PRESS # 2: Exhibition opening in Slovenj Gradec and in Maribor
November 5, 2012

Opening in KGLU Slovenj Gradec
SOFT CONTROL: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious
Part I. Bottom-Up
Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti / Koroška Art Gallery
Wednesday, November 14, at 7 pm

Opening in Maribor
SOFT CONTROL: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious
Part II. Top-Down
PORTAL, 40 Valvazorjeva Street 40, Maribor
Thursday, November 15, at 7 pm

The SOFT CONTROL: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious exhibition reveals to us today’s “technological unconscious”, which encompasses mythological imagination, apocalyptic visions and utopian dreams. By focusing our attention on works of art created using the latest 21st century media – robotics, IT, biomedicine and nanotechnology – the 26 artworks featured in this exhibition attempt to reveal the sources of the modern technological myth, which insists on the permanent value of efficiency, control, unrestrained technological development and economic expansion.
The opening of the first part of the exhibition, Bottom-Up, will take place on Wednesday, 14 November 2012, at 7 pm, at the Koroška Art Gallery (KGLU) in Slovenj Gradec, with honourable speakers Andrej Čas, mayor of Slovenj Gradec and Dmitry Bulatov, curator of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia.

The opening of the second part of the exhibition, Top-Down, will take place on Thursday, 15 November 2012, at 7 pm, at the location of an industrial heritage object, today’s Portal, on 40 Valvazorjeva Street in Maribor. Honourable speakers: Suzana Žilič Fišer, director-general of Maribor2012: Public Institute – European Capital of Culture, Dr Danijel Rebolj, professor and Rector of the University of Maribor, and curator Dmitry Bulatov. The opening will present a robotic performance The Tiller Girls.

Curator Dmitry Bulatov will guide you through the exhibitions (at 6 pm, one hour prior to opening) in Slovenj Gradec and Maribor.

Please join us also for the international conference Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious on Friday and Saturday, 16-17 November 2012, between 2 pm and 8 pm at the location of Portal, 40 Valvazorjeva Street in Maribor.

LINK – location map
Opening performance
Louis-Philippe Demers (Singapore): The Tiller Girls, artificial intelligence – robotic performance, 2010
Music: Phillip Schulze
Light: Armin Purkrabek

The exhibition is part of the project Soft Control produced by KGLU – Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti (Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia) and Association for Culture and Education KIBLA (Maribor, Slovenia), with the participation of The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia) and with the support of the programme Culture of the European Union, coproduction Maribor2012 – European Capital of Culture. 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.