Agnes Momirski, Vala (Part 2)

Agnes Momirski, Vala (Part 2)
06.11.2017 19:00
KiBela / MMC KIBLA, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, Maribor
Opening: 6 November 2017, at 7 p. m.
Project is KIBLIX 2017 pre-event.

Agnes Momirski
(Part 2)

Video Installation & Artist Publication

The VALA project experiments with the linguistic and vocal registers used in interface designs. It is inspired by the recent flood of digital assistants, and it addresses the use of female voice in technology and interfaces such as Siri and Cortana.
The VALA project is a visual and sonic experience, taking the viewer on a cinematic journey guided by the titular protagonist Vala. Whereas the meaning of the name Siri is “a beautiful woman that leads you to victory”, the name VALA refers to a female shaman in Nordic mythology, to Vala in William Blake's mythological system, and to a demon in Vedic scriptures. The project revisits the inherent juxtapositions between the female historic depictions and the present technological rationality. Vala is not a person, instead, she is a consciousness and a conglomerate of voices, embodied in four female characters. Each character represents one of her vocal identities, and together they envelop the viewer in hypnotic musical, guiding, soothing, and instructional utterances.
The project is made in collaboration with Jesse Perlstein.


Project supported by:
ACE KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia
Mondriaan fonds, The Netherlands.

Credits & collaborators:
Cast: Yuliya Molina, Brina Vidic, Ana Marija Garafol, Giovanna Rados
Crew: Sanjin Švajger, Rajko Bizjak, Bor Kiswarday
Fashion design: Janja Videc
Singers: Aileen Painter, Brina Vidic, Giovanna Rados
Voice: Harmony Pilobello
Music: Jesse Perlstein  |    |   Interdisciplinary and moving image artist

Short Biography

Agnes Momirski is an interdisciplinary artist, with MA in Sculpture from Royal College of Art (London, 2014), and BA in Fine arts from Willem de Kooning Academie (Rotterdam, 2012). Her work is concerned with the relationship between the body, technology and the self, and with interpersonal interaction within virtual and physical spaces. She employs lens- and screen- based media, installation, and performance.
A selection of her solo shows include Vala (Part 1), Kino Šiška (Ljubljana, 2017), Clairvoyant humans, Tower of Intermedia art (Kranj, 2016), Communication device, Museum de Pont (Tilburg, 2013). Recent group shows include The Quickest via, The Wrong, digital art biennale 2017; Arte Concordia, Rotterdam 2017; EAC 2015, Exhibition of contemporary art (Alicante, 2015); Two hundred acres, Pump house gallery, (London, 2015); and others in RAM Gallery, Kunstinzight Rotterdam, Goethe-institut Rotterdam, Picture This (Bristol), Tent Rotterdam.
She received the Award for young talent by Mondriaan fonds (Netherlands, 2016), Squeeze award (Trieste, 2016), a special mention by Autofocus award (Turin, 2015), and others. In 2017 she was nominated for the Tesla award by Mota Museum in Ljubljana.

Photo: Kristijan Robič, Kibla Archive



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