Saša Spačal, MycoMythologies: The Myth of Rupture

Saša Spačal
MycoMythologies: The Myth of Rupture
9.—30. 10. 2020

We kindly invite you to the opening of the solo exhibition MycoMythologies: The Myth of Rupture by Saša Spačal, which will take place on Friday, 9 October, 2020, at 7 p. m. in the KiBela art space (MMC KIBLA, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, Maribor).


MycoMythologies is a series of ontogenetic mythological stories, video essays and machines conceived by  Saša Spačal. Series researches the multilayered question of how mushrooms can help humans think possibilities of entangled life in capitalist ruins. MycoMythologies, as speculative artistic research thinks not only about how fungal underground networks can inform humans and, at the same time, also how technologies tend to define the teachings humans  receive. At KiBela, the first chapter of the series MycoMythologies will be presented – The Myth of Rupture, a biotechnological installation: “We can’t return to normal, because the normal that we had was precisely the problem.”

Saša Spačal is a postmedia artist working at the intersection of living systems research, contemporary and sound art. Her work focuses primarily on the posthuman condition, where human beings exist and act as one of many elements in the ecosystem and not as sovereigns. Therefore abandoning the Cartesian system of classification and accepting the fact that the field of technology has expanded not only from hardware to software but also to wetware resulting in hybrid phenomena inscribed in mechanical, digital and organic logic. Her work was exhibited and performed at venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica Festival (AT), Prix Cube Exhibition (FR), Transmediale Festival (DE), Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (RUS), Onassis Cultural Center Athens (GR), Chronos Art Center (CHN), Eyebeam (USA), Cynetart Festival (DE), National Art Museum of China (CHN), Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (SI), Kapelica Gallery (SI), Device_art (CRO), Art Laboratory Berlin (DE), Kiblix Festival (SI), Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje (SI), Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (SRB), Lisboa Soa Festival (PT), Sonica Festival (SI). She was awarded Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention, nominated for Prix Cube Award,  Japan Media Art Award (jury selection), New Technology Art Award and was longlisted for New Aesthetica Prize.


MycoMythologies: The Myth of Rupture, 2020
Saša Spačal

Programming, computer vision: Matic Potočnik
Sound, software design: Pim Boreel
Microbiology, technical support: Mirjan Švagelj
Video Footage: Tilen Sepič
Mycelium micrographs, technical support: Toby Kiers Laboratory [Vrije
Universiteit Amsterdam]
Kindly lent voices: Polona Torkar, Verena Friedrich, Regine Rapp, Susana
Gómez Larrañaga, Hiroaki Fujiwara, Jooyoung Oh, Pim Boreel, Saša Spačal,
Hiroaki, Anneta Mona Chisa, Monica Clare Mills, Vivian Xu, Dmitry Morozov
Sincere thanks: Toby Kiers, Loreto Oyarte Galvez, Malin Klein
Production and support: KID Kibla, Projekt Atol, Amsterdams Fonds voor de
Kunst, Toby Kiers Laboratory at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, PIF Camp.

Support: Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of

Admission is free.
The opening will be held according to the NIPH/NIJZ recommendations.

The exhibition will be on view until 30 October 2020.

Photo: Janez Klenovšek

Photo: Gregor Salobir



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