Beam Team: Portal


Light-sound installation, 2023
Co-production: Lighting Guerrilla festival

The new project of the authorial group Beam Team is based on synchronized modulation of light and sound, which, when passing through the space, where the gazes of two viewers meet, enables a peculiar sensory experience that plays with the viewer’s perception. The central element of the installation is a spacial scenery, a tunnel of some sort, through which two viewers look upon each other at each end, and in which there are several plates with spherical openings, between which the play of light takes place, emphasized by the use of some special effects. The portal tries to deny the rigid linearity of time and space, instead introducing the moment of cyclicity – ontologically speaking, the reality of space thus turns into a fluid polygon of infinity, timelessness and wholesomeness, which shakes the viewer’s experience of living and perceiving the world.

Photo (c) Foto DK



Beam Team (Stella Ivšek, Anja Romih, Aleš Zupanc, Črt Trkman) are Slovene multimedia artists who explore the fields of intermedia art, video projections and mapping, audiovisual installations, design, video montage and other multimedia. Together, they created two interactive audio-visual installations (Plato’s bodies, Network), which were presented at various local and international festivals and exhibitions (The Lighting Guerrilla, Pixxelpoint, inSonic, Borås Bright Art). Stella Ivšek (1987) and Anja Romih (1991) are multimedia artists who, in addition to years of VJ-ing at various art festivals and club events, work in the fields of the visualisation of sound, video animation, video montage and stage scenography. Črt Trkman (1987) is a sound designer, sound engineer and electronic music producer who creates under the pseudonym Terranigma. Aleš Zupanc (1997) is active in the fields of the development of electronic devices and firmware for embedded systems.

Location:
Xcenter, Delpinova ulica 20, Nova Gorica

Hours:
28. 9 – 30. 9 // 18.00 - 22.00
1. 10 // 18.00 - 20.00
2. 10 – 20. 10
monday — friday: 09.00 – 20.00
saturday: 9.00 – 13.00
sunday: closed

 
Lavoslava Benčić, Simon Macuh: Electromagnetic Spatial Mapping of Interiors

Workshop

In the workshop “Electromagnetic Spatial Mapping of Interiors”, we introduce senior citizens to the concept of electromagnetic (EM) waves, as well as explain research method and instruments to them.

In the practical part of the workshop, participants will be invited to use an electronic gadget to detect and capture electromagnetic waves generated by various devices located inside the residential facility. Besides typical EM wave emitters (computers, mobile phones, household appliances, electric-powered tools), special attention will be dedicated to medical devices (pulse and pressure monitors, ECG, TENS, neuromuscular electrical stimulators, etc.).

In the closing part of the workshop, participants will compile their results. They will add photos and site descriptions to the physical map of the building, and attach a link to the audio recording of the EM waves. Workshop participants will be invited to present their results to their co-residents and to the broader public.

Workshop participants will be invited to actively contribute to and co-create the performance Cloak for the Invisible and the Inaudible.



 
Sz. Berlin: Dissonant Synthesis

Performance, concert, 2023
Production: R.o.R residency programme, Zavod BridA

The concert and performance Dissonant Synthesis takes the audience on a journey through the past, present and future of a real and imaginary city through sound and visuals. The video transforms location photography, drone footage, sonic scans and archival images into complex, colourful and hypnotic new compositions. It combines utopian architectural visions of the city with sounds and images from 21st century Nova Gorica to create Nova Gorican futurism.



Sz. Berlin has performed and exhibited at events including Time Machine Biennial, 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale, Primal Uproar Hamburg, R.o.R. Festival Nova Gorica, Bruital Uproar Berlin. Sz. Berlin’s analytical approach has explored subjects including including East German, Yugoslav, Irish and German history, as well as technical and architectural subjects, including Brutalism and infrastructure (cranes, railways, shipping). The first Sz. Berlin solo exhibition, Disposizione Schematica opened at DKC Lamparna, Labin in December 2022.

 
Matej Bizovičar: Refufish

Light installation, 2018
Co-production: Lighting Guerrilla festival

Supported by: Mestna občina Nova Gorica

Content-wise the Ribogunci project echoes the contemporary refugee crisis, while the artist has used a colourful flock of fish to symbolize the refugees, fish that with their freedom of movement across the world seas represent just the opposite. The main emphasis is nevertheless reserved for the actual form and colour of these peculiar polyurethane foam creatures. With their pronounced fantastical appearance, the artist tries to convey their alienness and otherness. In Refufish there are beings of various amorphous shapes: they satirize images from sci-fi movies, expansive organisms, viruses that escape from the lab … These associations encourage the viewer to think about their own ancient fear of the otherness.

Photo (c) Foto DK



Matej Bizovičar (1969, Ljubljana) studied painting at ALUO in Ljubljana between 1991 and 1995. He’s been creating in his studio in Metelkova mesto since 1993. He’s contributed to theatre, to Radio Študent and he’s been involved in the Hostel Celica project for more than 20 years. He also works in interior design of private homes and hospitality & tourist businesses. He creates custom unique furniture and is generally dedicated to woodworking. Apart from painting, in the visual arts he’s also involved in sculpture, spatial installations and mosaics.

Location: Bevkov trg, Nova Gorica
Hours: 28. 9 – 20. 10 // 18.00 - 01.00

 
Manuel Brajnik, Jan Lavrič: THRESHOLD

Light-sound installation,2023
Co-production: Lighting Guerrilla festival

Supported by: Mestna občina Nova Gorica

Manuel Brajnik and Jan Lavrič’s project "THRESHOLD" explores the connections between physical liminal spaces and the psychological state experienced right at the cusp between alienation and presence. The installation consists of a contrasting canvas painted with a combination of the darkest acrylic Black 3.0 and the light-sensitive pigment LIT 2.0. On the other side, there is a motion-activated UV spotlight. The phenomenological experience is further enriched by the inclusion of an audio-reactive element triggered by touching specific areas of the installation. The silhouette that appears on the canvas when the spotlight is triggered gradually fades away, becoming a visual metaphor for an individual's past state and creating a space for reflection and awareness of presence in the world.



Manuel Brajnik, born in 1996 in Koper, is an audio-visual artist and musician. He is currently completing his undergraduate studies in Video Animation and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. With a strong affinity for abstracted imagery, he often presents his works through experimental video, film, spatial installations and A/V projections. Currently active in the fields of music and art, he explores the relationship between the analog/physical and the digital/imperceptible.

Jan Lavrič, born in 2000 in Novo Mesto, currently resides in Ljubljana, where he is completing his undergraduate studies in the Video, Animation, and New Media program at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. As an artist, he works interdisciplinary, often focusing on experimental and abstract approaches in both digital and analog techniques. He is currently most interested in the realms of video art, conceptual art and film, particularly in terms of editing and filming, with a strong fascination for experimental non-narrative film. He also explores areas of creative coding and analog photography.

Location:Podhod pri Xcentru, Delpinova ulica 20, Nova Gorica
Hours: 28. 9 – 1. 10 // Non stop

 
Mag. Andrej Brešan: Radio Telescope

Lecture 

Presentation of a radio telescope used to observe the OH molecule, which is being built and assembled in Miren as part of a collaboration between experts from various fields. The lecturer will explain the initial concept, outline what it will be used to observe, explain its design and construction of the supporting structure and observatory. 

Mag. Andrej Brešan: A brief introduction to observing the Moon with a telescope

A brief introduction to how the Moon was formed and how it has evolved, its principal features and peculiarities, and why it is important to us.

Mag. Andrej Brešan received his Master's degree from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana, with a thesis focusing on temporal analysis of solar flares in different radio and X-ray frequency bands. Since his high school days, he has been a member of the astronomical society Fara ob Soči from nearby Italy, where he is involved in efforts to popularize science. He works as a teacher of physics at cross-border secondary schools, in Gorizia, Italy. He organises astronomy evenings and public telescope viewings in his home town. He is also involved in amateur culture and supports creative activities for youth.

 
Salvatore Calì: 744,672,607.5 Steps to the Moon

Performance, 2023
Production: R.o.R festival

Seven hundred and forty-four million six hundred and seventy-two thousand six hundred and seven point five steps to the Moon

What if we never landed on the Moon and it was all a sham?

Even then, television technology and perfect direction could make the moon landing and the first walk on the moon seem like it was happening in real time.

Be that as it may, I believe it was a grand expression of the ‘power of the imagination’, with this power man has built and will continue to build his past and future history.

Yes, we have gone to the Moon, but we did so through the power of our imagination! 

This astronomical object has always been man's companion, the protagonist of a thousand tales, stories, myths and works of poetry, and it has been thoroughly studied, first by the human imagination and later by technology and science. The latter two have not killed off its air of mystery, the fascination that this mutant celestial body evokes in us and in our souls. 

The artist decided to take 744,672,607.5 steps, equivalent to the distance separating him from the Moon, to find the first human footprint imprinted on an astronomical object other than Earth.



Salvatore Calì is an italian artist born in Sicily (Misterbianco, 16 May 1966), currently lives and works in Gorizia (Italy).

A conceptual and interdisciplinary artist, he started his artistic career as a self-taught artist, after studying technical studies and science. He has been active since 1987; and he began working again in 2010 after a ten-year hiatus, during which he researched, studied, experimented with geomancers, shamans and researchers studying spiritual science, especially with Marko Pogačnik, an artist, Earth-therapist and co-founder of the conceptual artists’ collective OHO in Ljubljana.

Photography, video and performance are the main media through which he expresses reflections around themes where mysticism, science, nature, social discourse, become gestures, actions and works interacting with the natural and human ecosphere (the invisible “collapses” in the space of reality). In this sense, art and life collide in a utopian common denominator - the ability to change our reality or at least our perception of it.

 
Marko Čeh, Leon Vidmar: Seismologically modified object

Light installation, 2020
Co-production: Lighting Guerrilla festival

Supported by: Mestna občina Nova Gorica

Anima is a word for the soul. The Latin word »animatio« means revival, encouragement, enthusiasm and liveliness. This installation, by turning bodies of light on and off, combines different light sources and materials that absorb or reflect light. The rapid overflow of this light represents movement – the anima. This is how life appears as a bundle of light and materials.

Thinking about the five elements we came to the conclusion that the set of primary elements creates conditions for life. We turned then to animation to show something alive. The rapidly flowing lights create an illusion of movement and add a bit of soul/anima to the object. The object then somehow becomes alive. /L. Vidmar & M. Čeh/



Marko Čeh works as a theatre and radio director. After graduating from high school in Ptuj he studied theatre directing at the AGRFT academy in Ljubljana. In the last ten years he has directed in both institutional and independent stagings. He also created scenography and lighting design, and as one of co-creators of the Soap Opera project (Svetlobna gverila, 2019) also ventured into visual arts. 

Leon Vidmar graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. His final work there, a short animated movie titled (Ne)strpnost / (In)tolerance of which he was the writer, the director, the scenographer and the animator, was first shown to the public at the Balkanima festival (2010) and then at the international Animateka festival in Ljubljana in the same year. He acquired additional knowledge through student exchange at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, then at the School of Street Theater (ŠUGLA) in Ljubljana and at the performative arts school »Performers house« in Denmark. He also works as an animator with Kolja Saksida and Špela Čadež.

Location: Park pri avtobusni postaji, Nova Gorica
Hours: 28. 9 – 20. 10 // 18.00 - 1.00

 
Dr. Andreja Gomboc: Astrophysical research at the University of Nova Gorica

Lecture

 A lecture on the research being carried out at the UNG Centre for Astrophysics and Cosmology: supernova explosions, tidal disruptions of stars near black holes, dark matter and high-energy cosmic particles. A brief presentation of the international collaborations in astrophysics they are involved in and the GoChile Slovenian telescope learning project for students.

Andreja Gomboc is a tenured professor of Astronomy at the University of Nova Gorica’s Faculty of Natural Sciences, and a researcher at the Center for Astrophysics and Cosmology. She studies tidal disruptions of stars approaching black holes, gamma-ray bursts and gravitational wave events. She is a member of several international collaborations (Vera Rubin Observatory LSST, ENGRAVE, Gaia), as well as a recipient of the Zois Award, organizer of Slovenia’s first International Astronomical Union Symposium and the exhibition From the Earth to the Universe in Ljubljana’s Tivoli Park, and the editor of the online portal Portal v vesolje (Portal to the Universe). She has been a regular columnist for the newspaper Delo since 2018.

 
Luke Jerram: Museum of the Moon

Installation, 2016

Museum of the Moon is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series lunar inspired events beneath the moon.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The moon has always inspired humanity, acting as a ‘cultural mirror’ to society, reflecting the ideas and beliefs of all people around the world. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and been a source of light to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon has evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon. And yet somehow, despite these differences, the moon connects us all. https://my-moon.org/

Photo (c) Hello Content



Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the world. In 2022 alone he had 104 exhibitions in 25 different countries, visited by more than 2 million people.

As well as touring his installations, Luke’s artworks are in over 50 permanent collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London.

Luke Jerram was given honorary doctorates from the University of Bristol in 2020 and University of Gloucestershire in 2022. He was made an Honorary Academician of the RWA and Fellow of The Royal Astronomical Society in 2020.

In 2019 he set up and funded both the Dreamtime Fellowship to support recent graduates in his home city of Bristol and the Bristol Schools Arts Fund to support secondary schools impacted by austerity.

Location: Bevkov trg, Nova Gorica
Hours: 28. 9 – 1. 10 // Non stop

 
Hanno Kautz: Delighted by Touch

Interactive light-sound-installation 2023
Supported by: Mestna občina Nova Gorica

In his current work Hanno Kautz deals in an artistic-discursive discussion with questions about the handling of physical touch in times after Corona. During the pandemic, skin contact was discouraged and, should be avoided at all costs, since the skin, as the largest human organ, is not only an important sensory organ, but is also considered a gateway for dangerous pathogens.

In the experimental setup portrayed, human bodies become musical instruments and skin-to-skin contact is explicitly desired. Electrical voltage changes on the surface of the skin, which occur when touched, are transformed into sounds. These sounds control the intensity and colorfulness of light-sticks which are wrapped with a membrane of the skin (bark) of daphne alpina.

For those who prefer to play it safe and take no risks there is a pandemic version where disinfectant liquids are interposed between the touches. People can choose, or investigate the differences.

However, visitors are invited to become experimentally active to help shape the sonic and visual appearance of the installation. As an immersive work of art, “delighted by touch” aims to be a room of non-verbal conversation, creating dialogs between the visitors themselves, the space, light and sound. People are integral parts of the artwork, actors, creators, viewers and listeners at the same time.



Hanno Kautz, born 1970, lives and works in Klagenfurt/Austria. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology and wrote his diploma thesis on “Light in Art and Architecture”. Light is often also the material with which he explores spaces, reflecting on socially relevant themes.

His diverse body of work includes painting, graphics, stage design, light installations, art on buildings and art in public spaces. Kautz is a member of the Kunstverein Kärnten and board member of the art-association "Lendhauer".

www.lendhafen.at ; www.hannokautz.com

Location:
Prostori nekdanje Alpine, Xcenter, Nova Gorica
Hours:
28. 9 – 30. 9 // 18.00 - 22.00
1. 10 // 18.00 - 20.00

 
MN Dance Company: To the Moon and Back 

A dance performance, 2023

Human imagination has always been fuelled by ideas about life beyond the here and now, beyond this world, beyond the possibilities of ordinary existence. How to transcend yourself, the limitations of the human body and mind, the limitations of our planet. To travel to other worlds, to meet other intelligences that may exist somewhere. Once upon a time, a man tried to establish contact with life outside of himself through magic and religious customs, then through science, tried to travel to the moon, today through the research of artificial intelligence, which is supposed to finally surpass the human mind. What the future holds for us is, of course, uncertain, but it is certain that a man will persist in his path of spreading awareness and getting to know the world and discover worlds that have been unknown to him so far.

Producers: Zavod MN Produkcija, Zavod GO! 2025
In cooperation with: SNG Nova Gorica
The performance is part of the EPK GO! 2025' project Borderless Body 

Choreographers: Michal Rynia, Nastja Bremec Rynia 
Dramaturgical Consultant: Ana Kržišnik Blažica
Composer: Mateja Starič
Cello Player: Klemen Hvala
Costume and special effect designers: Gorazd Prinčič, Robert Žiković
Light Designer: Matjaž Bajc
Sound Designer: Stojan Nemec /Matej Čelik
Photo: Aljoša Kravanja
Dancers: Nastja Bremec Rynia, Noemi Capuano, Eri Nishibara, Michal Rynia, Pere Sansaloni Servera Luka Vodopivec

Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN: Black Light

for UV light on Photosensitive Surface, 2020

In BLACK LIGHT the UV part of Laser light leaves a temporary trace on a custom-made photosensitive canvas. In contrast with the frenetic but precise laser movements, structures with minute details slowly emerge from the canvas: resembling cities, forests, alien architectures. Sometimes I simply play with the superposition of layers. Black Light is a contemplative live performance in which time is dilated to counterbalance the haste of modern times. As in most of my recent work, sound is the signal that moves the laser beam in a synaesthetic and synchronic discourse exposed for the audience’s senses. All light shapes in the video are created from the sound signals, so you truly see the sound and listen to the light.

Commissioned by HIGHLIGHT Festival Del? (NL) and dedicated to Aldo Tambellini



Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN’s practice uses found or decontextualized analogue devices to investigate the connections between light and sound in the form of contemplative installations and performances. He repurposes and modifies tools from our analogue past: oscilloscopes, early game consoles, analogue video mixers, and lasers. He is attracted to their intrinsic limitations and strong ‘personalities’: fluid beam movement, vivid colors, infinite resolution, absence of frame rate, and line aesthetics. By using these forgotten devices, he exposes the public to the aesthetic diferences between the ubiquitous digital projections and the natural vibrance of analogue beams, engaging them to reflect on the sociopolitical impact of technology in a retrospective on technologisation: what ‘old’ means, and what value the ‘new’ really adds.

His works have been presented at Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, Amsterdam Dance Event, Venice Biennale, New York Computer Music Festival, Bozar Bruxelles, BOA Biennale Porto, Rewire Festival Den Haag, Glasgow Contemporary Art Center, Dom Moskow, Seoul International Music Festival, Rome University of Fine Arts, to mention a few. He has released records for Staalplat, Bowindo, Elli Records, Dobialabel, Setoladimaiale, Ante-Rasa and Creative Sources.

 
Claudia Reh: Turning - what we move around...

An analog light installation for Nova Gorica, 2023
Production: Festival R.o.R

The artist sees her works as graphics in light. The light is the basic building material, used to express and convey her visualized thoughts. She operates mostly with metaphors and signs, where her role is to convey to the audience the invisible meanings that grow beneath the surface of the visual. She’s presenting her work in Nova Gorica using tools that are very typical of her: the overhead projectors are used to create momentary visualized images of monumental dimensions. In front of live audience she will create a huge light installation with an extremely vivid color scale. Her eclectic selection of vibrant images is constantly balancing on a thin line between the visible and the invisible.



Claudia Reh (Echtzeitlich) is an artist residing in Germany where she’s finished her studies and been active as an independent artist since the late ’90. Her distinctly interdisciplinary work, always loyal to the principle of the analog, deals with the most diverse issues. She creates installations, animate movies and performances, holds workshops and also works as an organizer and producer. She’s participated with her works in many different exhibitions and festival all across Europe.

Location:
Rusjanov spomenik, Erjavčeva ulica, Nova Gorica
Hours:
28. 9 – 30. 9 // 18.00 - 22.00
1. 10 // 18.00 - 20.00

 
Luka Savić: On earth as it is in heaven

Light installation, 2019
Co-production: Lighting Guerrilla festival

Supported by: Mestna občina Nova Gorica

Luka Savić often reinterprets and comments upon works of other artists, finding inspiration in the artworks of the past. This time he chose to reference Marko Pogačnik, a Slovenian neoavantgardist who later went on to explore esoteric and cosmologic principles in art. Savić’s project is located in one of the energy spots discovered by Pogačnik years ago. The project crosses the border between the visible and the invisible, the material and the spiritual, last but not least also between different episodes in art history. The motive of the handshake itself and in this context can be understood as a harmonic and meaningful gesture that brings together the Earth and the Sky.



Photo (c) Foto DK

Luka Savić finished graphic design at SŠOF and went on to the AVA Academy of Visual Arts. He completed his education afterwards at the Faculty of Philosophy where he graduated in philosophy in 2017. He was an assistant to Miran Mohar between 2010 and 2017, and later became a partner of the David Gothard Archive where he produced several events. He presented his works recently in the Mahler and LeWitt Studios residence in Spoleto in Italy, at the Arte Fiera Polis – BBQ Show in Bologna and in his solo exhibition in the DLUL gallery in Ljubljana.

Location: Bevkov trg, Nova Gorica
Hours: 28. 9 – 20. 10 // Non stop

 
Hans-Peter and Peggy Spitzner: Last Escape at Checkpoint Charlie

Talk

In their talk, Hans Peter and Peggy recount their unique experience as the last known “refugees to flee the Berlin Wall”. In August 1989, Hans-Peter and his 7 year old daughter Peggy illegally crossed the famous Checkpoint Charlie in the trunk of an American soldier.



Hans Peter Spitzner is a skilled worker turned engineer and teacher. His journey began in 1954, excelling in school and completing an apprenticeship in weaving. He studied at the Technical University of Dresden, later becoming a vocational school teacher. In 1982, he welcomed his daughter Peggy into the world.

In 1989, Peter and Peggy escaped from the GDR, finding refuge in Berlin before settling in Idar-Oberstein in West Germany. Returning to Chemnitz in 1992, he became a teacher at the vocational school for public service. Peter studied political science, authored a book, and inspired an animadocfilm about his journey titled "Der Entschluss” (the decision).

In 2022, following his retirement as a teacher, he embarked on a new adventure as a tour guide at Lang ReisenSchwarzenberg. Peter's life is a tale of dedication, learning, and inspiring others through his remarkable journey.

Peggy Spitzner born on May 17th, 1982, in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Saxony, GDR. Peggy Spitzner's life has been a remarkable journey. After escaping to West Germany with her family in 1989 and visiting nine different schools, she pursued education and art. With degrees in photography and translation, Peggy's talents shine through her work as a freelance artist, editor and curator. In her creative work she focuses on fashion, painting and installation and mediates her ideas in workshops. With her art collective (PAY), she creates thought-provoking installations featured at renowned international art festivals. And on top of it, she owns an authentic vintage fashion store called Nascent Delight that was established in 2016.

 
The vocal-instrumental musical ensemble Sanje(“Dreams”) with guitar

The vocal-instrumental musical ensemble Sanje(“Dreams”) with guitar is formed as a division of the Sanje Cultural Association in Nova Gorica.

Sanje was established a decade ago and makes regular appearances at events organized by both its own Association and other organizers, in Slovenia and internationally.

Some of the most notable venues where they performed include Cankarjev dom, where they were invited by the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Last year, the group was selected to represent Slovenia in Ireland as part of the Erasmus program.

This October, they have been invited to perform at the Slovenian Day in Budapest, Hungary.

The group has been working under the professional guidance of guitar teacher Eva Slokar from the very beginning, with a brief gap in between.



 
Tanja Vujinović: ULTRAMONO “FlowerLab”

Virtual world for VRChat, 2023
Co-production: KIBLA

ULTRAMONO “FlowerLab” unites the dynamic worlds of virtual reality and techno music in a mind-bending exploration of sci-fi, extended reality, and cyberpunk. It is a realm where reality merges with the digital and the boundaries of imagination dissolve into an immersive experience. 

ULTRAMONO ART+RAVE at the “FlowerLab” is not just a music event; but a live sci-fi art game, a trip, a riddle, and an open book inviting you to explore phantasies and layers of reality. "FlowerLab" is a truly immersive odyssey where virtual relationships blossom and viral music spreads through the digital cosmos. Primordial rhythms that resonate deep lead into temporary spaces of freedom, where the real and the unreal converge. 

As the living narratives unfold, you will encounter nano-organisms and ghost avatars, living beings that emerge from the very essence of data. Passion and joy emanate from the mesmerizing data transmission flows, birthing organisms that exist in the liminal spaces between noise, glitches, and intricate access calculations.

Tanja Vujinović: Oneness 

Audio-visual work, 2023
Co-production: KIBLA

“The Oneness 一体” will be presented as an audio-visual artwork. With “The Oneness 一体”, we delve into the unknown, embrace the phantasy, and embark on a transformative journey while hearing the echoes of the soul of the machine. This artwork dives into the emotional side of this ongoing road of entanglement of people and the tools they are building. Dreaming about our extensions that will give us more of what we want - more freedom, more of ourselves improved, our body doubles that surpass our expectations. Understanding and comforting, our dream technology is always there to give us advice and provide answers, keep us company and drive us forward.

Tanja Vujinović: Florists

Audio-visual work, 2023
Co-production: KIBLA

With “Florists1”/”Florists3”, peeking through the virtual windows, you'll glimpse iconic scenes from the lives of the enigmatic Florists and Pharmacists, the imaginary-real inhabitants and founders of the enigmatic FlowerLab. In this ongoing narrative, reality merges with fantasy, leaving you questioning what is truly human and what lies beyond matter.



Tanja Vujinović is an internationally established audio-visual artist making digital worlds and electronic music active within the art world since the mid-90s. In recent years, she also began publishing her own techno tracks and DJing.

Always using a lot of new media tools, she became an visual artist & soundscape composer by creating conceptual hybrid projects as metabolic spheres with many interconnected elements. She has shown these artworks at numerous prestigious and underground festivals, museums, and galleries worldwide.

Within her ongoing AvantGarden project and through Ultramono Institute, the art platform and studio she founded, she researches the theme of recreation. She also explores ecological subjects by connecting art and science. Central to her work are her almost abstract sculptures Proto-machines with special functions, and inspiration with ideas of EAF (Earth analog fields), TAZ (temporary autonomous zones), and research of rave movement with related dance, the embodiment in VR, and sharing and making of music.

In 1999, Tanja Vujinović graduated from the painting department of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, and in 2010 she received her doctorate in the field of philosophy and theory of visual culture at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper. As an intermedia artist, she has exhibited regularly in many galleries and museums around the world since 1997, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, the Kunstpalast Museum in Düsseldorf, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Kunsthaus Museum in Merano, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul, the Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana, the Vasarely Foundation Museum in Aix-en-Provence and the Künstlerhaus in Vienna. Her work has also been featured at festivals, including ISEA2009 in Belfast, Ars Electronica in Linz, Kinetica Art Fair in London, Spor Festival in Aarhus, Zeppelin Festival in Barcelona, FILE – Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo and FILE RIO in Rio de Janeiro. Her works are included in many international collections, such as Sinnlos, Globalscreen, Supermono 1, DIVA Station, e-flux video rental (EVR), Sonoscop Archive, Netnoise, CTheory, Borders of net.art and others.

Location:
Xcenter, Delpinova ulica 20, Nova Gorica
Hours:
28. 9 – 30. 9 // 18.00 - 22.00
1. 10 // 18.00 - 20.00

 
Green sounds (Lavoslava Benčić, Tim Bučar, Simon Macuh): A cloak for the invisible and the inaudible

Performance, 2023

The cloak is a metaphor for clothing as a second skin, which separates us and simultaneously protects us from the influences of the Sun, the largest natural generator of electromagnetic (EM) radiation. The artistic exploration of EM radiation was prompted by the interacting with a person who, due to their health condition, undergoes frequent physiotherapy sessions that undoubtedly affect their varying states f health.

The central interactive element of the performance is an e-textile cloak that surrounds the performer’s body. It acts as a receiver of waves from EM sources, translating them into the realm of human auditory and visual perception. The performance combines natural and artificial EM waves, harmonizing sound and imagery to create a new holistic creation. The event actively involves the audience as participants.

The performance also pays homage to the Sun, which is approaching the peak of an eleven-year cycle of EM activity, during which the solar poles reverse, resulting in the greatest influence of the Sun on our planet. 



Lavoslava Benčić is an intermedia artist, curator and educator, working as a self-employed professional in the cultural field. She completed her studies in Media Project Management at Middlesex University in London, postgraduate studies in Graphic Design at London College UCK and a Master's degree in Media Arts and Practices at the University of Nova Gorica School of Arts. The majority of her intermedia projects are based on machine learning, electronic textiles, video, graphic sound, sound reactivity to stimuli and interaction with plants. Her familiarity with technologies and their diverse applications enables her to have a broad range of roles as an educator and artist. Her works have been exhibited more than a hundred times in twenty-four countries and she have received fourteen awards.

Tim Bučar has completed his courses for the Computer Technician profile and attended many other training programs (Project Learning, Logistics, Entrepreneurship, Storytelling Course, Radio Presenter Course, Theater Techniques, Sound Design, etc.). He is the Founder and Head of Odprte karte, Institute for the Development of Social Inclusion.

Simon Macuh is a freelance artist working as a sculptor, performer and intermedia artist. He builds her work in a way that often starts from theory, using it as a mental and conceptual starting point, which he then puts into practice using various artistic techniques. Most of his works are about “ecosystems” of cultural and natural environments, which are eventfully and procedurally embedded in a particular locality. His dominant perspective is humanism, but not anthropocentrism. This process can also be seen as constructing a “social sculpture”, which most often manifests itself in the public space. The artist is constantly combining different media and experimenting with them as much as possible. Recently, a great deal of his research focuses on auditory phenomena and listening. Macuh is part of art collectives such as SIVA, Dr. Xenia, Zeleni zvoki.

 
Dr. Tomaž Zwitter: From the Sun to the most distant galaxies and back to our own (ir)relevance

Lecture

A lecture and presentation of the research efforts of the Ljubljana Astrophysics Group, ranging from solar flares to the composition of stars in the Milky Way, their location and trajectories, to the study of the properties of the most distant stars, galaxies and galaxy clusters in the young Universe. Technology plays an important role, ranging from introduction of robot-assisted observations to the development and use of the James Webb Telescope, to inventive uses of artificial intelligence. However, the story can also be viewed in a broader context: from the pleasure of understanding the world around us to awareness of our smallness, realizing our responsibility to our own Earth, the only habitable planet within our reach.

Dr. Tomaž Zwitter is an astrophysicist whose research interest focuses on interstellar space, single and binary stars, and the composition and evolution of our Galaxy. He studies these topics using spectroscopy and photometry. From 2004 to 2023 he acted as Head of the research program P1-0188 Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics, funded by the Slovenian Research Agency - ARIS. Over the past 10 years, he has headed three projects funded by the European Space Agency. He teaches observational and stellar astrophysics and introductory astronomy courses and mentors PhD students at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. He is active in the field of popularizing science, he frequently gives public lectures, translates the Astronomy Picture of the Day and other materials, and makes frequent media appearances, including writing a radio program on astronomical research as part of the Frekvence X program on the Val 202 radio station.

He has (co-)authored approximately 240 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His works have over 30000 direct citations according to the NASA ADS database (ui.adsabs.harvard.edu) and an H-index score of 67. From 2004 until the end of 2020, he held the post of Scientific Director of the RAVE Collaboration (www.rave-survey.org). He is a core member of the ground-based spectroscopic sky surveys Galah (www.galah-survey.org) and Gaia-ESO (www.gaia-eso.org). Since 2000, he has been actively involved in the Gaia mission of the European Space Agency, contributing to the analysis of data from its radial velocity spectroscope.

Participants
Beam Team, Lavoslava Benčić, Sz. Berlin, Matej Bizovičar, Manuel Brajnik, Mag. Andrej Brešan, Tim Bučar, Slavatore Calì, Marko Čeh, Dr. Andreja Gomboc, Luke Jerram, Hanno Kautz, Jan Lavrič, Simon Macuh, MN Dance Company, Alberto Novello a.k.a JesterN, Claudia  Reh (Echtzeitlicht), Luka Savić, Hans-Peter Spitzner, Peggy Spitzner, The vocal-instrumental musical ensemble Sanje(“Dreams”) with guitar, Leon Vidmar, Tanja Vujinović, Green sounds, Dr. Tomaž Zwitter












Projekt je sofinanciran s strani javnega zavoda GO! 2025 - Evropska prestolnica kulture, Nova Gorica.