White aphroid award 2016
18. 11. 2016
ACE KIBLA / KIBLA PORTAL, Valvasorjeva ulica 40, Maribor

V okviru razstave MIG21 in festivala KIBLIX-MFRU 2016 bomo letos prvič podelili tudi nagrade, dva aphroida, ki predstavljata nagradi za najboljše umetniško in izobraževalno delo. Nagrada Beli Aphroid se podeljuje za interdisciplinarne umetniške presežke ter inovativne izobraževalne pristope v polju umetnosti, nagrajence pa bo izbrala ekspertna skupina
šestih mednarodnih strokovnjakov.

The White Aphroid Award is presented for the first time this year. At the MIG 21 exhibition and KIBLIX-MFRU 2016 festival platform, the jury selected from a total of over 70 national and international individual participants and collectives.

The Expert Commission Group (the jury) selected 11 finalists in the category of artistic achievement and 6 in the category of educational achievement.

The nominees in the category of artistic achievement are (11):

  • AES+F (RU)
  • Herlinde Koelbl (DE)
  • Bureau d’Etudes (FR)
  • Adela Jušić & Andreja Dugandžić (BA)
  • Brigitta Zics (HU/UK)
  • Ale de la Puente (MX)
  • Špela Petrič (SI)
  • Robertina Šebjanič (SI)
  • Jusuf Hadžifejzović (BA)
  • Tina Dobrajc (SI)
  • Marko Brecelj (SI)

AES+F (Russia)
Inverso Mundus, 2015 (HD video installation)

In the age of enlightenment, the intellect was given more weight than the body, and logical constructs began to be considered as preeminent in comparison to human emotion. In that period, images and narratives examing the “World Upside Down”, as well as concepts of comedy and the fool, arose. The group takes direct reference to the topic of the “World Upside Down”. As a result the perversion of reality becomes visible.

Herlinde Koelbl (Germany)
Italy – Catania (photo from the Refugees series), 2016

One of her works portrays a refugee who is wearing nothing but a thermo-blanket on his body. This golden blanket attracts our attention. Clothes make the man, one could say, but there is no smile on this man’s face. What ultimately makes a man a king is not the gold, but his being, his personality. He is himself wherever he is.

Bureau d’Etudes (France)
World government, 2013 (infographics)

The Paris-based artists Léonore Bonaccini and Xavier Fourt are the cofunders of the collective Bureau d’études. For the last several years, this French group has been producing cartographies of contemporary political, social and economic systems. The visual analysis of transnational capitalism is based on extensive research and is presented in the form of large-sized murals. The artists show through this mapping process the way power is distributed in the world. They show links between powerful groups, thus pointing to the intense links between big corporations and politics.

Adela Jušić & Andreja Dugandžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Illegal, 2015 (embroidery installation)

At first sight everything seems homely, but this is deceiving. The embroidered cloth is highly political, a form of communication between women in resistance. Throughout the history, the private sphere, a “woman’s place” is a place of subversive power – a place where important political messages are being created, told, memorized, written, coded, hidden, then transmitted in bread, hair, clothes, embroidery, from place to place and from mouth to mouth. From one place to another. “Illegal” recreates histories of women’s resistance.

Brigitta Zics (Hungary / UK)
Eye Resonator, 2015 (installation)

This Hungarian born media artist brings a strong interdisciplinary approach to digital practice with a focus on experience-based design and the exploration of new interaction paradigms through innovative practices that generate new fields of knowledge. Her interactive video installation includes somatic and multimodal interfaces, data visualization and documentation on her recent work entitled “Eye Resonator”, which is installed in a compelling ambiance of a former power plant, an art deco building in Budapest, providing an immersive sensual experience engaging the imagination and emotions of the viewer.

Ale de la Puente (Mexico)
Nuclear Cartographies, 2014 (video installation)

This video, entitled Nuclear Cartographies, presents the gentle movements of styrofoam that gives the viewer the impression of light movements of possible continents, a basic understanding of changing, migrating and fragile nature of our human environment. Ale de la Puente is an industrial designer, goldsmith and boat builder, an artist and poet, a teacher and a curator. Her work deals with notions of time-space and memory through a continuous construction of poetic relations between the interior/exterior and the experiences given by space and time. Her practice combines conceptualism and multimedia, technology and science, and reveals a meticulous, or even ritualistic process, with subtle and simple objects emerging from the apparently unknown.

Špela Petrič (Slovenia)
Phytoteratology, 2016 (installation)

In a poetic and at the same time concrete (biologically tested and approved) way this work, entitled Phytoteratorlogy, assumes the idea of a symbiotic way of living, between humans and plants, animals and humans, humans and humans. She unveils the hidden life of biological processes inside a temporary lab, making them visible via an analogue presentation (images reflected on the walls through glass lenses) in order to understand the relationships occurring on micro-levels, out of the reach of our sight.

Robertina Šebjanič (Slovenia)
Aquatocene / Subaquatic quest for serenity, 2016 (sound and video installation)

15-channel underwater recordings were taken at 5 different busy harbour locations around Europe to create this work. The work is concerned with questioning the dichotomies of pure and polluted, of isolated versus merged, and introduces the idea of reconciliation, which may be rephrased as follows: if we are many, then pollution is our normal condition; it is the interactions that make us migrate, and change, in a quest for underwater silence.

Jusuf Hadžifejzović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Fear of Drinking Water, 1994–2016 (photo documantation, performance)

In his historical artwork “Fear of Drinking Water”, Jusuf Hadžifejzović approaches the topic of migration in a personal way, from the social context of the former Yugoslavia, examining problems of religion, ideology and politics. The message behind his artwork is a powerful and universally understandable one. The performance carries a strong political charge regarding the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Throwing darts at the photograph depicting his family members and friends, i. e. using them as a target, introduces a consideration of the issue of homicide.

Tina Dobrajc (Slovenia)
She(ep), 2014 (acrylic on canvas)
On the dark side of the Alps (Triglav), 2016 (acrylic, wool, canvas)

In her paintings the young Slovenian artist Tina Dobrajc represents the inner struggle of the process finding the steady shapes of her identity through confronting the social ambiance where tradition, religion and everyday rituals determine the female position in the community. Her paintings are charged with emotions, she explicitly represents the naked female body wearing only the signs of folkloric traditions. The narrative and sometimes surrealistic character of her imagination incorporates elements from vernacular spiritualism, images that show the close ties between the human and nature and reveal the confusion in this time of shifting traditional values.

Marko Brecelj (Slovenia)
Grill scrounging in Kibla, 2016 (performance)

This site-specific, social purpose artwork is a direct real time intervention into public space. The artist performs a cooking performance in the streets, in the close vicinity of a rubbish bin. He is offering food to people who are passing by, but also barbed wire. This is a socially notable work, as it is involved with social conversations created by the artist himself in the live site, examining borders, restrictions and yet sharing this discourse into wider public.

The nominees in the category of educational achievement are (6):

  1. Trbovlje New Media Town (TNM)
  2. pETER Purg: “art@blackbox.edu
  3. Safe and conscious use of the internet
  4. Short Video Workshop
  5. Lego Robotics
  6. Zavod 404 – Mladinski tehnološki center
    (Institute 404 – The youth technology & research center)
    Migration of energy

Trbovlje New Media Town (TNM)
Delavski dom Trbovlje (DDT)
Presentation by Andrej Uduč and Alenka Prezelj

TNM Trbovlje – New Media Town is a programme that has been co-creating for 9 years new media connections between science, technology, art and the economy throghout this city. Through its activities, TNM moves towards a comprehensive transformation of the post-industrial city of Trbovlje and its mining past.

The project in the field of secondary school education – the program “New Media Technician” – aims to train and prepare students for an active and independent lifestyle at the onset of the 21st century. The programme anticipates the kind of knowledge, skills, jobs and professions that will be sought after in the future.

pETER Purg : “art@blackbox.edu
Participative (performance) lecture
Univerza v Novi Gorici / University of Nova Gorica

Peter Purg is a formal educator. He teaches New Media (Art) at the Arts Academy, University of Nova Gorica. In his participative (performance) lecture he introduced issues related to the role of art in education and the idea of teaching art in a way that is artistic in itself.

“A successful marriage between academia and the real world might be brought about especially by interdisciplinary collaborations, if those collaborations are conducted in a well-orchestrated and inclusive way, fostering a collective spirit and practice of participation within an individualist mainstream of social values.”

Safe and conscious use of the internet
(in collaboration with Varni internet (Safe internet) educational program)
Lecture by Tilen Dominko

Uncritical assessment of acquired information, naive disclosure of personal data, online violence, invasion of privacy and internet addiction are only some of the dangers that prey on young internet users.

A discussion of topics that most internet users rarely think about, but which actually present an existing and current problem and are becoming a necessary part of the modern-day ICT competence: the problem of critical assessment of the information obtained through the internet, the possible consequences of inadvertent privacy protection, especially regarding online social networks, the issue of posting one’s own photos, online or mobile violence, the facets of hate speech on the internet, the dangers of internet addiction, etc.

Short Video Workshop (in collaboration with the School Center Ptuj, Secondary School for Electro-technology and Computer Sciences)
Mentors Franc Vrbančič, Domen Mlakar, Saša Ristov

The theme of this workshop connected art, science, and technology. With the help of available technologies – smart phones, tablets, and other devices, everyone can become an author, camera operator, and director of a short movie. The technology, indeed, is widely accesible, but this is not sufficient criteria for an aesthetic, socially and legally acceptable film. The approach to the execution of the workshop was a holistic one, and it was successfully connected to the festival theme as well.

Lego Robotics
Animal migrations to different natural environments
Mentors Jure Pikl, Tina Žehelj

The Lego Robotics Workshop deals with the topic of animal migrations and the changes in our natural environment. Through play (building a nd dismantling Lego bricks) and programming, the children learn about the theme by constructing and designing various settings and environments. With the help of programming, the animals come alive and begin to move, which simulates the natural processes of migration. The Lego robotics workshop was targeting the 6 to 11 age group.

Zavod 404 – Mladinski tehnološki center
(Institute 404 – The youth technology & research center)
Migration of energy
Mentors Barbi Seme, Milan Grašič, Petra Maršič

What is the path that electrons like, and what kind of effect is created when we direct electrons to the right positions? At this workshop participants learnt about these positions, their logical connections, and discuss which of them are optimum. What do they measure, what effects do they produce, and what is the purpose of using them at all?

Zavod 404 (Institute 404) is the first youth technology & research center in Slovenia and was founded with the aim of communicating technical skills to the young and inspiring them to pursue science, research, and entrepreneurship. In their workshops teams are absorbed in observing the emerging prototype, creating a new community where ideas are appreciated and true talents can evolve.

The Expert Consortium / Jury:

  • Barnabas Bencik / independent curator, Budapest, Hungary
  • Ghislaine Boddington / creative director body>data>space, reader, University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
  • Henriette Horny / independent curator, art critic, Vienna, Austria
  • Sanja Kojič / curator and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Sabina Salamon / curator at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
  • Rasa Smite / co-founder of E-LAB/RIXC, curator, editor and researcher, RIXC – Center for New Media Culture, Riga, Latvia

Press release from White aphroid award ceremony

Press release 20.11.2016:


V petek, 18.11.2016, je ob 20. uri v KIBLA PORTALU potekala premierna podelitev umetniških nagrad Beli aphroid v organizaciji KID KIBLA in partnerjev mednarodnega projekta Tvegaj spremembo, ki ga financira Evropska unija. Nagrada se podeljuje v dveh kategorijah: za interdisciplinarne umetniške presežke ter za inovativne izobraževalne pristope. Vrednost nagrade v obeh kategorijah je 1.500 EUR, nagrajenca pa prejmeta tudi kipec Beli aphroid.

Gre za prvo neodvisno transdisciplinarno nagrado s področja sodobne umetnosti v Sloveniji, ki se bo podeljevala enkrat letno. Ideja korenini na evropskem projektu RISK CHANGE, ki širi sodobni interdisciplinarni kreativizem s povezovanjem umetnosti, znanosti in socioloških fenomenov ter omogoča njihovo dostopnost široki, s pomočjo partnerske mreže tudi mednarodni, javnosti.

Nagrajence je izbrala ekspertna skupina šestih mednarodnih kuratorjev v sestavi Ghislaine Boddington, kuratorica in direktorica Body-data-space iz Londona, Barnabas Benczik, direktor umetniške agencije ACAX iz Budimpešte, Sanja Kojić, kuratorica Muzeja sodobne umetnosti Vojvodine iz Novega Sada, Sabina Salomon, direktorica Muzeja moderne in sodobne umetnosti iz Rijeke, Henriette Horny, samostojna kuratorica in kritičarka iz Dunaja ter Rasa Smite, neodvisna kuratorica in direktorica RICX iz Rige.

V kategoriji interdisciplinarnih umetniških presežkov je žirija v konkurenci 77 avtorjev izbirala med naslednjimi enajstimi nominiranci: AES+F (Rusija), Herlinde Koelbl (Nemčija), Bureau d’Etudes (Francija), Adela Jušić in Andreja Dugandžić (BiH), Brigitta Zics (Madžarska), Ale de la Puente (Mehika), Špela Petrič (Slovenija), Robertina Šebjanič (Slovenija), Jusuf Hadžifejzovič (BiH), Tina Dobrajc (Slovenija) ter Marko Brecelj (Slovenija). Odločitev ni bila enostavna, kar je komisija poudarila tudi v strokovni obrazložitvi ob imenovanju nagrajencev.

Beli aphroid za umetniški presežek s področja sodobnih interdisciplinarnih umetnosti za leto 2016 je komisija podelila Slovenki Špeli Petrič za delo Phytoteratology (Fitoteratologija). V obrazložitvi so zapisali: »Na poetičen in hkrati konkreten (torej, biološko testiran in potrjen) način delo z naslovom Fitoteratologija predpostavlja idejo simbiotičnega načina življenja, med človekom in rastlinami, živalmi in človekom, ter med ljudmi samimi. Umetnica razkriva skrivno življenje bioloških procesov znotraj začasnega laboratorija: procese naredi vidne s pomočjo analogne prezentacije (projekcije podob na steni, s pomočjo steklenih leč) ter s tem omogoči razumevanje odnosov, ki se odvijajo na mikrocelični ravni, česar ne moremo opazovati s prostim očesom.«

V kategoriji inovativnih izobraževalnih pristopov so v konkurenci učnega programa Novomedijsko mesto Trbovlje, interaktivnega predavanja art@blackbox.edu Petra Purga, predavanja Varne uporabe interneta Tilna Dominka, Delavnice kratkega videa Srednje elektro in računalniške šole iz Ptuja, delavnice Lego robotica Tine Žehelj in Petra Pikla ter Zavoda 404 iz Ljubljane slavile mlade kreativke iz Zavoda 404 Mladinskega tehnološkega centra z delavnico Migracija energije. V obrazložitvi med drugim piše: »Zavod 404 je prvi mladinski tehnološko-raziskovalni center v Sloveniji, ustanovljen z namenom, da mladim posreduje tehnične veščine in jih navduši za raziskovanje, znanost in podjetništvo. Pri delu ekipe pogosto opazujejo in raziskujejo nastajajoče prototipe ter pri tem ustvarjajo skupnost kreativnih idej in njihovega podpornega okolja.

Želja organizatorjev je, da bi nagrada Beli aphroid spodbudila široko paleto umetniških in raziskovalnih kreativcev k še večji angažiranosti za interdisciplinarnost kulturniškega polja. Navsezadnje tudi 3D kipec Beli aphroid simbolično predstalja konglomerat sodobnosti in tradicije – unijo inovativnega tehnološkega designa ter klasičnega granitnega temelja.