Friday, 27 November 2009
curated by Michele Drascek
FOR SORE EYES // by Anders Weberg
duration 2min17sec / 2006
“For Sore Eyes” is another exploration of the ambivalence of the male gaze and gendered (dis)order. It is a suggestive reflection of life in the pyrotechnic in sanatorium of consumerism freedom. But what is really freedom?
MAMO - MOTHER // by Anders Weberg
duration 2.30 min / August / 2008
Video and Sound by Anders Weberg
Filmed with mobile phone. ( Nokia N82 Black)
Senses and memories of motherhood evoked by visiting Birkenau (Auschwitz II) in
MIRROR MIRROR // Collaboration Anders Weberg,
duration 2min30sec / July 2009
A mirror is an object with at least one polished and therefore reflective surface. The most familiar type of mirror is the plane mirror, which has a flat surface. Curved mirrors are also used, to produce magnified or diminished images or focus light or simply distort the reflected image. Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming (in which case the old-fashioned term "looking-glass" can be used), decoration, and architecture. In this instance - two people are the mirrors, making an attempt at echoing their emotions through visual media. The looking glass of the soul. Also the artists Anders Weberg & Alison Wiliams have never met in real life, only seen each other on line and therefore their emotions are kind of filtered by the net. More "unreal" than real.
Commissioned by the Dislocate 08 festival in Yokohama/Tokyo
The works in the Elsewhereness series are made solely from audio and videomaterial found on the web, material that emanates from a specific place. The audiovisual pieces are manipulated and composed into a surreal journey through an estranged landscape, based entirely on the culturally bound and stereotypical preconceptions of the artists about the actual location. The finished Elsewhereness work can be downloaded into a media player or mobile phone and enjoyed when walking around the surroundings of the specific place, from which the material emanates.
The first part of the series was Elsewhereness: Yokohama, commissioned by the Dislocate 08 festival in Yokohama/Tokyo. The second part was Eslewhereness:
As the series expands, a number of places will be joined over time into a web of surreal associations of difference and similarity, reflecting something about the various places but also about cultural preconceptions.
ANDERS WEBERG // ARTIST // FILM MAKER
1968, born in
Anders is an artist and filmmaker working in video, sound, new media and installations and he is primarily concerned with identity. The human body lies at the root of projects that formally and conceptually chart identity and its construction as a preamble to broaching matters of violence, genders, memory, loss or ideology in which personal experiences co-exists with references to popular culture, the media and consumerism. Specializing in digital technologies, he aims to mix genres and ways of expression to explore the potential of audio visual media. Currently based Malmö in the south of Sweden and has exhibited at numerous art/film festivals, galleries, and museums internationally.
Center for the Urban Culture
Opening 1st December 2009
Everyday from 9am till 8pm
Friday, 23 October 2009
There's something I can't quite make out...
Margarita fades away! [refer to the post 2007 - December - Fade out Drawings]
cover for the poems
Cercavi tra l'erba le parole
[You were looking to the words in the grass] by Roberto Marino Masini
Roberto Marino Masini, Cercavi tra l'erba le parole
L'Arcolaio, I codici del '900, N.7, Milano, 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Open Calla project by Brina Thurston
for 'Impossible Exchange'
P.I.O. [Perfect Italian Obsession]
P.I.O. [Perfect Italian Obsession]2009
c-print on plexiglas
17x15cm© Michele Drascek
Within the framework of Frieze Projects at the 2009 edition of Frieze Art Fair, New York-based artist Brina Thurston present Open Call, as part of the project 'Impossible Exchange' by the curatorial team Filipa Oliveira + Miguel Amado.
Brina Thurston's project considers the ostensibly democratic process by which art institutions invite artists to submit works to be considered for exhibition, but in which many factors other than quality and merit operate. Transporting what happens behind closed doors to a public arena, Brina Thurston queries the existing logic of open calls by providing exposure opportunities for a range of artists outside of the gallery system and shifting the power of selection to the artist.
The presentation of the selected works will take place at the booth of 'Impossible Exchange' at Frieze Art Fair, 15-18 October 2009, London, UK.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
P.I.O. [Perfect Italian Obsession]
P.I.O. [Perfect Italian Obsession]
c-print on plexiglass
© Michele Drascek
We are collapsing in the disorder and in the banality.
We are on the ragged edge.
[Riccardo Muti, orchestra conductor]
Italy runs the risk to turn into a cultural Disneyland.
[Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek director]
This is a work on the special case of the current Italian Prime Minister. The Italian Prime Minister represents and strengthens the concept of macchietta, the worldwide typical and stereotyped image of the Italian people.
He is a cultural obsession.
He is a political obsession: 3rd time Prime Minister.
He is a psychological obsession: the firm belief to be in the right and to do the right thing.
He is a behavioural obsession: the known international gaffes.
He is an obsession for himself: the unlimited need of power of a self-made man.
The image that I choose is a representative posture of the power.
The blurring of the portrait is the consequence of his obsessions which brings to loose the contact with the Real. And it is the consequence of his cultural, political, psychological and behavioural way of acting, so unreal that it is quite difficult by this time to recognize it like possible.
This work communicate how deep is the impact of the Italian Prime Minister personal behaviour and way of govern the Country on the outside general perception of the Country itself and, moreover, of the Italian people.
It isn’t funny anymore. It is a theatrically tragic situation.
Hackney Wicked Art Festival
"The most vital art event of the summer"
NY Arts Magazine
Various locations around Hackney Wick
E9 and Fish Island, E3
Monday, 6 July 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
A study exhibition of DIVA Station,
a physical and web archive of video art
28 May-20 June 2009
(lecture, presentation, discussion):
Thursday, 28 May at 7pm
Škuc Gallery, Stari trg 21, Ljubljana
A study exhibition entitled DIVA at Škuc Gallery showcases the DIVA Station archive of SCCA-Ljubljana, presenting it as a 'live archive'. It includes an educational programme, practical demonstrations, theoretical contributions, representative video works, curatorial selections and international collaboration, and also presents theoretical, practical and artistic aspects of audio-visual archives of contemporary art.
Including the video documentary
Truths - Genders - Participations
post-production and editing by Michele Drascek
produced during the laboratorium of curatorial practices
Curator as a Translator of Theory into Practice
[see post Curator as translator of Theory into Practice, April 2009]
Friday, 1 May 2009
Thursday, 30 April 2009
SCCA - LJUBLJANA Center for Contemporary Art
WORLD OF ART, School of Contemporary Art
Laboratorium of curatorial practices
Curator as a Translator of Theory into Practice
Workshop in four parts
April 10-13, 2009
SCCA Project Room, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana
The four day long workshop will try to show how important is the relation between contemporary curating and theoretical discourses and how important it is that the position of contemporary curator is epistemologically explained. With the term translation (instead of ‘use’) we emphasize the awareness of limitations which occur when theoretical concepts are used as an excuse/advocacy of the curatorial choice of models, strategies and relationships instead of using this concepts as starting points for a self-critical reflection on art and curatorial choices.
The workshop will try to give an answer to the following questions:
- whether theory confines curating or enables more innovative curatorial models
- whether one of the roles of contemporary art curators, to address complex and socially relevant questions, produces more versatile and contextually sensitive truth when theoretical models are consulted
- how the process of translation of various theoretical, cultural, and artistic concepts into specific projects embrace and promote the pedagogical and epistemological responsibility
- how to apply theory in curating without giving to it primary role
- how to intertwine theory and issues that stem out of everyday life
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
FOUR PROPOSALS ON THE BORDER
BETWEEN REALITY AND VIRTUALITY
- Introduction by Antonio Caronia (philosophy of virtual worlds) and Stefano Lazzari (cross-media technologies)
- Opening of Marco Cadioli's cross-worlds exhibition “Non ho paura / I am not afraid”.
- Premiere of Michele Drascek’s "LAND 5B23” and Marco Cadioli’s “Der Neue Wanderer” videos.
- Live video streaming of this and other Border events.
Michele Drascek LAND 5B23 on Border.fotoup.net:
The exhibition and videos will be visitable/watchable in Real Life ans Second Life until April 5, 2009:
The “Four Proposals” by ShaKe-Decoder are part of Border project, curated by Silvia Moro:
Friday, 6 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
[The hidden man of the heart]
Byblos Art Gallery
Brides on Tour exhibition
8 March 2009
[* refer to post 2008 - March]
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Graduate in Pedagogical Studies, University of Trieste: degree on Methods for Contemporary Art Workshop. Planning, coordination and leading of workshop in 47th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition.
Selected solo exhibitions
314/317/318 Università Popolare degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste
Against the motorized regime of speed Galleria Regionale d'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Spazzapan, Gradisca d'Isonzo, Gorizia
Interval Italijanski inštitut za kulturo v Sloveniji, Ljubljana
Insomnia Antico Foledôr Boschetti della Torre, Manzano, Udine
Something Blue Minimarte, Gorizia
Caelatura 47thfloor Creativity addicted, Roma
Dieci Equilibri, Gorizia
Quel gaudio luminoso / del silenzio delle cose Equilibri, Gorizia
Selected group exhibitions
Brides on Tour, Byblos Art Gallery, Verona
Aequadorlab V.3, Espacio Arte Actual FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador
Against the Unknowns SPAC Public Space of Contemporary Art, Buttrio, Udine
The Eagle and the Swan. The Mith of the Night in Contemporary Art Primo Piano Livingallery, Lecce
X. International Fine Artis Colony Krizanke Exhibition Ljubljanski Grad, Ljubljana
Genius and Madness Primo Piano Livingallery, Lecce
Arhipelag Contemporary Art Festival Nova Gorica, Gorizia
Dnevi poezije in vina Palazzo Lantieri, Gorizia
Incontri a Mezzana San Pietro al Natisone, Udine
La stanza e le foglie Musei Provinciali di Borgo Castello, Gorizia
Di.Fronte Mostovna Kulturni center, Nova Gorica
Filosofia e Arte Centro San Francesco, Cividale del Friuli, Udine
Presente Futuro Palazzo Frisacco, Tolmezzo, Udine
Arte e Città Galleria Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Spazzapan, Gradisca d’Isonzo, Gorizia
Omaggio a Gorizia. Umetniki Gorici Kulturni Center Lojze Bratuz, Gorizia
Contemporanea Sodobna Umetnost ’98 Galleria Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Spazzapan, Gradisca d’Isonzo, Gorizia
What is white? notebook project. January 15, 2008 - May 15, 2008
Simultaneous circulation project in all entire Balkan territory
Whatever happens. The poetry of the Unknown
Light source mobile installation / photographic and photo reportage project (different locations, in progress)
Against the motorized regime of speed site specific installation project
Omissis 07 Festival of Performing Art
Contemporary Art Gallery Luigi Spazzapan, Gradisca d’Isonzo, Gorizia (Italia)
production: mattatoioscenico [www.mattatoioscenico.com]
Workshop planning for Europoly. The European Identity Trading Game by Dejan Kaludjerovic
Cittadellarte Pistoletto Foundation, LoveDifference, Castello di Rivoli Didactic Department, European Cultural Foundation
Biella (Torino), Italia
What is born from what Workshop on creative processes for responsible social transformation (involves Slovenian and Italian artistic reality)
Cittadellarte Pistoletto Foundation, Love Difference, Modidi, Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia
Gorizia (Italia) and Nova Gorica (Slovenia)
Don't be scared to care. Get Involved! project
in Arhipelag Festival of Contemporary Art, Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and Gorizia (Italia)
Placard for Nova Gorica Railway Station (Slovenia) and T-shirt photographic project
Kaki Tree Project
“Revive Time" Kaki Tree Project Executive Committee, XLVII Biennale of Modern Art in Venice
Obaraki, Japan and Venice, Italia
Creative workshop planning and coordination
- The gesture of the artist
Drustvo Vita Activa
Ljubljana - Slovenia, April 2008
- Da cosa nasce cosa...what to co-operate on? New connections between Gorizia and Nova Gorica
Progetto Arte. Journal 11, 2006
Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto
Fondazione Pistoletto Onlus Editore
Torino - Italia, 2007
- Pilar Rainoldi, The Culture in the New Europe: Slovenia (abstract and interview)
Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM
Facoltà di Scienze della Comunicazione e dello Spettacolo
- Michele Drascek: Caelatura
Revolt Magazine n.3/2004
- Arte & Parte
Isonzo-Soca. Giornale di frontiera-Casopis na meji
n.59, Ottobre-Novembre 2004. Gorizia-Gorica
- Vetrina Underground
Società - L'Espresso. Settimanale di Politica Cultura Economia
n.17, anno L, 29 aprile 2004
- Frantumi. Raccolta poetica di collisioni e lontananze
Fragment. Poems collection of collisions and distances
Sottomondo, Edizioni la Quercia, Gorizia, 2002
- Gorizia_Gorica. Documenti d’arte nell’Isontino dal secondo dopoguerra
Gorizia_Gorica. Art documents after the Second World War
Stampa Graphart, Trieste, 2002
- Michele Drascek, Alla Biennale di Venezia. L’albero di Bruno / In the Venice Biennal. Bruno's tree
Il Pepe Verde. Rivista di letture e letterature per ragazzi, Centro Servizi Culturali del Comune di Anagni (Frosinone), Arti Grafiche Tofani, Alatri (Frosinone), n.8/2001
- Junichi Shioda, Michele Drascek’s Workshop. “The Kaki Tree”
Whither The Arts? Japanase Pavillon, the 48th Venice Biennale, June 12 – November 7, 1999, The Japan Foundation © 2001, Tokyo
- Premio Arte e Citta’ 2001. I luoghi dell’acqua
Art and City Prize 2001. Water places
Quaderni a Quadri, Amici della Galleria Spazzapan, Gradisca d’Isonzo (Gorizia), 2001
- 10 days in Venezia
GQ Japan. 05 May 2001
Tokyo, Japan, 2001
- Videogong. XV Film Video Monitor
Edizioni Kinoatelje Gorizia, 2000
- Vom Meer bis zum Alpengeist macht der deutsche Gebirsoldat
VideoKids 2000 vhs
Arci Nuova Associazione, Udine
- Opere svelate. Dalla storia della Galleria Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Spazzapan
Disclosed works. From the history of Regional Contemporary Art Luigi Spazzapan
Stella Arti Grafiche, Trieste, 1999
- Michele Drascek, Comparing writer and painter. Among woods and butterflies
Il Pepe Verde. Rivista di letture e letterature per ragazzi, Centro Servizi Culturali del Comune di Anagni (Frosinone), Arti Grafiche Tofani, Alatri (Frosinone), n.2/1999
- Uomini Urbani. Urbani Ljudje
Via Libera, Stampa Cartotecnica Isontina, Anno V, n. 5, Aprile 1998
- Contemporanea Sodobna Umetnost ’98. Avventure d’arte lungo il confine
Comtemporanea Sodobna Umetnost '98. Art adventures along the border
Edizioni della Laguna, Gorizia, 1998
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Trespassing in Europe.
Monday, 12 January 2009
European Commission's Directorate-General
for Education and Culture
Program "Europe for the Citizens"
The multimedia DVD ToEastWest, a program of study covering the history, the places of memory and the present european border, produced for Italian high school students.
Includes the video documentary BORDERLAND [refer to post BORDERLAND in ESPACIO ARTE ACTUAL - QUITO].