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Dec 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm
DIVA STATION On Tour
With DIVA, Pawel Wojtasik, Barbara Borcic & Emil Memon.
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The program will include the presentation of DIVA Station – an archive of Slovene video art produced by SCCA-Ljubljana and a screening of curated program DIVA Station Presents No 3 which consists of 17 video works and is divided into three sections. Featured artist Emil Memon will be in discussion with curator Barbara Borcic after the program.
1) FROM ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL presents various ways the artists involve in the topic of television, either as institution and mass media or its space, frequencies and aesthetics. Performative video using the method of measuring the edges of the screen was often used by video artists questioning television that captures reality.
2) FROM MEMORY TO FICTION presents various modes the artists cope and play with memory, personal or collective, and make narratives that are in-between reality and fiction.
3) FROM IMPRESSION TO DIGRESSION presents video works based on impressions that quite easily turn to digression, from cityscapes and highway walls to body and urban noise, control and photon noise.
DIVA Station is a compendium of projects that seek to explore, preserve and disseminate Slovenian video/new-media art. It is being developed since 2005 at SCCA-Ljubljana with documentation and archive as well as research and curated programs that are accessible on-line and are closed for cooperation. Today DIVA Station includes archive and mediateque with over 1000 video works by local and international artists, documents of events and works from European media archives. They constantly add newly acquired works to the archive and promote an overall understanding of artistic oeuvre and video/media practices by organising discussions, presentations and exhibitions.
Barbara Borcic is an Art historian and media theorist, advisor at SCCA-Ljubljana, Center for Contemporary Arts and head of video programs and video archive DIVA Station. She is active as a curator, lecturer and publicist. She has regularly lectured and published texts, e.g. Video Art from Conceptualism to Postmodernism, Impossible Histories: Historical Avant-Gardes, Neo-Avant-Gardes, and Post-Avant-Gardes in Yugoslavia, 1918-1991(Massachusetts: MIT Press 2003); What Television Can Be, And What Artists Can Use It For, Amuse Me (Ljubljana: Mestna galerija, 2013); The ŠKUC Gallery, Alternative Culture, and Neue Slowenische Kunst in the 1980s, NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst – The Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia (Ljubljana: Moderna galerija & Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2015). She is the author of the book Celostna umetnina Laibach. Fragmentarni pogled [Gesamtkunst Laibach. Fragmentary View], (Ljubljana: Založba/*cf, 2013).
Emil Memon is a Conceptual Artist in a sense that he works with ideas as a building elements for his work and uses diverse appropriate mediums to properly materialize them. He works with Video and Video Installations, Music (as diverse as Noise electronica, Rock, Dance and POP),Digital New Media, Painting and Drawing,in Spirit of Social Sculpture with Art Curatorial, Hybrids between Art and Design, Art Criticism and currently he is working on a Film. His work can be confusing in this sense but it has through all of these different mediums a center in dealing with Act of Creativity and Art as a tool of Social consciousness and Criticism. The element of aesthetics is used as delivery tool.
Through years he showed extensively in NYC, Berlin, Miami, Bogota, Munich, Ljubljana, Washington DC, Zagreb, Belgrade, Duke University, LA, Ottawa, Manchester Community College CT, Museum School in Boston, Lugano, etc. In 1990 as a part of Art group ATW he participated in a show at PS.1 and in project INBETWEEN at 1994 Venice Biennale. His work is in few American based Art Collections , Slovenian Embassy in Washington DC, ICC (International Criminal Court) in Hague, NL. collection DIVA( Archive of Slovene Video and Digital Art),Ljubljana, Slovenia. Memon attended Graduate school/ Installation Art & Printmaking ALU, Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MFA/ New Forms from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NYC.
Pawel Wojtasik creates poetic reflections on cultures and ecosystems in the form of short films and large-scale installations. His investigations into the overlooked corners of the environment have led him to pig farms, sewage treatment plants, wrecking yards and autopsy rooms. Wojtasik received an MFA from Yale University. From 1998 until 2000 he was a resident at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Buddhist monastery.
His work has been shown at festivals such as Berlinale, New York Film Festival, and Hong Kong International Film Festival where his film Pigs won the grand Prize in the short film category in 2011. Wojtasik was a featured filmmaker in the 2009 Flaherty Film Seminar. His installation work includes the immersive 360° Below Sea level, about post-Katrina New Orleans, exhibited at MASS MoCA and included in Prospect.2 Biennial; as well as Single Stream, shown at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. The cinema version of Single Stream was presented at the 2014 Whitney Biennial and at Ann Arbor Film Festival.