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.

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.” – 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

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 natasa.serec@gmail.com 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

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.

“Button For Special Achievements” won second prize at festival VAFI   

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.

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.” – 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