KiBela - Space for Art

Project information

Index: 0559R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location SLOVENIA SLOVENIJA Maribor Vzhodna Slovenija Start/End date of the practice
Start: start in 1998
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

The concept of the KiBela is: liberating and connecting classical and electronic media; art in connection with science and technology. The concept is contemporary, multimedia and intermedia related.

Good Practice Information

KiBela incorporates a spectrum of different ideas, methods and visions that coexist in art. The creativity of traditional media is important to enrich electronic ones, but all in the context of historical continuity of visual art, in the sense of a bigger aesthetization and integration of electronic media and principles in art. In high tech projects a complex intertwining of reciprocally operating systems, for example sound and picture, that we present to public in a multimedia way, is very interesting. In the ten years since the gallery is opened an exclusive approach of installing art  in the space has been developed: various art aesthetics in space being such by content or by media that artists use in a creative way. KiBela archive includes approximately one hundred social art openings, performances, presentations and other art events, that are installed in a classical way or as high technological settings and architecturaly challenging projects.
KiBela hall is on the ground floor of Narodni dom and was rennovated in January 1999 with the purpose of installing visual and other forms of art. Otherwise the KiBela programme has been running since the year 1996 when Multimedia Center Kibla has been established. In the second half of the 90's plans for KiBela have begun to take form with the help of experience and common knowledge-in a time when emergence of new technologies and art approaches has already become self-evident and necessary when planning a contemporary gallery. Technical equipment can measure up to the national and global institutions for visual art and culture, often with technological artistic approaches, for it is appropriately equipted. KiBela is also a multi-purpose entertainment space for organizing seminars, presentations, round tables, press conferences and rich cultural programs, including exhibitions, theatre performances, video projections, concerts, literary readings, debate clubs, etc.

Evidence of success

The impact of KiBela in their environment is seen through their activities. They have (co)organised several events and festivals e.g. International Festival of Computer Arts (with Art Gallery Maribor and MKC), Days of Curiosity, Festival of visual communications Magdalena, etc. KiBela has thus contributed to internationalisation of art and culture, helped introduce new media, created an environment for exchange of information and experience.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Dejan Pestotnik, vice president ACE KIBLA

KIBLA multimedijski center

Annex completed on: 05-15-2011

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