Programme
Thursday, 10 December 2020

8 pm: Opening of the exhibition HOSPOTS and official launch of Pixxelpoint 2020
Nova Gorica City Art Gallery and the Rotunda of the Slovenian National Theatre in Nova Gorica
The exhibition will feature:
AformX, Aphra Tesla Operating System, Beam Team (Stella Ivšek, Anja Romih), BridA/Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica, Marko Batista, Martin Bricelj Baraga, DDTLab, Brad Downey, Luka Frelih, Valerie Wolf Gang, Karlo Hmeljak, Uja Irgolič, Sanela Jahić, Marko A. Kovačič, Tomo Križnar, Bojana Pivk Križnar, Miroslav Ničić, Simina Oprescu, Marko Ornik, Julia Schneider, Tilen Sepič, Jože Slaček, son:DA, Marko Vivoda, Aleš Zupanc, Lena Kadriye Ziyal

Friday, 11 December 2020

6 pm: Jata C: Bibaret JC210120, sound performance (livestream)
KLUB Teater, Nova Gorica
In their performance, the artists will listen to creatures that are capable of complete body metamorphosis and cohabit with other species in co-dependency. Employing audio perception, they will attempt to introduce their own, artistic insights in the form of speculative thought and creativity around the theme of our close co-existence with bugs and arthropods

Saturday, 12 December 2020

8 pm: Jasna Hribernik, Ljoba Jenče: Communication Echolocation, audio-visual performance (livestream)
Grand Hall of the Nova Gorica Cultural Centre
In cooperation with: Mark Franklin/The Oceania Project, Borut Čelik, Assist. Prof. Dr. Andreea Oarga-Mulec, University of Nova Gorica, Assist. Prof. Dr. Janez Mulec, ZRC SAZU, Tomaž Šimnovec, and Zala Zio Lenardič.

Sunday, 13 December 2020

4 pm: Lavoslava Benčić: Integrated practices in art and science, online lecture
The artist will present the history, main authors, and techniques of graphic sound.

5.30 pm-7 pm: Lavoslava Benčić: Graphic sound workshop, online workshop
Participants in this e-workshop will create sound structures. The workshop is designed primarily for creators without prior knowledge of and experience in composing. The participants join with their own computers via Zoom after installing the required free software. The maximum number of participants is 10. Registration at pixxelpoint@kulturnidom-ng.si is on a first come, first served basis. Deadline for registration: 11 December 2020.

Monday, 14 December 2020

7 pm: Valerie Wolf Gang: Absence of sensory perception in the post-Covid period of new global change, live online debate
Moderator: Ida Hiršenfelder
Global changes in how society works and the rapid response to the pandemic situation have pushed us virtually overnight into an even closer symbiosis with modern technology. The artist embarks on an investigative process to find a replacement for the absence of sensory perception, offering potential solutions and alternatives that might substitute for this important segment of modern society, while at the same time raising questions for the general public regarding the consequences of the current global lifestyle changes and adaptations to life without physical contact. The principal question at this moment is whether we are truly ready for such change and whether our brains can keep up with the accelerating development of new media on the cusp of technological singularity.
Viewers will be able to join the debate with their questions.

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

6 pm: Dr. Maša Jazbec and Špela Pavli Perko: Speculum Artium Festival and DDTlab, live online debate
Moderator: Bogdan Šteh
Speculum Artium is a festival of new media art that was first held in 2008 under the leadership of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, while in 2009 it relocated to Delavski Dom Trbovlje, which has since been in charge of its organisation and curation. The festival introduces new media and intermedia content at the local, national, and international levels, merging it with education and the economy. This synergy between sectors such as education, economy, science, and technology has been the guiding line for the festival’s creators. The new media paradigm has also led to the establishment of DDTlab, which was formed in 2019 in the framework of the Network of Centres of Investigative Art and Culture (RUK project) and whose vision is to investigate the fields of new media technology, science, and the economy.
Viewers will be able to join the debate with their questions.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

6 pm: Miha Horvat, presentation of the MFRU festival, performative live debate
A conversation about the MFRU festival as an evolving institution, the geo-political, economic, and historical context in which it works and lives, its archive and work on the archive, the yesterday, today, and tomorrow of its content. The International Festival of Computer Arts, known by its acronym MFRU, did pioneering work in Slovenia and the broader region during its early years as regards presenting the theory and artistic practice of computer arts and new media. It is thus one of the core institutions of computer, electronic, new media, inter(trans)media, and interdisciplinary arts in the region, concerned with both the presentation and development of this form of art and theory thereof. The first MFRU took place in Maribor in 1995.
Viewers will be able to join the debate with their questions.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

7 pm: Hotspots 2020, live online debate
Moderator: Ida Hiršenfelder
Presentation of this year’s special edition of Pixxelpoint. The debate will feature: Pavla Jarc, the director of the Nova Gorica Cultural Centre and festival director, Sendi Mango, coordinator of this year’s festival, and Mateja Poljšak Furlan, project coordinator and public relations officer.

All events and links to online events are available at a www.pixxelpoint.org and www.facebook.com/pixxelpoint.

CONCEPT

We are living in a special year, on which the corona virus is casting a long shadow, so it is fitting that the 21st Pixxelpoint festival of contemporary artistic practices be special as well. With the epidemiological situation having turned everything upside down, we have been forced to alter the concept of this year’s festival and came up with the idea of dedicating it to a confrontation and presentation of Slovenian festivals that, like us, showcase contemporary artistic practices and operate at the junction of art, science, and technology. This year’s Pixxelpoint will thus feature MFRU, which, along with Pixxelpoint, is the festival with the longest tradition, KIBLIX, Speculum Artium, SONICA, Light Guerrilla, and IZIS, all featuring projects by established domestic and foreign artists. Pixxelpoint will bring all these festivals under one roof to offer the general public, via exhibitions and sideline events, a cross-section of the activities on the Slovenian intermedia scene, and perhaps create opportunities for future collaboration.

This year’s festival is entitled Hotspots: hotspots of intermedia art in Slovenia that radiate on our intermedia map despite the social changes we are experiencing, the state of mind in society and the virus, which work, create, warn, topicalise, and are socially engaged in reacting in idiosyncratic ways to the current states of society. We found inspiration for this title in these extraordinary "coronatimes", as new virus hotspots keep appearing every day, leading to restrictions of the freedom of movement and social contacts, fear, economic uncertainty, and other uncertainties that curtail our actions and cause general unease in society.

The festival is an attempt to counter the currently unpredictable situation. We would therefore like to invite you to a special, and sometimes very personal, world of art that contains much that is known but always opens new horizons and leaves things thrillingly concealed.

Pavla Jarc
Director of the Nova Gorica Cultural Centre and Festival Director

Hotspots
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Contact

Kulturni dom Nova Gorica, Bevkov trg 4, 5000 Nova Gorica


Project manager: Pavla Jarc
Tel.: 05 33 540 10
direktor@kulturnidom-ng.si

Project coordinator: Mateja Poljšak Furlan
Tel.: 05 33 540 15
mestnagalerija@kulturnidom-ng.si

Technical director: Tadej Hrovat
Photographer: Matej Vidmar

Design: BridA

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