Speculum Artium Festival

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Speculum Artium, festival novomedijske umetnosti
http://speculumartium.si/
novagalerijaddt@gmail.com
Trg svobode 11a, SI-1420 Trbovlje
Phone386 (0) 3 563 3481
Fax386 (0) 3 562 1079
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RegionSI-1
Organised byDelavski dom Trbovlje Cultural Centre
Frequencyannual
Festival dates15.10.2015 - 17.10.2015
13.10.2016 - 15.10.2016
14.9.2017 - 16.9.2017
Zoran Poznič, Director of the festival
zoran.poznic@dd.trbovlje.si
Phone386 (0) 3 563 3490
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Špela Pavli Perko, Programme Coordinator
spela.ddt@gmail.com
Phone386 (0) 51 626296
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Vesna Jesih, Public relations
vesna@dd-trbovlje.si
Phone386 (0) 51 356893
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Established in 2008 and taking place in the industrial town of Trbovlje, the Speculum Artium Festival is an annual venture into the field of new media arts and contemporary techno-culture. Delving into territories such as information technology, robotics, bio-mechanics, and virtual reality, the festival tries to act as an intermediary between art, technology, and the society.

A part of the Trbovlje, The New Media Setting initiative, Speculum Artium is organised by Delavski dom Trbovlje Cultural Centre. As of 2010 it runs a special sub-programme – the video art festival DigitalBigScreen.

Speculum Artium Festival 2012 Project Monolith.jpg

Concept

Speculum Artium presents not only various new-media productions but also strives to establish a critical reflection of the contemporary society and of its political and technological conditions.

The name Speculum Artium refers to a theoretical text by the Austrian artist, curator and theoretician, Peter Weibel. In his text titled the The Post-Media Condition (2005, see link bellow) he writes about the nature of the "relationship between art and politics which can be expressed as the speculum artium, or the mirror of art". In line with Weibel's theory, the festival treats new media technologies as potentially highly emancipatory spheres.

Each year the festival is structured around a particular concept. Some of them were Art and Science to Empower; Reality Under Surveillance; Integrity of Reality; and Exit Strategy – Art or Technicism.

Background

The festival was initially set up as a collaborative project under the supervision of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, featuring also the ArtNetLab society, the Academy Of Fine Arts Prague, and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. It was held in the City Art Gallery Ljubljana.

In 2009 (with Peter Weibel curating the festival) it moved to it current abode, the Delavski dom Trbovlje.

Programme

Speculum Artium often invites or works with various curators (such as Herwig Steiner from Vienna, Srečo Dragan from Ljubljana, and Michaela Ortner from Linz). Together they not only present emerging new media practices around the world but also set up talks and presentations by scientists (like Hiroshi Ishiguro, who brought along his android double, and the crew from Honda Robotics, presenting their robot ASIMO) and theoreticians (such as Leon Žlajpah from Jožef Stefan Institute, and Polona Tratnik).

Some of the artists invited were Stelarc, ARART, Dorcas Müller, Brigitta Zics, The Awkwardstra, Be another lab, Christoph Schwarz, Julian Palacz, Andrej Koruza, Reinhard Gupfinger, Travis Kirton, Stefan Doepner, Maša Jazbec, Group V.A.T., and Tiago Martins.

The festival usually also includes the exhibition of students' artworks, reflecting the issues of contemporary society by way of audio and video installations and interactive projects. It has a rich accompanying programme with performances, happenings, workshops and concerts (hosting, for example, Laibach, KIBLA Multimedia Centre, KID PiNA, Open Lab, and the Interface Culture Univerza from Linz).

DigitalBigScreen

The DigitalBigScreen Festival was founded in 2010 and later incorporated into Speculum Artium as its sub-programme. Its main idea is that of screening video art in a movie theatre with a big cinematic screen (using a digital Sony KA4 projector), thus offering contemporary visual practices a very powerful medium. DigitalBigScreen also makes possible the transmission of the submitted works into the Slovenian Art Cinema network, therefore also reaching audiences that rarely have access to such contents.

The submissions for the screening come from all over the world. Usually they are judged by an international expert committee which bestows awards for the best video. However, the programme of the festival varies from year to year, with, for example, the focus in 2017 being the Fluxfilm Anthology.

Speculum Artium Festival 2015 Digitalbigscreen, video projection.JPG


Collaborations

Speculum Artium often invites various art academies and education and research institutions to participate in its programme. Beside the aforementioned protagonists, the festival has worked with the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, Ljubljana, the Arts Academy of the University of Nova Gorica, the Jožef Stefan Institute, the University of Tokyo, the University of Art and Design in Linz, and others.

Speculum Artium Festival 2013 Children visitors.jpg

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