Egon March Institute
|Inštitut Egon March, zavod za kreativno izrabo novih medijev|
|Mucherjeva 8, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Marko Košnik, Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 883 402|
- 4 June 2011
Performance Symposium on the Past, Present and Future of the Fluxus-Movement, Is Fluxus Dead? Intermedia Rules! From Networked Performance Events to VanGoghTV, Coded Cultures and Art-on-Strike, a lecture by KIBLA Multimedia Centre at , in ,
programme (Egon March Institute) Globalism Rules! Immaterial Art Practises behind the Iron Curtain, a part of the EU funded project X-OP- eXchange of art operators and producers led by
- 9 November to 13 November 2010
X-OP - eXchange of art operators and producers, including Egon March Institute project Operabil Helsinki - (Electropera Act 5), in the scope of EU funded project led by KIBLA Multimedia Centre at in ,
- 13 May to 15 May 2010
X-OP meeting and events, EU funded project X-OP - eXchange of art operators and producers led by KIBLA Multimedia Centre, collaborative performance Operabil Hexpo - (Electropera Act 4) by Egon March Institute at Avamaa festival in ,
- 30 April to 7 May 2010
X-OP: Festival Time and Technique produced by KIBLA Multimedia Centre, ELECTROPERA performance lecture with live topographic imagery by , Egon March Institute, curatorial dinner by , a lecture Dictionary of Subsidized Art - Here and Now by , DVD screenings by , an exhibition and lecture Drawing by artists and , EU funded project X-OP- eXchange of art operators and producers in , ,
During the 1980s, Laibach, Cavis Negra, Most). In fact the name of the institute first appeared in the context of the group Most (Bridge) which consisted of , , , , , and others. EMI's first larger production was Bellum Contra Solem, a performance in the urban environment of Nova Gorica in 1991, conceived as a spectacle with the contribution of 20 artists. In 1997 Egon March Institute formally became a private non-profit institution and since then its productions are largely international.collaborated with several alternative groups (Junajtit Adis,
Collaborations and projects in the 1990s
EMI collaborated with Radio Študent (RŠ) with a regular transmission programme Egon March Institute presents (1991–1996) which initiated a free media university MUU (Media Uplink Unit), an alternative radio production school for radio activists from Germany and Austria. Based on this experience, the Ministry of Experiment (MZX) was founded by , , , and . The latter acted as an independent production unit within Radio Študent between 1997 and 2000.
In 1992 EMI produced and coordinated Piazzeta Ljubljana within the Van Gogh TV Piazza Virtuale for documenta IX in Kassel. A live broadcast project was performed in collaboration with Radio Študent (RŠ) and KUD France Prešeren Arts and Culture Association as a performance venue. The programme was broadcast by satellite TV network 3SAT, transmitted in Slovenia by Kanal A (a commercial TV established only a year earlier).
Egon March Institute also actively collaborated with Video Production Kregar Studio (VPK Studio) (early video production), Universcity TV, Steim, Interfulgs, and XLR.
Egon March Institute has produced several sound installations, video performances, interactive theatre environments and other projects by Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, followed by Membrane, a sound performance with electroacoustic plates at Ostrannenie festival, Bauhaus Dessau in 1993 ( , , , and ).and collaborating artists. In 1991 Stvar – Das Ding – The Thing, a sound performance with electroacoustic plates ( in collaboration with , , , , and ) was presented in Hfbk Hamburg and
Cukrarna [Sugar Factory] was a dance performance with synchronous video (Cankarjev dom in 1996 and presented at New Moves 1997 in Glasgow as an interactive installation by , , and .in collaboration with and others) presented at Mediennbienale Leipzig in 1994. A B Sence, a dance performance in an interactive environment by , , , and was premièred in
PARA Trilogy started with Parahouse, a communication project with real-time digital processing of video transmissions at Ostranenie Festival in Dessau in 1997. Participating artists and institutions were Gerard Couty, Christian Groupner, Olivier Schulbaum, Alma Niett, Monika Glahn, Jacques Bigot, Christian Vanderborght, Antoin Vie,, , Tom Demeyer, Jef Kalil, Heiko Koch, Francis, , , Club Automatic, STEIM, KIEZ Cultural Centre and Egon March Institute. They set three interactive environments (theatre, bar, staircase) and an Internet broadcasting centre with video stream.
A year later, Paparapapa, a series of performances and a communication project (with Mike Hentz, Christian Vanderborght, Margrit Rieben, Martin Schiters, Miško Šuvaković, Bojan Merc, Kapelica Gallery., ), took place in
PA-RA, a multimedia theatre performance (with Cankarjev dom in 1998., , Dragana Cukovac, Margit Rieben, Dirk Bruinsma, , and ) was premièred at
Projects after 2000
In 2000 Egon March Institute produced Desktop Cinema, a music performance with live video instrument by Margrit Rieben, Dirk Bruinsma, and Slovenian Cinematheque, and Pekarna Magdalena Network. A year later Theothea, a multimedia opera by Miško Šuvaković, Margrit Rieben, Dirk Bruisnma, Ulrike Gabriel, , Andreas Findeisen, and Monika Glahn, was held at the symposium Theatre in South-Eastern Europe in Belgrade.in Kino Reitschule Bern,
In 2002 the Jaap Blonk, Dirk Bruinsma, andtrio performed at Overtoom 301 (joint production with OT301), followed by a Dutch Tour (Rotterdam, Den Haag, Nijmegen, Tilburg, produced by Jaap Blonk in 2003) and a performance at Roaratorio Festival in Geneva (produced by Dirk Bruinsma in 2004).
In 2000 the Egon March Institute organised hEXPO – International Festival of Self Organising Cultural Forms, a synchronised action carried out by 15 co-producers with over 70 international guests. The 3-week festival took place in Maribor (Kibla, Pekarna Magdalena Network, MARŠ); Ljubljana (Metelkova, KUD France Prešeren Arts and Culture Association, Kapelica Gallery, Ljudmila, Slovenian Cinematheque, Radio Študent); and Koper (MKC Koper Youth and Culture Centre, PINA Primorje Information Atelier). The festival was conceived and coordinated by , , , Monika Glahn, , John Grzinich, and Sabina Salamon. The international teams travelled on a weekly basis between the 3 towns with the aim to to create synergies and cross-collaboration among the above NGOs. An impressive number of events (performances, lectures, concerts, workshops ...) was produced and covered live via Internet and radio. The festival was documented on a CD-Rom and in 12 short documentary videos.
Operabils and Ditopias
In the years 2004–2011 the series Operabils and Ditopias byand collaborating artists was produced by Egon March Institute. "Operabils" are modules of media opera while "Ditopias" are a form of in situ interactive installations, the first one presented at Station Mir, Caen (FR). Since then EMI has produced over 20 Operabils and Ditopias that promote open source ideology and are situated in Tirana (Operabil Shqiptare, 2006), Vienna (Operabil Vienna, 2006), Amsterdam (Operabil POW), Brno, Istanbul, Helsinki, Rijeka, Maribor, Ljubljana, and other cities.
Ditopia Bathyscaphe Trieste, an allegory for the independent-minded individual equipped with a state-of-the-art technologue by Mala Gallery which also co-produced the project. The Exercise for the End of the World (concept by ) was performed in Ljubljana by , , , and and re-conceived for the exhibition in Labin City Gallery, Croatia.was premièred at
Among the most important "Operabils" are The Missing Engine of Laputa (performance lecture by KIBLA Multimedia Centre by Masayuki Sumi, Barbara Thun and ). In 2008 KIBLA Multimedia Centre also hosted Operabil Memotopia (premièred in Bern) by Barbara Thun and .for Documenta Urbana 2 in Kassel in 2006); Operabil Conspirare (at the opening ceremony in the Auditorium of the Berlin festival Transmediale 08 where performed with Stephen Kovats); and Operabil Kobe, a module of media opera under construction, celebrates the project of Euroasian highway, which is to connect Europe with China. (First premièred in Xebec Hall, Kobe in 2006, the European version premièred at
Trubar Literature House in September 2011.gave a lecture about Operablis and Ditopias and presented documentation of project presentations in
Electropera, a travelling festival was a 3-year project (2009–2011) of Egon March Institute in the context of X-OP network, a European platform for artistic creation supported by the Culture Programme (2007–2013) of the European Union that synchronised artists, researchers, operators, producers, and cultural institutions (among the 10 partners in the network, Maribor's KIBLA Multimedia Centre was the project leader). The artists joined touring groups to present performances, concerts, installations, screenings, exhibitions, symposiums and workshops in 8 countries. They also created site-specific interventions and land-art works. Egon March Institute carried out 7 premières and the final presentation of the project.
Act 1: Parahouse 12 – "How are we functioning twelve years later?" reunited artists that participated at the Parahouse project in 1997. Together with the new guests, 20 artists participated with performances, installations, and presentation that took place in the historic skyscraper Ullsteinhaus, Berlin in January 2009: Sorry, out of ideas – installation by DUM Association of Artists); Cat Notation – presentation and performance by Joulia Strauss and Martin Carlé; Operabil Para Berlin – performance by , Dirk Bruinsma, (Egon March Institute); Filletville – performance and installation by Hilary Koob-Sassen (The Errorists); The Other Senses – installation by John Grzinich and friends (MoKS); Kudum – installation by Eku and friends; Verwandern – installation by ; Matrix of projected joint bad conscience – installation prototype by Christian Graupner (Humatic); Octopussy – installation by (Trivia Art Association); Para Re-flex Room – performance by (Shadow Casters); Digital Cousine – performance and installation by Jacques Bigot, Gerard Couty, Michel Piet, Christian Vanderborght, Rotraut Pape (Club Automatic – Universcity TV); and Afterhours Dance Party by Bads Label: Celebrating the album The Otherz!., (
The following acts took place in Turkey, Portugal, Estonia, Austria and Slovenia.
The Act 7: Coding the Society took place in June 2011 and was co-produced with K6/4 Institute (Kapelica Gallery, Cyberpipe, Cafe Metropol, and Klub K4). A symposium was hosted by Cyberpipe. Many world renowned lecturers and artists from across the globe participated: Ben Patterson (US) from the Fluxus movement; Tom Fuersnter (AT) and Michael Saup (DE) – former professors of ZKM in Karlsruhe – and Andreas Findeisen (AT/DE) all presented radical research areas in contemporary art; while Irene Agrivine Widyaningrum (ID), Ferial Affif (ID) and Serra Ozhan Yueksel (TR) presented the development of artistic models in eastern Indonesia and Turkey. Stephen Kovats (CA) presented an early manifest of Marshall McLuhan.
The symposium was simultaneously upgraded with a sound system and a video projection of the happening in Cyberpipe in the which encouraged parallel dialogues, monitoring and comments. The video platform for live processing of text and graphic material was developed and managed by , , and in collaboration with Tom Fuersnter and in co-production with Kapelica Gallery.
Performances and stage events were held in Klub K4 featuring Ben Patterson's Cloning Society – Recent Developments; Evelyn Muursepp and John Grzinich: The Symposium as Organism; Jaap Blonk's dr. Voxoid's Next Move, the latter raising the question of the future of art using audio visual instruments.
The performance-symposium presented the latest developments in economics, politics, technology, culture, and art and marked the 25th anniversary of the Egon March Institute. That year the first publication that documents the work and production of EMI was published.
In November 2015 Egon March Institute staged an interactive visual installation and two public assemblies at Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture. "Zborogled" (Group Watch) was an interactive demonstration of artistic use of security cameras for public screenings in Kino Šiška, testing the possible updates to the law on protection of private property, which could enable a public watch of security systems for surveillance of public spaces. Invited experts with various backgrounds discussed the possibility of open access to the intellectual property created in Slovenia.
- Radio Študent (RŠ)
- DUM Association of Artists
- KIBLA Multimedia Centre
- K6/4 Institute
- Trivia Art Association
- Egon March Institute projects: video archive
- Marko Košnik on the Videodokument (Videoart in Slovenia 1969-98) website
- Electropera web pages
- PARAHOUSEyt01 on youtube
- Marko Košnik at Transmediale 2008
- Marko Košnik's project in KIBLA 2009 on the ACE KIBLA website
- Marko Košnik on the Apatmentproject website
- Marko Košnik in Tesla Berlin (in German)
- Project Operabil Kobe