Petja Grafenauer: Workshop on Writing About Experimental Research and Exhibition Project “Video Turn”

School for Curators and Critics of Contemporary Art
Season 14
1st Year (November 2011–June 2012)

Workshop on Writing About Contemporary Art

Duration: November 12–December 4, 2012
Vžigalica Gallery, Trg francoske revolucije 1, 1000 Ljubljana

Application Deadline: November 8, 2012
The price of the workshop for individuals is 30 €, and 40 € for institutions.

Participants: Tea Derguti, Sara Erjavec Tekavec, Samo Gosarič, Hana Karim, Eva Lučka Kozak, Tereza Tomažič and participants of the 14th season of the World of Art.

Understanding of Slovene language is necessary.

The formulation of precise and substantiated analysis of contemporary art projects is currently of extreme importance in the local environment. Despite the various possibilities of visual documenting, a text can capture and transmit information about the long-lasting projects in a very comprehensive way. Writing a text is one of the methods of preservation of the project, explicitly for those, who have failed to see it and in this way if may share the knowledge with the broader community. Justified, accurate and precise texts detach themselves from media frenzy, which is often accompanied by superficial, badly written and exaggerated interpretations.

Local visual art scene is threatened by enemies from all sides – it is time, that we roll up our sleeves and write!

The topic of the writing is known:
Experimental Research & Exhibition Project Video Turn.
The method of writing is known: experiment with integral rules of the game.
The first aim is: to spend as much as time as possible at the exhibition Video Turn!
The second aim is: writing analitical texts about Video Turn.
The third aim is: to develop a methodology of writing about experimental projects.

The participants of the workshop must be present at least at the following events:

  • Monday, November 12, at 5 pm: introduction meeting with the mentor (Petja Grefenauer), presentation of the project (Ida Hiršenfelder, Barbara Borčić), attending the installment of the exhibition, and meeting the artists and their oeuvre;
  • Tueasdy, November 13, at 8 pm: opening of the exhibition;
  • Wednesday, November 14, at 6 pm: public lecture and projection Aspects of Experimental and individual conversations with people involved in the project;
  • At least twice between November 16 and 26: following the processes and happenings at the gallery;
  • Thursday, November 22, at 6 pm: the analysis and conversation with the mentor (about the project, authors, video ambients and installations, processes, contexts, organizers …);
  • Wednesday, November 28: attaining the screening of video sequence at the gallery;
  • Saturday, December 1, at 5 pm: the final meeting with the mentor and conclusion of the workshop;
  • Tuesday, December 4: submitting finished texts, individual debates with participants is going to follow after the evaluation of submitions.

Petja GrafenauerPetja Grafenauer (1976)
Holds a PhD in Anthropology of contemporary art. She is a freelance independent curator, writer and lecturer. Her topics are mainly contemporary painting and its connection to other media and the construction of discourse in contemporary art. During 2005−2006 she was the editor of Department for arts and humanities at Radio Študent, one of the oldest and biggest European non-commercial radio stations. Between 2007 and 2009 she was a curator at Ganes Pratt gallery in Ljubljana. Since 2005 she is a lecturer on history of contemporary art at School of Arts at University of Nova Gorica. She regularly collaborates with SCCA−Ljubljana and is coeditor of Slovenian art magazine Art Words. As a curator she is the author or coauthor of various projects, amongst others the exhibitions New tendencies (UGM, Maribor 2010); We want to be as free as our fathers were (MGLC, Ljubljana 2010); International Biennial of Graphic Arts: Matrix – unstable reality: 6 monkeys, 300 envelopes and 1 love: ‘Imperfect as always (MGLC, Ljubljana 2009). In January 2012 she curated one man retrospective exhibition of Austrian artist Dejan Kaludjerović in City Gallery in Nova Gorica (January 2012). Since 2001 her art criticism and analitic and scientific texts have been published at Radio Študent, in national daily magazines Dnevnik and Delo, in Mladina weekly and Borec, ISH Monitor, Maska, Likovne besede, Ekran, Revija Fotografija, Zarez, Život umjetnosti, Manifesta Journal and Art on Paper magazines. In 2008 she published a book on Slovenian painter Aleksij Kobal and in 2010 she was the editor of Authentic Interest by MSUM director Zdenka Badovinac.

Workshop is especialy intended for those, who have already written critical, theoretical texts, and any texts about artworks. Specific level of formal education, profession, age and working experiences are not the terms for application. Please, enclose a short CV and motivation letter for the participation at the workshop.

Send an electronic application form to our e-mail address: or by post to SCCA−Ljubljana, Metelkova 6, 1000 Ljubljana.
Please, enclose a short CV and motivation letter for the participation at the workshop.

The number of participants is limited to 5. We will accept applications until the number of participants reaches capacity!

The price of the workshop for individuals is 30 €, and 40 € for institutions (with VAT). A copy of paid receipt is a precondition for participation at the workshop.

Application Deadline: November 5, 2012

Results will be published on November 7, 2012

SCCA−Ljubljana (office hours: 9.00–13.00)
Contact person: Simona Žvanut
Metelkova 6, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: (01) 431 83 85

Photo: Jasna Jernejšek