Zasavje Museum, Trbovlje

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Zasavski muzej Trbovlje

Ulica 1. junija 15 SI-1420, Trbovlje

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Established in 1986, Zasavje Museum serves the three municipalities of Zasavje: Trbovlje, Zagorje and Hrastnik. Housed in a 19th-century Trbovlje burgher house, the main museum holds a large collection on the development of mining in the region. In 1996, the upper floor was converted into a gallery to house the museum’s fine arts collection, mostly of works by sculptor Stojan Batič (1925–2015), including his Miners’ and Explosion Cycles.

The Zasavje Museum public institution also manages the Hrastnik Museum and the Memorial House of the Founding Congress of the Communist Party of Slovenia in Čebine and offers visits to the in situ miners’ housing collection in the former miners’ colony Njiva.

Tone Seliškar Library, Trbovlje

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Knjižnica Toneta Seliškarja Trbovlje

Ulica 1. junija 19 SI-1420 , Trbovlje

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Tone Seliškar Library in Trbovlje is the largest library in the Zasavje region and takes its name after renowned Slovene author and teacher Tone Seliškar (1900–1969). Its collection comprises over 65,000 items including periodical titles and multimedia items.

An information centre, the library hosts a variety of educational and cultural events and activities, such as book and author presentations, literary evenings, story-telling hours, creative workshops, and book clubs. It features a reading room, a small gallery, and several computers with free internet access. To afford easier reading, visually impaired users can borrow magnifying glasses. In cooperation with the People’s University of Zasavje, a point of lifelong learning is located and maintained in the library.

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Delavski dom Trbovlje Cultural Centre

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Zavod za kulturo Delavski dom Trbovlje

Trg svobode 11a SI-1420, Trbovlje

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Set in a modernist building in the centre of the town of Trbovlje, Delavski dom in Trbovlje (DDT) is a local and a regional cultural centre, being the biggest such institution in the Zasavje region. Besides the venue’s own diverse and ambitious cultural programme of music, film, theatre, puppetry and visual arts, the centre also runs a new media culture project called Trbovlje, New Media Setting. While DDT’s name points to its historical role as a “home” for workers, that is, a meeting place built to provide a venue for a large number of social related activities, today, Delavski dom Trbovlje is home to a number of cultural and educational institutions, including a music school, thus meeting many of the cultural and social needs of the local and wider community.

Delavski dom co-organises the festival Rdeči revirji! and, as of 2009, produces the new media art festival Speculum Artium. In 2017, it opened 4. Dritl, a virtual (and actual) mining museum.

Venue

Delavski dom in Trbovlje opened in 1956 in a newly-built building, known for its façade mosaic by Marij Pregelj (which earned him the highest Slovene award in art, the Prešeren Award) and sculptures by Stojan Batič with miners as a leitmotiv.

The upper floor reception hall can host up to 500 people. The cinema hall was renovated in 1999 and has 354 seats. The main theatre hall, renovated in 2000, seats 434 spectators. The gallery has 45 linear metres of exhibition space.

Programme

The theatre programme ranges from local cultural events to performances by renowned Slovene theatre houses and independent groups. Several well-known Slovene cultural groups from the Zasavje region often return to their home town to perform at Delavski dom, including the EnKnapGroup (EKG), led by Trbovlje-native, choreographer Iztok Kovač, and Laibach. DDT’s cinema is a member of the Art Cinema Network, which distributes selected high-quality films around Slovenia, here balanced with a selection of children’s films and Hollywood flicks.

Trbovlje, New Media Setting

Eventually, the cultural centre set its gaze to new media art and culture. It organises the Speculum Artium Festival (hosting the likes of the artist Stelarc, the robot Asimo and the scientist Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro) and the video art festival DigitalBigScreen (utilising its renovated cinema to give video art an impressive venue). In organising the festivals, DDT often collaborates with the University of Arts and Design Linz (AT), the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Science IAMAS (JP), the Arts Academy of the University of Nova Gorica, and many others.

DDT is among the founders of the Trbovlje, New Media Setting, which also organises courses and workshops for youth, collaborates with local IT companies, and sets up art exhibitions. In a way, the establishment of the virtual museum 4. Dritl is part of the same “modernising” drive.

New gallery DDT

The New Gallery DDT opened its doors in 2010, with two separate gallery spaces. Set on the former grounds of the boiler room and the coal storage room, one of the two spaces retains its old industrial look while the other is a white cube.

The programme ranges from classical visual arts such as painting and sculpture to new media art installations. The gallery supports a group of young artists from the region, producing and presenting their work, which also shapes the general aesthetic vision of the gallery. Among them, are Maša Jazbec, Špela Pavli, Boris Beja, Vesna Davidovič, and others.

New media art

Speculum Artium Festival

22. 09. - 24. 09. 2022

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Speculum Artium, festival novomedijske umetnosti

Trg svobode 11a SI-1420 , Trbovlje

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Established in 2008, the Speculum Artium Festival is an annual venture into the field of new media arts and contemporary techno-culture that takes place in the industrial town of Trbovlje. Delving into territories such as information technology, robotics, bio-mechanics and virtual reality, the festival tries to act as an intermediary between art, technology and society.

A part of the Trbovlje, New Media Setting initiative, Speculum Artium is organised by Delavski dom Trbovlje Cultural Centre (DDT). As of 2010, the festival runs a special sub-programme – the video art festival DigitalBigScreen.

Concept

Speculum Artium presents not only various new media productions but also strives to establish a critical reflection of the contemporary society and of its political and technological conditions.

The name Speculum Artium refers to a theoretical text by the Austrian artist, curator and theoretician, Peter Weibel. In his text titled the The Post-Media Condition (2005, see link below), he writes about the nature of the “relationship between art and politics which can be expressed as the speculum artium, or the mirror of art”. In line with Weibel’s theory, the festival treats new media technologies as potentially highly emancipatory spheres.

Each year, the festival is structured around a particular concept. Some concepts have been “Art and Science to Empower”; “Reality Under Surveillance”; “Integrity of Reality”; and “Exit Strategy – Art or Technicism”.

Background

The festival was initially set up as a collaborative project under the supervision of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, featuring also the ArtNetLab society, the Academy Of Fine Arts Prague, and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. It was held in the City Art Gallery Ljubljana.

In 2009 (with Peter Weibel curating the festival) it moved to its current abode, the Delavski dom Trbovlje.

Programme

Speculum Artium often invites or works with various curators (such as Herwig Steiner from Vienna, Srečo Dragan from Ljubljana, and Michaela Ortner from Linz). Together, they not only present emerging new media practices around the world but also set up talks and presentations by scientists (such as Hiroshi Ishiguro, who brought along his android double, and the crew from Honda Robotics, presenting their robot ASIMO) and theoreticians (such as Leon Žlajpah from Jožef Stefan Institute and Polona Tratnik).

Some of the invited artists have been Stelarc, ARART, Dorcas Müller, Brigitta Zics, The Awkwardstra, Be another lab, Christoph Schwarz, Julian Palacz, Andrej Koruza, Reinhard Gupfinger, Travis Kirton, Stefan Doepner, Maša Jazbec, Group V.A.T., and Tiago Martins.

The festival usually also includes an exhibition of student artworks, reflecting the issues of contemporary society by way of audio and video installations and interactive projects. It has a rich accompanying programme with performances, happenings, workshops and concerts (hosting, for example, Laibach, KIBLA Multimedia Centre, KID PiNA, Open Lab, and the Interface Culture Univerza from Linz).

DigitalBigScreen

The festival DigitalBigScreen was founded in 2010 and later incorporated into Speculum Artium as its sub-programme. Its main idea to screen video art in a movie theatre with a big cinematic screen (using a digital Sony KA4 projector), thus offering contemporary visual practices a very powerful venue. DigitalBigScreen also makes possible the transmission of the submitted works into the Slovenian Art Cinema Network, therefore also reaching audiences that rarely have access to such content.

The submissions for the festival come from all over the world. Usually they are judged by an international expert committee which bestows awards for the best video. However, the programme of the festival varies from year to year, with, for example, the focus in 2017 being the Fluxfilm Anthology.

Collaborations

Speculum Artium often invites various art academies and education and research institutions to participate in its programme. Beside the aforementioned protagonists, the festival has worked with the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, Ljubljana, the Arts Academy of the University of Nova Gorica, the Jožef Stefan Institute, the University of Tokyo, the University of Art and Design in Linz, and others.

Music

Zasavje Noisefest International

6. 09. - 7. 09. 2019

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Zasavje Noisefest International

SI-1420, Trbovlje

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First organised in 2014, Zasavje Noisefest International is a young festival that, as the name suggests, presents an international programme of experimental sound and noise music. The core programme takes place at a temporary venue called Rudarski Vašhau, which was originally a decommissioned bathhouse for miners in Trbovlje. Alongside this location, the festival is also hosted by a few other venues in various parts of Slovenia.

Background

Back in 2001, the now retired Noise Festival had its first edition. In a way, Zasavje Noisefest International is now its heir as the prime place to experience the current happenings of the noise scene.

The spiritus movens of the festival is Neven M. Agalma, a musician himself, who is active under many guises, the most known probably being Cadlag, Ontervjabbit, and Dodecahedragraph. Even before initiating the festival, he was already organising events in Delavski dom Trbovlje Cultural Centre. His concert series Noise kurilnica (Noise Boiler Room), which started in 2013, is still taking place. This ardent set of Neven’s activities helps a lot in putting up a varied and internationally minded line-up. To make it happen, he cooperates with some other crews and festivals, such as the Venoise crew from Venice and the Treviso art collective Dirtmor.

Programme and venues

There are usually around 30 hosted artists per year, and the more prominent guests of the festival include: Napalmeix (CH), Manuel Knapp (AT), Crank Sturgeon (USA), Lorenzo Abattoir (IT), Fukte (IT), Gravhund (DK), Hiroshi Hasegawa (JP), Analogue Suicide (TR), Casperelectronics (US), Fckn’ Bstrds (NE), etc. Some of the notable local musicians are Theremidi Orchestra, Cadlag, Boštjan Leskovšek, Mono scarves, and Kikiriki.

Besides the main part of the festival taking place at Vašhau, some of it – in the days before and after the festival – also takes place at venues such as Klub Metulj, Gustaf Hall, Pekarna, and Klub Menza pri koritu as well as in the ether of Radio Študent (RŠ). In Klub Menza, the event is set up by DRMK – Collective for Development of Youth Culture, who used to organise the now-deceased Noise Festival.