EMPACT 2nd Landmark Event in Berlin, Germany

Part 2: May 2023

UGM | Maribor Art Gallery presents the next installment of the EMPACT Landmark Event in two parts, taking place at Kühlhaus Berlin in Berlin, Germany. Together we will embark on a journey through two chapters of the monumental work by the internationally renowned artist JAŠA. The Monuments by JAŠA is a durational project developed on the premises of Kühlhaus Berlin. It is divided into 17 chapters, with each individual chapter an independent and unique event. EMPACT and UGM are the commissioners of the upcoming Chapters 7 & 8, which will take place on 27 May 2023, respectively.

The Monuments, Chapters 7 & 8 will take the themes of EMPACT – Creative Sustainability, Empathy for Nature, Empathic & Resilient Artists – as their point of departure and craft a unique performative and site-specific experiences around them. JAŠA’s conceptual stance is embedded within individual events as an “attitude” towards the use of space and time. «Have you ever wanted to enter a sculpture?» becomes a fact, a statement, not just a rhetorical question. A work of art shapes and generates reality, even though it is ephemeral. Temporarily built from fleeting intersections, it is completely tangible and sensual. For Chapters 7 & 8, JAŠA will invite the audience to embody a position beyond human vs. nature hierarchy and embrace the possibility of establishing a relationship between human and nature as an interpersonal reciprocal necessity. Empathy will be evoked as the guiding principle in achieving a sustainable way forward.

Part 2: 27 May 2023, 4 pm 11 pm, Kühlhaus Berlin – Kubus
JAŠA: The Monuments, Chapter 8
«We Kidnapped the Bridge»
site-specific installation and performance

Chapter 8 – We Kidnapped the Bridge

With the next chapter, JAŠA continues his research into relationships between different media, emphasizing the element of the performing body and presence in dialogue with space as a material and metaphorical element. Recognizable elements of everydayness become parts of an architectural sculpture set in the midst of the space, where the audience walks, creating their own points of view that capture the ephemeral in all of its beauty and potential.

About the artist:

One of the most prominent and influential artists of his generation, JAŠA (born in Ljubljana 1978, Jaša Mrevlje-Pollak) represented Slovenia at the 2015 Venice Biennale in the Arsenale with a sculptural-architectural installation and a durational group performance entitled Utter_the violent necessity for the embodied presence of hope. Successful and active internationally, JAŠA has been living and working in Berlin since 2020.

and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.


Project by Jaša Mrevlje Pollak

Performance concept with Mattias Gimigliano

Sound with Bowrain and Mario Babojelic

Text editing by Noah Charney

Photography by Sophia Gimigliano

Supported by Kühlhaus Berlin

Enabled by The Monuments Patrons Club & Herman & Partnerji

The Monuments, Chapter 8 is produced by WE.ARE Institute in co-production with UGM| Maribor Art Gallery in the framework of EMPACT project, supported by Creative Europe.

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