Artservis, the granny of cultural portals in the South East European region, the youngest sis of TransArtists, recently started a new project by launching the Artservis Collection: the web site and the artistic case.
The intention for designing such a digital collection is to present Slovene contemporary art in digitized version at one click. It is viewable via the web site Artservis Collection and through the case that recently started to travel through different countries.
Inside-Out by Jana Flego and Katarina Petrov (c)
At the moment the collection presents artworkz and artists such as: The Cream of Slovene Contemporary Art by Mare Bulc, Jana Flego, Katarina Petrov, Career Confessions (with Kiki Smith, Robin Winters and Alex Grey) by Marija Mojca Pungercar, dance video The State of Thing by Tanja Lazetic and Nina Mesko; video Momriding by Mladen Stropnik, short film Always Smile by Tina Smrekar, etc. This site will be soon in English version.
The artistic case is a computer with a translucent box which was created by Borut Savski, and it contains the whole collection on its disk, prepared to be easily set up in every gallery, museum… well, everywhere if there is a power port, projector or computer…
The collection is curated by Barbara Borcic, Dusan Dovc, Marija Mojca Pungercar, Mateja Lazar and Sasa Nabergoj.
Mladen Stropnik (c)
I liked the most short video ‘Momriding’ by Mladen Stropnik who filmed his mother – a non English speaker, while she was reading to him a letter by the British embassy. Stropnik applied to a scholarship programme hosted by the British, and they rejected him. He got their letter on his mom’s address and asked her to read him this letter on the phone. Since his mother doesn’t speak English at all, the situation was hilarious, because she was fully trying to help her son with the situation… Stropnik was so inspired by his mom and the fact he was rejected by the British Embassy that he decided to make a short video just by filming his mother reading the embassy’s official answer. The comment of the rejection by the artist is no needed; his mother said it all by simple act of reading it…