This is an unofficial blog about everything connected to the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) in Vitanje, Slovenia, and Herman Potočnik/Potocnik (pseudonym: Noordung), an European spaceflight pioneer of Slovenian origin, a historical inspiration for the work of KSEVT. Our main wish is to inform about ongoing activities in the fields of culturalization of space; composite research in science and art; Potočnik's influences on various fields of human knowledge, especially space technologies and astronautics/cosmonautics.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

A complete photo album of the opening day

All photos are a courtesy of Miha Fras (C). They were taken at the morning press event at Arsenale and the evening gala at the Pinacoteca Manfrediniana, both in Venice; combined, these two events forged a solemn opening of the Pavilion of Slovenia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Press conference opening of Supre:architecture in Venice

Here are some photos of the 11.15 event at the Arsenale, one of the two main exhibition venues of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. Photos are a courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. More reports at the end of the day. Tomorrow, "la Biennale" is open for general public and remains open until 23 November 2014.






Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Supre:architecture press conference, Venice (ITA)

Here is the preliminary invitation to the press conference:




THE PROBLEM OF SPACE TRAVEL
SUPRE:ARCHITECTURE
7. 6. – 23. 11. 2014, 
PAVILION OF SLOVENIA AT THE 14TH INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

The Republic of Slovenia will be presented this year for the first time at the main venue of the Venice Biennale – Arsenale, and we cordially invite you to THE PREVIEW OPENING OF THE SLOVENIAN PAVILION at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in ARSENALE, ON FRIDAY, 6 JUNE 2014, at 11.15 A.M. [location link]

Slovenia will be represented through a project of the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT): THE PROBLEM OF SPACE TRAVEL – SUPRE: ARCHITECTURE.
The exhibition at the Slovenian Pavilion will be opened by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, DR. UROŠ GRILC. OLEG VALERIYEVICH KOTOV, the Russian cosmonaut and honorary guest of the project, shall also attend the event.

Press accreditations: at the Press Centre of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di
Venezia. Architecture Press Office – la Biennale di Venezia: tel. +39 041 5218 771, archpress@labiennale.org, http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/press/press_architecture.html

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While the closer reaches of space are quite populated already, the conditions for human life there remain unsuitable, and without adequate devices and objects even deadly. The material manifestation of human presence in space is architecture at its most fundamental: as an articulation of surroundings and as a functional form of habitation in weightlessness.

The history of appropriating space has always been a history of architecture, too, most prominently in connection with scientific and technological achievements. One of the pioneers of space architecture was the Slovenian engineer HERMAN POTOČNIK NOORDUNG, who in his 1928 book THE PROBLEM OF SPACE TRAVEL offered a series of technological solutions for human survival in orbit. Noordung’s quest echoes that of the modernists and avant-gardists of the early 20th century – the search for a new artistic expression, which coincided with the invention of a new social order and a new man altogether. In this context, space enables a whole new view of art and society.

If at first it seemed as if these artistic breakthroughs and their utopianism were aiming for the future, today – with space exploration in full swing – they can be seen as contemporary. At the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, THE SLOVENIAN PAVILION, curated by the CULTURAL CENTRE OF EUROPEAN SPACE TECHNOLOGIES (KSEVT), looks at past scientific and artistic space research as diverse preliminary efforts of space culturalization. While considering the architectural, artistic and scientific pioneers of space culturalization, the Pavilion defines a course for the next epoch of life outside the Earth – an expansion of life in space to all dimensions that befit a civilization in terms of concept and experience. Architecture for space – SUPRE:HUMAN, SUPRE:LIVING and SUPRE:COMPOSITE – is that very civilization’s first material harbinger.

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THE PROBLEM OF SPACE TRAVEL – SUPRE:ARCHITECTURE | 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, the Slovenian Pavilion | 7. 6. – 23. 11. 2014 | Created by: MIHA TURŠIČ, DRAGAN ŽIVADINOV | Co-creators: DUNJA ZUPANČIČ, ŠPELA PETRIČ, PETER KREČIČ, TANYA N. ZHELNINA | Curator: JURIJ KRPAN | Commissioners: MIHA TURŠIČ (KSEVT), MAJA IVANIČ (DESSA Gallery) | Assistance: VERA VILARDEBO SACCHETTI, ROBERTINA ŠEBJANIČ, JERNEJA REBERNAK | Cooperators: BEVK-PEROVIĆ ARCHITECTS, DEKLEVA-GREGORIČ ARCHITECTS, OFIS ARCHITECTS, SADAR+VUGA ARCHITECTS, BLAŽ ŠEF, GREGOR NOVAKOVIĆ (3Data) | Exhibition construction: OPL, ALTOS | Production: KSEVT | Co-production: DESSA GALLERY, LJUBLJANA ARCHITECTS ASSOCIATION | Project supported by: MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA; GAGARIN COSMONAUT TRAINING CENTRE, STAR CITY; LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA | Sponsors: APLUSA GALLERY, PINACOTECA MANFREDIANA, MUNICIPALITY OF VITANJE, SPIRIT SLOVENIA, LIFECLASS HOTELS&RESORTS PORTOROŽ, CASINO AND HOTELS HIT, ZLATI GRIČ, GOOPTI

Download press kit at http://www.noordung.info or: English - http://GOO.GL/ZKHZRKItalian - http://GOO.GL/ULJ83P, German - http://GOO.GL/CJLW5Q, Slovenian - http://GOO.GL/PAQEMI

Sunday, 18 May 2014

More photos of the Orbital Octets

A package, kindly sent by photographer Miha Fras (C). In two parts.



Saturday, 17 May 2014

Orbital Octets / KSEVT / Vitanje / 9 May 2014

Orbital Octets (Slo.: "Orbitalni Okteti") was the title of a special event by which the Republic of Slovenia celebrated 10 years of joining the European Union (EU); it took place at KSEVT on May 9th 2014. 

The celebration had already commenced with a solemn mass for homeland at one of the two Vitanje's main churches, the Mary Mother of God church on a hill overlooking the town, and with an opening of the "Crosses through Centuries" (Slo.: "Križi skozi stoletja") exhibition in the church of St. Anthony, also in Vitanje. This exhibition was co-authored by KSEVT, the Community of Vitanje and the Roman Catholic Parish of Vitanje. It will be open for visitors until January 9th, 2015.

At 19.00, the main event at KSEVT took place. The artistic programme featured many diverse octet groups: Vitanje Octet (vocal ensemble), Zither Octet by the Zither Association of Slovenia, Theremidi Orchestra, Domen Octet (vocal ensemble), an octet of actors (Ivan Lotrič, Dario Seraval, Barbara Cerar, Blaž Šef, Tjaša Železnik, Maruša Majer, Mateja Rebolj and Jožica Avbelj), an octet of cellos with a double-bass, the Ivan Navratil folklore group of Metlika and the folk ensemble Beneški fantje.

The celebration focused on the poetry of Gregor Strniša, one of Slovenia's foremost poets in the last century; the Trieste Constructivist Cabinet; and the European, planetary and Slovenian composite research in the fields of Arts and Science, initiated by the programmes of KSEVT.

Moreover, Alenka Bratušek, the Prime Minister of RS, solemnly adressed the audiences present directly at KSEVT and those present through live coverage of Radio and Television of Slovenia (RTVS). This direct broadcast was the first large scale high quality HD live broadcast project by the RTVS.

Below is the official trailer for the event, the complete official video footage and some official photos.

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Architectuul / BIO / MAO conference photos

A video footage of the conference:



Photos by Tomislav Vidović









Thursday, 17 April 2014

KSEVT Star City visit and Architectuul / BIO / MAO conference

KSEVT representatives, Miha Turšič and Dragan Živadinov, alongside with the CEBRAM film crew, visited the Star City people and facilities in Russia. KSEVT and the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) have currently been collaborating on two exhibitions - Herman Potočnik Noordung: 100 Monumental Influences and Habitate:Orbit. News is summarized from the GCTC official website, at the time being only available in Russian.



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The other news is introducing a public presentation and a following talk taking place in the next days.

Slovenia Unfinished 
on 18 April 2014 at 19.00 (7 pm),
at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana;
organized by the 24th Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO) 50 Ljubljana and Architectuul.



The website says the following, the rest you can read [here]:

QUOTE:
Slovenia Unfinished, on April 18th, 19.00 hours at the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana.
A presentation of three generations of Slovenian architecture will be concluded by a public talk on the significance of these works for contemporary architecture in Slovenia and abroad.

Participants
Matevž Čelik (MAO), Peter Krečič, Miha Dešman (DANS arhitekti), Miha Turšič (KSEVT), Jurij Krpan (GALLERY KAPELICA), moderated by Boštjan Bugarič (Architectuul.)