SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts


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SCCA, Zavod za sodobno umetnost - Ljubljana
Metelkova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 431 8385
Fax386 (0) 1 430 0629
Dušan Dovč, Director
Barbara Borčić, Advisor
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  • Not yet written stories – women artists’ archives online, 2019
    Project summary

Past Events
  • 24 April to 25 April 2019
    Annual meeting of the members of the On the Move Network, and the Mobility and Culture in the Age of the Climate Changes conference, among participants Dušan Dovč (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts), at Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 6 April to 12 April 2019
    Artists’ Films – artRESOLUTION, conversations, video and film projections and Video Discipline & Dreams, selection from DIVA Station video archive by Barbara Borčić (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts), at Cultural Center of Belgrade (cinema and foyer) in Belgrade, Serbia more
  • 7 June to 8 June 2018
    Barbara Borčić (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) presents the project DIVA Station and two cases of Slovenian media/video practices (Miha Vipotnik and Laibach-Kunst) at the Revisiting Heritage conference at National Museum in Warsaw, Poland
  • 11 May 2018
    The screening of the video program The World Is Obliged to Live You II, curated by Anita Budimir; the presentation of the DIVA Station video archive and discussion with the archive's co-workers Barbara Borčić, Vesna Bukovec, and Dušan Dovč (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at MM Centar Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 26 January to 25 February 2018
    An exhibition of video works Projected Visions. From art in the urban context to fiction and dystopia, a part of the project, curated by Barbara Borčić, DIVA Station, SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, Miha Štrukelj's installation, Neja Tomšič's performance and and GardenWALK by Irena Pivka/Brane Zorman (Cona Institute), co-organised by Apollonia, European Art Exchanges, at Apollonia Venue in Strasbourg, France
  • 7 June 2017
    DIVA Station video archive on tour, a presentation of the archive, Videospotting video program and discussion, coorganised by the Ursula Blickle Video Archiv and SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts in cooperation with the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA) and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, at Blickle Kino at the 21er Haus in Vienna, Austria
  • 28 February to 15 July 2017
    Contemporary Artistic Revolutions: An Institutional Perspective, an exhibition featuring works by Irwin, Novi kolektivizem (NK) and Janja Žvegelj and conference attended by Barbara Borčić presenting SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Urbanaria projects, as well as Tevž Logar and Vladimir Vidmar (ŠKUC Gallery), at AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 4 December 2016
    A presentation of DIVA Station by curator Barbara Borčić, artist Emil Memon (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) and film maker Powel Wojtasik and a screening of the curated programme DIVA Station Presents No 3 at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in New York, USA
  • 2 December 2016
    A presentation of DIVA Station by Luka Polutnik (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at a round table discussion in the framework of the international project Archive as Practice at Klub Booksa in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 30 November 2016
    A presentation of DIVA Station by Luka Polutnik (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at a round table discussion in the framework of the international project Archive as Practice at Remont Independent Art Association in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 16 November 2016
    Curator Barbara Borčić (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) and video artist and director Nataša Prosenc Stearns present DIVA Station at LACE in Los Angeles, USA
  • 25 May to 26 May 2016
    Barbara Borčić (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) presents the project DIVA Station at the international symposium The Emergence of Video Art in Europe: history, theory, sources and archives at Bibliothèque nationale de France, Galerie Colbert in Paris, France
  • 13 April to 13 June 2016
    Museum On/Off, an exhibition featuring issues of PlatformaSCCA, curated by Mara Ambrožič (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at Centre Pompidou in Paris, France
  • 5 November to 6 November 2015
    Metka Dariš (Slovenian Cinematheque), Barbara Borčić (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) present the Slovenian Cinematheque and the DIVA Station, respectively, at the international symposium Museums of Film / Film in the Museum at Museum Documentation Centre in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 25 September 2015
    DIVA Station (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at the 4th edition of Archiving Media Art: Politics and Strategies within the conference Video Matters at Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Germany
  • 27 July to 8 August 2015
    Barbara Borčić, Dušan Dovč, Miha Kelemina and Simona Žvanut visit Manila in the framework of the project Curating-In-Depth, co-organised by SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Manila, Philippines
  • 16 June to 18 June 2015
    Lectures by Saša Nabergoj (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at the 2015 Summer Course in Curatorial Practice Venice at The School for Curatorial Studies Venice in Venice, Italy
  • 15 June to 7 July 2015
    Race with Time 2. Performance in a Rear-view Mirror, an exhibition of works by a number of Slovene authors curated by Barbara Borčić and produced by SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, and a presentation and screening of DIVA Station at Grey) (area - space of contemporary and media art in Korčula, Croatia
  • 8 June to 10 June 2015
    A presentation of DIVA Station and World of Art: School for Contemporary Arts by Barbara Borčić (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) and an exhibition featuring the works of artist Petra Varl at the 2nd CEE Countries Contemporary Art Works Exhibition and CEE Countries Art Museums Curator Forum at Ningbo Museum of Art in Ningbo, China
  • 20 March to 22 March 2015
    A lecture and workshop by Saša Nabergoj (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts), in the framework of the project Curatorial Dictionary: Case Studies at Mayakovsky 102 open office in Budapest, Hungary
  • 29 November 2014
    A lecture by and discussion with Saša Nabergoj (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at the LOCIS seminar at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland
  • 30 October to 10 November 2014
    A presentation of DIVA Station (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) as well as a workshop by Barbara Borčić, Dušan Dovč, Nika Grabar, and Ida Hiršenfelder, a screening of the video essay DIVA at ŠKUC Gallery by Nika Grabar and a première of two video programmes Industrial Landscape, curated by Miha Colner, and Feedback Loop, curated by Ida Hiršenfelder, at Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 14 October 2014
    Portizmir 3 in curated world of art, a lecture by curator Saša Nabergoj (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts), at Miroslav Kraljević Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 17 September to 18 September 2014
    A talk with and a workshop by curator Saša Nabergoj (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at HIAP Cable Factory Studios in Helsinki, Finland
  • 14 November 2013
    The presentation and screening Ljubljana Alternative Scene by Barbara Borčić (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) at Künstlerhaus in Graz, Austria
  • 28 October to 29 October 2013
    Launch of Intimising Dance, a performance programme Videospotting curated by SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, at the TransDance Festival 2013 in Cairo, Egypt
  • 7 June to 14 July 2013
    DIVA Station archive at the exhibition Video, Televison, Anticipation and a presentation by Barbara Borčić, head of SCCA video programmes and the DIVA Station archive, at Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1 June 2012
    Self-historicisation as Artistic Practice: The Case of Irwin, workshop with Saša Nabergoj, SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts in collaboration with the History of Art Department, University College London at Calvert 22 Gallery in London, United Kingdom
  • 11 October to 16 October 2011
    Open Studio Izmir, a collaborative project between SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts and K2 Contemporary Art Center Izmir, presents SCCA's public programme related to videodance, sound and performance in Izmir, Turkey
  • 28 April 2011
    Presentation of the DIVA Station media archive by SCCA-Ljubljana at LUX (3rd Floor) - Shacklewell Studios in London, United Kingdom
  • 16 August to 20 August 2010
    SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts at the 'Journ Art Cooperative Conference in Ohrid, Macedonia

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Established in 2000, SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts (a successor to the Soros Centre for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana, 1993–1999) is a generator of innovative programmes and services that facilitate artistic and interpretative practices. Its diverse activities address artists, curators, theorists, and critics in the fields of visual and new media arts. They trigger discursive and social practices and are rooted in the interdisciplinary approach and intense international cooperation. SCCA-Ljubljana divides its programme into four complementary areas: projects, video/archive, school and services.


Since 1994 SCCA-Ljubljana has also been conceiving public projects that tackle issues of documentation, presentation and reflection of contemporary arts practices. The projects function as public platforms that enable debates and/or presentations.


Alternative ways of display and public presentations of artistic practices are organised in the SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts Project Room within the "No Nails, No Pedestals" and "Studio 6" programmes. The latter presents curatorial dialogues (e.g., Jurij Krpan with Polona Tratnik, Nevenka Šivavec with Andreja Džakušič). Apart from personal exhibitions, topical curatorial projects are developed as well (e.g., Female Artist – the Art of Survival).

SCCA-Ljubljana also cooperates with plenty other Slovene and international galleries and art spaces. Usually the exhibition projects are connected with another of SCCA-Ljubljana's programmes. In winter 2009 the Alkatraz Gallery featured the group exhibition Around the world of art in 4.380 days curated by Saša Nabergoj, a complex overview of the 12-year-history of World of Art: School for Contemporary Arts assembling selected art works and documentary material from video and audio archive of numerous events, exhibitions, workshops and lectures from this unique educational programme in Slovenia (see more below).

SCCA-Ljubljana occasionally also prepares exhibitions in the Match Gallery or Škuc Gallery.

Documentation, archives and public presentations

Some of the SCCA-Ljubljana projects have introduced new aspects of art documentation. Since 1997 the work of 23 Slovene artists and artistic groups have been presented in the Internet Portfolio, an innovative online project, conceptually deriving from the specifics of the Internet features.

SCCA-Ljubljana also specialises in video art. Since 1996 it has prepared Videospotting, survey and thematic programmes of Slovene video art, which are rooted in the acclaimed pioneer documentation project Videodokument: Video art in Slovenia 1969–1998 (a catalogue with documentation, a book of essays, a CD-ROM and a website). The centre prepares tailored curatorial projects for the hosting spaces such as The Foundation & Gallery 3.14, Bergen (Norway), where in 2008 it featured the video exhibition, presentation and lecture by Barbara Borčić entitled VS_BERGEN that showed works of three curated programmes Videodokument_Presents, Eyedentify Yourself, and Creatures II.

Recently SCCA-Ljubljana has developed DIVA Station, a new umbrella platform for the above programmes, which is also a partner archive of GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art), an international Internet platform, which brings together European video and media archives to make them more visible and easily accessible. The Diva Station premièred at Škuc Gallery in June 2009.


Occasionally some of the SCCA-Ljubljana activities demand a thorough reflection. Since there is no academic institution in Slovenia that systematically covers the issues of contemporary arts, SCCA-Ljubljana pioneers in the field by articulating and addressing particular topics. Its efforts contribute considerably to the understanding of contemporary art practice and its context. In the past decade SCCA-Ljubljana's researches have covered the geopolitical notion of the arts (What Is to Be Done with “Balkan Art”?, from 2003), the archiving of the artworks in the light of digitalisation (What is to Be Done with AV Archives?, What Is Going on Concerning AV Archives?, 2005 and 2007), and the impact of the large-scale cultural event on the local community (Manifesta in Our Backyard, 1999–2002). Some of them were wrapped up in the special issues of its (now defunct) Platforma SCCA magazine.


SCCA-Ljubljana's school activities comprise the annual World of Art: School for Contemporary Arts, the SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts Library with a Videotheque and occasional workshops with Slovene and international mentors, tutors and lecturers like Mike Hentz, Miško Šuvaković, Ivana Keser (since 2000). The World of Art: School for Contemporary Arts is unique in Slovenia and pioneering in the broader region of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. Deriving from the curatorial expertise it offers practical skills and theoretical education in the field of contemporary arts.


Recently SCCA-Ljubljana has also cooperated with Ljudmila - Ljubljana Digital Media Lab as the co-producer of the workshop of critical writing for new media arts entitled "art[click]+ika" and is one of partners of international programme On-AiR, a European tool for artists offering seminars, mobility workshops and training programmes on artist-in-residence opportunities featured occasionally between May 2010 and April 2012.

Library and videotheque

The SCCA-Ljubljana library holds books, catalogues, and periodicals on contemporary art, art theory, and topics of curatorial practices with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe as well as Asia. It includes a videotheque, a study video and audio archive (analogue and digital) of contemporary arts with a focus on video art of mainly Slovene artists (see Videodokument).


SCCA-Ljubljana offers information and manages services in respect to various competitions for artists and cultural organisations (e.g., ArtsLink Awards). All of its service activities complement each other, representing a comprehensive information and advisory support system for arts and culture. The main characteristic of all its programmes is open and free access for all users operating in Slovenia and worldwide.

Beside its own online services and Evrokultura, SCCA-Ljubljana also manages the Cultural Contact Point Slovenia, offering information and administering applications for EU funding schemes such as the Culture Programme. Since 2008 it runs also the Cultural Point ALF for Slovenia (Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation (ALF)).

International co-production and networking

SCCA-Ljubljana is currently active as co-producer and partner of the new biennial of contemporary arts in the Balkan region entitled D-O ARK Underground, which is starting in May 2011 in Konjic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and is accompanied by a special programme starting in September 2010.

It has been engaged also in the "Gateway to Archives of Media Art" (GAMA) project, which provides access to a wealth of information about the works of both well-known and emerging media artists from European collections of media art.

SCCA-Ljubljana is a member of the Culture Action Europe, Brussels (CAE), Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation (ALF), International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Luksemburg (IKT), the International Contemporary Art Network (ICAN), the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH), the (International Encounters on Arts and Media Network (RAMI) as well as the Asociacija the Association of Arts and Culture NGOs and Freelancers in Ljubljana.

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