The year-long programme Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature presents an event with a sensorial approach conceived by Barabara Pia Jenič.

The first public presentation takes place on Summer Museum Night, on Saturday, 16 June, at the Švicarija Creative Centre in Tivoli Park.

Švicarija, the house in Tivoli Park, has swapped many identities during the course of its existence, many people have found shelter behind its walls, and its uses have changed over time. It is a space filled with individual and collective meanings. Švicarija has, among other things, functioned as a guest house, a hotel, a residence for those on the margins, an art production centre, a material reference to the identity of its inhabitants, as well as a home. (A. Boštjančič, Identitete neke hiše [Identities of a House], 2015)

At the workshops, the participants linked the sensorial theatre language to the cultural heritage of the Tivoli Hotel: we listened to the history of the building through various perspectives of sensual perception. On Summer Museum Night, visitors will be taken through the originally conceived and staged snippets of  its history. 

There are 30 places available each hour to experience the sensorial guided tour of the snippets of the lives of the people in Švicarija. Reservations are released 15 minutes before the event, so please make sure that you take your ticket at the box office 15 minutes before the beginning of the event. Please leave your luggage and personal items at home. You enter the event with eyes blindfolded and with no personal luggage. We apologise for any inconvenience!

Performances
Saturday, 16 July, at 6 pm (30 places)
Saturday, 16 July, at 8 pm (30 places)
Bookings to petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si

Author and director of the event: Barbara Pia Jenič
Inspired by and modelled on: Andraž Boštjančič, Identitete neke hiše [Identities of a House], degree thesis
Texts used: Ivan Cankar, Bela krizantema [The White Chrysanthemum]; Valenčič Jožef, Vzgoja in omika ali izvir sreče [Education and Manners or the Source of Happiness], 1899
Audio interpretations of Bonton na Promenadi [Good Manners on Promenade] and Bela krizantema [The White Chrysanthemum]: Tomaž Gubenšek
Audio interpretations from the performances: Marija Nablocka
Sound:
Russian and Gypsy romances: Aleksander Konjajev
Domžale March and General Maister March performed by the Slovenian Army Orchestra
Archive recordings of Nablocka, source: SLOGI Sound and Video Archive – Theatre Museum, Ljubljana
Sound effects design: Peter Penko
Costumes:
Costume selection: Incognito design
Costume consultation: Erna Nelc
Sensorial artists: Gloria Ana Belopavlovič, Veronika Golob, Katja Krajnc, Meta Kutin, Ana Obid, Urša Eva Pucelj, Teja Saksida, Tina Zadravec
Author and project leader: Yasmín Martín Vodopivec
Concept of education programme: Lili Šturm

Barbara Pia Jenič is the founder of the Senzorium Theatre, the author and director of many performances, as well as an actress with a master degree in Speech. Her creative engagement comprises more than 60 directed events and performances. She was also mentor and director at the BB Drama School for more than 16 years. She conducts various education programmes within the field of sensorial language, speech and acting, among others, also for medical staff through Slovenia Transplant and UKC Ljubljana. As a pioneer of sensorial theatre and language in Slovenia, and one of the few such creators in Europe and in the world, she has been leading the way over the past 20 years, exploring the field of the sensorial, interaction with the public, the multi-sensory, immersion in events, as well as artistic synesthesia.

Special thanks: Andraž Boštjančič, Flora Kastelic, Atila Boštjančič, Jaka Mihelič, Jakov Brdar, Jaka Železnikar, Slovenian Army Orchestra, Aljoša Deferri, Dean UL AGRFT Tomaž Gubenšek, SLOGI – Theatre Museum, MGL and Erna Nelc, Nataša Trtnik, Ivanka Mežan, as well as Zora Konjajev and Andrej Konjajev for the private archival recordings

The Tivoli Hotel between Memories and Dreams programme is part of the Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature project by Yasmín Martín Vodopivec. The event was made in co-production with the Senzorium Institute.

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A note to visitors of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Crack Up – Crack Down

We notify you that the exhibition of work by Hinko Smrekar The Seven Deadly Sins was on view at the National Gallery of Slovenia until the end of August. The works were exhibited as part of the Biennial and announced a major retrospective of the artist's works next year.

Photo: Jaka Babnik. Archive: MGLC.

Alicja Rogalska: Citizens of Nowhere, Artist talk

25th International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women

Friday, 13. 9.
18.00, Švicarija

Alicja Rogalska is this year’s City of Women’s artist-in-residence at Švicarija, commissioned by the curatorial duo osborn&møller. During the one-month residency programme, Rogalska will address the issue of The Erased, the around twenty thousand people, who were left without citizenship shortly after Slovenia declared independence in 1991. The newly founded state (Republic of Slovenia) stripped The Erased of a social existence, prompting the artist to question how this identity which was taken away could even begin to be represented. The artist will share some possible answers and performative actions that will ensue from the residency programme with audiences at the artist talk taking place at Švicarija (13 September), as well as in the screening and conversation at Škuc Gallery as part of the solo exhibition Kinds of Pressure (2–18 October).

Alicja Rogalska mostly works in specific contexts, making situations, performances, videos and installations in collaboration with other people to collectively search for emancipatory ideas for the future. She is currently artist-in-residence at the Stuart Hall Library/INIVA in London and is working on a commission for Art Exchange in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences at Essex University and Focal Point Gallery. She has recently presented her work at Biennale Warszawa, Kyoto Art Centre, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka and MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

Artist talk will be delivered in English!

Free entry!

Local research assistant: Olga Michalik; Alicja Rogalska assistant: Linnea Hansander; produced by: City of Women; co-produced by: MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Kunstencentrum Vooruit; supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana.