FriForma and V:NM present: ALPENGLOW 7 – Styria meets Slovenia   

Alpenglow 7 is one of the peak international events this year in contemporary improvised music that brings together the leading Austrian-Styrian and Slovenian musicians. At the two-day meeting in experimental spirit, 19 Austrian performers will be presented together with 13 Slovenian performers with whom in the past they have never shared the stage before. The purpose of the curatorial team is to offer the audience unpredictable and, at the same time, top achievements of the joint work of ten newly formed ensembles.

The performers are distinctly recognizable not only exclusively in the free-improvisational, jazz, or broader experimental scene, but many are also recognized in new and chamber music.

The initiators of the international exchange are musicians and leading representatives of the Graz association V:NM (Verein zur Förderung und Verbreitung Neuer Musik) Josef Klammer and Elisabeth Harnik. The meeting will take place as part of the FriForma concert series, which will provide conditions for the realization of creative potentials, career opportunities, and the flow of ideas between domestic and Austrian performers.

The cooperation will take place in two steps. The first step is the guest appearance of the 13. V:NM festival in Graz between 18 and 21 August 2021. The festival will be attended by 13 Slovenian improvisers who will performe live together in formations with 24 Austrian musicians. During the festival, a sound installation entitled Interference, which is the work of intermedia artist Nika Erjavec, will also be on display. The ensembles were composed of a curatorial team: Josef Klammmer, Elisabeth Harnik, Nataša Serec and László Juhász. The return “friendly match” – Alpenglow 7 will take place in Ljubljana, at ŠKUC Gallery and Klub Gromka on 26 August 2021; and at Cankarjev dom on 27 August 2021.

26 August 2021, Thursday

ŠKUC Gallery, 19.00-20.30

Tea Vidmar: voice
Annette Giesriegl: voice
Ana Kravanja: voice, violin
Josef Klammer: percussion, artificial voices

Nick Acorne: electronics, joysticks
Borut Savski: electronics, custom-built instruments
Seppo Gründler: guitar, electronics

Klub Gromka, 21.00-23.00

Tanja Feichtmair: alto saxophone
Cene Resnik: tenor saxophone
Urban Kušar: drums

Robert Lepenik: guitar, electronics
Samo Kutin: hurdy-gurdy
Jaka Berger: drums, electronics
Patrick Wurzwallner: drums

27 August 2021, Friday

Cankarjev dom, 18.30-20.30

Tilen Lebar: alto saxophone
Se-Lien Chuang: piano, voice
Andreas Weixler: guitar, electronics

Yvonne Hofmeister: voice
Valentina Štrucelj: clarinet
Maria Flavia Cerrato: piano
Franz Schmuck: percussion

Matej Bunderla: saxophone
Katharina Klement: piano, electronics
Denovaire: esraj

Cankarjev dom, 21.00-23.00

Alfred Lang: trumpet
Kaja Draksler: piano
Reinhard Ziegerhofer: double bass

Elisabeth Harnik: piano
Matjaž Bajc: double bass
Zlatko Kaučič: percussion

Christoph Wundrak: trumpet, euphonium
Cene Resnik: tenor saxophone
Armin Pokorn: guitar

Otganized by KUD Mreža/FriForma Ljubljana and V:NM Graz
Graphic design: Luka Cimolini

Supported by Ministry of Culture – Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, Austrian Cultural Forum Ljubljana, SKICA – Slovenian Cultural-Information Center Austria, Land Steiermark, Federal Ministry of Austria Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, KiG! and others…

Third exhibition of the season of the semi-street gallery Pešak, entitled Season, soon on display   

“Five separate showcases open in front of us, through which we look at various objects-products. The exhibits have the effect of being real and not just moved into the gallery space, but they encourage passers-by to observe many details. The artist took some images from the windows of still operating stores, and others from abandoned ones. Regardless of the origin, they provoke in the viewer a certain degree of nostalgia for something, otherwise still existing, which with its existence (in increasingly predictable urban centers) exposes the past.”

Anabel Černohorski, curator

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On display: 15 April 2021 – 20 June 2021

Mentorship+: Nika Erjavec’s exhibition Interference at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The exhibition entitled Interference was produced within the framework of the newer Alkatraz Gallery project Mentorship+, which supports the establishment of connections between artists and enables their continuous work over longer periods of time. It is not about mentorship per se, but rather about intergenerational collaboration on a non-hierarchical basis, a kind of mutual mentorship, so to say, where both parties can assume roles of an advisor, mentor, (co-)curator and creator in any given moment. In the context of the project, two persons, holding different positions inside the artistic system, are thus given the opportunity for collaborative partnership, in which their approaches meet in dialogue through the intertwinement of visions, perspectives, experiences, and artistic procedures. The project encourages a creative transfer of ideas among individuals outside of established channels, and is conceptualised with the purpose of encouraging intergenerational networking and cooperation. The exhibition presents a visual, physically tangible result of an annual work and a consequence of the establishment of a new platform for mutual learning and collaboration. Although the project asks numerous questions, it is up to the artists themselves to answer the questions of authorship, to design contents of a common project, and to find a way to confront the challenges of collective collaboration, encouraged by the gallery.

This time, we invited Maja Smrekar and Nika Erjavec to participate. During the working process, they decided to be dialogic partners in the process of the realisation of Nika Erjavec’s solo exhibition. The artists, though, already know one another, as Maja Smrekar was Nika Erjavec’s supervisor at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. Their artistic works research and treat similar topics referring to the contemporarity, whereas in their artistic practices, the stress is on the in-depth exploration of theory, observation of social processes, agile adaptation to the circumstances, and processuality as a strategy. This is the reason why we found it meaningful to encourage them to further connect by participating in the project Mentorship+.” –

Intermedia artist Nika Erjavec (1994) graduated in applied arts in 2017 and is currently finishing her MA study in sculpture at Academy of Fine Art and Design in Ljubljana whit thesis titled Sensory perceptions in the intersection of art and science / (in)visible transformations of the environment (mentorship: Maja Smrekar, Alen Ožbolt and Uršula Berlot.) Her practice is a hybrid of experimental studio practice and wide interdisciplinary research. Since 2014 she participated in many intermedia projects, local and internationally curated exhibitions and festivals. She is also working as photographer, scenography and costume designer in national theatres and independent performative scene in Slovenia. She held different workshops addressing the themes of cultural accessibility and received several grants (MOL student grant, Urban Glass (New York)) and awards for her work (ALUO Prešern award, bronze medal from Photo association of Serbia).

You are kindly invited to the exhibition Interference by Nika Erjavec on 25 January from 11.00 am. The exhibition was created in collaboration with Maja Smrekar, as part of the Mentoring + project. The duration of the exhibition depends on government measures taken against the covid-19 epidemic.

On display: 25 January 2021 – 29 January 2021

Noid and Andrej Fon record project Sympathy for cello, clarinet and 12 hanging tuned snare drums   

On 11 October, Sunday at 20.00 Austrian sound artist and cellist Noid is recording with Slovenian clarinetist Andrej Fon at Cirkulacija2 in Ljubljana. The recording session’s result is coming out at Edition FriForma in the first half of 2021.

Sympathy is a research project on snare drums as resonant objects that Noid conceptualised during a one month residency at q-02 in Brussels in May 2019, where he started to research the possibilities of using 12 chromatically tuned snare drums as an extension of the cello. The outcome so far is a version for cello and one resonant snare drum, premiered at the festival Zentrale in Vienna last year. A sound installation for 12 chromatically tuned snare drums and amplified ambience shall be premiered at Cirkulacija2.