Lighting Guerrilla: Nature
The Lighting Guerrilla international festival, that celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is dedicated to contemporary visual arts whose main medium of expression is light. In the year when Ljubljana boasts the title of Green Capital of Europe, we’ve chosen the topic of Nature to be the main theme of this year’s edition.
Numerous artistic interventions thematise different meanings that nature has for the man in the modern society. Nature has been inspiring artists since time immemorial, but the contemporary ones are not satisfied with merely portraying it, but instead they use advanced technological tools to actively explore her mysteries. The members of the ČIPke collective emphasize that "our conception of nature as a static, balanced and harmonic ecosystem that does not include the man or technology, is naive". Humans thus have a place in nature as much as is the other way around. Either as the god-mother of creative inspiration, even mystical contemplation, or a venue for mysterious forces and process that raise scientifical and artistic curiosity, nature provides both artists and audiences a limitless quantity of material. The projects, shown at the festival, re-create the sublime beauty of nature, make space for playful substantial and formal arrangements and provide many starting points for various explorations and artistic experimentations.
Gilberto Esparza, Urša Vidic, Špela Petrič and Shreyasi Kar, Natan Esku, Tilen Sepič
Gilberto Esparza's project is based on the coexistence of organic and electronic elements that enable a production of electric energy, so it can sustain the life of this green biotope. The hybrid infrastructure that invokes images of distopic scenarios, represents a self-sufficient system of plants and microorganisms that are able to survive the human destruction of nature. The project by Urša Vidic aims to encompass all of nature in all her greatness and beauty. The artist re-creates the idea of the sublime with her vitrine that generates its own atmosphere. In her own words, her work cradles an allusion to the utopic process of exploring the enigmatic substance that as a dark ghost hides in us all. Špela Petrič, joined by the Indian artist Shreyasi Kar, concieved a project that deals with the role of plants in a contemporary economy. The project, that uses techniques of photobiochemical printing of different images of currencies onto plant leaves, faces us with the realization that money as a symbol for an economic system contemporarily exists also as a sign for many plant species that, thanks to their metabolic networks, enable emergent phaenomena, characteristic for the human culture. Natan Eskuwith his ambiental layout recycles his older projects. The organism, based on throwaway plastics, constantly evolves and develops, keeps or does away with certain elements according to their function, adaptability and transparency. The video in the gallery window by Tilen Sepič presents material from the everyday world, but taken out of its context, isolated to create a contrast to the suggestivity of visual oversaturation, present in the urban environment.
Production: Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana
Co-production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Kapelica Gallery/Kersnikova, School of Design and Photography Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering
This project is supported by: Ministry of Culture, City of Ljubljana, Radio Študent, Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development, Mexican embassy in Vienna, EU's Creative Europe program (Spectrum 16 – Transnational Light and European digital art and science network)
Donators, sponsors: Inplet pletiva, Riwal, Trnovski zvon, Foculus, Parma
Contributors to the realization of the project by Urša Vidic: Zoran Srdić Janežič (planning and execution), Otto Urpelainen (automatisation) and Kristijan Tkalec (consultant)
The hosting of Gilberto Esparza was supported by: Mexican agency for international cooperation for development, Mexican embassy in Vienna. The hostingis a part of the international project European digital art and science network, carried out by Kapelica Gallery in collaboration with international partners and supported by the EU's Creative Europe program.