[NetBehaviour] Aksioma opens a new production and exhibition space in Ljubljana.

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Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art opens a new production and 
exhibition space
Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7 pm
Komenskega 18, Ljubljana, Slovenia

After almost a decade of its existence Aksioma | Institute for 
Contemporary Arts is opening a Project Space in the city centre of 
Ljubljana, Slovenia. The space is to connect and facilitate the 
institute’s own production as well as artistic practices and diverse 
new-media art projects which have the need for an exhibition space. The 
focal point of the programme is going to be dedicated to hacking the 
role of mass media in contemporary society through various artistic 
mediums interpreting its narratives in subversive, critical, or ironic 
manner. We are highly challenged by the status of an art gallery space 
in a world where access to digital technologies offers a radically 
rethinking of such institutions, promoting an immediate real-time 
experience of art where the Project Space ideally functions merely as a 
physical space where things are made visible and not necessarily the 
end-product of artistic articulation.


Trevor Paglen
A Hidden Landscape
April 4 - 22, 2011

Trevor Paglen is going to mark the opening of the new Aksioma Project 
Space with a very concise exhibition of four projects from his 
wide-spread artistic research on landscapes and phenomena that are 
hidden from the public view and work in the heterogeneous interests of 
the state apparatus. He is going to show a selection from his work 
Symbology (2006), in which he has collected a wide range of perplexing 
symbols and insignia that signify secret military operations, various 
units, command affiliations, and programmes, by which members of these 
programmes are able to identify one another. The patches represent a 
distinguished military culture, marked by an explicitly gaudy taste, in 
which the “Pentagon’s ‘black world’ is replete with the rich symbolic 
language that characterises other, less obscure, military activities”. 
The second work at the exhibition, Missing Persons (2006), is going to 
present another by-product of secret activities, which only insinuates 
the highly dubious activities of the CIA, for which it has created a 
wide-spread list of fake names to cover up the trail of their agents. 
Since the mid-nineties, the CIA has been wildly active in kidnapping, 
detaining and torturing people who were suspected of terrorism all 
around the world and it has brought them to a network of secret prisons 
referred to as “black sited”. For their activities, the CIA has used 
unmarked aeroplanes, which are owned by intricate networks of front 
companies whose boards of directors are composed of non-existent people. 
The Missing Persons project is a collection of their signatures culled 
from business records, aircraft registrations, and corporate filings. 
Connected to both of these works is the project Code Names, which lists 
words, phrases, and terms that designate active military programs whose 
existence or purpose is classified ranging from intelligence programmes 
to military operations, and secret identities and fake companies. The 
forth project is going to present selected works from the Limit 
Telephotography project, which unveil the geographies of classified 
military bases and facilities that are off-limits to the general public. 
In this piece, in which the artist uses highly magnified photographic 
technology that closely resembles astrophotography, the artist reveals 
highly grained blurred images of secret geographies, which seem so far 
as if they did not belong to the same dimension.

Contradictions of the Hidden Landscapes
Ida Hiršenfelder - Interview with Trevor Paglen
Download here

Author: Trevor Paglen
Lender of the artworks: Galerie Thomas Zander
Artistic director: Janez Janša
Technician: Valter Udovičić

Production and organization: Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, 
Ljubljana, 2011
Executive Producers: Marcela Okretič and Janez Janša

Supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the 
City of Ljubljana - Department of Culture
Thanks: Marco Deseriis, Marko Peljhan, Christina Mey

Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Neubergerjeva 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
phone: + 386 – (0)591 – 90876
gsm: + 386 – (0)41 – 250669
e-mail: aksioma at aksioma.org

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