Maja Smrekar
History of the Future

New media installation

Aksioma | Project Space
Komenskega 18, Ljubljana
10 – 25 January 2012

Exhibition opening:
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 at 7 PM


“History of the Future” takes us on a temporal journey through the cinematic archive of international science-fiction production, organised as a multi-media presentation of content-based clusters of representations of possible realities of the future and the present, which follow chronologically from 1895 until 2009, and they appear on a time line in the future, which ends in the year of 802,701. The interactive infrastructure of the multi-media installation offers the user a selection of contents, within which the author presents the socio-political contexts that shaped the zeitgeist of each historical period in which the selected films were made. The presentation transpires in the form of a video lecture and in the style of philoscifi (= the philosophy of science fiction). Through the topics of sociological and media structure of popular culture, the author in this project explores the anthropology of fear as it relates to the changes in the perception of nature, technology and, consequently, social psychodynamics through the phenomenology of the perception of time, which, in the January instalment of the project, she will offer to the viewer as a presentation of the juxtaposition of linearity and laterality.

Maja Smrekar was born 1978 in Slovenia, 2005 graduated at the Sculpture Department of Fine Art Academy in Ljubljana, currently finishing MA at the New Media Department. Her main interest is based at the phenomenology of perception which she first started reseraching through space phenomena by composing live video among various collaborations in interactive sound/visual projects with other artists. Her main artistic focus remains at the intermedia art field. Among others, she has been collaborating with Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana for the last five years and with Aksioma Institute for the last two years. Under their production she has executed projects within which she was researching frequency phenomena through biofeedback and thelematic presence in relations to body, privacy and (inter)subjective perception of space. During the last two years she has been developing projects within the field of bioart with focus on living organisms. In 2010 she organised International Festival HAIP10/New Nature which has been focussed to interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration ethics between scientists and artists. The festival took place at Multimedia Centre Cyberpipe in Ljubljana where she has been active as an artistic director for two years. Maja Smrekar currently lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Concept and execution: Maja Smrekar
Consulting: Vuk Ćosić
CGP, programming and graphic design: Luka Marčetič
Installation design: Maja Smrekar and Andrej Strehovec
Photographer: Borut Peterlin
Technical planning: Andrej Strehovec
Technical realization: RPS d.o.o.
Thanks: Louis Barçon, Rok Čančer, Ida Hiršenfelder

Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2011

Artistic director: Janez Janša
Executive producer: Marcela Okretič
Public relations: Mojca Zupanič
Technical support: Valter Udovičić
Assistant: Sonja Grdina

Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.

Sponsor: Datacenter d.o.o.

This event is organized in the framework of ARSCOPE (Art-Science Co-OPeration Environment) project co-financed by the EU Culture programme and implemented in partnership of TAKOMAT (DE), CIANT (CZ) and AKSIOMA (SI).

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

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