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2. September 2014

Urban biking video series

by Uveber    Filed under: Ljubljana,Urban bikingComments Off on Urban biking video series

Perhaps ever since the BMX craze in the 80s, bikes have not been discussed by the youth and young adults as much as in the past few years. Designer bikes started to be in vogue by the chic, and converting your own bike to a stripped down fixed gear became a must for the hip. Restoring an old bike grew more and more popular and, apparently, so did the global popularity of Tour de France.
All around the World, bikes developed into a form of self-expression and identity. And a very urban identity, that is. Bicycles became more than just a mode of transport. What kind of a bike you ride started to epitomize who you are and which urban tribe you belong to.
In this sense Ljubljana is not an exception. The town has a vibrant scene of urban bikers which got documented by Tilen Sepič. His exploration will result in a series of five short videos, each of them coming out at the beginning of a new week. One by one they will probe into a different aspect of Ljubljana’s small, heavily interconnected, but also very diverse and growing biking community.
Here comes the first one. It focuses on Playfulness and belonging.

22. August 2014

SCHMIEDE14: SelfAssembling 11. – 21. September 2014

by Rüdiger    Filed under: Amsterdam,Creative Lab,Events,Hallein,LjubljanaComments Off on SCHMIEDE14: SelfAssembling 11. – 21. September 2014

We are happy to announce that Schmiede14 will feature three Labs in collaboration with What’s the deal:

Electronic Textiles Live Lab with Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi
www.kobakant.at

TrikeLab with Muslauf
www.muslauf.si

DesignLab with Marjanne van Helvert and Janett Sumbera
www.sumbera.at
www.dirty-design.net

more Information to come…..

in the meantime, have a look at our program:

Schmiede14 SelfAssembling

14. July 2014

A WTD mural in Ljubljana

by Uveber    Filed under: Ljubljana,Mural Art / Street ArtComments Off on A WTD mural in Ljubljana

Between 4 and 6 July, a unique mural appeared in the city centre on the building of Ljubljana Administrative Unit, created by Finnish artist Pallo Ollap.

MURAL ARTS RESIDENCY

As part of the international multidisciplinary project What’s the Deal? (WTD), Kino Šiška has hosted an international Mural Arts Residency. In 2014 the participating artist was Pallo Ollap.

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In recent years, Ljubljana as well as other cities have been faced with the issue of inconsiderate and mostly unrestricted growth of billboards, large public LCD displays and other types of invasive advertising. Almost any large portrait area near main urban arteries is being transformed into an area designated for advertising and marketing. With the help of murals, WTD and Kino Šiška wish to redistribute some of these areas for artistic purposes.

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And who is Pallo Ollap? This young Finnish artist is a student of applied arts and design at Aalto University, Helsinki. He creates illustrations and paintings, mainly for fun, but occasionally also to make a living. For more than ten years, he has been an active street artist and his murals can be admired in the streets of several Finnish cities.

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23. June 2014

Re: Cycle Workshop Series Closes – Mini Report

by Uveber    Filed under: Events,Ljubljana,Project ReportsComments Off on Re: Cycle Workshop Series Closes – Mini Report

At Kino Šiška we have wrapped-up the series of our two-day creative recycling workshops led by Petra Gosenca and Jurij Bobič of the GUMB Association for Fostering Creative Thinking and Living. 45 participants ages from 15 to 40 were exploring how various waste materials (usually labelled rubbish) can be reused creatively to make a series of unique and individual creations, the value of which is in being usable as well as aesthetic and communicative.

Workshops were based on the DIY principle. By means of collecting and reusing waste materials creatively, this educational, ecological and ethical design project seeks alternative options to solve the issue of waste and the polluted living environment, while also encouraging individuals towards a positive attitude to recycling as well as ecologically responsible and engaged conduct.

At the first of the workshops in April, participants were using scrap cardboard packaging and paper to make elaborate chandeliers of various shapes and sizes that can embellish any kind of room. The workshops in May were dedicated to creative remake and reuse of waste cycling inner tubes, resulting in durable, water resistant and handy bags for everyday use. The two-day recycling workshop in June saw the participants use scrap cardboard to make useful and complex items of furniture of diverse sizes.
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8. April 2014

Mural Arts Residency – Pallo Ollap from Finland chosen as artist-in-residence

by Uveber    Filed under: Ljubljana,Mural Art / Street ArtComments Off on Mural Arts Residency – Pallo Ollap from Finland chosen as artist-in-residence

Kino Šiška will be holding an international artist-in-residence programme. To fill the position in 2014, the Finnish artist Pallo Ollap has been chosen from among the 24 artist applications.

Pallo Ollap is a student of applied arts and design at Aalto University, Helsinki. He works in illustration and painting, mostly for fun, but occasionally also to make a living. For more than a decade, he has been active in street art; his murals can be seen and admired on the streets of several Finnish cities.

The artist-in-residence programme in Ljubljana will be held in July 2014. During this period, the artist will create a unique mural in the city centre.
Stay tuned for more information.

 

18. March 2014

RE:CYCLE

by Uveber    Filed under: Events,LjubljanaComments Off on RE:CYCLE

A SERIES OF CREATIVE RE:CYCLE WORKSHOPS

Dates: April 4 and 5  / May 9 and 10 / June 13 and 14, 2014
(Friday 4–8 pm, Saturday 3–7 pm)

Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture (Ljubljana, Slovenia) is pleased to announce a series of creative re:cycle workshops as part of the transnational project about young urban art What’s The Deal? The project explores the phenomena of consumption and sustainability in connection with young urban cultures and uses street art, design, and digital media as exemplary fields.
The workshops will be run by Petra Gosenca and Jurij Bobič (GUMB Association).
Number of participants: up to 15. Apply to: kiosk@kinosiska.si.

 

 


CELLULOSE CHANDELIERS
April 4 and 5, 2014  (Friday 4–8 pm, Saturday 3–7 pm)

The first day we will be making molds for our new pendant sculptures using wire and scrap plastic, and cover them with colourful cellulose mixtures made of waste paper and cardboard. The second day, when the cellulose mixtures are dry, we will be printing on and varnishing the exterior of chandeliers, as well as decorating their interior with shades of colour to provide the light with a special glow.

 

TUBE BAGS AND ACCESSORIES
May 9 and 10, 2014 (Friday 4–8 pm, Saturday 3–7 pm)

A two-day workshop will be dedicated to cutting, sewing, gluing, binding, stapling and painting on worn-out bicycle tubes. Our final products will be laptop bags and small bicycle bags (with zips and pockets), purses and pencil cases, cushions and unique jewellery.

 

CARDBOARD FURNITURE
June 13 and 14, 2014 (Friday 4–8 pm, Saturday 3–7 pm)

The two-day workshop will be dedicated to making furniture of various sizes from scrap cardboard. The first day we will be drawing precise designs (measures will be adapted for each particular piece of furniture to make it fit our home arrangements) and preparing the materials. The second day we will be gluing cardboard parts together, composing and varnishing them, as well as decorating them with collage patchworks and paints to match the needs of our flats.

26. February 2014

Diving into the scenes

by Susanne    Filed under: Amsterdam,Hallein,Ljubljana,Munich,Research ReportsComments Off on Diving into the scenes

 A short update by Susanne (Amsterdam WTD-team)

Before you start something, it’s always a good idea to be well prepared, right? That’s why we decided that the What’s the Deal project needs an International research on the concept of sustainability and the urban arts. As a way for us to pinpoint important developments and opportunities for the project, but also to inspire, and show you more about our scenes and cities! (more about that soon)

The first part of our WTD project is all about delving deeper into all the scenes and checking up on how things stand in the field of sustainability. In our research we are working with the six key-concepts of playfulness, authenticity, continuity, responsibility, tackling problems and belonging / identity. Together, these concepts are the framework for further identifying the role of the individual artists and looking into the development of the art scenes as a whole.

As we speak, our researchers – a group of scientists, curators, trend watchers and artists – are mapping the specific local scenes in each of the four cities. In Amsterdam we focus on people working in the field of design, and we want to take the idea of design in the broadest possible sense. We are checking out graphic designers, fashion designers and industrial designers, but we are also talking to architects and artists working on more conceptual art. In short: every artist working with the idea of sustainability: either in a conceptual or really practical sense.
Munich is working with the skateboarding scenes and urban wasteland, Ljubljana is researching the biking culture, dig culture and anti consumerism way of life, and Schmiede is checking out the digital communities and looking at (local) spatial terms based on interest.

Korinna, Amal, Marcus and Tilen (the research-team) are spotting key players and new talent, talking to the artists involved as well as looking for bigger trends. They also want to take stock of the existing structures and figure out what the needs of the artists are, so we can create activities that make their creativity more visible and enable them to work on themes as sustainability and social design in their own way.

So, if any of you want to add something to our research, bomb us with new ideas, suggest cool artists or simply leave some tips & tricks… you still have some time! Drop a line in the comments and we will contact you!

10. February 2014

Call for entries: MURAL ARTS RESIDENCY

by Uveber    Filed under: Ljubljana,Mural Art / Street ArtComments Off on Call for entries: MURAL ARTS RESIDENCY

Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture (Ljubljana, Slovenia) is pleased to announce its mural arts initiative as part of the transnational project about young urban art: What’s The Deal? The project explores the phenomena of consumption and sustainability in connection with young urban cultures and uses street art, design, and digital media as exemplary fields.

Between 2013 and 2015, partners from several European countries will organize a series of sustainability-related activities in all partner cities: from theme-related mapping of respective scenes to art intervention workshops as well as creative and innovative art work and installations – made visible in public events.

MURAL ARTS RESIDENCY

Project Description:

For the last decades, not only Ljubljana, but also other cities have been facing the problem of unbridled and poorly regulated sprouting of billboards, large public LCD displays and other types of invasive advertising. This is leading to the conversion of almost any large vertical surface along urban arterial roads into a surface used for advertising and marketing purposes. Kino Šiška will initiate mural arts activities to reclaim some of the space for artistic use.

This call for entries is due by Monday, March 3, 2014 at 12 a.m. CET and is open to all areas of visual arts. Proposals that combine visual arts with other media (e.g. painting + sound) are also welcome.

Two mural arts residencies are offered to artists who want to develop and present their work addressing the theme of consumption and sustainability.

This residency offers a four-week stay in Ljubljana. Artists for each of the two residencies will receive a fee of 1000 EUR net. The residency will take place for three to four weeks in the June 2014 – July 2014 period. The final dates will be set in an agreement between Kino Šiška and the selected artists.

A basic budget for materials and services for realizing the work will be covered by the organizer (Kino Šiška). Travel costs to and from Ljubljana will also be taken care of.

Participants must be EU residents or residents of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Former Yugoslav republics or Turkey. Slovenian artist will not be accepted.

Younger artists (under 35) will receive a more favourable treatment. Inclusive approaches that would involve an active role of Slovenian artists, designers or other practitioners in development and/or realization of the project are also preferred.

To Inquire:

Please send your project ideas via e-mail (piera.ravnikar@kinosiska.si). The submission should include:

–                  A short written explanation about the proposed work plan or project concept. We would like the topic of the proposed artwork to resonate well with our concern about contemporary consumer culture and long term sustainability. (Please limit your explanations to one page – make it short and to the point! Less can be more. You are welcome to include sketches or visual materials).

–              Provisional technical specification (materials and services you will need for making your project happen).

–             A short CV or Bio (please limit it to half of a page).

–             A maximum of 10 images from past works are welcome, pictures of murals are preferred (Images should be at least 800px in width or height, but not bigger than 2MB per image). Please include an image listing document with your filename, title of artwork, media, size, and location of mural. Please name your files as follows: imagenumber_lastname_title: i.e. 001_eisenberg_untitled.jpg.

–              Your basic contact data (name, address, date of birth, email, mobile phone No).

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–              Anything else you might find crucial.

In the selection process Kino Šiška might require more information about the project and your entry. Email will be the predominant means of communication, so stay tuned and check out this page for possible updates!

 

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