From the Archives of the DIVA Station: Body and Identity

Kiblix 2020-2021
Thursday, 20 May 2021, 7pm
Online screening and talk (in Slovene language)
Guests: Uršula Berlot, Sara Bezovšek, Aleksandra Saška Gruden, Jasna Hribernik in Saša Spačal

DIVA Station at Kiblix 2020-2021 Festival

The International Festival of Arts, Technology and Science Kiblix 2020-2021 hosts the DIVA Station archive with a series of events in April and May. The theme of the festival Virtual Worlds Now is focused on the critical evaluation of the intersections and disconnections between the virtual and the physical, and the research and critique of modern technological media and their use in contemporary art, culture and education, which is especially interesting at a time of epidemic constraints, when for many people digital and virtual have become the dominant environment for work, communication, education and entertainment.

In a series of four events under the common title From the Archives of the DIVA Station, we are preparing a series of online video projections on the computer and online art, perception of physicality in a virtual environment, and transmitted feelings. The purpose of online projections is to get acquainted with works from the digital archive, get to know individual authors, and create a space for joint reflection, discussion, and knowledge exchange. Each event will be based on a selection of (including older) works from the archives of the DIVA Station and a conversation with the authors. Deriving from the events’ online context, the focus will be on works that can start a discussion on the new reality of art perception through the digital experience. The conversations will be moderated by Irena Borić and Vesna Bukovec.


From the Archives of the DIVA Station: Body and Identity

Curator: Vesna Bukovec

The selection of works from the archive was prepared by Vesna Bukovec and takes us on a walk from a micro view of body particles that are visible only by using the digital technology (Bodyfraction), through the possibility of experiencing dispersed identity in VR space (Liminoid), online identity and violence (Cyberstalking), face-covering (Self-portrait) – today we can also think of it as protecting personal identity – to the loss of identity in a macro view of a group of people (Tense Present: Šum fotonov/ Photon Noise), who are no longer perceived as individuals with their own story, but as pixels, decomposing in a media-shared image. The intertwining of the development possibilities for humans and society that technology offers us as opposed to various types of abuse. The screening will be followed by a talk between the selector Irena Borić, the artists and curator and associate of the DIVA Station Vesna Bukovec.

Uršula Berlot, Sunčana Kuljiš, Bodyfraction
U.B. & S.K., 2020, 7′ 4′′
» video
Saša Spačal, Liminoid
S.S. & +MSUM, 2016, 8′ 8′′
» video
Sara Bezovšek, Cyberstalking
Aksioma, 2019, 5′ 27′′
» video
Aleksandra Saška Gruden, Self-portrait
A.S.G., 2001, 1′ 54′′
» video
Jasna Hribernik, Tense Present: Photon Noise
White Balance, 2015, 1′ 18′′
» video


Uršula Berlot (1973) studied philosophy at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana for two years after graduating from the High School of Natural Sciences, then painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She obtained her master’s degree in 2002 and her doctorate in 2010 at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana, where she has been teaching at the Department of Theoretical Sciences since 2009. She works as a visual artist, art theorist, and lecturer interested in the intersections of art, science, and philosophy. She focuses on invisible and immaterial aspects of reality in artistic creation, often using technologically advanced optical research tools (radiology, microscopy) to explore liminal aspects of perceptual experience. She interweaves different media and genres in experimental and research-oriented artistic practice, such as light and kinetic installations, video, drawing, and virtual digital art. In transdisciplinary projects ˗ video works and light and kinetic installations, she explores various forms and expressions of psycho-emotional spaces, the aesthetic and technical potential of simulated nature, and the relationships between mind, body, and techno-media.
Uršula Berlot at DIVA Station

Sara Bezovšek is a visual artist active in graphic design, new media, and experimental film. In her work, she collects, stores, and collages the visual references she encounters while browsing online and watching movies and TV series. Through appropriation, she creates new narratives, interested in what people watch and share on social media, how visual material is broadcast on the internet, and how it changes and affects users. In the context of the post-internet paradigm, she thus creates a space where online content and internet references are a consistent and indispensable part of the world we live in.
Sara Bezovšek at DIVA Station

Aleksandra Saška Gruden completed her sculpture studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. Since 2006 she has held the status of self-employed cultural worker. As a multidisciplinary artist, she is involved in sculpture, spatial installations and interventions, video, performance, photography, scenography, and drawing. In her works, she discusses themes such as the human body and its limitations, the relationship between the private and the public, the intimate world of the individual, the image of women in modern society, and cultural heritage. She regularly exhibits at home and internationally (Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Serbia) where she presents her work in solo and group exhibitions. She is the author of several public installations in Slovenia (Grosuplje, Kranj, Celje) and abroad (Austria, Croatia). For her work she received: the 2nd prize for Slovenian photography of the year, awarded by Emzin magazine, the 3rd prize for video at the exhibition Man-Monument (Velenje) and in 2016 the prize of the Designers Society of Slovenia for the project Zidnice (EPK Maribor). She often collaborates with other artists (Nataša Skušek, Saba Skaberne). She led many sculptural symposia and exhibition programs (Video Dinner and Showcases), of the MFRU Festival, and series off talks (Tea Party for Art, O:MIZA). She works as a cultural critic and is the president of the artist council of Ljubljana Fine Artists Society.
Aleksandra Saška Gruden at DIVA Station

Jasna Hribernik (Maribor, 1959) lives in Ljubljana and works as independent film director, video and intermedia artist. After graduating in film and TV directing at the AGRFT in Ljubljana she started to make videoart and explored the video image and the placement of video and light in the architectural space. On the other hand, she devoted herself to auteur documentary. From 2000 to 2002, she attended the Documentary Master School in Munich. Many documentaries have been screened and awarded internationally (The Bells of ChernobylThe Last BoatConcerto for Mobile Phones and OrchestraThe World Didn’t Know It Landed in a SongVitanje in Space: SunitaInfinite BeginningSymphony of Sorrowfull SongsNext Station Kiosk). She is often a camerawoman and editor herself. She has shown her videos and Videospaces at home and abroad (Ars Electronica Linz, Tokyo Art Video Festival, Venice Biennale of Fine Arts: Staircase, Ballabende, NewMoscowYork, Lifestream, Revealed, Night Flight, Albedo, (Post)production, Tense Present, Communication Echolocation). In her works, she critically responds to the changing world and the position of man in it. At the School of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica she has been working as an associate professor since 2012, lecturing Space and Time in Moving Images.
Jasna Hribernik at DIVA Station

Saša Spačal is a post-media artist working at the intersection of living systems research, contemporary and sound art. Her artistic research focuses on entanglements of the environment-culture continuum and planetary metabolisms. By developing technological interfaces and relation to soil agents, she addresses the posthuman condition, which involves mechanical, digital, and organic logic within contemporary biopolitics and necropolitics. Her work was exhibited at venues such as Ars Electronica Festival (AT), National Art Museum of China (CHN), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (RUS), Prix Cube (FR), Transmediale Festival (DE), Onassis Cultural Center Athens (GR), Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (SI). Her works received awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Japan Media Art Award, Prix Cube, NewTechnology Art Award, and New Aesthetica Prize.
Saša Spačal at DIVA Station

Irena Borić is freelance editor, curator and critic. She graduated in Art History and History at the Faculty of Arts, University of Zagreb and Arts And Heritage: Policy, Management and Education at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. She has participated in the projects Economics of Love / Politics of Feelings (2012–), Shame on You! (2013) and net.cube (2015–). She has curated numerous exhibitions, including Truth that Lies (2019) and Low Tones of Earth Song (2019). She has prepared numerous discursive events, co-designed and organized the symposium Irrationality of the Biennial (2018) at MGLC, Ljubljana and the seminar Sketches for the Curriculum: Forms and Challenges of Art Education (2017) at the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb. She is one of the editors of the independent publishing platform INCA press and a member of the Croatian section of AICA. She curates and organizes the educational program at KIBLA.

Vesna Bukovec (1977) graduated and obtained her master’s degree in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She is a socially critical author who expresses herself in various media, putting drawing in the foreground in addition to video. She has presented herself at several solo and group exhibitions in the domestic and international space. She also works in the field of graphic design and video art curation. Since 2015 she has been an expert associate of the DIVA Station at SCCA-Ljubljana.

The International Festival of Arts, Technology and Science Kiblix has been organized by KIBLA from Maribor since 2002. It is an open source festival that connects art, technology and science. It problematizes two different aspects: the impact of science and technology on the social life of the individual, and research into the mystery of science that dictates the future. Both, however, try to offer solutions to bridge the powerlessness of the individual in modern society.
It is part of the RUK project (2019-2022). RUK is a network of art and culture research centers on the crossroads of art, science, and technology. In this interdisciplinary triangle, the partners Delavski dom Trbovlje, PiNA and KIBLA on the Trbovlje-Koper-Maribor axis are developing innovative products and services for a humane technology of the future. More about the Kiblix 2020-2021.

The DIVA Station is an online and physical archive that SCCA-Ljubljana has been developing since 2005 to research, document, archive, and present art film, video, and new media art. It is based on the collection of video materials within the extended concept of the national context and includes artists working in Slovenia and/or internationally.

Production: ACE KIBLA and SCCA-Ljubljana/DIVA Station