THEM _ (It sent my heart into a flutter of tiny explosions)


Meta Grgurevič & JAŠA

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THEM _ (It sent my heart into a flutter of tiny explosions)


Meta Grgurevič & JAŠA

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This project, an artistic upgrade of a typical street item, introduces a moment of peculiarity and surprise into the concept, a disturbance in the system. The modified street-lamp easily hides in the background during the day, but in the night is comes alive like a sculpture, a brilliant metaphor for communication as an open and repeating process that constantly establishes and at the same time transcends the invisible border between the participants. Its lightbulbs flash in the rhythm of a recorded dialogue, some kind of automated poetry about everyday things that you can listen to while standing next to the lamp-post.

13th international Lighting guerrilla festival is in 2019 dedicated to the research of borders, which represents it's main topic: focus of the festival is on exploration and comprehension of different aspects of borders, be those physical, optical, social, psychologic or purely spiritual, borders that both divide and connect.

Technical overview: Saša Tešič
Architectural consultant: Kuno Mayer
Construction: Jan Švab
Sculptural works: Marko Kovačič in Luka Uršič
Finalization works: Denis Porčič
Sound & light programming: Martin Podlogar
Electronics: Davor Glavič
Sound design: Mario Babojelič

Church of all


site-specifc intervention & durational performance by JAŠA

a part of Einsamkeit und Zorn | Solitude and anger group exhibition curated by Markus Pescoller

Stadtmuseum Bruneck | Museo civico di Brunico

16.04.-12.05.2019

Church of all


site-specifc intervention & durational performance by JAŠA

a part of Einsamkeit und Zorn | Solitude and anger group exhibition curated by Markus Pescoller

Stadtmuseum Bruneck | Museo civico di Brunico

16.04.-12.05.2019

photo ©Simone Settimo

With this new work, JAŠA has created a site-specifc installation composed of a structure, one of his signature attitudes towards the sculptural use of architectural media, designated as a facility for a durational performance. Both, the installation, a wooden structure clothed in a cemented layer, as an architectural fragment (approx 2.50m x 2.90m and 2.40m high) embedded in the main exhibition hall of the Stadtmuseum Brunico and the durational performance lasting 3600 minutes will create a situation of ambiguity and passage. The structure was developed in collaboration with Kuno Mayr, an architect who over the years stood behind all of the artist’s most significant projects.

The work is constructed upon the notion of absent presence and the unavoidable closeness of parallel realities that are often de ned or limited by obstacles-either physical ones or those we impose on ourselves and consequently onto others. A wall is a defining element in the formation of spaces as it is a frequent element of (unnecessary) division. In Jaša’s understanding, it is a manifestation of one’s thought process: a once-drawn-line consequentially becomes an erected wall of solid material. A physical barrier, as protection or as a container of lives; those lived and the potential of those forthcoming. However, the protective element can also become a concrete statement of division and threat.

The situation becomes the section of different realities, in which physical reality clashes with the one (non)-imaginary thought process. As thoughts manifest on one side as drawn lines, that become solid material on the other, they materialize as fleeting words that capture the inner voice; the voice of freedom.

The commodity of the world we live is the option to juggle with words that in other parallel realities de ne or even deny concrete possibilities of becoming. The paradox of realities and how they are dealt with push me to consider necessities of a creative process, which by default is rooted in the freedom of expression. Yet a thought needs to be contained to make a statement. A work of art needs to be contained in order to manifest an attitude in relation to the material. A thought defines a space as a result of an often-conflicted emotional state. In the creative process, one embraces all possible shades of contrasting emotions. Many times, through destruction and negation, comes a result that embeds an idea in the given material. Does an artwork then protect us from the world, or is it the other way around? In the world of constant tit-for-tat and the present geopolitical circumstances, the role of art is as powerless as it has ever been. How can one ght injustice with a poem? Can expression of a constructive emotion defy a stream of destructive, aggressive, mean and exclusive attitudes that seem to shape the contemporary mainstream?

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Church of All is a part of Einsamkeit und Zorn | Solitude and anger group exhibition Curated by Markus Pescoller.

Project by JAŠA

Architectural structure: Kuno Mayr

Installation construction: Nicola Settimo, Simone Settimo

Installation photography: Simone Settimo

Mechanism and programming: Martin Podlogar

With thanks to Gertrud Webhofer

Organised by: Museumsverein Bruneck | Associazione Pro Museo di Brunico

Church of All is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Rome, the Public fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia, Franci Zavrl And WE.ARE Institute.