Maja Smrekar (SI) History of the future

History of the Future (2012), a multimedia art installation which takes us on a temporal journey through the cinematic archive of international science-fiction production. Organized as a multimedia presentation of content-based clusters of representations of possible realities of the future and the present, which follow chronologically from 1895 until 2009, and appearing on a time line in the future, which ends in the year of 802,701. The interactive infrastructure of the multimedia installation offers the user a selection of contents, within which the author presents the socio-political contexts that shaped the zeitgeist of each historical period in which the selected films were made, while the presentation transpires in the form of a video lecture and in the style of philoscifi. Through the topics of sociological and media structure of popular culture, the author explores the anthropology of fear as it relates to the changes in the perception of nature, technology and, consequently, social psychodynamics through the phenomenology of the perception of time, which she offers to the viewer as a presentation of the juxtaposition of linearity and laterality.

Concept and execution: Maja Smrekar | Programming, graphic and sound design: Luka Marčetič | Installation design: Maja Smrekar and Andrej Strehovec | Technical planning: Andrej Strehovec | Technical realization: RPS d.o.o. | Camera: Matjaž Mrak
Production: Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

organizers: Culture Development Association “URK” + Mochvara Club, Aksioma - Institut for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana & KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis
concept: KONTEJNER
curators of Mochvara Gallery: KONTEJNER | Ena Hodžić, Ivana Jelača & Tereza Teklić
technical team: Andrija Santro & Hrvoje Horvat
media partners: H-alter, Kulturpunkt, Radio Student
supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb - Municipal Office for Education, Culture and Sport, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Ljubljana and the EU Culture Programme

Maja Smrekar (SI)

Maja Smrekar was born 1978 in Slovenia. She graduated from the Sculpture Department at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, in collaboration with the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and holds a Master of Arts in Video and the New Media. She has exhibited in various fine arts and media arts museums, such as ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany), Musée de l’Homme (Paris, France), Het Neuwe Institut (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Art Laboratory Berlin (Germany), Latvian National Arts Museum (Riga, Latvia), Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Milton Keynes Gallery (United Kingdom), and RMIT Gallery Melbourne (Australia), as well as festivals such as Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), Click (Helsingør, Denmark) and Musrara Mix (Jerusalem, Israel). She has received several awards and distinctions, among others the award of the European Centre for Arts Hellerau (Dresden, Germany) at the Cynetart festival 2012, a honorary mention at the Ars Electronica festival 2013 (Linz, Austria), the Golden Bird Award 2013 (Ljubljana, Slovenia), the Trend Award 2017 – Prize for Visual Creativity (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and the Prix Ars Electronica – Golden Nica 2017 in Hybrid Art (Linz, Austria). In 2018, she won the Prešeren Foundation Award – the highest national award for artistic achievements given by the Republic of Slovenia (Ljubljana, Slovenia). For various years she has been an artistic associate of production platforms, such as Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova Institute (SI), The Culture Yard (DK), Cultivamos Cultura (PT), Quo Artis Foundation (ES), Aksioma Institute (SI), etc. Maja Smrekar lives and works in Ljubljana (Slovenia).


Pogon Jedinstvo (Zagreb)

exhibition opening: thursday 10.04.014. at 19.00 h
artist talk and in situ project presentation: friday, 11.04.2014. at 20.00 h