Risk Change Newsletter # 2
March 2017

Risk Change Research

As an important part of our project, Risk Change partners are performing a
quantitative and qualitative research survey on migration issues in 10
partner countries, involving 600 individuals (60 per partner). The
research is based on interviews with individual migrants from partners’
local communities, and aims to deliver an overview and perspective on
migration issues in specific EU countries, as based on individual
experiences. The scope of our research is aimed at the production of
coherent materials, carefully tailored to the general context of
migration. Our goals are also to involve target groups in the project, to
gain support for the project, and to make it more respondent to
stakeholder needs.

Findings will be used for the preparation of artistic, creative and
educational actions involving local migrant communities, and connecting
them with artists, experts, scientists and cultural workers. Another aim
is to include at least ten persons – migrants into the Ambassador of
Culture training program, which will enable them to cooperate with RC
partners in the long term. These migrants will be included directly into
RC project activities and will have the opportunity to contribute to
various project deliverables, and collaborate with numerous artists and
experts working in different interdisciplinary fields. Thus, with
regularly organized lectures, educational workshops, and creative idea
modules, the RISK CHANGE project will involve over 1000 local migrants in
artistic, educational, and scientific activities to create a sustainable
effect and facilitate a smoother process of integration, as well as the
blending of local and migrant communities.

Research activities began in December 2016, and will continue until the
end of May 2017. After that partners will prepare individual National
Reports, which will later be summarized in the Overall Research Report, to
be published in June 2017.


exhibition in Maribor, Slovenia

Žarko Bašeski
Activating Receptors / First hyperrealistic sculpture exhibition in Slovenia
17 March – 31 May 2017
KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor, Slovenia

For the first time in Slovenia, all available hyperrealistic sculptures by
Žarko Bašeski are on display; one of them has been travelling for over a
year around the world as part of the exhibition titled Reshaped Reality.
50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture, with a list of participating artists
that can be read as a who-is-who in the world of art. Bašeski occupies a
top position in the world of art. In 2011, he represented Macedonia at the
Venice Biennial and since then, his path has been constantly rising, to
the point where it is hard for him to keep up with all the exhibition
invitations he has received from galleries around the world. He can
produce one, or a maximum of two works per year, and the two most recent
are both showcased for the first time at the exhibition in Maribor.

Žarko Bašeski, born 1957 in Prilep, is a Macedonian sculptor and professor
at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje (Department of Sculpture). In recent
years he has exhibited across America and Europe, in Mexico, New York,
Paris, Bilbao, Prague, Riga, Berlin, Nürnberg, Malta, Italy, and
Macedonia, where several of his monumental bronze sculptures adorn
numerous Macedonian squares, while his first appearance in Slovenia was
part of the group exhibition MIG 21 – Migratory Interdisciplinary Grid,
held in 2016 in Maribor.


Exhibition opening on Friday, 17 March 2017, 7 p. m.
Guided tour with Žarko Bašeski on Saturday, 18 March 2017, 5 p. m. The
exhibition will be showing until 31 May 2017.

KIBLA PORTAL, Valvasorjeva 40, Maribor
Opening hours: Tue–Sat / 3 p. m.–7 p. m.

exhibition in Rijeka, Croatia

International exhibition
Between There and There: Anatomy of Temporary Migrations
MMSU, 27 January–19 March 2017
Rijeka, Croatia

Opening: Night of Museums, Friday, 27 January 2017, 8 p. m.
Artists talk / guided tour: Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11 a. m.
(participating artists / authors: Irena Bekić, Duga Mavrinac, Andreja
Kulunčić, Ana Hušman, Božena Končić Badurina, Sandra Sterle, Tomislav

The exhibition Between There and There: Anatomy of Temporary Migrations
was created through an interdisciplinary anthropological and artistic
collaboration between curators Irena Bekić and Duga Mavrinac. The project
studies the personal stories, and social and cultural processes resulting
from the movement of temporary migration of different migrant groups, such
as workers in households and nurses, physical and seasonal workers,
artists in residencies, and others.

The exhibition includes ten artists: Tomislav Brajnović (HR), Danica Dakić
(BIH), Larisa David (RO), h.arta group (RO), Silvia Hell (IT), Nicole
Hewitt (HR),  Ana Hušman (HR), Božena Končić Badurina (HR), Andreja
Kulunčić (HR), Veda Popovici (RO), Sandra Sterle (HR).

Project members: Škart (design and visual identity), Center for Peace
Studies (organizers of the workshop and participants at the round table),
Group 484 (participants at the round table), BRID (organizers of the
workshop and participants at the round table), and MAZ (organizers of the
workshop and participants at the round table). Special thanks to the
indispensable contribution of narrators and interlocutors in the research.

The exhibition is part of the project Risk Change / Riskiraj promjenu.



Partners’ meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

International partner meeting Risk Change
Amsterdam, 13–17 February 2017

Between 13 and 17 February 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we attended
the second partner meeting together with representatives of all ten
participating institutions of the RISK CHANGE European project.  The
meeting agenda involves an overview of the work done in the first six
months of the project, agreements on future activities, and preparation of
content- and management-related guidelines for the upcoming project

Currently project partners are working intensely on research activities,
in the frame of which 600 interviews will be conducted by the end of June
2017 with representatives of migrant communities, with the aim of
including migrants in creative project activities and consequently, their
more effective integration into local social environments. We wish to
encourage their cultural and artistic potentials, and train future
ambassadors of culture, who will help to bridge the gap between local
communities and migrants in the sense of approaching and working with
migrant groups.

Apart from the project meeting, the Amsterdam session hosted a two-day
workshop on the topic of mobile applications, and the third Creative Idea
Module session, while experts from the Creative Communication Group choose
between potential designers to create a visual image for the upcoming
communication actions, related to the basic theme of the project, i. e.

For further details about the project and project activities please visit
our official website: www.riskchange.eu.

The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European

Mobile App Training and Creative Idea Module
7scenes, Amsterdam
April 12–13, 2017

On April 12 and 13, the Mobile App Training / Creative Idea Module 2 will
take place in Amsterdam.
The objective of this first Mobile App training is for each partner in the
consortium to become experienced in telling mobile stories. In small
groups we’ll create these stories, based on our goals and target
April 12, 10 AM–5 PM, Mobile App Training: Mobile Storytelling
April 13, 9.30 AM–2 PM, Creative Idea Module
Our goals are to inform, connect and change.
We aim to reach migrants, civilians, organizations and others.
Functionalities and locations
To show the history of migrants and to welcome them in our countries. To
inform them, and the people in our countries, and to connect them to each
other. To show art works and exhibitions connected to migration. Using
multimedia, connected locations and maps and social media.


Risk Change webpage launch

In February 2017, RC partners launched a new web platform
www.riskchange.eu. Listing all the activities from the project timeline,
the platform will be updated during the entire project. Together with the
published digital artworks and materials for communication actions, the
riskChange.eu platform will use online distribution to help raise
awareness about diversity and the importance of open communities, and thus
smoothen the integration process through innovative and creative
solutions, which will be introduced in local environments in the countries
of RC partner organizations.

The web portal will be used as an electronic archive of all RC actions,
deliverables, manuals, procedure documentation, etc., with an open public
access, i. e. a free access for sharing, dissemination and distribution of
digital and archive materials. It will engage audiences to participate in
the technology-science-migration-art-culture relationship; it will not
only raise awareness about migration issues, but also offer sustainable
and usable results in the form of artworks, networking, collaborative
involvement, educational programs, technological advantages, and
integration possibilities in innovative ways.

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Educational activities

ACE KIBLA RC Lectures / workshop / study visit

RC Lecture: Damjan Kozole
Damjan Kozole – documentary film screening and discussion with the director
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 7 p. m.
MMC KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia

A discussion with Slovenian director and screenwriter Damjan Kozole will
be hosted as part of the Risk Change project, which explores in innovative
ways the processes of migration in the cultural and artistic context. The
discussion with the director will be accompanied by a screening of
documentaries Meje (Borders; Vesna Award for Best Documentary (Slovenian
Film Festival 2016), winner of Dokudoc Festival (Maribor), Human Rights
Award – Special Mention (22nd Sarajevo Film Festival)), which was shot in
October 2015 in Brežice, at the Schengen border between Slovenia and
Croatia. We will also be showing and discussing Fototot and Silent Party,
two films which have been used by legendary performers Ulay and Marina


RC Lecture: Peter Tomaž Dobrila
Creation Process
23 March 2017, 6.15 p. m. at FH JOANNEUM, Graz, Austria

The Creation Process raises topics such as openness vs. closeness,
collaboration vs. competition, free vs. ours / theirs, copyYES vs. CC,
copyLeft or copyRight, public vs. private, wideness vs. deepness, tangible
vs. non-tangible, material vs. virtual, syntactic vs. semantic.
It shows there is more to it than just logistic dichotomies, and unveils
media as a creative tool and as a carrier of the information, either in
the offline or online world, in both, wired and mobile technologies.
Consequently, it is mirrored by our society, like media driven reality in
the direction of mono-, multi- and inter-media cultural and artistic,
research and science, educational and training platform. Technology as a
form that changes content could be taken by initiative from below as
digital literacy or by dictate from above as digital slavery.


EduKIBLIX 2017

9 March, 23 March 2017, 4 p. m.
MMC KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia

At the workshop we will discover Arduino Uno and different modules, and
set up our programming environment. We will explore the field of
intermedia arts and learn about artworks that use technology and
programming as part of their creative process.


RC Lecture: Uroš Dokl
In memoriam – Syria, the land of jasmine
23 February 2017, 7 p. m.
MMC KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia

The third lecture in a series of discussions on the topic of migrations
and the related challenges is being carried out as part of the Risk Change
The author presented his first-hand experiences from Syria (like it no
longer exists), summing up thoughts related to the existing European
situation, and highlighting the most commonly occurring stereotypes in
relation to refugees. Uroš Dokl is a PhD student of sociology and a
humanitarian from Maribor, who refused to sit at home and silently observe
how his beloved Syria falls to pieces.


Kiblix Mobil 2017 @transmediale Berlin

Saša Spačal, Mycophone_unison (installation, video)
Berlin, 24 February 2017

At the transmediale in Berlin, Saša Spačal presented the project
Mycophone_unison at the opening of the Mycelium network society, on 24
February 2017 at Silent Green. The event is an initiation of the new
network, which will feature, among other projects, lectures, and
performances, a presentation of Mycophone_unison, physically as an
installation and with a 10 minute video projection about Mycophone_unison
(produced by Kibla).


KIBLIX Mobil 2017 @Kinetica London

Nika Oblak & Primož Novak
Kinetica 2017
London, 17–19 February 2017

Winning submissions of the open call for the jubilee 10th exhibition
Kinetica 2017 in London / ACE KIBLA submitted works by the artists’ duo
Nika Oblak & Primož Novak
The works of artist duo Nika Oblak & Primož Novak were selected to the
proposition of applicant and post-producer ACE KIBLA to be included at the
Kinetica exhibition in London.
Apart from the work BORDER MOVER, two other kinetic video installation
were showcased, the works SISYPHUS ACTIONS (2011), and THE BOX (2005). The
work BORDER MOVER by Nika Oblak and Primož Novak was exhibited at the MIG
21 international exhibition in Maribor.

More about the work Border Mover:


Study visit @transmediale berlin

transmediale Berlin
ACE KIBLA / Risk Change study visit
Berlin, 2 February 2017

The new media festival transmediale in Berlin opens with the exhibition
ever elusive at the venue of Theatersaal at the House of World Cultures
(Haus der Kulturen der Welt), on 2 February 2017. Artistic director
Kristoffer Gansing and Daphne Dragona, curator of the conference program
designed a one-month program to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of
transmediale. There is an opportunity to visit the special exhibition
“alien matter” by curator Inke Arns and to attend a film and video program
by curator Florian Wüst.


KIBLA Lecture

RC Lecture: dr. Boris Vezjak
The Manichean metaphysics of refugeeism: how lost Europeans return to
their solid roots
MMC KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia
26 January 2017, 7. p.m.

A public lecture by dr. Boris Vezjak entitled The Manichean metaphysics of
refugeeism: how lost Europeans return to their solid roots. This is the
second in a series of lectures on the topic of migrations and related
challenges, which are being carried out as part of the Risk Change


MSUV Lectures

RC Lecture: Selman Trtovac
Migrants of Mental Spaces
Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
28 December 2016, 5 p. m.

As part of the exhibition Migrants of Mental Spaces, the Museum of
Contemporary Art Vojvodina organized a lecture by Selman Trtovac, one of
the participating artists at the exhibition. The main topic of the lecture
was migration in the context of the Academy of Arts in Dusseldorf, through
Trtovac’s own experience.


RC Lecture: Vladimir Frelih
Migrants of Mental Spaces
Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
21 December 2016, 5 p. m.

Vladimir Frelih is Professor at the Department of Multimedia, Academy of
Arts, Osijek (since 2007), and Guest Professor at the Academy of Arts,
Novi Sad (since 2010). For the exhibition Migrants of Mental Spaces, he
conceived and designed a new object/sculpture called Black Raw Memory,
which is composed of found objects, discarded, unnecessary things he found
in situ.



RC Lecture: Eva D. Bahovec
Pippi Longstocking as a migrant – The others, the different, the
dissimilar, and the logic of exclusion
MMC KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia
24 November 2016, 7 p. m.

The logic of exclusion is one of the oldest, most dangerous and stupidest
logics of our civilization. The philosophical, scientific, and artistic
practices create it, and the conservative and pro-fascist politics
disseminate it. Even the Fortress Europe is less and less effective in
facing such Orbanian anti-migration artifices, or – which is the other
side of the same logic – the new-fashioned Polish, and now even Slovenian
politics of enslaving “indigenous” women.
It is therefore high time to detect the logic of exclusion in more detail,
and to draw from it, but at the same time past it, with a view to
strengthening the logic of resistance. The latter connects Foucault’s
critique of exclusion with Deleuze’s attack against stupidity into a new
Nietzschean healing motto: To harm, above all!

Eva D. Bahovec, PhD, is Full Professor at the Department of Philosophy,
Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.


Touring residency

Risk Change Touring Residency
Host: FOPSIM, Zejtun, Malta
1–9 April 2017
Producer: KIBLA
Ale de la Puente, Mexico
Petra Kapš, Slovenia
Udo Noll, Germany
Vlado Repnik, Slovenia
Simon Macuh, Slovenia

Touring residencies are a part of the Risk Change Project, Work Package 3
– Production. They are related to art production, as well as to digital
creative communication production.

Group residencies are taking place on four European locations over the
course of two years; it is important to keep up the continuation of this
two-year process in order to be able to finalize the four group artworks,
which are going to be presented at several European exhibitions (end of
2018–2020) and even after the project Risk Change has ended.

There are four parallel touring residencies, led by The Mighty Creatives,
Birmingham, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Museum of
Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad and KIBLA, Maribor, respectively. All
four residency program start in 2017 and end in late summer or early fall

The first residency will take place in Zejtun, Malta, between 1–9 April 2017.
The hosting institution is FOPSIM, Foundation for the Promotion of Social
Inclusion in Malta, one of the partner organizations in the Risk Change

KIBLA’s touring residency involves five artists from Mexico, Germany and
Slovenia: Ale de la Puente (MX), Petra Kapš (SI), Udo Noll (DE), Vlado
Repnik (SI) and Simon Macuh (SI).

Follow the touring residency process at:

Open Call: RIXC Art Science Festival 2017 and Open Fields Conference /
19–21 October 2017, Riga
Application deadline: 15 May 2017

Open Fields is an annual gathering for international scholars and artists
working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science.
The exhibition aims to present the most innovative approaches in artistic
research, and to discuss the changing role of arts, their transformative
potential, and their relation to science.


Open Call for Solo Residency at ZINC, France
Application deadline: 15 May 2017
The selected project will benefit from one month’s residency, from 20 June
2017 to 20 July 2017, in Marseille (France).


Open Call for Artists MSUV Novi Sad, Serbia
Open call for participation within the scope of EU Project RISK CHANGE
Deadline: 15 April 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina issues a OPEN CALL for
participation on three solo exhibitions which are to be realized during
the year 2017 within the scope of the project RISK CHANGE supported by the
European Union ‘’Creative Europe’’ program.
Risk Change is a project that explores the socio-political preassures that
are conditioned by the movement of the population, changing of residence,
migration, exile, etc, through interdisciplinary and intercultural
approaches. During 2017 the focus will be on the humanistic consideration
of the current social and political issues through the intermedia art


Open Call for Migrants MSUV Novi Sad, Serbia
Open call for participation in research for EU Project RISK CHANGE
Deadline:  30 March 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, within the EU project Risk
Change, is conducting research activities in collaboration with a team of
researchers. The research work, which will be conducted in the form of
interviews (questionnaires and video interviews), is a means of dealing
with a broad spectrum of issues related to migrations, and will attempt to
answer questions like: who are the people coming to / leaving Serbia and
what are their reasons for moving?


MMSU Rijeka, Croatia
Open call for the participation in the exhibition
13 January 2017

As part of the open call for the participation in the exhibition Between
There and There: Anatomy of Temporary Migrations, the six-member jury
comprising Irena Bekić, Duga Mavrinac; Ksenija Orelj, Nataša Šuković,
Slaven Tolj, and Milica Đilas, has selected the art project (performance)
by Nicole Hewitt, This Women’s Name is Jasna 08.
For the educational program, the jury chose the proposal by Center for
Peace Studies (ZG), a workshop for students called Migrant Work – Activist
Contributions. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with Peace
Studies (Center for Peace Studies) and partners: Base for Workers’
Initiative and Democratization (BRID) and Anti-Fascist Women Network. 38
proposals for art projects were submitted following the open call, and 5
proposals for in the category of educational program.


MMSU Rijeka, Croatia
Open call for participation in research for EU project Risk Change: Is
Rijeka a multicultural city?
21 December 2016

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary in Rijeka, as part of the EU project
Risk Change, conducts field research in cooperation with researchers
Barbara Matejčić, freelance journalist, and Drago Župarić-Iljić,
sociologist from The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (Zagreb).
The research work, which will be conducted in the form of interviews
(questionnaires and video interviews with individuals and groups), is a
means of dealing with a broad spectrum of issues related to migrations,
and will attempt to answer questions like: is Rijeka a multicultural city?


MMSU Rijeka, Croatia
21 September 2016

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka invites all interested
individuals, organizations, institutions, volunteer initiatives, civil
society organizations, etc., to cooperate in the EU project RISK CHANGE (1
June 2016 – 31 May 2020).


MMSU Rijeka, Croatia
2 September 2016

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka invites all interested
individuals to submit applications for conducting field research within
the EU project RISK CHANGE (1 June 2016 – 31 May 2020). The research will
be conducted in the city of Rijeka and the surrounding area, from October
2016 until the end of June 2017.


ACE KIBLA is co-funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of
Slovenia and the Municipality of Maribor.

Project RISK CHANGE (2016–2020) is co-financed by the Creative Europe
program of the European Union.

ACE KIBLA is a member of M3C, Multimedia Centers Network of Slovenia;
international platform X-OP eXchange of Operators and Producers; and McRU,
Network of Slovenian Arts Research Centers.