From art in the urban context to fiction and dystopia – Blinks

Video exhibition

Within the framework of : – Ljubljana

Sašo Sedlaček The Big Switch Off, 2011

Artists: Mateja Bučar, Ana Čigon, Luka Dekleva & Luka Prinčič, Inštitut Egon March / Marko Košnik, Neven Korda, Marko A. Kovačič, Zmago Lenardič, Andrej Lupinc, Anja Medved & Nadja Velušček, Amir Muratović, Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Mojca Marija Pungerčar, Sašo Sedlaček, Miha Vipotnik.

Curator : Barbara Borčič

As part of the “ – Ljubljana” event, Apollonia venue hosted a new sequence of the European video art collection From art in urban context to fiction and dystopia. Barbara Borčić, founder and head of the Digital Archive Video (DIVA) SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, presented a selection focused on topics such as city, urbanity, public space and participative art .

The exhibition consists of nineteen video works, bound to the theme of urban and public space in their everyday dimension but also in its utopian and dystopic aspects. Through the period of twenty years, sixteen Slovenian artists have tackled the topic with most diverse formal, technological and aesthetic approach. The entry is marked by a documentary presentation of the Urbanaria exhibition project, curated and organised by the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts in Ljubljana (1994-1997), whose main concept was ‘art in the urban context’. Several video projects will follow that have played an important role in establishing a city as a historical event or aesthetic phenomenon and those that highlight the experience of a (technologically equipped) urban walker (flaneur). A special place is given to video works dealing with the livelihood of everyday life, taking place at the intersection of public and private. In this context, the works disclose civilizational circumstances of today’s overpopulated and noisy towns, which usually remain hidden from the eyes of visitors, ranging from the political and social situations to public monuments, consumerism and the position of women’s voice. The selection concludes with the works of futuristic anti-utopian fiction and dystopia of the unstable world of conflicts and discomfort.

DIVA Station is a material and on-line archive of video and new-media art developed by Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Art since 2005. DIVA puts forward local video art production (art video, video documentation of art events and of theoretical discussions) in order to provide research material for curators, artists, theorists and to all public interested.

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