Exhibition Inner Nature in La Madraza – Centro de Cultura Contemporánea

Exhibition Inner Nature was opened in La Madraza – Centro de Cultura Contemporánea, Grenada (Spain) on 6th of June 2017. Valerie Wolf Gang’s work (Anti)Stress was part of the exhibition.

 

INNER NATURE EXHIBITION is a project that arises from the wish to propose a reflection on art, nature and contemplation through audiovisual creation. It aims to create an important cultural influence with minimal environmental impact in order to foster a consciousness that is more alert and sensitive to the global challenges we face today. The ultimate aim of the project is to transform our reality starting by changing ourselves. The approach of the exhibition is inclusive, intercultural and secular. It emphasizes the richness of different cultural traditions.

More info: https://innernatureexhibition.com/ 

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Official selection Stockholm Independent Film Festival 2017

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Short film “The Call of Nostalgia” by Slovenian director Valerie Wolf Gang was selected to be featured in Stockholm Independent Film Festival 2017.

THE CALL OF NOSTALGIA

Passing by an old vineyard awakes memories about the past and encourages a special call to a person long time forgotten. The Call of Nostalgia is a short experimental fiction film which explores and connects the topics of wine and roots into a poetical film merging different realities, times, places and destinies. A testament to memory and time which passes by and tries to erase everything we once knew.

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Hunting for America / interactive installation

Video documentation of interactive installation ‘Hunting for America’ by Valerie Wolf Gang, exhibited in Gallery Alkatraz in April 2017.

“Hunting for America by Valerie Wolf Gang is a reaction to the idealized image of the New World and its unlimited possibilities – especially during the endless crises that continue to resonate within our society. The artwork is an answer to the utopian view that the US provides a “better life” and it offers a simple solution to the discomfort of (particularly Eastern) Europe. The author traveled across the ocean in order to test this theory in practice. The result of the research is an interactive piece, revealing the process of surveillance and breaches of one’s privacy, inviting the audience to participate in it and experience it directly, as one who does not try a certain thing on their own, can hardly believe that things are somehow completely different.” – Kateřina Lenzová, curator of the exhibition

Artist Valerie Wolf Gang
Programmer Christof Ressi
Assistant Urša Bonelli Potokar
Curator Kateřina Lenzová
Gallery Alkatraz, April 2017
galerijalkatraz.org/
valeriewolfgang.com/

Premiere of new curated video program in Vienna

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The premiere of the curated video program DIVA Station Presents IV in Vienna, in Blickle Kino, placed in 21er Haus, Quartier Belvedere, Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday, 7 June 2017, at 7pm.

In partnership with Ursula Blickle Video Archiv and with the support of Skica the archive will be presented for the first time in Vienna. The program will include the presentation of DIVA Station by Barbara Borčić, program advisor, curator and head of video programs at SCCA-Ljubljana, a screening of curated program DIVA Station Presents IV and a discussion moderated by Claudia Slanar, the curator of the Ursula Blickle Video Archive at the 21er Haus – Museum of Contemporary Art.

FROM MEMORY TO FICTION presents various modes the artists cope and play with memory, personal or collective, and make narratives that are in-between reality and fiction. Taiga (1996) by Ema Kugler is a dark video landscape with human figures in menacing costumes, engaged in a game of dance and fight, pleasure and torture. Accompanied by a dramatic song, a row of vax dogs melt away, while the electronic effect only serves to accelerate the process. Created for a joint exhibition, the video Galapagos (2005) displays close-ups of an artificial installation of Galapagos Island with a volcano at its centre. Damijan Kracina and Vladimir Leben invented a variety of fantasy animals and added a DIY music piece, all with a good sense of humour and the absurd. Marko Kovačič is questioning the present through designing the fictitious Plastos civilisation that can belong to the past or future and he presents it in different formats and forms, as art installations, performances, publications and videos (Forth into the Past, 1995). Distant Memory (2014) by Valérie Wolf Gang is a video poetry, which speaks about the times that once were, about Yugoslav President Tito’s ship Galeb in between reality and the imaginary world of poetry.

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Stills from Valerie Wolf Gang’s work Distant Memory.

More info:

http://www.scca-ljubljana.si/news-en_17-18.htm

http://www.videospotting.org/postaja-diva-predstavlja-iv-2017

http://www.videospotting.org/eng/archives/731

Young Female Art in Šiška

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Group exhibition titled ‘Young Female Art in Šiška’ opens tomorrow, 12.4.2017 at 18:00. Read rich program below.

Artists exhibiting are: Urška Aplinc & Maja Burja, Lea Culetto, Nina Čelhar, Živa Drvarič, Karja Felle, Sanela Jahič, Anja Jelovšek, Neža Knez, DaLea Kovačec, Jara Vogrič, Valerie Wolf Gang, Zavetišče za zavržene rastline.

http://www.galerijagallery.com/ 

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Valerie Wolf Gang will present her work at MoTa – Museum of Transitory Arts Ljubljana. On the photo you can see the detail on the window of MoTa Gallery.

 


Program for the opening:

18.00 – 18.30 Dvorana Skladovnica JSKD, Beethovnova 5

Sanela Jahić, Jara Vogrič video screenings
18.30 – 18.45 UAUU, Univerzalni Atelje Uličnih Umetnosti, Gosposvetska 7 
odprtje / opening: Živa Drvarič exhibition 13. april 2017 – 03. maj 2017

+++ Magical misery tour bus (free bus ride) +++

18.45 – 19.00 MOTA – Muzej tranzitornih umetnosti, Celovška 42 
odprtje / opening: Valerie Wolf Gang exhibition 13. april 2017 – 03. maj 2017

+++ Magical misery tour bus (free bus ride) +++

19.00 – 19.20 Sprehod po divji poti med Vodnikovo cesto in Kinom Šiška 
Walk through the wild path between Vodnikova cesta and Kino Šiška
/ Abandoned Plants Sanctuary performance
additional walks: 22. april 2017: 11.00 29. april 2017: 11.00 (starting location: GalerijaGallery, Trg prekomorskih brigad 1)

19.20 – 19.30 Izložba trgovine Elliza / Window display of Elliza shop, Celovška cesta 111 
opening: Lea Culetto installation 13. april 2017 – 03. maj 2017

19.00 – 20.00 Center urbane kulture Kino Šiška, Trg prekomorskih brigad 3 
Katja Felle in collaboration with Koroškim medgeneracijskim centrom / performance

20.00 Photon – center za sodobno fotografijo (hodnik galerije), Trg prekomorskih brigad 1 
opening: Urška Aplinc & Maja Burja exhibition 13. april 2017 – 03. maj 2017

20.00 GalerijaGallery, Trg prekomorskih brigad 1 
opening: Nina Čelhar, Živa Drvarič, Katja Felle, Anja Jelovšek, Neža Knez, Dalea Kovačec exhibition 13. april 2017 – 03. maj 2017

20.00 – 20.30 GalerijaGallery, Trg prekomorskih brigad 1 
Neža Knez / performance

21.00 – 21.30 Center urbane kulture Kino Šiška, Trg prekomorskih brigad 3 
Neža Knez / performance, exhibition 13. april 2017 – 03. maj 2017

Next:
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DIVA Station Presents III

DIVA Station Presents III
Slovenian premiere of the curated video program after hosting in the USA

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 8pm
Slovenian Cinematheque, Miklošičeva 28, Ljubljana

Synoptic video program, entitled DIVA Station Presents III, was curated by Barbara Borčić, program advisor at SCCA-Ljubljana, head of video programs and video archive DIVA Station. Selection presents 17 video works which are divided into three parts: From analog to digital, From memory to fiction and From impression to digression. The program offers viewers a thematic entry into diversified materials held by our video and new media archive DIVA Station. From analog to digital presents works that each in its own way deals with television as an institution or the mass media, exploring its space, frequency and aesthetics. From memory to fiction with a selection of works deals and plays with memory, both collective and personal, and looking narratives that run on the border between reality and fiction. From the impression to digression consists of video works, based on an impression, which quickly turns into digresion. From the cityscape and highway walls, to the body and the urban sound, control and Photonic sound.

The premiere program was successfully introduced last year – at first on the West Coast in Los Angeles, in the LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), then in Brooklyn (New York), where we were hosted by organization UnionDocs (unDo) Center for Documentary Art. Both projections were accompanied by a presentation by curator Barbara Borčić and participating artists Nataša Prosenc Stearns and Emil Memon, who live and work in USA. After projections Pawel Wojtasik (director and video artist) and Nancy Buchanan and Kathy Rae Huffman (artists and curators) also participated in the following discussions.

Curated video program DIVA Station Presents III will now have its debut for the local audience in the Slovenian Cinematheque – this time under section Kino-integral and at the invitation of the Asocciation Kraken, which is responsible for the promotion of short film.
Curator: Barbara Borčić

DIVA STATION PRESENTS III

Production: SCCA-Ljubljana, 2016
Duration: 66 minutes
Premiere: LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, November 16, 2016

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The program consists of 17 video works and is divided into three sections.
 
From analogue to digital
Miha Vipotnik: Space 2, 1986, 1’53’’
Ana Čigon: One More Kick, 2009, 4’35’’
Sašo Sedlaček: Veliki izklop / The Big Switch Off, 2011, 1’48’’
Luka Dekleva: Singing Bridges, 2008, 4’14’’
Vesna Bukovec: Important News, 2003, 54’’
Nika Špan: How to Socialise the Blues?, 2007, 1’58’’

From memory to fiction
Marko A. Kovačič: Naprej v preteklost / Forth into the Past, 1995, 9’30’’
Valerie Wolf Gang: Distant Memory, 2014, 2’43’’
Miha Vipotnik: Path of Crazy Wisdom, 1993, 9’58”

From impression to digression
Emil Memon: Schizophrenia / Blue movie, 1983/95, 5’37’’
Nataša Prosenc Stearns: The Noise Factor, 2012, 3’15’’
Urška Djukić: Persistence 2, 2014, 1’22’’
Neven Korda: Jesensko tihožitje / An Autumnal Still Life, 2002, 4’05’’
Zvonka T Simčič: Broken h-h-h…egg, 2000, 1’
Ana Čigon: Finger in U.S., 2010, 2’15’’
Jasna Hribernik: Tense Present: Šum fotonov / Tense Present: Photon Noise, 2015, 1’18’’
Andrej Lupinc: V 8. minutah okoli sveta / In Eight Minutes Around the World, 1990-2000, 9’35’’

Artist Abroad – discussion about artistic mobility and its influence on art

In cooperation with Alkatraz Gallery / KUD Mreža you are cordially invited to attend the discussion entitled Artist Abroad – discussion about artistic mobility and its influence on art with the artists Eriz Moreno, Valerie Wolf Gang and the curator Kateřina Lenzová in Project Room SCCA on 3rd of April 2017 at 18:00.

The discussion in Project Room SCCA is a pre-event for the exhibition Trk / The Clash / Coque / Střet, which will be opened a day latter, on Tuesday, 4 April, 8pm in Alkatraz Gallery.

Facebook Event: HERE

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Eriz Moreno, Valerie Wolf Gang: The Clash/Trk/Choque/Střet
5–28 April 2017
Opening: 4 April 2017, at 8 pm

Curated by: Kateřina Lenzová

The exhibition brings together three people: the 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.
A distance from the familiar environment enables people to look at a new reality with increased sensitivity. The person – by crossing borders – also exceeds their own limits of perception.
The artists work with the symbols that are entirely familiar in the country, but exactly this point of view – of a foreigner – may thematise the topic anew, thanks to a different perspective, in a different form and with a real detachment.

Triglav – by Eriz Moreno – is a part of the Bratstvo / Jedinstvo project, whose objective was to research the concept of Brotherhood and Unity of Yugoslavia by documenting the defunct federation’s past and present, with emphasis on its recent history. The installation is dominated by four TV screens offering four different perspectives on the very peak of former Yugoslavia. The author brings us at the foot of the mythical mountain Triglav – named after one of the ancient Slavic deities whose three heads represent the sky, the earth and the underworld. The mountain has been depicted in folk tales, mythology, poems, song and old paintings. In modern history Triglav is the main part of the national coat of arms of Slovenia. The additional images, collected by the artist during his stay in Slovenia, help complete the entire installation and show the mountain in the whole context – as a result of geological process and as a national symbol with its own history.

Hunting for America by Valerie Wolf Gang is a reaction on the idealized image of the New World and its unlimited possibilities – especially during the endless crises, continually resonating in our society. The artwork is an answer to the utopian view that the US provide a “better life“and it offers a simple solution to the discomfort of (particularly Eastern) Europe. The author travelled across the ocean in order to test this theory in practice. The result of the research is an interactive piece, revealing the process of surveillance and breaches of one’s privacy, inviting the audience to participate in it and experience it directly, as the one who does not try a certain thing on their own, can hardly believe that things are somehow completely different.

Artist Mellifera Carnica by Valerie Wolf Gang – The title of the installation comes from the Latin name Apis mellifera carnica (Carniolan Honey Bee) – the bee which is found almost around the globe, but whose origin is based in the northwest of Slovenia – Gorenjska. The columns representing the beehives are full of personal memories and moments from the author’s travels. The flying creature leads us to all the places the artist wandered about during her residencies in the last five years.

Text by Kateřina Lenzová

Eriz Moreno (*1982, Bilbao) – a Spanish artist, living in Bilbao, at the time at an artistic residency in Ljubljana. During his stay he took his own pictures while collecting photos, images and other archive materials about the history of the former Yugoslavian countries, which he then used in his artworks. This approach is in line with his long-term intention of documenting and presenting a particular local history and its interpretation.

My projects are related to my experience with the territory; in this sense that after travelling all around former Yugoslavia, the chance to stay in Ljubljana for a lengthy period of time was helpful in my research directly at the very place as well as for the better understanding of the idiosyncrasy of this concrete region. Yugoslavia is a big term, and there are as many perspectives of it as there are people living there, so I was not pretending to be working an art historian in a museum at all, because I am not interested in official points of view, but in creating my own theory. This is how the Triglav project started, from my overseas perspective; I am not able to understand the symbols in the same way as the locals, but I can observe them… Triglav, together with the river Vardar (now in the Republic of Macedonia), was the symbol of Yugoslavian »brotherhood and unity«. Triglav is now in the flag of Slovenia and climbing it is a rite of passage, … but in reality (scientifically and from my own foreign point of view) it is just a mountain.

Valerie Wolf Gang (*1990, Ljubljana) – a Slovene artist living in Ljubljana, then staying on the US West Coast. She often creates new media installations using new technologies. Her artworks respond to cultural and social issues related to different environments while travelling and working abroad. She doesn´t understand cultural and social differences as an obstacle that should be bridged, but more as a stimulus for her self-reflection or self-knowledge.

Through the evaluation and analysis of my work, I now see the path that was influenced by the change in my surroundings while I was staying at different artist-in-residence places and that evolved my creative thoughts and processes. I learned a lot about different techniques, was inspired by works of other artists, and most importantly I was more inspired in order to create new works of art. Through the conversations that I had had with other artists, students, and professionals, I realized that we are all looking for similar things; to see the world with the curious eyes of explorers and convey our vision to other people through art – regardless of the borders or differences in our cultures.

Kateřina Lenzová (*1989, Prague) – a Czech curator living in Prague, at the time on an internship at KUD Mreža, in Ljubljana. She mostly focuses on similarities across artistic genres in view of an interdisciplinary collaboration.  Her activities often relate to theoretical or social issues.

Travelling means independence – I don´t mean only that we can freely move within a territory, but especially within thinking. The topic of this exhibition is very concrete, and the whole concept emerged naturally and with no big explanation. The basic principle is still the same. Any new environment works as a catalyst; we have to quickly integrate into a society that already has some structure. But we are not expected to become part of it. We are temporary observers and that, I think, is what really drives us to action, to react.

Production of the exhibition: KUD Mreža / Galerija Alkatraz

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Discussion in collaboration with: SCCA-Ljubljana

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Exhibition opening: The Clash @ Gallery Alkatraz

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Kindly invited to the exhibition “The Clash” by Eriz Moreno & Valerie Wolf Gang on Tuesday, 4th April at 8 pm, at the Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova. The exhibition is curated by Kateřina Lenzová. Kindly invited also to the discussion at the SCCA Project Room: “Artist Abroad – discussion about artistic mobility and its influence on art” with artists and the curator of the exhibition, on Monday, 3rd April 2017, at 6 pm.

The exhibition brings together three people: the 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 cooperations.

A distance from the familiar environment enables people to look at a new reality with increased sensitivity. The person – by crossing borders – also exceeds their own limits of perception. Artistic work is important for environments on both sides of borders since it thematizes the topic anew, thanks to a different perspective, in a different form and with a real detachment.


Pieces to be featured in Gallery Alkatraz by Valerie Wolf Gang:

Hunting for America

interactive video installation, USA-Slovenia-Austria, 2017

sensors, sniper gun, video projection, sound

Programing: Christof Ressi

Assistant: Urša Bonelli Potokar

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Detail of installation view

Short text about the content of installation by curator Kateřina Lenzová:

Hunting for America is a reaction to the idealized image of the New World and it’s unlimited possibilities – especially during the endless crises, continually resonating in our society. The artwork is an answer to the utopian view that the US provide a “better life“ and it offers a simple solution to the discomfort of (particularly Eastern) Europe. The author traveled across the ocean in order to test this theory in practice. The result of the research is an interactive piece, revealing the process of surveillance and breaches of one’s privacy, inviting the audience to participate in it and experience it directly, as the one who does not try a certain thing on their own, can hardly believe that things are somehow completely different.

Artist Mellifera Carnica

installation, Slovenia-USA-EU, 2017

photo paper, foam board, fishing line, nylon rope, LED light

Assistant: Urša Bonelli Potokar

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Detail

Short text about the content of installation by curator Kateřina Lenzová:

The title of the installation comes from the Latin name Apis mellifera carnica (Carniolan Honey Bee) – the bee which is found almost around the globe, but whose origin is based in the northwest of Slovenia – Gorenjska. The columns representing the beehives are full of personal memories and moments from the author’s travels. The flying creature leads us to all the places the artist wandered about during her residencies in the last five years.

Works by Eriz Moreno: erizmoreno.info

The project is supported by Municipality of Ljubljana and Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia.

Exhibition opening in Gallery TIR Mostovna

Interactive installation “Wet Dreams” is travelling from Gallery Drugo More in Rijeka, Croatia to Gallery TIR Mostovna, Solkan, Slovenia and the opening of the exhibition will be this Saturday at 8 pm, save the date! Join us on the opening to interact with the installation and enjoy a great evening in the gallery located right next to Slovenian-Italian border.

More info about the installation.

Artist: Valerie Wolf Gang / Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2016 / Artistic Director: Janez Janša / Producer: Marcela Okretič / Executive Producer: Sonja Grdina / Public Relations: Urša Purkart / Technician: Valter Udovičić / Documentation: Jure Goršič /  Supported by: the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana

Entrance is free, opening at 8pm (Saturday, 11. 3. 2017)!

Installation teaser:

Location

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Event poster

Moments from the opening of exhibition: 17211910_10211242689158360_4757066505454214895_o