Mejart (SI/P/E/I/F)Mejart is a youth exchange project for 25 young artists from different art fields and five different EU countries – Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. The project is the result of the partnership of Art Center with organisations in Italy (Mediattore), France (CEPAS), Spain (Oficina de Accion Solidaria y Cooperacion, Centre d’Art i Natura) and Portugal (CENTA), and with the collaboration of different youth organisations: M.I.K. (Murska Sobota), Infopeka Pekarna (Maribor), DZMP (Krško), MC Bre·ice, ŠMOCL (Laško).The theme of the project was borders (meja means border in Slovene)- giving occasion to discuss about similarities and differences, under the topics of culture, art and society, in creativity and in everyday life. The participants were given the freedom to suggest artistic projects and to work together producing a range of individual and group pieces.The project was presented in a large group performance with a big popular party (veselica). The presentation took place in between the border of Slovenia (Hodoš) and Hungary (Bajánsenye), to overcome the borders between artists and local population, urban and rural habits, cultures and nationalities. The event included artistic performances, together with ethnic music, local choir, concert band from Murska Sobota and the Mejart Ensemble, with traditional food and drinks. In this way the local atmosphere fused with innovative creative suggestions – and a temporary gallery was established for the day at the former duty-free Kompas shop on the border crossing.
Julij Borštnik/Rhiannon Davies/Maurits Bartstra/Vita Žgur (SI/NL/UK)The two art centersJulij, Rhiannon, Maurits and Vita from Art Center, Središče tried to connect Art Center with Forum Stadpark from Graz, which is also an art center but a little different. We decided to make 6 different videos in one: we wanted to show how the drive to Graz and Središč looks like, how the two buildings look, what kind of things artists produce here and there. We tried to show that even though they are different – one is placed in the city and one in the countryside – there is something that connects us: maybe art. On the screen there is text trying to explain what we think about art (and these two places). The video is projected onto tables in firemens’ house, so that spectators can sit around the table, eat gibanica, drink špricer, talk and watch our work. In this way we tried to mix existing two artcenters and what we as artists do, with people around here.
André Vizinho (P) – Framed GoričkoWith his project the author investigated the surrounding environment – Goričko, which is full of forests, fields and agricultural parts. His interest was the border as an interface between two mediums: the surface between the forest and the grassland, the border between the natural and the man-made, the bond between animal and human, the line between thinking and feeling. Goričko is full of borders that allow different shapes of life.The photographs were taken from hunters huts, which are found exactly on these borders and represent the key theme of his research. Hunters use these stilted huts to monitor the wild animals and also for hunting; so the huts are spread all over Goričko.The project deals with Andre’s personal observations and understanding of environment (landscape, people, animals, forests, fields, seasons, light), with which he also tried to warn the hunters, common in this environment, to think more carefully about the practise of hunting animals and to encourage them to hunt images instead.The works were exhibited on the football field in the village of Domanjševci, which is a bilingual village on the border with Hungary. Football field is a local meeting place, where every 14 days a local football match takes place and people gather on special occasions. After that André prepared another exhibition of the work, in MIKK – a youth centre in Murska Sobota. Finally, the photographs will be placed back into the hunters huts around Goričko.
PiK (SI/P) – Travnik: Sculpture in SrediščePedro Veloso and Kaja Avberšek, who are working together under the name PIK, realised the idea of installing a sculpture in the village of Središč. Pedro’s project was based on research of kinetic sculptures, which interact with natural elements and the surrounding environment, without motors or artificial energy sources. The artist’s choice of the installation and artistic work in progress in the village of Sredi±? was a conscious decision and of great importance for the project. Project ‘Travnik’ (meadow) was developed during his stay at the Art center. The sculpture is made of 77 giant steel grass leaves with sound boxes and its fragile composition interacts with the wind and the rain. The sculpture is changing, transforming and producing different sounds.During the physical making of the sculpture, negotiations for the location were also taking place. For his installation Pedro needed a meadow, a field, which was donated by the owner Ida Pap from the village of Središče.Project was built on co-operation with local population – from digging the holes, cutting and planting of grass, lending the tools and different machines, providing space and also the openness and solidarity of people; all of them in their way contributed to the realisation of the installation.All the people of Središče came to the opening of the sculpture. An event which was accompanied by a fire show performance by three fire spinners from England, Australia, and Austria. The whole event was special not only for the villagers but also for the team of Art center – it became more connected with the local community. Above all through mutual trust and respect of differences.
Kaja Avberšek (SI) – Bottles for schnappsThe Slovene designer Kaja Avberšek, working together with the Portuguese sculptor Pedro Veloso under the name PIK, had the idea of offering an appropriate packaging for home-made schnapps to local producers.The bottles combine tradition of the local environment and contemporary design. Eight models of 0,5l bottles for different kinds of schnapps were designed: blueberry, peach, cherry, pear, raspberry, honey, plum and herb. The bottles have same base but they differentiate by the colour, texture and shape of the top. The 3D CAD models were brought to the village of Orisenpeter across the hungarian border, where hungarians were able to preserve the traditional craftmanship and pottery because of the specific clay soil. Craftsman Ladislav Bologh prepared plaster models for each of the bottles and then gypsum moulds for casting into clay.The moulds were later brought to Geza, small clay industry in Magyarszombatfa, where the first bottles were made. These were then brought to Ivo Kurnjek at the elementary school of Murska Sobota, where each bottle was dipped into matching glaze and then baked inside the ceramic oven for seven hours, at the temperature of 1050oC.Bottles for schnapps were presented in Vinogradniški dom in village of Ivanovci, a meeting point of local producers and experts on wine and schnapps, as of local population, visitors and tourists. On the opening of the exhibition they had the oppurtunity to see a concrete product as also the whole working process – from sketches, video documentation and the prototype series of the bottles.The location combined the local scene and its mentality and at the same time tried to stimulate it for possible future offers of cultural/artistic projects, by means of use of public space as potential exhibition and selling place.
GIBANICA ’05Gibanica ’05 is a project of eight parts and takes its name from the Prekmurje speciality. The project has been running since May, and over the course of seven months, Art Center has hosted residencies from all the artists involved. The artists came from Slovenia, Austria, Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.Relationships with the local people and landscape influence the outcome of creative projects that take place at the Art center.There is no ‘gallery’ space at Art center, but that doesn’t stop the work being presented. Gibanica is the first real attempt by Art center to do this, where all the works have been presented in a non-formal exhibition space – locations that are familiar to Goričko – a village fire station, a doctor’s surgery, a winery, hunters huts – and that does not have the expectations of a gallery space. However, now there is an opportunity in these places to see some contemporary art, it raises the question as to why art should be so confined to a specific type of space and in a specific (mostly urban) area.In this way we hope that the projects had a greater connection to their context and that they, in some way, had as much value to the local people as to the artists who created them.
Pawel Dziemian (PL) – Oikoumene video constellation”Oikoumene is a permanently inhabited land, with conditions for permanent existence.Oikoumene is a video constellation representing different appearances of genocide, attempts to homogenize enviroment and extermination. It consists of two documentary films, searching for evidence of interventions in natural environment and operations on population. The science doesn’t consider terms like ethics. To the contrary, we do.What does it mean natural environment? Who defines what is the primal shape of the living space? What is our responsibility to the living space? I don’t feel responsible. I cannot get involved in issues outside my environment; therefore, I am keeping distance – in a manner of a scientist with a cool eye, just watching population’s moves.”Bull-frogs : Story of an invasive speciesby Gabriel Martin, Hervé Carriou; Le Haillan (Bordeaux), France, 2004In the 70’s, crazy adventurer brought the bull-frogs from America and put them in his pond in France as pets. He didn’t know they are cannibal super-predators who will adapt very well to their new environment and reproduce very quickly. He didn’t know they will destroy other species and change the local biodiversity. Association « Cistude Nature » is studying them and trying to find the ultimate plan for extermination of this invasive species.We and they – the voice of landby Pawel Dziemian, Julij Borštnik; Slovenia – Ljubljanska kotlina and Dolenjska, 2006This documentary film is a record of a trip at the end of november 2006 trough the places where the name Strojan was an explosive material. The aim of this trip was to catch and detect the fears and phobias and the responses to them, that temporarily came to the surface through the scandal around Roma familly of Strojan’s. The fears and phobias are allways present, but otherwise lattent and hidden.Residency was co-financed by Artist in Context programme.
Hellen Terry (UK) – Wanted:Unwanted…In an era when “sustainability” dominates design, manufacture usually focuses on taking a raw material and processing it in the most cost effective and energy efficient way, for the benefit of the environment. Though this slows down environmental damage in the short-term, it still creates new products which will inevitably become waste themselves in the future. Seasonal revolutions in fashion ensure that styles do not endure in the long-term. However, the popularity of antiques and vintage items prove that forgotten possessions can be valuable if given a new position on the market, whether this be through revival of a style or a re-design of the basic elements, for example.There is a wealth of unused household objects now considered out of date(by the consumer and/or the wider audience) which are often consigned to a hidden place, given away, or trashed. Spring cleaning takes place in the majority of households during the season; this would be the perfect time to begin the project.I propose to collect items (specifically clothing and bric-a-brac) from local households with the intention of re-using some or all of the parts in clothing design. The materials would be collected by delivering empty sacks to the homes with a note explaining the concept and their part in it. The people can fill the sacks with their unused possesions and the donations will be collected at a later date and sorted at Art Center.Pre-fabricated objects can be useful in all sorts of ways; their design may be influential, or they may consist of parts which can be re-used. Often, hidden potential is discovered.I would like to take the random objects I acquire and transform them into inter-media, new fashion items. Of course, some new media will be required. If this is so, I will endeavour to use traditional produce and supplies; local fabric merchant Mura in Murska Sobota will supply additional requirements.This project remains true to my developing style. I find inspiration in working directly with a material; especially with second-hand objects, where fundamental values are already visible. It is the designer’s job to highlight them and make them contemporary. I believe in this field, there is untapped potential within the use of second-hand fabrics and materials.Art Center aims to target the local community, providing activity and creativity to people living in the isolated area. By involving people at this personal level (by using their own things to create art/design) I hope to encourage participation by sparking curiosity of what their belongings have become.Another way of reaching the local area would be to run workshops (e.g. knitting, hand-sewing/sewing machine, crochet, tie-dye) where people can personally work on their own possessions using media at the Art Center. Objects which are kept but not used or displayed sometimes still hold a significance to the owner which makes them reluctant to throw them away. If they could be shown how to give new life to these old objects, it would provide them with activity whilst encouraging recycling in an enjoyable way.In the final stages of the project, people will get the chance to see the final outcomes of their donations when they are displayed in venues around the areas from which material was originally collected. Local people will have the first chance to see the work before the final exhibition in Ljubljana. Along with finished garments, all exhibitions will consist of a series of before and after photographs, taken during the transition process.I hope that the use of public belongings as an integral part of the project will sustain public interest throughout, and leave a lasting impression.Project was co-financed by Ministry of Culture, Slovenia.
Mileta & Sanja Postić (SRB) – Animation workshopFirst days when our guest mentors arrived, we watched production of the students at the Academy of fine Arts in Novi Sad, department of animation and visual effects. Mileta brought books and manuals about 2D animation and a collection of animations of different authors and production houses. We talked about the workshop schedule and started gathering ideas for the work.When all participants arrived, we started to discuss the idea and the story for the animation. We decided to work together on one theme – the upcoming elections for mayors. We prepared the storyboard and started to design the characters. We were drawing and drawing and decided which of the characters would fit best for the role of the mayor and the story. We created basic sketches for the animatix – the extremes of the postitions of the characters and story in a set time.We decided on the slogans, prepared the graphical design, recorded sound effects, voice over and music. Our musicians prepared three songs – the opening theme and two versions of the main theme which were based on the Slovene national anthem. We were drawing and drawing and drawing. For these two short animations we drew around 500 drawings, which had to be scanned and edited in Photoshop. Then we edited everything in Premiere and the animations ended in many final versions including final final and really really final and so on.Final works were two short animations – first based on Slovene saying “Laž ima kratke noge” meaning “Lie has short legs” and the second “Ne bodi ovca” – “Don’t be a sheep”. The animations will be shown on local TV As and were presented also on national TV. Mileta Poštić is a proffessor of Animation and visual effects at the Academy of fine arts in Novi Sad since. Mileta is founder of this department. He is studying for doctors degree (Theory of film).He is author of numerous animation films, commercials and music videos and multimedia exhibitions(Zasticena od reklame 2002, Jedan brod, jedan odlazak, jedna sudbina, 2004, Let’s Go 2005…). He is also co-establisher and manager of Independant artistic association called IZBA, 2000-2003 (www.izba.org.yu) and a winner of numerous awards. He partcipated in exhibitions worlwide – USA, UK, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and Serbia.Sanja Poštić was a student at The College of Architecture, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, 1997-2005. Sanja worked on several animation projects, for music videos, advertisements and Short films.
Summer school – YOUTH AGAINST SEX DISCRIMINATIONArt Center offered space and equipment for summer school of “Youth against sex discrimination”. The organizers of the event tried to present different views on questions about gender and gender discrimination which are still relevant in our daily lives. The summer school lasted for 6 days (5 nights).The whole programme of the school was divided into 3 sections that were going on for 4 days – lectures in the mornings, interactive workshops in the afternoon and artistic workshops in the evenings.About male and female prostitution, Majda HrženjakThe aim of the lecture was to stress the base for understanding certain aspects of prostitution and indification of possible structural places that enable prostitution. General rules of the organization of human sexuality that at the same time serve in establishing and maintaining culture and social order, are taboos of incest, obligatory heterosexuality and asymetric division of sexual roles. These rules lead to unavoidable ‘coupling combinatorics’ that allow structural base for prostitution. Positioning of prostitution as an equal economic practice, which was an argument of recent decriminilization of prostitution in Slovenia, can also be understood as a forced answer to the enigma of female desire. The image of prostitution as selfunderstood is lacking male prostitution and womens request of sexual services.Majda Hrženjak attained her doctorate degree in sociology at the Faculty for Social Sciences in Ljubljana in 2001. She is the author of the book Symbolic. Selected Chapters from French Structuralism and the editor of the book Making Her Up. Women’s Magazines in Slovenia. She has worked as a researcher at the Peace Institute since 2002, mainly in the field of gender studies and cultural policy.Eva D. Bahovec is a doctor of philosophical sciences and is a docent of epistemology and structuralism. She is a researcher and lecturer at the centre for womens studies at the Pedagogical Institute, ISH – Faculty for postgraduate humanistic studies in the Philosophic faculty in Ljubljana. She is author of Kopernik, Darwin, Freud and co-author of other publications, published in Slovenia and abroad. Since 1995 she is the editor of magazine for women studies and feminist theory Delta (1995-) that in 1997 won the award ‘Zlata ptica’.Conflict(s) in contemporary citizenship, Mojca SušnikThe aim of the lecture was to show that there is a conflict in contemporary citizenship itself, which causes many problems, inclusions and exclusions. Citizenship as a politics of exclusion, conflict between the identity and citizenship, also citizenship and sex/gender, crucial differencies on the basis of exclusion in republican and liberal concept of citizenship. The base of the conflict as reconciliation of interests, cause of producing conflict in absence of communication, and also in absence of conditions or posibilities for communication, talking and listening.Mojca Sušnik was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 9 March 1977. By passing the national graduation examination in 1995, she successfully completed her secondary education and began her studies of theoretical sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. She has been a regular contributor to the faculty newsletter Temica and has even co-edited one of its issues. Furthermore, she has published some articles in the student newspaper Zofa, and co-edited its Social Issues section for two years. Since 1996 she has been engaged in various projects launched by the Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies. They include: Conflict Resolution in Communities, Workers’-Punks’ University, Intolerance Monitor and Contemporary citizenship: the politics of exclusion and inclusion. In the year 2001, she successfully completed her undergraduate studies by submitting a B.A. thesis on the politics of feminism and feminist movement in Slovenia. In the school year 2001-2002 she continued her studies on the postgraduate level. Her primary area of interest remains sociology, citizenship with special emphasis on feminist theory.New fatherhood and care, Živa HumerRelocation of the processes of care between private and public spheres and between sexes have been developing for the last few decades. Especially relocation of care from women to men has been developing gradually and in discordance if we compare women entering the public sphere, sphere of payed work and politics. Requestioning of sex roles, thinking about new masculinity, including and speaking in favour of active roles of men, fathers, partners in private sphere are just extensions or lacking parts of ‘postponed revolution'(Hochschild, 1997). Numerous empirical data show that men are involved in domestic work and care more than ever before but still in sex-based division of work in pleasant and desired care, and needed and obligatory care. Men, fathers and partners are, as shown in many different studies, positioned between the model as supporter of the family and the image of caring, emotional father that is present especially on levels of standpoint and value.Živa Humer mastered in 2004 in the department of Gender studies in Central-European University in Budapest, Hungary. At the moment she is a doctorate student in the department of sociology in Faculty for social studies at the University of Ljubljana. In her degree work she is focused on problematics of relocation of care between private and public spheres in Slovenia.Accompanying the lectures there were many different workshops going on through the day – about men and masculinity, feminism in capitalistic society, representation of the female image in media, visions of film science-fiction about the position of women, workshop of creative writing and artistic workshops of design and video.
Plenum”Informal NGO network Plenum connects organizations, informal groups and individuals that wants to form agreement with the governemnt regarding selfinitiated spaces in Slovenia – about their conditions and further development. We cover fields of culture, youth, informal education, health, ecology and support marginal social groups, development of science in the social field and it’s influence on the conscience of people. We are convinced that journalism, public and the governmental structure is not aware of these autonomous and self-initiated spaces which are ‘atmosphere ionizators’, doors into the future in the dehumanizing processes taking place on Planet Earth”Written in a hurry, Marko Brecelj, 16th October 2006