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.

Lighting Guerrilla at Alkatraz Gallery: RaumZeitPiraten – About the Impossibility of Borders   

This year’s focus of the festival is on exploration and comprehension of different aspects of borders, be those physical, optical, social, psychologic or purely spiritual, borders that both divide and connect. We will thus put on display works that explore the boundaries between the public and the private, between past and present etc. works that examine the limits of human perception and imagination and thus offer a deliberation on this phenomenon which is attracting lots of attention due to current events in the world.

One of the Festivals’ stations is Alkatraz Gallery, where RaumZeitPiraten – German art collective, will present a solo exhibition.  RaumZeitPiraten is a collective of German artists who create characteristic »techno« light installations, mobile and kinetic DIY sculptures made from repurposed opto-acoustic devices.  The collective this time occupies the whole gallery presenting a project that stems from the historical concept of the so-called Expanded Cinema from the 70’s. This, unlike classical movie production, combines movies with other technological means such as video, special effects, holograms etc. RaumZeitPiraten are presenting an ironic paraphrase of the Expanded Cinema: the viewer, immersed in a visually saturated space conglomerate turns into an active participant of this meta-narrative and multi-sensorial ’cinematic’ story.

At the opening of the exhibition, there will be a repeat of analogue screenings in front of the Alkatraz Gallery called Overhead  – project by students of High School of Design and Photography. These are analogue improvisations using overhead projectors where the attendees will demonstrate their creative skills in creating live visual narratives.

RaumZeitPiraten is an audio-visual, time and space changing art collective that consists of Tobias Daemgen, Jan Ehlen and Moritz Ellerich. They have been working together since 2007 under this name that hints at the inspirational Einstein’s concept of the four-dimensional Raumzeit (space-time), while as pirates they feel the need to freely play with these concepts outside the traditional frameworks of production.

You are kindly invited to the opening of “About the Impossibility of Borders” exhibition by RaumZeitPiraten art collective on 23 May, Thursday at 9.30 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. The exhibition is a part of the 13th International Festival of Lighting Guerrilla.

Production: Strip Core/Forum Ljubljana & High School of Design and Photography (screenings).
Co-production: Alkatraz Gallery/KUD Mreža

On display: 23 May 2019 – 15 June 2019

This year’s V:NM Festival premieres music documentary “Improcon – Heartful of Music”   

12. V:NM Festival premieres Tea Grahek’s debut music documentary Improcon – Heartful of Music on the opening day of the Austrian festival presenting improvised music on 29 May in Graz. The screening is taking place at Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus at 2 pm, followed by afternoon and evening concerts at Esc Medien Kunst Labor, Forum Stadtpark and Stockwerkjazz with Nina Polaschegg and Judith Unterpertinger; the trio of Lotte Anker, Elisabeth Harnik and Reinhard Ziegerhofer; Annette Giesriegl, Alfred Lang, Werner Zangerle and Patrick Wurzwallner – among many others.

The film had two work-in-progress pre-premieres previously at Improcon 2018 – Graz Edition last May, and at Improcon 2018 – 4th Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts in August at Veliki Tabor Castle in Desinić, Croatia, but since then the documentary reached its final form, got completed with English subtitles and ready to meet the reactions of the jury and audience at various regional film festivals and later worldwide. After the V:NM Festival premiere, Tea Grahek’s work will be applied to Dok’n’Ritam Festival in Serbia, DORF Film Festival in Croatia, DOKUDOC in Slovenia, Mediawave in Hungary, and later this year will be screened in Australia. We have briefly talked with Tea Grahek about her documentary debut.

“The project was definitely a learning process, I can even call it a playground with lots of experiments: how to make a video documentation on such a huge event with minimal equipment. It was also a privilage to meet, work with, listen to and film so many great artists from different parts of the world. The first idea was to make a short fundraising campaign clip for the festival, but after collecting all recorded materials on more than 40 different sessions, 14 interviews with participting artists, plus all the cutaway shots, I realized that the end result will be defintely much bigger and much more complex than just a short clip that calls out for crowdfunding”, explains Tea Grahek.

“The whole idea of Improcon, the participating artists, filming and later the post-production influenced and inspired me how to make a documentary about improvisation. By improvisation. Everything that doesn’t really vibrate to you, is useless. Even though the picture looks nice or the music sounds great, if it doesn’t serve the final result, should not be used. However painful it is, most of the material won’t make it to the final version of the movie”, says the filmmaker.

The 52-minute film is an intimate and documentary-style visual story on Improcon 2017, about improvised music in general, and a certain vision of free-thinking. It features interviews and ad-hoc sessions by the festival’s participating artists. In 2017 the workshop festival hosted more than 70 artists from 18 countries, and had been organized by Slovenian associations KUD Mreža from Ljubljana and Klub Metulj – Youth Centre Bistrica ob Sotli from Bistrica ob Sotli with Croatian association Gokul from Zabok, partnered by two Austrian organizations: Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus from Graz, and Šopron Shuffle – Trans European Music Meetings from Vienna.

Improcon – Heartful of Music has a 30-second teaser trailer out today which will be followed by a second teaser trailer in two weeks. The short teasers will be followed by a longer trailer in late-April.

February FriForma concert with Taku Sugimoto’s new trio   

KUD Mreža’s first FriForma event in 2019 is happening on 21 February, Thursday at 20.00 at Klub Gromka, and presenting the fresh trio of legendary Japanese guitarist Taku Sugimoto with laptop/electronic musician Léo Dupleix and double bassist Félicie Bazelaire.

Also on the bill: the long-awaited performance of a Slovenian duo with voice performer Irena Z. Tomažin and double bassist Tomaž Grom.

21 February 2019, Thursday 20.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

Basic Bricks Of Logic 1 by Julij Borštnik at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The project Basic Bricks Of Logic 1 is the continuation of the artist’s collaboration with the Vienna gallery Schleifmüehlgasse resulting in the exhibition The Measure Of Profit (2014) and is designed as a minimalist sculpture installation. First and foremost, it speaks to the viewer through spatial physical and visual perception, the content of the message coming to the forefront after deeper consideration. There are two sculptures in the space: two parallel installations from wooden squares and foam. In terms of content, the constructions first seem rather abstract, but after a more careful examination of the installation and the sketches on the walls, it becomes clear that the two objects represent the four key curves of the logic of profit-driven economy. The first set represents the conceptual assumptions of profit logic. The second set shows how it works in practice based on statistics for the last seven decades.

The exhibition is an attempt at making the key elements of the logic that dominates and drives the economic and political environment in which we live immediately comprehensible. The first set represents the curves delineated by the logic in the abstract, conceptual world without the limitations of the real world, the logic being realisable in its presumed form. The second set represents the same curves but in the real world; as outlined in the past seventy years. A comparison between the two sets uncovers the logic’s entanglement in its own contradictions and the limits of the environment.” – galerijalkatraz.org

Julij Borštnik studied sculpting at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design from which he graduated in 2007. In 2005 he received the Student Prešeren Award and the international artists’ Essl Award. In 2008 he enrolled in the postgraduate programme of philosophy organised by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) in collaboration with the University of Nova Gorica. The main cycles of his artistic creation include The Future Of Work (a series of four feature-length documentaries in co-authorship with Abel Heijkamp), Osnovni zidaki logike (The Basic Bricks Of Logic) – The Measure Of Profit, Schleifmühlgasse Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2014) and Potencialni Prostor (Potential Space – exhibitions Re-Generation at the Institute of Chemistry, 2018; the exhibition The Path at the Srečišče Gallery, 2013; the exhibition Impulse and Possibilities at the Trbovlje Workers’ Hall, 2011; a performative lecture at the Personal/Collective Festival, 2011). He regularly works with sculptor Katja Oblak in the fields of sculpting and video. Since 2008, he also devotes his time to work and organisation in the field of fine art pedagogics (sculpting, painting, animation) for various age groups. Since 2011, he also teaches sculpting at the Fine Arts Education Centre (LICE) in Ribnica, and drawing and sculpting at the School of Fine Arts in the Nova Gorica City Gallery which he co-founded.

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of Julij Borštnik’s Basic Bricks Of Logic 1 on 17 January, Thursday at 7 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana.

On display: 17 January 2019 – 8 February 2019

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