Lighting Guerrilla: Bright Future
Lighting Guerrilla is one of the most successful projects made by Forum Ljubljana. Over the years it has become a traditional festival, presenting its works in the Match Gallery, its surroundings and other locations in Ljubljana. The leading theme of this years festival is bright future.
Bright future?! In these uncertain times many look for things tomorrow is supposed to bring: visions of the future are marked by both utopian as well as entirely disastrous scenarios. Technological euphoria crowned by the ideology of permanent growth and progress has marked the past century; nowadays, however, it gives way to the increasingly profound awareness about the effects of this progress on our society and environment. The capitalist mantra is facing a deep structural crisis, while climatic changes cause more and more ecological problems – both of which will certainly have far-reaching and irreversible consequences for the fate of humanity. The festival certainly cannot offer ultimate answers to challenges of the future. Nevertheless, we have conceived a programme of international projects that critically or satirically question and expose different visions of the time yet to come. The exhibited projects call for a critical consideration about the future whose “brightness”, perhaps, shows merely as an ironic undertone intended to constructively cast doubt.
This year we focus on projects devised by Slovene and foreign artists of different generations and with diverse expressive poetics and narratives, all of which have one common denominator, of course – the use of this or that kind of light or its elements. As in the past years, the bulk of the festival will occupy the neighbourhood of the Francoske Revolucije Square, but the lighting installations, objects and projections will also inhabit numerous public spaces, as well as other Ljubljana exhibition grounds. This year, we will also socialise with the City of Women festival.
In the Match Gallery, three installations will create the atmosphere: Shadows of the Future by Max Sudhues, Bright New Future by Mirko Malle and the A. A. I. international collective, and In Parallel by the duo Natalija R. Črnčec and Nina Šulin joined by Andrej Hrvatin.
Dismantling of obsolete projectors led the German artist Max Sudhues to the idea of creating a kind of shadow scenery that makes up a smart and poetic antipode to technological enthusiasm. The artist bases his work on deconstruction and reuse of rejected technology, by means of which he creates ambiences emanating a futuristic vision of the world in which technology had lost its original function and meaning while becoming merely an actor of aesthetical contemplation.
Paintings on the theme of bright future by Mirko Malle are fine-art interpretations of poems resulting from collective work of the international group A. A. I. (Articulacion Artistica Internacional). An artificial light is activated at the presence of the viewer enabling him or her to read, literally and metaphorically, the image and the text hidden at the first sight – this remains the central leading theme of the artist’s work.
The installation In Parallel by Natalija R. Črnčec and Nina Šulin is an intertwinement of colourful geometric forms and glimmering lines responding to the ultraviolet light, while an experimental background soundscape by Andrej Hrvatin enhance the installation. Creative energy floating among the creators of the installation echoes the specificities of the actual space; each artist reacted in his or her own way to devise a site-specific, pulsating, organic lighting body which transports the viewer into a sci-fi landscape of the future.
Production: Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana
Co-production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Special thanks: International Centre Of Graphic Arts
The project is supported by: City of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture, Ljubljana Tourism, Institut Françias Slovenie, Radio Študent, Gomboc d. o. o.