Ljubljana Blind Date Convention 2016

4th International Festival of Artist’s Books and Artist Publications
Accompanying exhibitions


You are kindly invited to the opening of three exhibitions that will officially open this year’s Ljubljana Blind Date Convention 2016: This is not a book! Item: BOOK; 26 Stages of Erection; and ZINEZINE in P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana, on Thursday, 19 May 2016 at 6 p.m. The exhibitions will be on display until 9 June 2016.

This year’s Blind Date Convention is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first artist’s book in Slovenia.

This is not a book! Item: BOOK
With the exhibition This is not a book! Item: BOOK we mark half a century since the release of the first artist’s book in Slovenia. In 1996 Marko Pogačnik self-published the handmade book Item: BOOK in an edition of 60 copies. In the book Zmajeve črte, ekologija in umetnost [Dragon lines, ecology and art] (Obzorja, 1986) Pogačnik wrote: “In the fall of 1965 I happened to fleetingly read some sentences from the newspaper Gorenjski glas that someone had carefully cut out onto strips of paper of the same format. I came across a sentence, which I later published in EVA as a motto of the series: ‘Towards the north are fewer and fewer trees, fewer and fewer plants, everything is in short supply, except for the vast expanse of snow and ice.’ […] In the following weeks I went deeply into the feeling that came over me alongside the vision of the disappearance of multiplicity and the appearance of singular whiteness. Then I dreamed of hunting a white polar bear in the completely white polar landscape, white on white. […] I materialized the inspiration of hunting a polar bear in the form of my first book with the title BOOK.”
Item: BOOK joins Marko Pogačnik to the inventor of the artist’s book in Europe, Dieter Roth (1959), and to Ed Ruscha in the USA (1963). The artist’s book is the visual medium that enabled the OHO movement (Marko Pogačnik and Iztok Gaister, later also Matjaž Hanžek, Franci Zagoričnik, Miljenko Matanović, Braco Rotar, Tomaž Šalamun, etc.) to make a radical breakthrough into the visual arts world, bringing deviation, excess and provocation to the world of local modernism. Item: BOOK announced numerous key novelties that were typical for the production of OHO’s books from 1966–1969: small editions, handmade by their authors and self-published. They were marked by do-it-yourself strategies, not only in terms of content, but aboveall by their intermedia nature.
In Slovenia the OHO Group opened the chapter of independent publishing and independent artistic (self-)distribution. The idea of independent publishing itself is closely tied to the idea of the artist activist. Books – separated from the institutional framework – can thus circulate freely and are important objects of communication.

The exhibition ZINEZINE brings a current overview of th creators of fanzines in Slovenia. The zines were collected on the basis of a public call for zines made in the last five years of all forms and content. Prepared in collaboration with the publishing house Look Back and Laugh, the exhibition was curated by Zoran Pungerčar.

26 Stages of Erection
Robert Barry – Marcel Broodthaers – Hans-Peter Feldmann – Yona Friedman – Dora Garcia – Dejan Habicht – Eva Hesse – Sanja Iveković – Gabriel Kuri – Jonathan Monk – Sener Özmen & Ahmet Öğüt – Alja Piry – Tadej Pogačar – Kateřina Šedá – Joe Scanlan – Small but dangers.

The international exhibition 26 Stages of Erection is an author’s selection of artist’s books from P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute’s collection of artist’s book. P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute has co-established a diverse artistic production of artist’s books, ranging from non-material poet Robert Barry, Belgium conceptualist and pioneer of institutional criticism Marcel Broodthaers, postminimalist artist Eva Hesse, and provocateur and collector Hans-Peter Feldmann to authors of the middle and younger generations such as Jonathan Monk, Ahmet Öğüt, Kateřina Šedá, Alja Piry, Small but dangers, etc.

The programme of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and by the Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.

Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. / P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute
P74 Gallery/Kapsula, Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana
www.zavod-parasite.si, www.kapsula.si
mobile +386 (0)40 370 199

Gallery hours
Monday–Friday 12:00–18:00 and by appointment
Saturday, Sunday closed

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Javni razpis ZINEZINE

Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. v sodelovanju z Look Back and Laugh razpisuje javni razpis ob pripravi razstave ZINEZINE, razstavi aktualnih fanzinov iz Slovenije (vseh vrst in oblik), ki bo potekala v sklopu festivala Blind Date 2016 (19.5. in 20.5.2016), ki je posvečen knjigi umetnika, umetniškim edicijam in umetniškim publikacijam.

tisk Blind date 2016

Vabimo vse ustvarjalke in ustvarjalce, umetniške skupine, kolektive ipd., ki ste aktivni na področju fanzinov, da do 22. aprila 2016 pošljete ali osebno prinesete po en izvod fanzinov, na sedež knjigarne KAPSULA, Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana. Tematika, oblika in tehnika fanzinov ni predpisana, je pa obvezno, da je bil fanzin izdan v zadnjih petih letih v Sloveniji.
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Nina KOČAR: Introspector

4 February 2016 – 28 February 2016
KAPSULA, Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition Introspector by Nina Kočar on Thursday, 4 February 2016 at 19.00 at the KAPSULA in Ljubljana.
Curator: Nina Skumavc

Nina Kočar, Untitled, 2011
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Tadej Vaukman – Spaghetti Boys

6 January 2016 – 28 January 2016
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

Tadej Vaukman, Spaghetti Boys, 2015

Tadej Vaukman began taking photos in a time when, as a member of various bands, he was travelling throughout Europe and started using a camera to document everything around him. The documentary approach has remained of key importance for his work, in this frame, he is primarily interested in the direct reality, banality and rawness of everyday life.
“I love the whole chaos in front of the camera, I love the truth, I love the simplicity and stupidity and I love beer. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll ask you if you would love to jerk off a baseball bat or a dildo in front of me, I don’t know. I wanna see so much stuff, but I can’t see it anywhere. Things are getting boring for me. I have to spice up this shit. I wanna see people cry, I wanna see people being what they fucking are, I wanna see you when you are angry and happy. And I wanna make you feel good …” (Tadej Vaukman).
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Staš Kleindienst: Unknown / Unrecognised

18 December 2015 – 3 Januar 2016
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition Unknown / Unrecognised by Staš Kleindienst on Friday, 18 December 2015 at 19.00 at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.

Stas Kleindienst, Untitled, 2014
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Lesson 1 – Tadej Pogačar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
8 December 2015 – 31 January 2016
Opening 8 December, 19h

foto: Tadej Pogacar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, No News (detail), print on vinyl, 2015. Courtesy of P74 Gallery and artist

The exhibition Lesson 1 is a modified version of the exhibition Hills and Valleys and Mineral Resources, the first comprehensive overview of the artistic activity of Tadej Pogačar and the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Arts that was on view at Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana between 4 November 2014 and 8 February 2015.

The exhibition in Zagreb is a selection of the most important projects created in the last decades that have significantly marked contemporary artistic production. The exhibition will present objects, artefacts, documents, installations and video works from the second half of the 1970s (the series called “No Events Actions”), the installation Laboratorium II, to the public projects and actions of the 1990s – among them, the pioneer project “Kings of the Street” (1994–1995), which first set out a collaboration with the social minority of Ljubljana’s homeless people, and the long term collaborative project CODE:RED (1999/2000–present).
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The Second Explosion: The 1990s (Introduction–Part Two)

P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana
24 November – 27 November 2015

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition The Second Explosion: The 1990s on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 at 20.00 at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.

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-5 MINUTES, The International Biennial of Short Video

P74 Gallery/KAPSULA, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana

We are pleased to announce the new edition of the International Biennial of Short Video -5 MINUTES. The fifth edition is entitled Insomnia Dyslexia as proposed by this year’s guest curator Ece Pazarbaşı. From the 127 video works submitted from different continents, the international expert jury consisting of Ece Pazarbaşı (head curator), Elizabeth Cortiñas Hidalgo (video artist) and Polonca Lovšin (artist, curator from P74 Gallery) selected eight works from the authors Bonnie Begusch, Neno Belchev, Anupong Charoenmitr, Heidi Hörsturz, Sanja Hurem, Local A., Dustin Luke Nelson and Guido Nosari. Accompanying the opening of the Biennial, a short booklet presenting the selected works and their authors will be available in Slovenian and English languages.
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Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. at the NY Art Book Fair, 2015

18 – 20 September 2015

Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. participates at the tenth annual NY Art Book Fair, September 18-20, 2015, at MoMA PS1 in Long Island, Queens.
A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 6 to 9 pm.
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Domènec – The Collectivisation of Everything

Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., Center in Galerija P74, Ljubljana
10.9. – 1.10.2015

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition The Collectivisation of Everything on Thursday, 10 September 2015 at 19.00 at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.

Domènec, Kolektivizacija vsega, 2015
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