Workshop: How to produce collectively

Naomi Hennig, ASN graduate, studied design, fine art and curation in germany and abroad. After engaging in different curatorial and educational group projects over the last years, she has currently been involved in co-organisation of the Laibach Kunst symposium.

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OPEN INVITATION : How to produce collectively
A free workshop for students, artists and all those interested in group work.

The workshop How to produce collectively will be organised as a satellite event of the forthcoming symposium on the 30 year collective practice of Laibach Kunst – THE RED DISTRICT SYMPOSIUM (Past Perfect – Future Tense) at Delavski Dom Trbovlje, 24 – 26 September, 2010.

Please note: attendance at the symposium is an integral part of the workshop.

The workshop is particularly directed towards individuals and groups who seek an in depth discussion on the collective nature of Laibach and NSK’s practice,its continuation and a comparison with the strategies of a younger generation of artist and curator groups. Therefore those interested in the workshop, need to attend the whole Trbovlje Symposium in order to participate actively in the discussion.

This workshop in conjunction with the preceding symposium provides an opportunity to discuss individual approaches and projects with a peer group and experienced practitioners in the field.

We would be happy to welcome students and artists of all generations who are interested in discussing the questions of collective production: how to make the whole become more than the sum of its parts, the issue of anonymity and neglection of authorship, relation to institutions and the market, collectivity as agency and political option.

All LaibachKunst events, September 23 – 28:
Collectivity workshop sessions in bold

Sept. 23, from 20:00: Opening of Laibach Kunst exhibition at Delavski Dom, Trbovlje.

Sept. 24, 11:00 – 18:00: Symposium
Sept. 24, 18:00 – 19:00: Workshop group meeting, introduction, discussion of the activities during the following days.
20:00 Laibach concert

Sept. 25, 11:00 – 17:00 Symposium
Sept. 25th, 16:30 – 20:00
Workshop Session ONE, at Delavski dom, Trbovlje.
One day intervention with BridA / Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica
»It is generally the artist or painter who is initiating the programme of a painting. He/she is taking control. According to his/her decision the painting is finished and made public.

To break up this hermetical process of making a painting, we have to consciously change the process. During and after the symposium, we are inviting participants to suggest another strategy, putting up for question primary the traditional way of how to produce an artwork. We are going to try to blur the border between artist and viewer, shifting their roles with the intention to make the product itself in the end more understandable to the consumer.«

Sept. 25th, 20:00 Laibach concert

Sept. 26, 11:00 – 16:30 Symposium
Sept. 26, 17:00 – Guided tour through Trbovlje factories and Laibach Kunst installations
Sept. 26, 20:00 on mount Kum, Trbovlje: free Laibach concert and party

Sept. 27th: for those who choose to stay in the Lontovz mountain lodge near mount Kum:
The day can be used for spontaneous group interventions and collective experimentation on the mountain or in Trbovlje.
Alternatively, further discussion of the symposium topics with the organisers is possible.

Sept. 28th: 11: 00 – 14:00
Workshop Session TWO, at SCCA Ljubljana, with: Barbara Borčič, Katja Sudec, Naomi Hennig
Place: project Room SCCA, Zavod za sodobno umetnost Ljubljana, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana

We will start this workshop session with a physical motivation exercise for group development.

We will then turn towards an a “performative” analysis of manifestos by different artist groups, discussing their aesthetical, political and performative potential.

The main part of this session will be a conversation with Barbara Borčič about the meaning and function of collective art production today, its possible forms and examples of the organization of groups (artgroups, curator groups, etc. …)

The participants are invited to share their own experiences, ideas and questions.
The workshops will be used for informal group discussion and to follow up specific points of interest which arise.

Maximum of participants: 15
The workshops can be held in english.
Application until 20.9. (first come, first serve! Group applications are welcome)


Workshops led by:
BridA / Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica: Slovene multi-media art collective:

Barbara Borčič: Barbara Borčić is an art historian and director of SCCA-Ljubljana, Center for Contemporary Arts, active in the field of contemporary arts as free-lance curator and publicist with focus on alternative art, performance and video.
As speaker at the symposium, she will be discussing Laibachs early collective actions in Trbovlje and Ljubljana.

Naomi Hennig: studied design, fine art and curation in germany and abroad. After engaging in different curatorial and educational group projects over the last years, she has currently been involved in co-organisation of the Laibach Kunst symposium.

Katja Sudec: studied art, curation and art mediation in Slovenia and Germany ( Leipzig, Berlin). Works within interdisciplinary art installation, art mediation and on curatorial projects.

For foreign participants:
Trbovlje can be reached by train from Ljubljana (50 min.)
In this small town, only very basic accommodation in a mountain lodge is available.
It is nevertheless recommended to stay in Trbovlje from Sept. 23 until Sept. 27 (for the collective experience!), and another night or two in Ljubljana.

However, it is of course possible to attend the symposium and workshop while staying in Ljubljana all those days.

A free bus shuttle for symposium audience will be provided in the mornings and evenings between Ljubljana and Trbovlje.

Accommodation recommendation:

You can book accommodation around Trbovlje through:

TelefonPhone +386 031 706 654

Free transport between Lodges and Delavski Dom Trbovlje will be organized daily.

Accommodation in Ljubljana:
Hostel Park has cheap double and group accommodation available, it can be booked through Hostelbookers