Opening of the KIBLIX 2022 Festival
KIBLIX 2022: Love and Peace
International Festival of Art, Technology, and Science
16 November–30 December 2022
KIBLA PORTAL, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will host the 20th edition of the KIBLIX Festival from 16 November to 30 December 2022. The festival starts on Wednesday, 16 November, at 7 p.m. with the opening of an international group exhibition and performance by Marko Batista and Žiga Palčar. In addition to the main exhibition, the festival will bring a rich program including AV performances, a panel, concerts, and workshops.
The epidemic-marked KIBLIX 2020–2021 explored what virtual worlds are today; it turned out to be the most consistent display of space-time »digital arts« and the most relevant exhibition of »digital realities« in the world. This year’s edition KIBLIX 2022 serves as a platform of the Network of Art and Cultural Research Centers – RUK. The network, created by the Delavski dom Trbovlje, PiNA from Koper, and KIBLA from Maribor, has implemented pilot projects, productions, residencies, workshops, debates and supported artistic creations by opening spaces of thought and action. After four years of networking, the facilitation of productions for artists, guest performances and exchanges, collaborations, presentations, and screenings has borne fruit. We leave you to decide how.
For the 10th anniversary of KIBLA PORTAL, the largest independent exhibition space for contemporary art, the curators of the festival Aleksandra Kostič and Peter Tomaž Dobrila decided to gather the production of the RUK network and highlight the designs and creations of local artists. In an era of media unification, closing of distribution channels of the World Wide Web, deplatforming, bans and censorship, restriction and exclusion, opening our eyes and awakening, »good morning« seems like a curse word. Or at least a call for prosecution. That there is no place for art and having your own opinion in World War III is a pretext for the convinced and the resigned, for the withdrawn and the insufficient, for the surrendered and the cobbled-together, for whom we at KIBLIX have been opening the channels of a future coming true since the beginning, in 2022. On the 20th anniversary of KIBLIX, we flirt with the here and now, looking back and looking forward.
We have used all the means at our disposal to do so. The way they are. Confronting the works that stem from the postulates of consideration, reflection and radiation, openness and collaboration, mutuality and respect, ideas and action – all this was just a push towards assembling the parts into a coherent community and opening up spaces to realize projects with knowledge and knowing, creativity and ingenuity, research and experimentation, and with the materials and resources at our disposal. This is why KIBLIX 2022 is a home-grown project, the works on display are the result of three research laboratories, DDTlab in Trbovlje, HEKA in Koper, and KIBLA2LAB in Maribor, as open centers of contemporary art and creativity.
Admission is free.
KIBLA PORTAL, Valvasorjeva 40, 2nd floor, Maribor
17–19 November 2022: from 5 to 9 p.m.
20 November–30 December 2022: Monday–Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. or by prior appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Festival KIBLIX turns to research and critique of contemporary technological media, as well as their soft applications in contemporary arts, culture, and education and is part of the project RUK (2019–2023). RUK is a network of art and culture research centers on the crossroads of art, science, and technology. The project is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.
Production: ACE KIBLA, RUK Network
AV performances by Marko Batista and Žiga Palčar and Marko Batista and Lina Rica and concerts by JUNEsHELEN and Alja Petrič and Svojat are produced by the X-OP Association for Contemporary Art.
Photo: Janez Klenovšek
Photo: Janez Klenovšek
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