Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory
|Društvo Ljudmila, laboratorij za znanost in umetnost|
|Slovenska 54, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Luka Frelih, President|
|Živa Zupan, First Secretary|
|Tina Dolinšek, Art Programme Coordinator|
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- European Art-Science-Technology Network for Digital Creativity, 2017
- Changing Weathers, 2014
- 20 March to 22 March 2017
The interactive sound installation Time Displacement: Chemobrionic Garden and artist talk by
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- 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 , in ,
- 30 September to 2 October 2016
Creative Commons Slovenia), Dare Pejič (Creative Commons Slovenia) and Saša Kranjc (Creative Commons Slovenia, IPI Institute) at the Creative Commons Europe Meeting at , in ,
programme (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory,
- 8 September to 18 September 2016
Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator by Projekt Atol Institute, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), Miserable Machines: Soot-o-mat by , and Anatomy of Frozen Genesis by within the Ars Electronica Festival 2016 at in ,
programme and at the CyberArts exhibition, Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden by , and (
- 23 August to 28 August 2016
Light Oscilator by Strip Core/Forum Ljubljana) at the Bella Skyway Festival, co-organised the Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute, at in ,
- 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 in ,
- 16 October to 17 October 2015
programme (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory) among the speakers at the Beyond the Obvious Annual Conference by Culture Action Europe at , in ,
- 24 September to 4 October 2015
Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator by Kapelica Gallery), organised in collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, at , in ,
programme , Liminoid by and (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), and Self-Portrait by at the festival Device_art 5.015, with curator (
- 11 September to 13 September 2015
Projects In parallel by Projekt Atol Institute), and the workshop Clouds by (Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana) at the festival Lumina at , , in ,
programme and , Soundlighter by ( and ) and aka (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory and
- 5 September 2015
A presentation by
programme (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory) at the Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy: 2nd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation within Ars Electronica 2015 at , in ,
- 28 October 2014
An artist talk by artist-in-residence Culture.si by (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv, at in ,
programme and a presentation of the portal
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, , , , , , , , and .
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.
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 & ; and the interactive generative sound installation Time Displacement | Chemobrionic Garden, created by , and , 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.
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.
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.
- Strictly Analog Festival
- Theremidi Orchestra
- Projekt Atol Institute
- Creative Commons Slovenia
- Ljudmila - Ljubljana Digital Media Lab (further history of the laboratory)
- Ljudmila Lab website
- Powered by Ljudmila - exhibition at City Art Gallery Ljubljana in June 2011
- Documents of the programme Digital Agenda in the Field of Culture, 2013 (in Slovenian)
- The final document Digitalisation Guidelines – Cultural Heritage Long-term Preservation and Access (in Slovenian)