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+.” – galerijalkatraz.com

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.

Constellations – sound installations by Christine Schörkhuber and Noid   

Sound artist, video artist and musician Christine Schörkhuber and Arnold Haberl aka Noid, cellist, composer, sound artist and improviser, designed and upgraded the sound installations during a working visit to the Studio Asylum, Metelkova mesto, between 12 September and 14 October 2020.  These  will be presented at a 3-day event in Cirkulacija 2, Underpass Ajdovščina 2, Ljubljana.

– 8/10/2020 at 8pm opening
– 9/10/2020 viewing from 6pm to 9pm
– 10/10/2020 at 8pm closing event
 
Four sound installations, which the artists from Vienna named Constellations, bring a selection of their creative work and research from the past two years. Christine shall present a sound installation entitled Noise Carpet, first featured at the festival Klangstärke in Hildesheim, Germany. Walking slowly on ‘the noise carpet’ triggers sounds that refer to an immediate spatial context. At the interface between inside and outside, the “noise carpet” leads the visitors on a soundwalk into a different setting that picks up the expectable and speculates with the unexpected. The carpet can also be understood as a collective instrument that can be played by visitors and passers-by. The recording of spoken words, which is a part of the installation in Cirkulacija 2, is undersigned by Anja Golob, a Slovene poet, editor, critic, dramaturge, and translator.
Christine shall also present an installation entitled Structure, an amorphous structure of metal mesh that manifests a momentary social constellation, but also follows its own, pulsating logic. It is a series of kinetic objects, where sensor data, based on human presence or communication movements, is transferred to the control of motors. The hanging object thus becomes the analogy of a net that arises in a social space between people in the dynamics of ephemeral encounters and interactions both physically and virtually.
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. Moreover, Disposable Instruments is a selection of found objects and items, which the artist shall process and use as musical instruments.
 
 
Production: KUD Mreža / FriFormA\V, in collaboration with Cirkulacija2.
Special thanks: Uroš Weber (Zavod Atol) and Tomaž Grom.
 
Financial support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture and Austrian Cultural Forum Ljubljana.
 
The events will be held in accordance with the recommendations of the NIJZ. 
 

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