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KIBLIX 2020: Virtual Worlds Now
02.12.2020 09:00
KIBLIX 2020: Virtual Worlds Now
International Festival of Art, Technology, and Science

December 2020—February 2021

KIBLIX International Festival of Art, Technology, and Science, critically investigates the contemporary technological media and their use in the context of contemporary arts, culture, and education. With the new long term focus of KIBLA on XR technologies, and considering that 2020 is probably the most virtual year we have lived so far, the key question we are asking for this year’s KIBLIX is what are the virtual worlds now?

This is not the question of technology as magic, but the critical evaluation of the intersections and disconnections between the virtual and the physical. On one side, we are faced with a persistent ambition of industry towards persuasive technologies, designing the virtual to fully assume, control, and subsume the physical, while on the other, we are constantly needing to mitigate technological incompatibility with the physical as such. KIBLIX 2020 will therefore place the experience of the human at the centre – with their material limitations and socio-political conditions of the body - while understanding the virtual environments as spaces for speculative realities, variable identities, and ever more acute social transformations.

The KIBLIX 2020 will take place in a new COVID-19 hybrid form with pre-events from 24 November onwards, and with special programme emphasis on December 2020 and February 2021. The program of KIBLIX 2020 will encompass artistic research projects, which will be fully presented on the KIBLIX website, and by following the "lock-unlock" options as well in KIBLA PORTAL, as a physical exhibition in February 2021. Alongside these artistic projects, the program will include, seminars, thematic panels, audio-visual performances, the KIBLIX Quarantine GameJam, and other virtual activities.

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The full program of KIBLIX 2020 will be published soon.


KIBLIX 2019 is part of the project RUK (2019—2022). RUK is a network of art and culture research centers on the crossroads of art, science, and technology. In this interdisciplinary triangle, we are developing innovative products and services for a humane technology of the future. The project is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.

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