About

 

“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 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.

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Plast_ika, curator Anja Zver, Simulaker Gallery, Novo Mesto, Slovenia

2018
Plastic_ity, curators Irena Pivka and Brane Zorman, Steklenik – Gallery for Sound, Bioacustics and Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Liminoid 2.0., Osmo/za, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Earthlink exhibition, curator Jani Pirnat, Match Gallery, Museum and galleries of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2017
Meta_bolus, curators Jurij Krpan and Sandra Sajovic, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sonoseismic Earth, Aksioma – Institut for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2016
Simbiome – Economy of Simbiosis, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova – MSUM+, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Syncness, curators Jurij Krpan and Sandra Sajovic, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2015
Myconnect, Drugo more Gallery, Rijeka, Croatia
Sinergija 3.0, Kapelica Gallery, production Rampa Lab, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2014
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

2013
Myconnect, curators Jurij Krpan and Sandra Sajovic, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
7K: new life form in Mycophone_unison, Dimenzija napredka Gallery, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Sinergija, Kapelica Gallery, production Kiberpipa, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2010
7K: new life form, curator Maja Smrekar, Cyberpipe, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Queens festival, Aalborg Universitet København, Kopenhagen, Denmark

2018
Device_art 6.018, curators Zhan Ga and Josipa Vukelić, Kontejner – Bureau of Contemporary Art Praxis, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
63rd Gathering of Art Colony Ečka – Image 2018, Contemporary Art Gallery Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia
The New State of the Living, curator Dmitry Bulatov, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia
International Festival of Computer Arts – IFCA, curator Miha Horvat, Maribor, Slovenia
Lisboa Soa Festival, curator Raquel Castro, Lisbon, Portugal
Machines Are Not Alone. A Machinic Trilogy, curator Zhang Ga, Chronos Art Center, Shanghai, China
Athens Digital Arts Festival: Singularity now, curator Elli-Anna Peristeraki, 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

2017
Festival Kiblix 2017:  Shelters of Babylon, Kibla Portal, Maribor, Slovenia
It (all) matters! exhibitionSIQ – 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

2016
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

2015
Exhibition Device_art 5.015, Kontejner – Bureau of Contemporary Art Praxis, Zagreb, Croatia
Exhibition Ars Electronica Festival CyberArts Exhibition 2015, Linz, Austria
Exhibition Wonderland, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
Festival Mfru Kiblix 2015: Lift Me Up, Kibla Portal, Maribor, Slovenia

2014
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

2013
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

2012
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

2011
Festival Amber’11: Next Ecology, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey
Festival Enter 5: Datapolis, Prague, Czech Republic

2010
Festival Haip: New Nature, Cyberpipe, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

PERFORMANCES

2019
Transversal, RadArt #10: X/L Experiment: Radio Factory, Radar – Open Radio Investigative Art Platform, Cirkulacija 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Transversal, Lom space, Bratislava, Slovakia

2018
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

2017
Lisboa Soa, Lisbon, Portugal
Horticultural society Kranj, Kranj, Slovenia
Tivoli Greenhouse, Tivoli Gardens, University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Layeryeva hiša, Kranj, Slovenia

2016
Triennial Device_art 5.016, Eastern Bloc Gallery, Montreal, Canada

 

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Prix Cube Nomination 2016
Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention 2015
Kiics Award for Arts & Science Nomination 2014

 

COLLECTIONS

The collection of the Contemporary Gallery Art Colony Ečka – Zrenjanin, Contemporary Gallery of Art Colony Ečka Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia [2018]
Station DIVA, Center for Contemporary Arts – SCCA video archive and Gateway to Archives of Media Art – GAMA platform, Ljubljana, Slovenia [2017]

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMS

Contemporary Gallery of Art Colony Ečka Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia [2018]
Agosto Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic [2018]
Layerjeva hiša, Kranj, Slovenia [2017]
Trasformatorio – International (hack)lab for experimental and site-specific arts, Montalbano Elicona, Sicily, Italy [2014]
Slovene Arts & Culture Residencies Program, Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, New York, USA [2013]

 

COMMUNITIES

ČIPke – Women with a Touch for Technology, Science and Art [2012 – present]
Theremidi Orchestra [2011 – 2016]

Saša Spačal

sasa@agapea.si