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Uršula Berlot / Polymorphic Imprint
UGM Studio, Trg Leona Štuklja 2, Maribor
Opening: Friday, 27 January 2017, at 19:00

An hour before the opening - at 18:00 - you are kindly invited to attend a guided tour of the exhibition with the artist and Breda Kolar Sluga, director of UGM.

Electronic microscopy, crystallography and related geometric concepts of crystallised grids reveal the the relationships between the real and reciprocal (inverse) spaces as complex mappings, dispelling illusions of vision unity. Images of diffraction, showing the scattering of light onto crystalline planes, asunder a border dimension of vision, where reality reveals itself as a cut (gap) in spatial complexity in relation to the imaginary.

The exhibition Polymorphic Imprint brings together works created on the basis of microscopic images of nanostructures and transformations of substances, prompted by invisible fields of physical forces (electromagnetism, crystallization). A flexible miniature diorama, light-sensitive objects and video all create a simulation of nature, addressing optical unconscious and polymorphous aspects of the real, by revealing its own technological construction.

Uršula Berlot studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 2002, she earned a master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and finished her doctoral study in 2010 at the same institution. Currently she is holding the position of Associate Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. She works as a visual artist, theorist of art and lecturer, with an interest in the intersections of art and science. Her artistic practice is related to perception and conditions of consciousness, her light and kinetic installations investigate forms of cerebral landscapes, simulated nature and relationships between body and technology. She was awarded with the acknowledgment for the important attainments in art by the University of Ljubljana (Ljubljana, 2008), received the Schering Stiftung Fellowship and Artist-in-Residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin, 2007), she gained Pollock-Krasner Grant (New York, 2005) and Henkel Art Award given by KulturKontakt Austria (Vienna, 2004). Her work was exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, BA-CA Kunstforum Tresor in Wien, Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Important exhibitions include also: Museo Illuminato, Museo Revoltella (Trieste, 2013), 3rd Quadrilateral Biennial: Media Art – Angles and Intersections, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Rijeka, 2009), Sci-Art, Gallery Enrico Astuni (Bologna, 2009), Glow 08: Forum of Light in Art and Architecture (Eindhoven, 2008), Transmediale 08: Conspire, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin 2008), Art’Fab: l’Art-la Femme-L’Europe (Saint-Tropez, 2006).

The project is produced in cooperation with Jožef Stefan Institute.

Special thanks to: Sašo Šturm (Department of Nanostructure Materials, JSI)

Sound design: Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

3D video modelling: Sunčana Kuljiš Gaillot


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