The people’s pop & inter-cultural translation

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Translating is a task that often requires the translator to go well beyond a term or word to understand and convey the context of what is being said. The incredibly complex and intertwined systems of language and culture rarely offer an easy way of disentangling a clear-cut meaning. The abundance of language-specific undertones and culture-based associations means we have to put ourselves a … Continue reading

Some very inconclusive thoughts on the ‘auratic’. Anže Zorman writing as sonicalities

The Cathedral leaves its locale to be received on your screen. Katedrala Hall at Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture. Photo Credit: culture.si free image bank

Of the more profound places of my memory, the spacious concert hall of Cankarjev dom on a certain spring evening in 2004 stands out as a curiously doubled occasion. I still remember the hypnotized wonder with which I gazed down upon the collective of Electric Masada playing their fiery music, which for an hour or so abolished the notions of … 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

Singing Poetry

Writer and poet Svetlana Makarovič, portrait by Borut Peterlin

A few evenings ago I came across the upcoming concert Goli na odru (Slovenija) [Naked onstage (Slovenia)] by singer Janja Majzelj, taking place Tuesday 7th January at 10pm, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana. She’ll be singing arrangements of the poetry of Svetlana Makarovič, an acclaimed poet and a woman of many talents, who has previously also sung some of her own poetry. The performance … Continue reading

Chris Eckman: On Walkabout from the Last Side of the Mountain to the Dustland

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Since moving to Ljubljana from Seattle, it seems that I’ve seen my musician friends in Slovenia or neighbouring countries more regularly than any other group of friends from the States. So whether it’s Amy Denio touring with the Billy Tipton Saxophone Quartet or Kultur Shock, Jessica Lurie collaborating with Lolita or doing live music + live painting concerts with Croatian … Continue reading