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2006

       
 

Mileta in Sanja Postić (SRB) - Animation workshop

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. 

First 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.



 
       
 

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.





 
       
  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 species
by Gabriel Martin, Hervé Carriou; Le Haillan (Bordeaux), France, 2004
In 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 land
by Pawel Dziemian, Julij Borštnik; Slovenia - Ljubljanska kotlina and Dolenjska, 2006
This 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.

 
       
 

Alexandra Filiatreaux (F) - Taxialaxi
'Taxi Alaksi' by Alexandra Filiatreau in Slovene etnographic museum under the French-Slovene spring. Alexandra Filiatreau was on residency in Slovenia through EU Youth programme Artist in Context, run by Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes. In 2005 Art center successfully applied as ahosting organization and thus ran the programme for young artists as the only hosting organization in Slovenia.



Residency was co-financed by Artist in Context programme.

 
       
  Milena Kosec (SI)
We were visited by contemporary artist Milena Kosec, who is preparing her artistic project, titled ART NETWORK. The whole team was interviewed and photographed. Follow the link to her project here.
 
     
  2005  
 

GIBANICA '05
Gibanica '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.

 
  Kaja Avberšek (SI) - Bottles for schnapps
The 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 Vinogradni±ki 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.
 
       
 

PiK (SI/P) - Sculpture in Središče
Pedro Veloso and Kaja Avberšek, who are working together under the name PIK, realised the idea of installing a sculpture in the village of Sredi±?. 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.

 
       
  André Vizinho (P) - Framed Goričko
With 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.
 
       
 

Connected '05
Project is continuation of a series of projects on the theme of connecting places run in 2004. Six different artists from Forum Stadtpark (Graz, Austria) and Art Center (Središče, Slovenia) collaborated this year. Through a mailing list, meetings, trips and discussions they explored these two different places and tried to connect two countries, two surroundings, two spaces. The discussion resulted in two video works, table games and improvised musical event – different views and possibilities of connecting two places.
The presentation of the project took place in the Firemen's house in the village of Središče. The Firemen's house is used as an office for village matters and a few times per year opens it's doors for firemen's training exercises and competitions, local parties and funeral wakes. The villagers also visit the house every day in the evening to gather together the milk produce.

Nicole Pruckermayr/Iohannes Zmölnig (A)
Melted

Two places, Austria/Styria/Graz and Slovenia /Prekmurje/Sredisce, have been separated by political and social borders for years. In the project 'melted', the two places form a new virtual unity, a new space for informal intercommunication, unencumbered by political demarcations. Both places are mapped by cinematic meqans of single frame shots. These single frame shots are like picture postcards, a conglomeration of the landscape at both sides. The same number of single frame shots is taken from each place. These iconographic images are then sorted to find the best matching pairs of similar motives: a landscape in Slovenia is paired with a sister landscape in Austria and vice versa. These new-found landscape twinnings are then slowly cross-faded, the two places are melted into a new one.The resulting video is a volatile oscillation between Austria and Slovenia, urban and rural areas. Based on postcard-motives, new alliances emerge and form new spaces.

Julij Borštnik/Rhiannon Davies/Maurits Bartstra/Vita Žgur (SI/NL/UK)
The two art centers

Julij, 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 Sredi±? 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.

Cym(A/NL)
Kasutaja

Two places, Graz, Austria and Središče, Slovenia are connected in series of games. Games are made from photographs, ideas and texts, which resulted from different occasions, trips and discussions in time of the project Connected 05. Games are based on geographical situations between Graz and Središče, but at the same time play with connected/disconnected theme in an abstract sense.

Cym (A/NL)– electrical guitar
Nicole A. Pruckermayr/ Iohannes Zmölnig (A)- bass
Miha Ciglar (SI)- tenor saxophone
Improvised musical event

The cast is a spontaneous formation and functions as an autonomous part of long lasting artistic project ťconnectedŤ. It combines and connects 3 independent artists with different backgrounds, working concepts and especially artistic fields and in this way establishes communication through the universal language of music.
It exposes the problem of conscious sound interaction with no regard of traditional musical form and common tonal image associated with the available instruments, and also the gradual search of joint aesthetical values within the artists' unfamiliar domains.






 
       
  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.
T he 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.

 
       
  Evelin Stermitz (A) - Women/Body/Stories
Photographical survey of rural women and their relation to the body

The female relation to the body has been influenced by changes in the society during history and by social environment in which the women are living. In Evelin's residency at the Art center she was exploring how the rural women of this particular area think about their awareness of their body.
The survey is divided into one general section asking questions: Why do we have a body ? What does it mean to us ? What can we tell about it ?
and a section of particular questions with open answers
A - I Iike this part of my body, because….
B - I hate this part of my body, because …

Regarding the answers there is photographical work related to the female body.
Through photographs and text, this artistic exploration narrates personal experienced histories and relations to their body, from women of different ages, all having an unequal experience of life and therefore also of their body.
The result of the survey shows the relation and awareness of the women to their bodies and was presented in an exhibition and independent catalogue, by photography work and text. The project tried to reveal a general status of women in a rural area and their representation through the surface of the biological determination. At the same time it tries to stimulate a discussion about awareness of the body, role models influenced through media and the different survey results from the differently aged women, who have had an unequal experience of life and of course a different relationship to their body.
Evelin's work was exhibited first in a clothes shop in Murska Sobota and later in the waiting room at the doctor's office in Gornji Petrovci.

 
  Gibanica was co-financed by European Cultural Foundation (ECF).    
       
  Vita Žgur (SI) - Snow cat
In the beginning of February 2005 the supersized snow sculpture of a cat was sculpted, sleeping in front of the Art Center. It was the beginning of the idea about snow sculpting festival in Goričko, Prekmurje.