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Lighting Guerrilla videofilm Lighting Guerrilla 2015 by Borut Bucinel
videofilm Lighting Guerrilla 2015 by Borut Bucinel


23rd Sept.–9. Oct. 2015, Maribor - various locations

The city is a living organism where one of the essential conditions for its liveliness is a constant influx and fusion of new content and practices, as these are precisely the ones that transform the city into a platform of creativity, into a space of playful imagination, into a city it's good to live in. 

This is the reason Lighting Guerrilla regularly visits other cities in Slovenia, this time it's Maribor's turn. Maribor's streets, facades, squares and parks are going to witness a series of lighting installations that literally shed new light onto the city spaces, while exploring the role of light in the arts as well. Lighting Guerrilla thus encourages reflections on the role of art and of the artist in the public space that is increasingly confronted with a steady shrinking and an all-around degradation. At the same time, it is drawing attention to the role of light in the shaping of the urban experience, and ultimately to the art's potential to increase the quality of urban dwelling.

ARTISTS: Kaja Avberšek & Darja Osojnik, Borut Bučinel, Marko Crnobrnja (RS), Tina Drčar, Aleksandra Stratimirović (RS/SE), Tilen Sepič, Marjeta Zupančič Meglič, Dan Adlešič & Uršula Rihtar & Katarina Müller & Anja Radovič & Katja Špiler, Andrej Štular and Katja Paternoster.



27. May–26. June 2015,

Ljubljana - various locations

Ring Ging Bling

Lighting Guerrilla festival, this year in its ninth edition, once again in a special way attempts to present artistic creations that make heavy use of the medium of light. This year we're presenting works by artists from Slovenia and abroad whose starting points revolve around the theme of this year's festival, which is In the Dark. The program of the festival consists of exhibitions, installations, screenings, performances, lectures and workshops that will be held, just as in previous years, both in exhibition spaces and in public city spaces in the heart of the city. During the year that the UNESCO declared the Year of Light and Lighting Technologies, the city center of Ljubljana will be transformed into a lively venue where light will play the main and central role. The festival brings to its townspeople and visitors from abroad a plethora of interesting and attractive artistic creations that not only cater to their aesthetic tastes, but offer a critical reflection on the conditions of current times and spaces as well.

This year for the execution of the program we've united even closer with numerous local producers and especially with educational institutions: college and university students, the future generations of creatives. This cooperation enables them to gather valuable experience with the execution and presentation of their own creations.

Theme-wise, this year's Lighting Guerrilla is dedicated to different aspects of darkness as an integral part of light. Light and shadow are inseparable parts of the same experience, while their dialectical relationship offers many starting points, all within physical and metaphorical as well as also completely everyday domains. The transition between the worlds of light and darkness is marked by many phenomena that have been stirring man's imagination and mind since time immemorial. This is why we've tried to gaze into the worlds beyond visible, beyond direct light, while we were preparing the festival program. Light enables things and objects to become visible and reachable to our senses, and as such subject to rational judgment and observation – but what happens when the (natural) light is gone? We've invited artists whose works question these givens: we're interested in projects that explore all that which is hidden to the usual gaze and shakes up the viewer's perception. We're interested in authors works that deal with reality by means of shaking up its obviousness and emphasizing its elusiveness. We've tried to approach the issue of the light's influence on our perception and on expressiveness & content of an artwork. The projects presented at the festival thus playfully explore the relation not only between the visible and the invisible, but between the real and fictional as well. Their unique artistic lucidity is focused also on the world of illusions & dreams, while they often venture into the worlds of the unconscious and the unreachable.






Park Zvezda, Ljubljana,


OPENING: Friday, 22nd May, at 21.30


Lighting Guerrilla's Laboratory, reinforced by the Finnish grandmaster of lighting Kari Kola, this time strives to realize one of the most demanding projects so far. The ambitious illumination of the park Zvezda in Ljubljana represents the final phase of a several months running workshop that Kari Kola held with students (and their professors) from the Faculty of architecture, Faculty of Natural Sciences – Department of Textiles, Academy of Fine Arts and Design and School of Design and Photography.

The project aims to test contemporary techniques of urban lighting. The concept of the illumination stems from the geometry of the park and its flora, where the use of different dynamic light sources and hovering sculptures creates a special kind of ambiental experience. Conceived as a huge open-air installation, the park is thus transformed into a geometrical playground of lights and abstract shapes that constantly change the park's character. The project is made in cooperation with various groups of students and their mentors (Elena Fajt, Marija Jenko, doc. dr. Tomaž Novljan, Boštjan Drinovec and Damijan Kracina) who will be able to enrich their knowledge and experience in the fields of light design and collective endeavor, which makes the project even more valuable. 


KARI KOLA is an artist and light designer who's illuminated many different commercial and artistic projects, while also creating various and quite extensive light installations in the natural environment. Kari Kola works as a technical an art director with many productions and his work is characterized by a skillful combination of different expressive means and media. He's the founder of a successful company Valoparta and the Aurora Carealis festival that was held in Finland last December for the first time.


22th May–1st June 2015

foto: Kari Kola: Nordic Elements, festival Lumina, 2013




The Lighting Guerrilla program is part on the international project Spectrum 14|15. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union


Spectrum 14|15

16. April-26. June 2015

park in front of MAO, Ljubljana


After the opening of the exhibition You say light, I think shadow you're kindly invited into the park in front of the museum where you will be able to discover what's going on in the city at night when everyone's asleep. Our streets and parks in the absence of people are being inhabitated by numerous animals as well. Human living spaces mean an abundance of food, which is why creatures we normally don't expect there take refuge in the urban space: foxes, boars, deer and so on … The lighting installation by Katja Paternoster titled Night visitors directly approaches the phenomenon of wild creatures in the city: the artists has depicted them in a series of light objects by which she tries to draw our attention to their secret presence.


The inspiration for this project was found during the artist's visits to the park in front of the castle Fužine: animals tend to leave their habitats on the nearby Golovec hill and inconspicuously sneak into the vicinity of human habitats. Katja Paternoster with her work thusly addresses the question of cohabitation between wild animals and urban environment. The light sculptures were made alive by means of skillful 3D modeling, while the symbolic introduction of the sculptures into the nature celebrates the true masters of this particular space. The visitors strolling through the castle park will encounter unusual creatures whose presence represents the cohabitation of humans and animals.


Katja Paternoster (born Lavriša) has graduated at the Faculty of architecture in Ljubljana. She's worked as an independent architect on different projects and tenders with various architecture studios. She's active in the field of light design as well, where she's interested mostly in the exposure of current issues using lighting installations in relation to the observer.


Until 26th June 2015.

Robyn Moody: Constellation
Kari Kola: Nordic Elements, festival Lumina, 2013
Katja Paternoster


"Light and shadow are the truths of the world." It seems that the words of the young Japanese director and writer Momoko Ando in a felicitous way summarize the content od the book conceived by the lighting artist Aleksandra Stratimirović and the visual communication designer Sandra Praun. Their comprehensive monography titled You Say Light, I Think Shadow (Art and Theory Publishing, 2014) represents a collection of 109 contributions by many different artists who have all tried to answer the same simple, yet not an easy question as Momoko Ando did: What is light?

Light at first glance seems something completely ordinary and obvious, which is why it’s so hard to avoid the feeling that the questioning of its role and meaning too often remains on the margins of common attention. Still, this impression is far from the truth – the rich iconography of light and the universal significance of its expression bear witness to the unmistakable role of light in different fields of artistic activity. The proof to this lies in this book that consists of statements made by people of various artistic profiles. Their reflections that range from theoretical treatises to extremely poetic statements and self-expressive deliberations enable an understanding of light as a nearly autonomous medium of expression that significantly co-determines both the form and content of a many an artistic creation, be it photography, theatre, poetry, design and dance ...
Contemplating light in the field of art and culture we mustn’t overlook its utilitarian uses as well, which brings us to the challenges with regard to light in the terms of sustainable development. It must be noted here that the General Assembly of the UN declared the year 2015 as the year of light and lighting technologies with the intent to strengthen the global awareness of its many development potentials in the fields of the energy sector, education, telecommunica-tions, agriculture and medicine.

The exhibition in the MAO represents a unique transformation, we could say an upgrade as well, of the book that outgrew its reading format and occupied a bigger exhibition space. It is conceived as an eclectic B&W compilation of authors’ texts where its contents resonate with the minimalist design of individual pages. It boasts a plethora of typographic and design solutions, enriched by perforations and different textures of paper, which also inspired its exhibition installation, confronting the visitor with related dispositions of graphic and text elements. The exhibition is designed as a polysemantic ambient that offers many visual information to the visitor. The highlighted contrasting of the visual language of the installation thus reflects the content principles of the book, while introducing the visitor to the symbolic transitions between the world of light and the world of dark.


Until 31. May 2015.



TIMETABLE - pre-festival events of Svetlobna gverila
Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana


.Thursday, 16. April 2015, at 19.00, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana
Aleksandra Stratimirović & Sandra Praun: You Say Light, I Think Shadow
exhibition opening

.Thursday, 16. April 2015, at 20.00, park in front of Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana
Katja Paternoster: Night Visitors opening of the exhibition of light objects

. Friday, 17. April 2015, at 18.00, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana
Public discussion: Light and Darkness

. Sunday, 26. April 2015, at 11.00, Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana
- Guided tour of the exhibition You Say Light, I Think Shadow, by doc. arh. Tomaž Novljan
- Sunday's Creative Workshop (until 12.30)

Program in .doc


Production: Strip Core/Forum Ljubljana & Muzej za arhitekturo in oblikovanje


Thursday, 16. April 2015, at 19.00 - exhibition opening
Friday, 17. April 2015, at 18.00 - panel discussion
Museum of Architecture and Design

A public discussion, moderated by Matevž Čelik, director of MAO, will be held on the premises of the MAO the day after the opening of the exhibition. In addition to the authors of the exhibition, many domestic participants from different fields of professional engagement will expose their contemplations on light and darkness: assistant professor of architecture Tomaž Novljan, theatre lighting designer Jaka Šimenc, astrophysicist Andreja Gomboc, bioartist Špela Petrič ...




Museum of Architecture and Design

(MAO), Ljubljana

Sunday, 26. april 2015, 11.0012.30


Guided tour of the exhibition You Say Light, I think Shadow

ass. prof. Tomaž Novljan,
26. April 2015 at 11.00


Ass. prof. Tomaž Novljan, Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1962, Ljubljana) has been working at the Faculty of Architecture since 1990, first as an assistant and expert with prof. Sergej Pavlin. During that time he obtains the Bachelor in Science degree with his thesis ”Slepa fasada kot likovni in gradbeno konstrukcijski element mestnega prostora” (Blank facade as a visual and structural element in the urban space) (1993) and his PhD with post-graduate thesis titled ”Fraktalno v arhitekturi – struktura, tekstura in barva” (Fractal in architecture – structure, texture and colour) (2000). In 2003 he obtains the title of the assistant professor / lecturer in the field of architecture and design. He’s a member of the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia, Association of Architects of Ljubljana, Slovenian Lighting Society and the Society for Underground and Geotechnical Constructions. He is conducting research in the field of light and humanization of architectural ambients in aggressive environments. From 2003 to 2008 he’s been working with prof. Jurij Kobe on the lectures on Studies of Colour, Space Fitting and Space Designing. Today he’s independently keeping a regular subject of Colour in architecture, the elective subject of Light in architecture and Planning 4 and 5. He’s active as a mentor with students’ workshops and as a consultant in the fields of light and lighting. He’s present with his contributions at domestic and international expert conferences while dedicating himself to domestic and international research assignments as well. Since 2006 he collaborates every year under the Socrates program with a lecture or a workshop on different lighting topics with the UPC Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona.


Sunday's Creative Workshop


Creative Workshop is the place for fun, games, creation, meeting and socializing. It is a space where children of age between 5 and 15 years spend their leisure time learning about architecture, design and photography.


A play of cuts, light and shadows - paper plastics


The paper, with its veiled transparency, has always had a special relation with light. The forms used to cover the immediate vicinity of light bulbs can be very diverse. We'll be creating original light shades and lanterns. The imagination is welcome, while the discussion about tastes is allowed.


The workshop is intended for children over the age of 5, pupils and college students.


Creative Workshops are organized by the Department of Education at the Museum of Architecture and Design.



Fee: 2 €, welcome!

photo: MAO archive


Svetlobna gverila Lab - workshop

Svetlobna gverila is in 2015 continuing to actively mingle with the other European light festivals. From 31. Dec. 2014 to 4. Jan. 2015 in Joensuuju in Finland first edition of the Aurora Carealis festival of light took place. Festival was established by Finnish light designer Kari Kola, that will with the professors and students of 4 Ljubljana educational institution liten the Park Zvezda on 22. May 2015. Kari Kola liten on 19. januarja 2015 the Unesco building om Paris and opened the Year of Light, which this year was proclaimed by Unesco.
On the festival Tilen Sepič, who participated to Svetlobna gverila already couple of times, has mentored the Clouds workshop. 
From the workshop

Aleksandra Stratimirovic &
              Sandra Praun
              Sepic: Oblaki

2014 2013

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