We are very happy to announce the opening of exhibition/ a complex video ambiental installation by Slovene-Uruguay artist Francisco Tomsich entitled Elegija (Elegy). The installation setup is totally site-specific – for the new space of Cirkulacija 2 in Ajdovščina subway (-> Podhod Ajdovščina 2). Also, this is the first large project in the new space – and in this strange year /-> dont’t let the covid get you! living dead – we are them… still with hopes/
Elegija (Elegy) is a mournful song performed by ensemble of video installations, sculptures and sound installation – made specifically for Cirkulacija 2’s premises.
Vernissage/ opening: Friday 10.7.2020 -> 20:00 hours
Open doors day: 17.7.2020 -> 13:00 to 22:00 hours
Finissage/ in-situ performance/concert: 21.7.2020 -> 20:00 hours
and at random hours between 11th and 20st July 2020
The starting point of this collaboration between Cirkulacija 2 and Francisco Tomsich is an extensive series of short, meditative, monochromatic, circular experimental films based on the manipulation of the authors’ video diaries and aimed to be shown as large-format video installations.
The works from the Silent Works series may be developed from a very simple, though rare or disturbing find (then having a strong documentary character). Other pieces are complex, multilayered collages with a narrative character. Some others are visual essays based on montage and editing and may include texts of various kinds and purposes. I put them into groups named “Meditations”, “Essays” or “Natures mortes”.
Elegija will introduce a selection of recent Silent Works which share a melancholic, sad and mournful character. The original footage upon the final pieces are built was made in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Montevideo (Uruguay) and various cities and locations of Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia between 2014 and 2020.
The dialogue between them pretends to create a visual connection between landscapes and events which are different in character and origin but point out at the same time to certain specific issues and themes they elaborate and repeat: the dialectics of the human-made and nature, the figure of the eccentric, the performativity of daily habits and situations, death, history as repetition…
I hope to create with them a repertory of moving representations which would function as symptoms and allegories of wider social diseases, models of resistance and monuments of/to time gone.
These video pieces will dialogue with a site-specific installation of objects and sculptures sharing the same character, as it is evident in the references they make and the stories they talk about through their material and scale.
The Silent Works are, of course, silent. However, this collaboration with Borut Savski and Cirkulacija 2 implies the production of an immersive sound installation based on the manipulation of the videos’ data as live-produced/ real-time randomized sound event generation that never really repeats itself. We hope to create that way an ambiance where the spectator can focus on simple and concrete visual and loud things while being at the same time part of a bigger and more complex environment where one can lost him or herself and then confirm, or deny, the elegiac character of the exhibition, and its critical, realist and soul-stirring aspirations.
Francisco Tomsich is an artist and author born in Uruguay in 1981. He has produced exhibitions, publications, works for the stage, research models and pedagogical devices since 2003, operating with different media, languages and tongues.
2018 La Bataille de Nancy. Nancy International Film Festival, Nancy, Francija.
2017 Zemlja, Atelje 10, ROG, Ljubljana, Slovenija.
2016 Theory #Velenje. Stara Pekarna, Festival mladih kultur Kunigunda, Velenje, Slovenija.
2014 Melusine’s Works #7, Trg Zala Gyorgya, Lendava, Slovenija.
2014 Tempel der Medusa, Frappant e.V., Hamburg, Nemčija.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018 Translacija | Traslación 1.4 | Rdeče niti #Where is the line? Galerija Kapelica, RAMPA/Lab, Ljubljana, Slovenija.
El frío, Galerija Zelenica, Ljubljana, Slovenija.
2017 O livro disperso / The book dispersed, Media Instaveis/Casa das artes and Sput&Nik The Window, Porto, Portugalska.
Imago Mundi – Mediterranean Routes. ZISA Zone Arti Contemporanee, Palermo, Italija.
2016 DSU – decentralizacija sodobnih umetnosti. Galerija Zelenica, Tovarna Rog.
Meta City Symptoms | An analysis of 30 symptoms, Zelenica Gallery, ROG, Ljubljana, Slovenija.
Vínculos/Archivo El Monitor Plástico. Musej Zorrilla, Montevideo, Urugvaj.
AWARDS, STIPENDIA AND RESIDENCIES:
2018 Fondo Concursable para la Cultura award by Ministry of Culture Uruguay. Project “Clemente” (Slovenija-Srbija-Urugvaj-Argentina).
2014 Art residency D’Clinic / Traktor, Lendava, Slovenija.
2013 “Eduardo Victor Haedo” stipendium for young artists by Ministry of Culture Uruguay. Project: “Realisms, allegories and functions: in the direction of assimilation of Eastern-European 20th and 21st Centuries”. http://oekf.wordpress.com
2013 Fondo Concursable para la Cultura award by Ministry of Culture Uruguay. Project: “Tempel der Medusa / Templo of Medusa” (Urugvaj-Nemčija-Slovenija).
2013 Fondo Concursable para la Cultura by Ministry of Culture Uruguay. Project: “Man without piece”, in collaboration with Ruth Ferrari. http://loshombressinpaz.tumblr.com
2012 State literary award Primer Premio de Literatura. Category: Poetry. Ministry of Culture Uruguay. Collection of poems “El viento”.