This year’s twenty-first festival is centred around connecting, embracing, diversifying, both domestic and international collectives, which are uniting in the fight for equity and equality.
5. Reciklart – Art Festival of Recycling and DIY Culture will take place at AKC Metelkova, at the Square Without Historical Remembrance (platform in front of the Alkatraz Gallery), unless otherwise stated.
In case of rain, the program will take place at Alkatraz Gallery, AKC Metelkova.
Check the entire program on the Facebook!
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 email@example.com (subject: “VOLUNTARY”). The call is open until 17 June.
In the application, please specify which of the following areas you are interested in:
– manual printing of advertising material
– help with the festival stand
– preparing space for workshops
– public relations (PR)
– decorating the festival space
– organization and coordination of the program
– Documentation of the festival program (video, photo)
– translation (from Slovenian to English)
– help with food preparation
We are looking forward to hang out, create, recycle, reflect, cook, play and contemplate with you!
Organization: KUD Mreža / Reciklart
Co-ordination: KUD Mreža / Alkatraz Gallery
The project is co-financed by Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture – Youth Office.
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
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
In case of bad weather the programs will be moved inside of Alkatraz Gallery.
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.
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
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.” – galerijalkatraz.org
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
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 email@example.com until 9 October. Fee of the workshop is €50. The event is organized in cooperation with City Of Women and +MSUM.
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
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.
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.
After last year’s winning the first prize for animation “Nosy Rabbit” (Sončki, 2016, 02’07”) at the Small Elephant Festival – 6th International Festival of Children’s and Youth Film Maribor we are again proud of our little animators. In addition to the awards in the category of Junior Mini, we received a lot of very positive feedback from children, organizers and the jury.
Animation “Button For Special Achievements” has been created by a group of children of Kindergarten Vodmat with stop-motion technique. Professional mentoring has been offered by film animator Anka Kočevar, photographer Tadej Bernik, musician Tomaž Grom and kindergarten teachers Suzana Teichmeister and Romana Kolbezen.
Production: Animiramo 2016 / KUD Mreža and Kindergarten Vodmat.
“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.” – galerijalkatraz.org
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
One more week to go! Red Dawns – 18th International Feminist And Queer Festival will happen this year between 9-11 March at various locations at Metelkova and Tovarna Rog. For more info and detailed programme please check the festival’s official website.
9-11 March 2017 – Metelkova, Tovarna Rog, Ljubljana