The 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts: Iskra Delta

September 10–November 21, 2021


Iskra Delta, a technology conglomerate, has been summoned from the future to present its covert production at the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts.

The tentacle of the future patiently pounds on the glass. Dense hyperpop vapour rises from the heated planet. Reality forks in the glimmers of other possible worlds. If you thought that the Slovenian/Yugoslavian computer company, which many saw as having the potential to become a global technological power, went dark after 1989, you are mistaken. Iskra Delta will deposit the forms that are already emerging in our midst. The future rests with us.

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In the more than 60 years of its existence, the Ljubljana Biennale that was founded in 1955 in the midst of the Cold War, has tirelessly responded to the ever-changing sociopolitical context while rearticulating its own identity and strategies. From the very beginning, it sought to transcend geopolitical polarities, reflecting Yugoslavia's determination to choose its own path.

The Biennale continues to draw from its history and context, taking a specific local case of technological development and its unrealised potentials as the impetus for its 34th edition. Against a backdrop of social and environmental unrest, deep in the pandemic that has fixed our bodies in place and our eyes on screens, the story of Iskra Delta and the spectres of the "lost futures" that haunt it provide a spark for imagining and constructing possible alternative presents.

Since Iskra Delta is an entity that resides in the present moment, it is also integrated into current Internet culture, inhabiting the world of pre-existing subcultural phenomena: the world of hyperpop, trash, memes, political compass, squatting Slavs, hipsters, doomers and other phantoms of this generation.

It presents a conglomeration of practices from different platforms, collectives and both established and especially younger generations of artists, musicians and writers, whose works span various media and disciplines and, above all, harness the power of fiction and emerging technologies to point to the vectors that are capable of transforming the world we inhabit today.

As a biennale rooted in the local context while maintaining a global perspective, the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts includes artists from regional territories such as Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, as well as international participants from Germany, United Kingdom and the United States, Middle East and African countries.

The exhibition will sprawl across the historical building of the International Centre of Graphic Arts and spread its tentacles into the surrounding park and other venues in the city. It will showcase existing and commissioned works, and will be accompanied by an extensive discussion programme that crosses the boundaries between contemporary art, sociology, politics and literature, as well as a publication that functions as both an exhibition catalogue and a reader with essays that expand on the themes of the Biennale.

Artistic Director of the Biennale: Nevenka Šivavec
Curator of the Biennale: Tjaša Pogačar
Curator of the Conference and Discursive Programme: Muanis Sinanović

Biennale Project Group:
Kukla Kešerović, Aljaž Košir, Tjaša Pogačar, Muanis Sinanović, Andrej Škufca

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Guided tour of ISKRA DELTA: 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts with curator Tjaša Pogačar

Thursday, 28 October
17.00, @ Tivoli Mansion

The guided tour will proceed as follows: Tivoli Mansion, MGLC Švicarija.

The guided tour of the Biennale exhibition venues in Tivoli Park will be conducted by the curator of the Biennale, Tjaša Pogačar. Works that are part of ISKRA DELTA are also exhibited at the TR3 Gallery and Ajdovščina Underpass, while the ZVKDS Gallery hosts the exhibition of the recipient of Hamja Ahsan, the Grand Prize of the 33rd Biennial.
Viewing of the exhibition is only possible with a ticket for the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts and the guided tour is free of charge.
Bookings to trgovina@mglc-lj.si.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.
 

In from the margins

Five printmaking studios across Europe are inviting applications from artists to undertake a 1-month long printmaking residency as part of the European residency programme In from the Margins, funded by Creative Europe. 

Deadline for applying: Friday, 19th November 2021.

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The Millennials in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, conversation

Tuesday, 26. 10.
18.00 @ MGLC Švicarija

Meet the writers of The Millennial Files who contemplate the open possibilities offered by the new technological revolution from the perspective of Ljubljana's millennials.
The conversation is led by Muanis Sinanović

Visitors to the conversation will receive a free copy of The Millennial Files.

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Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.