Soft Control: SUTRA/TOMORROW
Artist Talk Symposium.
Artists & Speakers: Ana Rajčević, Chris Bruckmayr (Future Lab, Ars Electronica), Dejan Pestotnik (MMC Kibla) Dobrivoje Milijanović, Ivan Stanić, Kišobran, Monika Pocrnjić, Nataša Teofilović, raum.null live, Soft Control, Stevan Kojić, SUTRA.
Belgrade Youth Centre as part of the European project Soft Control initiates a restart of SUTRA (TOMORROW) festival.
The Artist Talk Symposium SUTRA will try in two days to present artists, concepts and projects that explore the relationship of art, science and technology through interviews with artists, presentations and interactive workshops. At the same time SUTRA is the initiative and support of the Belgrade Youth Center to re-launch this Arts and Science Festival in Belgrade.
DAY ONE: Tuesday, 26th November
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - "New Tomorrow" by Ivan Stanić, curator of the project and Dušana Nikolić
Radosević, program editor of Belgrade Youth Centre
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Dobrivoje Milijanović: Phonosynthesis - interactive sound sculptures
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Monika Pocrnjić: "How to make workshopology happen "
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Natasha Teofilović: "Spirits" art @ CERN
9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Kišobran: „Footswitch“, a/v Installation
DAY TWO: Wednesday, 27th November
4:00 p.m. – Worskshop for kids: " My First DiscoKosmačBot " by Monica Pocrnjić
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dejan Pestotnik , MMC KIBLA " Soft Control - art, science and technology
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Chris Bruckmayr (Ars Electronica, Futurelab) – „Spaxels – Space Pixels“
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Stevan Kojić: „The Lost Treasure“
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Ana Rajčević: “Fashion, Sculpture and Beyond”
10:00 p.m. - raum.null, live
Note : All presentations are in Serbian and English and not translated
SUTRA/TOMORROW Festival - a festival that disappears, festival emerging
And as it says Beckett – He will not come today, but certainly will TOMORROW - and since then we have
not seen it before. SUTRA – the Pilot Festival, a festival that occurs, a festival which disappears, a festival
that we miss a lot. The City of Millions, university, science and art center as Belgrade, needs to have
SUTRA / TOMORROW
TOMORROW festival originated as a pilot project 2009th in the Third Festival of Science. As part of this
program, scientific and artistic films in collaboration with the Science Film Festival in New York were
presented, as well as the software Visikord, by programmer Davor Magdic, who lives and works in
California. Then the first official festival edition SUTRA/TOMORROW was realized through the setting of
the fourth Festival of Science in year 2010, visited by more than 5200 visitors and presented 13 artists
and researchers. The Second SUTRA/TOMORROW festival was realized through the setting in the Fifth
Science Festival, in year 2011, in the gallery of the National Bank of Serbia. On the second
SUTRA/TOMORROW festival 9 artists works were presented.
This is how SUTRA festival was founded, disappeared, occurred again and we miss it since: to
investigate the connection of technology and art, to animate our community to develop the science and
art, to present the scientific and technological achievements through art, to offer examples of their
hybrids, mergers, expansion and contraction to children, to young people and experts, to point out that
the science and art are indispensable part of everyday life, to send the message that what is now a
scientific or artistic experiment tomorrow will become everyday lifestyle . SUTRA is our closest and most
distant future. It will not happen today, but certainly will TOMORROW.
Dušana Nikolić – Radošević, program editor
SUTRA or TOMORROW Festival (a blend of art, technology, diverse and authentic)
In recent years we have witnessed an increasing expansion of digital art and media culture. Our everyday
life is dominated by the electronic environment, the arts, technology and science we have through their
interaction opened a completely new world, which has so far not been available to us. Our vision of the
present and the future becomes multiple and networked.
SUTRA Festival presents this new worlds in one place, exploring the tangled interlaced generated
technology, art, science and society, with a focus on their symbiotic relationship and the complexity of
relationships and the changes that continually passes.
The idea of the festival is to bring together for the first time the new visionaries of today and tomorrow,
and to have their work presented in a whole new light, in a way never seen before in the artistic and the
scientific scene in Serbia. Notwithstanding the steady progress that technology brings , our focus should
always be directed to issues of critical importance to society.
Ivan Stanic, curator and author of the project, an art historian
ARTIST AND SPEAKERS
Award-winning visual artist, based in London, working at the intersections of sculpture and fashion
design. Specialised in synthetic polymers, metal and leather.
After receiving an international MA scholarship from University of Arts, London in 2010 for the
prestigious Fashion Artefact course at London College of Fashion, Ana won the LCF Best Design Award
2012 and the Accessories Collection of the Year at ITS (International Talent Support) 2012 in Italy
for her collection of bespoke head pieces ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution. As well In 2013 Ana won
SEED Fund Award for successful creatives. Exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Rome, Trieste,
Rotterdam, Berlin and Istanbul.
Her work has been featured in major print publications such as The Independent, British Vogue, Vogue
NL, Vogue IT, Dazed and Confused, i-D Magazine, NYLON Magazine, Interview Magazine, Marie Claire
France, Interview Magazine, Another Magazine, Stylus, Tank Magazine, Zoom on Fashion Trends - the
semi-annual fashion research book (cover) among others, as well as as prominent online magazines and
blogs such as Dezeen, WGSN, Not Just a Label and Trendand.
In 2012 the Independent listed her as one of the 12 most promising artists from the University of The
Arts, London. She is contributing as an artist at SHOW studio in London.
In the research of new materials, during the year 2013, Ana Rajčević developed cooperation with the
largest software company Autodesk (USA), where for the first time used 3D Printing Tech methods. This
project was just shown at the Louvre, Paris as part of the selection 3D Print Show. Ana plans to continue
this collaboration and research in the field of new technologies in 2014.
Born in Belgrade in 1981, where he grew up, was educated and played handball. Today is an assistant
professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Department for recording and sound design.
Dobrivoje Milijanović deals with the stage sound design, electronic music and interactive sound
sculpture. He considers the following works succesful: the design of sound for concerts of Damir
Imamovića and Sevdah Takhta ( 2011-13 ), techno / Industrials / noise project "raum.null " with Chris
Bruckmayr, sound design for the play " The workers die singing " ( Bitef , 2011) and many others , sound
design for an art installation / performance "Shadows are (not) different" by Katarina Pejovic (Mixer
Festival , 2012) , an interactive sound sculpture " Remixers : Social Jam Session" ( Mixer festival , 2011)
with Mina Piščević, an interactive sound sculpture "Phonosynthesis - audio bouquet " (Festival of
Science, 2010), the radio show " Station 64" (2010-2011 ) on Radio Beograd 202, sound design for chorus
concerts of " Horchestar " ( 2007-2010). From November 2010. he is Deputy of laboratory for sound
experience " Room 64 " (FDU , Belgrade).
Monika Pocrnjić (1987, Maribor) is a student/ tutor of the arts education at the Faculty of Education in
Maribor. She regularly attends rehabilitation colonies (Društvo Sonček Ptuj) as an organizer of art
activities and art therapy. Occasionally she collaborates with MMC Kibla, team Biomodd,
SGMK(Schweizeriche Gesellshaft Mechatronische Fur Kunst),Zavod K4/6, Ljudmila and Biotehna. She's
reaserching and developing transdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art practice and like's to
spontaneously create »scenarios« within the active social sphere. She's interested in areas such as arts,
biology, technology and society. Currently she's developing a laboratory called PostArtLab(GT22) in
Maribor. The Lab was created in the year 2012 with the purpose to recycle and experiment with
Worskshop for kids: " My First DiscoKosmačBot " by Monica Pocrnjić
The future is now and robots are our helpers. But can they become your friends and companions? If yes,
how would they look like? On the workshop we’ll produce simple robotic creatures from a variety of
materials. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own toy or fashion accessory in their
own way. The basic idea is to build a simple bionic toy from little material but for a lot of joy. The
workshop is more than appropriate for kids, fashion enthusiasts and other mechanical creature lovers.
Natasa Teofilovic is a visual media artist. Her artistic approach evolved from neo-conceptual art in early
90's to digital art of new century which merge art, science and technology. Technically speaking, she
works in diverse media including experimental video, 3D animation performance and digital ambiances.
Conceptually, this works are connected with topics of the identity in the void of virtual space, the
perception of virtual beings and the boundaries between virtual and real spaces. Her digital works
belongs to category of interdisciplinary, hybrid and intra-active art.
She won an honorary award at the international competition for digital art of the European Organization
for Nuclear Research– CERN (Geneva) and the Ars Electronica festival (the first Prix Ars Electronica
Collide@CERN) and her work was in Jury Selection Award at 15th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2011. Also her work was included in the collection of the digital art museum Ars Electronica, Linz during
2007-2008. She has exhibited in Incheon International Digital Art Festival (2009, Korea), Shanghai eArts
Festival (2007, China), DAT (2007, Singapore Science Centre), HTMlles 8 Festival, (2007, Montreal,
Canada), "Out of Chaos - Media, Food, Industrial Products" (1996, Museum of Contemporary Art,
Workshop „The Spirits“ by Nataša Teofilović:
This is presentation of the workshop proposal "Spirits" done for the CERN scientists.
"Spirits" is work based on interaction with CERN scientists. This is an open artwork, based on process of
digital images sequence production done as a workshop at CERN. The artwork proposal is result of my
first CERN visit, and inspired with talk with Gavin Salem. Two topics show up from this talk: the use of
analogy of RGB colours to describe particle properties and use of software for random choice "Pythia".
In this workshop, picture production follows strict rules. Also, this process depends from human choice,
randomness and luck. Starting with the same master pictures in some other surrounding, the result(s)
will be different. This work emphasizes the human factor and personal choice in work, and reveals how
unconsciously we produced associative pictures, which help us to describe the unknown.
Why is the analogy with (RGB) colours so interesting for me?
RGB colours are primary colours for digital picture display on the computer screen.
RGB colours are the “basic letters” for visual digital art.
Colours, like worlds or music, bears and affects human senses and emotions. Colours (like words or
music) transmit energy and emotion. No matter how abstract they are, they could be read
unconsciously. They are artist's tools for the exploring and expressing how is to be human in this world
(as like the science with their apparatus trying to do, but excluding the senses).
The proposed project is based on my previous work - simulation of “scientific experiment”, done in
Photoshop (or Gimp) by default layer blending modes. Following this rule, one picture changes other
picture only with its colours, producing new colours and shapes. The results are unpredictable and
exciting. Starting with the same two spots as master pictures, someone else will produce completely
different result, completely different pictures, colours and shapes.
Kišobran Soft Control - a/v installation “Footswitch”
Kišobran (serb. Umbrella) is an organization from Belgrade, Serbia which is active in promoting
independent culture and art. Kišobran VJ Team has become very important part of Kišobran in the last
three years. They have quickly become recognized and therefore influenced the establishment of visual
component in the cultural events of Belgrade.
Besides frequent clubbing performances, they have been residents of the Exit festival’s Main Stage for
the last three years. They are often the choice of local organizers during big events, such as Share
conference, Warriors Dance Festival, Mikser festival, as well as performances of famous DJs, e.g. Sven
Vath, Dave Clark, Steve Bug, etc.
Kišobran VJ Team has always been striving for cutting-edge technologies, new set-ups and techniques.
Each performance is unique, especially because of their accent at live performance and immediate
response to their environment. Because of this approach and their experimental character the leap to
interactive a/v installations came naturally.
At their presentation in the Soft Control project they will show the installation called “Footswitch”,
which uses computer vision to create an audio-visual composition. Installation participants will be able
to add or remove composition components by direct interaction in real-time.
Dejan Pestotnik Association for Culture and Education KIBLA
Currently working as a vice president of ACE KIBLA and as multimedia producer in the field of art, IT and
education. As a manager he’s working on EU projects (IST - FP7, EU Culture, EU Structural Founds, EU
Youth in Action…). With his work, he’s managing promotion of contemporary art production, focused on
multimedia and intermedia art on international level (contemporary art exhibitions, presentations,
strategic communications, found raising, sponsorships) and connecting culture with business sector. He
was a member of team of experts for creating documents for Maribor European Capital of Culture 2012
candidacy. He is also an author of several articles about cultural management and new media art
production. in national and international media.
Chris Bruckmayr, Ars Electronica, Future Lab
Master of Philosophy, studied Communication and Political Science on the University of Vienna (b. 1967).
Formerly a freelance media concept developer, since 2010 part of the Ars Electronica team, project
manager and developer Spaxels - media art installations and innovative commercial public interventions
Business Manager and Flight Crew Leader of Spaxels (autonomous Ars Electronica Quadcopter swarm).
Co-founder of the radical performance troupe "Fuck Head" (world-famous in Austria).
Current musical project: "raum.null" (experimental industrial techno). Acoustic focus: Noise.
The Ars Electronica Futurelab:
A team of about 25 members from different disciplines such as architecture, biology, chemistry, graphics,
informatics, art, media design, media technology, music, physics, sociology, telematics, etc.
Focus: the future at the nexus of art, technology and society, sketches of all possible future scenarios in
art-based, experimental forms, trans-disciplinary research and work. Artists and Researchers from all
over the globe are collaborating with – and taking residencies at – the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Ars
Electronica Futurelab = Atelier/Laboratory.
Spaxels – Space Pixels:
Space pixels are an artistic tool for the temporary occupation of urban air space. The Ars Electronica
Futurelab has developed a proprietary technology to operate a swarm of quad copters through a central
flight control unit. So far this system has been deployed with an on-board LED system under the name
„Spaxels“, with an idea to construct a temporary dynamic spatial display in the night sky over
An Austrian Serbian collaboration between Dobrivoje Milijanovic (Serbia) and Chris Bruckmayr (Austria).
Founded during the Resonate Festival 2012 in Belgrade. So far, raum.null performed in Linz, Vienna
(Austria), Belgrade (Serbia) 2013. Experimental Industrial Techno & Sound Art.
Stevan Kojić The Lost Treasure, installation, 2013
Stevan Kojic was born in Kikinda in 1973. He graduated Sculpture in 1997. at the Faculty of Fine Arts, he
won master's degree from the same university in 1999. Since 2004. he works as an assistant, and since
2008. as assistant professor of New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad.
Project The Lost Treasure is based on the initiation of organic/techno-museological collection which is
compiled of fictive electronic waste (technological objects) and live organisms (bio-objects), allegedly
found in the neighbouring district.
Bearing in mind the self-critical relation toward site-specific, in situ and eco-art practices and autoironical
approach and engagement of the usual ‘research methods’, given space, historical, social, geopolitical
and techno-organic pieces of information are transformed into synthetic forms. Through
subjective rendering of the environment, the possible/impossible condition in the parallel present or
future is hypothetically hinted.
In the imaginary post-apocalyptic age, discarded objects become active subjects of techno-organic
structures within the new virtual worlds as a potential micro models of futuristic megapolises.
Translated by Sandra Stojanović
About the SOFT CONTOL project (www.softcontrol.info):
Dom omladine Beograda (Belgrade Youth Centre) is part of the large European project “Soft Control: Art,
Science and the Technological Unconscious” that will be realized during 2012–2015 as a cooperation
between 9 partners from 7 countries. During this period there will be more than 8 symposiums, 16 art
solo exhibitions/installations, over 40 talks with artists, 7 big residency programs for artists and
scientists, 4 group exhibitions, 8 workshops, over 30 lectures, 12 group exhibitions, 7 performances, and
many artist and project exchanges which will result from basic project activities. SOFT CONTROL is a
multi-annual cultural project with the mission to introduce science labs to a wider audience, starting
from artists and experts, to various educational entities, going further to include the widest public.
Through this project and the cooperation with its European partners, Dom omladine Beograda will
present to the Serbian public the most important Belgrade artists from this field.
Partners and co-organizers of SOFT CONTROL
MMC KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia (coordinator); Hangar (Fundació Privada Associació d' Artistes Visuals de
Catalunya), Barcelona, Spain; Muzej suvremene i moderne umjetnosti, Rijeka, Croatia; Galerija O3ONE,
Belgrade, Serbia, Media Space RIXC, Riga, Latvia; CIANT, International Centre for Art and Technology,
Prague, Czech Republic, FBAUP - Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do PortoPorto, Portugal;
KGLU, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenija i DOM OMLADINE BEOGRADA, Belgrade, Serbia.
SUTRA / TOMORROW project team
Dusana Nikolic Radosevic, art management of the project
Ivan Stanic, project curator and art historian
Milica Ševarlić, PR Project
Design: Jacob Ponjavić
Executive producers: Ana Kotevski and Marko Radojković
This Artist Talk Symposium is part of the Soft Control project. This project was realized with the support
of the European Commission. Patrons: Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and
the Belgrade City Assembly, Associate partner in the field of technology: RCUB - Computer Center of the
University of Belgrade. Special thanks to: Higher School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Applied Studies in Belgrade.