SAŠO SEDLAČEK, Multimedia presentation of theSUPERTRASH exhibition  & MARKO BATISTA, H220, Experimental New Media Performance
RSR | Rotovž Exhibition Salon, Trg Leona Štuklja 
Tuesday, 6 December 2011 at 19:00    
Multimedia presentation of the SUPERTRASH  exhibitio

Sašo Sedlaček will present his works currently exhibited in a retrospective exhibition entitled Supertresh at the Koroška Gallery of Fien Arts in Slovenj Gradec from 11 November until 12 December 2011. The exhibition will bring together for the first time the most distinctive of Sedlaček’s projects created over the past 10 years: Picnic on a Dump (Piknik na deponiji), Beggar (Žicar), Urban – woodenware vending machine (Urban – Avtomat za suho robo), Space Junk Spotting (Vesoljske smeti), The Ex, No Lego, Just Do It!, AcDcWc, The Big Switch Off (Veliki izklop) and others, all of which demonstrate Sašo Sedlaček’s ability to reflect upon waste. Moreover, regardless of whether he deals with recycling faeces or analogue televisual waves, waste remains the key topic of Sedlaček’s oeuvre.

Sašo Sedlaček is, no doubt, one of the key figures of contemporary art in Slovenia. He has received several awards (OHO, Vida 11, Spaport, Zogo Toy, etc.); he has been an artist-in-residence three times (in Germany, Japan and the United States); he has had exhibitions in Slovenia, Japan, Taiwan, the USA, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Russia, Estonia, etc. – including established exhibition venues such as the Secession in Vienna and the Lentos Museum in Linz – and he has participated in major international biennials (Taipei, Taiwan 2008 and Ogaki, Japan 2006) and festivals.His project The Big Switch Off was just on display at the Project Space Aksioma in Slovenia. He has recently problematised the sell-out of frequency space (Manifesto, 2008, and Infocalypse Now!, 2007) and he is particularly recognisable for his interventions into consumer Meccas: using bricks made of printed advertising materials, he closed the entrances to department stores in Ljubljana (Just Do It!, 2003) and built a pavilion for eavesdropping and dwelling in BTC City (Loop, 2004); in 2006, he took the Beggar – a robot for the materially deprived, which he lent to the homeless people of Ljubljana the following year – for a walk around Citypark and the streets of Tokyo and Taipei; etc.

Marko Batista, Experimental New Media Performance H220  

Marko Batista will premiere his new intermedia performance continuing his experimental audio-visual explorations from the series of projects entitled Displaced Objects and Hybrid Structures. Using technology, the author focuses on shaping a hybrid environment of non-linear structures and displaced matrixes. Particular audio systems form a so-called network of travelling objects and, through the use of modern realtime technology, intertwine with temporary digitally generated visual processes. Besides an experimental approach and a succession of visual images, Batista's intermedia performance offers a specific spatial experience of audio sequences that are intricately intertwined and generated from low-frequency electromagnetic spectres. Using specially made electronic tools and control elements, the author forms a platform that enables a rhizomatic environment of hybrid displaced units. rimental New Media Performance  

Marko Batista is Ljubljana based mixed-media artist born in Tito's Yugoslavia. At the end of the year 1997 he is accepted to Academy od fine arts in Ljubljana under the guidance of professor Bojan Gorenec. The result of collaboration with professor Borut Vogelnik, Bojan Gorenec, Joze Barsi, Sreco Dragan and artists Vasja Lebaric, Andrej Kamnik was a participation at the La Bienalle di Venezia 50th International Art Exhibition: VV2 in June 2003. Texts, discussions and photo documentation was published in a book entitled Photofonish (Batista M., Kamnik A., Lebaric V.; 2004) in collaboration with Tomaz Kucer. In 1998 together with Miha Horvat (son:DA) founded multimedia group Klon:art:resistance. Exploring moving images and digital sound environments they presented several projects at festivals, galleries and different urban places. In December 2000 Forum Stadtaprk (Graz - Austria) and MKC Maribor invited Klon:Art:Resistance members in Graz as a part of the introducing young conceptual artists of slovenian contemporary video art. As mixed media artist he is interested in image transformation processes, technology, networking data, sound layering and displaced sound-scapes, collaboration, linking concepts, hybrid spaces, contemporary society, diversity of art systems, politics of art and other fields of contemporary mixed media art.  

Production: Aksioma – Institute for contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2011, www.aksioma.org
Executive producer: Marcela Okretič
Supported by: Ministry of culture of Republic of Slovenia and Municipality Maribor
info: Marcela Okretič, Aksioma, Zavod za sodobne umetnosti, Ljubljana, 041 250 830, aksioma4@siol.net, www.aksioma.org  

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