Soft Control

Soft Control is planned as a multi-annual (3 years) cultural project aimed at actualising culture phenomena which are emergent when art, science and public awareness are interconnected.


Soft Control (SC) opens scientific labs and theory to artists and different educational entities to a wider audience. Soft Control is a multi-annual cultural performance, a European showcase where artists/cultural workers/others willing to learn what researchers are doing and thinking, and researchers, willing to share and experience creative forms of artistic experimentation and construction, come together in European locations to explore, work, discuss, listen and share ideas and findings. SC entails interacting with and inviting to active participation different target audiences, especially youngsters, students, older people. Culture as a branch and science as a branch can intertwine, constructively sharing cultural models of critical thinking, activism and experimentation with scientific methods, research and knowledge.

Soft Control project was prepared within the Culture programme (2007–2013) funded by EACEA, support for cultural projects, under action multi-annual cooperation, and coordinated by ACE KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia.

For the project we have established connections with European partners:
Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Centre for new media culture RIXC, Riga, Latvia
International Centre for Art and New Technologies CIANT, Prague, Czech Republic
Centre for research and production for the visual arts – Hangar, Barcelona, Spain
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Dom omladine Beograd, Beograd, Serbia
O3ONE, Beograd, Serbia

Project website:

Exhibition Soft Control: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious:

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Soft Control highlights

Node: highlights 2012
• symposium/artists talks/space installations by Porto University connected with ECC Guimaraes 2012
• festival KIBLIX (KIBLA) in November – Maribor’s umbrella of a group exhibition, conference, lectures and workshops, educational programme – a title Art, Science and Technologically Unconscious in a frame of the Soft Control – connected to ECC Maribor 2012 (in this ECC is included Slovenian city Slovenj Gradec as well)
• KGLU, Slovenj Gradec organise a group exhibition at the same time as KIBLA – a local and regional interconnection (and international as well) to visit, explore and study both exhibitions
• symposium Metamorphosis by CIANT in December, Prague
• folio magazine

Node: highlights 2013
• Porto University group exhibition, February
• festival Enter, group exhibition, symposiums – CIANT Prague, April
• festival Limit in Belgrade, November, toward ECC Belgrade 2020
• group exhibition, talks and interventions, MMSU Rijeka, September–December
• folio magazine

Node: highlights 2014
• group exhibition, conference in Riga, RIXC, September–November, connected to the ECC Riga 2014
• group exhibition, artists talks and public interventions, MMSU Rijeka, February–April
• folio magazine

Node: highlights 2015
• group exhibition MMSU Rijeka, February–April
• Enter Festival Prague, organised by CIANT, April, connected to ECC Plsen 2015
• launching of a representative book

• sustainability and energy efficiency in human life
• low power computing, rechargeable batteries, conversion of local renewable resources
• self-organized open workshops for artists, scientists and others to meet and discuss their interests, open to and involve a wider audience to active participation -focus on new models of production and distribution, e.g. web tv;
• environmental/community development, building sustainable architecture, everyday equipment, perma-culture
• open source – open space – open energy

• bridging artists and scientists, theory and practices
• bridging NGOs, traditional institutions (galleries, museums, foundations), educational bodies, academics and non-academics
• bridging humans past and future cultural paradigms
• start-up initiatives for funding new projects in non-traditional settings
• interdisciplinary models: culture – education, technology – ecology, art – science
• strategies for social engagement, highlighting inclusive rather than confrontational practices



SOFT CONTROL, final meeting, Maribor (22. 5. 2015)
Soft Control, Kick off meeting, Maribor, Slovenia (June 14–15, 2012)
Soft Control, 2nd meeting, study visit and artists presentations, Guimaraes, Portugal (October 20–21, 2012)
Soft Control: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious, International art exhibition, conference, workshops, lectures and screenings (educational program) Maribor and Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia (November 14—December 15, 2012)
MutaMorphosis: Tribute to Uncertainty, International Conference Prague, Czech Republic. (December 6–8, 2012)
SOFT CONTROL: Open call for a research theoretical residency in Maribor with an end result of a theoretical expertise/analysis connected to Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious
RIXC: Extended deadline – call for Media Art Histories 2013: RENEW conference abstracts (February 15, 2013)
Call for participation – Enter 6: Biopolis, Prague – Deadline: March 7, 2013
Open call – Soft Control residency – Hangar, Barcelona, Spain – Applications: April 21, 2013
Open Call for a Residency at KIBLA - October 2013
Soft Control: SUTRA/TOMORROW (26.–27.11.2013)
FIELDS Exhibition, Riga, Latvia (16.5.–3.8.2014)
Mycophone_unison, Belgrade, Serbia (21. 11.–23. 11. 2014
Invasive sounds, Botanical Sound Performance / Invasive dinner (13. 6. 2015)
Exhibition “Virtuoso” artists in Maribor, Slovenia



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Informal education

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KiBar: cybernetic bar

Za:misel bookstore






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