Lighting Guerrilla: Borders
Public and gallery spaces in the city centre will be taken over by the Ljubljana festival of light once again: a group exhibition at the Match Gallery and a series of light installations in its vicinity will be on display during the festival opening, and in the second half-time the festival programme will expand to Alkatraz gallery, to Fužine, to Lighting park…
This time, Lighting Guerrilla is focusing on exploring borders. The festival topic looks at making sense of various viewpoints and concepts of borders, be they physical, optical, social, psychological or entirely mental dividing categories, which can, at the same time, reconcile and draw closer together. The presented works explore divisions between the imaginary and the real, the public and the private, the past and the present … these works explore boundaries of human perception and imagination. As such, they rethink the phenomenon which attracts growing interest due to current events.
This year's Lighting Guerrilla is marked by smaller projects which in parts require more attention to be discovered in their entirety. A series of new productions by Slovenian artists has been created especially for the festival: installations, interactive pieces, events and projections will brighten Ljubljana's nights for over a month, until the Museum Summer Night.
A new project by Stran 22 collective from the Primorska region is on display at the Match Gallery: the work titled Soap opera (K01 M04 J01) – The Cave simulates our submergence into a given reality and challenges the viewer by making the seemingly omnipresent structures disappear. Fragile soap membranes are appearing throughout the space: the project explores borders between an individual's intimate experience of the world and a specific collective experience. A project by the Iranian-French tandem, Golnaz Behrouznia and François Donato, is dealing with topics of nature, environment and interdependence of biological elements, which led to the emergence of life and evolution. Their interactive light installation, titled Lumina Fiction #2 renders visible the boundaries and transience between the fictional and the real, the artistic imagination, digital technology and science. Light paintings/objects by the dutch artist Elcke van Gorkum, publicly known as Surreal Visuals, radiate with images of rhythmical geometric patterns disappearing into endless space. The works take effect through their three-dimensional design and interweaving of analogue and digital elements, thus offering a unique meditative experience.
Production: Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana
Co-production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana; Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory; ZRC SAZU; SAZU; Cankarjev dom; Association for Culture and Education Pina; Secondary School for Design and Photography, Ljubljana; Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana; Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
Sponsors: Elektro Ljubljana d. d., Javna razsvetljava, d. d., Riwal, d. o. o., IB Pogram,d. o. o.; Grosmetal d. o. o., Pizzerija Foculus, Pizzerija Parma, Garage Cube, Madmapper
This project is supported by: City of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture, Turizem Ljubljana, French Institute in Slovenia, Republic of Slovenia, European Social Fund - European Commission
Special thanks: residents at Križevniška street 2