Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy

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The old-school democracy is gone and the role of culture in our societies is “under construction“. The migration of art, culture and heritage to a digital environment has become universal and omnipresent. Cultural workers, institutions and producers have to cope with a new realm where commercial algorithms, cookie directive, privatisation of cultural databases, copyright issues, and such shape a great deal … Continue reading

Cultural Industries in Slovenia (2007)

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A text from the Culture.si archive! It was compiled by Helena Pivec in 2007 for the 2nd edition of the Slovenia Cultural Profile to introduce the emerging field of cultural industries in Slovenia. Six years later we decided to republish it on our blog to reintroduce the subject. Please, note that in this article the data is not updated and that … Continue reading

Conference of European Ministers of Culture

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“Everybody should have access to culture and participate in cultural life.”* On 15 and 16 April the representatives of the European cultural ministries have gathered in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to participate at the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture. As Peter Inkei from Budapest Observatory remarks, not so long ago “the western democracies (they were the only members of … Continue reading

Slovenes, Croatians, Archives and National Interest

Rogatec, 1903, held at the Historical Archive Celje. Collection of postcards

A colleague from the archives confided to me over coffee that she never had and never could cheer for Croatia. I remember this statement well it was this summer when Croatia was eliminated from the European Football Championship. Although they definitely deserved the bit of luck needed to advance, many a Slovene only smiled smugly. A similar situation, only the … Continue reading

Doing it for the greater good: volunteerism in arts and culture

Our present is a bit more subtle, that at least can be said. The image shows a poster for Entartete Musik (Degenerate music)exhibition of the same name in Dusseldorf, 1938. Wikimedia commons

Just recently, in the midst of hysteric austerity measures and in light of radical cuts to state funding of cultural production, the government – in an act of good albeit dark and twisted humour – published a call for artists to participate in this years Statehood Day commemoration without getting paid for it. Supposedly it is an honour, even a privilege … Continue reading

Evolution of cultural monuments in Trbovlje: Contemporary currents from the Black and Red, Industrial Legacy.

Publicity photo of Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in December 1899. Photo was taken by Dickenson V. Alley, photographer at Century Magazines. Wikimedia commons, public domain.

Featuring Benjamin Kreže, Laibach (obviously), Speculum Artium, and a cameo appearance by Nikola Tesla It seems I haven’t finished thinking about Slovenia’s Black region, I find myself thinking again about the industrial legacy of Trbovlje and some of it’s contemporary cultural forms.   A deep narrow river valley just outside the small industrial town of Trbovlje is dominated by Trboveljski dimnik … Continue reading

Dreaming of hot metal: where industry and cultural history meet

Monument showing iron forgers at work, situated in the center of Kropa, a village in the community of Radovljica, Gorenjska, Slovenia. Photographer: Johann Jaritz, Wikimedia under GNU free documentation  license

    I was sharing a beer with a friend recently and she introduced me to a nice guy from Trbovlje who had spent 10 years working underground in the mines there. The conversation re-stirred an ongoing curiosity I have about technological heritage.  My own family history includes generations of underground miners in the North of England (for 500 years my people were troglodytes and metal … Continue reading