Miha Vipotnik
Vipotnik, Miha - Miha Vipotnik
Name: Vipotnik, Miha
No. of works: 24
Born: 1954

 
Biography
Miha Vipotnik (1954) graduated in painting in 1976 and in 1979 completed his postgraduate studies in video and television at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In the 70's and 80's, he created numerous artistic videos, intros and animations, directed art-related programs and has pioneered the experimental usage of video technology for the public television RTV Slovenia.

From 1987 to 1991, he studied MFA, Film and Live Action at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Together with Marie Claude Vogrič, he was a co-founder and the Director of an international biennial video festival VIDEO CD in Ljubljana (1983-1987), during which a significant number of Slovene and international video art works were created with the state-of-the-art technical equipment in impromptu studios. From 1987 till 1991, he received a Fulbright stipend for his master's studies of Film and Live Action at the California Institute of the Arts in L.A. During this period he established the XYZX Production, through which he collaborated with TV stations and film studios across the globe.
In 1994, he began managing the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Annex and with Elayne Zalis, he co-created the concept for digitization of their significant video collection in order to make it available online. This collaboration also resulted in numerous art installations and video art projects produced for international artists. LBMA Video Annex priceless collection of video art is now part of The Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute's Art Video Archives.
Since 2002, Vipotnik lectured through video art workshops in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Croatia and Slovenia. In 2014, he started working as a visiting professor of film and video at the Department of Digital Media, Cinema and Television at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of USEK University in Lebanon and at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts ALBA in Beirut, where he teaches creative expression and art-related interdisciplinary studies.

Vipotnik is primarily a painter, whose images and stories materialize in a form of movies and video art. From very early on, he used video as his main medium of expression - either through a single-channel video or as a constitutive part of his multimedia and interdisciplinary projects and art installations. Electronic media experimenting and the actual performative process are among key features of his artistic praxis, through which he explores the impact of such image transformations within his narratives. His artistic language includes elements of performance with an emphasis on the significance of timing and the gradual unfolding of enigmatic personal stories into a palimpsest of images, inscriptions and speech.

 
Author's Works
Miha Vipotnik - LaughterMiha Vipotnik - LaughterMiha Vipotnik - Laughter
Miha Vipotnik - Laughter (00:03:16)
Production: Miha Vipotnik, 2015
The video is divided into two vertical levels. The one above shows the scenes of military territories and interventions of the USA in Irak and Middle East. We see oil marks and empty cities in bird's perspective. A smiley face is added to all the shots as...
Miha Vipotnik - Time of Aliquot Parts Miha Vipotnik - Time of Aliquot Parts Miha Vipotnik - Time of Aliquot Parts
Miha Vipotnik - Time of Aliquot Parts (00:12:00)
Production: Slovenski etnografski muzej , 2013
Video/Film was commissioned for the 90th anniversary of Slovene Ethnographic Museum and it shows the wealth of museum’s collections from different geographical regions. It uses various audiovisual material: film and audio documents/footages are reused a...
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Miha Vipotnik - Lumino auro (00:23:39)
Production: M. V., 2011
The video constantly changes its format, which makes it rather complex. Variations of the surface are subtle, often barely noticeable and therefore make the viewer feel uncomfortable. Lumino Auro is a video which causes spatial anxiety on different levels. Th...
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Miha Vipotnik - Man of Hearken (00:19:17)
Production: RTV Slovenija, 2008
Experimental video and video-audio composition is a portrait of a composer Bor Turel, one of the most noticed Slovene composers of experimental and electroacoustic music. The author deals with sound in connection and comparison with image through the work...
Miha Vipotnik - Človek poslušanja - Bor TurelMiha Vipotnik - Človek poslušanja - Bor TurelMiha Vipotnik - Človek poslušanja - Bor Turel
Miha Vipotnik - Človek poslušanja - Bor Turel (00:19:18)
Production: RTV Slovenija, 2008
Experimental video and video-audio composition is a portrait of a composer Bor Turel, one of the most noticed Slovene composers of experimental and electroacoustic music. The author deals with sound in connection and comparison with image through the work...
Miha Vipotnik - METROUTMiha Vipotnik - METROUTMiha Vipotnik - METROUT
Miha Vipotnik - METROUT ()
Production: 2007
A web page put up by Miha Vipotnik and his students as a school project contains amongst other art contents, four video projects by Miha Vipotnika. Conundrum of Time: Clepsydra (2002) Eriounios: Bringer of Luck (2005) Zirconia: Encrusted tweezers (2006)...
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Miha Vipotnik - Metroljub ()
Production: Famul Stuart, 2006
Underground City and metroLjub is an interdiciplinary project created at the school of applied arts Famul Stuart in collaboration with Miha Vipotnik. The goal of the project is to encourage a permanent pulse and current of energy in the city's underg...
Miha Vipotnik - Moč usode / The Power of DestinyMiha Vipotnik - Moč usode / The Power of DestinyMiha Vipotnik - Moč usode / The Power of Destiny
Miha Vipotnik - Moč usode / The Power of Destiny (0:50:47)
Production: KUP, RTV Slovenija, 2001
The work was made in 2001 and 2002 marking the centennial of Giuseppe Verdi's death. The power of destiny is an experimental and polemic story about the making of a film intertwined with music by the Italian giant of classical music Verdi and his con...
Miha Vipotnik - France Prešeren: GazeleMiha Vipotnik - France Prešeren: GazeleMiha Vipotnik - France Prešeren: Gazele
Miha Vipotnik - France Prešeren: Gazele (00:24:44)
Production: RTV Slovenija, 2000
A non-narrative documentary video work captures scenes of nature and people placed in it. The moving visual poetics of the nature is followed by an orchestral work of seven pieces called Gazelles by Lucijan Marija Škerjanec and by narrations of seven gaz...
Miha Vipotnik - intro Trikk: Prostor za vašo domišljijoMiha Vipotnik - intro Trikk: Prostor za vašo domišljijoMiha Vipotnik - intro Trikk: Prostor za vašo domišljijo
Miha Vipotnik - intro Trikk: Prostor za vašo domišljijo (00:00:27)
Production: Aanima, 1997
Intro for a TV show Trikk screened on of the Slovene TV stations was expanded to a music video for a song by Kut: Gas by the author. The colour scheme of the intro is lively. It was shot on a blue screen and edited with Chroma key technique, the movement...
Miha Vipotnik - FantazijaMiha Vipotnik - FantazijaMiha Vipotnik - Fantazija
Miha Vipotnik - Fantazija (00:03:08)
Production: Aanima, 1997
Music video was shot for the song Fantazija je živih barv by Kut Gas. Scenes were shot on blue screen, the movement of the musicians is synchronized with the rhythm of the music. The video was made on a basis of opening credits for a TV show Zero Mass...
Miha Vipotnik - Path of Crazy WisdomMiha Vipotnik - Path of Crazy WisdomMiha Vipotnik - Path of Crazy Wisdom
Miha Vipotnik - Path of Crazy Wisdom (00:09:58)
Production: CalArts, Los Angeles, 1993
Through a structure of an interview the video explores the life of an American sculptor Eric Orr. Questions about his work exchange with personal topics and in some moments reach the point of absurd and complete fiction. Due to a usage of the camera and...
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Miha Vipotnik - Eight (00:24:52 )
Production: 1992
Eight is based on the story from the novel Moment of Silence by Tomislav Longinović (Burning Books: San Francisco, 1990) that addresses the question of disintegration of Yugoslavia, search for identity, personal experience of history and the meaning &quo...
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Miha Vipotnik - Video 8 Sketch Tape No. 3 (00:01:25)
Production: CalArts, 1988
The mechanical measurement of time presented by a non-functioning clock is the background for the circling of the camera, and thus for the measuring of time. Noises of hammering and of editing procedures are heard in the background. The circling of the ca...
Miha Vipotnik - Video 8 Sketch Tape No. 1Miha Vipotnik - Video 8 Sketch Tape No. 1Miha Vipotnik - Video 8 Sketch Tape No. 1
Miha Vipotnik - Video 8 Sketch Tape No. 1 (00:00:38)
Production: CalArts, 1988
A video sketch of the performer Dee McMillan and her project Log on poetically discusses the undeniable human freedom of creation. An insignificant sound from the background triggers a flow of associations and changes the course of editing. The banality o...
Miha Vipotnik - Krst pod Triglavom / BaptismMiha Vipotnik - Krst pod Triglavom / BaptismMiha Vipotnik - Krst pod Triglavom / Baptism
Miha Vipotnik - Krst pod Triglavom / Baptism (0:22:46)
Production: RTV Ljubljana & Cankarjev dom, 1987
The aesthetics of a retroguardistic happening of a Theatre Sisters Scipion Nasice in cooperation with the groups Neue Slowenische Kunst Leibach (music) and IRWIN (visual image) included images from Russian avant-garde: Tatlin's constructivist monume...
Miha Vipotnik - Avtovizija / Auto-VisionMiha Vipotnik - Avtovizija / Auto-VisionMiha Vipotnik - Avtovizija / Auto-Vision
Miha Vipotnik - Avtovizija / Auto-Vision (0:14:54)
Production: M.A.X. M.A.X., 1986
Auto-Vision was TV program produced by Miha Vipotnik as director and Marijan Osole–Max as editor in M.A.X. M.A.X. (Brut)studio for RTV Ljubljana (in frame of Integrali series). It was announced as »the only program about artistic videos by video artist...
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Miha Vipotnik - Space 2 (00:01:53)
Production: Max-Max (Brut), 1986
In his video work the author gives an ironic statement about the state of home video production of that time and its integration in television programme (recorded for Petak u 22. TV Belgrade show in 1984). In the beginning the artist is sitting in a studi...
Miha Vipotnik - Pankrti: Slavni razglasMiha Vipotnik - Pankrti: Slavni razglasMiha Vipotnik - Pankrti: Slavni razglas
Miha Vipotnik - Pankrti: Slavni razglas (0:25:51)
Production: RTV Ljubljana, 1984
Video work is a recording of a presentation of Rdeči album, an album by a punk music group Pankrti. Seven songs as they follow each other: Slavni rezglas (4:00), Gora (3:46), Sarajevo 1984 (4:10), Kaj nardit (4:19), Lov (4:06), Vodja (3:13), Bandiera Ros...
Miha Vipotnik - Don't PanicMiha Vipotnik - Don't PanicMiha Vipotnik - Don't Panic
Miha Vipotnik - Don't Panic (00:06:31)
Production: TV Koper Capodistria & Obalne galerije Piran, 1984
The video follows a friendly conversation between the author and a painter and philosopher Andraž Šalamun. It alters the succession of events, thus manipulating the text and creating a complex narrative without logic and continuity. The flow of impulses...
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Miha Vipotnik - Lenora (00:04:50)
Production: RTV Ljubljana, 1983
A folk song about a girl and her deceased lover, sung by Mateja Koležnik and Jani Kovačič. The dialogue of the two singers is followed by a sublime transition from one face to the other. With a constant turning of positives and negatives of images the...
Miha Vipotnik - Videogram 4Miha Vipotnik - Videogram 4Miha Vipotnik - Videogram 4
Miha Vipotnik - Videogram 4 (00:28:59)
Production: RTV Ljubljana, 1976/79
Video is a final result of a same named project conducted in Jakopič gallery, which was recorded by the author with five cameras. The study of the limits of video, using painting and performative elements, achieves an effect of an innovative and unique v...
Miha Vipotnik - Videogram 4 / 4 trakoviMiha Vipotnik - Videogram 4 / 4 trakoviMiha Vipotnik - Videogram 4 / 4 trakovi
Miha Vipotnik - Videogram 4 / 4 trakovi (0:29:02)
Production: RTV Ljubljana, 1976
Videogram 4 is an umbrella name of a project developed by Miha Vipotnik in a period of three years (1976-1979) in the studios of Ljubljana radio and TV station together with the painter and singer Andrej Trobentar, actress Maja Boh and radio presenter Duša...
Miha Vipotnik - Video grafikeMiha Vipotnik - Video grafikeMiha Vipotnik - Video grafike
Miha Vipotnik - Video grafike (00:17:20)
Production: RTV Slovenija, 1975
The video is the first attempt at computer animation by means of the interaction of the camera and the monitor. The graphic sign is constantly moving, the effects are changing with the interventions of the hand in front of the monitor. (source: Videodokum...
 
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