DIVA Station & Videospotting & MSU Zagreb
DIVA Station at MSU Zagreb
Presentation, workshop, exhibition and
projection on media facade
October 30 – November 10, 2014
Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb,
Avenija Dubrovnik 17, Zagreb, Croatia
DIVA Station – archiving of images and time
Presentation & workshop
Thursday, 30 October, 2014, at 5 pm
Gorgona Hall (MSU Zagreb)
The collaborators of DIVA Station (SCCA-Ljubljana) Barbara Borčić, Dušan Dovč, Ida Hiršenfelder and Nika Grabar will present the procedures of production, historisation and functioning of DIVA Station, the archive of video and media art in Slovenia. On that occasion DIVA at Škuc Gallery, a video essay by Nika Grabar presenting the topic of archiving as “the preservation of memory”, will be shown.
Two (Videospotting) video programmes will meet their premiere at MSU Zagreb: Industrial Landscape curated by Miha Colner and Feedback Loop curated by Ida Hiršenfelder.
Exhibition in the library foyer (MSU Zagreb)
October 30 – November 10, 2014
Curated by: Miha Colner
The socialist system which reigned in Eastern Europe a considerable part of the 20th Century seeded a notable fear in the e.g. western democracies on the basis of the enforced propaganda that had created numerous stereotypes about that geopolitical area. Totalitarian organisation of everyday life, poverty, repression, lawlessness, specific collective urbanisation and aggressive industrialisation are probably some of the most common misconceptions about the “wild east” before (and after) the fall of the Berlin Wall. That kind of discourse had vehemently found its way also into the context of fine arts that considers eastern part of the old continent as a morbid and dark place, marked by gloominess, remnants of architectural projects and decaying industrial objects.
The selection of five works displays different genres of works and generations of artists from Slovenia that refer to such dark motives of decaying industrial spaces. However, in these works the industrial heritage is interpreted in a more non-dogmatic and ambivalent ways that have not necessarily negative connotations.
Video works at the exhibition: Ana Sluga, Away (2006); Zemira Alajbegović & Neven Korda, It Rains (1986); Marko A. Kovačič, Song of Flesh and Image Was Made Body (1985); TEMP (Robertina Šebjanič, Peter Košir, Luka Prinčič), Cona D (2005); Sašo Podgoršek, Vertigo Bird (1996).
Projection on media façade (MSU Zagreb)
October 30 – November 6, 2014
Concept: Ida Hiršenfelder
Production: SCCA-Ljubljana, 2013
Feedback Loop presents the part of video archive which is extremely important for understanding video art and its social impact, but remains almost entirely unnoticed and non-representational. In these works the artists are dealing with experimental use of video language which does not fit into the time limit prescribed by conventional presentation formats at galleries and festivals. Neither do these works fit into the logic of a narrative story line. These are visual experiments that include the aesthetics of boredom with constant repetition and slight modulation of visual effects. Initially, a lot of them were not meant to ever be shown at a gallery space to start with. Numerous long format video artworks with constant feedback loops were recorded by artists as a by-product of their VJ performances (Maja Smrekar); or as a collage of recordings that had been treated as invaluable material ever since the 80s and had been constantly re-cut, re-mixed, re-used (Rok Sieberer – Kuri, Zemira Alajbegović in Neven Korda – ZANK, Mirko Simič); or as experiments with early video oscillators (such as early experiments by Miha Vipotnik from the 70s); or, last but not least, as experiments produced by generative computer programs for AV manipulation and transfer of data via streaming (Tanja Vujinović, Luka Dekleva, and Luka Prinčič).
Video works on media facade: Mirko Simič, Parabola (1997); Maja Smrekar, Imaginarium of Electromagnetic Transformations (2009); ZANK (Zemira Alajbegović, Neven Korda), Poppers (1988); Luka Dekleva, Sen/za Televizijo/a (2009); Rok Sieberer – Kuri, Technotime (1999); Tanja Vujinović, Extagram / Oscilo (2007); Miha Vipotnik, Video Graphics (1975); Emil Memon, Blue Movie (1983); Luka Dekleva in Luka Prinčič, Singing Bridges Bizovik (2008).
DIVA Station is a compendium of SCCA projects that seek to research, document, archive, analyse, interpret, present, disseminate and promote video/new-media art with documentation, archive and curated programmes that are accessible on-line and are open for cooperation. DIVA Station is also a partner in GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art) international internet platform which brings together eight European video/media archives to make them more visible and easily accessible. It contains more than 1.000 items of artists from Slovenia (from 1969 on) and is updated, presented and discussed on regular basis. DIVA is on-line archive with a hypertextual database and search engine combined with open access to video/new-media artworks. While Diva Mediatheque apart from local media and video art provides around 500 video/media works by international artists and some of the most representative national video/archive collections.
Videospotting is a series of curated Slovenian video art programmes with presentations, exhibitions and screenings at international venues.
Production: SCCA-Ljubljana, 2014
Co-production: Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
Conceived and realisation: Barbara Borčić, Ida Hiršenfelder, Dušan Dovč
Web documentation: Vesna Bukovec
Support: City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
Thanks to: Jasna Jakšić and technical team (MSU Zagreb)
[Published October 22, 2014]