Obrat Association

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Contact info
KUD Obrat
Pod hruško 4, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Urška Jurman, Coordinator
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Past Events
  • 12 July 2015
    The project Golden Egg by Polonca Lovšin (Obrat Association) at Agora Project Space in Berlin, Germany
  • 29 June to 12 July 2015
    Lectures by Rok Oman and Polonca Lovšin (Obrat Association) and the workshop Sentefaction also by Polonca Lovšin at the Prishtina Architecture Week in Pristina, Kosovo
  • 15 March to 24 May 2014
    Measures of Saving the World_Part 5, a joint exhibition also featuring works by Polonca Lovšin (Obrat Association), at Rotor in Graz, Austria
  • 22 June to 6 October 2013
    Apolonija Šušteršič (Obrat Association) with the project PLAY_LAND and Marjetica Potrč with the project Between the Waters at the Emscherkunst 2013 in Essen, Oberhausen, Germany
  • 12 May to 26 June 2011
    Polonca Lovšin, member of the Obrat Association, participates on the Elektrisierende Traeume exhibition at Kunstverein Gera in Gera, Germany
  • 23 September to 1 October 2010
    The works by Miha Ciglar, Stefan Doepner, Sanela Jahić, Janez Janša, Borut Savski and Sašo Sedlaček, coorganised by Kapelica Gallery at the Device_Art 3.010 Festival at Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and SuperDeluxe, Waseda University Toyama Campus in Tokyo, Japan
    programme organiser

Established in 2006 in Ljubljana, the Obrat Association is a non-profit organisation of four artists (Polonca Lovšin, Tomaž Tomažin, Stefan Doepner, Apolonija Šušteršič) and curator and critic Urška Jurman that addresses diverse issues of contemporary art and society. It works as platform for production, research, presentation, and education.


The idea for the Obrat Association started in 2004 as a collaboration between Polonca Lovšin and Urška Jurman who together realised the transdisciplinary project Ready 2 Change at P74 Centre and Gallery comprising a temporary artist-in-residence, exhibition, lectures, presentations and workshops. The intention of Ready2Change was to provide a multi-faceted insight into the issues of possible life alternatives and innovative approaches to all kinds of systems that govern our everyday lives. An outcome of the project was the book Ready 2 Change, published by Maska Institute.


Most of the Obrat Association's projects are produced in cooperation with other national and international institutions. In May 2010 Stefan Doepner presented the newest work Walking Tent – Robot Partner 4.0 in front of the Alkatraz Gallery at Metelkova mesto Autonomous Cultural Zone. The work was also discussed in the project Expanded Cirkulacija 2 Concourse. Another project Küchenmaschinen auf Abwegen from the series Robot Partners by Doepner was presented in spring 2010 at Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich (Switzerland). In August 2010 the association collaborated on the Garden by the Way project within the Mladi levi Festival.

In 2009 Polonca Lovšin featured the solo exhibition Bees, Cows, Lemons and Potato Peelings at P74 Centre and Gallery in Ljubljana, where she continues with her interest to rethink the relationship between urban/rural, and to develop small, low-tech inventions for everyday life. At the same time, she calls attention to the urgent necessity for using natural energy sources, local knowledge and simple solutions, which are founded on the principle of Do-It-Yourself.

The Obrat Association has prepared additional projects such as Relocation, Space Practices and Politics, Rotating Instruments, Dinamo Door Dance, Seven Ordinary Things, Series 360, or Complaints Choir of Ljubljana. All are well documented on the association website. In 2011 the Architects' Bulletin (ab) invited KUD Obrat to conceive a thematic issue of this biannual journal. Urška Jurman and Apolonija Šušteršič dedicated it to the phenomenon of participation in architecture and urbanism.

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