konS ≡ the Platform for Contemporary Investigative Arts is an open and evolving structure that seeks to establish links between communities, knowledge institutions, research centers and the economy at a systemic level, with all parties interested in co-creating a sustainable, safer and more ethical future in a dynamic, constantly changing world.
Efforts to establish an active network of research, production and justification of better conditions for research, development and realization of contemporary research art projects, brought together nine partners – NGOs, art producers, tactical media, public cultural centers and the Academy of Arts on the diagonal of Eastern and Western Cohesion Region: Kersnikova, Projekt Atol, Aksioma, Ljudmila, Cona, all from Ljubljana, and the University of Nova Gorica – Academy of Arts, Youth Center Velenje, LokalPatriot Novo mesto and MKC Maribor.
The konS ≡ modul, a festival of contemporary research art, is coming to Novo mesto this year as well, trying to present current artistic practices in this field in as complete a way as possible. The theme of this year's festival is sound, and the events that will take place in the week between 17 and 24 June at various locations in the city center of Novo mesto and end on Friday, June 24 at 8 pm with the grand opening of the Tadej exhibition Sluts.
In cooperation with Kulturni dnevnik (Narodni dom Maribor), under the auspices of the konS project and implemented by the MKC Maribor partner organization, in the Modna hiša Maribor we are preparing a small sea of research and creative islands, where we present workshops from the konS partner network pool external partners.
The 14th Cultural Bazaar is being prepared by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the National Education Institute in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and CMEPIUS under the auspices of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO. The executive producer of the event, which will take place on March 31, is Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana.
Eight interviews with world thinkers conducted by journalist Marta Peirano in the production of Aksioma under the auspices of the konS platform, as part of the festival of conversations (re) programming - Strategy for Self-Regeneration in 2021, collected in one book.
The partner organization Aksioma presents a new art project by Joana Moll, created under the auspices of the konS Platform: Carbolytics, which will be on view from 16 February to 11 March in the Aksioma Project Space space in Ljubljana. The project raises awareness and calls for action on the environmental impact of ubiquitous controls within the advertising technology ecosystem, while offering new perspectives for addressing the social and environmental costs of non-transparent data collection practices.
As part of the STAScience project, the Slovenian Press Agency prepared an online discussion on the intertwining of art and science, with an emphasis on the intersection of these fields in contemporary art. The event took place on Tuesday, November 23, at 12 noon.
As part of the new edition of the STARTS award from 3 December 2021 to 9 January 2022, Bozar is hosting sustainable projects that promote social, ecological and economic innovation through collaboration between art and new technologies. There is also Biobot, created under the auspices of the konS platform.