The basic framework of the School of Arts are the arts and its uses in the broadest possible sense. With the foundation of the School of Arts in 2008 University of Nova Gorica has entered into the fields of the arts and creative practices. The joint experiences of both organisations represent an important contribution to the current offer of Slovenian higher education in the creative field. In the School of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica pursue the principles which enable contemporary, dynamic studies not only in the choice of media, but also in methods, structure and ways of presenting knowledge; striving towards interdisciplinary and intermedia based work. The School of Arts of University of Nova Gorica has been founded upon fifteen years of groundwork of Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts (active since 1994) and its two- and three-year long academic type art studies.
Aksioma – Zavod za sodobne umetnosti / Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art
Aksioma is a non-profit cultural institution based in Ljubljana, interested in projects that utilize new technologies in order to investigate and discuss the structures of modern society. Concentrates on artistic production that explores social, political, aesthetic and ethical concerns. Aksioma creates international projects and activities that foster collaborations and exchanges with artists and cultural institutions inside and outside Slovenia. Activities include production, promotion and distribution of artistic projects in the field of cross-sector art, organization of events, publication of catalogues, DVDs and books.
Aksioma Project Space presents various artistic practices and diverse newmedia art projects which aim at hacking the role of mass media in contemporary society through various mediums interpreting the narratives in subversive, critical, or ironic manner.
Zavod Projekt Atol / Projekt Atol Institute
Projekt Atol is a non-profit cultural institution founded in 1992 by Slovene conceptual and new media artist Marko Peljhan and officially registered in 1994. Its activities range from art production to scientific research and technological prototype development and production. The technological arm of Projekt Atol, called PACT Systems (Projekt Atol Communication Technologies), was founded in 1995, and the flight operations branch, Projekt Atol Flight Operations, was founded in 1999 to support art and cultural activities in the atmosphere, in orbit, and beyond.
Projekt Atol Institute regularly participates as a producer or production partner in various performing and new media arts projects; it serves as the institutional, financial and logistics support frame for several projects and initiatives.
Zavod Cona / Cona – Institute for Art Processing
CONA Institute was established in 2007 by the musician and new media artist Brane Zorman and the architect and scenographer Irena Pivka. The institute owes its name to Cona [Zone], an ongoing series of engaged urban artistic projects related to migration issues that the duo has been developing since 2001. Cona produces the Beitthron electronic music project, run by Brane Zorman, and together with the Intima Virtual Base Institute coproduces the Ballettikka Internettikka series of web-based performances. Since 2008 Cona runs a temporary independent analogue radio station RadioCona which has become an important agent in claiming public radio-frequency space for artistic and broader social contexts. In 2018 the CONA Institute started a guest programme at the Steklenik Gallery, a gallery for sound, bioacoustics and art. It is located at the Tivoli Greenhouse and developed in partnership with the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana.
Zavod Kersnikova / Kersnikova Institute
Kersnikova Institute is a non-profit and non-governmental cultural organization, founded by the Student Organization of the University of Ljubljana, and serves as an institutional frame for three progressive venues: Kapelica Gallery, a world renown platform for contemporary investigative arts, the hacker space Rampa, where relations between society, science, technology and art are being reconsidered, and the inspirational laboratory BioTehna, which focuses on the artistic research of living systems. Over twenty years of daily activities have resulted in hundreds of unforgettable moments and experiences, which have given the contemporaneity form and meaning. Kersnikova Institute is due to its strong programme focus marked on the maps of the most interesting international centres dealing with contemporary investigative arts, science and cuttingedge technologies.
Društvo Ljudmila / Ljudmila Association
Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory was established in 2010 as a successor to the Ljudmila – Ljubljana Digital Media Lab programme of Open Society Institute Slovenia (since 1994). It strives to connect research practices, technologies, science, art and civil society. It engages in the development and popularisation of open culture, free licences and software, and in new ways of distribution. It detects how the communication transformations affect the society and encourages innovative art practices. From 2011 Ljudmila acts also as a public lead of Creative Commons Slovenia. Since 2011 Ljudmila develops and publishes the Culture.si portal for international cooperation, in 2013 the Kulturnik.si (a metasearch engine and the cultural news and events aggregator) was launched. Both portals have been funded by the Slovene Ministry of Culture.
LokalPatriot is one of the liveliest cultural centres in Novo mesto. The original and inventive programmes presented are conceived by a team of young and engaged local professionals. Since 2000 the institution operates at three separate venues and runs the Jazzinty and Fotopub festivals. The LokalPatriot Club operates as a bar, a cybercafé, and a reading room during the daytime, in the evening it turns into a venue for concerts, performances, literary events, cinematheque screenings, lectures, etc. LokalPatriot incorporates also the Multimedia Centre of Dolenjska (MCD), an IT centre with six computers equipped with various software which is active within the M3C Multimedia Centres Network of Slovenia. It also runs the Simulaker Gallery, an exhibition space which showcases all forms of contemporary visual arts.
Mladinski center Velenje / Velenje Youth Center
Velenje Youth Centre runs a regular programme of performing arts, intermedia arts, literature and visual arts activities with the aim of informing, imparting knowledge and experience, developing positive values and encouraging free-time social gathering by children and youth, especially the young unemployed. Selfrecognition and confirmation, tolerance and creativity is encouraged through a range of team activities.
The Centre incorporates a Gallery where the visitors are afforded the opportunity to relate to various forms of art, and an Auditorium which hosts a unique concert series – the only one of its kind in the region – which endeavours to link alternative forms of music with ways of expression and pleasure. Rock and jazz is currently being explored with the participation of both local and foreign musicians.
Mladinski kulturni center Maribor / Youth Centre for Cultural Activities Maribor
The Youth Centre for Cultural Activities Maribor (MKC) was established in 1993 by the Municipality of Maribor. It is a public institution, designed to stimulate, develop, and mediate the activities of young people in the field of arts. It enables through its programmes the artistic and creative activities of young people in various fields, provides counselling, mentoring and non-formal education, as well as technical and infrastructural service assistance. MKC’s activities include computer and new media art, literature, theatre and dance arts, visual arts, video, film and photography, music, non-profit management and production. Its most important and oldest projects are the No Border Jam Festival (now organised by and the Cultural Centre Maribor) and the International Festival of Computer Arts (IFCA). MKC also participates in the Slovene Book Days and co-organises the Festival Performa & Platforma, an international festival of contemporary dance and performance arts.
konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art is a project chosen on the public call for the selection of the operations “Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres”. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.