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.
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Ars Electronica, the most important international digital art festival in Linz, also hosts members of the consortium konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art, their productions and participating artists. The educational programme konS ≡ PARK - Academy for Contemporary Investigative Art, the smart garden prototype StellaVarde and the SPEKTR Z laboratory are presented. Artists Zoran Srdić Janežič with the Biobot project, Špela Petrič and Dorotea Dolinšek in artist residencies, and consortium partners Projekt Atol Institute and the Academy of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica are highlighted.
The second podcast series of the Tactics&Practice programme, with which Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Arts complements the discursive programme of the konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art, is a revival of the 2021 festival of conversations (re)programming: Strategies for Self-Renewal. This podcast series will revisit the conversations conceived and hosted by the writer and technology journalist Marta Peirano.
After two successful installations in the Under the Calculative Gaze project, which confronts concrete examples of the use of artificial intelligence as a tool of exclusion with examples of collective practices of self-organisation and solidarity, author Sanela Jahić presents the findings of her critically oriented research on the social applications of artificial intelligence in a book.
Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Arts, which has contributed to the konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Arts with a thematically diverse discursive programme, is expanding its activities with the Tactics&Practice podcast. This is an audio extension of Aksioma's discursive programme of the same name, which focuses on research arts, society and new technologies.
At this year's Prix Ars Electronica, the project Biobot by Slovenian sculptor and intermedia artist Zoran Srdić Janežič received an honorary mention in the Artificial Intelligence & Life Art category. Since 2019, the project has been produced by the Kersnikova Institute under the auspices of the konS≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art.
Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity 2023: Honorary Mention goes to konS ≡ PARK — Academy for Contemporary Investigative Art
Ars Electronica, the world's leading international digital arts festival, has announced the winners of this year's festival awards. In the Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity, organised by the Ars Electronica Centre in cooperation with the Austrian Foreign Ministry, konS ≡ PARK - Academy for Contemporary Investigative Arts received an honorary mention. The award is open to projects that demonstrate the power of cultural exchange and collaboration for the development of a human-centred digital world.
Ljubljana-based post-media artist Dorotea Dolinšek's project Biosymbiotic Exoskeleton was selected for the European Media Art Platform call for proposals and was awarded a residency at the BioLab of the Ars Electronica Centre. Her project uncovers the secrets of the microbiome and how our symbiotic relationship with micro-organisms affects our well-being.
As part of this year's ArtScience residency, which Ars Electronica is calling for with the Deutsche Telekom Art Collection, Dr Špela Petrič, an intermedia artist and researcher, will be developing her project AIxxxNOSOGRAPHIES, which focuses on the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.
The young artist Najc Trampuž, who is also a participant in the konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art, used his AI-generated visuals to create part of the backdrop for the central celebration of the National Day. The form of animated collages in spheres was conceived as part of the konS project produced by the consortium partner LokalPatriot and Simulaker Gallery.
The exhibition KonSekvence at the Velenje Gallery brought together works by Stefan Doepner, Nejc Trampuž, Dorotea Dolinšek, Saša Spačal and Kaitlin Bryson. The accompanying programme included workshops for children, adolescents and adults, a lecture by Saša Spačal and a musical performance by Eraldo Bernocchio. More in the video retrospective ...
The opening evening of the main exhibition of the project konSekvence ≡ Fragments of a Possible Ecosystem in Cukrarna was marked by an audio-visual performance by Tadeja Droljc Dinner with a Hyperobject and speeches by the Minister of Culture Dr. Asta Vrečko, the Artistic Director of Ars Electronica Linz Gerfried Stocker and others. More in the video retrospective ...
In a discussion with artists, guests from abroad and the Slovenian economy, we presented possible collaborations between the creative and cultural sector and the economy, as well as opportunities for involving creators in innovation processes. In this way, we touched upon the very core of the konS project, which in the past years has been laying the foundations for the development and flourishing of a platform for contemporary investigative art.
The Minister of Culture, Dr Asta Vrečko, was the guest of honour at the opening of the main exhibition of the konSekvence ≡ Fragments of a Possible Ecosystem programme at the Cukrarna Gallery. "At the Ministry of Culture, we are proud of the project, which has, among other things, brought together a wide network of partners and participants. Congratulations to all!"
In Cukrarna Gallery konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art presents fragments of a possible ecosystem of artistic research at the intersection of science, technology, and society. Exhibitions, workshops, conference, and talks will take place during March also at the platform’s partner locations in Ljubljana, Maribor, Velenje, Novo mesto, and Nova Gorica.