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An interview with Staša Pavlović, one of Days of Poetry and Wine 2015 selectors, who also selected five guests coming to the festival in the frame of European Poetry Platform Versopolis.

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Stik/h: Petra Varl

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Drawing is at the centre of the artist’s opus and serves as a starting point for all of her further research. The motifs found in her work are based on her own life but are so intimate or so universal that everyone can understand and identify with them. They speak of memories, wishes, passions, longings, human bonds, love and the small things which make our lives richer. The pairs of figures carrying contrasting signs are seemingly identical and – with a touch of humour and irony – call our attention to the modern clichés, social, sex and professional roles.

 

I often find myself in a position where I don’t know whether I am a or b. Sometimes I am one of those things and other times I am the other. I used this indecisiveness as the starting pointand created a number of indecisive and ambiguous pairs looking for their true identity.

Petra Varl

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Stik/h: Lenka Đorojević

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Cube No. 837456-9305.00. is a graphic space installation composed of an outer and inner part. The outer part is composed of 48 prints 50 x 70 cm in size created by a combination of different graphic techniques (aquatint, etching, drypoint, collagraphy, vernis mou), painting techniques, collages, assemblages and videos, as well as commercial reproducing techniques (silk screen, photocopying, digital print). An integral part of the Cube No. 837456-9305.00.'s interior is an interactive sound and light element. The walls of the interior are covered in wall paper showing the barcode pattern found on the numbered tickets distributed in the Department for Aliens’ waiting room. The floor is covered in zinc panels (matrixes of prints which make up the Cube No. 837456-9305.00.’s exterior). The contrast between the exterior and the interior echoes the contrast between the positive and the negative used in graphics (matrix vs. print).   

By using several different media in setting up her installation the artist tries to penetrate the essence of graphics with its special characteristics (chance, error, intention, the physical effort of printmaking, the relationship between the original and the copy, reproduction etc.) inherent to the technique, but also inseparable from the ways it can express meaning. She uses these characteristics as a formal tool with which she relays complex contents ranging from her personal story to the role of individual and his footprint in today's world composed of an incoherent and diffuse web of different factors.   

The use of numbers implies an ironic view of the significance of the original (the artist always signs her prints with a different number) and points to the number as a sign of control over man (personal no., tax no. etc.). This is even more evident in the interior of the Cube No. 837456-9305.00. where images of faces are repeated as numbers (barcodes). The contrast between the interior and the exterior of the Cube No. 837456-9305.00. is achieved and enhanced by transiting from an oversaturated outside to an empty inside. Sound, noise and light are triggered by the visitor’s movement and are turned off when the visitor stands still. The silence and darkness which follow enable the visitor to identify with the present moment and encourage his own associations. 

Simona Žvanut

 

I’m researching the field of the contemporary graphic expression, its influence on the contemporary ways of perception, the way it builds the position of the individual inside a society based on the principles of multiplication and recurrent reproduction, different factors influencing visual perception (through the standardisation of the format of the art pieces filling the walls, creating a view of an hyper-sensory, oversaturated world of visual images), as well as the position of contemporary graphics in relation to other forms of artistic expression (paintings, sculpting, installations, theatre).

Lenka Đorojević

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Stik/h: Small But Dangers

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Small but Dangers is an intentionally incorrect paraphrase of the expression “small but dangerous” and serves as the artists’ personal artistic trademark.

The artists focus on the relationship between the so-called reality and its image, its various physical and virtual manifestations, dictated by the aesthetics of modern life, the power of media and different ideologies. The artists project their intimate and poetic (often provocative and brutal) understanding of the banality of everyday into the outside world. They question and in their own way stand up to the visual, cultural and socio-political regimes of our time by using the strategies employed by these regimes and transforming them into a self-ironic, perversive tool in their drawings, performances, videos etc.

The recurring theme of SBD’s artistic practices is the dialectic questioning of the (absurd?) relationship between the signified and the signifier and the creation of a narration which is evasive, unclear, makes us feel uncomfortable and is based on an intricate web of paradoxes. Their work always features absence as the elementary state: absence as an empty space, denial, deletion. In the installation the absence dictates a rhythmic structure which connects the different pieces, groups of pieces, the space and the spectators. The art pieces are real, but their meaning evades us; everything appears to be revealed, yet nothing can be fully understood.

The pieces on display are part of different series of drawings, paintings, performance books from the SBD’s opus.

 (source: Marko Stamenković, Tadej Pogačar)

 

An individual is bound by language into the system of social relations. At the same time, however, the frame of language implies something exists on its outside. But that which is not signified does not exist. There is no freedom outside the frame. The minute we exit one sign system we create another. The un-signified in the language appears only as a possibility which disappears the moment turn it into reality through our actions. I searched for the solution at the border. I manipulated an image so much that the un-signified became an unfulfilled potential. The effect is metaphysical. It resembles magic.

(SBD)

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Stik/h: Matej Stupica

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The Subtitled series shows images of found objects, spontaneous sculptures and placements in public space, while the subtitled text is composed of newspaper and magazine clippings, fragments, words and sentences taken out of their primary context. In some cases the text is replaced by an image, so the primary image is subtitled by another image. The series is inspired by the relationship between words and images in a film in which the subtitled text follows the speech, i.e. the sound produced by the images we see on film. The series is based on this relationship, although the relationship is not logically subordinate, since the words and images meet by chance.

The author photographed the interventions on site, with the image and text being placed side by side. The series is captured on slides. 

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Stik/h: Maja Burja

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The concept of the work originates from the performance Škica, first presented by Maja Burja and Staš Vrenko on the 24th of June, 2014 at the Festival Mlade rime 007 (Young Rimes 007) in Menza pri Koritu (Ljubljana). The performance was based on improvisation and on the interference of sound, visual material and light.

The visitors now enter a spatial composition in which they immerse themselves into a moment interlacing experiences of music, poetry, sculpture, theatre, …

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Stik/h: Staš Vrenko

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The concept of the work originates from the performance Škica, first presented by Staš Vrenko and Maja Burja on the 24th of June, 2014 at the Festival Mlade rime 007 (Young Rimes 007) in Menza pri Koritu (Ljubljana). The performance was based on improvisation and on the interference of sound, visual material and light.

The visitors now enter a spatial composition in which they immerse themselves into a moment interlacing experiences of music, poetry, sculpture, theatre, …

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Stik/h: Anja Medved

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At the exhibition Stik/h you will have the opportunity to watch the web documentary Gathered – The secret side of things we share by Anja Medved and Patricija Maličev. First screening at Ptuj!

The web documentary features also two of Beletrina's authors: Alojz Ihan and Dušan Šarotar.

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Wine programme 2014 brings as many as 12 vintners

Led by Staša Cafuta Trček, renowned vintners of the Štajerska wine-growing region will present their wines at the “wine altar” in Vraz Square. A particular emphasis will be placed on the most recent vintage of the wines typical of Štajerska region.

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Denmark


Book your seats for the private readings

A private reading is a very special experience – talks with authors in a broad circle of listeners and poetry readings in different hidden locations of Ptuj in the company of the local host. You will be accompanied to less well known, but particularly beautiful corners of Ptuj from the festival info point on Vrazov trg (Dom KULTure). As the number of seats is limited to 12-25 (differing from one location to another), please book yours at info@zalozba.org or info@poezijainvino.org.

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Estonia


Book your seats for the private readings

A private reading is a very special experience – talks with authors in a broad circle of listeners and poetry readings in different hidden locations of Ptuj in the company of the local host. You will be accompanied to less well known, but particularly beautiful corners of Ptuj from the festival info point on Vrazov trg (Dom KULTure). As the number of seats is limited to 12-25 (differing from one location to another), please book yours at info@zalozba.org or info@poezijainvino.org.

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Germany


Book your seats for the private readings

A private reading is a very special experience – talks with authors in a broad circle of listeners and poetry readings in different hidden locations of Ptuj in the company of the local host. You will be accompanied to less well known, but particularly beautiful corners of Ptuj from the festival info point on Vrazov trg (Dom KULTure). As the number of seats is limited to 12-25 (differing from one location to another), please book yours at info@zalozba.org or info@poezijainvino.org.

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Japan


Japanese-Slovenian translation workshop

Between 19 August and 26 August, Ptuj will host renowned Japanese poets Misumi Mizuki, Kiwao Nomura, Kenji Fukuma, Ryochi Wago and Keijiro Suga, who will attend a three-day translation workshop with Slovenian poets Katja Perat, Milan Deklevaand Aleš Šteger. With the help of translators, who will resolve the hardest of linguistic riddles, the poets will translate both each other's poetry and the selection of Japanese and Slovenian (contemporary) poetry classics.  The Japanese poets will stay in Ptuj even after the translation workshop – they will read their poetry on great evening readings of the Days of Poetry and Wine festival.

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Poland


Book your seats for the private readings

A private reading is a very special experience – talks with authors in a broad circle of listeners and poetry readings in different hidden locations of Ptuj in the company of the local host. You will be accompanied to less well known, but particularly beautiful corners of Ptuj from the festival info point on Vrazov trg (Dom KULTure). As the number of seats is limited to 12-25 (differing from one location to another), please book yours at info@zalozba.org or info@poezijainvino.org.

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Romania


Book your seats for the private readings

A private reading is a very special experience – talks with authors in a broad circle of listeners and poetry readings in different hidden locations of Ptuj in the company of the local host. You will be accompanied to less well known, but particularly beautiful corners of Ptuj from the festival info point on Vrazov trg (Dom KULTure). As the number of seats is limited to 12-25 (differing from one location to another), please book yours at info@zalozba.org or info@poezijainvino.org.

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Slovakia


Book your seats for the private readings

A private reading is a very special experience – talks with authors in a broad circle of listeners and poetry readings in different hidden locations of Ptuj in the company of the local host. You will be accompanied to less well known, but particularly beautiful corners of Ptuj from the festival info point on Vrazov trg (Dom KULTure). As the number of seats is limited to 12-25 (differing from one location to another), please book yours at info@zalozba.org or info@poezijainvino.org.

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Slovenia


Book your seats for the private readings

A private reading is a very special experience – talks with authors in a broad circle of listeners and poetry readings in different hidden locations of Ptuj in the company of the local host. You will be accompanied to less well known, but particularly beautiful corners of Ptuj from the festival info point on Vrazov trg (Dom KULTure). As the number of seats is limited to 12-25 (differing from one location to another), please book yours at info@zalozba.org or info@poezijainvino.org.

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Japanese-Slovenian translation workshop

Between 19 August and 26 August, Ptuj will host renowned Japanese poets Misumi Mizuki, Kiwao Nomura, Kenji Fukuma, Ryochi Wago and Keijiro Suga, who will attend a three-day translation workshop with Slovenian poets Katja Perat, Milan Deklevaand Aleš Šteger. With the help of translators, who will resolve the hardest of linguistic riddles, the poets will translate both each other's poetry and the selection of Japanese and Slovenian (contemporary) poetry classics.  The Japanese poets will stay in Ptuj even after the translation workshop – they will read their poetry on great evening readings of the Days of Poetry and Wine festival.

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United Kingdom


Book your seats for the private readings

A private reading is a very special experience – talks with authors in a broad circle of listeners and poetry readings in different hidden locations of Ptuj in the company of the local host. You will be accompanied to less well known, but particularly beautiful corners of Ptuj from the festival info point on Vrazov trg (Dom KULTure). As the number of seats is limited to 12-25 (differing from one location to another), please book yours at info@zalozba.org or info@poezijainvino.org.

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Festival Days of poetry and wine

2017