Resilience. The 7th edition gives prominence to practices that can be seen as analogous to the concept of resilience, i.e., community-oriented, site-specific, participatory, performative, architectural, social, civic and other discursive practices exploring new (or revived) community principles, such as the "do-it-together", urban gardening, and co-working, as well as the fundamental social question of how we coexist.
curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
Artists Club (Thibaut Espiau, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Grégoire Motte) / Art of CoLiving (Nomad Dance Academy, The Public Office, CoFestival) / Nika Autor, Lidija Radojević, Ciril Oberstar, Jelena Petrović / BioTehna, Platform of Artistic Research of Life Systems / Mare Bulc & Matej Recer / Bunker & Mladi Levi Festival / Jasmina Cibic / Miha Ciglar / Cluster (CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge; CA2M Centro Dos de Mayo, Madrid; Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon; Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers; P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, Center and Gallery P74/Kapsula, Ljubljana; The Showroom, London; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm) / Ana Čigon / Maja Delak & Luka Prinčič and collaborators Loup Abramovici, Claudia Fancello, Matija Ferlin, Janez Janša, Maja Smrekar, Maja Šorli, Urška Vohar / Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita / Aleksandra Domanović / Eat-art Collective (Loup Abramovici, Bara Kolenc, Rado Jaušovec, Teja Reba) / Tomaž Furlan / G-FART / Meta Grgurević & Urša Vidic / Elvis Halilović/ONDU / Maja Hodošček / Ištvan Išt Huzjan / Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba / KUD C3 (Boštjan Bugarič, Tina Cotič, Nina Mršnik, Domen Grögl) / KUD Mreža/Galerija Alkatraz / KUD Obrat (Stefan Doepner, Urška Jurman, Polonca Lovšin, Apolonija Šušteršič) / Sebastjan Leban & Staš Kleindienst / Luiza Margan / Maska / Matija Plevnik, Kaja Avberšek & Srečko / Tjaša Pogačar Podgornik, Andrej Škufca / Marta Popivoda / Mark Požlep & JAŠA / prostoRož / RÁTNEEK (Maja Prelog, Blaž Murn, Tomaž Lešnjak) / The Resilients (some people on a journey through spacetimeness)/resilients.net (Abrahamsberg, Bazo, Biederman, Bizjak, Borrisova, Boykett, Černigoj, Colapinto, Cortese, Gaffney, Jashari, Karelse, Kim, Kuzmanovic, Marovt, Peljhan, Stopar, Veber, Yerkes, Wan Rosli and others) / RogLab - pilot project for the future Center Rog / Simona Semenič & Mare Bulc / Nina Slejko Blom / Tina Smrekar / Dejan Srhoj / STEGNAR, HORVAT & FAMILY (Marko Batista, Nataša Berk, Primož Bezjak, Mojca Lešnik, Luka Prinčič, Veli Silver, Toni Soprano, Nataša Živković & PERFORMA Festival) / Studio 6 with OFFTIR (Neža Jurman, Miha Kelemina, Jasna Jernejšek, Lenka Đorojević, Jernej Kaluža, Pia Brezavšček, Bojan Stefanović, Blaž Božič Boško, Matej Stupica, Staš Vrenko, Andraž Magajna Želc, Dejan Koban, Jaka Berger, Arnold Marko, Jonas A. Žabkar, Simon Bergoč, and others) / Matej Stupica / Theremidi Orchestra (Ida Hiršenfelder, Dare Pejić, Robertina Šebjanič, Tina Dolinšek, Isac Petruzzi, Saša Spačal, Dušan Zidar, Ian Soroka, Luka Frelih, Tilen Sepič, Simon Bergoč) / Irena Tomažin / Noemi Veberič Levovnik / VIA NEGATIVA (Loup Abramovici & Tomaž Grom, Kristian Al Droubi & Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Barbara Kukovec), Workers-Punks' University.
In recent years the concept of resilience has grown out of the global trend of developing sustainability in the societies of the global North. In natural sciences or physics, a resilient body is described as flexible, durable, and capable of springing back to its original form and transforming the energy received into its own reconstruction (a good example of this is the sponge). In psychology, resilience refers to the subject's ability to recover their original state relatively quickly after some significant stress or shock and continuing with the processes of self-realization without a major setback. Resilience is more than just the ability to adapt, promoted by the concept of the flexible subject over the past two decades, which was adopted by corporate capitalism and triggered the precarious mass movement of laborers. Resilience encompasses exploring reciprocal dependence and finding one's political and socio-ecological place in a world that is out of balance and creates increasingly disadvantageous living conditions. Rather than trying to find global solutions for some indefinite future or projecting a possible perfect balance, resilient thinking focuses on the diversity of practical solutions for the here and now, and on the cooperation and creativity of everyone involved in a community or society.
The 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia gives prominence to practices that can be seen as analogous to the concept of resilience, i.e., community-oriented, site-specific, participatory, performative, architectural, social, civic and other discursive practices exploring new (or revived) community principles, such as the "do-it-together", urban gardening, and co-working, as well as the fundamental social question of how we coexist. Blending work and everyday life forms the basis of new economic, ethical, and production principles that the younger generation of artists uses to transform the role of the creative subject in contemporary Slovenian society. On the one hand this opens dialogues with biotechnology, critical theory, and political activism, underscoring, on the other hand, the cyclic nature of time by reviving traditional knowledge and techniques. Occurring across many platforms - the exhibition, performative projects, discussions - the triennial also gives the young generations an opportunity to express their potential through addressing urgent local and global socio-political problems and contributing to the debate in and over existing Slovenian cultural policy.
Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez is a Paris-based independent curator. She graduated from the University of Ljubljana with degrees in comparative literature and art history, and obtained her Master's degree in the theory of art at the EHESS in Paris. As a curator, Petrešin-Bachelez has worked in Paris at the Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Le Plateau/FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris Photo, and was co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers between 2010 and 2012. Since 2006 she has co-organized the seminar Something You Should Know at the EHESS in Paris, with Patricia Falguieres, Elisabeth Lebovici and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Among other projects, she has collaborated as a curator with the Lyon Biennial (2007) and curated exhibitions for Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana (2004), Living Art Museum, Reykjavik (2006), De Appel, Amsterdam (2007), Transmediale, Berlin (2008), Mala galerija, Ljubljana (2010), ICI, New York (2012). Since 2011 she has been the editor-in-chief of the Manifesta Journal.
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM), Maistrova 3, Ljubljana, on Thursday, 20 June 2013 at 8 p.m.. The opening speech will be delivered by Mr. Uroš Grilc, PhD, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.
8:30 - 10 p.m.: Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba, Sofa, performance, +MSUM
8:45 - 11 p.m.: Mark Požlep & JAŠA, Gods Came for Dinner Last Night, inauguration of a monument, the ceremony organized in collaboration with Tibor Hrs Pandur and Kalu with guests, museum square
9:30 - 11 p.m.: members and collaborators of OFFTIR, Liminale, Studio 6, Center for Contemporary Arts SCCA-Ljubljana, Project Room
For the whole program of performative projects and public debates please see:
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM)
Maistrova 3, 1000 Ljubljana
Center for Contemporary Arts SCCA-Ljubljana: Project Room
Metelkova 6, 1000 Ljubljana
Stari trg 21, 1000 Ljubljana