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
Marek Turošík and Nuša Komplet Peperko
Co-author of visual image:
Gašper Bohinec and Andrej Firm
Set designers and designers of props and some musical instruments:
collective of the Razvoj Maribor institute
Author of the cover photo:
15 April 2022, Intimate stage GT22, Maribor
Moment in collaboration with SNG Nova Gorica
More info at Moment.si
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.
WORLD PREMIERE IN MARIBOR – 2.10.2021 Festival StopTrik
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
More about the film & trailer
devised performance / Matej Recer and Gregor Zorc
»How many deaths are needed to be able to live?«
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
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)
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.
Crew and cast
Premiere — 26. June 2020
Director Zoran Petrovič
Visual designers Toni Soprano and Monika Pocrnjić
Performers Uroš Kaurin and Tilen Kožamelj
Lighting designers Toni Soprano and Andrej Firm
Lighting and video technician Andrej Firm
Photo: Boštjan Lah
More info: Official site
Mi Ne Gremo Nikamor / we are here to stay
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.
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.
Exhibition place : Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana
Selection: Meta Kordiš
Authors: Photonic Wall ( Katja Goljat & Andrej Firm)
Acknowledgments: Ivana Petan, Matjaž Rušt
Photo: Matjaž Rušt
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.
Opening / Workshop
Photo: Matjaž Rušt, Andrej Firm
Our photographic platform Mišnica GT22 just released their first zine. The official release was part of this years Festival of Photography Maribor (Festival Fotografije Maribor 2017).
Grab them while their hot, at Glavni Trg 22, Maribor – GT22.
Matej Sajko Modrinjak
The Group exhibition of the Slovenian Stage Photography 1991-2016 (Pregled slovenske odrske fotografije 1991-2016) is an attempt to combine all the best photographers who in the last quater of a century documented Slovenian moments of institutional and non-institutional performing arts. It is an on going exhibition; in the making. The list of authors, sites, locations, countries is expanding as the exhibition moves on.
Nada Žgank, Sunčan Stone, Peter Uhan, Žiga Koritnik, Urška Boljkovac, Boštjan Lah, Miha Sagadin, Jaka Babnik, Miha Fras, Matej Modrinjak, Damjan Švarc, Toni Soprano, Sandra Požun, Stanislav Zebec, Jaka Varmuž, Saša Huzjak.
Curators: Andrej Firm & sonda3
The project is supported by: Authors, Design Studio Maribor, Municipality of Maribor, GT22, Ustanova Fundacija Sonda, Slovenian Theaters
Exhibition Opening: GT22, 24.06.2016 – Festival Lent 2016
I. Guest appearance: Gallery Simulaker, 22.07.2016, Novo Mesto
II. Guest appearance: Kreativni atelje Manje Vadla, 1.06.2017 – 27.6.2017, Celje
Another theater performance that was entirely made in the new non-institutional theater Intimni Oder GT22. Na Luno z Zvitorepcem, Trdonjo in Lakotnikom is a group project which we developed in the last 6 months. It covers one of the stories from the famous Slovenian comic book artist Miki Muster.
Premiere: 21.4.2017, Intimni Oder, GT22, Maribor
Actor: Miha Bezeljak
Director & Dramaturge: Nika Bezeljak
Scenography & Light Design: Andrej Firm
Sound Design: Dino Čurić
Photo: Andrej Firm