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Marko Batista, Temporary Objects and Hybrid Ambients
UGM Studio, Leon Štukelj Square 2
opening: Friday, 30 January 2015, at 19:00

The exhibition concerns the unveiling of creative space established between art and technology. As an artist, Marko Batista is difficult to situate within a specific artistic direction for his works are created at the intersection of performative intermedia practices, sound and visual installations, and physical-sensorial experiments.

The basic principle of operation followed by the artist is the exploration of intermediate spaces both in the physical sense, where electronic signal – acoustic or visual – are produced via home-made interfaces, as well as in the ideational sense, where human perception is explored in a world suffused with electronic communication, digital devices and technology. Namely, human perception is adapted to a certain kind of use of technology and, therefore, it is limited to a certain type of experience. By creating hybrid technological, electromagnetic or chemical systems, Marko Batista challenges the mystification of technology while he also opens up new ways of thinking about it. With his experimental systems, which bring together various fields, he expands the field of human sensorial perception and the phenomenology of unstable audio-visual systems in space and time.

The artist’s installations reveal his specific relationship to technology, which, on the one hand, he demystifies by using “low-tech” elements and by visualising its processes, while on the other hand, he introduces the element of the unknown and he moves on the cusp between controlled and chaotic modular systems.

The artist’s intermedia practice also introduces the concept of time. By situating the event – the operation – in the museum space, he renders his objects permanent (for the duration of the exhibition) in their existence in the museum space and because they exist only through process – they are temporally limited, while the museum space loses its timelessness.

Marko Batista graduated in painting at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts, and got a Master’s degree from the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins in London; he works as intermedia artist, experimenter in sound and digital video image, and performer of computer-generated matrices. With his AV performances and video works he has appeared at more than forty festivals and group exhibitions.

The exhibition catalog Marko Batista, Temporary Objects and Hybrid Ambients you can get as an e-book or a printed version on the following link: www.aksioma.org/Marko-Batista.

Curator: Andreja Hribernik
Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška
Coproduction: UGM | Maribor Art Gallery
Technical support: Maja Brezar, Žiga Palčar

Partner for technical equipment: Zavod K6/4 – Kapelica Gallery

The projects Error Trash, Hybrid Audio-Mechanical Machines and Bentronix were produced by the K6/4 Institute – Kapelica Gallery. The projects Parallel Digital Structures, H220, Time Diagrams,CHEM:SYS:REACTOR and Optolyth were produced by the Aksioma Institute. The project SIPHON:SYS:APPARATUS was produced by the author.


The programme of Aksioma Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.


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