Aleš Leko Gulič
Born 1954 in Trbovlje. Graduated from Filozofska Fakulteta Ljubljana. Taught Slovene at the middle school for economy in Trbovlje 1976-80. Expert in Serbian and Croatian literature. Worked at Radio Trbovlje 1984-2004 (director, announcer, journalist, managing editor). Member of the Slovene parliament and Director of Slovene Government Office for Religious Minorities since 2009. Has cooperated with numerous artists, musicians, actors and writers. Lives in Trbovlje.
Matjaž Berger (born 1964, Novo Mesto) is a theatre director and since 2006 director and art director of Anton Podbešek Theater, first professional theatre in Novo Mesto. He graduated in 1989 on Epistemological problems of Shakespeare's Hamlet (Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television Ljubljana, department of dramaturgy). A year later he directed his diploma performance "Recht" (Brecht) in Glej Theater. From 2003 to 2006 he was a director of Slovenian Youth Theatre.
Barbara Borčič 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 focussing on alternative art, performance and video. Her text ‘Video Art from Conceptualism to Postmodernism’ was published in the MIT book Impossible Histories: Historical Avant-Gardes, Neo-Avant-Gardes, and Post-Avant-Gardes in Yugoslavia, 1918-1991. She has participated at a number of international symposia and festivals. She is a holder of the Izidor Cankar Award for art history. In the 1980s she was involved in ‘Ljubljana alternative scene’ as co-author of art and documentary projects and as the director of ŠKUC Gallery in Ljubljana (1982-1985).
As a contemporary of the Laibach group she has made a comprehensive research on their early artistic practice.
Studied economy and political science. Student activist , journalist and editor at Radio Študent(RŠ), writer on comics and rock for the magazine Mladina in the 70-ties. Communist Party member 1967-74. DJ and host of the musical-political programme "Rock front" 1978-89 at RŠ and since 1980 of the musical programme "Drugi val" (202) at national Radio. Publisher for Student cultural centre(Škuc) of the comic book "Magna Purga" by Kostja Gatnik.
Co-producer of the first Pankrti single and album "Dolgcajt". Producer of the first album by the band Paraf. Producer and editor of three punk compilations , co-editor of the punk issues of the theoretical magazine Problemi (editor-in-chief Slavoj Žižek). Co-edited the books "Punk pod Slovenci-Punk under Slovenians" and "Punk je bil pre" - "Punk Came Before". Co-producer of the first Laibach recordings for the »Novi rock« festival which he promoted from 1981 to 2000. Released the first Laibach album for Škuc, took part in the »Occupied Europe Tour« 1983 and others. Member of the collective leadership of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (1988). Since 1990 has worked as an independent concert promoter.* Since 1989 he has been a political comentator for the independent programme »Studio City« on Slovene national TV. Published the translation of Dr.Ian Parker's book »Slavoj Žižek- A Critical Introduction« (Ropot 2009). Current status: Citizen of NSK State & Slovenia.
Director of the Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana since 1993.
Has curated numerous exhibitions presenting Slovene and international artists, and initiated the first collection of Eastern European art, Arteast Collection 2000+. Its first public presentation was Arteast Collection 2000+. The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West, staged in the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana in 2000. Badovinac has been dealing systematically with the processes of redefining history and with the questions of the different avant-garde traditions of contemporary art. The first exhibition to focus on these issues – before the above-mentioned show – was Body and the East – From the 1960s to the Present, staged at the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana in 1998 (and traveling to Exit Art, New York, in 2001). It was followed by a series of Arteast Exhibitions: Form-Specific, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, (2003); 7 Sins: Moscow – Ljubljana, (co-curated with Victor Misiano and Igor Zabel), Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, (2004); Interrupted Histories, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, (2006); Arteast Collection 2000+23, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, (2006); The Schengen Women / Arteast Exhibitions, ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana / Hosting Moderna galerija! (2008)
Born 1966, Diplom-Psychologist, Dr phil.
Works as writer and editor, based in Germany. From 1992 to 1994 editor of the popculture-magazine “Spex”. Contributions about youth- and popculture, migration and racism for "Tageszeitung", "Tagesspiegel", "Frankfurter Rundschau", "Die Zeit", "Freitag", "Literaturen" and for "Westdeutscher Rundfunk“ and "DeutschlandFunk".
Co-founder with Tom Holert of Cologne-based Institute for Studies in Visual Culture (isvc.org)
Member of the international Jury for the “BMW-Awards for intercultural Commitment” and the Jury of the “Hauptstadtkulturfonds”.
Kulturkampf - Volk, Nation, der Westen und die Neue Rechte (Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch 1995), Editor (with Tom Holert) of Mainstream der Minderheiten - Pop in der Kontrollgesellschaft (Berlin: ID-Verlag 1996), Psychologie des Rassismus (Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag 1998), editor (with Ruth Mayer) of Globalkolorit - Multikulturalismus und Populärkultur (St. Andrä-Wörden: Hannibal 1998); Migranten (Hamburg: Rotbuch 2000), with Tom Holert: Entsichert - Krieg als Massenkultur im 21. Jahrhundert (Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2002); Die Banalität des Rassismus. Migranten zweiter Generation entwickeln einen neue Perspektive (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2004), with Tom Holert: Fliehkraft. Gesellschaft in Bewegung – Von Migranten und Touristen (Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch 2006); Interkultur (Berlin: edition Suhrkamp) http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Terkessidis
Chris Bohn is the editor of The Wire. From the late 1970s to the mid-1980s he wrote for the UK music press, notably Melody Maker and NME. In 1978 he filed a report from the Ljubljana rock scene for Melody Maker; and later for NME he wrote about underground music in the Warsaw Pakt states Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland. In 1993, he wrote the film Bravo (in the UK, Laibach: A Film From Slovenia).
Dr Peter Webb is a writer, lecturer and musician whose interests include music, subcultures, globalisation, new media technology, politics and cultural/social theory. He is currently a Lecturer in the department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London. He has published a variety of articles on the Internet and Music, Music cultures, Cultural theory, in magazines such as Wire and Next Generation and a book with Routledge on music networks entitled; `Exploring the Networked worlds of Popular Music: Milieu Cultures’. He has also been a researcher and consultant on projects such as `The Dug Out’ a website and series of events outlining Bristol’s music history and `Putting E-commerce in its place: reflections on the impact of the internet on the cultural industries’ an ESRC research project. He has worked in a research capacity with commercial user groups and interviewing executives in companies such as the BPI, IFPI, EMI, Yves St Laurent, Oki-ni and Jupiter Media Metrix. Before embarking on an academic career he worked in an independent record label from 1995 – 2002 as a recording artist and tour manager and is a published Musician (member of the PRS and PPL) with three albums, various singles and remixes under the names of Statik and Statik Sound System.
Dejan Kršić is a graphic designer, writer and translator based in Zagreb, Croatia. Born in Sarajevo, 1961. He has worked for various magazines and newspapers (Polet, Studentski list, Quorum, Svijet, Start, Mladina, Moment, Danas…, Frakcija, Zarez...) as journalist, editor and/or graphic designer. He was one of the founders and later editor-in-chief of Arkzin bi-weekly newspaper/magazine and Arkzin’s book publishing project. He works since 2000 as a member of the NGO for visual culture What, How and for Whom/WHW, collaborating on contemporary art exhititions and media projects, such as: “What, how and for Whom - on the ocassion of the 152nd Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto” (Zagreb 2000, Vienna 2001), Broadcasting Project, dedicated to Nikola Tesla (Zagreb 2001/2002), Collective Creativity (Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel 2005) and works for the city owned Galery Nova, Zagreb. Since 2008 he teaches graphic design at the Department of visual communications at UMAS, Split, Croatia.
Editor, manager, music producer and journalist, co-proprietor of Dallas Records. Member of the jury of the TV music show “Croatia Seeks Stars”. He began work as journalist for the paper Val in 1975 and was an active journalist until 1987. He worked for Novi List, Pop, Telex and Radio Rijeka. He also worked as a manager and producer for the groups Parafi, Termiti, Laibach and many others.
Petar Janjatović was born 1956 in Belgrade. While studying comparative literature he started working as free lance journalist in year 1976. He worked for various Radio stations (Radio Belgrade, Studio B, Beograd 202, B 92, Radio Free Europe, Radio Pančevo etc.) and a large number of magazines (NIN, Start, Mladina, Džuboks, Rock, Politika, Vreme, Transition, Billboard, Tageszeitung etc.) covering mainly subjects connected with culture. Since 2003. he is Dallas Records Serbia’s General Manager. He is author of „Ex Yu Rock Encyclopedia“ and „Anthology of ex Yu rock poetry“.
Miško Šuvaković was born in 1954 in Belgrade, He was a co-founder and member of the conceptual art Group 143 (1975-1980), he was also co-founder and member of the informal theoretical and artistic "Community for Space Investigation" (1982-1989), and is a member of the performers’ and theoretical platform Walking theory (TkH, from 2000). He teaches aesthetics and theory of art at the Faculty of Music and Interdisciplinary sutdies at University of Arts, Belgrade (Professor). He has published many essays and books in Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, German, Hungarian, Chinese and English including Impossible Histories (2003, 2006), Epistemology of Art (2008), Konceptualna umetnost (2008), The Clandestine Histories of The OHO Group (2010).
Dragan Živadinov (born 1960) is a Slovenian theatre director.
Studied theatrical direction at the Academy of Music, Radio, Television and Film in Ljubljana from 1980 to 1984. He was a co-founder of the art movement Neue Slowenische Kunst (1984). In the 1980s he constructed the style formation retro-gardism. In 1983 he founded the retro-garde Theatre of Scipion Nasice’s Sisters and, in 1987, the cosmokinetic observatory Red Pilot. In the early 1990s he transformed Red Pilot into the Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet. In 1995 he embarked on the fifty-year theatrical process Noordung 1995–2045 through the style formation of telecosmism.
In 1998 he became a candidate cosmonaut and, in 1999, realised Biomechanics Noordung, the first complete theatre production in zero gravity conditions.
In 2005 he staged the first reprise of Noordung 1995–2005–2045. The second reprise will take place in 2015. In the 1980s he constructed retro-gardist events and observatories. In the 1990s he constructed informances. Since 2000 he has been constructing post-gravitational theatrical abstracts.
Jela Krečič is a journalist and critic based in Slovenia. She graduated in cultural studies at the Faculty for Social Sciences in Ljubljana. In 2002 she finished her studies by defending her thesis “The Manifestos of Slovenian Avant-Garde”. The same year she entered postgraduate studies of philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Ljubljana where she obtained her PhD titled ”Philosophy, Fantasy, Film”. Since 2004 she has worked for the cultural section of the newspaper Delo.
Jože Pirjevec (born 1940) is a Slovene historian from Italy. He is one of the most prominent diplomatic historians of the west Balkans region, and member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was born in a Slovene-speaking family in Trieste, Italy. His younger sister, Marija Pirjevec, became a renowned translator and literary scholar. After World War Two, the family moved to Belgrade (then the capital of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia) for a couple of years, but already in 1947 they moved back to Trieste. In 1966, he graduated from history at the University of Trieste and in 1971 at the University of Pisa. He continued his studies at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. In 1977, he obtained his PhD in Ljubljana under the supervision of historian Fran Zwitter. He initially researched the relations between Italy and the South Slavic peoples during the Risorgimento in mid 19th century. He continued with research on Russian history in the second half of the 19th century. Since the 1980s, he has been researching and publishing on the history of Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav wars and the history of the Slovenes in Italy. He has taught Eastern European history at the universities of Pisa, Trieste and Padova. He is currently head of the history department at the University of Primorska in Koper. In 1995, he became a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has also been active in public life, including party politics. In the 1990s, he was an active member of the Slovene Union, the centrist party of the Slovene minority in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Since 2005, he has been an active member of the Liberal Democracy party of Slovenia. In 2008, he unsuccessfully ran for the Slovenian Parliament in the district of Sežana. Pirjevec holds both Italian and Slovenian citizenship. Besides Slovene and Italian, he is fluent in English, German, Serbo-Croatian, French and Russian. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Association of History Educators.
Miha Kovač is currently publisher at Mladinska knjiga and associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1985, he became Editor-in-Chief of Mladina, the only opposition weekly in then-socialist Slovenia, which was still part of Yugoslavia at that time. After 1988, he moved into book publishing and worked as editorial director in the two largest Slovene publishing houses, DZS and Mladinska knjiga. In 2000 he left professional book publishing and started to lecture at the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He occasionally lectures at various European and American universities and is one of the partners of European Masters Programme on Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. He also worked as a consultant to textbook publishers in Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro and participated as a textbook specialist in the World Bank Mission in Georgia (former Soviet Union). Between 2005 - 2009 he edited Slovene edition of National Geographic Magazine. Between 1990 and 2004 he published more than 500 columns on Slovene political and cultural life in Slovene daily and weekly press. In august 2009, he returned to Mladinska knjiga as a publisher and at the same time keeps teaching at the University of Ljubljana.
He is author of a twotwo books on book history and book publishing in Slovene and one in Croatian. In 2008, his first book in English Never Mind the Web. Here Comes the Book was published by Chandos in Oxford.
Darko Štrajn (born in 1949) graduated on the Faculty of Arts – University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in philosophy and sociology (1973), and he continued his graduate studies at the Department of Philosophy. Before gaining his master's degree (1976) he had been tried in court in 1974 for political reasons together with five other students (including the late Serbian PM Zoran Djinčić). However, in the already softening socialist regime he was later allowed to take a job at the weekly magazine MLADINA (Youth) as the member of the editorial staff. In the 1980s Mladina became a prominent oppositional weekly, which promoted human rights, political freedoms and democracy. Beside journalism one line of his work in the 1980s was on the theses on Fichte's philosophy of subjectivity (which he concluded in 1984, and he published a book “Subject of Freedom” in 1987). In the period 1986 – 1993 he was director of the Educational Research Institute (Pedagoški inštitut). He is currently working within the multi-disciplinary research programme in educational sciences at the Institute. His recent publications concentrate on problems of social changes, democracy, education and some broader subjects (philosophy, aesthetics and especially film and media studies). Among his recent publications there are writings on cultural and social phenomena and a digital book Vzgoja družbe (Education of society). Throughout the time of his professional life he has been taking part in various meetings – academic and political – in many European countries (UK, France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, etc.). In 1998 he spent few months at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), which is a specialised unit of graduate studies at the University of Amsterdam. He lectures regularly at the graduate School for Studies in Humanities (ISH) in Ljubljana. In the period 2001 – 2005 he was the (non-professional) president of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO and he represented Slovenia in the Executive Board of UNESCO for two years in 2003 and 2004.
Darij Zadnikar is professor of philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, editor, publisher and translator of numerous articles and books. He is a well known and controversial political activist and publicist. His theoretical interests are oriented toward political philosophy, radical education and self-reflection of social movements. He was for fifteen years editor and editor-in -chief of Časopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo (Review for criticism of science, imagination and new anthropology), which is the leading humanities review in this part of Europe. His political engagement began in the 1980s, when he was a part of civil society initiatives, but after the decomposition of Yugoslavia in bloody war and the decay of civic movements into nationalistic and neoliberal political parties, he joined the new alterglobalistic, autonomistic and anarchistic groups and co-designed numerous mainly antimilitaristic and anticapitalistic counter-political initiatives. This activism has repeatedly led him to Latin America's new leftist movements like the Zapatistas and Argentinian piqueteros. His ideas on activism have provoked furious reactions from the Slovene establishment.
Dr. Suzana Milevska is a theorist and curator of visual art and culture based in Skopje, Macedonia. Her research and curatorial interests include postcolonial critique of hegemonic power in different art systems, feminist art and gender theory, community based art and other models of participatory art projects. Currently she teaches art history and theory at the Faculty of Fine Arts – University St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. From 2008-2009 she taught art history and analysis of styles at the Accademia Italiana Skopje. From 2006 to 2008, she was the Director of the Center for Visual and Cultural Research at the Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje where she taught Visual Culture (M.A. in Gender Studies). She holds a Ph.D. in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College in London (2006) where she taught from 2003 to 2005. In 2004, she was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Library of Congress. In 2005, she curated The Workers’ Club, an exhibition and conference at the International Contemporary Art Biennial at the National Gallery in Prague. Her most recent project “The Renaming Machine” consists of a series of exhibitions and conferences discussing the politics of renaming and overwriting memory in art and visual culture. Recently she published her book Gender Difference in the Balkans (Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2010). Her texts have been published in many other international publications including: “Curating as an Agency of Cultural and Geopolitical Change”, Continuing Dialogues, edited by Christa Benzer, Christine Bohler, Christiane Erharter (Vienna: JRP/Ringier, 2008); “The Hope and Potentiality of the Paradigm of Regional Identity,” Manifesta Companion, ed. by Adam Budak and Nina Montmann (Milano: Silvana Editoriale, 2008); “Resistance That Cannot Be Recognised as Such – Interview with Gayatri C. Spivak”, Conversations with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (London: Seagull Books, 2007).
Michael Goddard is a british author and media theorist. He is lecturer in media studies at the University of Salford. His current research centres on Polish and East European cinema and visual culture. He has done research into Deleuze's aesthetic and film theories, which has resulted in a number of publications. He has just completed a book on the cinema of the Chilean-born filmmaker Raúl Ruiz. He has also been doing research on the fringes of popular music focusing on groups such as The Fall, Throbbing Gristle and Laibach. Another strand of his research concerns Italian post-autonomist political thought and media theory, particularly the work of Franco Berardi (Bifo). He is now beginning a research project examining radical media ecologies in film, video, music and radio in the 1970s and 1980s.
Igor Pribac (born 1958) is a Slovenian philosopher and translator.
Born in Koper in the Slovenian Littoral, then part of former Yugoslavia, where he attended high school. He studied philosophy and sociology at the University of Ljubljana, where he also obtained a PhD with a thesis on natural law in Hobbes and Spinoza. Since 1985, he has taught at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana.
He has written on a variety of subjects, including psychology and psychoanalysis, natural law, early modern political theory, and the notion of post-modernism. He has published several reflections on contemporary issues, such as animal rights, television, or the changing role of marriage in post-modern societies, from a philosophical perspective. He has been a supporter of causes including euthanasia and a basic income.
He has translated several philosophical texts from English and Italian, including Will Kymlicka, Paolo Virno, Cesare Beccaria, and Thomas Hobbes.
Zoran Thaler (born 1962) is a Slovenian politician and businessman.
He graduated from political science at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. He started his political career in the ZSMS Alliance of the Socialist Youth of Slovenia, the autonomous youth and student organisation. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1995 and 1997, during Slovenias application for full EU membership. He is currently serving as a Member of European Parliament, as member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
Julijana Zabeva-Papazova (MA, Music academy, Skopje), is a piano teacher, music critic and ethnomusicologist. Published music articles in: Dnevnik-Skopje, International Piano-London, New Sound-Belgrade, Hudebni vedi-Prague, Arti Musices-Zagreb, Kontra magazin-Belgrade etc. Also participated at international conferences in: Croatia, Slovenia, UK, Greece etc. Curently her main interest of research is the Alternative rock music in Yugoslavia which is her Phd thesis at the Institute of Art studies-BAS in Sofia.