Lighting Guerrilla: In the Dark
Lighting Guerrilla festival, this year in its ninth edition, once again in a special way attempts to present artistic creations that make heavy use of the medium of light. This year we're presenting works by artists from Slovenia and abroad who’s starting points revolve around the theme of this year's festival, which is In the Dark.
Light enables things and objects to become visible and reachable to our senses, and as such subject to rational judgment and observation – but what happens when the (natural) light is gone? We've invited artists whose works question these givens: we're interested in projects that explore all that which is hidden to the usual gaze and shakes up the viewer's perception. We're interested in authors works that deal with reality by means of shaking up its obviousness and emphasizing its elusiveness. We've tried to approach the issue of the light's influence on our perception and on expressiveness & content of an artwork. The projects presented at the festival thus playfully explore the relation not only between the visible and the invisible, but between the real and fictional as well. Their unique artistic lucidity is focused also on the world of illusions & dreams, while they often venture into the worlds of the unconscious and the unreachable.
Ring Ging Bling, Robyn Moody, Adrijan Praznik
Match Gallery is hosting three authors’ projects characterized by highly diverse approaches to the medium of light. Classical paintings are exhibited alongside intermedia installations and an analogous ambiental concept. All together create unique transitions between different media, thus revealing extremely varied uses of light and of its semantic registers.
Ring Ging Bling is a project created by a young art group, consisting of different individuals and collectives that have been present in the creative fields for quite a while. Their work is based on a simple effect, created by complementary colours; an endless and swift exchange of ambiental light sources creates a special optical effect. Its result is the illusion of movement of otherwise static objects and images.
Canadian artist Robyn Moody’s project Constellation was inspired by LED lights of the sound equipment and of computers and their periphery, which reminded him of twinkling stars. The beauty of this scene led him to place LED lights across a dark exhibition space to recreate the impression of gazing into deep space.
As the artist Adrijan Praznik himself asserts, his creative process includes a thorough research of scientific and humanist content that he finds problematic according to the spirit of the society and of the times we're living in. He operates with paupered images, appropriated and recontextualized into new substantive units. Painting installation One size fits all thus addresses the supporting role of institutional systems whose role is currently being taken over by corporate entities as they are increasingly gaining control over our everyday realities.
Production: Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana
Co-production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
This project is supported by: Ministry of Culture, City of Ljubljana, Avstrijski kulturni forum, Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Instituto Camoes Portugal, Ljubljana Tourism, EU's Creative Europe program (Spectrum 14|15 – Expanding)
Sponsors: Foculus, Parma, Kolosej