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GT22
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Glavni trg 22, SI-2000 Maribor
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GT22 was established in 2012 as a research, education, and production platform that connects creativity, arts, and sports. The seat of the "Transnational Guerilla Art School", this so called inter(trans)disciplinary laboratory hosts a variety of creative spaces, from a hack-lab and a gallery to a skatepark. It operates as an open community, inviting a wide circle of users to participate and integrating its activities within the capacities and needs of its urban environment.

The venue, led by the Institute Foundation Sonda, operates in collaboration with a number of various Maribor-based cultural producers and is under the patronage of the Oset-Puppis family, who have allowed the use of the premises free of charge.

Background

GT22 is spaced throughout an early 20th-century house located in the city centre of Maribor. While its first owner, a wealthy merchant Mihael Oset, charged his heirs to foster arts and culture in it, the house has a slightly more varied history. It has been a night club, a museum, and – back in the 1980s – a theatre space used by Tomaž Pandur, it has also functioned as a factory space, a clothing store, and a warehouse.

In 2012, after the house was not used for some time, its owners offered it for the purposes of Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 (ECoC) programme. At that time, it was also noticed by Miha Horvat of the Son:DA art tandem, who proposed to the people at ECoC to use this house as an exhibition venue for a collaboration between his Transnational Guerilla Art School and the Graz gallery < rotor >.

After 2012, the house was offered free of charge to the Institute Foundation Sonda, who now run it under the name GT22 (the name comes from its address, Glavni trg 22).

Capacity and activities

Having some more than a 1000 square meters at its disposal, GT22 integrates a wide variety of activities. Currently, its spaces are occupied by a net radio in the becoming (Yourupradio), a skatepark, an experimental theatre group, practice rooms for a couple of local bands, a photography museum (exhibiting a part of the legacy of the local photographer Dragiša Modrinjak, which consists of more than 10,000 exhibit pieces), a hack-lab (Post-Art-Lab-Maribor), a gallery (blackBOX), the CGU Printmaking Art Centre, a place for writers' residencies, and a cinema, operated by a crew that works on developing the regional movie culture. And, also, by a few more.

Some of the institutions or organisations collaborating in the aforementioned projects are the I.D.I.O.T Group, Kino Udarnik Maribor, Kombajn, KIBLA Multimedia Centre, Kud Moment, Maribor interest association of architects mi:ZA, Enimation, Hest Gallery, Maribor, Mitra, assocation for development of audiovisual culture and intercultural dialogue. GT22 is also actively connecting with other institutions and initiatives from outside Maribor, researching the setting up of new frames for education and production of arts and culture.

Among the particular projects that have taken place at GT22, notable is the collaboration with the Art Stays, International Festival of Contemporary Art. Called MADE IN GT22, it is a group photo exhibition that consists of different photographers who have exhibited in the GT22. Amongst the earlier projects, were also workshops on various aspects of street art, on clothing design, and on the various tactics of contemporary art.

As of 2015, various parts of GT22 are used as venues of the Lent Festival programme. The Festival Performa & Platforma is partly also stationed here.

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