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Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E.
http://www.zavod-parasite.si
p74info@zavod-parasite.si
Hruševska 66, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 40 370 199
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Tadej Pogačar, Director
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Past Events
  • 13 June 2017
    A presentation of the The Second Explosion - Slovene Art of the 1990s research project and book launch by artist and curator Tadej Pogačar and photographer Dejan Habicht, coorganised by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts and the educational program for young curators INCUBATOR, at Die Erste Foundation in Wien, Austria
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  • 12 June to 17 June 2017
    P74 Centre and Gallery (P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute) presents Polonca Lovšin at the VOLTA13 art fair at Markthalle in Basel, Switzerland
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  • 25 April to 26 May 2017
    Huh? Pre-Brexit Tour, an exhibition by Tadej Pogačar and Dejan Habicht (P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute) at Ə /UH/-BOOKS in London, United Kingdom
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  • 9 December to 11 December 2016
    The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute presents new editions of Slovene artist books at Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin, Germany
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  • 8 October to 18 October 2016
    A Thought for the Day, an exhibition by Tadej Pogačar (P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute), at Galerija Prozori in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 28 July to 9 September 2016
    Ed Ruscha, Books & Co., an exhibition also featuring artist books by Dejan Habicht, Tanja Lažetić, and Tadej Pogačar, published by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, USA
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  • 24 February to 28 February 2016
    P74 Centre and Gallery at ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair with Polonca Lovšin, Uroš Potočnik and Tadej Pogačar (P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute) at Feria de Madrid in Madrid, Spain
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  • 12 December to 13 December 2015
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute presents artist books at the Friends with Books: Art Book Fair at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin, Germany
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  • 8 December 2015 to 31 January 2016
    Lesson 1, an exhibition of works by Tadej Pogačar (P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute), at Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 17 September to 20 September 2015
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at the NY Art Book Fair, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, USA
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  • 15 April to 19 June 2015
    The exhibition György Kepes, The New Landscape also featuring a printed art intervention by Tadej Pogačar (P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute), the first issue of "The SP Files", at Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, United Kingdom
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  • 12 March to 7 May 2015
    Artist’s books by Dejan Habicht, Tanja Lažetić, and Tadej Pogačar (P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute) at the exhibition Books & Co. at Gagosian Gallery in Paris, France
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  • 13 December to 14 December 2014
    The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute showcases new publications at Friends with Books: Art Book Fair at Cafe Moskau in Berlin, Germany
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  • 30 September 2014
    A presentation of the artist's book 26 stages of erection by Dejan Habicht (P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute) at Blind Date AFTER at Institute of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 26 September to 28 September 2014
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in New York, USA
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  • 30 May to 5 September 2014
    Snow in April, an exhibition by Tadej Pogačar (P74 Centre and Gallery, P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute), at Espaivisor in Valencia, Spain
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  • 18 December 2013 to 7 January 2014
    Black on White, an exhibition of artists’ magazines and newspapers in Slovenia, organised by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, and Maribor Art Gallery, at Academia Moderna in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 6 May to 19 May 2013
    The Big Archive, an exhibition by Tadej Pogačar and P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art (PMCA) at PM Gallery - Prsten Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 23 March to 24 March 2013
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at the Pa/Per View Art Book Fair at Wiels - Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium
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  • 5 March to 27 April 2013
    Ed Ruscha, Books & Co., an exhibition also featuring artist books by Dejan Habicht, Tanja Lažetić, and Tadej Pogačar, published by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at Gagosian Gallery in New York, USA
    programme
  • 1 February to 3 February 2013
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at the Printed Matter, LA Art Book Fair at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, USA
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  • 10 December 2012
    Kepes - Parazit, a lecture by Tadej Pogačar on the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art (PMCA) at ACT (MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology) in Cambridge (MA), USA
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  • 28 September to 30 September 2012
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at the Printed Matter, NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in New York, USA
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  • 14 September to 16 September 2012
    The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at the MISS READ artist book festival 2012 in Berlin, Germany
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  • 9 August to 12 August 2012
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, a partner of the AKTO Festival for Contemporary Arts, presenting an exhibition at the festival as part of the project Listening to the Audience (Tadej Pogačar and Uroš Legen) in Bitola, Macedonia
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  • 12 January 2012
    CODE:RED publication by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute presented by Suzana Milevska, Tadej Pogačar, Pia Covre, Daniela Mannu and Carla Corso (Comitato per i Diritti Civili delle Prostitute, Pordenone), supported by the Obalne galerije - Coastal Galleries, at A plus A in Venice, Italy
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  • 25 November to 27 November 2011
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at the Artist Book Fair MISS READ at KunstWerke in Berlin, Germany
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  • 13 October to 28 October 2011
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute presents The Artist Book in Slovenia 1966-2010 at London South Bank University Digital Art Gallery in London, United Kingdom
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  • 4 October 2011 to 26 February 2012
    ironapplause.net, international exhibition of Young Visual Artists Awards network with the participation of Luiza Margan, Miha Presker and Sašo Sedlaček from Slovenia and coorganised P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute that bestows the OHO Group Award, at National Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia
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  • 29 September to 2 October 2011
    P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at the Printed Matter, NY Art Book Fair at MoMA P.S. 1 in New York, USA
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  • 15 June to 10 July 2011
    Everyday as a public practice in the field of manifolds exhibition by Tadej Pogačar at Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 21 January to 23 January 2011
    Editions by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute on the PA/PER VIEW Art Book Fair at Zabludowicz Collection in London, United Kingdom
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  • 5 November to 7 November 2010
    Editions by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute on the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in New York, USA
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  • 23 October 2010
    Renaming Machine book launch with Suzana Milevska (published by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute) at Open Space in Vienna, Austria
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  • 19 August to 19 September 2010
    Spring Collection exhibition by Tadej Pogačar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute at Museum of Contemporary Art in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is an umbrella organisation for the activities of the internationally renowned Slovene artist Tadej Pogačar. Established in 1998, it used both for his varied and rich art production, as well as for his many institutional endeavours – the P74 Centre and Gallery and the Kapsula Gallery bookshop/project space, the annually presented OHO Group Award, the Sound Explicit Festival and the The International Biennial of Short Video. Via the P74 Gallery the institute also runs international representation of artists.

Having recently turned its focus to artists' books – with the aim to produce, present, distribute and sell them – the organisation has also created the Artist's Book Collection of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute. Since 2010 it sets up the biennial Blind Date Convention, Festival of the Artist’s Book.

Background

The historical base for the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute was Tadej Pogačar's series of art projects that took place in the beginning of the 1990s, entitled the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1993, this was renamed as the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art (PMCA). Since then, a number of further branches of the institute have been formed. First one among them was the P74 Centre and Gallery, opened in 1991 in Šentvid, a somewhat peripheral neighbourhood of Ljubljana. Later, in 2008 the Kapsula Gallery bookshop/project space was set up in an underground shopping arcade in the Ljubljana centre. Both galleries moved to the Šiška Cultural Quarter in 2012.

Tadej Pogačar

Tadej Pogačar (born in 1960) exhibited his work at numerous renowned galleries and museums around the world – the MUMOK in Vienna, the San Francisco Art Institute, the NGBK in Berlin, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Central House of Artists in Moscow, the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City, the Espaivisor - Visor Gallery in Valencia, and the Vojvodina Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad, to name just a few. He was also present at the biennials in Sao Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, Prague, and Tirana, and at Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam. In 2014 a major retrospective exhibition about him and his P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art was set up by Moderna galerija (MG) in Ljubljana, and was later also shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.

Tadej was given a number of residencies and awards, among them the György Kepes research scholarship and award by M.I.T. Boston.

PMCA

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art (PMCA) functions as a virtual institution which exists without its own space – it rather settles into territories and networks of other institutions, operating according to the principles of new parasitism. Its operations (events, public interventions, performances, exhibitions, projections, etc.) are geared towards analysing and deconstructing the symbolic centres of power.

Very notable acts in this vein were the reworking of the logotype of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the theft of the introductory speech of the director of the Guggenheim from its homepage. In its more recent collaborative projects PMCA has also delved into artistic research and analysis of topics such as alternative urban strategies, parallel economies, and human trafficking.

Projects and exhibitions

P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. realised numerous interventions into collections of other museums, including the collection of Ljubljana's Museum of Modern Art; Tretjak’s African Collection at Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts; the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Naturmeuseum, Rotterdam; Műcsarnok, Budapest; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin; the Limerick City Gallery, Limerick; and the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.

One of the more widely echoed projects of the PMCA was Kings of the Street (1995), a pioneering artistic collaboration the homeless community in Ljubljana. Even more resounding was the collaborative trans-disciplinary project CODE:RED (1999–2010), for which Pogačar was awarded the Rihard Jakopič Award in 2009 and about which a book was published in 2010. It comprehensively dealt with the phenomena of sex workers, and PMCA received international media attention with its 1st World Congress of Sex Workers at the 49th Venice Biennale and New Parasitism at the Padiglione dei Sex Worker in Giardini. It was also shown at a number of international events like the Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam (1996) and at the biennials in São Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, Prague, and Tirana.

Publications

Among the numerous PMCA publications, one can mention 6 thematic editions of the Journal for Anthropology and New Parasitism, 2 editions of the thematic newspaper Sex Worker, and the 2007 overview about the work of PMCA, titled The Best is Yet to Come. It includes essays by Zdenka Badovinac, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Miško Šuvaković and Igor Zabel discussing the beginning of the PMCA, its strategies of parasitism and its historical and cultural significance, and situating the practice within the local and international context.

Artists' books

As of 2004 the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute started to systematically support and popularise the production of artists' books and artist editions of both national and international authors. It has published the artists' books of many Slovene authors, among them Matej Stupica, Jure Engelsberger, Zora Stančić, Dejan Habicht, Tadej Pogačar, Jaka Železnikar, Andreja Džakušič, Mina Fina, Mladen Stropnik, Petra Varl, as well as by internationally acclaimed artists such as Mladen Stilinović, Dalibor Martinis, Sanja Iveković, Vlado Martek, Balint Szombathy and Dan Perjovschi.

These books constitute the core of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute collection. Yet, since 2005 the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute has also acquired (by exchange or purchase) more than 170 other artists' books from all over the world. The books are occasionally featured at events prepared by P74 and Kapsula.

Since 2009 the institute presents and sells artists' books at international art fairs such as the Miss Read in the Kunstwerke Berlin, NY Art Book Fair in P.S.1, Centre of Contemporary Arts, and at fairs in Los Angeles, Paris and Brussels. Some of the books have been included in the artists' books collections of eminent institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA in New York, the Museum of Modern Art Weserburg, the South End University in London and the CNEAI Paris. They can also be purchased in specialised bookshops such as Boekie.Woekie (Amsterdam), Pro-qm and Motto (Berlin), Printed Matter (New York), Castilo-Coralles and Florence Loewy (Paris).

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute organised several seminars about artists' books, during which many authors had offered their theoretical or practical views on the topic. Among these authors were the Croatian artist Vlado Martek, the British artist and publisher Anthony Auerbach, and the Slovene artist Marko Pogačnik, a member of the avant-garde group OHO, in which he established the artists' book concept under the name OHO editions (1965–1968).

Artists representation

The P74 Gallery is very active at international art fairs, mostly representing artist dealing with either new media or visual arts. Among them are Tomaž Furlan, Dejan Habicht, Polonca Lovšin, Uroš Potocnik, Jože Barši, Dalibor Martinis, Mladen Stilinovic and Balint Szombathy.

In recent years, they were present at fairs such as ViennaContemporary, VOLTA (Basel), ARCOmadrid, Art Rotterdam, VOLTA NY, Art Market Budapest, etc.

Sound Explicit

In 2003 the institute introduced a new series of music events, first held at the P74 Centre and Gallery premises. As of 2011 the Sound Explicit Festival has moved to the Jakopič Gallery, where it takes place each September or October. The festival is dedicated to experimental and improvised music by Slovene artists, though it is occasionally also featuring international guests.

Open calls for artists

Foremost of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E.'s open calls is the one for the OHO Group Award, which is annually awarded to a young Slovene artist under the age of 35. The institute organises it in cooperation with the Foundation for a Civil Society from New York, and sends the winners there for a two-month residency.

Additionally, the institute also regularly invites local and international artists to express themselves by artist's books, video pieces or various new media formats. Since 2008 the institute also makes a public call for artists to create short, 5-minute videos, and organises the International Biennial of Short Video.

See also

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