Pioneer // PIONIR is a return to basics through content and technique. Abandoned, plundered and bare land is first inhabited by pioneer plants.
Before optics, chemistry and pixels, photography pioneers used whatever material was at hand. Creators Andrej Firm and Barbara Kukovec, authors of the new exhibition at the TAM-TAM Street Gallery in Maribor, have also returned to the basics, specifically analog photography and anthotype.
GT22 developed a cyclical curatorial principle for the TAM-TAM Gallery in Maribor, according to which each artist who presents himself independently in the current exhibition year chooses any author and thus becomes the curator of the exhibition in the coming year.
The exhibition is curated by Petja Golec Horvat.
Andrej Firm (1985) is a graduate photographer, self-employed in culture. He works in the field of documentary photography and old analog techniques.
Barbara Kukovec (1980) graduated from AGRFT and obtained a master’s degree from Goldsmith (UK). She is dedicated to performing arts and gardening.
10.9. – 7. 10. 2022
TAM-TAM Institute / Sonda Foundation / GT22 / Municipality of Maribor / Ministry of Culture / Alveola d.o.o / Cultural District Židovska + in cooperation with the festival Photos Maribor
Godzilla is the queen of monsters, but also one of the biggest icons of pop culture in general. It first appeared in a Japanese film directed by Ishiro Honda in 1954 and has been the subject of thirty-six films, numerous video games, comic books, novels and TV series. We read the original Godzilla as poetry, and it has served us as a reference point for all fears, destructions and impending ends… impending.
The Godzilla Tribute Band is a collective assembled to save the world. Because we want to. Because we have to. We hold a mirror up to the world. Actually, it’s not a mirror that we hold up. It’s much more than that. We are much more than that. We are the creators of the universe. Masters of the ritual that is being created before your eyes. The storytellers of the story we have to share with the rest of the world. Guardians of the weak, the forgotten and the misunderstood. We are the mattock of social change. That is why the world has no choice but to listen to us. And finally grow up.
You will find us on the sly. In a shelter. In the underground.
Godzilla Tribute Band is an original project and is a collective work of the group. It is a performance that wants to be a concert. It is a theatre of objects, cardboard boxes, cornflakes and, above all, people. It looks for inspiration in punk, old films and exaggerated pathos.
Actors and co-authors: Maja Poljanec Nemec, Miha Bezeljak, Zoran Petrovič Director: Zoran Petrovič Dramaturges: Marek Turošík and Nuša Komplet Peperko Co-author of visual image: Katarina Cakova Lighting designers: Gašper Bohinec and Andrej Firm Set designers and designers of props and some musical instruments: collective of the Razvoj Maribor institute Photographer: Gregor Salobir Author of the cover photo: Andrej Firm Premiere: 15 April 2022, Intimate stage GT22, Maribor Production: Moment in collaboration with SNG Nova Gorica
My Father’s Damn Camera / Ta presneta očetova kamera!
The newest Miloš Tomić‘s stop-motion / experimental film is inspired by the work of an acknowledged photographer and one of the central figures of Maribor’s cultural life, Dragiša Modrinjak (1935-2011). My Father’s Damn Camera! was produced by Maribor-based Film Factory.
Written and directed by Miloš Tomić Stop motion animation: Miloš Tomić 2D animation: Aleksandar Petković, Isidora Vulić Cinematography: Miloš Tomić, Andrej Firm Editor: Marko Simić Sound design: Dako Puač, Mićun Jauković Music: Širom – Ana Kravanja, Iztok Koren, Samo Kutin Producer: Mojca Pernat
Gregor Zorc and Matej Recer – two exceptional storytellers, playfully push us into a whirl of different time periods, personal histories, stories of their parents, acquaintances and strangers. The intimate narrative is based on the horrors of the Second World War, which wrestle with the peaceful homeliness of Podgorje countryside, survival strategies in Yugoslavia with the cosmopolitanism of global capitalism, village solidarity with urban mistrust, life with death. How many disappointments do we need for true love; how much fear to muster the courage to face the unknown; how much hatred must we overcome to begin reconciliation; how many times we have to fail to find our potential; how much loss we have to endure to be happy; how many times do we have to leave to arrive; and how many deaths are needed to be able to live?
The modern bards uncompromisingly confront us with cultural differences, different times, but the same spaces. By overturning social contexts through individual stories, they build insight into the essence of humanity. The authors talk more about us than about themselves. At the same time, their question “How did we get here?” already offers the answer: “We can only move forward together!”
04. December 2020 /Intimni oder, GT22, Maribor
Credits: Authors and performers: Gregor Zorc and Matej Recer Dramaturgical consulting: Uroš Kaurin Technical management: Andrej Firm (Moment) and Grega Mohorčič (Glej) Photography: Andrej Firm and Ivian Kan Mujezinović Video: Hyperraw Digital Poster design: Mina Fina and Ivian Kan Mujezinović / Grupa Ee Public relations: Maša Stošič (Moment) and Tjaša Pureber (Glej) Producers: Zoran Petrovič (Moment) and Tjaša Pureber (Glej) Production: Moment Co-production: Glej Theatre With the support of: Ministry of Culture, Urban Municipality of Maribor and Urban Municipality of Ljubljana
In an old abandoned textile factory, two children are playing. Ropes, fabrics, threads, lamps and shadows become their toys. Children tell stories and imagine a world in which the factory reopens and their parents have a job again. The only way to achieve this in the real world is to persuade the emperor to reopen the factory. But perhaps there is another way: deception.
This original performance is an adaptation of a famous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This exciting narrative introduces children to the themes that define the modern world: politics, consumerism, globalization and the struggles for a better life. The story tries to entertain the children while offering them a reflection on the world in which they grow up.
The romanticization of “good old times” is ritualized by people in the same way as the idealization of “bright future”. Nostalgia and utopia collide in the chaos of the present moment in which we live, where the dispersion of innumerable perspectives, truths and identities reveals itself in a lack of trust in the common and public. How do we then think or even live the utopian moment in the present and the future? Traces and evidence of life are discarded at the dump of some dystopian re-use centre. While individuals look for the worlds through which we give meaning to our existence in particular ways. The exhibition deploys an archive of personal objects from everyday life and creates intimate environments of personal monuments, which reflect the broader social context. The dialogue between the private and the public has shrunk to the bureaucratic apparatus, which is able to think only itself. It really is complex. We really want to do the “right thing”. We really do not want to “screw things up”. It’s really complicated.
Creative team: Nika Bezeljak, Miha Blažič – N’toko, Andrej Firm, Barbara Kukovec, Petra Veber
In cooperation with the Slovenian Society of Art Critics and curator Meta Kordiš we (Photonic Wall / Katja Goljat & Andrej Firm) continued our work with liquid emulsion. The exhibited photographs show a series of repetitive motifs on various materials: wood, plasterboard, stone, porcelain and glass. We are exploring the range of material experimentation and photographic-lab process. The formal visual appearance of the selected motif thus itself is deformed by the reaction of the emulsion on the material and texture of the material. Although the motif of the tandem in this series is of secondary importance, because it wants the viewers to concentrate on the shape, texture and effect of the photographic process rather than content, it is nevertheless chosen deliberately. Therefore, the motif is a little puzzling, nostalgic and mysterious, which attracts the viewers attention.
We (Photonic Wall / Katja Goljat & Andrej Firm) continue to research the power of liquid emulsion and it’s relation when applied to different physical media. For this exhibition the collection consists of works in a black and white analog technique on drywalls, especially designed for CVU Batana’s gallery space in Rovinj, Croatia. It was also a special moment for us as we uncovered our new Photonic Wall logo and held a cyanotype workshop for the residents of the city Rovinj, Croatia.