The DIVA News page refers to public presentations, exhibitions, screenings, publications in Slovenia and on the international scene, connected to participations of DIVA Station Video Archive and the video artists who had contributed their video artworks to the archive. We also introduce events organised by DIVA Station (SCCA-Ljubljana) in order to promote its content and usage.
Artists: Ana Nuša Dragan, Zemira Alajbegović, Ema Kugler
Curated by: Barbara Borčić, Peter Cerovšek
The first part of the exhibition with an emphasis on moving images was concluded in December 2020 in the Glass Atrium of the City Hall in Ljubljana. The second part of the exhibition in Project Room SCCA (21 September – 8 October 2021) presents video works, films, objects and documents by three women artists who were/are active in the field of action/performance, film and video art in Slovenia. Costumes, posters, flyers, catalogs, photographs, texts, critics and other paraphernalia from private archives, archives of SCCA and the MGLC archives will be on display.
The exhibition is a part of the European project Not Yet Written Stories – Women Artists’ Archives Online (2020–2022), which focuses on women artists who have often been overlooked in the history of contemporary art and will create, through research, archives of artists available in a common online repository. More
We invited Anne Tassel to curate the last VideoGareden this year. She has prepared a selection of works from the DIVA Station. The program All paths lead to dreams aims to bring closer the works of authors who directly and indirectly touch different worlds – they fluidly move between reality, dreams, gender, body and between spaces of expression that authors explore and seek common ground. The selected works by Neven Korda, Sašo Sedlaček, Matevž Jerman, Aleksandar Pejić, Duba Sambolec, Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Jasna Hribernik, Martina Bastarda, Mateja Ocepek, Nataša Skušek are in a way related to dreams, where such intertwining seems possible and real. More
The seventh event in the programme of screenings and conversations about art, video and film, VideoGarden in the inner courtyard of the Škuc Gallery consists of works that we acquired in the last year in the archives of the DIVA Station. The authors (Urška Aplinc, Nataša Berk, Ana Nuša Dragan, Lada Cerar, Maja Škerbot, Vesna Bukovec, Tatiana Kocmur, Agnes Momirski, Jatun Risba) tackle survival aspects at different times and with different approaches. The curator of the program Downhill. New acquisitions of DIVA Station is Vesna Bukovec. More
SCCA-Ljubljana, DIVA Station and the Slovenian Cinematheque are preparing a new international festival of experimental audiovisual practices V-F-X (video-film-experiment) Ljubljana. In the first edition, we will present the experiences and practices from abroad. We have invited sixpackfilm, an Austrian distribution house for experimental films and videos, which is considered one of the largest and most distinct national experimental distributors. They will present the curated programme Body Games. We have invited Greg de Cuir Jr., an independent curator, writer and translator and the programme director of the Alternative Film/Video in Belgrade. He will curate the deskt0p_cinema programme through a live performance. Anže Peršin, a Slovenian producer of experimental AV works (artists’ moving images), who works in Portugal, will present films produced by his Stenar Projects. With a programme of her short works, the festival will introduce the autumn retrospective of the exceptional Ema Kugler the most recognisable Slovenian female researcher of film expression. With a curated programme, we will present the DIVA Station archive, which encompasses works made by Slovenian artists in the last forty years. The festival will open with Luka Prinčič's hybrid AV performance trans.fail. And at the round table our guests will present and discuss the circumstances in which experimental film and video works are cultivated, made and presented. More
The sixth event in the programme of screenings and conversations about art, video and film, VideoGarden in the inner courtyard of the Škuc Gallery brings a selection of experimental short films from previous editions of FeKK – Ljubljana Short Film Festival entitled FeKKsperiments: Sound & Vision and is also a prelude to this year’s festival which will take place from the 16th until the 21th of August. Curator of the selection is FeKK's program director Matevž Jerman. More
The new season of screenings and talks in the inner courtyard of the Škuc Gallery VideoGarden (VideoDvorišče) is opening with a selection of socially engaged documentaries and short films that have been made in recent years at the summer international workshops of the documentary film by Luksuz produkcija in Krško. The DIVA Station archive received a large number of films by Luksuz produkcija, which were the basis for this selection. The selected films address the themes of diversity, freedom and alternative ways of living and creating. The screening will be accompanied by a conversation with the representative of Luksuz produkcija Tom Gomizelj. More
In a series of four events at Kiblix festival we are preparing a series of online video projections on the computer and online art, perception of physicality in a virtual environment, and transmitted feelings. At the last event From the archives of the DIVA Station: Body and Identity we will take a tour from a micro view of body parts Bodyfraction (2020) by Uršula Berlot and Sunčana Kuljiš, through the possibility of experiencing a dispersed identity in VR space Liminoid (2016) by Saša Spačal, online identity and violence Cyberstalking (2019) by Sara Bezovšek, covering the face in Self-portrait (2001) by Aleksandra Saška Gruden, to the loss of identity in a macro view of a group of people Tense present: Photon Noise (2015) by Jasna Hribernik. The screening will be followed by a conversation between the selector Irena Borić and the artists and curator and collaborator of the DIVA Station Vesna Bukovec. More
To the second Back2Back – an event of artistic research of the DIVA archive – we invited artist, film author and curator Jake Yuzna (USA), who was at a research residency in the DIVA Station archive at SCCA-Ljubljana in 2020. In their selection of works, they followed the alternative culture in Slovenia and, especially for this program, they also created a new work in which they reflect on their attitude towards the alternative.
Link: Back2Back: Jake Yuzna – The Alternative Is Hard To See
In a series of four events at Kiblix festival we are preparing a series of online video projections on the computer and online art, perception of physicality in a virtual environment, and transmitted feelings. At the third event From the Archives of the DIVA Station: Online and Common we will present a documentaty film by Anja Medved and Patricija Maličev The Gathering – The Secret Side of Things We Share (2013, production: Kinoatelje, Zavod Kinoatelje, Zavod Kinokašča). The screening will be followed by a conversation between the curator Irena Borić, the director Anja Medved, and DIVA Station associate Vesna Bukovec. More
Accordionist and composer Bratko Bibič has been active since the early 1980s. He is present both at home and abroad, where he has performed independently and with various ensembles at hundreds of concerts in Europe, India, Canada and the USA. Among other things, he became famous in his homeland as the initiator of the music-film project Bridko Bebič traveling cinema. DIVA Station archive obtained the trilogy In the Family Garden, which was created in the period 1999-2005 as part of Bridko Bebič traveling cinema and is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Slovenian film. In addition to the idea and original music, Bratko Bibič also edited the films with which he recycled and adapted archival film material and many neglected contributions of Slovenian and foreign filmmakers, thus making an important contribution to the history of local mentalities.