24 Nov 2014
USA Washington Goethe-Institut
The CrossCommunityCreation Institute produced projects by Zvonka T Simčič such as the performance New Allegories, the installation and performance Second Dynamics, and the project ad utero, ab ovo (2007) which refers to the author's personal experience of becoming a mother by artificial insemination. The project was used as a basis for the performance Festivity // PrazNIČnost by Zvonka T Simčič and Franc Cegnar presented on the exhibition Re-production in Sofia Arsenal – Musem for Contemporary Art in 2011.
The Silent Power / Traces follow-up multimedia project was presented at the Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre in 2013.
Sound plays an important part in the productions of CCC. The CCC Institute includes the Uluru Ensemble, an ethnic experimental ensemble (established in 1998) that participated in the City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts in 2007.
CCC also co-produces an interactive audio visual installation in an urban area Putting into Sound. The project takes the form of a special concert connecting nature, visitors, and the artists Zvonka T Simčič, Borut Savski, Franc Cegnar, Miha Tomšič, Katarina Živec Kovač, Ksenja Jus, and others. Since 2009 Putting into Sound has been upgraded and presented every year in Lipnik Park (Ljubljana Castle) and at Zbilje Lake.
Bride's Harp: The One Who Sings, Prays Twice, an interactive audiovisual installation/performance based on the iconic painting The Bride by Gabrijel Stupica was created by Bogdana Herman, Zvonka T Simčič, Borut Savski (Trivia Art Association), Franc Cegnar, Miha Tomšič and Silvana Paletti and set on Ljubljana Castle in 2013.
CCC's video production also includes the Obsession (2008), Naked Freedom (2010) and Decoloniality (2011) by Marina Grzinić and Aina Šmid. The videos have been presented on many important exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. For example, Naked Freedom conceptualises the possibility of social change under the conditions of financial capitalism and has been presented at the City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts,Performa Festival in Kunstraum NIEDEROESTERREICH (Vienna), Calvat 22 Gallery (London), etc.
After her studies of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana Zvonka Simčič has presented her opus (installations, performances, video and photography) since 1988. She has been engaged also in the experimental ethno musical ensemble Uluru since 1998. In 2001 an artistic duo Zvonka Simčič and Tanja Vujinović established Automata Institute, a production platform that produced several collaborative projects (video art, digital photography, video and sound installations, Internet multimedia installations). Some of their most important projects were Hardbody (2003) which combines various media and content; the series Plasma (2003), a perfume art project constructed from elements of fashion and glamour out of material that documents media scandals; documentary style digital photographs Allergies and others. Projects were often thematically linked with research of the human body and physicality, especially representations of disciplined bodies (the project Dinamo, for instance) and social manifestations of sexuality, as well as with the world of mass media, disclosure of ideologisation, social conventions, and the narrations of Western culture. Their works have been included in collective exhibitions such as the Euroscreen21 project, Zero Visibility, Theory Multimedia NetNoise and Web Biennial Istanbul. The opus was summarised in a monograph Collaborative Works by Tanja Vujinović, Zvonka T Simčič, Jan Kušej, and Dunja Kukovec in 2004.
In 2006 the platform was divided into two art production and research non-governmental institution, the CCC (CrossCommunityCreation) run by Zvonka Simčič and the Ultramono Institute) run by Tanja Vujinović in collaboration with Jan Kušej.