Marko Batista and Lina Rica:
Stories of a Changing Landscape – A Composition in Two Parts (Part II)
03. 12. 2022
You are cordially invited to the performance by Marko Batista and Lina Rica entitled Stories of a Changing Landscape – A Composition in Two Parts (Part II), which will take place on This Merry Day of Culture, on Saturday, 3 December 2022, at 8 p.m. at KIBLA PORTAL. The performance is the second part of the project Stories of a Changing Landscape, produced by Marko Batista, Žiga Palčar and Lina Rica and the X-OP Association. The second part of this audio-visual story, follows the first part performed by Marko Batista and Žiga Palčar, which took place on 16 November at KIBLA PORTAL.
The project invites the viewer to think about space and time. If the first part of the project, performed by Marko Batista and Žiga Palčar, intertwined the industrial history of Maribor with the story of the once Slovenian hinterland of Trieste in a multi-layered experimental story of a changing landscape that has marked many lives and the image of the (urban) environment or natural landscape of a place, the second chapter of the audio-visual narrative, performed by Lina Rica and Marko Batista, will be imbued with the poetics of temporality as a universal concept. In terms of subject matter, the artists will deal with four temporalities and the perception of the changing of time: the past, the present, the future, and the eternal. The notion of temporality is of utmost importance, as the diverse treatment of time within the various sciences and disciplines indicates how elusive the concept is for all individual and social aspects of humanity. »While human intuition, embedded in classical physics, imagines a reality in which things are always and definitively one way or the other, quantum mechanics describes a reality in which things are sometimes partly one way and partly another. Things only become definite when the appropriate observational intervention forces them to abandon quantum possibilities and choose a particular outcome.« (Greene 2005).
Marko Batista is a Ljubljana-based intermedia artist, experimenter of sound and the digital video image, and performer of computer-generated matrices. He graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana under the mentorship of Associate Professor Bojan Gorenc and Assistant Professor for Painting Borut Vogelnik. In 2006, the Ministry of Culture granted him a scholarship to study for an MA at the University of the Arts London / Central Saint Martins in the UK, which he successfully completed. After the premiere of his intermedia performance at Kapelica Gallery, he was invited by curator Jurij Krpan to present the Slovenian experimental scene at the Ars Electronica 2008 media art festival in Linz. A month later, his exhibition opened the VIENNABIENNALE 2008 in Vienna and, at the invitation of Brane Zorman, participated in the RADIOCONA project in Ljubljana. Together with the son:DA tandem and the HONF collective from Indonesia, he toured all major multimedia centers in Slovenia in April 2009 with a series of presentations and intermedia performances. After the Ars Electronica festival, he started to collaborate with Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, and together with them carried out projects at the famous Kunsthaus Graz Bix Facade, Forum Stadtpark-Gradec, and the production of the intermedia performance Parallel Digital Structures. In addition, the Ministry of Culture awarded him a work grant in 2010. He has also participated in all major intermedia festivals and galleries: Arzenal Depo 2k, Earzoom, Moderna galerija, Transmediale 2010 – Berlin, Netaudio – London, Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Izolenta 07 festival in St. Petersburg, 10th Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, Media Art Friesland Festival 2007 in the Netherlands, Visual Deflection festival in London, Pixxelpoint in Nova Gorica, MFRU, Peek&Poke – Croatia, SHARE FESTIVAL in Turin, LAB.30 in Germany, Simulaker Gallery in Novo mesto, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, etc.
Lina Rica (1980, Makarska) is an intermedia artist working in the field of conceptual, experimental and new media art. She creates installations using video, graphics, light, photography and animation. Her work deals with social processes of past and present worlds and their impact on the individual. In 2008, she received her Master's degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where she was awarded the prize for the best diploma thesis at the Department of Graphics. Her work has been presented and published regionally and internationally. She has exhibited at biennials, triennials, festivals, group and solo exhibitions in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Austria, Montenegro, England, Spain, Germany, Argentina and North America. Her graphics are part of the collections of the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana; Oficina Arara in Porto; Longest Night in Gothenburg; Critical Mass Portfolio and Femicomix Portfolio. She has received several awards for her graphics. Between 2012 and 2016, together with Boštjan Čadež, she ran the association for the production and promotion of contemporary art and the gallery space GaleRica in her home in Makarska. She has done video performances at several festivals and events in clubs and autonomous cultural centers, and collaborated with several artists. She is a founding member of the audio-visual experimental ensemble Marta Fakuch, active since 2019. Since 2020, she has been part of the audio-visual trio Etceteral. She lives and works in Ljubljana.
Production: X-OP Association
Co-organized by: ACE KIBLA and CODE BLUE Association
Financial support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Maribor