The deadline for submissions of applications of the GuestRoomMaribor Call out 2017 is extended until the 10th of April.
You are welcome to apply and/or share the news.
Thank you!

More information here.

Application procedure:
- send Application form, Portfolio and Motivation letter (up to 4000 characters) to until 10th of April 2017
- until 17th of April: notification of selected proposals for shortlist
- 17th - 24th of April: skype meetings with selected artist for shortlist
- 24th of April: notification of selected proposals and fixing the dates for residencies

International artist-in-residency platform GuestRoomMaribor: Call out 2017

International Artist-in-residence program GuestRoomMaribor was established in 2011 by Pekarna Magdalenske mreže (PMM) – a non governmental organization focused on independent cultural production in Maribor, Slovenia. PMM originates from the concept of creative and emancipatory physical and mental space, initially meant for activities of production, promotion of production and informal education in the fields of art, culture, youth work, civil society and active citizenship. The organisation’s activity is defined by the conceptual field of informal culture, subculture, deinstitutionalized culture, counter-culture, independent culture and urban culture, as well as social movements. In the context of contemporary art practices PMM represents an important generator of non-institutional and independent art practices; it encourages socially engaged art, hybrid and experimental artistic expressions and approaches.

If the primary idea of large number of Artist-in-residence programs is to create a possibility for the artists to create beyond their usual work and/or existential environment, then GRM - the only Artist-in-residence program in Maribor providing continuous presence of international artists - can be to a large extent characterized by the specificity of local cultural-artistic context. Therefore, it favours artistic approaches that form explicit relations with the specific social, historical, political, etc. context of Maribor, local independent cultural producers and the wider community of the city (participatory, site-specific art projects, interventions in public space, etc.). From its outset GRM also has strived that the selected projects are permanently located in the urban landscape, which is also planned for the future.
GRM is extending its focus on the field of so-called experimental curatorship focused on relation between curating and history making, exhibiting hybrid, performative, relational, participatory art practices, exhibiting in non-gallery spaces, curating and feminist/queer theory/feminist and queer art curating, locally bounded art production versus cosmopolitanism of art, circumstances of cultural/art production; rise of a creative class and entrepreneurship of art and culture.

GRM is well connected with local independent cultural producers (individuals and organizations), alternative production and presentational spaces in Maribor, local self-organized collectives of curators (for instance collective Rezidenca Maistrova, focused on non-gallery exhibition spaces like private apartments, public space and more general in-context related art.), connections with “young” scene of art theorists, art critics and curators from Ljubljana etc.

GRM is offering:

- 2 residential ateliers (96 m2 and 76m2, located in the core of the old city centre, equipped with kitchenette, bathroom and sleeping area)
-The residential visits are expected to last for one to two months (in case of more complex projects the duration can be prolonged by mutual agreement)
-Professional assistance and support for the artist and introduction to the local (art) scene by GRM team of curators and producers
-Coverage of production costs up to 300 EUR (in the form of reimbursement of actual costs on presentation of original invoices)
-Coverage of travel costs up to 300 EUR (in the form of reimbursement of actual costs of 1 arrival and 1 departure on presentation of original invoices)
-Scholarship 300 EUR

GRM is expecting:

- Public presentation of the artist's previous work, field of interest and proposed project in the beginning of the residency in a “Meet the resident” event in the form of an artist talk (approx. 45 min long), preferably including visual/video presentation.
Artist has to provide general information about the event for the PR to the GRM team at least 5 days prior. .
- Participation and presence on a guided tour “Interest safari” based on the artist’s field of focus.
- Public presentation of the project created during residential stay in Maribor, or working process resulting from the time in residency - »Project presentation« event. “Project presentation” event is organized in the last week of artist’s residential stay, preferably held in PMM’s gallery space K18 (or elsewhere, if it makes sense because of the specifics of the project). If the project is not finished, so it cannot be presented in the form of exhibition/performance, it can be presented as working process presentation (in the form of a shorter lecture including visual/video/audio presentation). Artist have to provide general information about the event for the PR to the GRM team at least 5 days prior. .

Application procedure:
- send Application form, Portfolio and Motivation letter (up to 4000 characters) to until 31st of March 2017
- until 7th of April: notification of selected proposals for shortlist
- 7th - 14th of April: skype meetings with selected artist for shortlist
- 17th of April: notification of selected proposals and fixing the dates for residential stays between May and December 2017.

Exhibition opening

Daniel Djamo: Sixteen routes to the perfect sunshine

16th of January, 7 PM
Gallery K18
Koroška str. 18, Maribor

“The forest is the Romanian’s twin, is an old saying, meant to underline the nation’s connection with nature, while involuntarily emanating a Romantic scent. Romanian folklore strongly reflects this relationship through its musical compositions and artworks.

Several installations translate transition, while imagining the routes followed by 16 Romanians towards The West after the dissolution of the European Union in a fictional age: the year 2028. Each of them chose to take pieces of wood from their homes, to remind them of their space.

While crossing the different territories, they traced their journey, and took, as reminders, other pieces of wood that crossed paths with them, in an attempt to tell the story of their endeavor.
It is the spring of the year 2028. Along with the fall of the European market, illegal immigration affected more and more territories of the Western countries. The United States have just finished constructing a giant wall along the Mexican border, while its Pacific and Atlantic waters are fully covered by 34000 army posts holding automatic missile launchers. All of the European borders are failing.

After the fall of the European Union (2024), Romania saw a period of financial difficulty. Hungary completed its border-wall with Romania and the Serbian Union followed, constructing a huge wall along the Danube. The Serbian Union became the main power in the Balkans, after the reunification of what was Yugoslavia. Romania sold its gold resources to Finland, and all of its oil to Austria. From an economic point of view, the country is in a coma. Nonetheless, a group of 16 Romanians managed to infiltrate the Serbian borders, crossing the Danube and then reaching Maribor. From there on, they planned their final act: reaching Munich, where some relatives found jobs for them on the black market. This is where our story begins. “

Daniel Djamo

The exhibition will be on view till the 1st of February, Monday - Friday, 1 - 5 PM.

Meet the resident Simon Farid

10th of January, 7 PM
Gallery K18
Koroška str. 18

You are cordially invited to join us on an artist talk and presentation of past production of Simon Farid.entation of past production of Simon Farid.

Publicity text Ideas
F̶r̶e̶e̶m̶a̶s̶o̶n̶r̶y̶’̶s̶ Simon Farid’s values of sociability, inclusivity, tolerance and charity are shared by a̶l̶l̶ some of i̶t̶s̶his m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶ friends. Visit t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶n̶e̶w̶ ̶e̶x̶h̶i̶b̶i̶t̶i̶o̶n̶K18 gallery to discover how f̶r̶e̶e̶m̶a̶s̶o̶n̶r̶y̶ ̶Simon developed from the 1̶7̶0̶0̶s̶ 1980s into a s̶i̶g̶n̶i̶f̶i̶c̶a̶n̶t̶ ̶s̶o̶c̶i̶a̶l̶ ̶i̶n̶s̶t̶i̶t̶u̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ gallery invigilator and obscure sometime artist and explore how m̶o̶d̶e̶r̶n̶ ̶f̶r̶e̶e̶m̶a̶s̶o̶n̶r̶y̶ Simon fits into today’s world.
T̶h̶e̶ ̶M̶a̶g̶i̶c̶ ̶C̶i̶r̶c̶l̶e̶ ̶H̶e̶a̶d̶q̶u̶a̶r̶t̶e̶r̶s̶Simon’s talk is open to our m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶ usual audiences e̶v̶e̶r̶y̶ ̶M̶o̶n̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶on 10/01/17 for our w̶e̶e̶k̶l̶y̶ ̶C̶l̶u̶b̶ ̶N̶i̶g̶h̶t̶artist introduction. Starting from 3̶p̶m̶ 7pm, m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶ audiences and their guests, get exclusive access to the home of magic.

This is a great time to get together with like-minded m̶a̶g̶i̶c̶ culture enthusiasts. There will be magical lectures, impromtu shows and special events throughtout the year evening.

Y̶o̶u̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶v̶i̶s̶i̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶e̶x̶c̶e̶l̶l̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶m̶u̶s̶e̶u̶m̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶-̶o̶n̶l̶y̶ ̶l̶i̶b̶r̶a̶r̶y̶,̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶h̶o̶u̶s̶e̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶p̶r̶e̶h̶e̶n̶s̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶l̶l̶e̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶m̶a̶g̶i̶c̶ ̶r̶e̶l̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶b̶o̶o̶k̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶y̶w̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶l̶d̶.̶

If you’re not a m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶usual visitor, you can still visit the v̶e̶n̶u̶e̶ talk by attending o̶n̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶m̶a̶n̶y̶ ̶p̶u̶b̶l̶i̶c̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶n̶t̶s̶.̶

2. Copy the ways in which UK arts institutions publicise embargoed works.
3. Extract of the funding application relevant for my being here. Maybe a screenshot highlighted rather than a written out text. *This could also work as a nice publicity image maybe?
4. Honest reasons why Simon Farid was selected.

Meet the resident Daniel Djamo

30. 12. 2016, 7 PM
Gallery K18
Koroška str. 18, Maribor

You are cordially invited to the presentation of past production of the recent GRM resident Daniel Djamo.

Artist statement:
Daniel Djamo is a visual artis and filmaker. Born in Korçë, 1879 as the unwanted son of a Dominican priest. He spent most of his childhood in an orphanage. When he was 18, he was thrown in the streets of a dirty Tirana.
This is why he decided to enroll in a mercenary order and to become a professional assassin. After 31 years of service, and after having gathered a fortune in his Swiss bank account, Djamo dedicated his life to art.

Interest safari with Daniel Djamo

29. 12. 2016, 1 PM
Main train station Maribor

Interest Safaris are always journeys of personal interest in the resident artists that can at some point become an expedition for finding objects. The items, which are searched for and needed by the artist, carry different meanings and are connected with different stories, which can be repurposed by the author, who can emphasise or neglect their primary meaning. We are going around the city and it’s broad surroundings on a hunt for the elements for building an installation.

You are welcome to join with cars, or better yet, a van or a truck, because we are going to search for discarded items and object, so we can repurpose them in new projects. The event begins at the main train station in Maribor at 1 pm.
coproduction: Rezidenca Maistrova

Adela Jušić - Lecture and presentation of new works

16. 12. 2016, 6 PM
Gallery K18
Koroška str. 18, Maribor

Jušić's lecture will focus on Antifascist struggle in Yugoslavia, Antifascist front of women, heroism of labor, 5 year plan (Petogodišnji plan), definition of motherhood and how it was socially and legally treated in the period right after war. She will talk about women's associations in Slovenia before the war, women industrial workers and their political activities in Slovenia and Yugoslavia, etc.

The artist will also present some new works created during her first phase of the residency in Maribor.

Adela Jušić was born on 1982 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she lives and works. Jušić graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts. University of Sarajevo in 2007, MA, printmaking department and holds MA in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe from Sarajevo and Bologna Universities, 2013). She is a co-founder and working at cultural projects at the Association for Culture and Art Crvena since 2010. Jušić has exhibited in around 100 international exhibitions including Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain; Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Image Counter Image, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, Balkan Inisght, Pompidou Center, Paris etc. She has participated in several artists in residence programes (ISCP, New York; Kulturkontakt, Vienna; i.a.a.b. Basel). She won Young Visual Artist Award for the best young Bosnian artist in 2010, Henkel Young Artist Price CEE in 2011, and Special award of Belgrade October Salon in 2013. She participated in numerous panels, workshops and conferences (London School of Economics, Royal College of Art, London, UK etc.)

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INTEREST SAFARI with Adela Jušić: NOB and AFŽ

10. 12. 20016, 14.00
Main Square, Maribor

Everywhere we encounter various memorials and monuments of National Liberation Front, but we rarely also know the story behind them. Although each of them is placed in memory of certain events or people, it is the form which more or less successfully transmits and represents the message. This time we will examine the National Liberation Front monuments in Maribor together with Adela Jušić, who will complement the historical interpretation with her views based on the research of the AFŽ (Antifascist front of women) and women in combat.

The in-situ lecture will be held in English language.


INTEREST SAFARI with Caucasus Balkan

With the collective Caucasus Balkan we will take a walk around the city and observe the remains of iconic brutalistic architecture. In the past important symbolic buildings of socialistic Maribor are today increasingly hidden behind thermal rebuildings and behind panels that are more exceptable to the new social order. We will find still preserved architecture, some today recognized as monuments, as well as those who did not succeed. To make the picture complete, we will visit some time capsules, starting at the "Benetke bar" next to Judgement Tower.

We will meet there at 15:30 for coffee and 15:45 we will head the direction of the train station.

You are welcome to join us!
The guided tour will be in english language.

Coproduction Rezidenca Maistrova


14th of November 2016
Gallery K18
Koroška str. 18, Maribor

Collective Caucasus Balkan emerged from the Caucasus Balkan Express project - a platform for reflection, inspiration and cooperation in the cultural sector of the South Caucasus and the Balkans. Balkan, as well as South Caucasus are facing challenges, conditioned by cultural and historical determinated frame and the transition from socialism to a hybrid democracy and a market economy, which is the reason for continual changes and disappointments in the social context and so established base for ethical conflicts.
The project unites four visual artists: Vahe Budumyan from Armenia, Vilmos Koter from Romania, Tanja Radež from Slovenia and Giorgi Khasaia from Georgia. Together they have completed residencies in Georgia, Armenia and Romania as well as in Ljubljana. They have developed different tactics of interventions into the public space, based on their common experience of coexistence and their own artistic expressions. At the residency of Maribor they will prepare a series of artistic interventions in space, that relate to local issues.

Discussion in englihs language will be moderated by Simon Žlahtič and Lucia Smodiš.
The project is a collaboration with the Institute Bunker, Ljubljana.

Vljudno vabljeni na prestavitev projekta GRM rezidenta Martina Reicheja, ki bo v četrtek, 13. 10. 2016, ob 19. uri v Galeriji K18.

Martin Reiche: Rezalno Žičnati Modem

Leta 2015 se je Slovenija odločila za postavitev t. i. tehnične ovire, ki naj bi preprečila nekontroliran prehod meje ob t. i. begunskem valu prebežnikov. Ograja sestavljena iz kolutov bodeče žice tako predstavlja ne le fizične, temveč tudi mentalno pregrado. Njena postavitev se utemeljuje s skrbjo za prebivalce ob meji, čeprav je slika na terenu popolnoma drugačna. Obmejni prebivalci ograje večinoma ne želijo in se jim zdi nepotrebna, saj morajo z njo živeti. Njihove izkušnje z žico negirajo njeno vlogo, saj naj bi ta prebivalce varovala in ne ogrožala, kot se to dogaja. Mediji poročajo o poškodovanih otrocih in poginulih živalih, ki se zapletejo v žico. Odrezala je kmete od zemlje in regije ob meji od pomembnega vira zaslužka, saj se turistična dejavnost na takih območjih, ki zaradi žice spominjajo na vojna, stežka razvija. Za nameček moramo še omeniti, da beguncev na omenjenih območjih sploh ni.

Vsa ta dejstva nekako povzame prvi del dokumentarističnega videa berlinskega umetnika Martina Reichea na razstavi. Jedro njegovega zanimanje je polje komunikacije in njenih preprek. Vrsto let se že ukvarja z različnimi projekti in raziskovanjem na to temo. Pri tem izhaja iz lastnosti prevodnosti kovinske žice in ideje ameriških rančarjev, ki so bodečo žico na svojih posestvih uporabljali kot vzporedno infrastrukturo komunikacije. V obdobju uporabe telegrafa, kasneje tudi telefona, so ogromna neposeljena območja ameriških prostranstev premagovali preko žičnatih ograd, ki so se stikale med posestvi in tako tvorile stotine kilometrov omrežja.
Detajl intervencije na državni meji.

Tekom rezidence je Reiche razvil "Razor Wire Modem" in sprejemnik, ki sta prilagojena delovanju na bodeči žici. Namen modema je pošiljanje signalov skozi žico, ki obteka mejo, vloga sprejemnika pa, da sprejete signale dešifrira in pretvori v človeku berljive znake in vsebine ter jih prikaže na zaslonu. Načrte za izgradnjo podobnih naprav bo namenil prosti uporabi, saj podpira idejo odprte uporabe tehnologije, ki jo vidi kot pomembno orodje za premagovanje tako fizičnih, kot tudi mentalnih ovir. Kot nam kaže drugi del videa, je Reiche svoj modem tudi inštaliral v naravno okolje bodeče žice in poslal signale skozi žico, s tem pa simbolno spremenil ograjo iz sredstva izključevanja in delitve v sredstvo povezovanja in komunikacije. Pomenljivo je tudi dejstvo, da je za vsebino prenosa podatkov uporabil listino Združenih narodov iz leta 1948, ki govori o temeljnih človekovih pravicah, še posebej je bistven 14. člen, v katerem beremo, da ima vsakdo pravico v drugih državah iskati in uživati pribežališče pred preganjanjem. S tem je na simbolni način izničil ogrado tudi s vsebino, ne zgolj tehnično preobrazbo.

Za potrebe galerijske razstave je Reiche posnel in sestavil prej omenjen video, ki kontekstualizira delo in dokumentira njegovo performativno dejanje na terenu samem. Kot nekakšne relikvije, ki ponazarjajo ogrado, je priskrbel še najdene predmete, ki po principu ''pars pro toto'' govorijo o resničnosti ograje, ki je našim očem skrita. Dokumentaristični značaj jim daje forma v kateri so predstavljeni – vrečka, ki spominjajo na dokazno vsebino. K predstavi o žičnati ograji zato pomembno prispeva tudi rekonstrukcija žičnate ograje v galerijskem prostoru. S tem je poustvaril fizično prepreko, ki jo z delovanje modema in pretokom informacij ponovno želi premostiti in preseči.

Simon Žlahtič


11th of October at 7PM
Gallery K18
Koroška street 18, Maribor.

The presentation of the current GRM resident Adela Jušić from Sarajevo (BiH) will contain an introduction of the project Online archive of Antifascist struggle of women of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yugoslavia, which is a result of 5 year program of Association for Culture and Art CRVENA "What has our struggle given us?" ( Furthermore 5 of her works will be presented, that are related to the subject of participation of women in Second World War and Antifascist Front of Women in Yugoslavia, and in general, emancipatory heritage and history of women's political struggle in Yugoslavia from 1941 till the end of 1950s.

The project she will be working on in the frame of GuestRoomMaribor is based on the research of Antifascist Front of Women that had around 2 million members and was the largest women’s organization ever on the territory of ex-Yugoslavia and wider. After the war, it is considered by political top that “women’s issue” was solved in Yugoslavia. The promises of political elites given to women at the time of mobilizing for war never came true. Equality was never achieved, and the process of women’s emancipation, that was “too fast” became a direct threat to patriarchal attitudes in the society. The People’s Front decided to abolish the Antifascist Front of Women in 1953. Again the women were about to be domesticated, placed back into the private sphere of the house, to perform their “natural” roles. This research will examine the ways women’s roles were changed, created, imposed during this period from 1941 to end of 1950s.

Adela Jušić was born on 1982 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she lives and works. Jušić graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts. University of Sarajevo in 2007, MA, printmaking department and holds MA in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe from Sarajevo and Bologna Universities, 2013). She is a co-founder and working at cultural projects at the Association for Culture and Art Crvena since 2010. Jušić has exhibited in around 100 international exhibitions including Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain; Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Image Counter Image, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, Balkan Inisght, Pompidou Center, Paris etc. She has participated in several artists in residence programes (ISCP, New York; Kulturkontakt, Vienna; i.a.a.b. Basel). She won Young Visual Artist Award for the best young Bosnian artist in 2010, Henkel Young Artist Price CEE in 2011, and Special award of Belgrade October Salon in 2013. She participated in numerous panels, workshops and conferences (London School of Economics, Royal College of Art, London, UK etc.)

Further information:


You are cordialy invited for a conversation and past production presentation of the curent artist in residence Martin Reiche.
Thursday, 5. 9. 2016, 7 pm, Gallery K18, Koroška str. 18, Maribor.

Martin Reiche is a media artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. He holds a degree in computer science and works at the intersection of fine art, media art and technology. In his latest works, he explores the influence of technological progress on the relationship between human and technology and between humans themselves. He works in the genres of sculpture, installation, video and software art and his work has been shown at various festivals and museums world-wide, including ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, ZKM Museum of Media Art, Ars Electronica festival Linz, ISEA Hong Kong, Moscow Biennale of Young Art, Athens Digital Art festival and many more.

For Guestroom Maribor, Reiche is creating universal modems in an attempt to subvert existing infrastructure, especially barbed wire fences, to become pre-installed network infrastructure. His approach, which is both technical and aesthetic, wants to show how much repressive architecture can be used in other ways to foster civil rights.

GuestRoomMaribor presents Otto Prod

You are cordially invited to a conversation with Otto Prod, on 6th of September to Gallery K18 at 18.00!

Since the 10th anniversary of continuous cooperation between the French collective Otto Prod and Pekarna Magdalenske mreže within a residential project Working holidays will be marked by extensive retrospective exhibition taking place in UGM - Umetnostna galerija Maribor, we have decided that the traditional event of PMM's residential program, Meet the resident will be set somehow different. With their collaborative, participatory mode of operation, which constantly seeks to expand the traditional boundaries of (understanding of) art, Otto Prod significantly shaped Maribor's cultural and artistic landscape, its players as well as cultural institutions and organizations. The latter is also the reason why a classical chronological survey of production during the last ten years does not make much sense and was also the reason why this same approach collective tried to avoid during the creation of the “retrospective” exhibition.

Operating modes and context from which art projects are resulting in are in the frameworks of contemporary art increasingly becoming integral parts of the resulting production, the latter therefore functions more in a way of the documentation of complex working processes. It appears that particular projects can’t be adequately comprehended, as long as the reconstruction of these contexts is absent or the public was not one way or the other directly involved in the making process. For this reason, in the conversation with the collective and participating artists we will mainly try to touch the larger context of the formation of the collective (educational process, the groups that had a significant impact on their own work, engagement with PMM), through the presentation of the selected projects, the specificity of a non-formal context PMM, which - unlike the classic institutional context - largely allowed the space for experimentation and the approach they tried to follow during the making of exhibition Good Luck, Archeologists! that will be opened on 9th of September in UGM.

Artists that will be present:
Guillaume Stagnaro :
Lucien Gaudion :
Yann Leguay :
Pierre-Étienne Morelle :
Olivier Morvan :
Guillaume Brunet :
Jankenpopp :
Jérôme Fino :
Yves Duranthon :
Luce Moreau :
Paul Destieu :

OTTO Prod residency and the exhibition Good Luck Archaeologists! is co-produced by OTTO-Prod (, Umetnostna galerija Maribor (, and GuestRoomMaribor ( / Pekarna Magdalenske mreže (

Tereza Dvořáková & Šárka Zahálková (Offcity Collective): Resonanca Nasilja / The Resonance of Violence

9. 8. 2016, 20.00, Galerija K18 (Koroška cesta 18)

 Potovanje v notranjost človekovega prostora.
Iščoč esenco skritega nasilja.

Kaj je pometeno pod preprogo?

Spomini, misel na preteklost.
Vsaka podobnost z resničnimi osebami in dogodki ni zgolj naključna.

Izhodiščna raziskovalna tematika rezidenk GuestRoomMaribor in članic kolektiva Offcity, neodvisne platforme iz Pardubic na Češkem, ki se ukvarja predvsem s temo “mesta kot strukture in živega organizma”, je bila tako poimenovano skrito nasilje. Kljub temu, da je „delovna metodologija“ projekta, ki sta ga snovali v času rezidenčnega bivanja v Mariboru izhajala iz - za tako poimenovane umetniške raziskave, ki se začnejo v kontekstu sodobne umetnosti pogosteje pojavljati predvsem od 90-tih - značilne precej „proste“ rabe socioloških raziskovalnih orodij, pa ta ni bil toliko osredotočen na zbiranje podatkov in kartiranje „terena“. Zbiranje podatkov preko pogovorov z različnimi strokovnjaki iz vladnih in nevladnih organizacij, ki se ukvarjajo s fenomenom nasilja, skritega nasilja, nasilja v družini (domestic violence) ipd., je bil namreč zgolj delovno izhodišče, način seznanjanja z lokalno situacijo in kontekstom.

Pogojno rečeno cilj projekta kolektiva Offcity je v tej navezavi nekako skromen. Osredotočen je na poskus (širjenja) ozaveščanja in sprožanja dialoga glede fenomena skritega nasilja. Pozicija umetnic je skratka jasna: Resonance nasilja je umetniški projekt, Tereza Dvořáková in Šárka Zahálková umetnici, ne pa socialni delavki. Temu ustrezno je mogoče razumeti tudi izbiro in rabo sredstev za dosego zastavljenega "cilja": preko širokega nabora izraznih sredstev in medijev (lokacijsko- specifična zvočna instalacija In kaj bi storili vi?, prostorska instalacija v galeriji, pomenljivo poimenovana spletna platforma, se poskuša na različne načine in ne-eksplicitno asociirati na tematiko na način čutnega, intuitivnega vživljanja poslušalca/gledalca/bralca. Iz tega razloga preko pogovorov pridobljeni podatki, na podlagi katerih sta v samem začetku izvajanja svojega projekta torej prečesali teren oziroma pridobili osnovni uvid v lokalno situacijo, v nobeni fazi projekta ne nastopajo na način golih, predočenih informacij. Podatki strokovnjakov hkrati niso „prevedeni“ iz enega medija (vizualizacija, „ozvočenje“, „opesnjenje“ govorice) in diskurza v drugi (iz strokovnega v umetniški), temveč vzeti za izhodišče, na podlagi katerega rezidentki vzpostavita relativno avtonomno govorico.

 V tem kontekstu je zanju ključen tudi element, da se problematiko sicer tematizira, ne pa tudi reproducira (skozi načine govora), ne postavlja na pozicijo vednosti (postavljanje definicij o tem, kaj nasilje je, klasifikacije tipov nasilja ipd.) ali na pozicijo, iz katere bi bilo mogoče soditi, obsojati ali - kot je temu še najpogosteje tako - moralizirati. Ne (re)producirati, vendar tudi ne reševati: ni domena umetniških raziskovalnih projektov, da rešujejo raznolike družbene problematike, četudi si tematizacijo teh jemljejo za svoje izhodišče. Sodobno-umetniški (raziskovalni) projekti sicer lahko nagovarjajo raznolike družbene problematike - in to nasploh zelo radi počno -, vendar so te sistemske, zaradi česar jih je tako tudi potrebno reševati (poziv, da v primeru, da smo priče nasilju, pokličemo policijo v delu In kaj bi storili vi?).

Posted 6.4.2016

Artist is looking for volunteers/art enthusiasts/motivated sociologists who would involve themselves to help inside of research and inside of final performance!

Martina F. Kartelo, current GuestRoomMaribor resident is theatre actress and performer who is lately working within freelance projects which focus on contemporary social issues. During this residency in Maribor she will explore the issue of poverty, how it appears, what makes it grow as well as how poor and poverty are perceived by capitalistic society and media. The focus will be on the Croatia and Slovenia. She will explore this issue through facts, meeting with people who are at the margin of poverty, talking with them,visiting areas which are being considered to be poor, read articles and explore the issue on the social media. All this will lead to final performance which is titled "Funeral for Poor" and will involve theatre, performance and music. This project is third and final part of the series of the artistic exploration of capitalism and consumerism.
First one was around consumerism and made in Netherlands, second was around work of Jorge Zontal and his performance group and presented in Croatia.This one as well as previous ones will be in collaboration with Iris Kolendić, Croatian musician and language teacher.

Martina F. Kartelo will be staying in Maribor from 5th of April till 11th of May. If you are interested in collaboration with her please send a mail to

Posted 30.03.2016

We are pleased to announce that the GuestRoomMaribor jury has selected 6 great artists (from over 60 applications), who will be hosted in Maribor in 2016.

Martina F. Kartelo, Adela Jusic, Daniel Djamo, Martin Reiche, Offcity Collective - Šárka Zahálková and Tereza Dvořáková


Posted 19.2.2016


Vljudno vabljeni na »Meet the residents: CORNERS: IGRIŠČE« dogodek, ki bo v sredo, 24. 2. 2016, ob 18. uri, v baru Pendolino na 1. peronu železniške postaje Maribor, Partizanska cesta 50.

Sodelujoči umetniki: Gianfranco Mirizzi (Hrvaška), Riccardo Spagnulo (Italija), Miha Horvat (Slovenija) in Simon Farid (Velika Britanija)

Namen projekta Igrišče je raziskati vlogo iger v različnih kulturah kot nosilk skupnega jezika, ki lahko prehaja med različnimi mejami, tako nacionalnimi kot tudi lokalnimi. Umetniki so zgradili multimedijsko instalacijo igrišča, ki služi kot orodje za njihovo raziskovanje ter kot sredstvo za aktivacijo javnih prostorov in njihovih uporabnikov. Z vsakim mestom, ki ga obiščejo, se zbirka iger veča, igrišče pa spreminja svojo podobo in tako ponuja edinstveno kulturno izkušnjo.
Igrišče je zasnovano kot participativni projekt, v katerem občinstvo dobesedno igra glavno vlogo. Vsi obiskovalci lahko aktivno sodelujejo v projektu kot igralci v instalaciji igrišča in ga uporabljajo tako za zabavo kot za kulturno izkušnjo. Poleg tega umetniki sodelujejo tudi z lokalnimi igralnimi skupinami, spoznavajo njihove igre, jih učijo lastnih iger ter skupaj z njimi razvijajo nove kontekstno konstruirane igre, ki jih nato vključijo v svojo instalacijo igrišča.

Po predstavitvi projekta vas vabimo, da preizkusite svoje igralske sposobnosti v neformalnem turnirju namiznega nogometa.

Igrišče je del CORNERS, platforme za umetnike in občinstva, ki jo snujejo in poganjajo kulturne organizacije z robov Evrope.


You are cordially invited to " Meet The Residents : CORNERS : Playground " event, which will be held on Wednesday, 24. 2. 2016, at 6 pm in the Pendolino bar on the 1st platform of the train station Maribor, Partizanska street 50.

Participating artists : Gianfranco Mirizzi (Croatia), Riccardo Spagnulo (Italy), Miha Horvat (Slovenia) and Simon Farid (United Kingdom).

To explore the role of games in different cultures, seeing them as potentially possessing common languages that could cross different borders, both national and local, artists have built a multi-media playground installation serving as a tool for their research and a means to activate public spaces and participatively engage its users. As the collection of games is growing with every new place the artists visit, the playground is constantly changing its image and offering a unique cultural experience.

Playground is designed as a participatory project in which the audience is literally playing an essential part. All visitors are welcome to actively engage in the project as players in the playground installation, using it both for fun and as a cultural experience. Furthermore, the artists collaborate with local gaming groups, learn their games, teach them their own games, and together they develop new context-constructed-games that are included in the playground installation.

After the project presentation, you are invited to try out your gaming skills in an informal tournament of table football.

Playground is a part of CORNERS, a platform for artists and audiences, designed and driven by cultural organisations at the edges of Europe.

Produkcija/Production: Exodos Ljubljana
Koproducija/Co-production: ISIS Arts, Drugo More, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese
Lokalni partnerji/ Local partners: Pekarna Magdalenske mreže Maribor, GuestroomMaribor, Vetrinjski dvor/Narodni dom Maribor

Exodos Ljubljana I ǀ

Pekarna Magdalenske mreže Maribor I I

Posted 26.1.2016

We've just published an open call for artists in residency in 2016!

Apply here.

Posted 12.11.2015

Vljudno vabljeni na "Meet the resident: Petr Šourek" dogodek, ki bo v torek, 17.11.2015 ob 19.00 uri v Salonu uporabnih umetnosti.

Petr Šourek, rojen 1974 v Pragi je filozof, pionir turizma korupcije, pisec iger, režiser in prevajalec. Študiral je filozofijo na FaculftyArts of the Charles University v Pragi (2000), dramo na Athens State University (2002), nove medije na Georgia Tech v Atlanti (2008). Deluje kot publicist in prevajalec, občasno predavatelj (Pilsen Western Bohemia University in Duncan Centre dance conservatory, Praga). Leta 2012 je zasnoval projekt prve svetovne agencije za turizem korupcije (, ki do sedaj vključuje več kot 5000 turistov. Projekt je do sedaj gostoval na številnih konferencah in umetniških festivalih v Avstriji, Češki, Nemčiji, Romuniji in Slovaški. Vključen je bil v publikacijo Truth in Concrete (Steirischer Herbst, Sternberg Press) med 99 sodobno-umetniških strategij, ki vzpostavljajo relacije s (real)politiko.

Rezidenčno bivanje umetnika je rezultat koprodukcije med mednarodno rezidenčno platformo GuestRoomMaribor in zavodom Bunker (končni rezultat rezidence bo predstavljen v okviru festivala Drugajanje). Projekt 'Corrupt tour visits Maribor' nadaljuje umetnikovo dosedanjo produkcijo, temelji pa na raziskavi koruptivnih praks v Mariboru (krajše obdobje rezidenčnega bivanja v juniju 2015), na podlagi katere je – v sodelovanju z lokalnimi udeleženci raziskave in procesa - zbran dokumentacijski material, iz katerega je nastal končni produkt v obliki performansa-turističnega vodstva po koruptivnih praksah Maribora, ki bo svojo premiero doživel 19.11.2015 s pričetkom ob 17.00 uri, pod starim mostom v neposredni bližini restavracije Orient.

Posted 22.10.2015

Razstava Ane Nedeljković »Behind the scenes: Rabbitland«

V petek, 23. 10. 2015 ob 18. uri bomo v okviru festivala Mali slon v Galeriji K18 predstavili animatorko Ano Nedeljković ter odprli razstavo »Behind the scenes: Rabbitland”. Dogodek pripravlja Pekarna Magdalenske mreže v sodelovanju z Društvom za razvoj filmske kulture.
Film Rabbitland avtorjev Ane Nedeljković in Nikole Majdaka jr. je bil predstavljen na približno 100 festivalih po svetu (v letu 2014 tudi na mednarodnem festivalu stop motion animacije StopTrik v Mariboru) in poleg drugih nagrad prejel tudi kristalnega medveda na festivalu Berlinale. Zajci brez možganov živijo v deželi zajcev (Rabbitland) – popolni svet, urejen po zgledu najbolj uspešnih primerov vojnih območij, getov in obubožanih četrti. Zajci so izrazito roza, namesto možganov imajo v glavah luknje in so veseli ne glede na vse. So najvišja stopnja evolucije. Njihov vsakdanjik je popolnoma izpolnjen. Zajci preživljajo vse dni na svobodnih in demokratičnih volitvah, ki se v deželi Rabbitland zgodijo vsak dan, saj je to urejena demokracija. Kakorkoli, film nam pove tudi, da volitve organizirajo zlobna dekleta za zabavo.

O avtorjih:
Ana Nedeljković je vizualna umetnica, ki ustvarja na področjih risanja, inštalacij, animiranega filma ter poučuje na področju umetnosti.
Nikola Majdak jr. se je rodil 1972 v Sloveniji. Magistriral je na oddelku za kamero Fakultete za dramske umetnosti v Beogradu. Zadnjih 20 let deluje kot svobodni snemalec, animator, režiser in predavatelj.
O festivalu Mali Slon:

Posted 8.10.2015

You are cordially invited to attend the Meet the resident: Adrian Alecu on 13nd of October at K18 Gallery (Koroška cesta 18).

Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1972, where he spent first 17 years of his life growning up in a typical workers family and living in a typical communist Block house in the middle of the communist dictatorship of the Ceausescu regime. From 1986 to 1990 visited high-school - Liceul Spiru Haret Bucuresti and in 1990 moved to Denmark and afterwards to Germany. There he studied (2008) Fine Art at the Hamburg state academy of higher artistic and scientific education (HfBK) in the class of Franz E. Walther. In 2011 he begun a postgraduate Art program at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht NL. Two years later visited the Theoretical Art program lead by E-flux director Anton Vidokle at the Ashkal Alwan institute in Beirut.
Alecu is interested in daily visual phenomena and their relationship to the socio-cultural environment, how far our visual behaviour is influenced by the socio-cultural conventions as well as the relationship between the mass culture-images and the ideological meaning behind of it. His work often manifests as a map which is - beside an useful orientation and navigation tool - also an indicator of the space practice of the habitants, implicitly as a part of popular culture. In that context he frequently uses the film noir concept - semantic meaning- of mapping in film, as a performative gesture of moving in which it becomes 'inscriptive practice' itself, establishing a connection between the traveller and the territory.


Posted 23.9.2015

You are cordially invited to the opening of the mural "Zastavo bomo dobili" / brunch on Friday, 25th of September at 13h in GT22!

Mural „Zastavo bomo dobili“ je zasnovan na arhivskem materialu, ki priča o borbi Narodno osvobodilnega boja in partizanskega odreda v Sloveniji tekom Druge svetovne vojne. Mural ni memorializacija borbe in borcev, temveč poskus ponovnega premisleka tega zgodovinskega trenutka. Parola „Živimo v zgodovinskem trenutku zatiranja, na katerega lahko odgovorimo le z razrednim bojem“, poskuša umeščati mural iz zgodovinskega v kontekst aktualnosti. Poskuša se obračati k gledalcu, ter ga spodbuditi, da si zastavi vprašanje o njegovem lastnem položaju v današnjem sistemu perfidne represije, predvsem pa, kakšen je njegov odgovor nanjo.

V risbi na muralu „Zastavo bomo dobili“ je uporabljena fotografija Zidanškove brigade, na kateri le-ta maršira za zastavo, ki jo je dobila ob osvoboditvi Gornjega grada. O pomenu dogodka, kot tudi pomenu Zidanškove brigade, najbolje govorijo izvorna pričevanja borcev in sodobnikov:

»Nekaj posebnega bo danes!«, so govorili tovariši, ki so gledali brhke mladinke, kako nosijo cvetje. »Zastavo bomo dobili!«, se je razneslo popoldne v brigadi. Silno veselje je zavladalo povsod. Vsak je bil ponosen, da je borec brigade, ki bo prva dobila zastavo na Štajerskem. Svečanost predaje zastave naj bi bila zvečer. (Zidanškova brigada, Mirko Fajdiga, Ljubljana 1975, str. 409)

V svojih povojnih razmišljanjih o ustanovitvi brigade na Pohorju, je Mitja Ribičič napisal tole: »Leto dni po bitki na Pohorju, v kateri je skoraj ves bataljon omahnil v smrt, sem stal pred zborom Zidanškove brigade. Bila je formirana 8. januarja 1944. Govoril sem kot politični komisar IV. cone novi brigadi, ki je zrasla v enem letu na Pohorju. Rekel sem, da je brigada dedič Pohorskega bataljona pa me je stisnilo v grlu; spomnil sem se Groge in Katarine, Gustla in zdravnika Mroža, borcev in tovarišev, pokopanih nekje pri Gradcu. Pomislil sem v tistem trenutku, da so se poslednji preživeli ustrelili sami, da ne bi padli v roke sovražniku. Pogledal sem po dolgih treh vrstah mladih fantov, zravnanih v različnih uniformah in z različnim orožjem, s titovkami, in zdelo se mi je, da smo se razumeli brez besed. Prevzeli smo veliko odgovornost. Zavezali smo se mrtvim partizanom, da bomo uresničili smotre, za katere so dali domovini in narodu svojo kri in življenje.« (Zidanškova brigada, Mirko Fajdiga, Ljubljana 1975, str. 55)

Zraven omenjene fotografije so na muralu uporabljeni tudi deli fotografije borcev XIV Divizije, ki se pripravljajo za pohod na Štajersko.

Del uporabljenega materiala hrani Muzej narodne osvoboditve Maribor.

Za prijazno pomoč pri izvedbi projekta se zahvaljujemo podjetju Snaga d.o.o. Maribor.
Posted 14.9.2015

You are cordially invited to attend the exhibition of Alena Drahokoupilova: DU BIST VOLL IN ORDNUNG, on Wednesday, 16th of September in K18 Gallery (Koroška 18).

Kot marsikatera druga, tudi rezidenčna platforma GuestRoomMaribor od gostujočega kulturnega delavca pričakuje, da svojo siceršnjo prakso in delovni pristop vsaj do neke zaznavne mere prilagodi specifikam lokalnega okolja. Od gostujočega skratka zahteva marsikaj: da v kratkem času rezidenčnega bivanja spozna specifike tega istega okolja, se z njim na takšen ali drugačen način poveže, jih vzame za izhodišče dela, ter na podlagi slednjega tudi realizira in predstavi svoj novi projekt. Nastali projekt je tako skorajda neizbežno, predvsem pa vnaprej predpostavljeno perceptiran kot izjava na samo okolje. Rezidenčna umetnica in kuratorka Alena Drahokoupilová, ki se v svoji praksi sicer osredotoča predvsem na kompleksne urbane situacije, v katerih je vidna sled nikoli v polni meri realiziranih zgodovinskih utopičnih vizij boljše družbe, situacij, ki skratka tvorijo zmes različnih sistemov, časovnih obdobij, strategij ter ideologij urbanističnega načrtovanja, ni v tej navezavi nikakršna izjema.
V nastalem projektu »Du bist voll in Ordnung«, pa se je umetnica bolj kot na predhodno prakso primarno navezala na lasten osebno-intimni položaj na eni, ter začasni delovno-družbeni kontekst na drugi strani. Izhodiščna točko tako predstavlja naključna osebno-intimna situacija v obliki komplimenta, ki ga je bila nekoč deležna s strani znanca. Generična izjava »du bist voll in Ordnung«, ki se ji je ravno zaradi izostanka v situacijah hvaljenja običajno pričakovanih superlativov, navkljub svoji ne(natančni)povednosti zdela avtentična, pristna, pa se je v času njenega rezidenčnega bivanja ravno tako naključno povezala z okoljem, ki bi naj služil kot referenčno izhodišče njenega projekta. Kot tudi sicer je umetnica v času rezidenčnega bivanja v fotografskem mediju mapirala urbani prostor Maribora. Med spoznavanjem mesta pa se je kot ključna skupna točka fotografij objektnih korit za rože, tranzitorno-nedorečenih mestnih situacij, socialističnih delavskih stanovanjskih kolonij, v okviru forme vive nastalih javnih plastik, vzpostavil material betona. Betonske izseke povprečno sivih stanovanjskih blokov, korit za rože, dekorativnih reliefov idr., ki so sicer zanimivi, četudi nič zares posebnega, pa oblikovala kot razglednice s pripisom »du bist voll in Ordnung«. Izjavo na povprečno normalnost in funkcionalnost mariborskega urbanega okolja svojega rezidenčnega bivanja, ki ne preseneti niti s svojimi presežki, manki ali lokalnimi bizarnostmi, pa opremila z grafitarskima izjavama na lokalni kontekst, ki ju je v tem procesu srečala. Na čuden način nedorečeni »du bist voll in ordnung« s sopostavljenima skrajnostnima »O moj Maribor, v srcu si mi ti« in »Fuck you forever, Maribor«, je tako mogoče brati bodisi kot umetničin komentar na lastno delo, hkrati pa – kot rečeno predpostavljeno – izjavo na kontekst rezidenčnega bivanja.

Razstava v galeriji K18 bo odprta med 16. septembrom in 1. oktobrom.

Mednarodna rezidenčna platforma GuestRoomMaribor je projekt Pekarne Magdalenske mreže.
Projekt je podprt s strani Ministrstva za kulturo RS.

Posted 3.9.2015

You are cordially invited to attend the 'Meet the resident: Alena Drahokoupilova' event at K18 Gallery (Koroška 18).

Alena Drahokoupilova (1983, Pilsen, CZ), lives and works in Berlin as freelance artist and curator (Ausstellungsraum für Architektur & Visuelle Medien in Dresden, Czech Centre Berlin). She studied cultural anthropology, multimedia and photography in Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Germany.
In her recent practice she is particularly interested in urban space, ideas of the 60s and 70s, utopian dreams of a better society and a better city which have not worked in reality but are – thanks to their malfunction – often becoming places of ambiguous character and grandiose potential. In her art and curatorial practice – especially by mixing both roles, Drahokoupilova is therefore focusing on complex urban locations, places that are torn between different systems, time periods and planning ideologies, places that cannot adapt, are abandoned, left over in transition and in transformation and explores their potential for free creativity as well as their potential for innovative development of the city.

Posted 11.8.2015

Hleb Teatar in coproduction with GuestRoomMaribor and Bitef Teatar, Belgrade presents:

Preview of the performance : THE WELCOME

inspired by Samuel Beckett’s „Waiting for Godot“

THE WELCOME is a play examining the revolutionary ideas and enthusiasm generated in Yugoslavia (SFRJ-Socialist Federate Republic of Yugoslavia) during and after the Second World War, through the reinterpretation of songs from the National Liberation Struggle (NOB) and the prism of a bitter awakening in which we now find ourselves, in a world of neoliberal capitalism and new colonialism of the XXI century.
Where has hope gone? Why is apathy the prevailing feeling in today's world? Is there a possibility for Utopia? These are some of the questions we want to ask the audience and ourselves. The play is performed in the form of a concert organized as a sign of welcome.

Welcoming who, or what - is something we have to decide for ourselves.
This performance is dedicated to Maribor's poet Tomaž Brenk.

Direction and dramaturgy: Sanja Krsmanović Tasić
Performed by Jugoslav Hadžić, Anastasia Tasić and Sanja Krsmanović Tasić
Guest appearance: Julija Dover, Milada Kalezić, Sanja Vodovnik, Anja Koleša, Barbara Polajnar, Petra Dremelj
Music: ANTI PROTIV - Jugoslav Hadžić and Anastasia Tasić
Set and costume design: Hleb Teatar
Texts: Semuel Beckett, Darko Suvin, Eduardo Galeano, Ernst Bloch, Sanja Krsmanović Tasić
With support of KC Magacin, NKSS and Slovenian Ministry of culture
Production: GuestRoomMaribor (Pekarna Magdalenske Mreže)
Special thanks to: Lucija Smodiš, Tajša Perović, Kaja Kraner, Damjan Zemljič, Marko Samec, Marko Brumen, Peter Bedrač, Igor Unuk, Shingo Yoshida, Urška Breznik, organization Pekarna Magdalenske mreže and Salon of applied arts.

“/.../ Because I write in the times of predominant, leaden and stifling contra-revolutionary shroud. Ideologically it solicits impairment of the whole history of SFRJ, not only as a job badly handled, but also as a venture that is from the start badly or even dangerously conceived But still. when I think about the project of liberated Yugoslavia, an Italian proverb comes to my mind “when a tree falls down, there is no more shade”: we are exposed to the full force of capitalist devastation.”
Darko Suvin

Posted: 4.8.2015

It was a pleasure meeting Hleb teatar. We are looking forward to their upcoming show, we will provide more updates soon so stay tuned!


posted 28. 7. 2015

Meet Hleb Teatar 

31.7.2015, 7 p.m., K18 Gallery (Koroška cesta 18)

Hleb Teatar - artistic collective from Belgrade which works at the intersection of performance, art activism, music, and interventions in public space, consists of a musician, composer and actor Jugoslav Hađić, performer and visual artist Anastasia Tasić and choreographer, dancer and theater pedagogue Sanja Krsmanović Tasić, who have worked together in various constellations since 2000.

During the residency stay in Maribor, the collective will be working on the concert performance entitled 'Desillusioned Hope'. Project is based on the study, re-enactment and transformation of partisan songs from the former Yugoslavia, through which collective explores concepts of hope, utopia, agency and enthusiasm from the perspective of the 21st century and deziluzionirane generation.

More about Hleb teatar:


Meet the resident Shingo Yoshida

28. 7. 2015, 19.00, K18 (Koroška 18)

Contemporary visual artist Shingo Yoshida, who will be in Maribor between July and August in his work stems from traveling and research of the spatial context in which he currently stays - especially its hidden, effaced, forgotten and historical components. About the artist's approach curator Hitoshi Nakano wrote: „It would seem that for Shingo, travelling means more than simply a change in temporal and spatial distance. The act of traveling per se is his experiment, and perhaps too the manifestation of a kind of indesicion, a sense of being lost. He requires distance in space and time, a journey, to sustain his authonomy.“
During his residency stay – cooperation between GuestRoomMaribor and NODE - Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin, Germany - artist will be doing a reseacsh on Slavic mythology.

Shingo Yoshida (b. Tokyo, 1974) considers the world his studio and therefore a place of constant creation.Travelling around the globe, he finds myths, legends, people and places which are easily over looked and matches them to his creative micro world. With an aesthetic gaze and the most fanciful understanding of life. Yoshida enacts as if he was playing Hide and Seek in the world alone: while hiding himself he seeks the hidden.
Yoshida received his MA with highest honors from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Villa Arson in Nice France in 2004 and was the 2007 recipient Post-graduate diploma - Program La Seine of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.



TRARARA! The results are here!

In the second half of the year 2015 we will host:

Adrian Alecu,
Alena Drahokoupilova,
Hleb teatar,

Petr Sourek, ( coproduction with zavod BUNKER)
Shingo Yoshida, ( coproduction with NODE - Center for curatorial studies )


In the context of already traditional cooperation between Pekarna Magdalenske mreže/GuestRoomMaribor and multidisciplinary art collective Otto Prod within the project Working holidays, we are soon expecting residents from Marseille, France. Residents from Otto Prod/La Vitrine and their guess will be working on an ongoing project Nature Ordonée ("ordered nature"),
focused on exploring the possibilities of creating artifitial "architectural designs" for the bees, hosting a theoretician Ewen Chardronneta, as well as working on a music performance L' Embobineuse that will be performed in Gustav hall, Pekarna.


Partly as a reaction to the ongoing exhibitions "NSK from Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst - an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia" in Moderna galerija Ljubljana and “Heroes We Love” in UGM l Umetnostna galerija Maribor (UGM) an ad hoc debate between Tanel Rander, Guest Room Maribor's current resident and Kaja Kraner will take place in GT22. The work of IRWIN, Moderna galerija, NSK and others has been based on building bridges with the West and constituting the Slovenian (and ex-Yugoslavian) position within geopolitics, while all the bridges with the social realities of the past have been demolished. “Heroes We Love” in UGM departs from the exclusion of socialist realism and asks if it is possible use its aesthetic potential in order to re-include it to the history of art. The space of inclusion and exclusion can be characterized by the work “Off With Their Heads!” (2013) by Matija Plevnik and Kaja Avberšek, while its genealogy unfolds in the essay “Whose is the Head of the People?” by Mladen Dolar. We are living in the state of permanent amputation. Therefore we invite you to discuss the ways of confrontation to the depoliticizing effect of aesthetics, as well as the misused potential of nostalgia.


You are cordially invited to attend an opening of the STATE ABED exhibition
which will take place in GT22 on friday, 12th of June at 19.00.


GuestRoomMaribor presents Adela Jušić & Natasha Kadin

You are cordially invited to "MEET THE RESIDENTS"!

Join us in GT22 on 11th of June at 6pm!

The pre-event of the exhibition Država v postelji / Država u krevetu / State Abed will offer a get to know about Adela Jušić, artist and Natasha Kadin, curator of the following exhibition.

ADELA JUŠIĆ, exhibiting artist, co-founder and working at Association for Culture and Art CRVENA on different cultural and feminist projects. Lives and works in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina.

NATASHA KADIN, curator, producer, artist, activist and lecturer, lives and works in Split, Croatia, .
She is co-founder and president of NGO Mavena that is dedicated to contemporary artistic production of young authors and intercultural cooperation.


You are cordially invited to join us on meet the resident event which will be hosted in
GT22 (Glavni trg 22, Maribor) on Thurday, 28.5.2015 at 6pm.

Open calls are published!

We are expecting our second artist in residency this year on 15th may!

Tanel Rander is an artist and curator, based in Tartu, Estonia. His educational background includes law (University of Tartu, BA, 2005) and interdisciplinary arts (Estonian Art Academy, MA, 2010). Since 2010 he has been working on artistic PhD research "Decolonial rearticulation of Eastern Europe". His latest research-related exhibition was "The Frontline East" (LCCA, Riga, 2015) and the ongoing curatorial project is "How to Read in the Dark?" (the 25th anniversary exhibition of Artists' Association of Lapland; Joensuu, Tartu, Berlin, 2015).

His portfolio and past research projects are available on: