Miha Vipotnik: Faces of Analogue / Quantisation of Red

A presentation of the film / video opus of Miha Vipotnik from 1974-2018
Screenings, exhibitions, lectures and talks
Opening event: Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 7pm (exhibition), 8pm (lecture, screening, talk)
Slovenian Cinematheque, Miklošičeva cesta 28, Ljubljana


Program (January-June 2020)
29 January / 11 February / 3 March / 7 April / 6 May / 24 June
Production: SCCA-Ljubljana and Slovenian Cinematheque
Curators: Barbara Borčić, Peter Cerovšek


Miha Vipotnik: Eight (1992), two-channel video installation, 8 minutes loop

 

With projections once a month from January to June, the program will take us through a forty-year oeuvre of more than fifty works, from early analogues on celluloid and magnetic tapes to later digital ones on files and on online platforms. This will conclude the circle from early experimental processes to cinematic narration. The events will be accompanied by Screen Memory exhibition, Videogram 4 archive, lectures and talks with artist. In addition to the author, the program will include experts in film, video, new media and the author’s works: Melita Zajc, Nika Grabar, Barbara Borčić, Peter Cerovšek and Igor Prassel.

In the archive DIVA Station SCCA-Ljubljana keeps Vipotnik’s works and, in recent times, has been especially systematically researching, analysing and presenting them in the international space, as Vipotnik is an artist who has decisively marked the beginnings of video creativity in our country and also influenced the further development of film, video and media arts. We are proud that from now on Vipotnik’s oeuvre will be kept also in the archive by the Slovenian Cinematheque, in the best quality on LTO carriers. All this is a good reason for the joyful celebration, as it also promises to continue this kind of cooperation in the fields of display, critical reflection and preservation of important Slovenia audio-visual cultural heritage.

Miha Vipotnik is primarily a painter, whose images and stories materialize in a form of movies and video art. From very early on, he used video as his main medium of expression – either through a single-channel video or as a constitutive part of his multimedia and interdisciplinary projects and art installations. Electronic media experimenting and the actual performative process are among key features of his artistic praxis, through which he explores the impact of such image transformations within his narratives. His artistic language includes elements of performance with an emphasis on the significance of timing and the gradual unfolding of enigmatic personal stories into a palimpsest of images, inscriptions and speech.


PROGRAM I

29 January 2020

Miha Vipotnik’s film / video opus opened with a program of early experimental and performative works, the Screen Memory exhibition and a two-channel video installation Eight. The centerpiece of the program belongs to Videogram 4 from 1976/79  that enters into the annals of Slovenian contemporary art as the beginning of experimental video and multimedia art. The archive showcase placed in the hall entrance presented also the production process, material carriers of image and sound, and other material of this complex project that was at first presented as installation and performance in the gallery, and only later as a single-channel video broadcast on national television. The screening was introduced by media theorist Melita Zajc who also led a conversation with the artist relating to the specific dimensions of his film and media practices.

Moda za vas [Fashion for You] (announcement)
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), 1974, 16mm, 4:3, colour, 30”
Videogram 4
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), 1976/79, 2” Open Reel & U-matic, 4:3, colour, 28′
It Brings Luck
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), 1984, U-matic, 4:3, colour, 2′ 30”
Insert from show for children ”A”
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), 1985, U-matic, 4:3, colour, 1’16”
Space 2
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), 1986, U-matic), 4:3, colour, 1’52”

 


PROGRAM II

11 February 2020

The carefully chosen coincidence of images in dialogue with the words evokes a series of associations and poetic figures. From the narrative of a talking head that transforms into the poetry of a montage cut and the found imagery that weaves a portrait of the poet, to the author’s cinematic staging of the poem itself. The program, presented in the style of a television scheme, is interrupted by the author’s advertising spots.

Don’t Panic
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), 1984, U-matic, 4:3, colour, 6′ 34”
  • TV advertisement Ljubljanske mlekarne: kornet Zlatorog
    Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 1996–2002, Super 16mm, 4:3, colour, 36”
  • TV advertisement Krka: Vitaskin
    Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 1996–2002, Super 16mm, 4:3, colour, 20”
  • TV advertisement Peko (1)
    Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 1996–2002, Super 16mm, 4:3, colour, 30”

Concurrences
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 2017, digital, 16:9, colour, 52′
  • TV advertisement Zelene doline: Jogurt
    Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 1996–2002, DigiBeta, 4:3, colour, 26”
  • TV advertisement Mura: LeOna
    Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 1996–2002, Super 16mm, 4:3, colour, 30”
  • TV advertisement Peko (2)
    Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 1996–2002, Super 16mm, 4:3, colour, 30”

France Prešeren: Ghazals
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 2000, Hi8, 4:3, colour, 25′

PROGRAM III
3 March 2020

The March program consists of works from 1988 to 2015. Four videos / films, in one way or another, address the topics of personal and social control, an atmosphere of political instability and military interventions. This holds also for the author’s commercial linking the bank and the prison, for which he received The commercial won the Silver Stick Award at the Golden Drum International Advertising Festival in 1997.

The program will be introduced by Nika Grabar, a good connoisseur of Vipotnik’s oeuvre, who is also interested in a specific “video / space” that absorbs the viewer and also Vipotnik’s play with means through exploring technologies: He inserts mistakes into the system to make it visible. With the help of a “too good” use, read manipulation of media technologies, whether analog or digital, he keeps playing with the “dwarves” who regularly inhabit our daily lives.”

Path of Crasy Wisdom
Miha Vipotnik, USA, 1988/96, digital format (recorded on Super VHS, Beta SP), 4:3, colour, 9’ 58’’
  • TV advertisement Celje Bank: The Prisoner
    Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 1997, digital format (recorded on Super 16 mm), 4:3, colour, 45”

Smile
Miha Vipotnik, Slovenia, 2015, digital format, 9:16, colour, 3′ 16″
Lumino Auro
Miha Vipotnik, Lebanon, 2011, digital format (recorded on miniDV), 1.85, colour, 24′
Stratifikation of the Moon
Miha Vipotnik, Lebanon, 2015, digital format, 16:9, colour, 53′ 28”, svp

Miha Vipotnik (1954) graduated in painting in 1976 and in 1979 completed his postgraduate studies in video and television at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In the 70’s and 80’s, he created numerous artistic videos, intros and animations, directed art-related programs and has pioneered the experimental usage of video technology for the public television RTV Slovenia.
Together with Marie Claude Vogrič, he was a co-founder and the Director of an international biennial video festival VIDEO CD in Ljubljana (1983-1987), during which a significant number of Slovene and international video art works were created with the state-of-the-art technical equipment in impromptu studios. From 1987 until 1991, he received a Fulbright stipend for his master’s studies of Film and Live Action at the California Institute of the Arts in L.A. During this period, he established the XYZX Production, through which he collaborated with TV stations and film studios across the globe. In 1994, he began managing the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Annex and with Elayne Zalis, he co-created the concept for digitization of their significant video collection in order to make it available online. This collaboration also resulted in numerous art installations and video art projects produced for international artists. LBMA Video Annex priceless collection of video art is now part of The Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute’s Art Video Archives.
Since 2002, Vipotnik lectured through video art workshops in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Croatia and Slovenia. In 2014, he started working as a visiting professor of film and video at the Department of Digital Media, Cinema and Television at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of USEK University in Lebanon and at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts ALBA in Beirut, where he teaches creative expression and art-related interdisciplinary studies. (Photo: Bojan Brecelj)


Photogallery

Exhibition opening, lecture by Melita Zajc, Program I, talk with Miha Vipotnikom, 29 January 2020
Photo: Asiana Jurca Avci / Slovenian Cinematheque, Qëndresë Deda

Lecture by Nika Grabar, Program III, 3 March 2020
Photo: SCCA-Ljubljana archive


Co-production: SCCA-Ljubljana/DIVA Station and Slovenian Cinematheque
Supported by: City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture