Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory

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Društvo Ljudmila, laboratorij za znanost in umetnost
Slovenska 54, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Luka Frelih, President
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Past Events
  • 13 May to 16 May 2019
    Liminoid installation by Saša Spačal and Matic Potočnik produced by Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory, a member of the European Art - Science - Technology Network (EASTN) for Digital Creativity, at the Queens Festival at Aalborg University Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • 30 June 2018
    A semi-modular instrument building workshop Soda by Staš Vrenko and a lecture by Luka Frelih (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory, Creative Commons Slovenia) in the frame of the European Art-Science-Technology Network Week at Martin Harris Centre in Mancheser, United Kingdom
  • 5 May to 29 June 2018
    Dark Drops by Robertina Šebjanič and Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden by Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng - Zergon, and Ida Hiršenfelder (Projekt Atol Institute, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), at Esc medien kunst labor in Graz/Gradec, Austria
  • 28 April to 30 April 2017
    Luka Frelih (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory, Creative Commons Slovenia) and Dare Pejič (Creative Commons Slovenia) at the Creative Commons Global Summit in Toronto, Canada
  • 20 March to 22 March 2017
    The interactive sound installation Time Displacement: Chemobrionic Garden and artist talk by Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng – Zeron and Ida Hiršenfelder (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory) at Močvara Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1 February to 5 February 2017
    An audio-video performance and workshops by the Theremidi Orchestra, produced by Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute in cooperation with Werkstatt ThoughtWorks Berlin and SPEKTRUM and organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Berlin, at Spektrum, Werkstatt Berlin in Berlin, Germany
  • 30 September to 2 October 2016
    Luka Frelih (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory, Creative Commons Slovenia), Dare Pejič (Creative Commons Slovenia) and Saša Kranjc (Creative Commons Slovenia, IPI Institute) at the Creative Commons Europe Meeting at Escola das Gaivotas, Rua das Gaivotas 6 in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 8 September to 18 September 2016
    Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator by Robertina Šebjanič and Slavko Glamičanin at the CyberArts exhibition, Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden by Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng and Ida Hiršenfelder (Projekt Atol Institute, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), Miserable Machines: Soot-o-mat by Špela Petrič, and Anatomy of Frozen Genesis by Dean Verzel at OK im OÖ Kulturquartier in Linz, Austria
  • 23 August to 28 August 2016
    Light Oscilator by Tilen Sepič (Strip Core/Forum Ljubljana) at the Bella Skyway Festival, co-organised the Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute, at Theatre "Baj Pomorski" in Toruń, Poland
  • 21 December to 23 December 2015
    Noise Script, a workshop in DIY electronics with visual scores for experimental sound art, and live performances by the Theremidi Orchestra (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory) at the X-Dream Festival at ARTos Foundation in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 16 October to 17 October 2015
    Luka Frelih (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory) among the speakers at the Beyond the Obvious Annual Conference by Culture Action Europe at Åvägen 24, Brewhouse in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 24 September to 4 October 2015
    Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator by Robertina Šebjanič, Liminoid by Saša Spačal and Matic Potočnik (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), and Self-Portrait by Boštjan Čadež at the festival Device_art 5.015, with curator Sandra Sajovic (Kapelica Gallery), organised in collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, at Gradec, Klovićevi Dvori Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 11 September to 13 September 2015
    Projects In parallel by Natalija Črncec and Nina Šulin, Soundlighter by Izland (Gašper Milkovič Biloslav and Marko Vivoda) and jesusonecstasy aka Mitja Cerkvenik (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute), and the workshop Clouds by Tilen Sepič (Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana) at the festival Lumina at Galeria da Marina, Jardim da Igreja Paroquial, Pavilhão Multiusos in Cascais, Portugal
  • 5 September 2015
    A presentation by Luka Frelih (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory) at the Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy: 2nd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation, at the Ars Electronica Festival Linz at Ars Electronica Center, SkyLoft in Linz, Austria
  • 28 October 2014
    An artist talk by artist-in-residence Tanja Lažetić and a presentation of the portal Culture.si by Helena Pivec (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv, at Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon, Israel

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Set up in the mid-1990s, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory has been bringing together technology, art, science and civil society ever since. As such, it is not only a place where hackers, researchers and artists meet, but also a platform for reflecting and modifying culture through the lens of politics, as generated by the developments in communications technologies.

Ljudmila's programmes are rather diverse and wide-reaching. It runs the Strictly Analog Festival and the art&hacking meeting PIFcamp. Since 2010, it operates the Culture.si portal and, as of 2013, also the metasearch engine and culture aggregator Kulturnik.si. Since 2011, it acts as a public lead of Creative Commons Slovenia. It organises workshops on the uses of open source software and on making DIY technological hacks; supports the production of new media artworks; has an orchestra; and more.


Ljudmila engages in the development and popularisation of open culture, free licences and software, and in new ways of data distribution. It detects the ways through which the transformations in the field of information and communications technologies affect the society and encourages the corresponding cultural and artistic practices.

As of 2017, Ljudmila shares the 8th floor of a skyscraper in the centre of Ljubljana with two other NGOs, the Delak Institute and the Projekt Atol Institute. Together, they work on establishing the place as a multifunctional venue for new media art and contemporary theatre.


The laboratory is a successor to the Ljudmila - Ljubljana Digital Media Lab, as of 1994, a programme of the Open Society Institute Slovenia and, later, also the KUD France Prešeren Arts and Culture Association. Self-proclaimed as "the latest spin-off" from the Open Society Institute – Slovenia (1992–2000), the Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory was established by 10 new & all media artists, software developers, hackers and computer engineers in 2010.

The founding members of the Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory are Urban Belina, Mitja Doma, Luka Frelih, Tomaž Ižanc, Žiga Kranjec, Igor Križanovskij, Zoran Obradović, Alenka Pirman, Robertina Šebjanič and Živa Zupan.

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Educational programmes

Ljudmila organises regular courses in basic and advanced use of open source software (Blender, Pure Data, MediaWiki), as well as the Free Circuit (Prosto-vezje) workshops and Digital Dish public lectures and artist talks by international new media artists.

The workshops usually feature various modes of "tinkering" with electronic circuits and technology in general, hacking and re-imagining it with the help of free software ("home-made synths" and "wearable electronics" serving as a typical example). The participants are encouraged to search for further uses and include the findings in their artistic work. Since 2013, Ljudmila has been developing its education programmes together with the Projekt Atol Institute.

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Art projects and residencies

Ljudmila's artistic endeavours, also often involving Projekt Atol, usually fall under new media art. It focuses on young artists, offering them technological and other support for their productions. Some of the artworks produced by Ljudmila are Neur-o-Matic, an awarded analogue media-art installation by Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica; and the interactive generative sound installation Time Displacement | Chemobrionic Garden, created by Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng and Ida Hiršenfelder, which was nominated for the STARTS Prize – the Grand Prize of the European Commission honouring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society Stimulated by the Arts.

The laboratory also organises artist residencies, inviting and hosting one artist from abroad per year. Participating residents have included Hannah Perner-Wilson, Peter Edwards, Servando Barrerio, Bengt Sjölén, James Powderly & Eun-Jung Son and Chris Sugrue.

Strictly Analog Festival and PIFcamp

In 2013 Ljudmila launched the Strictly Analog Festival, then an international joint project with partner institutions from Graz, Trieste and Tokyo as well as with the locally based Lighting Guerrilla Festival, MoTA Museum of Transitory Art and Projekt Atol Institute.

PIFcamp, a temporary hacker-base set in the idyllic valley of Trenta, Slovenia, was first set up in 2015. Hands-on workshops, presentations, field trips, artistic explorations and random gadget tinkerings take place in an atmospehere of collective research and creation. Participants are assisted by experienced local and international guests from different fields.

Theremidi Orchestra

As a result of a theremin and theremidi physical interface workshop at Ljudmila in 2011, the electronic noise ensemble Theremidi Orchestra was founded in 2011, in collaboration with Borut Savski from Cirkulacija 2. The Theremidi audiovisual public presentations at festivals are usually combined with open workshops on making DIY instruments and gadgets.

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Portals and digital agenda

On the behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Ljudmila runs two web portals: Culture.si, which offers information on Slovene cultural producers, venues, festivals and support services, all in one place; and Kulturnik.si, a digital aggregator and search engine for all things (Slovene) culture.

In 2013, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory was invited by the Ministry of Culture to collaborate with the National and University Library and Archives of the Republic of Slovenia and organise a line of discussions related to the Digital Agenda in the Field of Culture in order to identify the issues and outline basic standards and recommendations for a common strategy. The working group led by Ljudmila focused on data acessibility, while the other two groups discussed the processes of digitisation and permanent data preservation.

Ljudmila has also been collaborating with the Slovene Museum Society, organising discussions on museums and the web. It advises art institutions on web design, manages the servers infrastructure for various NGOs, and is generally interested in the developments of digital politics and policy.

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