A Window on the World
The new media festival Speculum Artium is now in its 12th consecutive year. It is growing up, moving into adolescence and becoming embedded in the hearts and minds of Trbovlje. Make sure you come and visit the festival to explore an amazing world of art and technology.
We want to surprise, inspire and create wonder for as many people as possible in 2020 so look out for some great online content in the program as well. Speculum Artium is a chance to look through a window on to a world where human imagination utilises technology in unique ways to create art and other works.
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Guest curators selection: Robertina Šebjanič and Alenka Trebušak
The main question which arises in a year full of upheaval, uncertainties and fear is how to imagine a better, nicer and more just future for all entities of the living. Our lives have always been enabled and maintained not only by other people, but also other living and inanimate forms that surround us. The selected artists, whose focus of interest is technology in relations with natural and humanist sciences, make us consider the consequences of the influence of technology and opportunities which they enable; not only as a tool of exceeding our natural limitations, but also the environment and all that lives within. Their works; fueled by an intermingling of the organic and synthetic world, are built on the basis of solidarity with The Other.
They offer numerous perspectives and include various situations, from viewpoints of either the past, sociological and architectural utopias and memories – as human lives are culturally biologically and technologically influenced by the history of those who came before us – or from the viewpoint of social reality – where temporary circumstances open the doors into the sphere of fantasies, illusions and conditions fuelled by other sensory stimuli. Despite their differences they offer a common content, focused towards the exploration of the human-animal-plant-technology relations. While some keep the distinction between entities, others see a future in a complete fusion. Whether the former or the latter; the works of art which do not place the human first, but rather in a world, where little is left natural; recognize the value and rights of non-human species and lead the observer to consider who we are and where we are going.
Artists: Marco Barotti, Sanela Jahić, Maša Jazbec, Luce Moreau, Nonument Group (Neja Tomšič, Miloš Kosec In Martin Bricelj Baraga), Constanza Piña Pardo, Anaïs Tondeur, Vivian Xu