DIVA Station is a material and on-line archive of video and new-media art developed by Center for Contemporary Arts, SCCA-Ljubljana since 2005. DIVA is presenting local video art production (art video, video documentation of art events, video documentation of theoretical discussions) in order to provide reaserch materials for curators, artists, theorists, and wider interested public.
At this year’s celebration of International Women's Day, we browsed through video works in our archive DIVA. We searched across the key words: activism, human rights, social gender, emancipation, feminism, resistance, desire ... and found many works. You can find the hits yourself, while we have selected for the FOCUS section below three of the outstanding women artists' performances: Maja Slavec, Woman Beauty Power Less (2008), Martina Bastarda, Mateja Ocepek, Nataša Skušek, Pissing (2002), Ana Čigon, Dear Ladies, thank you (2011).
In the Espace Apollonia gallery in Strasbourg we successfully opened the exhibition Projected Visions. From art in the urban context to fiction and dystopia (January 26 - February 25, 2018). The curator Barbara Borčić selected works that are related to urban and public space in everyday, utopian and dystopic dimensions. The exhibition also received the first media release on TV Alsace20, soon followed by a catalogue of the project e.city – Ljubljana.
The Old and the New, an authors' documentary on the Ljubljana sub-cultural scene in the 1980s, was presented in ACUD MACHT NEU in Berlin. Natalie Gravenor, a festival programmer, distributor and curator, selected it along with some music videos by Borghesia group for the series Sounding Images: Sounding Images #10: Borghesia – Industrial Music, Multimedia Art and Queer Activism in 1980s Yugoslavia.
Maja Slavec - Woman Beauty Power Less (00:04:40)
A well-dressed woman is carrying with her a black box which has inside the sound of the countdown before the explosion of a bomb. She is walking with a resolute gait on the main street of Ljubljana during the rush-hour as a Suicide-bomber. With this actio...Add to playlist
Martina Bastarda, Mateja Ocepek, Nataša Skušek - Pissing (0:04:28)
Video work by three artists establishes a feministic social critique with an act of urinating in public. The authors in elegant costumes are placed into an idyllic snowy landscape. They take down their tights, lift their skirts and start urinating in a po...Add to playlist
Ana Čigon - Dear Ladies, Thank You (Kapelica Gallery) (00:05:06)
Subtitle: Digital performance
Production: Galerija Kapelica, 2011
DEAR LADIES, THANK YOU - Ljubljana (second version) Performance presented in Kapelica Gallery 2011 Idea, performance and technology: Ana Čigon Additional technical support and programming: Vasja Progar The performance Dear Ladies, Thank You critica...Add to playlist
Neven Korda - Young Prisoners in the Naked City Futurists (installation) (00:10:12)
Production: Neven Korda & MSUM, 2017
4-channel video installation (10 minutes loop) was made for the exhibition "Multimedia Practices and Venues of Production", using the older artist's video materials from performances by the Borghesia group with the same titles (1984 -86). Ins...Add to playlist
Marko Kovačič - Casus Belli (installation) (00:04:57)
Production: Marko Kovačič & MSUM, 2017
9-channel video installation (5 minutes loop) was made for the exhibition "Multimedia Practices and Venues of Production", using the older artist's video materials from his projects in Ljubljana with the same title Casus Belli (1983): performanc...Add to playlist
Vesna Bukovec - Ko se zbudim, bom naredila nekaj lepega (00:04:00)
The video is a poetic statement of self-censorship and difficulties encountered in the search for new ideas.Add to playlist