ADA at KIBLA Portal

Ul. kneza Koclja 9
2000 Maribor

Opening on 19th of April 2013, at 19:00
The exhibition will be open until 15 September 2013
Tuesdays to Saturdays between 11:00 and 19:00

ADA - an analog interactive kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski
Named after 19th century English mathematician, Ada Lovelace, ADA is a self-forming artwork and post-industrial “creature”, resembling a molecular hybrid from nano biotechnology. Filled up with helium and spiked with charcoals, the membrane-like globe floats freely in each room it is located and leave marks on the walls, ceilings and floors. It is meant to be a movement to experience visually, like a computer that generates unforeseeable output after receiving a command. > more

The exhibition features fifty artists. The majority of the participating artists are Slovenian, accompanied by international guest artists.

The Materiality exhibition is part of a two-year project, linking four European partners –WYSPA Institute of Art / Gdansk, Poland, VESSEL / Bari, Italy, Instituto Polytechnico de Tomar, Portugal, ACE KIBLA / Maribor, Slovenia and VESSEL / Bari, Italy – for the purpose of exploration of materiality in contemporary visual culture and art.
The project was established in 2012 within the framework of the European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012, continuing in 2013 and is a part of the European project Materiality, supported by the European Commission, EACEA, Brussels, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Maribor.
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KIBLA the first presentation and production institution in Slovenia in the field of multimedia and intermedia art and culture year-round program. Still involves a classical ("off") media, but in a different context, we use them to support the historical continuity of the visual arts and more aesthetization and integration of electronic media. KIBLA support the principles that lead to complex systems of multimedia presentations. And produce, co-produces cultural and artistic projects and publications.

The two-thousand square meter industrial space with its columns makes possible a free-breathing presentation of the works, which, because of their physical dimension, often exceed usual exhibition possibilities. The vintage hall, remodelled and renovated, is a part of history, imbued with lost worker identity, and in and of itself sets and directs the presentation of artworks. The reappropriation of this type of space is also a reminder of the (un)considered opportunities of Slovenian industrial heritage, which is often degraded or demolished in the name of purported development, and whose future is uncertain. Even a fleeting moment of historical reflection on Slovenian industrial heritage is not taken.

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ADA is kindly supported by
Hochhinaus Luftwerbegesellschaft