MoTA Museum of Transitory Art
|MoTA Muzej tranzitornih umetnosti|
|Celovška cesta 42, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 59 04 20 60|
|Martin Bricelj Baraga, Artistic and program director|
|Rožna dolina cesta II/36, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 40 809 809|
|Neja Tomšič, MoTA Point and international projects coordinator|
|Luka Zagoričnik, Sound Art Consultant, Sonica Co-Curator|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 345 393|
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- Advancing Light-driven Public Interactions, 2014
- SHAPE - Platform for Innovative Music and Audiovisual Art from Europe, 2014
- MeetFactory, 2014
- Artecitya, 2014
- 16 December 2016
Sonica International Festival of Transitory Art presented its program, including also the NEUNUNDNEUNZIG installation by Martin Bricelj Baraga and Olaf Bender, produced by MoTA Museum of Transitory Art, and Random Logic at Spazio Aereo in Porto Marghera, Italy programme edit
- 20 April to 24 April 2016
MoTA Museum of Transitory Art presents works by Arjan Pregl, Uršula Berlot, Adam Basanta, Jan Vormann, Nik Nowak, and Karina Smigla-Bobinski at Supermarket, Stockholm Independent Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden programme edit
- 27 October to 29 October 2015
NEUNUNDNEUNZIG (99), an installation also by Martin Bricelj Baraga (MoTA Museum of Transitory Art), at the Biennial Némo at Galerie Fernand Léger in Paris, France programme edit
- 4 October 2015
Nonument01 programme by Neja Tomšič and Martin Bricelj Baraga (MoTA Museum of Transitory Art) collaborating with Baltimore artists, McKeldin Fountain workshop and parade at the Transmodern Festival, in public space and at Current Space in Baltimore, USA programme edit
- 24 September to 27 September 2015
Sonica International Festival of Transitory Art (MoTA Museum of Transitory Art) presents the Sound Investments exhibition with Irena Tomažin’s Faces of Voices and Spatial’s Dental Metal sound installation by Martin Bricelj Baraga; workshops and concerts with Miha Ciglar and Irena Tomažin at the High Zero Festival at Theatre Project in Baltimore, USA programme edit
- 2 May 2015
Random Logic (coorganised by MoTA Museum of Transitory Art) at the ICAS Festival and at Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden, Germany programme edit
- 30 April to 2 May 2015
NEUNUNDNEUNZIG (99), an installation also by Martin Bricelj Baraga, and an audio-visual preformance by Random Logic and Oknai (MoTA Museum of Transitory Art, Sonica International Festival of Transitory Art) at the ICAS Festival at Festplatz Pieschener Allee, Festspeilhaus Hellerau, Lab 15 in Dresden, Germany programme edit
- 9 November to 16 November 2013
The project Dark Star 3.0 by Martin Bricelj Baraga (MoTA Museum of Transitory Art) as the winner of the festival Glow Next in Eindhoven, Netherlands programme edit
- 16 March to 27 May 2012
Robovox project byMartin Bricelj Baraga, Slavko Glamočanin (MoTA Museum of Transitory Art) and Chris Sugrue (Spain-Slovenia, Ljudmila - Ljubljana Digital Media Lab) project, part of the Robots & Avatars EU funded project led by by KIBLA Multimedia Centre, at FACT Gallery in Liverpool, United Kingdom programme edit
- 9 February to 12 February 2012
MoTA Museum of Transitory Art and Kinetica Museum, DarkStar preview at the Kinetica Art Fair 2012, Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London in London, United Kingdom programme edit
- 1 Venue
- 2 Music, sound art and audio-visual productions
- 3 Installations and other contemporary art projects
- 4 MoTA artist agency
- 5 International partnerships
- 6 The Artists's Talk project
- 7 Tomaž Brate Reading room and Mediatheque
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 Gallery
MoTA styles itself as a museum without a permanent collection or a fixed space, but as of 2013 it does run its own venue. First there was the now defunct MoTA Point, which housed a dense programme of concerts and exhibitions and was used as an occasional working space for resident artists and workshops. It got closed in spring 2016, but a new location was established in the Šiška neighbourhood soon after, called the MoTA LAB.
Most of the bigger MoTA's productions are taking place at the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture.
Music, sound art and audio-visual productions
Since its inception MoTA has been running a diverse programme of concerts, focusing on contemporary electronica and improvised music. As a part of the Sonica Series, the Spring Festival (2001–2012) and several of its more sporadic projects it booked the likes of Fennesz, Senking, Blixa Bargeld, William Basinski, Teho Teardo, Keith Rowe, Plaid, Clark, and many others. In a somewhat different vein the Sonica Classics series stages artists like the minimalist pioneer Charlemagne Palestine, the idiosyncratic lute player Jozef Van Wissem and the cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir. For a time MoTA was also setting up live cinema events (held primarily at Kinodvor Cinema) called CinemaScapes. Some of the featured artists were Olga Mink and Scanner, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Mira Calix, and Byetone.
MoTA's biggest production is the annual Sonica International Festival of Transitory Art. Featuring AV and music performances, art installations and lectures, Sonica presents artists like Tim Hecker, Rashad Becker, Emptyset, Marina Rosenfeld, Herman Kolgen, Ryoichi Kurokawa and Random Logic. The festival traditionally utilises different Ljubljana venues like the MoTA Point/LAB, the Slovenian Cinematheque, Tovarna Rog, the Križevniška Church and Klub K4.
Installations and other contemporary art projects
MoTa boasts an extremely varied programme of art projects that frequently, in one way or another, feature sound among their primary components. Some of the featured artists are Nonotak, Oliver Ratsi - ANTI VJ, Karina Smigla Bobinski, Nik Nowak, Jan Vormann, Les Liens Invisibles, Bram Vreven, Svetlana Maraš, the Greta Rusttt arts collective, Lenka Đorojević and Matej Stupica (who presented the OHO awarded installation Nevromat) and Irena Tomažin (with her audiovisual installation Faces of voices / noise, inspired by the question "What would a portrait of a certain voice look like?"). Many of them were invited to hold lectures, set up workshops and cooperate in the Artist's Talk discussions.
Martin Bricelj Baraga art
Martin Bricelj Baraga, the director of MoTA Museum, is a highly prolific author himself. His works are often large-scale installations set in public spaces and unusual architectural contexts.
Among his works are The Cyanometer, a monolith that gathers data of the blueness of the sky and the quality of air and visualises them; the Moonolith, an interactive monument that reflects the Moon and star constellations on its surface; the Darkstar, a large interactive piece on which more than 30 artists, programmers, architects and musicians collaborated; and RoboVox, an 8m high robot set on a public square, to whom one could send telephone messages which he would then read aloud.
Baraga collaborated with the renowned musician Olaf Bender (aka Bytone, DE) on a kinetic sound sculpture consisting of a matrix of 99 black balloons and called Neunundneunzig (99). He also collaborates with MoTA's producer Neja Tomšič on Nonuments, a long term project of research and artistic production that deals with monuments, landmarks and other symbolically laden public spaces. In addressing this Tomšič was awarded a fellowship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, with which they realized the Nonument 01: McKeldin Fountain project in collaboration with Lisa Moren and Jaimes Mayhew at the Transmodern Festival in Baltimore.
He presented his works at Némo (FR), Kinetica Art Fair (UK), TodaysArt (NL), Glow Next (where Baraga got awarded the first prize in 2013), ICA (UK), Galerie Fernand Leger (FR), Sonar (ES), Columbia University (US), Fact (UK), Centro Cultural Recoleta (AR), Kunsthaus (AT), Kaapelithas (FI), etc. His works were written about in such media outlets like Wired, Architecture Daily, Design Boom, boingboing.net, Pecha Kucha, New York Art Magazine and Harper Collins.
MoTA artist agency
MoTA has a longer history of representing artists abroad, starting with the director Martin Bricelj Baraga himself. Other artists collaborating with MoTA were also Irena Tomažin, Miha Ciglar, and Neja Tomšič; they were featured in the High Zero and Transmodern festivals (US) and hosted by the Current gallery in Baltimore.
The year 2015 marks MoTA's semi-official entry into the art world as an agency, primarily with the aim to promote SHAPE platform (look the chapter bellow) artists. Its profile is accordingly broad and is featuring audiovisual works by the Serbian duo WoO and Incredible Bob, large public scale installations by Baraga and Nik Nowak, the London based club act Spatial, and a selection of sound based gallery works – Faces of Voices.Noise by the vocalist Irena Tomažin.
The SONICA x Series regularly stages events abroad to promote Slovenian and SHAPE artists on international stages. So far Sonica x Series took place in London, Trieste, Venice, Wroclaw, Maribor and Baltimore.
Impermanent Museum collection
Over the years MoTA has established its so called Impermanent Museum collection Arte/Facts. Featuring a selection of works by artists that they’ve worked with since 2007, these are not really works as such rather than parts or residues of an artistic process. Some of the artists included are Jan Vormann, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, Adam Basanta, Zimoun, Nik Nowak and Stephen Cornford. MoTA presents this collection at art fairs, among them the Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm in 2015.
MoTA is (or has been) involved in various international networks and partnerships. Among them is T.R.I.B.E. – Transitory Research Initiative of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, which started as a residency network in 2012 and connected Ljubljana, Prague, Istanbul and Nicosia. It hosted more than 15 artists and researchers, organised two symposiums and resulted in a publication Exercises in transitory art.
Another network MoTA got involved in is called Artecitya brings together artists, architects, town planners and citizens for, as they say, with the aim of improving the quality of life in cities through technological and artistic innovations. Within Artecitya, MoTA is developing the Arcade Gallery, a sound gallery located in the centre of Ljubljana, which commissions sound compositions especially for this location.
MoTA was also part of the ALIPI: Advancing Light-driven Public Interactions project, of the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network, of the GALA Green Art Lab Alliance project, the Swiss Music Day 2015, and numerous others.
Transitory network and the artist-in-residence programme
Since 2008 MoTA has been running an artist-in-residence programme in Ljubljana for media, sound or visual artists, curators and researchers. So far MoTA has hosted and produced the work of more than 15 artists, among them Jorge Rodriguez Gerada, Felix Thorn, Julien Bayle, Lexa Walsh, Alex Toland, Gabey Tjon a Tham, Marina Rosenfeld, and Ohira + Bonilha. Some of these residencies were done in collaboration with Ljudmila - Ljubljana Digital Media Lab, for example Nedine Kachornamsong and Yuri Landman. In 2010, MoTA established the Transitory Network of residencies in Eastern Europe.
The SHAPE platform
The SHAPE project is a 3-year initiative that (re)unites 16 European non-profit organisations active within the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network to create a platform that aims to support, promote, and exchange emergent musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound. SHAPE stands for “Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe”.
48 musicians and artists are chosen annually to participate in a mix of live performances, residencies, workshops and talks across member festivals and special events. Under the auspices of SHAPE MoTA, for example, presented Slovenian SHAPE artists within the Sonica x Series in partnership with the Apiary Studios in London and Spazio Aereo in Venice.
The Artists's Talk project
In 2010, MoTA launched the project Artist Talk, an online portal for publishing, disseminating and archiving high quality video recordings of interviews and lectures given by artists, curators, theorists and others working in the fields of art, activism and theory.
This initiative, still an on-going series of live events, is a product of three contemporary art and new media centres from Eastern and central Europe (MoTA Ljubljana, CIANT Prague and WRO Wroclaw). It is based on the idea of free distribution of ideas and knowledge. A partial result of the interviews conducted as a part of Artist's Talk is the book Outerviews, first presented at the 15th WRO Media Art Biennale in Wroclow.
Tomaž Brate Reading room and Mediatheque
In 2009, MoTA and Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana have opened a reading room and a mediatheque in the Jakopič Gallery, which consists of a vast collection of books belonging to Tomaž Brate (1963–2008) as well as the MoTA book collection. The reading room serves also as the MoTA info point with information on resident artists, current, past and future projects, and archives.
- MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art website
- SONICA Festival website
- CodeEp website
- Artist Talk website
- Martin Bricelj Baraga's website
- Cyanometer project website
- An article on one of Bricelj's projects (in Slovene) Delo Newspaper
- Moonolith on Youtube
- Cyanometer on Youtube
International partnerships and networks websites
- T.R.I.B.E. website
- The Artecitya project
- The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) partnership website
- ￼International Cities of Advanced Sound network website
Various MoTA art (co)productions
- The Ghostwriter project website
- CLIMAX, an episodic live cinema research-project website
- The Nonument Group on Facebook
- A presentation of Nonument Group
- The artist Lexa Walsh’s MoTA residency project website
- Artist Talk YouTube Playlist