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Education program accompanying the exhibition of Ivan Ladislav Galeta at the Zagreb MSU.

September

Saturday, Sept. 24th, 2011 at 6 p.m.: program Encounter with the Artist
A guided tour of the exhibition and a one-hour talk with the artist Ivan Ladislav Galeta. The talk will be moderated by the curator of the exhibition, Tihomir Milovac, Museum Counsellor

Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 2011. Zero Hour, at 1 p.m.
A guided tour through Galeta’s exhibition for elementary and high school teachers (Tihomir Milovac, curator of the exhibition and Nada Beroš, Head of Educational Department).
Registration at: edukacija@msu.hr

Thursday, Sept. 29th, 2011. Zero Hour at 1 p.m.
Guided tour through Galeta’s exhibition for elementary and high school teachers (Tihomir Milovac, curator of the exhibition and Nada Beroš, Head of the Educational Department).
Registration at: edukacija@msu.hr

Thursday, Sept. 29th, 2011 at 5 p.m.: lecture – Antonio Šiber: A Construction of Reality: the Postmodern in Modern Physics
Simultaneously to spectacular applications of modern physics to today’s technology, the philosophical foundations of physics as a science changed quietly and gradually. The physical description of space became increasingly “softer”, more dependent on the viewer and with less and less universal footholds. Einstein’s relativity theory has overturned the concepts of universal time and background, referent space, while quantum mechanics has introduced the viewer into deepest theories of nature in a way uncomfortable to a pre-modern, Newtonian physicist. In its deepest layers, nature thus presents itself as “changeable” in dependence of the act and the manner of viewing, fundamentally undetermined in relation to some of the questions that are commonplace in the language we use. The described conceptual shifts in the most fundamental science are an inspiration to both philosophers and artists. In Dr. Šiber’s lecture they will be briefly outlined. He will also explain the usual misinterpretations of philosophical concepts in modern physics and point to correct interpretations, which are often more inspiring and paradoxical than the wrong ones.

Friday, Sept. 30th, 2011 at 10 a.m. – Mobile Museum, Children’s Ward of the Rebro Clinical Hospital Centre
Workshop for children: All apples in my orchard are different.
The artist Ivan Ladislav Galeta and MSU’s small Education team, Marijeta Karlović and Petra Böhm, will visit children at the Children’s Ward of CHC Rebro and cheer them up with stories about Galeta’s orchard and the way in which cultivation of fruit and vegetables became his artwork.
Associating with the artist will encourage the children to learn to appreciate the differences between apples, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and of course, people. In the process they will use pencils and crayons, creating very different drawings.

Saturday, Oct. 1st, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; workshop for youngest participants from the cycle: Friends of Nature: I Protect and Recycle.
Workshop supervisor: Petra Böhm
Age: 6 to 10
The artist Ivan Ladislav Galeta can mostly be encountered on a bike, with an obligatory basket attached to it. This basket often contains apples, tomatoes, and other fruit and
vegetables from his garden. Galeta is an artist who likes and respects nature – this is confirmed by his exhibition Zero Point Landscape, where many works are concerned with environmental issues, no matter if the artist uses drawing, film, video, photography or some other form of artistic expression. We shall try to convey some of his messages through our workshop, in which we shall use only natural materials and recycle the existing ones, which we have already used for previous workshops.

October

Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 2011 at 5 p.m., Lecture and guided tour of Ivan Ladislav Galeta’s exhibition, with the focus on photographic works. Markita Franulić: What does “expanded photography” mean to Galeta?
In her lecture given at the display area of the exhibition Zero Point Landscape, art historian and critic Markita Franulić will show the place and meaning of photography in the oeuvre of Ivan Ladislav Galeta. She asserts that “for him, photography is neither a medium of representation nor of narration, of expression of states and emotions, but a cognitive, theoretical, broadly founded and often hermetic expression of the media research process, its characteristics, constitutive elements and possibilities; a means of examining reality, perception, and the language of art.” She concludes that “Galeta’s “expanded photography” implies a shift in terms of concept and execution from the traditional content and medium, but in a way that is not ostentatious; it is never a quirk or an end in itself.”

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 2011 at 5 p.m., display area – ACCESS
Guided tour by Nada Beroš for the disabled, visually impaired, and hard-of-hearing (with translation into sign language)

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 2011 at 5 p.m.: Lecture and guided tour with Hrvoje Turković: Sketch for Ivan Ladislav Galeta’s meta-media portrait, exhibition galleries
Can we speak of experiment and research in art? On the example of Ivan Ladislav Galeta’s work, Hrvoje Turković, theoretician and film critic, gives a positive answer. He says that Galeta is not a speculative theorist, but he is still a “full-blooded” scholarly practitioner, who subjects art media to systematic analysis and research, in accordance with all the postulates of scientific experimentation. But, as this is also the case in the world of fundamental research, Galeta’s experimenting is constantly linked with commitment to mysticism. Turković calls Galeta’s investigations into the prerequisites of media and their variations meta-media, so that the lecture given by this renowned film theoretician will be concerned with this aspect, as well as with the roots of Galeta’s orientation and world-view.

Saturday, Oct. 15th, 2011, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. workshop for youngest children from the cycle: Friends of Nature: Straw or Hay?
Workshop Supervisor: Martina Vidas Butorac
Age: 5 to 12
That the world of plants can by all means be a material the world of art is built from will be shown by the workshop with the title Straw or Hay?, inspired by Ivan Ladislav Galeta’s work entitled Vojvodina Tetrachis (1983), a large-scale sculpture made of unusual material. Which one? Straw or hay? Instead of crop circles, heralding extraterrestrials, we shall present Galeta’s circles in straw/hay and try our hand at creating our own Earth or Land Art.

Saturday, Oct. 15th, 2011. Public interview: Marko Golub – Ivan Ladislav Galeta at the display area at 6 p.m.
Marko Golub
Art critic and long-year journalist of Radio 101, interviewer in countless Culture Talks on the radio and in many other media, talks with Galeta about his art strategies and phenomena like gravitation, time, space, statics and dynamics, which his work mostly focuses on. “Like a child, who takes apart and assembles a new toy over and over, but in a new configuration”, Golub asserts that Galeta “on the basis of precisely elaborated hypotheses attempts to unbalance all his previous insights into the medium and then bring them in balance again”.

Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 2011 – a chess tournament in the display area from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In collaboration with Croatian Chess Federation a tournament in rapid transit will be held on chess boards and with pieces designed, modified and customized by the artist Ivan Ladislav Galeta. Some of prominent persons from cultural and other social circles have accepted the invitation to participate at the tournament, among them the painter Zlatko Keser, literary translator Mate Maras, film historian and theoretician Ivan Paić, artist Dean Jokanović Toumin , writers Borivoj Radaković and Milko Valent and others. You can also send your tournament entry until Oct. 20th, 2011 to the email address petra.boehm@msu.hr
The tournament is a real competition and the winner will receive a sur-prize.

Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 2011 at 6 p.m.: Galeta in a Twilight Zone conversation with Krešimir Mišak.
Secret instructions, contained in each of Galeta’s films and their outlined solutions with accompanying texts and studies, show us that the works do not encompass only mathematical and natural science knowledge, but that here we deal with esoteric in the first place. Beneath a geometric shape secret knowledge is hidden. Film as a secret science, as a golden mine for the initiated. Symmetry, golden ratio and Cabala as the foundations of the world, which is also conveyed to us by esoteric traditions, religions, mythologies, and mysticism. In spite of that, these border areas of knowledge are still dominated by scholarly demands, asserts Barbara Wurm. Why does Galeta juxtapose prominent representatives of “acknowledged” sciences to disciplines and fields commonly called “pseudo-scientific”, we shall learn from Krešimir Mišak’s interview with the artist. Mišak is the editor and moderator of HTV’s cult show On the Verge of Science. The public is invited to join into the conversation with questions and comments.

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 2011 at 5 p.m.: Lecture by Ţeljko Kipke: Between Tsunami and Anti-gravitation
In his presentation, artist, critic, and essayist, Željko Kipke, one of the experts for Ivan Ladislav Galeta’s multimedia oeuvre, will link accidental events with the determining chaos in the work of this author by asserting that he has advocated the doctrine of determining chaos for years, according to which a seemingly insignificant occurrence or action can generate a catastrophe of immeasurable proportions: “According to that same doctrine, accidents are actually an excuse for inexplicable connections between people, occurrences, and objects. At the same level is the secret connection between the inverted illustration of the nuclear plant control room in Slovenia, Galeta’s later film experiments with the infinity point and a water-polo ball, and the recent Japanese nuclear catastrophe as a consequence of a devastating earthquake. It seems that
just a mere coincidence has connected the nuclear catastrophe in Japan and Galeta’s art strategy on the basis of which he obediently corrects a “wrong” picture of the world, using different media ranging from photography, film, and video, all the way to different printed material”, writes Kipke in his inspiring essay entitled Galeta and Tsunami.

Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2011, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – workshop for children and youth from the cycle: Friends of Nature, Fruit for Your Garden.
Workshop supervisor: Marijeta Karlović
Age: 10 to 15
At the workshop Fruit for Your Garden we shall explore an area of contemporary art in which the boundaries of art, life, and nature are completely erased, so that creation and cultivation of field produce, like Ivan Ladislav Galeta does at his farm in Kraj Gornji simultaneously become his everyday life and part of artistic creation. For example, in his e-mailart No 1+2+3+4+5+6+7, Galeta sent photographs of the apple tree that grows in the orchard near to his house, asserting that it was his original artistic creation, to friends. The description of the work was as follows: material – natural, technique – cultivation, height – rising, circumference – growing, duration – unknown, variety – old. The description of the work contains the name of the person who did the grafting, the information what the weather was like at the time of shooting, location, if for sale... At the spot in the description of the “work”, where usually the author’s name is placed, Galeta put his name, introducing us in detail to the entire long-lasting process of cultivation, with each work phase and the relation he had built up towards this part of nature, partially appropriating it.

November

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 2011 at 5 p.m., Gorgona Hall – Premiere of Ivan Ladislav Galeta’s video AJJA 17 (2001-2011), 17’
The material for the AJJA 17 video was filmed during Galeta’s stay at the seaside, in Nečujam on the Island of Šolta, during a chilly and windy summer day in 2001, while the video was completed ten years later, in 2011. It will be premiered at MSU. Although its author describes it as a “conventional video document”, created spontaneously, in the pause of a media workshop, in which he participated together with the renowned British film experimenter David Larcher, AJJA 17 is full of concealed meanings and messages. The effort to decipher them will be amply rewarded by watching this 17-minute video.

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., Gorgona Hall – Lecture by the Hungarian theoretician Laszlo Beke and Hungarian artist Istvan Eröss.
Within Galeta’s retrospective, an important place has been assigned to the cycles End-Art and Deep End Art, in which he problematizes nature and man’s relation to it. This topic will be treated by the historian and theoretician of contemporary art Laszlo Beke and the “environmental artist” Istvan Eröss, who are very well acquainted with Galeta’s work. Apart from Croatia, Galeta has linked his artistic activity to Hungary as well. Hence a strong reception of his work in Hungarian circles of artists and critics. Beke and Eröss are among the leading experts for and admirers of Galeta’s work.
The lectures will be in English.

Friday, Nov. 4th, 2011 at 5 p.m., part of Evergreen Film Club
Guided tour of the exhibition Zero Point Landscape for visitors over 60 years of age and retired citizens, in collaboration with Croatian Pensioners’ Union and the Senior Citizens’ Program of the Public Open University. Guide: Nada Beroš

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2011 – Foosball tournament, MSU entrance hall, from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In collaboration with Croatian Table Football Association, as part of Ivan Ladislav Galeta’s exhibition, MSU organizes a foosball tournament. This at first glance unusual collaboration emerged from the ambiguous role of sport and ball in Galeta’s works, as well as the fact that in his youth he was an active player: he played water-polo, table tennis, and foosball, which to a large extent influenced an important segment of his work. The tournament will be ceremoniously opened by the artist himself, who will play a game with a surprise guest. You will be able to practice your foosball skills every day before the tournament, on a professional table set up in the entrance hall of the Museum, starting with the date of the exhibition opening, Friday, Sept. 23rd. Tournament entries at the mail address marijeta.karlovic@msu.hr

Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 5 p.m.: Prepared Upright Piano, performance by Ivan Ladislav Galeta
This performance was first staged by the end of the seventies in the famous Multimedia Centre of the Zagreb Students’ Centre (MM SC), when Galeta worked together with the pianist Fred Došek, while now he will stage the performance together with young pianists. The introduction to the performance and the interview with the artist will be moderated by Nikša Gligo.

Friday, Nov. 11th, 2011 at 5 p.m.: Panel discussion: Is the Memory of MM still alive? Display area
The story of Multimedia Centre (MM) is for new generations more of a legend than reality. Founded in Zagreb in 1976 as part of the Students’ Centre, for more than two decades it was an important referential point for everything new that happened in film and media art. Its first head and coordinator was Hrvoje Turković, film theorist and critic, while the artist Ladislav Galeta took over this post in 1977, organizing MM SC programs for full seventeen years. The film expert Ivan Paić headed the Center all the way until 2009. What is happening with this cult place today, we shall learn from a panel discussion under participation of Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Ivan Paić, and Nives Sertić, a young multimedia artist. The moderator will be Marijeta Karlović.

Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 2011, at 5 p.m. promotion and signing of the publication accompanying the exhibition Zero Point Landscape

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 2011 – “Day without Art” in the display area from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
In the spirit of Galeta’s initiative to proclaim the 29th of February the International Day of Refraining from Art, the last day of the exhibition there will be no events linked with art and the exhibition Zero Point Landscape.
Project manager: Nada Beroš / Collaborators: Petra Böhm, Marijeta Karlović, and Tihana Puc / Additional information on educational programs: eduakcija@msu.hr


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