Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT)
|Kulturno središče evropskih vesoljskih tehnologij (KSEVT)|
|Na vasi 18, SI-3205 Vitanje|
|Managed by||KSEVT Institute|
|Miha Turšič, Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 793 476|
|Blaž Šef, Public Relations|
|Dragan Živadinov, Board President|
- 13 December 2014 to 8 March 2015
The First Space Architect: Herman Potočnik Noordung, an exhibition produced by the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), at Klovićevi dvori Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia programme
- 16 June to 30 June 2014
Fourteen, a dance performance by Rosana Hribar and Gregor Luštek (Dance Theatre Ljubljana), Sad Sam Lucky, a dance performance by Matija Ferlin (Emanat Institute), a concert by Laibach, Postgravity Art: Cosmistic Architectre, a theatre informance by Dragan Živadinov, Dunja Zupančič, Miha Turšič, Dario Seraval, and Špela Petrič (Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT)), and Postgravity Art: Infomatrix, a visual informance by Dragan Živadinov, Dunja Zupančič, and Miha Turšičat (Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT)), at the IKS International Festival of Contemporary Theatre in Split, Croatia programme
- 6 June to 23 November 2014
The project The Problem of Space Travel - Supre: Architecture by the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) as the Slovene representative at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, supported by the Ministry of Culture, at Pavilion at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy programme
- 9 December 2013
Dragan Živadinov, Miha Turšić, and Marko Peljhan from the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) at the Think Space Symposium in Zagreb, Croatia programme
- 8 October to 11 October 2013
Robertina Šebjanič and Jerneja Rebernak (Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT)) at the Media Art Histories 2013: Renew, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Berlin in Riga, Latvia programme
- 3 August to 13 October 2013
Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration, a joint exhibition co-curated by Marko Peljhan, featuring also Slovene artists and organisations Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), Trieste Constructivist Cabinet, Nejc Trošt, Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet, Projekt Atol Institute at Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in Lancastre, USA programme
- 29 June to 2 July 2013
The gallery performance, exhibition and video installation Via MSU Zagreb - No One Should Have Seen This produced by Via Negativa, the solo performance Drop Dead by Katarina Stegnar, and a trip to the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) accompanied by Dragan Živadinov as a part of Eurokaz Festival at Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia programme
- 19 January to 18 May 2013
Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration, a joint exhibition also featuring Slovene artists and organisations: Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), Trieste Constructivist Cabinet, Nejc Trošt, Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet, Projekt Atol Institute, and curated by Marko Peljhan at California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts & Sweeney Art Gallery in Riverside (CA), USA programme
The Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) opened in Vitanje in September 2012 to complement the Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre. The building design is the work of four architectural bureaus which established the Architectural Union for Vitanje (AZZV): Bevk Perović Arhitekti, Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti, Ofis Arhitekti, and SADAR + VUGA Architects. KSEVT's programme is based on the concept of the culturisation of outer space, introduced by Dragan Živadinov, Dunja Zupančič, and Miha Turšič within the Delak Institute.
Described as "a living room of Vitanje inhabitants and a space for the synthesis of art and science focused on the post-gravity art" by its inceptors, KSEVT promises an interaction between the local, the regional, and the planetary. In 2014 the KSEVT team represented Slovenia at the Architecture Biennale in Venice with The Problem of Space Travel - Supre:architecture project.
The Integrated Revitalisation of the Vitanje House of Culture into KSEVT project received funds in 2009 through the Development Investing in Public Cultural Infrastructure programme, run by the Ministry of Culture. The fascinating building of 2500 m² replaced the old cultural centre and is inspired by Herman Potočnik's plan for the first geostationary space station from 1928. It is situated in the hilly landscape between the neoclassicist Church of the Mother of God, the Gothic Church of St Peter, and the former Bishop's Mansion.
The ground level includes the Vitanje Library and a multi-purpose circular hall with 300 seats. The first floor with research facilities is dedicated to the KSEVT programme.
The permanent exhibition Herman Potočnik Noordung: 100 Monumental Influences is based on 100 of Herman Potočnik Noordung's drawings, used in his book The Problem of Space Travel - The Rocket Motor. The display covers Potočnik's life and time, the early rocket technologies, space architecture, usage of the Earth orbits, space wear, the Treasures of Modernity collection, and, last but not least – Slovenia in space.
Next to permanent exhibition, in October 2013 an exhibition VOYAGER/DR. MAVRETIČ was set up, presenting the work of Dr Anton Mavretič and the space probe Voyager. In November 2014 an exhibition Spectral Modulator by Edvard Zajec, a Trieste born Slovenian and one of the world pioneers in computer art, opened for the wider public.
On a regional level KSEVT generates connections between Trieste, Italy (liaising it with the Trieste Constructivist Ambient from 1927); Pula, Croatia (Potočnik's birth town); and Graz, Austria. KSEVT already cooperates with the Russian State Museum in St Petersburg and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C..
In 2011 the Centre prepared the Memorandum on the Culturalisation of Outer Space that the Slovene President Danilo Türk presented to the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as a new dimension of cooperation between Slovenia and Russia. The document foresees the first (professional) artist spaceflight, presumably in the person of the Slovene primaballerina Mateja Rebolj who has also collaborated with Dragan Živadinov in the Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet.
At the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (7 June 6 – 23 November 2014) the exhibition at the Pavilion of Slovenia (Arsenale) was curated by the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT). The project delved into the fundamentals of architecture through the opus of the pioneer of space architecture, Herman Potočnik Noordung.
The international residency programme will focus on the interdisciplinary research of the cultural context of the human interaction with space and will host artists, scientists, and philosophers.
- Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre Vitanje
- Delak Institute
- Slovenske Konjice Public Library
- Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet
- Herman Potočnik Noordung on Wikipedia
- Dušan Petrač who worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, presents KSEVT
- The KSEVT architecture in progress on Archdaily