for developing robots for the real world.

In the lecture we also discuss Android Science. The development of robots that closely resemble human beings can contribute to cognitive research. The approach of cognitive science uses the android robot for verifying hypothesis for understanding humans. We call this cross interdisciplinary framework Android Science.

http://masajazbec.si/
https://www.mcruk.si/en/

Dean Zahtila

Dean Zahtila, born in Labin, Croatia, on April 20th, 1957, is a cultural manager with a Masters’ degree in Economics. He is an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Croatian Association of Interdisciplinary Artists - HUiU. He owned one of the first private art galleries in Croatia (RE Gallery, Labin, 1984-1988), and has been president of the cultural and artistic association Labin Art Express (L.A.E.) since its founding in 1991. Together with Massimo Savić and Krešimir Farkas, he established the audio-visual group Metal Guru as the artistic faction of L.A.E in 1993. He was founder and director of Radio L.A.E. (1994-1996), the first independent, ”dissident" Croatian radio, and of the Cultural Centre "Lamparna", Labin (1998 to the present). He is the initiator and leader of Underground City XXI, the fundamental long-term project and main mission of L.A.E., which is today considered a 'millennium' project of the City of Labin and Istria County, and founder and director of the Industrial Art Biennial (IAB). The IAB pilot took place in 2014, with regular editions in 2016, 2018, 2020, and the 4th edition will take place in September - October 2022. With Metal Guru and L.A.E. he participated in some leading international cultural festivals and events (European Capital of Culture 1994, 1996, 2000; EXPO'98, etc.), and in several major group exhibitions of contemporary art in Europe ("Blood and Honey" by H. Szeemann, "Art as Teamwork" by MP Damiani and more).

Labin Art Express XXI (L.A.E. XXI)

Dean Zahtila’s presentation discusses the past, present and future of Labin Art Express XXI (L.A.E. XXI), the oldest cultural non-profit association in Croatia. For 30 years, L.A.E. has pioneered innovative civil-public partnerships in the Region of Istria, creating an innovative platform for contemporary artistic practices to address social challenges in an inclusive and critical way. Based in a former coal mining complex in Labin (Lamparna), it works to protect and creatively re-use the unique industrial heritage of the region. Lamparna is home to the Industrial Art Biennial (IAB), which is the focus of the presentation. IAB was inspired by the industrial heritage and landscapes of Labin and the wider region, (Raša, Pula, Rijeka), plus the complex economic (transitional post socialist economy) and socio-political background. Dean explores IAB’s history from its pilot edition in 2014 to the forthcoming edition that opens this September. It explores the concept of “industrial” in all artistic disciplines (music, visual, new media, performing arts) and has featured a wide range of international artists including Matthew Barney, Godfrey Reggio, Stefania Strouza, Laibach, Jasmina Cibic, Dan Perjovschi and many more. Dean discusses the highlights of past editions and the plans for this year’s 4th edition, as well as for future editions based partly underground, in the tunnels of L.A.E.’s core project, Underground City XXI.

http://www.industrialartbiennale.eu
https://www.facebook.com/industrialartbiennial/
http://lae.hr 
https://www.facebook.com/LabinArtExpressXXI/

DDTlab

DDTlab operates in the fields of cybernetics, virtualisation, BCI systems and robotics. The lab provides regional, national and international connectivity. In the context of social innovation for smart factories, demands are being made for the humanisation of technology through robotics. Roboticisation is one of the key branches of progress at the beginning of the 21st century. The development is moving towards increasing autonomy, flexibility and sustainability. The modern 'machine' is thus no longer simply designed to perform a single function mechanically, but is becoming an increasingly autonomous actor designed to solve the complex problems facing the individual, the economy, society and humanity. The development of robotics is therefore increasingly about the development of human-robot interfaces, artificial intelligence.

Workshop: Creative Robotics

The Creative Robotics educational program introduces us to humanoid NAO robots, Yaskava robotic arms and the task of operating a Yaskawa MotoMini robotic arm. It provides knowledge on robots and their software not only from a technical, but also from a humanistic and an artistic perspective, with the aim of encouraging young people to think outside the box when it comes to the use of robots in our society. The aim of the creative robotics workshop is to introduce robotics to a broader audience and to bring it closer to the general public in a creative and innovative way. Meet Eva and Yaski!

Eva the robot

As part of the humanization of technologies, DDTLab presents and develops new robotics applications. In 2020 and 2021, we thus developed the character of a humanoid NAO robot. As there are quite a few such robots in Slovenia and around the world, we wanted to make our robot something special, so the first step was to personalize it and name it Eva. The robot became a real sensation of the DDTLab. She currently runs her creative communication program at the DDTLab, appears at various shows and conferences, and regularly posts her experiences on her Facebook profile and YouTube channel. Eva the Robot is an innovative and creative approach to presenting and teaching about robotics. She was awarded the regional 2021 Silver Innovation Award by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, and was featured in the “Best of 2020 with Nao and Pepper” selection by the SoftBank company.

Yaski the robot artist

The Yaski project is a direct result of a cooperation between DDTLab and the leading industrial robotics company, Yaskawa. The project is an unparalleled transfer of technology from the industrial to the social field, aimed at infusing a repetitive robotic arm with the virtue of humanity. The user has the opportunity to learn about industrial robotics through creative, artistic and innovative applications that demonstrate its wider applicability (“out of the box” principles). Robots have been increasingly present in our lives and getting to know robotics today is a must. Adolescents and the general public do not have the opportunity to get acquainted with the achievements of robotics, so with our demonstrations of innovative approaches to industrial robotics, we facilitate the spreading of this type of knowledge. The purpose of presenting industrial robotics is to encourage the general public to think outside of the box when it comes to the use of robots in our society. We also work with students and offer them a possibility to develop and research robotics together with us in the DDTLab as part of practical apprenticeship programs.

NeuroYaski

The NeuroYaski rehabilitation prototype was created in collaboration with an industrial robotics company called Yaskawa. NeuroYaski consists of individual components combined to provide a unique user experience. The project is an unparalleled transfer of technology from the industrial to the social field, aimed at infusing a repetitive robotic arm with the virtue of humanity. The user operates Yaskawa’s MotoMini robotic arm via a brain-computer interface, thus controlling it with his mind. In 2021, NeuroYaski received the regional Silver Innovation Award, awarded by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

NeuroFly

The NeuroFly simulator is a pilot project of the DDTLab research laboratory in collaboration with the AFormX aviation company. The aim of the project is to combine a VR flight simulator with a brain-computer interface, allowing the user to establish direct communication between their brain and the simulator, thus enabling them to mentally direct the aircraft in the simulation. The user operates the NeuroFly aircraft via a brain-computer interface (BCI) – a powerful computer system that facilitates direct communication between the brain and the device that we want to control and manage with the help of brain function. With the NeuroFly project, we have succeeded to combine the BCI technology with advanced flight-simulation technology. We have developed a helm and a protocol that allow us to operate the simulation aircraft exclusively with the power of our thoughts, while selecting the direction of flight without using our hands. In addition, we have also designed a special keyboard, which contains symbols that can be used to operate the simulated flight. The method of displaying human faces allows us to improve choosing with our thoughts, as the human brain is good at recognizing faces and even has a center dedicated solely to this task. The NeuroFly project was first presented at the Speculum Artium Festival of new media culture in 2020, followed by another presentation at the worldwide EXPO 2021 in Dubai in October 2021. The same year, the project received the regional 2021 Bronze Innovation Award, awarded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.

Marko Lük

Marko Lük has been working in education and culture since 2010, when he served as pro-dean for student issues at the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts in charge of extracurricular activities, and in 2012 he was also awarded the University of Maribor’s Commendation in recognition of his achievements of cultural relevance. With a bachelor’s degree in Slovenian Language Teaching, he was also involved in the development of Maribor’s lively electronic music scene throughout his time at the University of Maribor, where he brought together some of the most recognizable young names in Maribor’s electronic scene under the KID Alphawave society. Since the society’s establishment in 2007, he has also been involved in the development of three musical labels, organized over 100 musical events and worked with practically all youth and cultural institutions in Maribor. For the past three years, besides the Deconstructor project, where he performs live music with hardware musical machines in the live act format, he has also been involved as the head and mentor of the Alphawave School of Music Production and the mentor of a deejaying school, he regularly teaches and coordinates an audiography workshop for Maribor’s elementary school pupils where sound is “etched” into vinyl, and he also works as the head of the Inkubator hub as part of the konS:Platforma, organizing and coordinating activities and leading a team of developers of intermedia workshops.

Deconstructor

Deconstructor is a project in which Marko Lük uses synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers and effectors to create a variety of sound images as part of his live acts. In essence, he focuses on the raw, gritty sound of industrial techno, but is also very comfortable with the deep submersible drone sounds, the unpredictable hypnotic aural mists, but he is also no stranger to the more superficial melodic, playful sounds of electro.

MN Dance Company

Founded by Michal Rynia & Nastja Bremec Rynia

MN Dance Company is registered as an institute for artistic production and is deeply integrated into the local cultural and artistic environment, making a significant contribution to the diversity of artistic expression in the field of performing arts, both within the local environment and beyond. In addition, its annual productions of resounding feature-length dance performances and artistic dance films add to its international profile.

With the shows it premieres on the stage of the SNG Nova Gorica theater, which are for the most part co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Nova Gorica, and in cooperation with SNG Nova Gorica, MN Dance Company makes guest appearances in Slovenia (Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Kosovelov dom Sežana, ...) and internationally (Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, USA).

The art films produced by MN Dance Company act as an important promotional element, both for MN Dance Company and for all actors involved. MN Dance Company certainly garnered praise in 2020 for their involvement in the music video by the renowned K-Pop band BTS, which was reported upon by major media across the world, such as CNN, Metro, MTV, Rolling Stone and many others.

Another important achievement for the founders of MN Dance Company is the winning placement at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the USA in August 2019. In 2018, Michal and Nastja received the municipal award from the City Municipality of Nova Gorica in recognition of their achievement in the field of dance, and the same year they also received an award from the Municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba.

MN Dance Company also regularly organizes youth dance classes, and has done so for a number of years on the rented premises of EDA Center, which were furnished specifically for dancing and instructional purposes. The classes takes place every school year and are very popular among the local youth.

www.mndancecompany.com

Movement beyond borders

foto: Aljoša Kravanja

Dancers interactively receive inputs from the environment and translate them into movement - movement knows no borders and is timeless. Movement in relation to the environment, music and mutual communication. Dance is a medium of communication which knows no bounds and can be understood by anyone without any need for a dictionary. It is the purest form of expression of human emotions, understanding and disposition. And what can be more magical than expressing oneself through dance, without ever uttering a single word? 

Jurij Mušič

Jurij Mušič, born in 2003 in Šempeter pri Gorici, started playing guitar at the age of ten as a self-taught artist. It was his father, who used the instrument to accompany his own singing, that inspired him in his first musical attempts. Later, he was mainly encouraged to learn by the music of foreign and Slovenian rock bands. In primary school, he was the singer in the rock band Stara kitara, which he formed with his classmates. He also contributed some original compositions for the band. After the decision to continue his musical education at the conservatory in Koper, he began to study with professor Matjaž Remec. After passing the entrance exams, in 2018 he started studying at the Art High School of Music in Koper under the mentorship of Professor Tanja Brecelj Vatovec, where he is currently finishing his 4th year. He dedicated the first two years of his education in Koper to theatre. As a member of the youth theatre group of the Koper Theatre, he often enriched the scenes with his musical accompaniments. In May 2021, he participated in the 50th TEMSIG music competition where he received a silver plaque. He also attended master classes with some prominent personalities in the world of classical guitar, such as: Giulia Balare, Paolo Pegoraro, Lukasz Kuropaczewski and Zoran Dukić. In addition to preparing for the final exam, he is also preparing for the entrance exams at the Academy of Music in Graz. He wants to add study of composition to his guitar studies. He is mainly engaged in composing for instrumental ensembles, he has already performed his first works at the Koper Music School. His mentor is the internationally renowned Slovenian composer Matej Bonin.

There is a VOID in everything

Musical improvisation on visual images

The title of the project is a paraphrase of a verse from a composition by Leonard Cohen entitled Anthem. In the original, the word "VOID" is replaced by the word "crack". In both cases, therefore, it is a rejection of perfection as a concept. This is also the central theme of the 2022 cycle VOID for solo guitar, which deals with the issue of emptiness that is in each of us. The three movements follow the journey of the lyrical subject from the intellectualist search for truth to the acceptance of ignorance. The concept of emptiness can also be found in art itself. Like language, it has its limitations in the sense that it cannot fully replicate an individual's experience. It can only give us a more or less abstract idea about it, which we, as viewers, listeners or readers, supplement with our own imagination. The purpose of the project is to give a voice to this imagination and empower the viewer's mind to set up a sound mirror, through improvisation based on melodic and rhythmic material from the VOID cycle.

Polina Polikarpova

Polina Polikarpova, born in 1992, in Kharkiv, Ukraine. BA of history of arts in KSADA (Kharkiv state academy of design and arts). At present she is an independent photographer based in Kyiv and remotely as a costume designer and stylist for Kharkiv-based theater “Neft“.

Polina Polikarpova represents Ukrainian New Sincerity. Influenced by her father– a photographer – and mother – a stylist – Polina analyses her life experience through photography by creating visual narratives, which might look plotless at first glance.

Being both a photographer and a stylist, Polikarpova constructed scenes and characters in her hometown — Kharkiv. While living in Kharkiv she was focused on the local provincial poetics and her place in it. Appearance and plastics of her characters are infantile, erotic and extravagant, starting from objective women’s sexuality and overing total erasing of the gender.

Compositions created “here and now” are also distinctive in Polikarpova’s style; instead of the artificial environment of studio, she prefers interiors of the actual living spaces and city landscapes. The author creates her own unique visual vocabulary by playing with contemporary fashion photography tricks and clichés and ignoring the viewer’s expectations. All author’s photographs are autobiographical in a way. Polikarpova herself prefers to “hold the mirror” instead of being constantly reflected in it.

She is based in Kyiv from 2019 but her practice remains focused between two cities – Kharkiv and Kyiv, where she finds inspiration and looks for similarities between her hometown and the country’s capital. Polikarpova performs the role of a flaneur and uses this as a method of searching for new locations, thus striking and admiring the local audience. Pursuing a discreet review of the depersonalized sites at different times of the year and weather conditions, whether it be a city or a village, the author creates a series of silent, sometimes mystical and surrealistic landscapes.

 

PRETTY GHETTO (2010—2019)

My city loves to sleep. When it wakes, it resumes its rough everyday rhythm and doesn’t care about joy. Superficiality dominates everything related to true beauty. So I created my own city on the edge of the real city, taking as my point of view all the best I could snap, anything that could help the real city find harmony. I called it Pretty Ghetto.

In my city, living blocks became a big and depressing organism that has grown for several generations. But their residents are younger in soul and body and stay children in their hearts forever. They read glossy magazines in childhood and imagine themselves their main images. Sometimes they want to be the  object of desire, but they are not as available as it seems. Their weakness is their bright and extravagant taste for clothes and cheerful, almost useless pastime. They are like chameleons colored to match the native landscape, praising themselves for being at one with it. Animals are their faithful companions. Whether it’s a toy, sculpture, drawing or a live puppy, they share with them the joy of life. Although Pretty Ghetto is a beautiful utopia, everyone from the real city will be able to go there. And then go and come back again, the next time they’re frustrated by the greyness of life or the dullness of shattered dreams.

Niklas Roy & Kati Hyyppä

Niklas Roy (1974, DE) and Kati Hyyppä (1976, FI) are Berlin-based artists, who work at the intersection of art and technology. They construct machines and installations, which create playful and participatory situations for the public. Kati and Niklas use a wide variety of materials in their works, including electronics, code, wood, cardboard, zip-ties, hot glue and recycled objects. Their projects have been presented at many exhibitions and festivals internationally. As part of their artistic practice, Niklas and Kati also conduct workshops and teach others how to create their own inventions. 

https://www.niklasroy.com 
http://katihyyppa.com

Vektorkollektor

VEKTORKOLLEKTOR is a participative installation with which people can draw images using a joystick. It is built in the form of a playful hand truck that can be moved around in public space to collect images (“vectors”). The drawing mechanism of the machine originates from an 80s pen plotter, which was modified with new electronics and motors. Drawings can be made on paper with a colorful felt tip pen using the joystick and each finished drawing is numbered. While the creators can take their analog paper drawings home, the collected vectors are also saved as coordinates and archived at vektorkollektor.com. The vector archive is in the public domain and available for anyone to use. VEKTORKOLLEKTOR also has its own chiptune-soundtrack, which was curated by Kokoro, an artist from Chemnitz. On the VEKTORKOLLEKTOR website you can listen to the soundtrack while watching the animated vectors.

http://vektorkollektor.com 

Brane Zorman

Brane Zorman is a Ljubljana-based composer, intermedia, sound, and radio artist, sound manipulator, and producer. He composes sound works for theater, dance, and intermedia events and productions. His explorations focus on the possible processing, presences, perceptions, placements, and reinterpretations of sound. Using old (analog) and digital technologies he transverses the fields of musical, multimedia, and visual space. He develops strategies, techniques, dynamic and interactive interpretative modules; records and reinterprets soundscapes; and uses sophisticated tools to create electronic and acoustic sound sculptures.

He has curated and produced the projects ZVO.ČI.TI so.und.ing, ZVO.ČI.TI so.und.ing DUO, CTR series, Hidden Materia I and II, EMS Memory Trackers, and Lu-na Mo-on reflect, as well as numerous compositions and installations in ambient sound, recordings of soundscapes, podcasts, and theatrical productions. He collaborates with Slovenian and foreign radio and sound artists and curates exhibitions of sound, intermedia, and radio art. Me is member of Slovenian bio acoustic group Jata C.

Together with Irena Pivka he has co-founded the CONA Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing. They often work as an artistic duo and have together curated the radioCONA project and the Steklenik gallery for sound, bioacoustics, and art, and authored performative sound walks Hodi mesto, HODI.TI / 2 WALK, Sandbox and Pioneer Garden.

The Tree Spirits | Touch

a sonic ambisonic event performed live

Brane Zorman performs a reworked version of the composition The Tree Spirits | Touch paying special attention to the touch of the tree; as a form of care and awareness of coexistence with plants and on the other hand a destructive touch of environmental destruction.

The Tree Spirits| Touch sound work reflects on the life of a tree, speculating on its acoustic component, and explores the interaction of an individual part of a plant with the colony of organisms and the forest biotic community. The sound recordings give voice to the existence of a tree in its annual and life cycles which begin and end in silence. The silence anticipating the springtime resurgence of sap flow, and the silence of destruction caused by climate change, drought, and fires.

The composition with the recorded and processed sounds of trees, produced both inside the plants themselves and as a result of human touch or environmental impact, creates an emotional and dramatic musical tale, full of natural and enhanced sounds that energetically fuse and intertwine. The dynamic multichannel ambisonic interpretation puts the listener at the heart of the sound action.

Use of the ambisonic technology allows visitors a particularly intense sonic experience of being embedded and surrounded by sound in space. And it allows the artist to move the sounds in the composition freely and manipulate them in a 360-angular spherical space using ordinary stereo headphones.

http://www.steklenik.si/brane-zorman-duh-dreves/

Business Educational Center - MIC

A cooperative and inclusive environment is the Business Educational Center (MIC)’s founding vision, to help guide the individual along the path of education and towards a solid, successful professional career.

MIC builds a supportive and encouraging environment through intensive and ongoing networking efforts on the local, regional, national and international level – this includes employers, schools, support and development institutions, as well as decision-makers.

Besides networking and maintaining contact with the labor market, MIC keeps up-to-date on the needs of the labor market, follows current trends and the rapidly-changing environment. Based on these inputs, it adjusts its selection and organization of practical educational courses for both young people just entering the labor market and for adults, and persons wishing to upgrade their skills and competencies, both employed and unemployed.

MIC encourages young persons’ spirit of innovation and business initiative, opening up opportunities for project work and learning, it offers workshops and organizes networking events with potential employers. This arms young people with the necessary skills for successful career development, it offers them career advice for entering the labor market or starting their own business.

MIC’s project work for young people is also made possible in collaboration with employers; this type of work supports teamwork, interdisciplinarity and other skills which are sought-after and esteemed in today’s labor market. In this type of engagement, young people network directly with experts from real companies, which results in valuable cross-generational knowledge exchange. With its activities, MIC also makes effort to monitor and improve practical educational courses for young people, and promotes mobility among young people and teachers.

MIC also pursues its key mission in the field of professional development of teachers in accordance with the latest guidelines and developments on the labor market; MIC organizes training and educational courses and practical classes for teachers in companies.

Learning and development laboratory - UIL

UIL is a development, innovation and learning-focused laboratory, harnessing the networking of key stakeholders to promote the development of innovative products and services. It must ensure creative collaboration, open communication and networking among a diverse group of users.

UIL represents a motivational, inclusive and community-oriented center for young people (high school and university students and other interested parties), companies and company experts, tutors, teachers, business-thinking individuals and other creative people. These will not only work together, but also share knowledge, exchange experiences and look for opportunities for new (collaborative) projects, cooperate, co-develop their ideas and solutions, which both the companies and individuals need for their continued development and competitiveness in the labor market. One of the key objectives is to create the conditions for growth and development of individuals in teams, helping them discover their biggest talents through creativity, knowledge and experience, as well as positive motivation. These talents are the driving force propelling today’s global economy. This way not only will UIL create new ideas and potential solutions for the economy, but will also use various informal approaches (e.g. projects, networking, international cooperation, exchanges, hands-on experience, workshops, educational courses) to develop the finest human resources for the labor market, and through collaboration efforts, will also allow employers to actively participate in the development of the best human resources for their needs.

Archive
2021, R.o.R festival, MIKROKOZMOS
2020, R.o.R festival, MAKROKOZMOS
2019, R.o.R festival