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K-9_topology: I Hunt Nature, and Culture Hunts Me
Performance by MAJA SMREKAR

Maja Smrekar graduated at the Sculpture Department of Fine Art Academy in Ljubljana, currently finishing MA at the New Media Department. She has executed projects within which she was researching frequency phenomena through biofeedback and thelematic presence in relations to body, privacy and (inter)subjective perception of space. During the last few years she has been developing projects with focus on living organisms. In 2010 she organised International Festival HAIP10/New Nature. The festival took place at the Multimedia Centre Cyberpipe in Ljubljana where she has been active as an artistic director for two years. She has been awarded at the Cynetart festival 2012 by the European Centre for Arts Hellerau (Dresden/Germany) with the 1st prize, Honorary mention at the Ars Electronica festival 2013 (Linz/Austria), as well as the Golden Bird Award 2013 – The national award for special achivements at the field of visual art (Ljubljana/Slovenia). She lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

During the “Ecce Canis” opening, a performance by the artist will feature wolves (grey hybrid wolves) that will allow to create a dialogue on the nature/culture paradigm as a living art form.
Following the performance, Bandits-Mages will propose a panel discussion with Jean-Philippe Varin from Jacana Wild Life Studios and the wranglers and trainers of the wolves du discuss phylogenetics of the wolf, human-wolf-dog relations and animal ethics in general. The performance and conference will be filmed.

Venue: Nadir / Friche de l’Antre-Peaux
Saturday 8 from 6:00pm to 6:30pm

Preparations of performance Ecce Canis at Jacana Wild Life Studios

Preparations of performance “I hunt nature and culture hunts me” by Maja Smrekar (Si) for les Rencontres Bandits-Mages 2014.
Project Ecce Canis in series K9 Topology. With trainers Véronique Gérault (La Louve des Carpates), Christophe Gaudry et zoologiste Jean-Philippe Varin, animal trainer for film and director of Jacana Wild Life Studios based in Sainte-Montaine in le Cher, France.