21 March – 9 April 2013 P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana
In her projects, the intermedia artist Metka Zupanič deals with the relation between the individual and the technological Other. In the new project “Anti – Global?”, she focuses on the way the body reacts to stimuli generated by the human subconscious.
Already in her previous works she has addressed the theme of contemporary technology which is in the service of control and supervision. The project “How to Kill Something in Me” (2010, 2011) thematised the use of technologies for control and identification which are available today on the open market. She connected them to the real threat of arms interventions, especially the image of “special units” which are becoming a part of the professionalization of civil service with a “licence to kill”. The project was based on the question of how to manage personal information in the present and future society, especially in the context of the society of fear.
In the current project “Anti – Global?” the author now deals with the feelings of fear which are born in the individual in the extraordinary and hopeless societal, social and economic conditions in the time of late-capitalism – the time of apparent freedom and the “spectacle of major corporations”. The project is manifest in two independent parts. The sculpture in the first space is a combination of two basic geometric bodies, signified as a metaphor of the system founded on work and striving for the top, where it perpetuates “added-value”. Fear is the central response to the physical and emotional danger of the object. The rotating balls in the object go faster and faster and represent the acceleration of the system, while at the same time the author focuses on the body’s response – its surface – to stimuli which is generated by the human subconscious.
The video installation in the other space is a clean, concrete presence, without metaphorical dimensions. It represents the stories of three individuals, who in the globalised world have found work and personal satisfaction in Slovenia. Using the dynamic path of global mobility, their potentials are realised here. Where, then, do we live? In the worst or the best of all worlds? Do the dynamics of the fast times in which we live demand that we create for ourselves and our close ones the best that we are able?
Metka Zupanič is an internationally recognised intermedia artist. After her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) in Ljubljana, she continued her studies at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. In 2005 she completed her MFA at ALUO. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions of contemporary arts, among others, in Graz, Venice, Łódź, Gdansk, Skopje, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Novi Sad and in Slovenia in Museum of Modern Art (U3), Kapelica Gallery, P74 Gallery, and Celje Gallery of Contemporary Arts, etc. Since 2002 she is a member of art group KOLEKTIVA (with Vesna Bukovec and Lada Cerar).
The programme of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and by the Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.