Rehearsals For Reality

osmo/za, Slovenska 54, 8th floor, Ljubljana
09 – 29 August 2024

Exhibition Opening
9 August at 20.00

Opening Hours
Thursdays & Fridays 17.00–19.00
Saturdays 12.00–14.00

‘Rehearsals For Reality’ will highlight hybrid practices and perspectives – between documentary and fiction, fully improvised roleplay, rules-based gameplay and scripted action with actors, non-actors and artificial entities, palimpsests of current and near future times and spaces – foregrounding the blurred thresholds between reality and fiction to expose the constructed nature of our worldviews and present wildly new imaginaries, identities and ways of being. Not only will the impact on the development and maintenance of the self be explored, but also wider discussions of political inclusion, activism, gender, agriculture, medicine, education and virtualization.

Guided tours
with the curator Brandon Rosenbluth
10 August at 12.00
17 August at 12.00
24 August at 12.00

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Curated by: Brandon Rosenbluth
Exhibiting artists: Cécile B. Evans, Tom K. Kemp, Doireann O’Malley,Špela Petrič

Graphic design by: Marijn Degenaar
Produced by: Projekt Atol
Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana (Department for Culture)

Bios

Cécile B. Evans is an American-Belgian artist living and working in La Plaine Saint Denis. Evans’ work examines the value of emotion and its rebellion as it comes into contact with ideological, physical, and technological structures. They have previously realized new commissions at Centre Pompidou (FR), Museo d’Arte Moderne di Bologna (IT), Tate Liverpool (UK), Lafayette Anticipations (FR), Tramway (UK), Serpentine Galleries (UK), Castello di Rivoli (IT), Museum Abteiberg (DE), and and exhibited work at Whitechapel Gallery (UK), Haus der Kunst (DE), Renaissance Society Chicago (US), Singapore Art Museum, Mito Art Tower (JP) amongst others. Evans’ films have been screened in festivals such as the New York Film Festival and Rotterdam International. Evans’ work is held in public collections such as MoMA NY (US), the Whitney Museum (US), Centre Pompidou (FR), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (DK), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul (Sk).

Cécile B. Evans

Tom K Kemp employs roleplaying game design, animation and filmmaking to tell collaborative ghost stories about complexity and the humans who constitute it. Working through the roleplaying game form to combine political simulation, fan-fiction and divination into semi-improvised group storytelling, participants are invited to parse systems, complicate common narratives, and synthesise an array of knowledges into plot, dialogue, diagram and performance. By conflating global systems, political metaphor and organisational infrastructure with genre fiction, players’ personal experience and ludic tangents, his works attempt an evocation of the emancipatory weirdness of group agency and the unintended consequences of making models of the world. He has exhibited at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Quad, Derby and the MKG Hamburg. Residencies include the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, DOGO, Lichtensteig, and Rupert, Vilnius.

Tom K Kemp

Doireann O’Malley (born 1981 in Limerick, IE) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Berlin. Their research-led practice unites collaborative methodologies, healing and reparative movement, writing, and theory, with a strong technological emphasis on new media, virtual Reality, 3Dand film installation. O’Malley holds an MFA from University of Ulster in Belfast, UK. From 2021- 2022 held the position of Professor of Gender & Space at Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien. They were a research fellow at the Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung (2020-2021) and a participant of the BPA// Berlin programme for artists (2019-2020). They acted as a guest mentor on the The Live Arts MA / AdBK Nuremberg (2001). Their exhibitions, talks and screenings have been presented at IMMA, Dublin, IE; Art Institute, Basel, CH; Biennale Zielona Góra, PL; Goethe-Institut Montreal, CA; Goethe-Institut, NY, USA; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, DE; National Sculpture Factory/Cork Film Festival, Cork, IE; GöteborgInternational Biennial for Contemporary Art, SE; Rencontres Internationales, Forum des Archives, Paris, FR & HKW, Berlin, DE; Mumok Kino, Vienna, AT; Dublin City Gallery, Dublin, IE; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE; Berlin Art Prize, 2018, Berlin, DE; Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, DE.

Doireann O’Malley

Špela Petrič is a Slovenian new media artist and former scientific researcher currently based between Ljubljana, SI, in Amsterdam, NL. She received a PhD in Biomedicine at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and an Advanced Master in Arts from LUCA, Brussels, Belgium. Her practice is a multi-species endeavor, a composite of natural sciences, wet media and performance. She envisions artistic experiments that enact strange relationalities to reveal the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of our (bio)technological societies and challenge the scope of the adjacent possible. Much of her recent work has focused on plant life. Her work has been shown at many festivals, exhibitions and educational events around the world (Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR), Abandon Normal Devices (Grisedale Forrest, UK), Gamerz (Aix en Provence, FR), Touch Me Festival (Zagreb, CRO), Playaround (Taipei, TW), Electronica (Linz, AT)). For her work she also received several awards including the White Aphroid for outstanding artistic achievement, the Bioart and Design Award and an Award of Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica.

Špela Petrič