Exhibition Opening

The initial situation at the gallery by Miha Vipotnik was set up only with a small teaser for the installation and filming situation Home that is yet to be gradually built in cooperation with students from Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana. The starting point was a tiny illuminated postal stamp viewable only from the stairs installed outside the gallery to enable peeking through a 20x25cm lens carved into a black surface of the glass. The postal stamp was published in a collection of 5 significant paintings from the 19th Century by Yugoslav Post Office in 1967. The original drawing was copyrighted by National Gallery Ljubljana who keeps the painting by Jožef Petkovšek Home in its collection and permanent exhibition. Prior to the exhibition opening on 26th October Sergej Kapus held a lecture about the feeling of “unheimlich” in the painting at the National Gallery. This unsettling mode is going to be one of the themes to be developed in the exhibition process.

Neven Korda at the other side of the gallery space constructed a situation for his work Dominant black. He had sought references in his previous video installations in the same gallery space at the Light Guerrilla exhibition and entitled Simply Beautiful. This time, he had taken only those coincidental reflections from the previous installation that had appeared at a time to be less significant. To enhance something that only constructs the background, the random output of the predominant image is a social decision – to give way to the less visible. In his introduction to the installation and the coming performances – about to be enacted in the course of the exhibition – he has declared a new paradigm to his work: 99% PURE VIDEO. So far, he had theorized on the meaning of the paradigm 100% PURE VIDEO taking into consideration all the possibilities of video as a medium encompassing the technical usage, social implications and aesthetic desire. With the new paradigm he tends to avoid the 100% PURE VIDEO to become a genre, as he is a critic of the usage of the term experimental as a style or genre of artistic endeavours. Furthermore in the correspondence to this, he also comments on the usage of 99% as a commodity term to represent the masses much like it is used in the advertisements. Neven Korda also announced his 5 performances where he is going to enact the newly set paradigm.


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