Realignments on the festival landscape


A few days ago the National Council for Culture (an independent counselling body for issues of culture, curiously abbreviated as NSK) organised a public session under the rather sweeping heading of “Slovene festivals in the context of Slovene culture and the national and local tourism strategies”. Considering some potentially important strategic documents on culture and tourism currently being drafted, the meeting seemed timely. Timely ‒ yet also quite ambitious considering … Continue reading

The people’s pop & inter-cultural translation


Translating is a task that often requires the translator to go well beyond a term or word to understand and convey the context of what is being said. The incredibly complex and intertwined systems of language and culture rarely offer an easy way of disentangling a clear-cut meaning. The abundance of language-specific undertones and culture-based associations means we have to put ourselves a … Continue reading

The festival quest, 2016


Some days ago, the winter still trembling in its last dying breaths, a editor embarked on a daring quest, one that led him to many a desolate corner of the World Wide Web. He went to gather the dates of the internationally-minded festivals due to happen in Slovenia in 2016. All sorts of forgotten Facebook accounts and deserted web pages he met on his way, many of … Continue reading

MENTal notes (pt1) – on meritocracy and music


The second edition of MENT Ljubljana – an international music showcase-cum-festival-cum-conference, further described here – started just yesterday in the city of Ljubljana. Since a lot of curious people from all over the world have been invited, the occasion has provided for some very funky interviews and discussions on the way that music-business systems and their various functions (among them – in a marginal way … Continue reading

Getting a clearer picture (and a better sound)


Since 2013, the creators of the Internet portal at Ljudmila Laboratory have been running a cousin project called Kulturnik, which had its official launch at the end of this November. Though in some important ways akin to, it is of a decidedly more general nature. Kulturnik is a tool that aggregates a significant portion of original cultural and arts-related web … Continue reading

Maks Fabiani – The architect, town planner and thinker on the crossroads of histories


Not only did he live for almost a century, the architect and urbanist Maks Fabiani led an extremely eventful life that was deeply and curiously imbued with the myriad social, political and aesthetic contexts of his times. Having been born into the multinational Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1865, he emerged into a society marked by rapid demographic expansion, by intense industrialisation and urbanisation and also … Continue reading

Culture Online – Beyond Commercial Algorithms. A Case from Slovenia


Ljudmila Art & Science Laboratory has been active for over 20 years as an open-access digital media laboratory, new media art producer and a learning hub. Its activities are rooted in the principles of open source, open access, DIY and DIWO. The lab also has wide experience with information/data exchange in arts and culture. Ljudmila develops and operates the Slovenian culture … Continue reading

Come autumn, the festival fever subsides


According to the interactive infographic on how Slovenian festivals are dispersed throughout the year, we can now make a rather qualified announcement that the festive season is (finally) about to be over. Culture is once again blissfully sliding into the blandness of the everyday, and most of the 217 active festivals in our database have already happened for 2015. Also, the … Continue reading

Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy


The old-school democracy is gone and the role of culture in our societies is “under construction“. The migration of art, culture and heritage to a digital environment has become universal and omnipresent. Cultural workers, institutions and producers have to cope with a new realm where commercial algorithms, cookie directive, privatisation of cultural databases, copyright issues, and such shape a great deal … Continue reading