Brave New Literatures Festival
Expedition Equilibrium is an ode to freeing oneself from the weight of contemporary society; computer screens, mobile phones, numerous tech gadgets filling up our free daily moments, noisy subway tubes, fast cars stuck in slow traffic, highspeed internet connection moving a tsunami of information to our brain cells and the cultural imperative of career building and living our ideal lives on various social platforms. "Each second counts, every minute matters, all passing moments should be spent productively on meetings, countless (virtual) conferences, and rapid output delivery. Time is money; money is time." In this performative voyage, the artist Valerie Wolf Gang provokes us to seek equilibrium of expected social norms, creative independence, freeing oneself from the urban society, physical limitations of body, mind, and integrity. Away from the urban life, high above the clouds, she seeks freedom, a universal language of equality and balance, to find perfect harmony and deliver a new space for fresh ideas. With the reconnection process of diving into the wild, with a hefty dose of fresh air, escaping the digital screens, she creates a poetic experimental video and a performance in which she invites the public to join her on a quest to explore this new post-Covid world and restart the society. Typing, coding, and writing become a new mantra for renewing the body and reconnecting it with the brains, to rewire the mind-body connection and reconnect with the physical and virtual space surrounding us and continuously expanding.
Valerie Wolf Gang
Valerie Wolf Gang (Slovenia, Ljubljana, 1990) is an intermedia artist, director, videographer, transdisciplinary art researcher and pedagogue. She explores the relationship between humans and technology, participates in international research organizations and exhibits her work internationally (including Weltmuseum, Vienna; Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore; Contemporary Art Centre, Portugal; Expo Garden, Beijing; Qubit, New York). She is the recipient of numerous prestigious scholarships and awards (Ivana Kobilca Award for current production, national Vesna Award for best film, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, International Brain-Computer Interface Art Award, The Future of Innovation Award) and the founder of UV Arthouse, which produces experimental films, video installations and explores the scope of the new media. She lectures on contemporary artistic practices and film, she is a doctoral candidate at Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU), an expert associate at the Institute of Fine Arts in Vienna and in German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (departments of Interactive Machine Learning, Intelligent User Interfaces, Multimodal Interaction), a mentor in the program of the Centre for Creativity of the Republic of Slovenia and works under the auspices of the of the Network of Art and Cultural Research Centers (RUK) research center. She is also active as a jury member in international film and new media festivals and is a frequent guest at world conferences on digital media at the intersection of science and art.