Audio-visual video game with Szilárd Benes and Christof Ressi at Ozmo/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 – Ozmo/za, Ljubljana

September edition of FriForma with a visit from two rare configurations   

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.” –

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 (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.” –

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

FriForma, Confine Aperto and Defonija are joining forces at this year’s City Of Women festival   

Three Ljubljana-based concert cycles and their organizers are joining forces at a special event on 14 October: Zavod Sploh’s Confine Aperto, Miha Zadnikar’s Defonija and KUD Mreža’s FriForma are sharing an exciting evening with two sets of music as a side event of this year’s City Of Women / Mesto žensk festival, and presenting outstanding female artists in the main hall of Španski borci.

Both duo Nabelóse with Greek french horn player Elena Kakaliagou and Austrian pianist Ingrid Schmoliner, plus the trio of French vocalist-clarinettist Isabelle Duthoit, Mexican Paetzold recorder player Angélica Castelló and French pianist Sophie Agnel are making their debut appearance in Slovenia.

In the words of a review, the duo of Elena Kakaliagou and Ingrid Schmoliner “lights a fire in a remote mountain hut, sits us down in front of an ancient fireplace and wraps us up in a warm blanket”. The guests for the first set of the evening move from drone and folk to sovereign elements of freely improvised music, dealing with the position of women in Central European and Greek culture in a completely unique way, using their instruments as well as their voices. Top-class art that may be centuries old or is perhaps just being born – in this very moment. Magical!

We are unsure whether the music of the trio that will perform in the second part of the evening “comes from heaven or hell” – writes the Artacts Festival’s programme guide. Sophie Agnel tickles the ivory, dives deep into the piano’s gut and finally offers us a special voyage to space. Isabelle Duthoit first screams, cries, gargles and curses, then grabs her clarinet only to wring and stretch it, producing sounds which, with eyes closed, we cannot discern from her own voice. And finally comes Angélica Castelló, an amazing sound designer, adding electroacoustic pearls to this masterful ménage à trois. This is nothing else, but witchcraft!

See more City Of Women / Mesto žensk events at the annual festival’s website.

14 October 2018, Friday 21.00 – Španski borci, Ljubljana

Kaja Avberšek’s Mile as a mural painting and ambient installation   

October will again be coloured by comics! TINTA – Ljubljana Comics Festival will take place from 2 until 14 October at various locations in Ljubljana, as well as spilling over into Kranj and Koper.

TINTA – Ljubljana Comics Festival is focusing on the variety and breadth of contemporary comics creativity with a carefully curated selection of intriguing local and foreign guests and a diverse programme featuring exhibitions, lectures, talks, film screenings, comic fair, storytelling and other events.

You are welcome on 12 October at 8 pm to the opening of Kaja Avberšek’s mural painting: Mile ♥ Disko and opening of an ambient installation at Night Display Gallery Pešak.

The wall paintings at Masarykova street and installation of Mile ♥ Disko are related to the eponymous comic album, which was released at Stripburger this year. The album talks about the unusual adventures of the slightly deceived male named Mile who lives in his mother’s abdomen.

Organization: Stripburger / Forum Ljubljana and KUD Mreža

Hypnagogia – an audio-visual performance by David Bird and Valérie Wolf Gang   

David Bird and Valérie Wolf Gang is fusing found sound and video materials with the aesthetics of clinical technology to explore the ambiguous domain of dreams and memory, as well as a future where technology is capable of mediating dreams, memory, and waking life.

A hypnagogic regression, or flashback, is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of an event or elements of a past event. The term is used mainly when memories are recalled involuntarily, or when a memory is so intense that the person “relives” the experience, unable to fully recognize it as memory and not something occurring in “real time”.

You are kindly invited to the premiere of the audio-visual performance of Hypnagogia on 3 October at 9 pm which will take place at Osmo/za, Ljubljana.

3 October 2018, Wednesday 21.00 – Osmo/za, Ljubljana

4. Art Festival of Recycling and DIY Culture Reciklart   

The 4. Art Festival of Recycling and DIY Culture Reciklart will take place from 7 August, Tuesday until 11 August, Saturday. Most of the programs are taking place in front of Alkatraz Gallery in Metelkova, Ljubljana.

There will be five days of creating, recycling, enjoying music, reflecting, contemplating and much more! All the events of the festival are free of charge. You are kindly inivted to apply for workshops at:

In case of bad weather the programs will be moved inside of Alkatraz Gallery.

FriForma residency with Annette Krebs and Jean-Luc Guionnet in Bistrica ob Sotli   

We are thrilled to announce the 3-day residency of German improviser, composer and sound artist Annette Krebs and French improviser, composer, saxophonist and organist Jean-Luc Guionnet from 27 until 29 June in Bistrica ob Sotli, rural Slovenia.

The goal of the artists’ residency is to rehearse and record new materials for a future recording release, produced in collaboration by KUD Mreža’s FriForma concert series and Ljubljana-based record label Inexhaustible Editions / Edition FriForma.

The residency concludes with a public performance by the duo of Annette Krebs (electronics) and Jean-Luc Guionnet (church organ) on 29 June, Friday at 8 pm at the beautiful church of St. Paul’s in Bistrica ob Sotli.

29 June 2018, Friday 20.00 – St. Paul Church, Bistrica of Sotli

Opening of Mia Paller’s …Smell The Coffee at Gallery Pešak   

Transfering the artwork …Smell The Coffee to Night Display Gallery Pešak is a transformation of the media itself. Although the viewer can access the video, it is not broadcast live, but must be opened by itself using a smartphone or similar devices.

Animation …Smell The Coffee is the starting point for a new work at the five windows of Night Display Gallery Pešak. Although the individual elements that appear to us as drawings (or frames) are integral parts of the animation, but because of the author’s choice of only certain frames, gaps are created. Transfering the artwork …Smell The Coffee to Night Display Gallery Pešak is a transformation of the media itself. Although the viewer can access the video, it is not broadcast live, but must be opened by itself using a smartphone or similar devices. With this method, the author opens up various possibilities of entering to the exhibition and artwork.

You are kindly invited to the exhibiton opening of …Smell The Coffee by Mia Paller on 22 June, Friday at 9.30 pm at Night Display Gallery Pešak, Ljubljana.

On display: 22 June 2018 – 27 July 2018

Every Man Is A Lonely Island – Maruša Meglič at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Maruša Meglič is a talented artist who focuses mostly on the quality of exhibition experience rather than the quantity of art production. Although she is a relatively new name in the art world, her works are elaborated and thought through. The Site-specific exhibition at the Alkatraz Gallery reveals that she has a good sense of space when it comes to building spatial compositions, for which purification and simplicity are representative. The artist consistently uses this unusual approach, which we are not used to at the majority of other exhibitions. Frequently individual works themselves form a display, whereas here the medium of expression is the exhibition as a whole.

The project of Maruša Meglič, Every Man Is A Lonely Island, is a site-specific-art work, which adjusts to the Alkatraz Gallery and builds on its features. Thematically, the installation is a staged existential drama referring to a spectator and pressing them towards thinking about the meaning of life. The sun which is not the sun, the frames of a house that is not and a black floor, which denies everything, are multifaceted scenic metaphors of life and being.” –

Maruša Meglič was born in 1989 in Ljubljana. She graduated from Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in the field of painting (2012). She continued her education at a study exchange in Prague, at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design. She is currently finishing Master’s Degree in painting at ALUO in Ljubljana. She lives and works in Ljubljana. Maruša Meglič presented her works at the following solo exhibitions: Skin Deep (HOoST, Ljubljana, 2017), Warm Heart Faint of Heart (Chalton Gallery, London, 2016), the artist only needs a little (KIOSK Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, 2015), Some Rosary (Bežigrajska galerija, Ljubljana, 2013). She also participated in several group exhibitions in Slovenia (Škuc Gallery, 2016; Jakopič Gallery, 2016; MSUM +, 2015; MGLC, 2013; Gallery Alkatraz, 2012) and abroad (ESSL Museum, Vienna, 2015; Gallery Cortil, Rijeka, 2015 ; Constantin Brancusi Gallery, Bucharest, 2014; Gallery Medium, Bratislava, 2013). She is the recipient of the Essl Art Award CEE 2015.

You are kindly invited to the exhibiton opening of Every Man Is A Lonely Island by Maruša Meglič on 10 May, Thursday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana.

The project is supported by: Filc, d.o.o. & Kemoplast, d.o.o.

On display: 10 May 2018 – 30 May 2018

First event of our new audio-visual performance series: FriFormA\V   

V petek, 20. 4. 2018, ob 20.30 lepo vabljeni v 8. nadstropje kulturnega prizorošča Osmo/za, na premierni dogodek nove poimenovane FriFormA\V.

FriFormA\V prinaša v obstoječi cikel novo formo, pri kateri gre za vnašanje umetniškega videa v sodobna zvočna okolja bodisi v polje zvočne umetnosti in zvočnih instalacij ali v polje komponirane, elektroakustične in improvizirane glasbe z namenom umetniške nadgradnje koncertnega cikla.

Hunjoo Jung, zvočni oblikovalec, improvizator in skladatelj, ki je bil rojen v Seulu (Južna Koreja), prihaja na enomesečno rezidenco v Atelje Azil, Metelkova mesto (, v sklopu katere bo izvedel koncert z lokalno videastko, Lino Rico. Hunjoo se preizkuša v akustičnih, elektronskih in elektroakustičnih glasbenih okoljih, v zadnjih letih pa se osredotoča tudi na intermedijske in vizualne instalacije. Zanima ga raziskovanje večplastnih načinov, v katerih se kombinirano pojavljajo video v živo in video mapiranje, osvetlitve, laserji in senzorji, ki jih uporablja v široki paleti kombinacij s glasbo. Poleg bogatega nabora raznih nagrad in rezidenčnih gostovanj je letos prejel prvo nagrado, ki jo podeljuje žirija Georgesa Aperghisa (Mikonos, Grčija).

Lina Rica prihaja iz Makarske, Hrvaška, živi in dela pa v Ljubljani. Lina je vizualna umetnica, ki deluje na področju instalacij z uporabo videa, grafike, fotografije in animacije. V svojem delu obravnava družbene procese preteklih in sedanjih svetov ter njihove vplive na posameznika. Leta 2008 zaključila je študij grafike na Akademiji za likovno umetnost v Zagrebu. Njena dela so bila predstavljena in objavljena na nacionalni in mednarodni ravni. Za svoje grafike je prejela več nagrad, njene grafike pa so del zbirke MGLC, Oficina Arara, Critical Mass in Femicomix Portfolio. Med leti 2012 in 2016 je skupaj z Boštjanom Čadežem vodila društvo za produkcijo in promocijo sodobne umetnosti in galerijski prostor GaleRica v Makarski. Skupaj sta se predstavila tudi na zadnjem U3 trienalu v Moderni Galeriji v Ljubljani z animacijo Tekstom(l)at. Z video performansi je nastopala na več festivalih in dogodkih v klubih ter avtonomnih kulturnih centrih na prostoru bivše Jugoslavije.

Nastopila bosta Južno korejski improvizator in kompozitor Hunjoo Jung in lokalna videastka Lina Rica. Obeta se nam atraktiven avdio vizualni performans hrupnejše sorte. (Osmo/za se nahaja v stolpnici Avtotehne, Slovenska c. 54)

Group exhibition Bad Choice? at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Group exhibition Bad Choice? / Slaba odločitev? is part of a long-term research project, which will be implemented in the form of presentations, exhibitions, interviews and analyses. The project was established with the aim of detecting the conditions of work of art collectives in the field of art and presenting the problems and challenges they face in their work. Through the presentation of the process of work and the direct testimony in the form of an interview, the visitor will receive an insight into their creative work, how they operate and the reflections of the artists on the collectivity. We invited three tandems to this year’s exhibition. These are Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica, Nika Oblak & Primož Novak and Small but Dangers.” –

Thanks to: Center for Contemporary Arts SCCA-Ljubljana and Forum Ljubljana for borrowing equipment for the exhibition.

Additional programme: artist talk & guided tour, Friday, 13th April, at 7 pm.

Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica is an artistic duo based in Ljubljana, working together since 2012. With their collaborations, they develop a body of works that oscillate between interactive installation ambiences, set designs and experiential environments. As an artistic duo, they have been presenting their work at: National Library of Serbia in Belgrade and International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana (2012), MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art in Ljubljana (2014), P74 Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana (2015), 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art – U3, Beyond the Globe at the Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana, Galerija Jakopič and P74 Gallery in Ljubljana and RU – Residency Unlimited in New York (2016), Venice International Performance Art Week and A plus A Gallery in Venice, U10 Art Space Belgrade (2017). For their work they received OHO Award 2015. /,

Nika Oblak & Primož Novak examine contemporary media and capital driven society as they dissect its visual and linguistic structure. They exhibited worldwide, in venues like the Sharjah Biennial (AE), Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo (JP), Istanbul Biennial (TR), Biennale Cuvee in Linz (AT), Transmediale in Berlin (DE), FILE in Sao Paulo (BR). They received numerous grants and awards, including the CYNETART Award by the Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau in Dresden (DE) and an honorary mention of art critics at the Biennale WRO, Wroclaw (PL). In 2018 they were awarded the White Aphroid Award for artistic achievement by MMC KIBLA, Maribor (SI). /

Small but Dangers (Mateja Rojc & Simon Hudolin Salči), born 1977. They began to work together under the common name Small but Dangers in 2004, with exhibition Process in C.M.A.K. Youth Center Cerkno. They are represented by Gallery P74 since 2010. /

You are kindly invited to the opening of group exhibition Bad Choice? on 6 April, Friday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. Make sure to join us also for the artist talk and guided tour on 13 April, Friday at 7 pm.

On display: 6 April 2018 – 26 April 2018

New album Minton / Hübsch and start of Borderless Dissonance   

Duo Minton / Hübsch will present the Metal Breath debut, which will be released shortly before the concert by the Inexhaustible Editions (Ljubljana).

As part of the international project Borderless Dissonance, the new trio by Réka Kutas, Gašper Livk and Jakob Gnigler will be followed.

Phil Minton – voice / Carl Ludwig Hübsch – tuba
Borderless Dissonance # 1: Jakob Gnigler – saxophone / Rék Kutas – cello / Gašper Livk – double bass

You are kindly invited on 8 March 2018 at 20.00 to Klub Gromka!

Photo: Jože Balas

Opening performance: Qëndresë Deda, What Are The Words Doing?   

When I was born, I had no name, surname, nationality, citizenship, gender! I am still that one that was before! Am I!? Unseen wounds cracked my inner skin. Borders paralyzed my wishes.  (Qëndresë Deda, excerpt from Monologue, Dialogue, Trialogue)

“What Are The Words Doing? is the title of the exhibition and performance by Qëndresë Deda, an artist from Kosovo that currently lives and studies in Ljubljana. In her work, she usually combines different media, from photography, drawings, writing and design, to video, and often puts herself in a role of an object and a subject simultaneously. Although her works appear to be very personal, intimate even, she deals with the phenomena of her immediate surroundings, as she describes it.

Her new work, about to be presented at the 19th International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns, is intertwined with her own personal writings, poetry and graffiti, in which she asks questions concerning identity, freedom and restrictions that are imposed on people in present-day society. Thoughts, sentences and words will appear on the windows of the Gallery at the start of the performance. The artwork will be transformed by the actions of the artist and other performers, who will co-create the meanings, using their bodies and voices. What there will be left afterwards is an echo of past actions, but also an artwork in itself.

The spoken words will fade away, leaving only the written ones. Just like the words we say aloud cease to exist in a form of a sound after spoken (if not recorded), but find ways to leave an impact in realms of invisible; in the minds of listeners. That is why Qëndresë Deda describes the work as sound utopia of a real space inside and outside oneself.

This corresponds with the specific situation of the Night Window Display Gallery Pešak, where one can observe exhibitions only from the outside, while the artworks are closed inside the building. The artist plays between the private, intimate realm of thoughts and public, outer world, situating words on the glass of the window, and creating a link between the two.” – Anabel Černohorski

Qëndresë Deda (1988, Pristina) graduated from Graphic Design at the University of Pristina. Her works have been shown in several solo and group exhibitions in Pristina (L’Espace Culturel Francais; Tetris – Space for Manipulation; Traffic Gallery, Stacion – Centre for Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Kosovo). In 2014, she had an exhibition at KC Tobačna 001 in Ljubljana, where she was a residence artist. In 2015, she had an exhibition at Villa Romana, Florence, also a part of artist-in-residence program. In the same year, her works were part of the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. She is a two-time finalist of the Artists of tomorrow Award (Stacion – Centre for Contemporary Art, Pristina). Currently, she is a student at the University of Ljubljana, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design – Department of Video and New media.

You are kindly invited to the opening performance on 3 March, Saturday at 7.30 pm at Gallery Night Display Pešak.

Opening of new Metabonma season with percussionist Vanessa Porter   

The fifth season of concert series Metabonma for classical composed music is starting with a solo performance of the multiple prestigious award-winner German percussionist Vanessa Porter at Klub Gromka on 6 February, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Vanessa Porter (1992, Laupheim, Germany) has been the finalist of the World Marimba Competition (Stuttgart, 2012), one of the recipients of the German national scholarship, and the winner of the Young German Musicians’ Competition, after she received the title of national young musician. In 2016 Porter won the first prize and audience’s prize at the August-Everding competition in Munich.

As a soloist in chamber music she has collaborated with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Young Euro Classics. She has performed with the Stuttgart Philharmonie Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Ludwigsburg, Ulm Chamber Orchestra and the Südwind Wind Orchestra.

With her percussion quartet Daidalos she has received the first prize and special prize for the best performance of compulsory songs at the International Percussion Competition in Luxembourg in 2015. In February 2015 the quartet received the Bruno-Frey Prize which enabled the recording and the release of their first album with the music of Cage, Donatoni and Langui.

Together with her sister Jessica Porter, she received a prize at the online competition in Italy and the sponsorship of the Karl-Jegg Foundation at MIZ (Deutsches Musikinformationzentrum). She is currently a postgraduate student at the High School Of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart where she studied with Marta Klimasaro and Jürgen Spitschka. She also studied in London at the Royal Music Academy.

6 February 2018, Tuesday 20.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

The Sky On Earth – Erik Mavrič at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Erik Mavrič is qualified painter who does not appear very frequently in the public artistic space, however, when he does, he usually puts on display an ouvre of monument qualities. He proved this already at his first larger solo exhibition at Krško Gallery, where he – under the joint title Who Is Stingy with Words, Lacks Bread… / Kdor besede špara, kruha strada… (2014) – presented a couple of monumental artworks. In the first one, entitled Garbage Bible, he copied the entire text of the Bible, in excerpts, onto the packaging left over from his daily shopping. In the second, entitled Golden Bread / Zlati kruh, he dried and gilded about 400 kilos of bread. Another artwork that belongs within this frame is Erik’s Room / Erikova soba in the Hiša kulture (House Of Culture), in Pivka (2017), a permanent wall painting that came about in the way that the artist covered all the walls of a smaller gallery space entirely with a crayon, as a »seismograph« of visual noting of activities, taking place in this particular space.

What all the mentioned artworks have in common and what connects them with his most recent one, introduced in the present exhibition, is – in its very basis – a simple, yet long-running, monotonous and repetitious routine of its creation. The artist was producing each of these works for several months or even years, several hours a day, using commonplace materials and tools of broad coverage. To sum it up, the artist closely bound his production with his everyday surroundings and ordinary daily life.

In the present exhibition he is presenting a monumental work entitled The Sky On Earth / Nebo na zemlji in which he undertook the task of diagram-transferring of the night sky on newspaper paper with a ball-pen. The image entitled The visible stars by distance, by the Black Oak observatory in California, USA, available on the internet, served as the outset for his artwork The image shows a data model of the universe, visible to the naked eye, representing only a fragment of all the stars that have been detected by telescopes. The image is divided horizontally and vertically into 475 parts. The artist was drawing diagrams of singular segments onto the pages of daily papers, enlarged in the 1:10 ratio. The fragmentariness and the process of enlarging enabled him to transform the copying into a kind of a daily dairy entry, the process that he persistently continued for long 17 months, 7 hours per day, on average. The final product of the process is the approximately 50 square metres (5,073 m x 9,750 m) big puzzle-like drawing, depicting the star-covered sky, spreading out over the written record of topical events on Earth, as well as the artist’s visual diary from the period.” –

Erik Mavrič (1979, Koper) graduated in painting in 2004 and in 2008 obtained his M.A. at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. His works have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, among them at the House of Culture/Hiša kulture, Pivka, 2016; Galerija Dimenzija napredka, Nova Gorica, 2014; Galerija Krško, 2014; Project Room SCCA / Projektna soba SCCA, Ljubljana, 2012. Mavrič had participated at several group exhibitions in such venues as: P74, Ljubljana, Hiša kulture Pivka, Centre for Contemporary Arts/Center sodobnih umetnosti Celje, Galerija Velenje, City Gallery/Mestna galerija Nova Gorica, Galerija Simulaker, Novo mesto, Galerija Insula, Izola. In 2012 he was awarded a special acknowledgement of the expert jury at the 16th Slovene Sculpture Exhibition, and in 2002 he received a Prešeren Award for students.

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of The Sky On Earth by Erik Mavrič, curated by Mojca Grmek. The opening will take place on 6 February at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery in Ljubljana.

On display: 6 February 2018 – 2 March 2018

Afternoon event at Studio Asylum: Seijiro Muraya percussion solo   

Percussionist Seijiro Murayama was born in 1957 in Nagasaki, Japan. He started performing improvised music in 1972, under some influence of Vinko Globokar and musicologist Fumio Koizumi. A relocation to Paris in 1999 led to fruitful collaborations that extended into contemporary dance, theatre and performance as well as ongoing partnerships with musicians Michel Doneda, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Éric Cordier, Lionel Marchetti and Mattin – among many others. After over a decade in Europe he relocated back to Japan in 2013, since then he is visiting back to Europe occasionally.

His artistic principal is to work with the idea of the plural or inter-disciplinary relationships between music and other disciplines of art: dance, video, paintings, photos, literature etc. In this way, he collaborates with musicians, composers, and sound artists. Improvisation is always the major concern for him, even if it is not his artistic goal. His approach is based on the attention to space and place, to the energy of the audience and to the quality and perception of silence on various levels.

Seijiro Murayama is now back to one of his most beloved residency places at KUD Mreža’s Studio Asylum in Ljubljana, Slovenia where he spent several working visits in the last decade. Concluding his current two-weeks residency, he is giving an afternoon atelier solo concert on 13 January, Saturday at 5 pm. Due to the capacity of the space, we can host only 15 audience members, so please send us an emal to if you would like to attend the performance.

Beside Seijiro Murayama, this year we are going to have a great number of longer residences at Studio Asylum. In April, South Korean improviser and composer of acoustic, electronic and electroacoustic music and intermedia artist Hunjoo Jung is coming. In May, we are going to host illustrator Katrin Kadelka, and web developer and novelist Mario Siebert, both from New Zealand. In September, comic artist Vincent Pernollet, member of the notorious French collective Le Dernier Cri. In November, we are going to have Finnish illustrator and graphic artist Ulla Aatinen.

13 January 2018, Saturday 17.00 – Studio Asylum, Ljubljana

Nuclear Dream Weavers Compound at Klub Gromka   

In 2018, the year’s first FriForma event is happening in a special collaboration with Slovenia’s most prominent concert organizers for challenging music: Zavod Sploh’s Confine Aperto, Miha Zadnikar’s Defonija, HUD “O”s Rojišče, Klub Metulj’s Sunday Noise and KUD Mreža’s FriForma are sproudly present a newly born international free jazz octet on 11 January, Thursday 21.00 at Klub Gromka.

The seeds of this heavy-weight group have been planted at this year’s Improcon, and now, American vocalist Linda Sharrock and German saxophonist Mario Rechtern’s new group, Nuclear Dream Weavers Compound, featuring stellar musicians from Slovenia and Serbia – Marko Karlovčec on saxophones, Marina Džukljev on Fender Rhodes, Tomaž Grom and Jošt Drašler on double bass, Aleksandar Škorić and Vid Drašler on drums – is giving its first ever public performance in Ljubljana. This is going to be loud, fast and rather furious!

11 January 2018, Thursday 21.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

Caroline Sury’s Voodoo Entartete Kunst at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The premiere solo presentation of Caroline Sury in Slovenia brings a selection of the highly versatile creative output of this French artist: at Alkatraz Gallery, a selection of originals from her comics will be complemented by the author’s drawings, silkscreen prints and etchings, as well as illustrations and animations. The exhibition places special emphasis on Sury’s cutouts.

Sury draws on the tradition of Art Brut, her works being very straightforward, even wild, yet always highly intimate and personal, often dealing with autobiographical issues, and invariably so with infallible honesty. Even though critics describe her style as uninhibited, even aggressive and daunting, in terms of subject matter many of the emphases attest to the author’s introspective insightfulness as well as her emphatic sensibility in observing life and the society at large. Caroline Sury’s art is easily identifiable: her occasionally pronounced expressivity is often mixed with an artistic expression marked by palpably child-like naivety, teeming with playful and ironic elements. With the recent withdrawal of colour, the author’s increasingly refined forms have become markedly graphical and polished, yet still allowing enough room for sundry details. In her work, Sury often explores women’s issues and women’s eroticism. As the latter is one of the focuses of the exhibition, part of the gallery space will turn into a special ladies’ boudoir to display works dealing with eroticism.

Caroline Sury (1964, Laval) is a graphic artist, illustrator, comic artist and musician with a degree from L’école des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, who also works as editor and producer. Together with Pakito Bolino she was a long-standing editor of Le Dernier Cri, a Marseille-based underground publishing house specialised in various publications and prints from books to graphic art and posters. Sury lives and works in Marseille.” –

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of Voodoo Entartete Kunst by Caroline Sury, on 1 December, Friday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana.

On display: 1 December 2017 – 29 December 2017

Matija Praznik’s Alternative Historization Of The Alternative   

The exhibition is a part of the traditional all-Metelkova benefit, surplus of which will be dedicated to the future work of Radio Študent!

This year, RS-benefit is thematic. The reason for choosing the theme is self-evident:  the 40th anniversary of punk in Slovenia, which is also the 40th anniversary of punk on Radio Študent.

There is a single entry fee (10 €) for the entire Metelkova mesto.

Night Trips – Drumartica concert at the Old Power Station Ljubljana   

The last concert of this year’s Metabonma concert series is happening on 18 November at 8.00 pm, and we are proud to invite top Slovenian percussion duo Drumartica. The duo will present their Night Trips project. In addition to the music, the project also involves dance and video.

The concept of the project is the result of imagination of the Drumartica members, Simon Klavžar and Jože Bogolin. The film, based on the story of Bogolin, is the work of camerawoman Tia Pavletič.  The dance part will be contributed by dancer and choreographer Nataša Živković. The program:

· Bruce Hamilton: Night Trips (vibraphone, marimba and tape-soundtrack)
· Robert Marino: 8 On Three And 9 On Two (set of drums, bongos and roto-tom drums)
· Steve Reich: Piano (marimba), Phase (two marimba)
· Jacob TV: Grab It (marimba, set of drums and tape-soundtrack)
·  N. J. Živković: Sex In The Kitchen (two sets of drums and kitchen utensils)

18 November 2017, Saturday 20.00 – Stara Elektrarna, Elektro Ljubljana

Concert series supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and MOL – Department of Culture.
Co-organizing: Zavod Bunker
Drumartica photo: Domen Pal

Down & Behind – Simon Kocjančič at Alaktraz Gallery   

“At the first sight the works of Simon Kocjančič evoke an impression of being hermetic and enigmatic. The viewer quickly notices sparse groups of elements and colour planes. Prevailing are darker hues and undefined organic shapes, difficult to ascribe a meaning to. A talk with the painter does not make the reception any easier. Kocjančič stresses that his painting does not refer to any specific concept, and that his creating does not stem from a desire to communicate a certain message. However, this does not mean that the artist is oriented into a formalistic exploration of colours and shapes and that he is interested only in exploration of the elements of painter’s work. In his most recent works the author remained faithful to the painting process of nuancing of colour masses and planes, which, this time, do not allude to figures, but emphasize a twist into the development of an abstract form.” –

Simon Kocjančič (1979) graduated in 2007 at a College of Visual Art in Ljubljana. He is active in the fields of painting, drawing, graphic art, photography and art zines production. He has been exhibiting since 2006. In 2017 he participated in a group exhibition Off the hook at Neurotitan gallery in Berlin in colaboration with Dobra vaga gallery. The same year he participated in a group exhibition Zines! Contemporary Zine Production at the International Center of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.

You are kindly invited to theexhibition opening of “Down & Behind” by Simon Kocjančič on 25 October, Wednesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 25 October 2017 – 22 November 2017

An evening of improvised music at City Of Women festival   

City Of Women, FriForma and Defonija are inviting you to a musically rich, structurally and thematically colourful evening of free improvised music on 12 October, Thursday at 9.30 pm to Klub Gromka in Ljubljana. Our guests come from different environments, having travelled different paths to their own improvising techniques, belonging to different generations, contemporary musical moments and most common social situations. Some of them have already performed together, other combinations we shall hear for the first time.

In six shorter appearances in different combinations, the following artists will be presented:

· Ute Wassermann (D) – voice
· Elisabeth Harnik (A) – piano
· Nina Polaschegg (A) – double bass
· Luisa Tucciariello (I) – voice
· Alison Blunt (GB) – violin
· Hannah Marshall (GB) – cello

The evening will conclude with the performance of the participants of the workshop conducted during the festival by Ute Wasserman and joined by vocalist Luisa Tucciariello.

12 October 2017, Thursday 21.30 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

Anna Linder’s Spermwhore at Alkatraz Gallery   

Experimental film about unwanted childlessness in a world where normative heterosexual relationships dictate who can become parents and in what way. When it comes to reproduction, our merciless bodies reduce us to merely a set sex or given gender. But the longing for children is not limited to our bodies, and the possibility of pregnancy can be gifted, shared and undertaken together.

The author on the project: “The darkness is about being able to focus on our bodies and our body parts, while providing the necessary intimacy required for the film. Nakedness without exhibitionism. Bodies without ownership. Body parts belonging to a large family body instead of individuals. The idea of filming loose body parts, both incoherent, disconnected from each other and intertwined, felt important for the film. Important for us. Important for the notion of the family. That there are many who belong in different ways. I knew early on that the film would be very dark, with inconsistent and moving light, and would by all means be filmed in Super 8. These three distinct starting points formed the basis of the film project in 2011.” –

Your are kindly invited to the opening of Spermwhore, a film installation by Anna Linder, on 8 October, Sunday at 7 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. The project is a part of 23rd International Festival Of Contemporary Art – City Of Women.

The opening talk will be held by Anna Linder and Jasmina Šepetavc.

On display: 8 October 2017 – 15 October 2017

VoiceLab – vocal workshop at City Of Women with Ute Wassermann   

This year KUD Mreža’s FriForma is organizing a vocal workshop by German vocal artist, composer and improviser Ute Wassermann at the 23rd International Festival Of Contemporary Arts – City Of Women in Ljubljana.

The workshop is based on playful exercises in breathing, resonance and articulation. The participants experience their voice as a versatile sound instrument and develop their own catalogue of vocal expressions. Using various improvisational concepts in space, we discover individual voice characters. In addition, the participants will learn various methods of how to develop and present vocal pieces from solo to choral.

The presentation concert by the workshop participants will take place at Klub Gromka on 12 October, Thursday at 9.30 pm, for taking part in the final presentation concert, the two-day workshop participation is required.

Because the number of the participants is limited, you need to register in advance: please send your applications to until 9 October. Fee of the workshop is €50. The event is organized in cooperation with City Of Women and +MSUM.

VoiceLab schedule

10 October, Tuesday – Workshop day one at +MSUM, 3 pm – 6 pm
11 October, Wednesday – Workshop day two at +MSUM, 3 pm – 6 pm
12 October, Thursday – Workshop presentation concert at Klub Gromka, 9.30 pm – 12 pm

Boštjan Novak – The Structure Of Proper Proportions at Alkatraz   

“Since the very beginning, Boštjan Novak has been an active figure in the process of designing of the ACC Metelkova mesto, as we know it today. The synthesis of common and controversial principles of operation and creation, that is immanent to open spaces akin to Metelkova mesto, reflects in Boštjan Novak’s works. The artist attempts to harmonize the organic with the impulsiveness of the micro space of Metelkova; packed with contradictoriness and diverse creative energies as well as to structure an order in the creative chaos. His artworks and creative process possess an awareness of the importance to observe the world and its phenomena, translated into accordant visual language of fine art.” – Jadranka Plut

You are kindly invited to the opening of The Structure Of Proper Proportions retrospective exhibition by Boštjan Novak on 8 September, Friday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana. The exhibition is a part of the 24th Anniversary of ACC Metelkova.

On display: 8 September 2017 – 29 September 2017

Edvin Dobrilović exhibits at Night Display Gallery Pešak   

Metelkova veteran Edvin Dobrilović is returning to Metelkova after a few years break with his exhibition entitled 4×5=20. The exhibition will be displayed at the Night Display Gallery Pešak from 29 August. Welcome to the opening at 8 pm, and meet Edi!

Edvin Dobrilović is an artist, restorer, collector, bricoleur, craftsman, and for many years a tireless creator of many urban artistic interventions. Without doubt, Edvin is the most active artist to whom goes all credit for the aesthetic and friendly community space.

On display: 29 August 2017 – 7 October 2017

Neven Korda’s Memories Of Exile at Alkatraz Gallery   

Memories Of Exile is a conceptual installation represented in the form of video, used to create new entities by breaking up, deconstructing, and manipulating (predominantly) fully formed self-sufficient structures by interconnecting, blurring, and voiding.

The installation is a part of Neven Korda’s practice of “pure video”, he started to explore at the turn of the millennium that aims to explore beauty in the expression of the emotional, poetic views of the modern man.

You are kindly invited you to the exhibition opening of Memories Of Exile by Neven Korda on 21 August, Monday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 21 August 2017 – 31 August 2017

Improcon – 3rd Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts   

Improcon – Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts is happening this year between 11-15 August at Veliki Tabor Castle in Desinić, Croatia; first time at a new festival location – a medieval castle on the top of Hum Košnički – which is as exciting and inspiring as the previous one, Spomen Dom was in Kumrovec. Improcon is an international congress and workshop festival where artists – musicians, performers, dancers, visual artists, poets – who applied can collaborate, share ideas and strategies, and do networking with all other participants.

In 2017, Improcon – established in its initial form in 2013 – is hosting more than 70 artists from 17 countries. Some of the festival guests are coming from Japan, Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Great Britain, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France and Italy; but most importantly, to stenghten collaborations between artists from neighbouring countries such as Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia.

This year’s participants can work on 6-7 in- and outdoor locations at Veliki Tabor Castle, but they are free to explore various rooms and spaces in and around the castle. As in the previous years, the festival programme will be set up on the location, involving the ideas and suggestions of the participant artists. We can expect workshops, lectures and open debates, and numerous sessions of adhoc and planned collaborations.

Improcon is open for public, organizers welcome everyone who is interested in what is happening at Veliki Tabor Castle on the second weekend of August.

Artists who are already in the region before this year’s festival starts, are welcome to participate in a music workshop for various approaches to improvisation and composition through the integration and communication of individuals. The workshop will be held by American vocalist Linda Sharrock and Austrian saxophonist Mario Rechtern. All those who are interested in communication, improvisation and composition are kindly invited to attend the event. The workshop will happen between 7-9 August at Klub Metulj in Bistrica ob Sotli, Slovenia, 15 kms from the festival location at Veliki Tabor Castle.

Improcon organization and logistics by Nenad Borovčak (GOKUL, Zabok), Mitja Hlupič (Klub Metulj – Mladinsko Društvo Bistrica ob Sotli), Nataša Serec and László Juhász (KUD Mreža, Ljubljana); partnered by Eva Ursprung (Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz), and Markus Krispel (Šopron Shuffle – Trans European Music Meetings, Vienna).

Improcon 2017 is kindly supported by Ministry Of Culture Of The Republic Of Croatia, Krapina-Zagorje County, Land Steiermark, and Alps-Adriatic-Alliance.

Three days of creating, socializing, recycling and playing music   

Come to the 3rd Art Festival Of Recycling And DIY-culture – Reciklart! The event is going to take place in front of Alkatraz Gallery from 11 August, Friday until 13 August, Sunday. Propose us content as the program hasn’t been completed!

This year’s Reciklart – every day between 4 pm and 11 pm – will work the exchange of stuff, which works under the principle: bring, take, replace. Children will be able to attend a workshop for making masks and textile collages. Kids are invited to learn how to transfer photos to wood and textiles and to how to make colorful carpets from discarded t-shirts.

Organizers are also planning a DIY product fair, art auction, concert, projection of a documentary movie, circus show and surely some other interesting events will pop up.

Participation in the festival is free, but voluntary contributions are always very welcome.

Learn more about the program and registration for the workshops at our Facebook event.

What Is Yours, Nothing Is Yours! – a group exhibition at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Drawing Jam Session (Risarski jam session) is a project of a group of artists started in 2016. The majority of their meetings since last October took place in the Alkatraz Gallery, during that time not operating as a public exhibition space, but as an intimate-social space intended for socializing and creation. A simple co-operational frame was set up: regular meetings at the agreed location, employment of basic drawing utensils, attempt to combine and merge different artistic approaches within a singular drawing, all in the attempt to emphasize the artefact as the reason for the continuation of a dialogue, and not as the final stop of the process. The project resulted in the What Is Yours, Nothing Is Yours! exhibition.

Group creation stems from the desire and urge of the artists to socialize, exchange skills, open up to new creative approaches, and also to develop one’s own, individual artistic language. Most of the artists involved regard the so modified creative process as the key element for their co-operation. The drawings are, utmost, regarded as experiments that occasionally or for some develop and transcend into completed works; like with every creative process, these two categories alternate.” –

Participating artists: Nevena Aleksovski, Ivana Bajec, Erik Mavrič, Miha Perne, Adrijan Praznik and Iva Tratnik.

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of What Is Yours; Nothing Is Yours! on 5 July, Wednesday at 6 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana. The exhibition is curated by Anabel Černohorski and Sebastian Krawczyk.

On display: 5 July 2017 – 28 July 2017

Brina Ivanetič’s Breath-In / Breath-Out at Alkatraz Gallery   

“With her installation Brina Ivanetič continues her sculptural research into the issue of absence and what is that visualizes the absence. Embodying this particular absence, her works are caught in an ambivalent and inherently sculptural interplay of the material and immaterial, where the sculptural object is shaped by a trail and an impression of some presence. Amidst the consideration there is often a human body, re-defined into its negative form to evade from a classical understanding of figural depiction. A somewhat peculiar trail of a human body is also what the current installation brings. When we enter the dimmed cube of the spatial installation, we gaze at the alternatingly illuminated bust masks having been used in cancer-patient therapies at the oncological department. Into the artwork, in this manner, a hunch of death creeps, further thematised by the sound of several different breathings and the alternating light. Masks as a cast, a shell of some patient in a grave moment as well as the recording of the breathing of random persons as their trail in some random moment – both find themselves caught within a joined frame, in a tense relation. The segments and the trails – with their presence – evoke the absence of some human presence – the people who have left these traces behind.” –

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of Breath-In / Breath-Out by Brina Ivanetič. The event will take place on 7 June, Wednesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana. The exhibition is curated by Iza Pevec.

On display: 7 June 2017 – 30 June 2017

Premiere of children’s animations at Slovenian Cinematheque   

“We Animate” is an annual project of KUD Mreža and Vodmat Kindergarten. We are looking forward to the premiere of four children’s animations which is taking place on 30 May, Tuesday at 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm at Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana. The animations were created by the children of Vodmat Kindergarten with stop-motion technique.

The following animations will be screened:

· Krtek vrtek in travnik (03’33”, 2017)
· Lačna usta (02’36”, 2017)
· Kameleozaver in žaba (02’45”, 2017)
· Šik bika (02’11”, 2017)

Professional assistance was offered by the Vodmat Kindergarten’s nursery school teachers, illustrator Anka Kočevar, photographer Tadej Bernik and musicians Rada Kikelj, Ana Kravanja, Andrej Fon and Samo Kutin.



Marina Milev’s Tail Contest at Night Display Gallery Pešak   

We are inviting you to the opening exhibition of Marina Milev Tail Contest on 26 May, Friday 9 pm by the tower opposite of Night Display Gallery Pešak, AKC Metelkova mesto in Ljubljana.

This time, visitors will be cordially invited to participate by casting a vote for the selection of the most beautiful exhibits tails which will be announced on the last day of the exhibition. As a continuation of the project will be followed by street art intervention performed by the artist in honor of winning the tail carried out in Belgrade.

“Election rallies thus resemble animalistic mating rituals and the inducing of fear, aimed at finding a partner or defeating natural foes. For that purpose, animals use different parts of their body, but most often their tails. Some mammals use their tails for balancing, maneuvering in battle, climbing with greater ease and showing their emotions. Birds usually use their tail for courting, while some insects carry lethal poison in their tails. All these tail – derived functions correspond to many skills and behaviors displayed in political rallies. In the Serbian language, a tail also represents some sort of burden or unsolved problem from the past.

This project “Tail Contest” portrays in an illustrative manner the banality of rhetoric in pre-election campaigns. By-passers and local citizens will have to use their electoral right, based on their visual impression, to circle the number in front of the most beautiful tail shown in this exhibition. They will be encouraged to put the voting paper in the voting box. On the last day of the exhibition, the winning tail will be announced. As a follow -up project, the Author will make a long lasting tribute to the winning tail in some form of street art in Belgrade.” –

Borderless Dissonance with the Kováts-Maierhofer-Drašler Trio   

Borderless Dissonance – a cross-national creative platform and international concert series – is presenting its final international trio in Ljubljana on 18 May, Thursday at 8 pm at Vodnikova Domačija Šiška with the participation of Hungarian saxophonist Gergő Kováts, German-Austrian double bass player Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka and Slovenian drummer Vid Drašler.

KUD Mreža’s Borderless Dissonance events are taking place in Budapest, Vienna and Ljubljana between 10 April and 18 May with the collaboration of three Slovenian, three Austrian and three Hungarian improvisers who have never worked together before.

The event is kindly supported by: Alps-Adriatic-Alliance and Austrian Kulturforum Ljubljana

18 May 2017, Thursday 20.00 – Vodnikova Domačija Šiška, Ljubljana

Goran Medjugorac and Art Larson’s exhibition at Alkatraz Gallery   

Alkatraz Gallery’s The Country Gentlemen exhibition toys with diverse perception of nature while trying to warn of the dichotomy: on the one hand we have a rational view on nature, always in search of how to master it, on the other hand, however, there are traditional societies who do not know of gentlemen and are building their life in co-existence with nature.

Both artists, Goran Medjugorac and Art Larson use several approaches in order to grasp the idea of how to capture nature in a medium. In their research they worship nature and their inspiration draws on romantic ideas of discovery and contemplation on the petiteness of a human before nature. It always stands above a human.

Painter Goran Medjugorac within the monumental drawing – as an autonomous medium – by mathematical patterns attempts to synthesize a direct reflection of nature. Preciseness, vitality and discipline are detected in his strokes. The medium of drawing enables him liveliness, inconclusiveness, openness and construction of an art form that in the process of creation stumbles upon limitation and the awareness of the imperfection of the human in relation to nature.

Art Larson makes a video recording of tree life, which in comparison to a human life, appears slow and infinite. During the observation, he keeps facing his own physical weakness and limitation, so immanent to our existence.

You are kindly invited you to the exhibition opening of The Country Gentlemen by Goran Medjugorac and Art Larson on 9 May, Tuesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 9 May 2017 – 3 June 2017

Borderless Dissonace with the Krispel-Schellander-Miklós Trio   

Borderless Dissonance – a cross-national creative platform and international concert series – is presenting its second international trio in Ljubljana on 5 May, Friday at 8 pm at Vodnikova Domačija Šiška with the participation of Austrian saxophonist Markus Krispel, Slovenian-Austrian double bass player Matija Schellander and Hungarian drummer Szilveszter Miklós.

The Borderless Dissonance events are taking place in Budapest, Vienna and Ljubljana between 10 April and 18 May with the collaboration of three Slovenian, three Austrian and three Hungarian musicians who have never worked together before.

In addition to the second “Boderless” trio we are thrilled to host the duo called Not The Music with clarinet player Philippe Lauzier and bassist Éric Normand – both from Québec, Canada – who are presenting their re-released debut album entitled Do.

The event is kindly supported by: Alps-Adriatic-Alliance and Austrian Kulturforum Ljubljana

5 May 2017, Friday 20.00 – Vodnikova Domačija Šiška, Ljubljana

Let’s move and create a mosaic! – a creative workshop for children   

Offspring of Reciklart Festival is happening on 21 April, Friday at 3.30 pm and on 22 April, Saturday at 3.30 pm, and we are kindly inviting children (older than 4 years old) to join our creative workshop.

The workshop – which is going to take place at the courtyard of Metelkova in front of Alkatraz Gallery – will teach you what mosaic is, and how and from what materials we can create it. After we learn this, we will start to create the mosaic on the walls of Alkatraz Gallery.

Parents and children are more than welcome to bring various objects – old toys, cups, plates, products made of clay and similar objects – which will be used for assembling the mosaic.

The workshop is tutored by Nevena Aleksovski and Danijela Zajc, and is free of charge.

Borderless Dissonace with Irene Kepl, Jošt Drašler & Gergely Kovács   

KUD Mreža’s Borderless Dissonance – a cross-national creative platform and international concert series – is presenting its first international trio on 12 April, Wednesday at 8 pm at Vodnikova Domačija Šiška with the participation of Austrian violinist and composer Irene Kepl, Slovenian double bass player Jošt Drašler and Hungarian drummer Gergely Kovács.

The Borderless Dissonance events are taking place in Budapest, Vienna and Ljubljana between 10 April and 18 May with the collaboration of three Slovenian, three Austrian and three Hungarian improvisers who have never worked together before.

The event is kindly supported by: Alps-Adriatic-Alliance and Austrian Kulturforum Ljubljana

12 April 2017, Wednesday 20.00 – Vodnikova Domačija Šiška, Ljubljana

Capece, Yoshikawa, Olsson, Raon and Drašler – FriForma at Gromka   

KUD Mreža’s third FriForma event this year is coming up on 6 April, Thursday at 9 pm at Klub Gromka with the debut performance of a brand new international trio proposed by FriForma: Argentinian reedman, electronic musician and conceptualist sound artist Lucio Capece joins Japanese electronic feedback virtuoso Daichi Yoshikawa and Swedish percussionist Henrik Olsson to play their first time ever trio concert together in this particular line-up.

Also on the bill the incredible harp-percussion duo of Ljubljana-based musicians Eduardo Raon and Vid Drašler whose performance was one of the most marvellous sets last September at the 7. Bučno festival organized by Ana Kravanja and Samo Kutin in Lesno Brdo.

The event is kindly supported by:

6 April 2017, Thursday 21.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

The Clash by Eriz Moreno and Valerie Wolf Gang at Alkatraz   

“The exhibition brings together three people: artists Valerie Wolf Gang and Eriz Moreno and the curator Kateřina Lenzová. They personally met here in Ljubljana in 2016 which resulted in a joint project. The unifying theme of this project is the subject of artistic mobility which has currently a significant impact on artistic practices and interdisciplinary co-operations.

The works presented at the exhibition were made during international artistic residencies. They demonstrate how a new and foreign environment affects artistic creation and the artists. Staying abroad involves constant confrontation of opinions, attitudes and values, providing the artists with a rich source of inspiration and new experiences. In their works the artists reflect not only the world around them, but also their position in it.” –

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition The Clash by Eriz Moreno and Valerie Wolf Gang on 4 April, Tuesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. You are kindly invited also to the discussion at the SCCA Project Room: “Artist Abroad – Discussion About Artistic Mobility And Its Influence On Art” with the artists and the curator on 3 April, Monday at 6 pm.

On display: 4 April 2017 – 28 April 2017

The Uprising Social Workers’ collective says goodbye to Alkatraz   

“Why do you show your tits? What kind of connection is there between banks, trouble at the borders and feminism? Such radical photos will not achieve anything!”

The Uprising Social Workers’ collective wants to say goodbye to their exhibition at Alkatraz Gallery in an interactive way, so we have prepared a guided tour which will present their work and its message. You are kindly invited to join the I Spit On Revolution! exhibition closing guided tour on 30 March, Thursday at 5.30 pm. The event will happen in Slovene language, with the possibility of translation into English.

Metabonma with the Furiant String Quartet at Klub Gromka   

KUD Mreža’s event series for classical and contemporary composed music Metabonma is excited to present the performance of the Furiant String Quartet at Klub Gromka on 14 March, Tuesday at 9 pm.

The Furiant String Quartet was formed in 2011, its members – Stefano Mesaglio on first violin, Vlad Popescu on second violin, Gregor Hrabar on viola, and Nika Švarc on cello – have studied at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt with Elisabeth Fister, and in October 2013, the four musicians were accepted in the class of Professor Eberhard Feltz at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin.

This time classical composed music comes to a punk-rock club with pieces written for string quartet by composers such as Joseph Haydn, Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich and Ludwig van Beethoven. Metabonma revives in a more settled and relaxed form, and presents accessible classical music for those who may not have been close to these historical, but timeless classics.


· Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1
· Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (Op. 110)
· Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 “Rasumovsky”

14 March 2017, Tuesday 21.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

Küchen, Müntzing, Mezei and Márkos – two duos at FriForma   

An old acquaintance on the Ljubljana free jazz and improvised music scene, Martin Küchen is returning after a few years break, this time with his Swedish friend and collaborator Herman Müntzing as duo Scheibenhonig. At ŠKUC Gallery they are going to present and promote their debut album Rop På Hjälp which got released recently on Inexhaustible Editions.

The opening set of the evening will be presented by the viola-cello duo of Szilárd Mezei and Albert Márkos. Mezei’s playing is full of dynamism, sense of transition between various musical expressions – so what we can expect here is a full-blooded, exciting and highly concentrated mind-game with his long-time collegue, classically trained cellist, Albert Márkos.

13 March 2017, Monday 20.00 – ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana

I Spit On Revolution! – The Uprising Social Workers at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The Uprising Social Workers, at the current Red Dawns Festival, present their third feminist calendar, this time in the form of an exhibition of photographs, paintings, sculptures, videos and texts that have been created in the four years of our activity. The exhibition opening at Alkatraz Gallery will be accompanied by a performance.” –

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition I Spit On Revolution! by The Uprising Social Workers collective, followed by an opening performance, on 9 March, Thursday at 7 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. The project is co-organized by KUD Anarhiv and part of Red Dawns – 18th International Feminist And Queer Festival.

On display: 9 March 2017 – 31 March 2017

Residence Of The Void: exhibition closing guided tour by Dajana Durić   

Croatian artist Dajana Durić’s The Residence Of The Void exhibition will finish with a guided tour hosted by the artist on 3 March, Friday at 6 pm. Dajana Durić is going to tell us about the background of the project: ideas behind the design as well as some interesting details about the long process of creating her displayed artwork. The gallery team is keen to ask her about connections between her original site-specific installation and the Far-Eastern concepts of harmony and peace, and also about want do they mean to her personally. You are kindly invited to join the discussion and the special guided tour on Friday at Alkatraz Gallery.

Metabonma with Aleš Klančar and Jože Bogolin at Klub Gromka   

The fourth season of concert series for composed classical and contemporary music Metabonma is starting with the performance of trumpet player Aleš Klančar and percussionist Jože Bogolin at Klub Gromka on 27 February.

Ales Klančar is regular member of the Portuguese Remix Ensemble Casa da Musica and the Dutch ensemble Insomnio, he also co-operates with other foreign ensembles for contemporary classical music such as: MusikFabrik (Germany), KlangForum (Austria), Contrechamps (Switzerland), Ars Nova (Sweden) and Athelas Sinfonietta (Denmark).

Jože Bogolin plays – as a member and soloist – with various orchestras and chamber ensembles such as: EUYO Wind Ensemble, EUYO Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Orchestra of Ljubljana, SNG Opera-Ballet Orchestra Ljubljana, Komische Oper Berlin, Australian Chamber, Perkumania, Slowind and Drumartica. Together with Simon Klavžar he curates the program of Metabonma.


· Gottfried Reiche: Abblasen + Jeremiah Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary
· John Hartmann: Fantasia Brillante On The Air Rule Britannia
· Áskell Másson: Prim (for solo snare drum)
· Mauricio Kagel: Morceau De Concours (for solo trumpet)
· Matthias Pintscher: Shining Forth (for solo trumpet)
· Nebojša Jovan Živkovič: Born To Beat Wild (for trumpet and big drum)

27 February 2017, Monday 21.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

Dajana Durić’s Residence Of The Void at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Dajana Durić is an artist yet unbeknownst to the Slovenian audience. However, since her artistic language is original and perfected, she will certainly attract the public with her exhibition in Alkatraz Gallery. She does not conceal her interests under the veil of poetics, she prefers to articulate them clearly: she likes to arrange spaces that allow the presentation of situations representing transience of human moods and the multi-layeredness of memories. The spaces that she constructs are distinguished not only by their visual sensibility, but also by the strong presence of scent, sound and sensation which contribute to a more active perception of the exhibition.

It is interesting to observe how her artistic message is not shaped only by the imagination and an original multi-layered creativity, but also diligent work, always the result of the long process of the birth of an art piece. Her exhibitions require several months or even years of creation, the Residence Of The Void project took a year to complete – a tenacious work thus represents an important component of her artistic language.

The site-specific installation, exhibited in our gallery, will be composed of 72 canvases in the dimension of 60×60 cm, onto which a collage made from tea bags will be attached, and which, during the exhibition, scatter on the floor, thus changing the arrangement of the installation in the gallery.” –

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition Residence Of The Void by Dajana Durić on 10 February, Friday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 10 February 2017 – 3 March 2017

Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin and John Butcher at FriForma   

KUD Mreža is thrilled to kick off its FriForma event series’ 2017 season with the performance of the Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin and John Butcher on 8 February at Klub Gromka.

The string trio from the German-speaking part of Switzerland joined forces for the first time with their English guest on tenor and soprano saxophone. Violinist Harald Kimmig, cellist Alfred Zimmerlin and double bassist Daniel Studer decided that their tight improvising unit needs a new challenge with guest musicians: they invited British saxophonist John Butcher and their collaboration reached a new height. One can immediately hear the spiritual bond that developed between the trio and the Brit.

The Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin together with John Butcher abandon the classical realm. Strings are bowed, pulled, struck and scratched, the entire instrument, from neck to tailpiece, is used as a resonating body. A master of circular breathing and overblowing techniques, John Butcher manages to elicit tones cause listeners to ask themselves which instrument was responsible for a particular sound. A must hear!

8 February 2017, Wednesday 21.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

Group exhibition The Man At The Border at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The inquiring about the concept of border seems to be a never-ending quest for identity and understanding of relations with the other. It should suffice to look at the art of the previous centuries where human being is placed on this side and interpreted as visible, definite, and mortal and still unsteady even in the most schematic perception. In renaissance he is someone who peeps behind the mystical curtain while trying to grasp essence of God, in romanticism on the other hand gazes in to distance, across the hazy horizon above the globe, and behind which expects unimaginably great power of Nature to reside. Modern age change perspective on time and everything seems to be absent and present at the same time. The future, the past and the present seem to influence each other by laws of physics, not mythical/mystical principles.

Selected artists from Slovenia and Austria are active in different fields of art and create in a various techniques. Specific to all is crossing borders or in some cases walking on the edge, which doesn’t occur in a formal way, this is today hardly possible, but in the sense of content. The artists constantly examine the known and walk a step further. They widen their own personal story through which, the culture that is common in a civilization is widen as well. And especially it is the examined the question how much can a human be human, before is dehumanised. Be it in body or spirit.

The exhibition The Man At The Border is conceived as an open, observant and pondering platform about borders that we are setting nowadays in a symbolic as well as physical sense and in this way reflects wider contemporary artistic and social phenomena. The artworks are addressing the issues of the quotidian; of artistic research and the system we are integrated in, modes and conditions of production as well as a wider social reality that the artists render by the means of various media and contents.

You are kindly invited to the opening of group exhibition The Man At The Border on 24 January, Tuesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. The exhibition will be opened by director of Austrian Cultural Forum, Mag. Marie-Thérèse Hermges.” –

Participating artists: Gino Alberti, Kati Bruder, Beli Sladoled, Ana Čigon, Karin Maria Pfeifer, Tomaž Furlan, Nika Oblak & Primož Novak and Sula Zimmerberger. Curated by: Vasja Nagy and Jadranka Plut.

The exhibition is a part of co-operation between Alkatraz Gallery and flat1 Gallery.
We would like to thank for the suport of Austrian Cultural Forum Ljubljana.

On display: 24 January 2017 – 3 February 2017

Guionnet, Yoshikawa and Kutin – debut trio performance at FriForma   

Regarded as one of the most influential percussionist of the last 30 years, Andrea Centazzo has performed at the most important festivals and concert series both in Europe and the United States as soloist, in combination with other artists, and as conductor. Early in the eighties, and later in the last few years he has been associated with many seminal percussionists, playing duets, trios and ensembles with Andrew Cyrille, Barry Altschul, Tony Oxley, Paul Lytton, Paul Lovens, Pierre Favre and many others.

Born and raised in Italy, but naturalized American and living in Los Angeles since 1992, Centazzo after more than a decade dedicated mainly to composing, conducting and video-making went back in 2000 to his first love, the solo percussion concert. In his solo program called No Boundaries Centazzo once again blends his percussion, playing on a set of over 200 instruments, with cymbals, gongs, electronics, computer sequencing and digital sampling, bringing to the listener the emotion of a new sonic adventure in jazz, world and contemporary avant-garde music. His melodic composing along with his ostinato patterns and his mastery of percussion improvising create a music beyond any expectation.

Andrea Centazzo’s solo performance is the closing event of this year’s Metabonma concert series, curated by Jože Bogolin and Simon Klavžar.

15 December 2016, Thursday 20.00 – Vodnikova Domačija Šiška, Ljubljana

Andrea Centazzo closes this year’s Metabonma season at Klub Gromka   

Regarded as one of the most influential percussionist of the last 30 years, Andrea Centazzo has performed at the most important festivals and concert series both in Europe and the United States as soloist, in combination with other artists, and as conductor. Early in the eighties, and later in the last few years he has been associated with many seminal percussionists, playing duets, trios and ensembles with Andrew Cyrille, Barry Altschul, Tony Oxley, Paul Lytton, Paul Lovens, Pierre Favre and many others.

Born and raised in Italy, but naturalized American and living in Los Angeles since 1992, Centazzo after more than a decade dedicated mainly to composing, conducting and video-making went back in 2000 to his first love, the solo percussion concert. In his solo program called No Boundaries Centazzo once again blends his percussion, playing on a set of over 200 instruments, with cymbals, gongs, electronics, computer sequencing and digital sampling, bringing to the listener the emotion of a new sonic adventure in jazz, world and contemporary avant-garde music. His melodic composing along with his ostinato patterns and his mastery of percussion improvising create a music beyond any expectation.

Andrea Centazzo’s solo performance is the closing event of this year’s Metabonma concert series, curated by Jože Bogolin and Simon Klavžar.

8 December 2016, Thursday 21.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana

FriForma with Tristan Honsinger and Joel Grip at Vodnikova   

“There is an unknown music. Hidden, to be discovered. Deciphered. There is a past, a now, and a coming. And there is something else. Out of time. Here are two spines – backbones of improvisation. Here’s the vast chatter. There’s an unknown music known to our inner ears. Here are fingerboards and jaws. Amplifying the balance between falling and not falling. Here are Tristan Honsinger and Joel Grip. A sonorous dance of extreme troubadours.”

Tristan Honsinger is a cello player active in free jazz and free improvisation. He is perhaps best known for his long-running collaboration with free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor and guitarist Derek Bailey. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, but by the seventies, the Trans-American had moved to Amsterdam and formed the Instant Composers Pool with drummer Han Bennink and radical pianist Misha Mengelberg. With this avant-jazz group, his music transcended the classical conservatory background he had and he began to incorporate wild, free improvisation, jazz, and European folk music into his cannon, not to mention a kinship with Bertolt Brecht theatre, which would put an edge on performances and recordings that take on experimental strategies, some of which include what could be considered violent attacks on the instrument. The range of emotions that is covered in a piece by Tristan Honsinger is striking in that it is very accessible for so-called avant-garde music. In the eighties, he recorded for the prestigious FMP label and in the nineties, for numerous recording companies, including Winter & Winter, I.C.P., and legendary jazz archivists Hat Hut from Switzerland.

For a number of years now, energetic double bassist, filmmaker and producer Joel Grip has played an important role for the new scenes of improvised music in Europe. As founder of Umlaut Records, he opened up for creative forms of organizing collectives of musicians and promoting their music internationally. Since 2003 he has been one of the main organizers of Hagenfesten in Dala-Floda, Sweden, a stand-alone festival, and quite frankly possibly the most pleasant venue for free improvised music not only in Sweden but in the whole of Europe. Few other places offer quite the same endearing combination of sophisticated musical risk-taking, and up-beat, social get-together. Grip’s musicianship is informed by a similar knack for welding musical sophistication with social communication, often with an analog film camera at hand. With a handful of short films Joel Grip met mexican filmmaker Mauricio Hernández and shortly the film production company Umlicht was established. They are right now working on their third and forth feature film together. Umdicht is amplifying the pencil of Joel Grip’s hand, partly through the irregular issue of Lösa Blad and partly in the future release of books.

1 December 2016, Thursday 20.30 – Vodnikova Domačija Šiška, Ljubljana

A Textile Perspective On Exploring Identity And Belonging   

“Textile art has regained the attention of artistic public in the past few years. Guerrilla knitting and production of authentic textile designers are present at numerous outdoor and indoor public spaces. Even though textile crafts are still understood as a domain where women traditionally prevail, a closer look into the past reveals quite a different story. Several textile professions such as carpet-making are mostly performed by men. Closer to glory and fortune we come across tailors and male fashion designers today. The presence of male textile artists in the contemporary art should thus not surprise us.

The conceptual outset of the exhibition of textile portraits of Jan Bejšovec and Anže Ermenc is based on their differences of experience and interests. The artists are of different nationality and age. On top of that, they have never met each other. At the time when Jan Bejšovec, from Berlin, first arrived in Ljubljana, Anže Ermenc was leaving Ljubljana for Manchester. Despite numerous differences they are related by their mutual interest in contemporary textile arts, so they have both accepted the invitation of the Alkatraz Gallery and joined their efforts in a way we had not expected.

The exhibition will be the scene of confrontation of different beliefs and views on textile arts, at the same time also a kind of a dialogue of the two artists of different experiences. The audience will hence have an opportunity to observe two very different styles of textile arts. While Ermenc employs his embroidery as a tool when dealing with uneasiness and the reflection of his own personal experiences with the aid of satire and in his wider (fashionable) scope questions social determination of the value and visibility of unfashionable and unpopular individuals, Bejšovec prefers to focus on portraying controversial personalities from the history and politics in hope to set up conflict situations in political, and not personal sense. The attempt of Bejšovec and Ermenc displays an unusual versatility of contemporary textile arts.” –

You are kindly invited to the opening of the The Other Self – A Textile Perspective On Exploring Identity And Belonging exhibition by Jan Bejšovec and Anže Ermenc on 29 November, Tuesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 29 November 2016 – 16 December 2016