A moment in time

This year’s edition of R.o.R. festival is an exploration of the widespread presence of technology in modern-day society. It questions how the artists are coping with extreme technologic development, from seeking out new possibilities for artistic production to observing how technologic progress has changed our perception of human values. The artistic projects featured touch upon various subject, ranging from obsolete industrial heavy machinery which shaped our history, to high-tech projects reaching into an interdisciplinary field where art meets science and state-of-the-art technology.
A Moment in Time reflects on how important it is to observe, through the lens of art, all the elements which shape our presence – but it also provides us with a more profound understanding of what the future has in store for us. As the only neutral field unconstrained by the commercial interests of modern-day society, art provides us with an exceptional platform to express where we can critically observe how, on the one hand, technology can be used to broaden our horizons and perceptions, yet improper and misguided application of technology can also utterly dehumanize mankind’s existence.
Joining this year’s colorful festival line-up are newcomers MIC - Business Educational Center and School Center Nova Gorica, with a host of innovative projects created by young artists working with virtual reality and robotics. This is an important collaboration, as it makes the unique domain of art more accessible and allows for interdisciplinary combinations of artistic content with the younger generation’s innovative technologic applications.
Also taking part is a variety of major international organizations such as L.A.E XXI, the oldest cultural non-profit association in Croatia and Klub Solitaer s.V, Chemnitz, Germany, introducing their residential program projects from the field of robotics and new technologies. This cooperation is of particular significance because it also opens up new opportunities for artistic exchange and collaborations between artists and organizations from MONG and the city of Chemnitz, which is going to share the 2025 European Capital of Culture title together with Nova Gorica.
The interdisciplinary nature of this year’s festival edition events brings visitors a comprehensive overview of the latest advances in robotic technology, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. By showcasing interesting artistic projects and providing expert lectures, the festival takes an innovative and critical approach to a variety of topics, such as ecology, sustainability and humanization of technology. Artists help us understand how to shift technology’s functional aspect into an artistic one.
This year’s edition is created by established artists and experts in robotics, sociology, experimental music, photography, literature, dance and philosophy, including: SZ Berlin, Kati Hyppa, Niklas Roy, Ulirike Brantl, Robert Verch, Club Solitaer, Dr. Maša Jazbec, Marko Lük, MN Dance Company, Brane Zorman, Dean Zahtila, Jurij Mušič, Luka Frelih, DDTLab, PiNA, Altrememorie, BridA and Polina Polikarpova, who will make their contribution to this fascinating topic, each from their respective field.

Programme

Monday, 23 May


10.00
Niklas Roy & Kati Hyyppä: Vektorkollektor on Tour
, a participative installation
Vektorkollektor is built in the form of a playful hand truck that can be moved around in public space to collect images (“vectors”). Come by and draw your own picture!
Bevkov trg square, Nova Gorica

In case of rain the event will be held in front of Xcenter, Delpinova ulica 20,Nova Gorica.

13.00 PiNA – Heka: Virtualization of Reality, workshop
University of Nova Gorica School of Arts, Vipavska cesta 13, Rožna Dolina, Nova Gorica

Workshop for a limited number of students.

16.00 Niklas Roy & Kati Hyyppä: Vektorkollektor on Tour, a participative installation
Europe Square, Nova Gorica

In case of rain, the event will be held in front of the Toll Booth (Carinarnica). Erjavčeva ulica 51, 5000 Nova Gorica.


Tuesday, 24 May


17.00
Niklas Roy & Kati Hyyppä: Vektorkollektor on Tour
, a participative installation
Travnik/Piazza della Vittoria, Gorica/Gorizia

The event will be cancelled in case of rain.


17.00 Luka Frelih: I Draw You, Cut You, Stick You, Stitch You!
A workshop of robotic drawing and cutting. Create your custom patches with a robot’s help!
Xcenter, Delpinova ulica 20, Nova Gorica


Wednesday, 25 May


17.00
DDTLab: Eva the Robot
, workshop
Enterprising youngsters learning about robotics in innovative and creative ways.
MIC, Business Education Center, Cankarjeva ulica 8a, Nova Gorica (Ground floor)

Workshop for pre-registered participants, suitable for ages 6–12.

20.00 Polina Polikarpova: Pretty Ghetto, photographic exhibition opening
TIR Gallery, Mostovna, Cesta IX. korpusa 99a, Solkan

21.00 Altrememorie Cultural Society: Walk the Line, presentation of the project
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.
TIR Gallery, Mostovna, Cesta IX. korpusa 99a, Solkan

The lecture will be held in English language, interpretation will be provided as necessary.


Thursday, 26 May


Are you curious to learn how to operate a robotic arm and use it as a creative tool? Or even how to operate the entire robot by yourself? Would you like to control a robot with your mind? Draw a comic strip with Eva the Robot? Control a flight simulator with the power of your thoughts? If so, make sure to seize this unique opportunity offered to you as part of the R.o.R. Festival. Visit the MIC center and get to know the amazing world of robots under the guidance of the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning team of DDTLab.
All events except the Creative Robotics workshop are open to the general public. No booking necessary. Welcome!
MIC, Business Education Center, Cankarjeva ulica 8a, Nova Gorica (Ground floor)

15.00 BridA: Nanoplotter, multimedia installation
A plotter, whose usual function is to render a final drawing or project presentation, takes on the role as the “performer”, an actor.

15.00 Niklas Roy & Kati Hyyppä: Vektorkollektor on Tour, a participative installation

15.00 DDTLab: NeuroYaski,  presentation and demonstration
Control Yaskawa’s MotoMini robotic arm via the Brain Computer Interface (BCI), which allows us to control the robotic arm directly with our mind.

15.00 DDTLab: NeuroFly
Controlling a flight simulator with our thoughts.

16.00 DDTLab: Creative Robotics
, workshop
Learning about NAO robots and the Yaskawa robotic arm

16.30 DDTLab: NeuroFly
Controlling a flight simulator with our thoughts.

18.00 DDTLab: AI Comic with Eva the Robot
Creating a comic in collaboration with Eva the Robot.

18.00 DDTLab: NeuroFly
Controlling a flight simulator with our thoughts.

18.00 DDTLab: Yaski the Robotic Artist
Learning about industrial robotics with creative, artistic and innovative applications which demonstrate the broader applications of industrial robotics (the “out-of-the-box” principle).


R.o.R digestiv: Living Legends
An evening of new connections, original acoustic performances and choice art
Mostovna, Cesta IX. korpusa 99a, Solkan

19.30 Dean Zahtila: Labin Art Express XXI
, presentation of the organization and the Industrial Art Biennial.
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.
The lecture will be held in English language, interpretation will be provided as necessary.

20.45 Sz. Berlin: RZZ-22 (Requiem for Cranes), performance and audio-visual project
RZZ-22 is dedicated to the iconic, old, intimidating port cranes looming above the city of Rijeka.

21.30 Marko Lük: Deconstructor, live acoustic performance
Deconstructor is a project where Marko Lük uses synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers and effectors to create a variety of sound images in his live act performances.


Friday, 27 May


10.00
DDTLab: NeuroFly
Controlling a flight simulator with our thoughts.
MIC, Business Education Center, Cankarjeva ulica 8a, Nova Gorica (Ground floor)

10.00 DDTLab: AI Comic with Eva the Robot
Creating a comic in collaboration with Eva the Robot.
MIC, Business Education Center, Cankarjeva ulica 8a, Nova Gorica (Ground floor)

10.00 DDTLab: NeuroYaski
Control Yaskawa’s MotoMini robotic arm via the Brain Computer Interface (BCI), which allows us to control the robotic arm directly with our mind.
MIC, Business Education Center, Cankarjeva ulica 8a, Nova Gorica (Ground floor)

16.00 Presentation of MIC Business Education Center and UIL FabLab
Experts will prepare tours for festival participants and the broader public interested in knowing more about the activities offered by the Goriška region’s most enterprising school. Uroš Polanc will make a presentation about the center.
MIC, Business Education Center, Cankarjeva ulica 8a, Nova Gorica (Ground floor)
 
The event will be presented in English language, interpretation will be provided as necessary.

18.00 Nova Gorica University’s Schools of Art: Annual Student Exhibition
University of Nova Gorica School of Arts, Vipavska cesta 13, Rožna Dolina, Nova Gorica

20.00 Club Solitaer s.V, Ulrike Brantl & Robert Verch, presentation of the organization and opportunity for creating new partnerships as part GO! 2025 - Chemnitz 2025
Triggering ideas, initiating community involvement, creating room for development; for cultural work and sustainable, participatory urban development, this is Klub Solitaer s.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.
Xcenter, Delpinova ulica 20, Nova Gorica

The lecture will be held in English language, interpretation will be provided as necessary.


Saturday, 28 May


18.00 Brane Zorman: The Tree Spirits | Touch, live acoustic ambisonics event
Brane Zorman performs the piece The Tree Spirits | Touch, which has been taking form over two years, through various stages and with varying intensity. The audio recordings give the trees a voice over their annual and lifelong cycle, which begins and ends with silence.
Pavlica family olive orchard, gathering at the Šempas cemetery parking lot
In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Šempas Cultural Center’s community hall.


21.00 Niklas Roy & Kati Hyyppä: Vektorkollektor, Zavod MN Produkcija: Movement beyond Borders, Jurij Mušič: Void, joint performance
A musician, dancers and two visual artists combine their creative efforts in this spontaneous performance.
Šempas Culture Center events hall

In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Šempas Cultural Center’s community hall.


21.30 A Spring Evening - polenta an toč, a culinary performance, Šempas Tourism Society
Šempas Culture Center events hall

In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Šempas Cultural Center’s community hall.

Entry to events is free of charge! Welcome!
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
Archive
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