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.
New DIVA Station partnership with other archives always generates the exchange of publications and compilations of video works that we keep in our Médiathèque. New acquirements of Jef Cornelius documentaries on important European exhibitions and Video Edition Austria ̶ Release 02 are the product of our collaboration with Argos (Brussels) and Medienwerkstadt (Vienna).
The SCCA’s widespread video archive networking practices, this year resulted in DIVA Station archive presentation and video screening in Kino Blickle in Vienna. The event was organized by Ursula Blickle Video Archiv, active since 2007 with a particular focus on Austrian video art from the 1990s and 2000s. After the screening of 16 art videos from the program DIVA Station Presents 4, a brief discussion took place with Barbara Borčić (curator, head of DIVA Station), Ana Čigon (artist) and Gerda Lampazler (artist, media theorist, co-head of Medienwerkstatt Wien) and Claudia Slanar ( curator, head of Ursula Blickle Video Archive).
The exhibition Multimedia Practices and Venues of Production in the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana (5 April – 11 June 2017) curated by Barbara Borčić and Igor Španjol is structured according to the typical venues of the artistic scene in Slovenia in 1980s: disco, gallery, club, studio, festival, publishing house, other television, viewing room and exit, cinema and television. In the viewing room you can play video on demand or scroll through DIVA Station video archive and its search engine options - categories from genre and years to artist and titles or key words.
A new number of Informatica Museologica Magazine is dedicated to contributions from the international symposia Museums of Film – Film in the Museums that questioned the position of film in the museum practices (Zagreb, 2015). The 200 pages offer texts on film heritage, experiences of the European film museums, archival collections, curatorial and theory based practices (in Croatian language with English summaries). The text "DIVA Station - archiving of images and time" by Barbara Borčić is published within the section The Encounter of the Analogue World and the New Digital Paradigm. Preservation of the Film/Video Heritage and accompanied by a vast visual material.
Slovenian premiere of the curated video program DIVA Station Presents III after the USA tour in 2016 was presented in DCP format at the Slovenian Cinematheque under Kino-integral section and at the invitation of the Asocciation Kraken, organisation responsible for the promotion of short film. The program, curated by Barbara Borčić, presents 17 video works which are divided into three parts: From analog to digital, From memory to fiction and From impression to digression.
On October 2016 and January 2017 DIVA Station held two presentations of a new Videospotting programme entitled Fresh Perspective, curated by Vesna Bukovec, artist and curator. The programme was first hosted by Slovenian Cinematheque on the 27th of October as a part of a celebration of the World Day of Audio-Visual Heritage. The second screening took place at House of Culture in Nova Gorica on the 24th of January. If the selection succeeded to attract half of the cinemateque's hall, a modest visit somewhat disappointed at the Goriško Region.
It is always a pleasure to cooperate with Photon Gallery. This time they hosted a premiere of a video programme titled Let the Dead Sleep (January 18, 2017). Jasna Jernejšek made the selection and included videoworks by Damijan Kracina, Marko Kovačič, Gorayd Krnc, Ema Kugler, Nataša Prosenc Stearns and Miha Vipotnik. The program is conceptually connected to her master’s thesis, where she was dealing with posthumous photographs and it was presented as a part of an exhibition The Last Gaze. Posthumous portrait in contemporary photography in Photon gallery.
The meeting at EAI (Electronic Arts Intermix) was important for DIVA Station to get in contact with this comprehensive archive of video and media art in New York, exchange inormation and experiences. Barbara Borčić, head of DIVA Station, met Lori Zippay, Director of EAI and Rebecca Cleman, Director of Distribution. After acquiring a password I could make my selection of works at my residency flat to watch them later in their cosy viewing room.
DIVA Station was hosted by UnionDocs (UnDo) Center for Documentary Art based in Brooklyn (Dec 4, 2016). We are happy that the organisers made a nice poster and the short trailer of the video program. The event was successful, a lot of people joinded and were interested and they were very active in reactions to the video works. The event included the presentation of DIVA Station and a screening of curated program DIVA Station Presents No 3. The discussion between Barbara Borčič, curator of the program, Emil Memon, New York based artist, and Pawel Wojtasik, video artist and film maker, was fundamental and it trigerred a lot of questions and comments. more