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Living object
Špela Petrič, Skotopoiesis, Click Festival, 2017 © Miha Turšič

City Art Gallery Ljubljana

Mestni trg 5
1000 Ljubljana


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Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00–19:00
Monday: Closed
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00

Free entry.

Group exhibition

Living object

2. 9. 2020–1. 11. 2020

Artists presented at the exhibition: Špela Petrič, Maja Smrekar, Saša Spačal, Robertina Šebjanič, Polona Tratnik. As modern technologies penetrate all pores of our lives, societies and cultures, the consequences of the accelerating trend of (bio)technological manipulation make us question not only human nature but also the nature of human relationships with animals, plants and other living entities.

Humans often fail to detect the diverse life forms surrounding us, especially if they are on a different scale than ours. Some microorganisms even constitute important component parts of our bodies, for instance, bacteria and fungi that inhabit our skin or our bodies. By moving from the human body into the external environment and vice versa, they erode our perception of the human being as a uniform subject.

Many of the exhibited projects were performed in laboratories through interdisciplinary collaborations with experts in natural sciences and the humanities, and all are the result of long-term processes and research. The projects provide an insight into the relationship between humans, animals and plants in light of heterogeneity, hybridity, sympoiesis, intercognition and parallel evolutions, within which notions of subject and object become fluid because a human being, too, is reduced to a material to be processed, for example, a cell/body/object. By emphasising the connection between the human body and the environment, the exhibition Living Object reveals our bond with non-human actors and promotes awareness about the urgent need to take care of nature and its living systems, not only as exploitable resources, but also as living tissues that are crucial for our survival.

The exhibition of visual, audio and interactive installations was produced by established female artists who have been active at the cross-section of art, science and technology for decades, within the broad and often controversial concept of “BioArt”. Presented at high-profile international shows and platforms of contemporary art, their projects combine biotechnological sciences, evolution and artificial intelligence with discursive and theoretical strategies in order to push the boundaries of our understanding of contemporary art practices. Rather than traditional media, the artists use living matter ranging from cells to complete organisms as well as from microorganisms to their own bodies and the bodies of their non-human companions. By subverting scientific methods and technological tools, they explore the complexity of life and question its future. Finally, they address discourses on the fluidity of art objects by inviting the viewer to take on a participatory role.

Colophon

Production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana Curator: Alenka TrebušakArtists: Špela Petrič, Maja Smrekar, Saša Spačal, Robertina Šebjanič, Polona Tratnik Texts by: Alenka TrebušakDesign by: Ajdin Bašić Technical realization: MGML Technical Department The project was made possible by: City of Ljubljana, Department for Culture


Thanks: Kamizdat, Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova Institute, Project Atol Institute, Quo Artis Foundation, The Culture Yard / CLICK Festival, Ars Electronica Linz, Ministry of Culture RS

City Art Gallery Ljubljana

Mestni trg 5
1000 Ljubljana


T +386 1 24 11 770
E mestna.galerija@mgml.si

Information and reservations:
T 01 24 12 500
T 01 24 12 506
E prijava@mgml.si

Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00–19:00
Monday: Closed
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00

Free entry.

News

This year’s Ars Electronica will feature artists currently showing their works at the Living Object exhibition in the City Art Gallery Ljubljana

This year’s Ars Electronica entitled In Kepler’s Gardens – A Global Journey Mapping the ‘New’ World will take place between 9 and 13 September in Linz and various other locations across the world. The festival will take place “not despite, but precisely because of” the new coronavirus, trying to find an answer to what we should do now.

8. September 2020
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
The Relation Between Humans, Animals and Plants When Contemporary Technologies Penetrate All Pores of Our Lives

With their projects at Living Object, Špela Petrič, Maja Smrekar, Saša Spačal, Robertina Šebjanič and Polona Tratnik provide an insight into the relationship between humans, animals and plants in light of heterogeneity, hybridity, sympoiesis, intercognition and parallel evolutions.

2. September 2020
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
The exhibition at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana is featuring artists who have been active at the cross-section of art, science and technology

The exhibition »Living object« at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana is featuring artists: Špela Petrič, Maja Smrekar, Saša Spačal, Robertina Šebjanič and Polona Tratnik. The exhibition of visual, audio and interactive installations was produced by established female artists who have been active at the cross-section of art, science and technology for decades, within the broad and often controversial concept of “BioArt”.

2. September 2020
City Art Gallery Ljubljana

Events

Guided tour of the "Living object" exhibition
Thu
17
Sep 2020
Guided tour
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Guided tour of the "Living object" exhibition
The exhibition of visual, audio and interactive installations was produced by established female artists Špela Petrič, Maja Smrekar, Saša Spačal, Robertina Šebjanič and Polona Tratnik who have been active at the cross-section of art, science and technology for decades, within the broad and often controversial concept of “BioArt”.
Maja Smrekar, !brute_force, Feeding the Alghoritm
Sat
12
Sep 2020
Performance
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Maja Smrekar, !brute_force, Feeding the Alghoritm
Neural networks learn by analysing cases: the higher the number of cases, the more they learn to recognise and solve problems. Because they require the maximum possible quantity of input data, Smrekar and her team will feed the neural network algorithm in the gallery daily by climbing up and down the installation with the dog. Visitors will be able to follow the physiological measurement data of the artist and the dog as well as the neural network’s real-time data processing with the use of the !brute_force interface on their smart phones.
Maja Smrekar, !brute_force, Feeding the Alghoritm
Fri
11
Sep 2020
Performance
3 p.m.–5 p.m.
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Maja Smrekar, !brute_force, Feeding the Alghoritm
Neural networks learn by analysing cases: the higher the number of cases, the more they learn to recognise and solve problems. Because they require the maximum possible quantity of input data, Smrekar and her team will feed the neural network algorithm in the gallery daily by climbing up and down the installation with the dog. Visitors will be able to follow the physiological measurement data of the artist and the dog as well as the neural network’s real-time data processing with the use of the !brute_force interface on their smart phones.
Maja Smrekar, !brute_force, Feeding the Alghoritm
Thu
10
Sep 2020
Performance
3 p.m.–6 p.m.
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Maja Smrekar, !brute_force, Feeding the Alghoritm
Neural networks learn by analysing cases: the higher the number of cases, the more they learn to recognise and solve problems. Because they require the maximum possible quantity of input data, Smrekar and her team will feed the neural network algorithm in the gallery daily by climbing up and down the installation with the dog. Visitors will be able to follow the physiological measurement data of the artist and the dog as well as the neural network’s real-time data processing with the use of the !brute_force interface on their smart phones.

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