“My artistic research focuses on entanglements of environment-culture continuum and planetary metabolism. By developing technological interfaces and relations with an organic and mineral soil agents I try to address the posthuman condition that involves mechanical, digital and organic logic within bio-politics and necro-politics of our times.“
Saša Spačal [www.agapea.si] is a postmedia artist working at the intersection of living systems research, contemporary and sound art. Her work focuses primarily on the posthuman condition, where human beings exist and act as one of many elements in the ecosystem and not as sovereigns. Therefore abandoning the Cartesian system of classification and accepting the fact that the field of technology has expanded not only from hardware to software but also to wetware resulting in hybrid phenomena inscribed in mechanical, digital and organic logic.
Her work was exhibited and performed at venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica Festival (AT), Prix Cube Exhibition (FR), Transmediale Festival (DE), Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (RUS), Onassis Cultural Center Athens (GR), Chronos Art Center (CHN), Eyebeam (USA), Cynetart Festival (DE), National Art Museum of China (CHN), Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (SI), Kapelica Gallery (SI), Device_art (CRO), Art Laboratory Berlin (DE), Kiblix Festival (SI), Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje (SI), Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (SRB), Lisboa Soa Festival (PT), Sonica Festival (SI). She was awarded Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention and nominated for Prix Cube.
Saša Spačal lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is a media artist with background in humanities, who is currently working at the intersection of living systems research, media art, sound art and real-time interactive visualization. She has expanded her formal education through various workshops of computer graphics, web, video production and biohacking.
Her work focuses primarily on the posthuman period, when human beings exist and act as one of many elements in the ecosystem and not as sovereigns. Therefore abandoning the Cartesian system of classification and accepting the fact that the field of technology has grown and expanded not only from hardware to software but also to wetware resulting in hybrid phenomena inscribed in mechanical, digital and organic logic.
In collaboration with various art producers such as Kapelica Gallery, Multimedia Center Kibla and Ljudmila – Art and Science Laboratory, she is developing media installations and other interfaces by connecting technological and biological organisms.
Her solo exhibition Myconnect was held at Kapelica Gallery – Ljubljana, Slovenia, Močvara Gallery – Zagreb, Croatia and Drugo more Gallery – Rijeka, Croatia. Her solo exhibition Liminoid was presented at Aksioma, Institute for Contemporary Art – Ljubljana, Slovenia in production of Ljudmila – Art and Science Laboratory.
Her living systems projects were also presented at numerous international exhibitions, festivals and venues such as Ars Electronica CyberArts Exhibition 2015 – Linz, Austria; Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina – Novi Sad, Srbija; ThingWorld – International Triennial of New Media Art 2014 – Beijing, China; CYNETART 2014 – Dresden, Germany; Soft Control: TOMORROW Festival – Belgrade, Serbia; Sonica Festival – Ljubljana, Slovenia; Močvara Gallery – Zagreb, Croatia; KIBLIX 2014: Parallels – Maribor, Slovenia; Kapelica Gallery – Ljubljana, Slovenia; Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje – Celje, Slovenia; MFRU – KIBLIX 2013: When worlds collide – Maribor, Slovenia; Enter 6: Biopolis – Prague, Czech; Device_art 4.013 – Prague, Czech; Device_art 4.012. – Zagreb, Croatia; De:sonanz 2012 – Skopje, Macedonia; AmberFest’11: Next Ecology – Istanbul, Turkey; Enter 5: Datapolis – Prague, Czech; Haip festival – Ljubljana, Slovenia. The artist’s solo exhibition Symbiome – Economy of Symbiosis with an overview of her work was held at Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova +MSUM in 2016.
In the field of interactive visualization and sound design she is developing strategies for usage of physical interfaces for generating sound and visuals as a member of Theremidi Orchestra. The orchestra performed, exhibited and held workshops at over thirty festivals, exhibitions and venues such as Eyebeam – New York, USA; Piksel Festival – Bergen, Norway; LiWoLi Festival – Linz, Austria; PoolLoop festival – Zürich, Switzerland; U3, Triennial of Contemporary Art – Resilience, Museum of Contemporary Art – Ljubljana, Slovenia; KSEVT – The Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies – Vitanje, Slovenia; Radio Študent – Ljubljana, Slovenia; Earzoom Festival – Ljubljana, Slovenia; SHARE – New York, USA; to name just a few.
She has taken part in exhibitions and projects in Moderna galerija, Galerija Škuc and Galerija Alkatraz. As a member of Temp group she had participated in public interventions and installations, in the development of strategies for alternative use of abandoned spaces, and in exhibitions Odprti Rog, Pogovarjanja/Conversations/Conversas, Mapiranje/arhiviranje/analiziranje izginulih prostorov umetnosti. As a researcher, she had taken part in the international research project Performing the City. Art Actionism in Public Space in 1960s/1970s that had made its rounds in Munich, Naples, São Paulo and Paris.
In the field of living systems research she is a part of Biotehna – Platform for Art Research of Living Systems, where she is a workshop developer and a mentor.
She is also developing ČIPke platform together with Ida Hiršenfelder. ČIPke is an initiative for researching the conditions of women who are active in the context of science, technology and media art. ČIPKe platform is a space for conversation about women working in these fields and a women friendly hackerspace with practical educational workshops and lectures at Rampa Lab.
Scintilla Resonant: insectarium, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Liminoid, Project space Aksioma, production Ljudmila – Art and Science Laboratory, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Myconnect, Močvara Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
Sinergija 2.0, Rampa Lab, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Myconnect, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
7K: new life form in Mycophone_unison, Dimenzija napredka Gallery, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Sinergija, Kapelica Gallery, production Kiberpipa, Ljubljana, Slovenia
7K: new life form, Cyberpipe, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Device_art 6.018, curated by Zhan Ga and Josipa Vukelić, Kontejner – Bureau of Contemporary Art Praxis, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Plastic_ity, Steklenik – Gallery for Sound, Bioacustics and Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The New State of the Living, curated by Dmitry Bulatov, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia
International Festival of Computer Arts – IFCA, curated by Miha Horvat, Maribor, Slovenia
Lisboa Soa Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
Machines Are Not Alone. A Machinic Trilogy, curated by Zhang Ga, Chronos Art Center, Shanghai, China
Athens Digital Arts Festival: Singularity now, Athens, Greece
Misadventures of Discovering, Hlebozavod Center for Contemporary Culture, Vladivostok, Russia
Futurologija – Kaj lahko umetnost jutri naredi za vas?, Mestna galerija Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Mycophone_unison, SIQ – Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Festival Kiblix 2017: Shelters of Babylon, Kibla Portal, Maribor, Slovenia
It (all) matters! exhibition, SIQ – Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Exhibition Nonhuman Networks, Art Laboratory Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Festival Speculum Artium, Trbovlje, Slovenia
Kunigunda – Festival of Young Cultures, Velenje, Slovenia
Maker Faire Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Exhibition Art+Science 2017, Belgrade, Serbia
Excursion: Ecologies, Transmediale, Silent Green, Berlin, Germany
Exhibition Hybrids, Onnasis Cultural Center Athens, Athens, Greece
Festival Pixelache, Helsinki, Finland
Festival De nacht van kunst & wetenschap, Groningen, Netherlands
10 years Anniversary Exhibition, Medialab Prado, Madrid, Spain
Exhibition Device_art 5.016, part of International Digital Art Biennal – BIAN 2016, Eastern Bloc Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Prix Cube Exhibition 2016, Paris, France
Exhibition Nonhuman Subjectivities: The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome, Art Laboratory Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Exhibition Device_art 5.015, Kontejner – Bureau of Contemporary Art Praxis, Zagreb, Croatia
Exhibition Ars Electronica Festival CyberArts Exhibition 2015, Linz, Austria
ExhibitionWonderland, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
Festival Mfru Kiblix 2015: Lift Me Up, Kibla Portal, Maribor, Slovenia
Festival Sonica, MoTA Point, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Soft Control: festival S.U.T.R.A., Belgrade, Serbia
Festival Cynetart 2014, Dresden, Germany
Festival Kiblix: Paralele, Maribor, Slovenia
ThingWorld – International Triennial of New Media Art, Curated by Zhang Ga, National Art Museum of China, Bejing, China
Exhibition Ljudmila comes to the Workshop, production Ljudmila – Art and Science Laboratory, Werkstatt am Hauptplatz, Linz, Austria
Exhibition Sculpture today: Performative Bodies and Spaces, Celeia Institute – Center for Contemporary Arts,
Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje, Slovenia
Exhibition 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia – U3: Resilience, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova – MSUM+, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Festival MFRU-Kiblix: When Worlds Collide, Kibla Portal, Maribor, Slovenia
Festival Enter 6: Biopolis, Prague, Czech Republic
Festival Device_art 4.013, Galerija Školska 28, Prague, Czech Republic
Festival Device_art 4.012, Zagreb, Croatia
Festival De:sonanz 2012, Skopje, Macedonia
Exhibition Interactivos?’12: Obsolete Technologies of the Future, Ljudmila – Art and Science Laboratory, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Festival Amber’11: Next Ecology, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey
Festival Enter 5: Datapolis, Prague, Czech Republic
Festival Haip: New Nature, Cyberpipe, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Plastic_ity, Steklenik – Gallery for Sound, Bioacustics and Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Petrohradska kolektiv, Prague, Czech Republic
Architecture and the Senses Seminar, Center for Architectural Heritage Plasy, Agosto Foundation, Plasy, Czech Republic
HAIP Live, Kersnikova Institute – Institute for Culture, Arts and Education, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lisboa Soa, Lisbon, Portugal
Horticultural society Kranj, Kranj, Slovenia
Tivoli Greenhouse, Tivoli Gardens, University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Layeryeva hiša, Kranj, Slovenia
Triennial Device_art 5.016, Eastern Bloc Gallery, Montreal, Canada
The collection of the Contemporary Gallery Art Colony Ecka – Zrenjanin, Contemporary Gallery of Art Colony Ečka Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia 
Station DIVA, Center for Contemporary Arts – SCCA video archive and Gateway to Archives of Media Art – GAMA platform, Ljubljana, Slovenia 
Contemporary Gallery of Art Colony Ečka Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia 
Agosto Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic 
Layerjeva hiša, Kranj, Slovenia 
Trasformatorio – International (hack)lab for experimental and site-specific arts, Montalbano Elicona, Sicily, Italy 
Slovene Arts & Culture Residencies Program, Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, New York, USA