Kunsthaus Graz
Friday, May 29, 2009


8 pm
Ballettikka Internettikka 2001-2009
by Igor Štromajer and Brane Zorman
Location: Media Kunst Labor

8.45 pm
Pecha Kucha Presentation
Marko Batista, Janez Janša, Neven Korda, Luka Prinčič / Nova deViator
Location: Media Kunst Labor

9.30 pm
Pixel Tattoos
Marko Batista, Neven Korda, Luka Prinčič / Nova deViator, Igor Štromajer
Location: BIX Media facade

Production and organization:

Aksioma - institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

In collaboration with: Kunsthaus Graz


M. Batista, Neven Korda, Luka Prinčič, Igor Štromajer

Pixel Tattoos will transform Kunsthaus Graz into a rhythmically pulsating tapestry of perceptual phenomena, piercing the urban space. Pixel Tattoos displays the interaction between the biomorphic architecture of the Kunsthaus and digital animations by four Slovenian media artists – Marko Batista, Igor Štromajer, Neven Korda and Luka Prinčič invited to the project by intermedia artist Janez Janša – who have been asked to face the unusual technical parameters offered by this peculiar medium.
The “minimalistic” and “limited” structure of the Kunsthaus façade creates a challenging surface for artistic expression, imparting an unconventional visual-spatial experience: a ghostly screen of dynamic light and reflection, an outer membrane where a particular “process of writing” and “exploration of the surface tension qualities” transpires.
The result is a dialogue between the two elements, a “conversation” happening neither inside the building nor outside but exactly on its skin.

photo: Landesmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Igor Štromajer + Brane Zorman
Ballettikka Internettikka

Ballettikka Internettikka is a series of tactical art projects which began in 2001 with the exploration of Internet ballet. It explores wireless Internet ballet performances combined with guerrilla tactics and mobile live Internet broadcasting strategies.
Ballettikka Internettikka uses impossible connections to develop the possible strategies of resistance and disobedience. The project participates in the already existing protocols of communication, yet without being servile to these protocols, it opens up links between emotionality and technology, production and ethics, desire and organization, imagination and institution. The distribution of politics and intimacy without any reason and purpose, with the use of limited, defined and controlled protocols is a dystopia and an unsubmissive revolt to the world of capital, which can be disarmed only by the use of its own tactics.


Slovenian Performative Media Art Slice

Forum Stardpark, Graz
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Starting at 10 pm

Three different creative minds meet, from different timezones and spaces. They are connected with a producer, but also with a fragmented common pasts, crisscrossing their paths - these all form a bricolage of work, memories, histories, sounds and images, methodologies and theories of work, of creation of situations. In some view, in some space and time they radicalize/d the common response to political situation, to state of the social strata, the intertwining of the private individual and a public polis. The debris of these radicalizations will scream from the past through a little window into Forum Stadtpark, a foreign site, a club moment, wondering if such cry makes any sense.

Production and organization:

Aksioma - institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
In collaboration with: Forum Stadtpark
Marko Batista is Ljubljana-London based mixed-media artist. Together with Miha Horvat (son:DA) he founded the multimedia group KLON:ART:RESISTANCE. Several projects researching the field of digital image transformation processes, networking data, displaced sound-scapes and hybrid structures have been presented at festivals, galleries and different urban places.

Marko Batista

Marko Batista's new video work presented in Pixel Tattoos is part of the series entitled “Displaced Objects and Hybrid Structures” in which the author focuses on the idea of tactical transportation and cybernetic mobility through specific modular events. Using contemporary architectural environments Batista introduces visual intervention as part of the hybrid structure based on so-called ‘meta’ relations and objects as being simultaneously real, social, and discursive formations. Artist, media theorist, and researcher Trebor Scholz explains that “Distributed real-time interaction strategies and negotiations for data sharing and processing are examples of dynamic systems with a high degree of complexity, just as culture itself can be viewed as a highly complex system.”


intervention on the Bix facade
Neven Korda is an artist working in the field of performance and projected arts. He researches, practices, records and worships pure art. He has a 100 % pure video practice and his visualizer is Barbato Kanak. He creates artificial situations with the need for live interaction of body, voice, sound and video, put through computer manipulation. He is also a director and author of theatre performances, auteur films, documentaries, videos. He is a mentor and presenter of video workshops. His activity also covers the area of archiving and conservation of video recordings.

Neven Korda
The Same New Story

Disorderly, perfect, difficult, speedy, hazy, stupid, banal.
The same new story. Do you love me? Can I trust you? We are talking about a modern attitude, modern immortality, modern future, modern fear, modern man, modern ...
O. K. The Greeks were important. The Egyptians also. And the Babylonians, too. But why are they so important? The Romans built the roads and they were also important ­– but why is that so? Cool, religious people, especially Jews, Christians and Muslims were important – but why? Hinduism, Buddhism were interesting and not so important – but why? The Nazis were dangerous but important, communists were not so important – but why dangerous? “The Same New Story” project consists of 176 words lying in a psd file – a job from 2003. This 3280 x 2460 pixels picture moves across a 960 x 370 screen hole (the BIX façade). In addition to it, there is a 720 x 576 pixels moving stream picture found in Genet’s film.

intervention on the Bix facade
Luka Prinčič is a musician, sound designer, media artist and performer. He is the author of audio-visual and electro-acoustic performances and multimedia actions in physical and mental-emotional spaces. His work focuses on the personally reflective and socially critical use of new technologies within contemporary audio-visual contexts. Recently, his interests lie in the performative and the critical intersection of subjectivity, technology, AV-media and sound/noise/music.

Luka Prinčič / Nova deViator

The basic questioning, almost a frustration behind this work is the struggle of how to ask questions (a contemporary art practice!) through a monster which is the facade of Graz's Kunsthaus. How is it, that a multimedia artist is faced with a challenge to ask something on a 56x25 resolution gray-scale display in times of HDTV (1920×1080 in millions of colours)? Sure, we love lo-fi and old-school pixel-art, we really do, but we need to focus on monstrosity ... How can an artist ask a question if a man is really an Oedipalized animal through a device which is interesting only because it has 930 neon lights that can flash as fast as 20 times per second in any intensity or because it is on a house dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary artistic production? Super toy or something to behold?


intervention on the Bix facade
Igor Štromajer is a multimedia artist and intimate mobile communicator. He researches tactical emotional states and intimate traumatic low-tech guerrilla strategies. He has exhibited his work at more than a hundred exhibitions in fifty countries and has received a number of awards. As guest-artist he lectures at universities and contemporary art institutes worldwide. His works are included in the permanent collections of numerous prestigious contemporary art institutions, museums and galleries.

Igor Štromajer
The Condition of the Working Class in England
(Die Lage der arbeitenden Klasse in England)

Working Men! To you I dedicate a work, a faithful picture of your condition, of your sufferings and struggles, of your hopes and prospects. I wanted to see you in your own homes, to observe you in your everyday life, to chat with you on your condition and grievances, to witness your struggles against the social and political power of your oppressors. Having, at the same time, ample opportunity to watch the middle-classes, your opponents, I soon came to the conclusion that you are perfectly right in expecting no support whatsoever from them. Their interests are diametrically opposed to yours. Their doings give them the lie. Have they ever paid any serious attention to your grievances? Indeed not, those are things they do not like to speak of – they have left it to a foreigner to inform the civilised world of the degrading situation you have to live in. Go on then, as you have done hitherto. Much remains to be undergone; be firm, be undaunted – your success is certain, and no step you will have to take in your onward march will be lost to our common cause, the cause of Humanity!


intervention on the Bix facade