press release

You are kindly invited to attend the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday, March 5th at 20.00 at Galerija Škuc. Prior to the exhibition, at 19.00, the curator Galit Eilat will give a presentation of the Israeli Center for Digital Art

An archive for video art and digital media has been operating at the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon for several years now. The archive contains more than 1,200 titles, including works by Israeli and international artists who have exhibited at the center, and works by artists who have contributed works over the years. Following many requests by local Israeli scholars, students, and art lovers the Center decided to transform the collection into a video archive open to the public. The archive is intended primarily to represent contemporary artistic practice. The majority of works are local and regional (Near East). By establishing work contacts with similar bodies worldwide based on the exchange of information, knowledge, and work collections the Center enables expansion of the archive and promotion of Israeli artists abroad.

In the past two years the Center has compiled a catalogue and transformed it into a convenient viewing and research library, open to curators, artists, art students and teachers. At the same time, in order to expand the collection, the Center has been approaching various artists and asking them to send copies of their works to the archive. An open call was published on the websites of the Israeli Center for Digital Art and in Ma’arav (an online magazine for art, culture and media), while artists were also contacted directly.

The idea of the Mobile Archive surfaced during several conversations on the idea of bringing the archive to Kunstverein in Hamburg and discussing how it could function there, out of its original context. The question was how to make the archive dynamic and valuable to local audiences in different parts of the world. In addition to presenting a selection of works from the archive, the Center decided to invite host institutions to include in the archive up to 25 new works by local and international artists of their own choice.

The exhibition in the Škuc Gallery has three parts. The first one focuses on presenting the archives to the general public, offering visitors to select the materials they wish to view among over nine-hundred works in video format. The second part presents four video programmes curated by Eyal Danon, Galit Eilat, Yuval Orly and Chen Tamir, respectively, which are screened in a projection room constructed specially for the occasion. The last part is a room entitled "One Day, One Artist", which showcases works by Israeli artists Nira Pereg, Ruti Sela, Nurit Sharett, Yossi Atia & Itamar Rose, Efrat Shalem and Yochai Avrahami. The works have been selected by the exhibition's co-curator Alenka Gregorič at a study visit to Holon and Tel Aviv.

You are kindly invited to attend a discussion entitled Archive Frenzy on Thursday, March 6th at 18.00 at Galerija Škuc. The discussion will feature Barbara Borčić, Galit Eilat, Igor Španjol and Miha Vipotnik.

Curators: Galit Eilat & Alenka Gregorič

The programme of Škuc Gallery is supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture.

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Mobile Archive
Kuratoren: Galit Eilat & Alenka Gregoric

mit Nira Pereg, Ruti Sela, Nurit Sharett, Yossi Atia & Itamar Rose, Efrat Shalem, Yochai Avrahami ...