This year’s exhibition Digital Transfers is special, as it is already the fourth presentation of new media projects of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design from Ljubljana. In the past three years, thirty inter-media projects have resulted from the collaborative efforts of thirty-one students and sixty-six external collaborators – programmers from the Faculty of Computer and Information Science (FCIS) of the University of Ljubljana and its Computer Vision Laboratory.
Through all these years, we have developed and invented new models of production and networking, while planning new presentation strategies and transferring projects from laboratories to galleries and other public venues in Ljubljana. In order to ensure the continuous presentation of research projects that require a high level of expertise, we established a link with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and its Laboratory for Robotics. We organised an interdisciplinary seminar/workshop, where both artistic concept and scientific methods were presented. Altogether, seven robotics projects were completed.
This is an exceptional project, which opens up the paradigm of interdisciplinary study, in our case combining media arts and science. The exhibition DIGITAL TRANSFERS 4 in Škuc Gallery will present only three projects, while all of them will be presented under the title ARTROBOLAB in KSEVT- the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies in Vitanje this autumn. There, we wish to present a research module which synthesises different educational, research and artistic concepts. In addition to eight students from the Faculty of Arts and Design, nineteen students from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, nineteen mentors from this faculty, the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, the Jožef Stefan Institute, URI in ABB.
This year’s selection should be seen as oriented towards the future, when no one will ask certain projects are more artistic than scientific. We have begun to open an intermediate space for dialogue to ask questions about the essence of the scientific in art and the artistic in science.
KRISTJAN DOLENC, DAVID PIRNAT, MAŠA ŽELJKO: “Emotions I,II,III”
A group interactive video installation that provides a reference framework where the viewer is in an identification field with some basic emotions, which is constantly involved in a network of communication channels of changing feelings as a non-material entity and a performance in the presence of potential time.
KLARA KOTNIK: “Free speech area”
An interactive installation in the gallery and in a public outdoor space. The participant is connected to the new media communication of “being-in-the-world” and implies interest and active participation in current protests.
ERIKA PAVLIN: “From Illustration to Interactive Installation”
The smart table is based on educational content which enables young visitors to assemble puzzles via an interactive screen. The image is composed through inter-subjectivity as a meeting point between the observer and the image. The programme will be accessible to the public and can also be used for special needs students.
INGRID ROZMAN: “Music Mill”
A new media robotic object intended to transfer a scientific paradigm into ethical and aesthetic fields, thereby creating three ecologies: environmental, social and mental. Dali’s painting “The Burning Giraffe” is recycled as disused PC components, which are re-programmed to create a melody.
DAVID WRATNY: “Looking through a double mirror”
An interactive new media installation where the viewer is digitalised and placed in the space of a traditional painting. Everything is governed by real time. The interactive interfaces are here to finish the work alone, While drawing attention to, and questioning, the issue of the real and imaginary.
DAVID WRATNY: “The Streets of Piran”
In this interactive spatial installation, visitors enter views of the town via a cursor connected to ‘kinect’ motion sensor. The project can be experienced both as an interactive video project and as a current signifier producing subjectivity.
MONIKA ZABRET: “Chinese Zodiac”
The drawing is constituted as a metaphor for reshaped representations, which enable the recipient to see universal verbal images – an algorhythm as visual poetry generated by the programme.
TJAŠA ZMRZLAK: “Bellboy of Concurrence”
Interaction between a robot-fellow traveller and human visitor. In a techno-performance, the robot develops a musical instrument from its software, using glasses with varying volumes of liquid, where tones are played differently each time at different height as a coincidence matrix.
The complex laboratory experiment is transferred to a gallery.
Head of the Department for Video and New Media
Prof. Srečo Dragan
Students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Department of video and new media):
Kristjan Dolenc, Klara Kotnik,Erika Paulin, David Pirnat, Ingrid Rozman,David Wratny, Monika Zabret, Tjaša Zmrzlak, Maša Željko
Students of the Faculty of Computer and Information Science (Computer Vision Laboratory):
Blaž Bahar, Janes Bindas, Žiga Elsner, Vesna Glavač, Tadej Jagodnik, Gregor Majcen, Dominik Pangeršič, Domen Petrič, Erik Plestenjak, Gregor Potočnik, Matej Rojko
Students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (Laboratory for Robotics):
Nino Hribar, Andrej Juvan, Luka Kepic, Grega Logar, Luka Mrljak, Tomaž Pekljaj
FRI: Franc Solina
FE: Tadej Bajd, Jadran Lenarčič, Matjaž Mihelj
ALUO: Srečo Dragan
FE: Janez Podobnik, Jaka Ziherl
FRI: Aleš Jaklič, Borut Batagelj, Bojan Klemenc, Robert Ravnik
IJS: Bojan Nemec, Luka Peternel, Fares Abu-Dakka
ABB: Robert Logar
URI: Matjaž Zadravec
The exhibition is a cooperation of:
LOGO: ALUO, FRI, FER