From the Archives of the DIVA Station: Digital Surfaces

KIBLIX 2021 / Online Video Projections
1 April–20 May 2021, 7–8 p.m. CET

In cooperation with the DIVA Station, a digital video archive from Ljubljana, we are preparing a series of online video projections on the computer and online art, perception of physicality in a virtual environment, and transmitted feelings. The purpose of online projections is to get acquainted with works from the digital archive, get to know individual authors, and create a space for joint reflection, discussion, and knowledge exchange. Each event will be based on a selection of (including older) works from the archives of the DIVA Station and a conversation with the authors. Deriving from the events' online context, the focus will be on works that can start a discussion on the new reality of art perception through the digital experience. The conversations will be moderated by Irena Borić and Vesna Bukovec.

The online broadcast of all meetings will be available at

Online projection 1: Digital Surfaces
Thursday, 1 April 2021, 7–8 p.m. CET

Guests: Marko Peljhan and Alenka Pirman

We will be presented with a computer video animation by Marko Peljhan, conceived as a theatrical play without actors in cyberspace. The video animation was prepared, modeled and rendered using a program written explicitly with the real-time SGI Crimson animation tool. We will also see several short works by Alenka Pirman, which are not videos, but the endless repetition of the PowerPoint presentation, which has been established in the academic and commercial world to present knowledge. The projection will be followed by a conversation between the selector Irena Borić, the artists, and DIVA Station associate Vesna Bukovec.

Screening schedule:
Marko Peljhan, LADOMIR ФАКТУРА: PRVA POVRŠINA - MIKROLAB V1.0, 1994, 23' 10''
Alenka Pirman, Aleš Kermavner: KAJ JE (V-SEBI-NA = V), cca. 1966–2006, 2006, 2' 22''
Alenka Pirman, Ivan Volarič-Feo: Peščena ura, 1969–2006, 2006, 2' 2''
Alenka Pirman, Matjaž Hanžek: Nebotičnik, 1967–2006, 2006, 2' 46''

Vesna Bukovec
(1977) graduated and obtained her master's degree in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She is a socially critical author who expresses herself in various media, putting drawing in the foreground in addition to video. She has presented herself at several solo and group exhibitions in the domestic and international space. He also works in the field of graphic design and video art curation. Since 2015 she has been an expert associate of the DIVA Station at SCCA-Ljubljana.

Marko Peljhan
(1969) founded the art organization Projekt Atol in 1994 and was one of the co-founders of the Ljubljana New Media Laboratory Ljudmila a year later. He presented one of his most famous projects, Makrolab, for the first time at the Documents in 1997 and 2003 at the 50th Venice Biennale. In the last 25 years, Peljhan's work has been presented and awarded at numerous biennials and festivals, at ISEA and Ars Electronica exhibitions, and in museums such as PS1 MoMA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, ICC NTT Tokyo, YCAM Yamaguchi, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Asia Culture Center Gwangju and Garage in Moscow. In 2001, he received the Prix Ars Electronica award zlata nika for his polar project, co-created with German artist Carsten Nicolai. Together with the American-Canadian artist Matthew Biederman, they have been leading the Arctic Perspective Initiative since 2008. It focuses on the global significance of the Arctic geopolitical, natural, and cultural spheres and was presented at the Coded Utopia exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana in 2011. Peljhan's work is also dedicated to research and pedagogy in the crossroads of art, technology, and the media at the University of California, UC Santa Barbara, where he holds the full professor's title. In Slovenia, he was one of the initiators for establishing the Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies, and in 1998 he began to work actively in space and aeronautical research and culturalization. In the radio spectrum, he is known as the S54MX.

Marko Peljhan at DIVA Station:

Alenka Pirman is a freelance artist, writer, and Ph.D. student of heritology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. She is a founding member of the Domestic Research Society (2004), where she develops collaborative research on the cross-section of contemporary art and cultural heritage. In the 1990s, her work was predominantly related to the three fictitious institutions: the SK8 Museum (1991–93), the RIGUSRS – Research Institute for Geo Art Statistics of the Republic of Slovenia (1997; with Ćosić and Wölle), and the Domestic Research Institute (1994–98). She then collaborated with the artistic collectives/platforms like Luther Blissett/ (1998) and London-based Bughouse (2002–03). She has carried out several methodological exhibition projects, e.g., with a collection of the German loanwords used in the Slovene language (Arcticae horulae, 1991–98) and a deposited collection of the Police Museum (The Case. Art and Criminality, 2005). In 2014 the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana prepared the Collected Works survey exhibition of her oeuvre.

Alenka Pirman at DIVA Station:

The DIVA Station is an online and physical archive that SCCA-Ljubljana has been developing since 2005 to research, document, archive, and present art film, video, and new media art. It is based on the collection of video materials within the extended concept of the national context and includes artists working in Slovenia and/or internationally.

Production: ACE KIBLA and SCCA-Ljubljana/DIVA Station



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