09.11.2017 19:00
international exhibition and KIBLIX Festival 2017, 16th edition
Maribor, Slovenia

“Shelters of Babylon” is the central theme of this year's exhibition and KIBLIX festival 2017. We will be focusing our attention beyond the mere technological, commercial and economic horizon, to scrutinize artistic, cultural, psychological and philosophical aspects of modern migration, borders, communication, tolerance and other concerns related to the progress and development of modern-day society, which are becoming increasingly integrated in the core issue of internationalizing global movement on the level of all humankind.
Committed to art, technology and research, KIBLIX 2017 is a conglomerate of visions, expectations, and fears associated with how we perceive the modern era and the all-encompassing “migration and refugee movements”, with an emphasis on implementation, research, and production of connectivity, communication, empathy, and human values with the help and use of artistic or humanistic means.
Starting on 9 November 2017, ACE KIBLA will host, in collaboration with international and local partners, an exciting and comprehensive confrontation between art and reality through the prism of contemporary (and historic) “shelters of Babylon”.  A consideration about the essence of future world migration issues created by human migration movements will also be the starting point for a process of reflection about ourselves, about our weaknesses, but also about our strengths – in short, about all those things that “make us human”. 
The festival program will feature symposia, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and artistic interventions by a broad range of artists, scientists, scholars, and field experts.

For the second year in a row, ACE KIBLA presents the White Aphroid award for contemporary artistic and educational achievements. Winners shall receive the White Aphroid statuette and a financial prize, at the award ceremony on 7 December 2017. 

The White Aphroid award was presented for the first time last year as part of KIBLA's MIG 21 & KIBLIX-MFRU 2016 festival platform, where the jury selected between more than 70 national and international artists and collectives.

The winner of the White Aphroid 2016 for artistic achievements was Špela Petrič with her work Phytoteratology, and Institute 404 – Youth Technology Center, for achievements in the field of education.

Shelters ob Babylon exhibition – artists from Serbia, Croatia, Lithuania, Russia, France, Israel, Syria, USA and Slovenia:

Igor Andjelić (SI), Isabelle Arvers (FR), Tammam Azzam (SY), Gašper Capuder (SI), Cabin Porn (ed. Zach Klein, photo Steven Leckart) (US), D'SUN (SI), Aleksandra Farazin (SI), Ivana Ivković (RS), Narcis Kantardžić (SI), Petra Kapš (SI), Metka Kavčič (SI), Andrej Koruza, Jan Krmelj, Gašper Torkar, Nika Erjavec (DivinaMimesis) (SI), Bojana Križanec (SI), Borut Kržišnik, Simon Svetlik (SI), Ema Kugler (SI), Sigalit Landau (IL), Simon Macuh (SI), Agnes Momirski (SI), Branislav Nikolić (RS), Pyotr Pavlensky (RU), Magdalena Pederin (HR), Marjetica Potrč (SI), Sandra Požun (SI), PureH (SI), Peter Purg (SI), Vlado G. Repnik (SI), Saša Spačal, Mirjan Švagelj (SI), Emilija Škarnulytė (LT), Sabina Štumberger (SI), Matjaž Tančič (SI), Irena Tomažin (SI), Blaž Veber (SI), Lujo Vodopivec (SI), Ana Vujović (RS), Huiqin Wang (SI), Jure Zrimšek (SI)

KIBLA PORTAL, Valvasorjeva 40, Maribor
MMC KIBLA / KiBela, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, Maribor
artKIT, Glavni trg 14, Maribor

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ACE KIBLA is co-funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Maribor. Project RISK CHANGE (2016–2020) is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. The project (ESF employment) is co-funded by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union.

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