Lighting guerilla: Shimmering
After a few preliminary swings at the 2013 Exodos Festival (Tim Etchells, Matthieu Tercieux) and the Scarecrow project by Marko A. Kovačič and Brane Ždralo along the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship, the Lighting Guerrilla turns on its lights at the already traditional locations in the Ljubljana city centre.
Shimmering refers to rather weak lighting sources which nevertheless give a special character to the space. This year's 7th edition of the festival comprises both contemporary lighting technologies and vanishing lighting phenomena. Local and foreign artists and university students of several academies have created works based on the research of lighting media in relation to (public) space and the visitors/passers-by. Thus again this year, the Lighting Guerrilla festival invites, suggests and stimulates the reflection about the roles of lighting, artists and art in public space and daily life, the relationship between private and public, and the opening of spaces for purposes of art and everyman’s imagination. After the opening at the Match Gallery and the occupation of its surroundings, the action will continue across the Ljubljanica River at the Škuc Gallery, while the final events will be held in the framework of the Museums on the Summer Night at the Metelkova Street, where the Guerrilla will actively join the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum (SEM).
Three installations creates the ambience in the Match Gallery: Gespinst by Kurt Laurenz Theinert (the artist is known to the Ljubljana audience by his Visual Piano project presented two years ago in Kino Šiška) is a lighting installation made of electroluminescent wires stretched under different angles in a dark room. Each wire radiates a shimmering light in its own rhythm, while all of them together create a universal pattern and an apparition of movement.
Graphic artist, sculptor and painter Hamo Čavrk presents one of the recent works from his ongoing Carta Incognita series. If the series began as a graphic folder, recently the artist has widened and enriched its formative elements through the active use of media art, light and sound. Carta Incognita presents a special subjective cosmography in which the suggested proximities and distances of imaginary space can be read as a metaphorical key to the doors of spirituality.
Dan Adlešič, Tilen Sepič and Matic Potočnik created a physical interface, entitled Form from Form (produced by Ljudmila Art And Science Laboratory), which deletes the borders between online virtual body and offline physical body. The space is filled with sounds and, when looked from "outside", it only shows outlines of visitors – an apparent hologram without distinctive specific features.
Already for more than a decade, the video artist Bertrand Gadenne has been developing dramatic narratives about animal captivity in his series of video installations entitled Fragments of the World, which show animals captured in the urban world created by men. Each one of these animals incites discomfort in the passer-by and stimulates reflections about the contemporary society, our attitudes towards other living creatures and the life around us. In Ljubljana his works are presented at three different locations (Match Gallery, IRIU-Resljeva Road, and Entry Lodge-Metelkova Street).
Production: Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana
Co-production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
The project is supported by: City of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture