Videofestival Natures 18
The festival maintains the tradition of Bežigrad Galleries of presenting new media. Its beginnings with multimedia exhibitions and events and computer projections date back to the 2002s. Artists are invited to enter the competition: Boris Beja, Blaž Bergant, Žoel Kastelic, Uroš Marolt, Aleksij Kobal, Ula Pogorevčnik, Rožana Švara, Teja Tegelj, Vanja Mervič in Dušan Zidar.
Available online: Videofestival natures 18
The annual Videofestival Natures in Bežigrad Gallery 2 this year features to be selected, videos must be created up to a few years before each festival.
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1. Blaž Bergant, Loneliness, 2020, 1 min.
2. Ula Pogorevčnik, Habitat , 2021, 3.45 min.
3. Teja Tegelj, Our daily,2020, 4.40 min.
4. Rožana Švara, Slowly, 2021, 4.37 min.
5. Aleksij Kobal, Topology of Goldhorn, 2022, 8.15 min.
6. Uroš Marolt, Spirits, 2022, 21.38 min.
7. Dušan Zidar, Waiting for the Moment, 2021, 2.55 min.
8. Žoel Kastelic, When the Lights become the night Sky, 2022, 4.08 min.
9. Vanja Mervič, TrsT_In Burja piha / TRST_La sufia la bora / Trst and A Storm is blowing, 2019, 20.45 min.
10. Boris Beja, 2019, 2.10 min., I Beg Your Pardon I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
Boris Beja, I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, 2019, 2.10 min.
The frames show similar sequences of potted plants being handled by a human hand.
Blaž Bergant, Loneliness, 2020, 1 min.
The person in the video keeps glancing at social media, but receives no messages at all. At some point the person decides to stop waiting and writes the first message.
Žoel Kastelic, When the Lights Become the Night Sky, 2022, 4.08 min.
The Ancient Greeks were the first to observe the night sky. Where, if anywhere, can one see it the way they and other civilisations did before artificial lighting was invented? Light pollution is portrayed as a part of the night sky, although it is the main culprit for its limited visibility today.
Interview: Herman Mikuž, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ljubljana
Aleksij Kobal, The Topology of Goldenhorn, 2022, 8.15 min.
The video was created in 2014 when the author visited the less known paths in the Trenta Valley. He later wrote piano music digitally for the video. In 2022 a book bearing the same name was published by the Sanje publishing house.
Music & video: Aleksij Kobal
Piano & cover: Rok Zalokar
Uroš Marolt, Spirits, 2022, 21.38 min.
Our ancestors believed in ghosts. Careful observation of natural phenomena reveals that ghosts still exist.
Vanja Mervič, Trieste and a Storm Is Blowing, 2019, 20.45 min
The video is connected to actual places in Trieste that are mentioned in these four literary pieces: Verde acqua by Marisa Madieri, Greb v pristanišču by Boris Pahor, Materada by Fulvio Tomizza, and Kreda in hijacinte by Irena Žerjal.The camera travels from one place to another in the present time. The purpose and use of those places has changed through time and will continue to change. The presence of nature in the video serves as a warning that everything is constantly changing, even the megalithic elements of the city and its fortresses. The bora wind is a strong symbol of Trieste, as is the sea.
The story is based on two conflicting forces: the realism of raw shots and sounds on the one hand, and on the other the magical sunset that has been digitally manipulated and sped up into a moment that passes too quickly.
Two natural forces that both determine and change the city. The sound of the bora wind in all of its force is audible and perhaps even irritating, but it also makes up the main attitude between the reader and the novel, between a description and the truth, and between imagination and reality.
Trieste has always been a migrant city. Migrants either departed from or arrived in Trieste en masse. That is also the nature of things.
The bora wind invading the sound experience in the form of noise in the microphone can be annoying at times, but sometimes there is no sound at all.
The video ends on a dark night accompanied by a song by Stefano Schiraldi, who sings about the bora wind in Trieste in a local accent.
Production: Research Centre for Humanities, University of Nova Gorica, EDUKA2 – For a cross-border Governance of Education.
Development of literary walking tours in Trieste: Narvika Bovcon, Ana Toroš, Aleš Vaupotič Music: Sufia la bora by Stefano Schiraldi
Ula Pogorelčnik, Habitat, 2021, 3.45 min.
Short dance film
Habitat is a return to nature, a happy plunge into the lake, dancing bodies on an endless plain, a wild dance in the middle of a forest. Habitat is the process of populating a youthful female soul, the search for subtle tenderness and the discovery of an expressive female community.
Director and editor: Ula Pogorevčnik
Director of photography: Žiga Krajnc
Choreography: Urška Rupnik
Dancers: Ursus dancers (Brina Dokl, Vanja Gajić, Jerca Klinar, Nataša Djurić, Dijana Džamastagić, Kaja Marion Ribnikar)
Lady on bike: Metka Hojnik Verdev
Music: Trio Metrik - Zeilenvorschub
Production: CREATIVEULA, Studio za svobodni ples, Ursus dancers
Financial support: Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities
Rožana Švara, Slowly, 2021, 4.37 min.
A meditation on letting go, forgiveness and growing up.
Teja Tegelj, Our Daily, 2020, 4.40 min.
The video performance was created in response to the anxiety and fear of the first wave of the COVID pandemic. Through the lack of a main motif it questions the notion of taking for granted more than just the basic (material) goods. It also explores the alienation of a human being who is unable eat breakfast in an idyllic natural setting, or see through bizarre or even ruinous action.
Dušan Zidar, Waiting for the Moment, 2021, 2.55 min.
The video talks about a unique moment in the life of a tree in spring, when wind pollination begins. In a way, the event is epochal, fierce in its forcefulness like a solar eruption and also complicated considering the comprehensive and complex nature of wind systems. Such moments are celebrated in Asia, as in cherry blossom festivals, for their symbolic power. In a way, the video could be described as a story on “metric units”, which are aligned with our life cycle, and “metric units” of greater amplitudes. The world of metric units is full of simulation models painting a wider picture of reality, interconnections and influences. The digital technologies of today offer spectacular insights into certain relationships that were unimaginable in the past. This short “haiku” story about taking advantage of that short moment combines various visual and acoustic aspects of reality, simulations and models.
Web snapshot: earth.nullschool.net and weather reports: POP TV, 18 March 2021.
Most of the recordings were made by the author (actual shot of the eruption, 3D model of the tree, screenshot of the movement of attractors). The video also features a screenshot of weather systems moving across the Earth from this web site: earth.nullschool.net.
The sound portion of the video is a combination of a weather report from POP TV on 18 March 2021, when the eruption of the tree actually happened, and a generic sound that (in its abstraction) comes close to the sound of breaking ice.
Production: Bežigrajska galerija 2 / MGML
Exhibition curator: Miloš Bašin
Artists: Boris Beja, Blaž Bergant, Žoel Kastelic, Uroš Marolt, Aleksij Kobal, Ula Pogorevčnik, Rožana Švara, Teja Tegelj, Vanja Mervič in Dušan Zidar.
Design: Miloš Bašin
Photodocumentation: The artists
Realisation of the exhibition: Technical Service MGML, Miloš Bašin
The exhibition was made by: City of Ljubljana
Sunday, Monday, holidays: Closed