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DNA Sequencing: Referential Probability Structures

Maja Smrekar and Špela Petrič (Slovenia)
Workshop @Kiblix 2012, 29-30-11. 2012

Conceptual frame of the workshop was based on demistification of power positions in an era of overexpanding populism of science which is serving public with hermetic information which disable options of equal dialogue levels. Using one of the popular maneuvers in a workshop by executing the saliva collection which is routinely being used for forensic and human identity samples at the field of molecular biology, the workshop content was focussed on a disclosure of the specific gene as one of the source files of decoding one’s own body to understand certain consequences of its operational system.



Monika Pocrnjić (SI), Špela Petrič (SI), Marc Dusseiller (CH)
Workshop 27.11. 2012

The BioCyberKidzz workshop has been developed as a result of collective brainstorms of many individuals and communities that are devoting their rich experiences in creating the alternative crossovers between arts and science. BioTehna is a platform to initiate curiosity and encourage experimentation and research in the field of life sciences. Through creative and innovative combinations between nature and technology and the inspiring guidance of artists and researchers.

The workshop is presented as part of the BioTehna project initiated in 2012 by Kapelica Gallery and Hackteria – Open Source Biological Art. The BioTehna project is supported by a grant through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.


The Theremin Kitchen Workshop

Andrey Smirnov (Russia), 13.-15.12.2012

This intensive workshop offered hands-on introduction to interactive systems, based on various methods of motion tracking, gestural interfacing, monitoring of small variations of electrical parameters of different conductive materials including a human body, liquids, plants, metal objects, foil and metal threads, thin metallized plastic films etc.

Link: http://kiblix.org/kiblix2012/softcontrol/?p=178



Oscar Martin, C-drík Fermont
Workshops and conclusion of residencies in a frame of the Soft Control project (2012-2015)

A follow-up to the busy festival activities ( November, 6–9) in the form of two workshops by Soft Control residency artists in Maribor. A musical event was scheduled for 8pm, where Oscar Martin and C-drik Fermont were be presenting their work as part of their residency stay. Workshop participants were joining them on stage.

Oscar Martin (ES)/ [ rdxs]:__x=e Open Lab and generative systems
Monday, 18 November, 10am–3pm
Residence artist Oscar Martin, together with workshop participants, explores the possibilities of {RdEs} generative systems.
Oscar Martin – Experimental artist and independent researcher and programmer working in the fields of sound art, installations, interactive and generative systems, performances and net radioart. A firm opensource advocate, Martín is also behind the MetaminaFNR streaming project, a generative on-line radio, and editor of UrsonateFanzine, a publication focused on the Spanish experimental sound and music scene. He implements independents workshops about puredata, arduino and others FLOSS tools.

C-drik aka Kirdec (BE)/ Open Lab: Music composition and improvisation from a single sound source
Monday, 18 November, 4pm–7pm
A workshop introducing composition from a single sound source, led by residence artist C-drik aka Kirdec.
A presentation of music production possibilities with the Ableton live program.
C-drík aka Kirdec (BE/DE) begun to study declamation, orchestral drums and music theory in 1985, started to compose music in 1989 in the project Crno Klank. Later on he studied electro-acoustic/acousmatic music at the conservatory of Mons, Belgium. He currently produces different music genres ranging from electro-acoustic music to minimal wave, digital punk to industrial, dark ambient to electronica, etc. He is the owner of Syrphe, a label partly dedicated to alternative electronic and experimental music from Africa and Asia.


Revaluing memory, From object art to connected art

Workshop, 6.11.2o13 @MFRU Kiblix
Stella Veciana (DE)
, Dan Norton (GB)

The REVALUING MEMORY workshop gives local artists and scientists the opportunity to use various interaction techniques to develop connected art practices. The workshop is based around the simple creative behaviours of selecting and mixing to build a mesh of connectivity around an exhibition and event focused on “the (co)existence of bios and techne”.
Each participant brings to the workshop a work of art, that is, or is represented by an object no bigger than a potato. During the one-day event, participants will share their knowledge and develop skills and resources to collaborate with each other for a joint sustainable art network in Maribor. The collaborative outcomes of the workshop will generate a Raablabs art installation for the MFRU-KILIX festival.


Gaming Lounge Party, MariborScore

Žiga Pavlovič, Workshop, 7. – 9. 11. 2013 @ MFRU Kiblix

A creative party in search of new ideas for improved, more appealing and interesting video games of the upcoming decade will take place as an addition to the Gaming Lounge and it will also provide an opportunity for socializing of enthusiasts and everyone interested in the depths and progress within the medium of video games. Relaxation will be obtained through “party” games; the latter are able to expand the ordinary use of computer technology and mark its path into the environment of group gaming and socializing in public places. Popular video games cover songs, collected in OverClockedReMix, will provide an adequate musical background.


Ladies of the press: Zine-making

Ana Čavić, Renée O’Drobinak, Workshop, 7. – 9. 11. 2013 @ MFRU Kiblix

Live Press brings the theatre into zine-making, merging performance art and publishing along with colourful pens and a sprinkle of glitter. Armed with a simple (but theatrical) desktop publishing setup onsite, the Ladies of the Press will be inviting fellow exhibitors and the audience alike to participate in a live, three day zine making extravaganza, documenting the festival through photos, interviews, submitted artwork that will be designed, printed and distributed onsite at the end of each day. Come join us!


Robotics for girls

Gregor Krušič, Workshop, 7. – 9. 11. 2013 @ MFRU Kiblix

This workshop is foremostly intended for girls, interested in the world of robotics. During a three-day workshop, you will be setting up a robot for driving around the labyrinth autonomously.
On the first day, a mentor will present a general theory of robotics, functioning and types of robots, the history of robotics, as well as specific characteristics and procedures for constructing a workshop robot. Second day’s scope is building a robot hands-on: from composition to animation. On the third day, you will be testing previously made robots in labyrinths and take them home.



Natalija Premužič, Slovenia, Workshop, 7. – 9. 11. 2013 @ MFRU Kiblix

First Lego League is an international multidisciplinary research educational program with emphasis on robotics. FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
Teams (9–16 years) are searching for innovative solutions in the framework of a research task covering a chosen topic. This year’s theme is “Nature’s Wrath. How to prepare, react and recover promptly when faced with natural disasters?” The robotic section of the program consists of participants constructing an autonomous robot for problem solving in the FLL field.
FLL program in Slovenia is organized and conducted by the Super Glavce institution.


Magic Dome, Workshop

7. – 9. 11. 2013 @MFRU Kiblix
Primary school Gorišnica
 Researchers: Žiga Tilli, Aleks Bezjak, Evald Vrbančič, Aljaž Zorko
Mentors: Boštjan Rihtar and Arne Korsika, FERI

The project wishes to acquaint pupils in a different way to phenomena of colors and relations between them. Inside a dome, pupils should be feeling embraced by warm or cold colors, able to create a complementary color contrast by themselves and watch a color wheel or a rainbow. By adding elements, they can play with color composition and spatial perspective. The dome is managed by the program Shark, while a projection with Fisheye is conducted inside a projection dome.


Robocup – dancing robots workshops

Suzana Uran, FERI, Workshop, 7. 11. 2013 @MFRU Kiblix

RoboCupJunior is a worldwide robotic competition for pupils of primary and secondary schools. RoboCupJunior Dance is one of the challenges of the competition which, with a task set up openly, provides numerous possibilities for creative expression.
Team’s task consists of preparing a short robotic dance or theater performance; for a dance performance, grading criteria applied are innovativeness and synchronization of movement between robots and team members, whereas in a theater performance, innovativeness, as well as the manner of storytelling and presentation of action are crucial. Another important factor is the technical grade for the complexity of a robot’s construction.


Synto-duino beeper

Matjaž Lenhart, Dušan Zidar, Workshop, 7. – 9. 11. 2013 @MFRU Kiblix

Arduino workshop will be held for three days. On the first day we will learn about the basics of Arduino microcontroller and its programming language; we will demonstrate and test some basic use cases. As part of the second meeting of the workshop we will start a project by changing an Arduino board into a simple “digital musical instrument”. The project will be addressed in groups and continued till the final day of the workshop when the products will be tested, refined and supplemented. The final outcomes will be discussed.


Ljudmila showcases: DIY Theremidi Orchestra, 3De-Generik, LACANOID, ExOD

Luka Frelih, Tina Dolinšek, Žiga Kranjec, Workshop, 7. – 9. 11. 2013 @ MFRU Kiblix

Ljudmila, Ljubljana based laboratory for science and art, showcases its workshop activities and art production with an “on-spot” workshop of creating DIY electronic instruments. Three sets of kits from which various instruments can be made exploit electrical changes during different interactions: when in contact with water, when touched, through a body contact and also as a reaction to light. Kits are: Touch Tone – responds to touch, MicroNoise – responds to light and Teremini – reacts to vicinity.


GREEN print

Students of the Faculty of Education Maribor, Department of Fine Arts, group leader Maja Petek, mentor prof. Dušan Zidar, Workshop, 7. – 9. 11. 2013 @MFRU Kiblix

The project has been designed for the Intermedia Arts course, under the mentorship of prof. Dušan Zidar as the subject holder. The group is composed of Danica Rženičnik, Urška Skaza, Tina Zidanšek and Simon Tržan; the latter has created a CNC machine which presents the basis of assessment. The CNC machine is designed as a “green” printer; instead of an ink, it uses a mixture of soil, water and grass seeds, thus enabling the motives being printed out to grow green in time with proper care.


Vojko Pogačar: From 2D to 3D

From computer graphics to 3D printing Workshop, 7. – 8. 11. 2013 @MFRU Kiblix

Computer technology inventions are the nowadays modern Guttenberg’s reproduction machine, permitting access to a genuine bilateral communication while integrating not only linguistic but also imaging information. The exhibition will showcase a selection of the author’s computer graphics from the 80’s, alongside his more contemporary creations upgraded to 3D images.


Today’s game – tomorrow’s profession

Franc Vrbančič, Workshop, 8. – 9. 11. 2013 @MFRU Kiblix
ŠC Ptuj, Elektro in računalniška šola students: Šešo Aljaž, Tadej Vidovič, Niko Ivezič, Tomaž Šešerko

A workshop and a film are representing ICT technology’s assistance in spreading the knowledge of technical field. They are intended for primary school pupils as an aid for Robotics in Engineering and Robotics in Electronics courses.
Lego systems composed of Lego Bricks for building robots will be used during the workshop, with the fundamental part being a graphically or textually programmed minicomputer with incorporated sensors, enabling the robot to detect environment. A presentation of the project Flying eye – application of technique in painting – helicopter.


echo 10-9

Robertina Šebjanič & Aleš Hieng – Zergon – Workshop, 8.11. 2013 @ MFRU Kiblix

The workshop offered an insight into the creation of the project, which was presented as a performance on Thursday, 7 November 2013 at 8 pm. In their experimental and lab work, the authors deal with specific scientific functionality problems of nanomaterials, artificial nanodevices, micro fluids, magnetic fluids, ferrofluids and live science applications on the level of microsystems, researching the possibilities for their transformation into the macro level. The workshop is conceived in the form of a DIWO open lab. The authors and participants prepared a liquid ferrofluid.


Biotweaking work_SHOP

Gjino Šutić, DIY kits, Workshop, 7.-9.11.2013 @MFRU Kiblix

Will show you how you can, using UR Institute’s simple kits, do some DIY biotweaking experimentation at home. Whether you would like to know exactly what your DNA looks like, produce electricity by using bacteria or you are just into adding some life to your kitchen and making tastier food using DIY fermentation… – everything is possible with biotweaking. Our kits will provide you with basic tools, materials and biosamples to introduce you into this wetware playground and get you started with DIY biotweaking.


“My secret: Pleasure bpm”

Monika Pocrnjić, DIY kits, Workshop, 7.-9.11.2013 @MFRU Kiblix

A presentation of a work-in-progress of a unisex product. The ECG sensor measures changes in the pulse, and transforms them into pleasant vibrations using the Arduino Mini pro microcontroller. The user can adjust the intensity of the vibrations with his/her own heartbeat. The product is open to experimentation and research of alternative/new ways of stimulation and fetishism, which are closely connected to both technology and society.



Cultural-artistic initiative WERCATOR: Tomaž Grušovnik, Neža Mekota, Tina Merica, Enisa Muzeinović, Workshop @MFRU Kiblix

The project aims to explore the artistic and informative potential of QR codes. Primarily, it is considered an artwork which, through the employment of artistic intervention in the city space, strives to re-examine differences between virtuality and reality. Secondly, it is incorporated in the framework of the festival as its preview event. Q:aRt consists of a workshop and lectures on subjects of QR codes production, the process of making graffiti stencils, the principles of providing information within the public space and the potential of multimedia art.
The project aims to explore the artistic and informative potential of QR codes. Primarily, it is considered an artwork which, through the employment of artistic intervention in the city space, strives to re-examine differences between virtuality and reality. Secondly, it is incorporated in the framework of the festival as its preview event. Q:aRt consists of a workshop and lectures on subjects of QR codes production, the process of making graffiti stencils, the principles of providing information within thepublic spaceand the potential of multimedia art.

Link: http://mfru-kiblix.si/


31 tone music in theory and practice

Sander Germanus, Workshop KIBLA, Maribor, 26.4.2013

A musical presentation by Sander Germanus, microtonal composer and director of the world’s premiere microtonal music organization, the Huygens-Fokker Foundation in Amsterdam. (Yes, they really do have a classical organ with 31 tones to the octave!) Anyone interested in microtonal music and pre-Classical European music has find the presentation fascinating!


Robertina Šebjanič & Maja Smrekar: Sound Invasions

Workshop, 4.4. 2014

Plant-sound performance (Robertina Šebjanič, Maja Smrekar, Miha Tomšič)
Using a DIY system that interprets some levels of the plants’ existence, we will present a live creation of sound and image, generated by locally growing but non-native invasive plant species. Electromagnetic current, connected to the plants and the software (Pure Data, SuperCollider and Resolume), will translate data into sound, transforming the invasive garden into a noisy electrical circuit of synthetic samples of organic liveness, the essence of which, both in nature and technology, is based on variants inside the origin of constantly equal repetition.

Bio-lecture (Nejc Jogan, PhD) 
The performance will be followed by a lecture on the global and local aspects of hybridizations, i.e. the changing mechanisms of natural selection, which often induce changes of indigenous plants inside ecosystems, thereby influencing the potential of their ecological niches, which in turn causes the outset of the sixth great species extinction on Earth.

Invasive dinner: If you can ́t beat them – EAT THEM! 
You will be served dinner in the form of some of the most wide-spread non-native invasive plant species from the Maribor Pohorje mountain ridge: policeman’s helmet (Impatiens glandulifera), Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), and some other invasive species representatives from these parts. While you discuss the various local and global aspects of non-native invasive plant species with the project team, you will have a chance to experience the invasive phenomenon also on the gourmet level.


Monika Pocrnjić

GT 22, Workshop, 21. 9. 2014

As part of the pre-events to the KIBLIX festival and with the support of the VETLICAT project, we are preparing a workshop with Monika Pocrnjić, which will present the possibilities of including new technologies and DIY/DIWO approaches in traditional educational processes. The workshop methodology draws on models developed by the Dutch Waag Society and strives to detect, analyze and eliminate problems marking a specific local environment. Participants will be using discarded appliances to construct small-size electronic devices powered by means of empty batteries, and use them to create a public space intervention. Through the process of the workshop, which is intended for both, the expert public (teachers, researchers, artists) and students, the participants will be able to use new technologies to expand their understanding of ecology, electronics, urban planning and the influence of art on the perception of public space. They will be introduced to the often disregarded heritage of old electronic devices and learn to recycle the out-of-date technology into humorous and useful gadgets. The workshop offers an insight into the educational potential delivered by a skillful use of technological props and practical approaches to the educational process.


Monika Pocrnjić: OasisHack

Workshop, 5 -7 October 2014
In the spirit of expanding creative and production-related processes behind contemporary intermedia artistic research, the setup of the installation Open Code: Oasis is designed as a three-day workshop to activate and include participants into the process of preparing and setting up the installation. The workshop will introduce them to the characteristics and advantages of aquaponic self-supply systems and the possibilities of setting up such systems at home.


Monika Pocrnjić: Audioholic

Workshop @festival Kiblix, 9. – 10. 10. 2014

Any object that produces sound can also be a musical instrument. The workshop will provide an opportunity for developing experimental musical objects, made up of various materials and used for the purpose of manipulating sound. Participants will be introduced to the abc of electronics and soldering, programming the Arduino Mini Pro microcontroller and developing keyboard-shaped user interface


Žiga Pavlovič: Gaming Lounge

Workshop @ festival Kiblix, 9. – 10. 10. 2014

Along with development of computer technologies, digital tools and their distribution, the language of interactive media – videogames – has also made progress. Gaming Lounge offers an insight into the “Let’s play” gaming subculture and into the world of independent (indie) games; for in the background of increased interest in computer games, a simultaneous revolution of digital distribution has also taken place, enabling the democratization of games’ development. Gaming lounge explores the past, present and future of gaming and welcomes visitors to relax and just play. This year’s edition will also explore and test the possibilities offered by Kinnect 2.


Kaja Antlej: Workshop on 3D-technologies in Culture and Heritage

Workshop @ festival Kiblix, 9. – 10. 10. 2014

Due to their specific interactivity 3D technologies are an indispensable tool for visual communication in various fields of human activity. In a time when museums and other cultural institutions are increasingly opening up to the public, 3D tools, if chosen properly, enable greater inclusion, active participation and experience of content. At the workshop, participants will learn about the different types of 3D through the virtual (virtual museums, exhibitions and tours), mixed (augmented reality), and physical (3D printing) realities. At the same time they will become acquainted with elements of gamification (serious games) and be actively involved in the making of a 3D model using photos, creating video (animation) and preparing the model for 3D printing.


Intermedia research community

Workshop @ festival Kiblix, 9. – 10. 10. 2014
Cameron Bobro, Bojan Gagič, Miodrag Gladović, Marko Ornik, Žiga Dobnikar, Tanja Grosman, Simon Sedmak

On one hand, a large part of contemporary intermedia production turns increasingly towards the microcosm of cells and genetics, and on the other to the macrocosm of nature, social networks and the impacts of modern technology on the functioning of society. The intermedia research community (IRC) diverts from these trends and turns back to the basic. To the senses, which allow us to consume the impulses from our environments in the first place. The introduction to the IRC will take the form of a public debate, focused on the relation between sound and light and the phenomena occurring at their intersection. Following the debate is a open-to-the-public research stage, in the form of hands-on workshops and casual practice-related discussions. The main goal of this stage is for project participants, together with the interested public, to create and find the best possible technical solutions for a simultaneous joining of the discussed sonic and light phenomena, thus bringing the scientific and artistic methodology closer to the public during the course of their work. The central part of the IRC will be the setting-up of a complex intermedia installation, in which the sonic and visual components will be seamlessly joined together and presented to the public in the form of an audiovisual performance.


Matej Modrinjak: CoGe – VJ workshops: How to provide a visual image for a soundscape?

Workshop @ festival Kiblix, 9. – 10. 10. 2014

Whether you wish to give a visual boost to your music night, or just play your favorite author pieces, CoGe software (http://cogevj.hu) offers simple-to-use equipment with additional optional upgrades. Meet CoGe on Thursday, 9 October (3pm – 6pm) and Friday, 10 October (10pm – 2pm) at KIBLA Portal, Valvasorjeva Street 40, Maribor. A presentation of the hardware and software will be delivered by Matej Sajko Modrinjak (M.A.), creator of motion picture visuals for both, professional culture-related institutions as well as underground spaces like clubs, basements, hallways, garages and the like.



Bojan Gagić (HR) & Miodrag Gladović (HR), 10.10.2014 @ festival Kiblix 2014

Croatian artists Miodrag Gladović and Bojan Gagić will be holding a workshop on luminoaucustics, based on the conversion of luminous objects into tone images through the photovoltaic effect.The effect is generated when solar panels produce electricity, the strength of which depends on the intensity of light, thus giving the performance and the composition technique its name- luminoaucustics. Different sources of light (neon, halogen, LED, cigarette lighters, video projectors) generate different sound frequencies which, through further processing, can be transformed into a modular musical sketch. The workshop will be divided into two parts: natural light sources (the Sun) and artificial light sources (lamps, reflectors, cigarette lighters, lasers, etc…), followed by the processing of the two light sources with analog instruments (stompbox pedals) and digital systems (PD). The workshop is open to all pupils, students, artists, wanna be hackers, designers, DIY enthusiasts and people of all age willing to learn.

Link: http://www.kiblix.org/2014/

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