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  • MUZEUM, Institute of Art Production, Mediation and Publishing
    it is a field game of erasing the boundaries between the public and the private Library of Letters is a theatre performance the text of which is made up of a variety of subtexts In the first part the music scores adopt the tempo of the questions posed by the Inquisition which is an embodiment of an unscrupulous system without the least bit of self consciousness featuring a refined theatre language full of self esteem The word sequence articulately as well as strictly sets the interrogated artist into the position of an individual facing the system who at the given historical moment simply remains unheard his voice muted by the authorities Thus the perspective of the Library of Letters engraved by time into an individual with a broader insight into the state of things is bitter The Renaissance period the voice of Janez Starina doubtlessly sets us into a time when battles were fought simultaneously with the development of humanistic thought for local interests and universal power In the notes of the Venice Inquisition from 16 th century the target becomes art The artist with his bold profane inserts into his painting supposedly violated the accepted pattern of Christian iconography It is word that is set into the forefront of the performance spoken as well as written word a memory seeking the source and the origin transcending centuries It gets closer to our time through the cosmopolitan autobiographical speech of Nina Berberova Using several intermezzos it transforms the performance into a metaphoric and symbolically charged sombre experience a solitary one into a co existence with a fallen off glass chandelier Even the chandelier looks the same in the rerun of the performance although it is not the exact same one Italics are mine theatre discourse enables restoration repetition transformation and opening up The chair sat on by the theatre director actor trying to answer questions in a composed manner is falling apart It is restored in the next rerun In the performance there is no attraction of the visual which could conjure up a sensational event for the viewer as was done by the gigantic painting by the Venetian Paolo Veronese entitled Marriage at Cana The directing is based on a unique form of minimalism and conceptual visual communication scenography by Petra Veber The performance leaves an open space into which it draws the spoken word Dürer s dream of the apocalypse Leonard s old age notes on storms and catastrophes As if one is observing a sky blue watercolour painting describing a dream or perhaps whirlwinds drawn in red crayon And again the symbols the cloud the room the textual alleys and gardens At this point the Library of Letters perceives a direction into which space and time are oozing perpetually a direction drawn and immediately erased yet flowing onwards In this sense the performance is an exact reflection of space time in which the profundity of perception and understanding is founded on the written word still engraved and

    Original URL path: http://www.muzeum.si/press/knjiznicapisem.htm (2016-02-18)
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  • MUZEUM, Institute of Art Production, Mediation and Publishing
    namely actress Petra Govc and ballerina Sanja Nešković Peršin In a subtle dramatically pleasant and warm manner Petra Govc narrates the written content her voice poetic her words suggestively undulating across the space Sanja Neškovć Peršin assumes the role of a living and palpable reflection of the uttered words She is an elegant vision of the refined romantic viewpoint and a stylised image of the intimate content tackling the states of fear anxieties captivities melancholies madness In short the states of the letter signatories The director has succeeded in narrating the manuscripts combined with the scene and costumes by Alan Hranitelj within the framework of a dramatically wholesome new performing content The play does not simply narrate the chosen texts but lets the masks speak as well along with the slide steps and hard lined crinolines the dead cuttlefish elegantly curling in the actress s hands or the actress on a swing during which the author builds semantic interspaces thus inventively deepening the lines of the text itself The director gently almost imperceptibly and with a light hand shades the new sterile whiteness into the past intimacy She unifies the past with the present without an imposed succession but nevertheless manages to include relaxed coffee breaks portable pot packaging and cake desserts The atmosphere of museum reality mostly logged with items of the past in the air conditioned halls of new architecture hosting present time crowds is even deepened through the music scores by Blaž Peršin With Petra as well as Sanja movement turns out to process that which is being heard and seen except that its dosage depends on their individual role Namely the words uttered by Petra are matched by Sanja s movements Furthermore the dancer Sanja Nešković Peršin with her semantic movements additionally fills the interspace of

    Original URL path: http://www.muzeum.si/press/muzejpisem.htm (2016-02-18)
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    feeling to come out from this desert of knowledge from this dead suburbia of remnants of the printing industry a really tragic spectacle The only sign of life where the pigeons once important carriers of information today mere tropes of devotion and of animalized aspects of a certain although very brief but obsessive memory Books subjects of knowledge Books are bearers of knowledge equated with pigeons both are used for the transmission of information What we get here is an uncertain residual fascination of the interplay between the desert of books and a certain definitely our proper desertion of books and knowledge Novakovič s project is a collaborative environmental installation provoking disturbances in the memory and the body The movement is the result of the air from the ventilators forcing the books pages to tremble It is choreography within a desert of memory Instead of reading we are listening Here the motion is important it is what generates the only true emotion As Giuliana Bruno states in her latest book which charts history of the spatio visual arts focusing on the representation of affect and place motion and emotion with the title Atlas of Emotion Journeys in Art Architecture and Film 2002 Motion produces emotion For her the meaning of emotion is historically associated with moving out migration and transference from one place to another This is why the contemporary emotion needs to migrate into other spaces In fact all three plays under consideration here are almost emigrants within places that were not designed for them which is why such a move produces such intense emotions Emigrants are always compelled to move to escape to translate their physicality into a variety of ways to hide to survive The part of The Speaking House performed put as a single scene in Moderna Galerija is called St Francis of Assisi s Shirt Barbara Novakovič s Speaking Hous has three parts St Francis of Assisi s Shirt questions stigmata a process I would rather call scarification after scars left by God but also with reference to the process of scarifying skin like paper I will return in a moment to this memory and the transmission of knowledge the pigeons and the books are bearers of information and certain knowledge The second part is called St Lazarus presented in the City Gallery and dedicated again to devotion but instead of the scarred face of knowledge here sacrification has an important role The third part has to take place in the very near future The story of St Francis of Assisi s shirt and the question of stigmata is the question of how to understand that Frances lived in sin and that this sin left a visible a scarring imprint on his body tissue surface Novakovic s installation finally offered us a path of purification liberation the next day at 7 00 in the morning we where able to witness the liberated flight of the pigeons of the gallery although I still searched for a

    Original URL path: http://www.muzeum.si/press/theoryopen.htm (2016-02-18)
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    of newspaper into ribbon like scrolls which he then threads into spirals setting them in frames after pressing the airtight and placing them on the floor The artist who was also a technical editor of a daily newspaper knows the nature of the bearer of decanting signs through and through in the gallery he challenges the viewer reader to walk across the work of art the flexible rug made up of media KULTURNI ODMEVI RTV SLO 3rd programme 5 January 2008 Petra Tanko An international exhibition dubbed Paper Paperwork is on display since 15 December in the Vžigalica gallery the gallery of the Ljubljana City Museum It showcases artists who see and use paper as bare material and others who integrate paper as material with the power of information thus offering it for second new reading FEMALE READER In the catalogue to the exhibition Paper Paperwork the curator Barbara Novakovič Kolenc wrote The inscription is usually placed on the white paper surface The surface cannot be infinite man has moderated it according to his own perception his sense of sight and his own hand Paper is able to replace many different materials In the process it loses its primary function of the inscription bearer We are interested in bare paper in places where it becomes missing as the information bearer or where it is present within the scope of its lifespan MALE READER The exhibition Paper Paperwork has been prepared by the institution Muzeum Ljubljana with cooperation between curator Barbara Novakovič Kolenc and Macedonian artist and galerist Jovan Balov The display features one or several works by Macedonian artists Simon Šemov Ismet Ramičević Jovan Balov Serbian artist Zoran Todović and Alen Ožbolt and Aleksandra Vajd Slovenian fine artists FEMALE READER The exhibition Paper Paperwork is inscribed in the sense of the Ljubljana City Museum within the framework of which the Vžigalica gallery is operating as a museum artefact as a bearer of knowledge tradition and culture for it has been an important source of historic study and new interpretations from even before the graphic machine and press were invented and especially since then On the other hand a possibility of transcribing the material into a work of art is presented here MALE READER The authors are handing over to each other the communication with the medium of paper as such with a diverse and unique approach Alen Ožbolt who understands his work in a clearly intimate subtle way and entirely unconcerned by everyday information approached paper as material that can contain its information in a different manner than mere press He writes his text with scissors The author cuts out symbols in precise geometric intervals creating a structure of an open letter in space With the simple gesture of perforation the paper lace is transformed into a letter A pattern of cut out time is formed of paper hearts with the contrasts of convex and concave forms being replaced by the repeating silhouettes of empty spaces in the enlargement The author also thematises the dimension of the floor which appears in fine arts already since the sixties onwards while in our space it was already researched by Ožbolt in the preceding decade within the framework of the project V S S D FEMALE READER A special approach to the medium and especially the material itself is enacted by Simon Šemov He is also a professor and head of the Chair for paper at the Skopje Academy of Fine Arts He has spent several decades focusing his research on manual paper fabrication and has also passed his tradition on to his students Šemov says anecdotically that it all began with the picking of mountain herbs for teas He has developed his work in the direction of studying cellulose which is contained in individual plants in domestic environment so that it would not be necessary to import cellulose from the far east countries for manual paper fabrication which would significantly reduce the costs of the procedure Research of this sort is presented in the manually manufactured book Medium cellulosi The second work showcased by Simon Šemov bears the title Macedonian Sun featuring witty transformations of the paper medium MALE READER translation One of my themes is edible paper From a technical aspect the paper in question is made from fruit and vegetables the most common things in life which are eaten They are formed in the shape of signs symbols of religions ideologies the five armed star swastika the star of David and so on and so forth It is like a little wittiness to eat a whole religion or a whole ideology I suppose that people put their stomach first before ideology In this respect the message is such first comes existence and then all the things that are able to indoctrinate man to impose an ideology mysticism religion and so on MALE READER A special approach to the understanding of paper was chosen by Slovenian author Aleksandra Vajd Her work bears the title Page Dedication It differs from her work so far using mostly photography as a medium of expression This time she took on the position of the one who does not produce new objects but rather choses and recycles that which already exists The author writes in the catalogue FEMALE READER I have always realised the usually characteristics of a book the design of its front page the type of paper used the expressive image of the typing on the page Lately I have started to collect the pages that are part of the book where the author writes his dedication to someone in a while I realised that this short note has a lot in common with the moment in reality and that it is as temporary as a composition a moment a situation on a photograph short tiny secret notes were treated as dedications of the book or as the first connection an introduction to go along anyway I was not interested in who is behind

    Original URL path: http://www.muzeum.si/press/papir.htm (2016-02-18)
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    interdisciplinary views of the famous creator One of the topics of Greenaway s festival was projected image Bologna Towers 2000 Light Event for 8 Days at the Ljubljana castle That was about half an hour s long synchronized projection through more projectors on the castle s walls accompanied by very suggestive musical supplement Greenaway created it for Bologna in his own well known style presenting Bologna s history since its foundation The central point of the previous week was A Map to Paradise presented in the Saturday evening in the presence of Minister of Culture Rudi Šeligo the British Ambassador David Andrew Lloyd and the Lady Mayoress Viktorija Potočnik Mladina Uršula Cetinski Peter Greenaway in Ljubljana the Muzeum s project when Greenaway placed Ljubljana in the first place in drawing map s path to paradise when he again showed his films to Ljubljana audience when Ljubljana got Bologna Towers 2000 a fascinating film fresco of the town s history and when his installation in the castle s casemates showed how emotionally loaded and socially criticizing contemporary work of art can be Mag Irena Štaudohar It is a matter of an important art action which is changing Ljubljana into world metropolis as an interweave of domestic and foreign creative energies can blow all known fears of Slovenian littleness and self sufficiency away especially if such a big star a personality as Greenaway is taking part Delo Nataša Petrešin Ljubljana was honoured to start the newest project of his called Ten Maps to Paradise In the following year and a half the next nine maps will be drawn which all refer to the topographic and mental image of a chosen location therefore it is all about environmental installations of site specific type The physical descent into the installation where one with his

    Original URL path: http://www.muzeum.si/press/PGinLJ.htm (2016-02-18)
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  • MUZEUM, Institute for Art Production, Distribution and Publishing
    form Ljubljana Muzeum s publication which can be thought of as a catalogue a collection of documents and a work of art is an effective conclusion of a successfully realised project Britain in Slovenia Spring 2000 The Peter Greenaway festival was one of the most exciting and succesful cultural events The book Map to Paradise concludes Greenaway s first map to paradise an installation at Ljubljana castle accompanied by a

    Original URL path: http://www.muzeum.si/press/exibition-catalogue.htm (2016-02-18)
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    Erman s performance is a part of international platform Focus on Art and Science in the Performing Arts Theatre dance performance Julie directed and choreographed by Sanja Nešković Peršin is based on play Miss Julie by August Strindberg The artist will interpret it through words and movements Performance The Room without an Echo featuring Bor Pungerčič and Primož Bezjak is the result of Erman s residence in Italy At today s presentation for press he described it as very existential and intimate The starting point for it was his experience of an anechoic chamber and the media combined in the performance are a body sound and film The Room without an Echo is a part of the platform of international European project Focus on Art and Science in the Performing Arts The distinctively young platform was mostly initiated by Italian partners and it comprises of artists that are no older than 27 years Erman s work is one of 12 projects chosen from 165 applied projects said Barbara Novakovič Kolenc the director of Muzeum In addition to his performance it will be also possible to see three more performances form the before mentioned Focus in Ljubljana between October 21 and 28 As the first one artistic duo Portage Enrico Gaido and Alessandra Lapano from Turin will introduce themselves with performance and video installation Il Tetto Adamo s Home Project on October 21 in the atrium of ZRC SAZU The project is based on the legacy of the films by Italian director Vittorio De Sica and American producer and director King Vidor It will be followed by performance Per Vedere by young choreographer and contemporary dancer Luisa Cortesi from Florence According to Barbara Novakovič Kolenc her performance is distinctively visual The fabric that the artist wears has flowers painted on it

    Original URL path: http://www.muzeum.si/press/fokus.htm (2016-02-18)
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    trace the life stories of simple girls especially those of Rose and Camille Claudel who both believed in Rodin s work and not only his fame Rose was Auguste s first model she was uneducated and poor Camille on the other hand was an educated young sculptor Rodin s student model and lover Rose was Rodin s peer and his first love she waited for him in the dark chambers of a house bought especially for her on the outskirts of town since the famous sculptor was ashamed of her simplicity and also because he demanded more freedom for himself Camille was 24 years younger than Rodin dedicated to art and life In his old age Rodin married Rose whereas he had deserted Camille and left her robbed her of her ideals Camille s life ended in a mental hospital The story of Rodin I is told by a woman Rose and Camille the actress Ana Ruter Boris Mihalj A line of becoming is not defined by points that it connects or by points that compose it on the contrary it passes between points it comes up through the middle it runs perpendicular to the points first perceived transversally to the localisable relation to distant or contiguous points A point is always a point of origin But a line of becoming has neither beginning nor end departure nor arrival origin nor destination to speak of the absence of an origin to make the absence of an origin the origin is a bad play on words A line of becoming has only a middle The middle is not an average it is fast motion it is the absolute speed of movement A becoming is always in the middle one can only get it by the middle A becoming is neither one nor two nor the relation of the two it is the in between the border or line of flight or descent running perpendicular to both If becoming is a block a line block it is because it constitutes a zone of proximity and indiscernibility a no man s land a nonlocalisable relation sweeping up the two distant or contiguous points carrying one into the proximity of the other and the border proximity is indifferent to both contiguity and distance The line or block of becoming that unites the wasp and the orchid produces a shared deterritorialisation of the wasp in that it becomes a liberated piece of the orchid s reproductive system but also of the orchid in that it becomes the object of an orgasm in the wasp also liberated from its own reproduction A coexistence of two asymmetrical movements Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari Memories of a Spinozist II The Becoming of Joseph Merrick By the time he reached his maturity Joseph Merrick s head was so heavy that he had to sleep in a seated position If he had reclined in a horizontal position his neck would have broken Joseph Merrick also known as the Elephant Man

    Original URL path: http://www.muzeum.si/rodin/1.htm (2016-02-18)
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