Ema Kugler
Name: Kugler, Ema
No. of works: 11
Countries: Slovenia


Born on 9th March 1955 in Celje. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. Her field of interest covers different media: performance, installation, video nad theatre costume design. She works as a frelance artist. "With her work the artist proves that gesamtkunstwerk is the ultimate artistic expression. In her work a tension between life and death is staged to nearly tangible presence. We experience her work sensually on the performances in vast industrial halls, factories, stone-pits or on projections in full darkness, filled with sound or/and images that avoid any typological definitions. Experiencing her events leave deep sensual imprints on us. The images would appear to us in the true senses of this word. They appear to us as phantoms much later, after we are hardly able to remember the time and place where they inhabited us – in the sleeping dreams or the dreaming with eyes wide opened. Ema Kugler is a master of phantoms." (Jurij Krpan, Explenation of Prešeren Fund Award, 2008). Ema Kugler is recepient of Prešeren Award 2023.

Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists’ Archives Online (2019–2022)

Author's Works
Ema Kugler - Man with Shadow
Ema Kugler - Man with Shadow (01:40)
Production: ZANK & VPK, 2019
The genetic code forces man in reproduction. A newborn has no choice. Without her/his will, it is sorted to this world and as a completely helpless creature in the dressage of civilizational norms, which are determined by those in the position of power ... Bu...
Ema Kugler - For the End of TimeEma Kugler - For the End of TimeEma Kugler - For the End of Time
Ema Kugler - For the End of Time (02:05:28)
Production: Zank & VPK, 2009
The video film is an investigation on man and his smallness in front of nature and time, the story is told by a voice-over narrator, with no dialogues between the characters. The camera slowly moves horizontally in panoramic views showing bright wide dese...
Ema Kugler - Le Grand MacabreEma Kugler - Le Grand MacabreEma Kugler - Le Grand Macabre
Ema Kugler - Le Grand Macabre (01:40:44)
Production: ZANK / Ljudmila, 2005
Experimental video is made after sound recording of Le Grand Macabre opera, recorded live at the Parisian Theatre du Chatelet in fabruary 1998, performed by London Sinfonietta Voices Philharmonic Orchestra. Composer György Ligeti, avant-gardist of th...
Ema Kugler - PhantomEma Kugler - PhantomEma Kugler - Phantom
Ema Kugler - Phantom (87:45)
Production: Zavod ZANK / VPK, Cankarjev dom, RTV Slovenija, 2003
»The Phantom« is a film about death that does not ask, »Who am I?«, but »Have I ever really been there ... in my life? Have I ever really lived? Wasn’t everything just an illusion, an illusion of a false existence? Is i...
Ema Kugler - Homo ErectusEma Kugler - Homo ErectusEma Kugler - Homo Erectus
Ema Kugler - Homo Erectus (00:43:28)
Production: ZANK, VPK, Cankarjev dom , 2000
This video features no words, only music and images. Ema Kugler describes the moving images as: “They are like a dark, surrealist dance of everyman with his own death. I have seen all these images. They came from the darkness of my subconsciousness,...
Ema Kugler - MenhirEma Kugler - MenhirEma Kugler - Menhir
Ema Kugler - Menhir (00:35:16)
Production: Forum Ljubljana, VPK & TV Slovenija, 1999
Urbanity is finally erased with mythological rituals, which is defined by the title of the video film: menhir, a large upright standing stone from the Neolithic Period which was used in sacred rituals. A man and a woman are Adam and Eve who are formed bef...
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Ema Kugler - Station 25 (00:30:08)
Production: Forum Ljubljana & VPK, 1997
The artist continues with her main preoccupations: the relationship between a man and a woman, the irruption of the mythical into the rituals of everyday life. The video film uses the numerous potentials of electronic manipulation of the picture. The fine...
Ema Kugler - TaigaEma Kugler - TaigaEma Kugler - Taiga
Ema Kugler - Taiga (00:08:22)
Production: Forum Ljubljana & VPK, 1996
Video Taiga is made after eponymous performance carried out at the international festival of contemporary arts City of women in October 1995 in Ljubljana. The viewer enters a dark atmosphere, dictated by dramatic vocal-electronic music, threatening anthro...
Ema Kugler - The VisitorEma Kugler - The VisitorEma Kugler - The Visitor
Ema Kugler - The Visitor (00:26:41)
Production: V.S. Video / Forum Ljubljana, VPK & Viba film, 1995
The artist insists on the duality of human nature: the same dreadfulness is part of both the mythical and the real world. The duality is explicitly presented by means of electronic effects that can petrify a human face, or wall-up a human body in a few se...
Ema Kugler - HydraEma Kugler - HydraEma Kugler - Hydra
Ema Kugler - Hydra (00:15:45)
Production: V.S. Video, Forum Ljubljana, VPK, 1993
Mythology in the video works by Ema Kugler is inscribed in rituals of everyday life; this time it is the theme of Hydra with many facets. The theme is represented by the separate scenes featuring human figures in leather costumes (created by the artist he...
YEARS 23 decades present
Ema Kugler Jane Štravs Nada Vodušek
Kracina, Damijan - Žeblji / Nails
Kracina, Damijan - Žeblji / Nails (00:06:34)
Akademija za likovno umet..., 1995
Hribernik, Jasna  - Carte Postale
Hribernik, Jasna - Carte Postale (06:32)
TV Slovenija, 1997
Saša Spačal - Liminoid
Saša Spačal - Liminoid (00:08:08)
Saša Spačal, Muzej sodo..., 2016
Vipotnik, Miha - Space 2
Vipotnik, Miha - Space 2 (01:53)
Max-Max (Brut), 1986
Hribernik, Jasna  - Lok Telesa / The Body Bow
Hribernik, Jasna - Lok Telesa / The Bod... (00:18:21)
Sfinga, TV Slovenija, 1996
Kovačič, Marko (2227) - I've Seen That... Like It Is
Kovačič, Marko (2227) - I've Seen That...... (06:20)
V.S. Video & Strip Core /..., 1993
Kovačič, Marko - Song of Flesh and Image Was Made Body
Kovačič, Marko - Song of Flesh and Ima... (00:15:56)
ŠKUC - Forum / koprodukc..., 1985
Štravs, Jane - Jane Štravs
Štravs, Jane - Jane Štravs (00:05:30)
ATV, 1987
Gumilar, Marjan - Pogled
Gumilar, Marjan - Pogled (00:06:38)
Marjan Gumilar, 2002
Katja Šoltes, Emir Jelkić - How Do You Say Ćesma? / Kako se kaže fountain?
Katja Šoltes, Emir Jelkić - How Do You... (00:07:30)
Ljudmila, Ljubljana in SCCA/p..., 2000
Kovačič, Marko - Naprej v preteklost / Forth Into the Past
Kovačič, Marko - Naprej v preteklost /... (0:09:30)
Forum Ljubljana, VPK, 1995
Zemira Alajbegović, Neven Korda (ZANK) - The Sand Collectors
Zemira Alajbegović, Neven Korda (ZANK) - Th... (00:12:34)
V.S. Video / Forum Ljublj..., 1995
Saša Spačal - Mycophone_unison
Saša Spačal - Mycophone_unison (00:14:27)
Saša Spačal, Muzej sodo..., 2016
Hribernik, Jasna  - Ballabende
Hribernik, Jasna - Ballabende (00:21:46)
TV Slovenija, 1995
Kovačič, Marko  - No More Heroes Any More
Kovačič, Marko - No More Heroes Any M... (0:18:15)
V.S. VIDEO/Forum Ljubljan..., 1992
Korenc, Jurij - Svetloba sence
Korenc, Jurij - Svetloba sence (0:27:20)
Cankarjev dom, Viba film,..., 1987
Hribernik, Jasna  - Hiša nasprotij / House of Contrasts
Hribernik, Jasna - Hiša nasprotij / Ho... (00:20:17)
TV Slovenija, 1998
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