The Ripples Diary

The ripples symbolize the idea of a chain or consequent reaction. It suggests that small actions or events can have far-reaching consequences that spread out. Also in our exhibition project Ripples, created in collaboration with the agency NOOR Images, we start from a small production team and ideas that may seem unrealistic, but eventually take shape through a growing network of collaborations. Through them we are looking for new ways of presenting art by reusing existing materials and in relation to the DIY concept. At the same time, we open our doors to organisations and individuals who work with water in one way or another and want to present their projects to a wider public. You are invited to read the diary of the project, in which we record the amplitudes of our ripples through the creative process. We start with the installation process, within which a creative community of individuals with different skills has been established.

© Benedicte Kurzen / NOOR Images

20 January 2023
In collaboration with Maja Modrijan from Destilator Studio, we have already made recycled paper from our old invitations, on which we will screen-print the visual image of the new exhibition Ripples.

Take a peek into Maja's studio, where she and her assistants have produced 1000 precious sheets:

Photo: Maja Modrijan / Destilator Studio

23 January 2023
The banner above Slovenska cesta inviting to the photography exhibition Bojan Radovič: Replika is made of durable material. Let's clean it up to hand it over to Maja from Destilator Studio so she can make something new and useful out of it. Maja also picked up some other materials from our gallery.

What will they be made into? It will all be clear when we open our sustainable gallery shop. Make a note for the 14th of February 2023 at 7 p.m.

25 January 2023
In our exhibition project Ripples, created in collaboration with the agency NOOR Images, we start from a small production team and ideas that may seem unrealistic, but eventually take shape through a growing network of collaborations. We were looking for new ways of presenting art by reusing existing materials, reviving old techniques and skills, all in relation to the DIY concept.

Interested in what we do? Honestly - you name it!

Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

30 January 2023
Hooray! Minea and Jelena from the SITAR 1920 workshop and shop for stamps, seals and ex-librises have created special stamps for the Ripples exhibition to add a few key pieces of information to our recycled invitations created in the screenprint technique. But the king of production is definitely the seal. We'll soon reveal what we'll be doing with it ...

Foto: Minea Sončan Mihajlović, Jelena Marković / Sitar1920

2 February 2023
The production of hand-folded invitations for Ripples has come to an end. On recycled paper, produced with the help of the Destilator Studio,  the company Prima has screen-printed the essential information visitors need to know about the exhibition: Who or what? When? Where?

In the spirit of the project, which aims to be as sustainable as possible, we didnt made the classic GJ invitations. Where can you get all the information about the exhibition? No worries. That's why our online channels will be regularly updated during theproject. When you visit the gallery, don't forget your smartphone, because it will help you to explore the exhibition.

8 February 2023
What all can we entrap in the nets?

Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

10 February 2023
We are so far along in the process that it's time for a video of the exhibition in progress.
Opening on 14 February 2023 at 7 p.m. is round the corner ...

11 February 2023
Metod Blejec, one of the three versatile artists who have been creatively, mentally and physically tackling the installation of Ripples over the past two weeks, also found time to document the entire creative process.

We would like to share a few more highlights with you, with our sincere thanks to the creative trio, which also included multipractitioners Goran Medjugorac and Ingmar Nieuwold.

12 February 2023
What do curators Stefano Carini (NOOR Images) and Dr. Mariji Skočir (Jakopič Gallery) have to tell us before the launch of the exhibition project Ripple: AVisual Diary of Water?

14 February 2023
This time, we worked on the details of the set-up until the very last detail, so that we could welcome our first visitors to the Ripples: A Diary of Water exhibition. In the morning, journalists and the Friends of the Jakopič Gallery had the opportunity to preview the exhibition with the curators, and in the evening we opened the doors wide. Visitors were intrigued by the water path, impressed by the fact that we had created the exhibition from existing materials, and enjoyed listening to the soundscapes accompanying the exhibition themes.

The exhibition was opened by the Ambassador-at-Large for Water Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Miškova and the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Ljubljana Johan Verboom. We would also like to thank the Italian Cultural Institute of Ljubljana and the Institut francais de Slovenie for their support of the Wave project, as well as the many organisations and individuals who have and will continue to wave with us through the project.

Foto: Blaž Gutman / MGML

15 February 2023
Do you still remember the banner for Bojan Radovič's exhibition that hung above Slovenska cesta? Sustainable designer Maja Modrijan, the driving force and heart of Destilator Studio, took it out of our warehouse, along with the old promotional for another exhibition, and combined it with the waste materials she has been collecting for years as part of her mission. Because you never know when you're going to need something. Right?

You are invited to the gallery to visit the Destilator pop-up shop and secure your limited edition piece, which literally has pieces of Jakopič Gallery's 15-year exhibition history sewn into it.

Photo: Maja Modrijan / Destilator Studio

15 February 2023
We went to a guided tour with the curators of the exhibition Ripples: A Visual Diary of Water Stefano Carini (NOOR Images) and Dr Marija Skočir (Jakopič Gallery). 

Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

14 March 2023
Have you missed us? OK, we admit we took some time off, because our batteries need to be recharged for new ventures. And this one was literally charged with youthful creative energy. In cooperation with the company TAM-TAM, students of different ages from ALUO, VIST, VSŠ Sežana and SŠOF Ljubljana and their mentors, we carried out an art-poster campaign on the theme of Water.

See below how the work went and what was produced.

Thanks again to everyone who participated! 

Višja strokovna šola Sežana 
Location of the TAM-TAM pillar: Vegova ulica - Gregorčičeva ulica
Project name: Eco-Magnet-Fishing
Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

Srednja šola za oblikovanje in fotografijo Ljubljana
Location of the TAM-TAM pillar: Square of the French Revolution - Rimska cesta
Project name: Photogram
Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

VIST - Faculty of Applied Sciences
Location of the TAM-TAM pillar: Rimska cesta - Slovenska cesta
Project name: Touch
Photo: VIST Archive, Metod Blejec / MGML

Academy of Fine Arts and Design - ALUO
Locations of the TAM-TAM pillars: Igriška ulica - Gregorčičeva ulica and Gregorčičeva ulica - Slovenska cesta
Project name: Spill
Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

22 March 2023
On today's World Water Day, we organised a presentation of seven local initiatives for the protection of rivers and drinking water at the Jakopič Gallery in cooperation with The Guardians of Rivers.

After the opening speeches and the presentation of the Guardians of Rivers project, seven open tables were set up where representatives of the environmental initiatives told why they were set up, what activities they are currently carrying out and what they need to continue their efforts.

Thank you to Alja Bulič and Erik Valenčič for organising the meeting and to all the participants who are committed to our waters!

Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

2 April 2023
In the spirit of the DIY exhibition Ripples: A Visual Diary of Water, we designed a two-stage workshop where participants could create their own camera-less photograph or photogram over two consecutive weekends.

In the first workshop with Maja Modrijan from Destilator Studio, they first made recycled paper from our old leaflets, and in the second workshop with professional photographer Matevž Paternoster, they created their final images using the cyanotype technique.

The participants of the workshops, while acquiring new skills that they will be able to use on their own, produced incredible, almost miraculous images in the characteristic cyan colour.

A few highlights below.

Photo: Julija Hoda

6 April 2023
We held a hybrid event at the crossroads of science and art, entitled WATER: Science and Art: Communicating science of water and its importance through visual, artistic and media language. The starting poin was the UN 2023 Water Conference that took place in New York from 22 to 24 March, hosted by the Netherlands and Tajikistan.

Scientific knowledge about water is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. This calls for an appropriate approach on how to better communicate this knowledge to the wider public through different channels in the future and raises the question of whether art can complement the strictly scientific approach of providing information about water.

Speakers at the event: Johan Verboom, the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Ljubljana, Niels Vlaanderen, the Coordinator of International Water Affairs at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Tanja Miškova, the Ambassador-at-large for Water Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Kadir van Lohuizen, photographer and NOOR Images co-founder, Prof. Dr. Mihael Brenčič, a hydrogeologist and a professor at the Geology department of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering in Ljubljana (NTF) and Eva Petrič, a Slovenian inter-media conceptual artist. The discussion was moderated by Maja Ratej, a journalist at RTV Slovenija.

You are invited to watch the video of the event, filmed and produced by Tone Stojko:

Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

Lara Kastelic also made a graphic harvesting of the event:

25 April 2023
Water, its stillness or turbulence, its flows and transitions into different states, has always provided creative inspiration. In the workshop Back to the source - through mosaics and soundscapes, which took place over two consecutive weekends (15 and 22 April 2023), we created mosaic bottles under the guidance of Urška Ambrožič Potočnik.

Following the initial orientations and instructions, the creation took place more or less in silence, accompanied by soundscapes created by music therapist Ingmar Nieuwold for the Ripples exhibition. Intuitive and inspiring soundscapes, built by the sounds of water in its various manifestations, helped us to be inspired and relaxed while creating our mosaic.

The mosaic products would always remind the participant of the workshop of the richness of water when used.

Thank you Urška!

Photo: Julija Hoda / MGML

5 May 2023
An exhibition of the photos made by official pfotographer Metod Blejec, named Ripples Through Commoning and Sustainability opened at the TAM-TAM Street Gallery on Vegova Street.

On display until 1 June 2023, the selected images of diverse working processes each speak to their own story, and when brought together deliver a message of resilience against the lack of thought and care for the environment in the installation of exhibitions in museums and galleries.

The opening of the exhibition was followed by a discussion about the Ripples project with Metod Blejc and the curator of the exhibition from Jakopič Gallery Dr Marija Skočir.

Photo: Tadej Kreft / TAM-TAM

18 May 2023
On 18 May 2023, the Jakopič Gallery joined the celebration of International Museum Day under the auspices of ICOM Slovenia.

As part of the official Museum Day advertising campaign, we came up with a poster campaign to remind people about sustainable approaches in the design and realisation of the Ripples project in cooperation with the NOOR Images agency.

The project is based on a realisation of how unsustainable and unthinking of the environmental impact photographic exhibitions can be.The evaluation is still to come, but it is certainly possible to at least try to be more sustainable in museums and galleries.

Here are some highlights from the campaign, taken by Metod Blejec.

23 May 2023
A special event was also part of our exhibition - Sound Ripples, a meditative sound journey on the theme of Water.
On the occasion of the Ripples exhibition the sound therapists and musicians Sergeja Grögl and Ingmar Nieuwold have created a unique sound-meditative experience for the Jakopič Gallery.
It connected us with a deep inner awareness of the importance of water for our body and mind, as well as with our inseparable connection to planet Earth, which, like our body, is made up of almost three quarters water.

We really enjoyed the soothing ripples of sound!

Photo: Metod Blejec / MGML

26 May 2023
A lecture by Marko Pogačnik, an artist dedicated to the health of natural and urban spaces, entitled Earth as a water sphere with a taste for love, was held on Friday, 26 May 2023. The lecture was part of the programme of this year's study group Up Close.

The Earth is not just a ball of matter, it is all infused with the element of water, which is the foundation of what Marko calls "the love sphere of the Earth". How is it expressed in space, how is it connected to the other elements and to human existence on the planet?

1 June 2023 
The first day of June is designated as Sava River Day. As the Ripples exhibition celebrated water, its importance for humanity and its power and purity, we joined the celebration of the day at the Jakopič Gallery with a special screening of the award-winning film One for the River: The Sava Story by producer Rok Rozman and directed by Rožle Bregar, followed by a talk about the Sava river with Rozman and visual artists Metod Blejec and Una Rebić, who last year carried out the art project Flowalking ~ Sava.

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