Delak Institute


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Center za raziskave scenskih umetnosti Delak
Župančičeva 10, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 241 5812
Fax386 (0) 1 241 5816
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Dragan Živadinov, Attraktor, Candidate Cosmonaut
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Dunja Zupančič, Mechatronic artist
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Miha Turšič, Designer of zero-gravity dwelings
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Past Events
  • 1 April to 30 July 2017
    Dragan Živadinov (Delak Institute) participates in the section Space Art of the exhibition The Universe and Arts, An Artistic Voyage through Space at Artscience Museum in Singapore, Singapore
  • 20 March 2017
    Dunja Zupančič/Miha Turšič/Dragan Živadinov (Delak Institute, members of the Committee for the Cultural Utilisations of Space ITACCUS) participate with the space-class act at the Kosmica Festival, on the occasion of the Spring Meetings of the International Astronautical Federation at La Colonie in Paris, France
  • 4 March to 20 March 2017
    An exhibition on the occasion of the 50-year myth of the culturalisation of outer space, and Informance by Dunja Zupančič, Miha Turšič and Dragan Živadinov, produced by Delak Institute, at Kulturno informativni centar in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 9 January to 8 May 2014
    The joint exhibition Contemporary Narratives from Turkey and Beyond also featuring Slovene artists Vesna Bukovec, Ana Čigon and the trio Dunja Zupančič/Miha Turšič/Dragan Živadinov (Delak Institute), and Zdenka Badovinac, the director of the Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, as advisor to curators, at Istanbul Modern in Istanbul, Turkey

Established in 1995, Delak Institute is a production house exploring post-gravity art and outlining a path for space culturalisation. It produces different sorts of contemporary art practice in the field of post-gravity art: informances, exhibitions, musical, and theatrical productions. Delak's main mission is the culturalisation of space, which enables the merging of art and science in real space.

Mladinsko Theatre 2002 supremat Photo Miha Fras.jpg


Delak Performing Arts Research Centre was founded in 1995 in Ljubljana by Jana Pavlič, Dragan Živadinov (web projects) and Emil Hrvatin (research). Delak aimed for an open field of research and exchange of diverse contemporary artistic ideas, focusing on contemporary theatre and new technologies. Its information and documentation projects were mainly complex new media projects. Primarily intended to the theory of contemporary theatre practices and their historisation in the Slovene space, Delak published a bilingual CD-ROM, titled Ferdo Delak - the Avantgardist, featuring a multimedia presentation of the conceptual sources and perspectives of the work of the Slovene avant-garde author Ferdo Delak (1905–1968), after whom the institute is named. The publication also presented the most important actors of the then Slovene and European avant-gardes and their poetics. In 2001, Delak published, together with Maska Institute Castration Machines: Theatre and Art in the Nineties [Kastracijski stroji: gledališče in umetnost devetdestih] by Boris Pintar and Jana Pavlič, featuring 22 Slovene authors (also with video clips in the accompanying CD-ROM). Occasionally Delak organised meetings and theatre workshops intended for the professional and a wider audience.


Since 2005, Delak Institute has evolved into a centre for contemporary art practices, focusing primarily on the research and making of post-gravity art (for a detailed description of the concepts see the link below to 50 topics of post-gravity art), the culturalisation of space by way of research, theory, and documentation, and the production of informances. The vehicle for the work of Dragan Živadinov (post-gravity theatre abstracts), Dunja Zupančič (mechatronic artist), and Miha Turšič (designer of zero-gravity environments), Delak Institute has produced a number of post-gravity art related projects, widely presented worldwide, including exhibitions, symposia, performances, as well as other space research related events.


Postgravity art

In 2009 the collective presented the concepts of "theatre in zero-gravity" with the project Postgravity Art :: Syntapiens at the biennial festival of visual performance Performa 09 in New York, produced by EYEBEAM, a regular partner of Delak Institute, in 2008 appeared at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, with the project O::O::O, Orbital Orientation Object, and in 2008 presented the memorial infrastructure of the pioneer of space travel Herman Potočnik Noordung at the Lazareti Art Workshop in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In 2009, the collective's work has been featured at the exhibition A Pair of Left Shoes/Reality Check in Eastern Europe, organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia, and Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany.

The Three Elizabethan Tragedies trilogy

Recently Delak Institute and Projekt Atol Institute co-produced the first two parts of the trilogy Three Elizabethan Tragedies [Tri elizabetinske tragedije] by the Croatian playwright Vladimir Stojsavljević, which discusses the relation between theatre and the state in the period of Renaissance through its main protagonists, namely Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. The first part of the trilogy, The Forbidden Theatre [Prepovedano gledališče], premièred in 2008 and the performance Marlowe (2009), deals with the emergence of Renaissance theatre after a millennium long tradition of passion plays, while Marlowe himself is presented as a founder of a modern artistic paradigm, which is linked to the strengthening of humanistic values and man's emancipation. In 2011 the Love and Sovereignty part was co-produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana. All plays were directed by Dragan Živadinov.


KiBela Art Space 2007 Junction.jpg

In 2007 the Junction protocols exhibition by Dragan Živadinov, Dunja Zupančič and Miha Turšič took place at the KiBela Art Space in Maribor.

On the occasion of the 50-year myth of the culturalisation of outer space, and exhibition and the Informance by the trio Zupančičn‐Turšičn‐Živadinov was staged at Kulturno informativni centar in Zagreb, Croatia.


In January, March, and May 2009 Delak co-organised three lectures by Dragan Živadinov: Five Inventions of the Modernistic Biography (the case of Mile Korun), Trieste Constructivist Ambient (1927), and The 21st Century Postgravity Art.

International cooperation

Delak Institute regularly collaborates with Eyebeam, New York; Forum Stadtpark, Graz; and the Ljubljana-based Projekt Atol Institute. For more than ten years, Delak is intensely cooperating with Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City, and is a member of the European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts (ENICPA).

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