Studio 6 in 2015

For the past 11 years, Studio 6 has been exploring various models of collaboration between artists, curators, critics and theorists. What ties us together is the space and context of the SCCA Project Room where we develop art projects and encourage their reflection while occasionally testing collaborations in new environments as well.

On behalf of the invitation of Beletrina Academic Press publishing house is Studio 6 team in 2015 preparing two events that examine the relationship between artistic expression in visual arts and in words, and which can be placed among research projects that transcend the boundaries of a single art form. Both events will be part of Days of Poetry and Wine 2015 festival programme.

On 24 August 2015, in the framework of the Evenings before the Days, a documentary presentation of the poetry and visual project Ode on Manhattan Avenue (Čučnik, Podlogar, Kariž) will be held in the SCCA Project Room (Metelkova 6, Ljubljana). The authors, poet Primož Čučnikand visual artist Žiga Kariž discussed the project with Dušan Dovč, explaining its background, the impulses behind its creation, its conclusion and potential future impact, as well as their great amazement at New York City, where the poetry published in Ode on Manhattan Avenue was created. The discussion in the Project Room will be accompanied by a presentation of conserved documentary materials that were created at a series of readings, as well as by audio-visual recordings made in Ljubljana and on a tour of the United States.

Two days later, on 26 August 2015, we will prepare the main festival exhibition Words as Colours, Colours as Words*in Ptuj’s Old Glassware Workshop. Exhibition will be conceptualised by thinking of the festival’s poetry program and events – as well as the city of Ptuj as the host. Authors who have on the one hand searched for visual value in words or on the other hand space for words on the canvas will present themselves. The exhibition will, in three complete sections, offer a selection of quotes from the manifestos of visual and literary artists, which will initiatively lead visitors through the history of experimenting with form and word; it will present artists of the Slovenian avant-garde, a reference for both Slovenian visual and literary creativity; and it will be concluded with artistic works and multimedia installations by contemporary artists.
On Saturday, 29 August, at 18.00, when the festival draws to an end and the exhibition closes its doors, Dušan Dovč will hold a lecture Missing Poem is a Poem on visual poetry and poetic texts aimed more at viewing than reading.

Both events represent a continuation and advancement of Studio 6’s mission, which is based on the creation of spaces for art projects and their reflection and on the encouragement of discussion of contemporary practices in visual arts.

Words as Colours, Colours as Words*

Exhibition, lecture
26–29 August 2015
Old Glassware Workshop, Ptuj

Artists: Maja Burja, Avgust Černigoj, Primož Čučnik & Gregor Podlogar & Žiga Kariž, Matjaž Hanžek, Andrej Hočevar & Jaka Železnikar, Alenka Pirman, Srečko Kosovel, Anton Podbevšek, Zoran Srdić Janežič, Valérie Wolf Gang
Curators: Dušan Dovč, Mihael Kelemina, Simona Žvanut
Exhibition designer: Vesna Bukovec
Advisor: Saša Nabergoj

*from the poem ‘’The Principle’’, Ode on Manhattan Avenue, Čučnik, Podlogar, Kariž, 2003


Ode on Manhattan Avenue

Documentary presentation of a visual-sound-semantic project
24 August 2015, at 8 p. m.
SCCA Project Room

Artists: Primož Čučnik, Gregor Podlogar, Žiga Kariž
Curators: Dušan Dovč, Mihael Kelemina, Simona Žvanut
Moderator: Dušan Dovč