Audio-visual video game with Szilárd Benes and Christof Ressi at Osmo/za   

The next FriFormA\V event will explore the possibilites of aciting on and interacting with the virtual-reality systems, using both the physicality of the performers and the musical sounds. Terrain Study is a work for solo performer and 3D virtual reality system. During the performance, the virtual space is manipulated by the movements and the sounds produced by the performer, leading to eventually questioning the division of subject and world. Game Over puts the clarinet player’s avatar in the complex 2D game-world, where the music and the game interact. Occasionally, the composer intervenes with the game play, thus reflecting the role of the individual’s expressive potential of rebellion against predefined rules.

Christof Ressi and Szilárd Benes pursue the idea of confrontation of extreme psychological states by the means of music and media art. The instrumental sound of the clarinet dynamically interacts with electronics, video and body movement and lets the audience enter a manifold artistic vision of a landscape of the human soul. Both musicians share a desire for crossing frontiers: Szilárd Benes is constantly seeking to extend the sonic possibilites of his instrument, being inspired by contemporary music, free jazz and also klezmer, while Christof Ressi loves to design live-electronic setups and computer programs which allow him spontaneous and direct manipulation of sound and video. Together they are searching for new means of expression which they believe to find in the confrontation of different media, keeping a personal definition of music as open-minded as possible. The pieces are mostly audio-visual concept improvisations focussing on various aspects and forms of musical interplay as well as interaction between different media like sound, image and movement.

Szilárd Benes (1990) was born in Keszthely, Hungary. He is a classically trained clarinet player, improvisor and expert of contemporary music. His performance of clarinet quartets by Krzysztof Penderecki in Graz 2012 was broadcast over the Austrian radio station Ö1. 2013 he made his debut as a soloist with his project „Colors of Music“. 2015 he developed two new projects: „FModulations“ (premiered in Budapest) and „Clarinetronix“ for bassclarinet, electronics and video (premiered in Graz). 2018 he performed the solo clarinet part in La Chute d’Icare by Brian Ferneyhough. Szilárd Benes is a member of Ensemble Schallfeld and has worked with many composers whose pieces he has premiered. His repertoire includes more than 400 contemporary works. He was invited to numerous important festivals and venues, such as Steirischer Herbst, IMD Darmstadt, Elevate Festival, SoW Milan, Wien Modern, Jeunesse Wien, Impuls Graz, Afekt Festival, Poznan Musical Spring, Klangspuren, Carnegie Hall etc. KUD Mreža invited Benes to play with Tilen Lebar and Gabriele Drab as part of the impro-concerts caravan Borderless Dissonance #2 (April, 2018) which has been traveling from Vienna via Graz to Ljubljana.

Christof Ressi (1989) is an Austrian composer, arranger, software developer and multimedia artists. As a composer, he works in various fields of music such as contemporary classical, jazz, dance/theater or experimental electronics. Besides writing instrumental music, he has a keen interest in interactive live-electronics and audio-visual art and is currently working on an extended series of pieces exploring the aesthetic potential of video game mechanics. He arranges music for all kinds of ensembles and instruments, including big band and orchestra. Together with clarinet player Szilárd Benes he regularly performs as a duo, playing both audio-visuals compositions and improvisations. His music has been performed all over the world, such as Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, Japan, China, UK, USA and South-Africa. He has won several prizes and his computer music work has been featured at several international conferences. 2017-2019 he has been part of the artistic research project GAPPP at the Institute for Electronic Music (IEM) in Graz. He colaborated with Slovenian video-artist, Valérie Wolfgang, on her interactive installation piece Hunting for America, presented as a part of group exhibition The Clash in the Alkatraz Gallery at Metelkova City.

30 October 2019, Wednesday 20.00 – Osmo/za, Ljubljana

September FriForma with two unusual line-ups   

Appart from the Elektrošokboogie trio 25 years ago, there have only been some rare occasions later, but almost never Tomaž Grom and Zlatko Kaučič never played in a duo. Rare occasion can be seen also in the trombone trio, here composed of three different experiences, taken from the worlds of composed, improvised or jazz music scenes. The trio of Matthias Muche, Matthias Müller and Jeb Bishop first appeared on stage in 2016 in Köln, when they recorded their live album Konzert Für Hannes, published one year later at NotTwo records.

The Remains – Retrospective exhibition by Damijan Kracina   

“For the 26th anniversary of Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova City (ACC Metelkova mesto), Arts and Culture Association Mreža (meaning ‘network) (KUD Mreža) connected with The Last Contemporary Art Museum, a worldly renowned institution, which is located in the settlement Logje, at the extreme west of Slovenia, in a building of venerable age.[1] The title of the museum stresses the fact that, nowadays, contemporary art has reached its edge. The museum stands in the middle of intact nature. With its activities, it questions the methodology, approaches and creations of contemporary art, which is a par excellence link with the versatile artist Damijan Kracina, who it exclusively represents. The museum also hosts the artist’s permanent and permanently changing exhibition. Damijan Kracina is an academic painter and multimedia artist. Since 2008 and until recently, he was using his artistic studio at Metelkova. In 2018, he applied for and won a studio place in Švicarija (meaning ‘Swiss/sweat) in Park Tivoli, Ljubljana. Despite this, Damijan Kracina is still very much present in Metelkova City, both with current projects he is executing or helping to conceptualise and with numerous placements in a public space, which leave a mark on Metelkova City.

In Alktraz Gallery, we regularly host retrospective exhibitions of Metelkova’s artists. For the 26th anniversary, we chose the exhibition of Damijan Kracina in order to mark the turning point in time, characterised by the leaving of this relevant artist from the working space. According to the agreement with The Last Contemporary Art Museum, we decided to follow a successful model of their permanent exhibition, and conceptualise our exhibition as a cabinet of curiosities. In fact, this principle is typical of the artist, who ‘constructs the cabinets of wonder anew again and again by including curiosities he runs into on his journey into his own mental landscape’, as Klavdija Figelj poetically contends at the opening of his exhibition, entitled Discomforting Meaning, on 8 June 2019 in Ciril Kosmač’s library in Tolmin, Slovenia.” – galerijalkatraz.org

Damijan Kracina (1970) completed his graduate studies in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art and Design (ALOU) in 1996, where he also obtained his MA in Sculpture and Video Art in 1999. He was improving his knowledge in Graz, Austria, New York, at Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, and at Santa Fe Art Institute in the USA. He was a co-founding member of the art group Provokart and a co-founder and, for a while, artistic director of the centre for art ARTilerija Kluže. Moreover, he is a co-founder of the art group The Domestic Research Society (DDR). Since 2010, he has been working as a professor at the Secondary School for Design and Photography. In 2015, he established The Last Contemporary Art Museum in Logje. He lives and works in Ljubljana.

You are kindly invited to the opening of the retrospective exhibition The Remains by Damijan Kracina on 2 September, Monday at 8 pm, at Alkatraz Gallery, and kindly invited also to the guided tour with the artist (in Slovene language) on 7 September, Saturday at 6 pm.

On display: 2 September 2019 – 20 September 2019

This year’s Art Festival of Recycling and DIY Culture Reciklart calls for volunteers   

Preparations of the 5. Art Festival of Recycling and DIY Culture Reciklart – which will be held on 6-10  August – are in full speed, therefore we invite you all to join us in co-creating the festival!

If you are interested in topics like recycling, DIY-creativity, art in all forms, alternatives to consumer culture and the exploitative attitude towards nature and people, and you want to gain some new experience, knowledge, skills and acquaintances, email us at festival.reciklart@gmail.com (subject: “VOLUNTARY”). The call is open until 17 June.

In the application, please specify which of the following areas you are interested in:

– manual printing of advertising material
– help with the festival stand
– preparing space for workshops
– public relations (PR)
– decorating the festival space
– organization and coordination of the program
– Documentation of the festival program (video, photo)
– translation (from Slovenian to English)
– help with food preparation

We are looking forward to hang out, create, recycle, reflect, cook, play and contemplate with you!

Organization: KUD Mreža / Reciklart
Co-ordination: KUD Mreža / Alkatraz Gallery

The project is co-financed by Municipality of Ljubljana,  Department for Culture – Youth Office.

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