Remix Comix: Comics for Heritage

REMIX COMIX: Comics for Heritage
residency, exhibitions, workshops, conference
5.–8. 10. 2023 / Tinta Comics Festival
AKC Metelkova, ZRC Atrium, Kino Šiška, Ljubljana


Building community and future heritage through comics!

The Remix Comix international project was created as an initiative of six non-governmental cultural organizations from Slovenia, Serbia, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The two-year project focuses on contemporary comics, the potential of comics and art in community building or the empowerment of various marginalized groups. The project, which has so far undergone several stages under the direction of partner organizations abroad, is stopping also in Ljubljana during the Tinta comics festival, where, in addition to a three-day conference, it will hold also several exhibitions and a performance, which will be created at AKC Metelkova mesto by artists that are guests of the residential program.

Remix Comix connects a pleiad of artists, theorists and social activists from various artistic backgrounds; the project tries to draw attention to the comics as a specific medium of expression and question its fitness in the context of (public) art, education and overlooked cultural heritage. It primarily focuses on various marginal or socially vulnerable groups: the project explores practices and ways in which we can empower them and thus enable them a greater social affirmation. Remix Comix tries to give voice to the members of subcultural and marginal identities — so that they articulate their specific position in society in the public space with the help of art and, in this way, continue to build their own unique community through their work. The project questions the potential of comics and art as an emancipatory tool, which can contribute to fairer and more inclusive society. The goal is to challenge established models of heritage presentation, while also opening new perspectives on marginalized groups, striving for their greater cultural inclusion and thus for a more inclusive and just society.

In Ljubljana, the project is centred around AKC Metelkova mesto, which, as one of rare remaining autonomous spaces, offers refuge to various artists, members of vulnerable groups and diverse subcultures. Moreover, for the artists that are guests of the residential program in Ljubljana, Metelkova was also a source of inspiration. Artists in residency are: Terezia Unzeitigová (CZ), Boris Stanić (RS), Konstantinos Petrović (RS), Vladimir Ilić (RS), Nivin Baranbo (NL), Jos Daamen (NL), Kristina Kokalj (SI), and special guest Mazen Kerbaj (LB).

The events in Ljubljana will be wrapped up with a three-day international conference Comics and Community, dedicated to further contemplation on the issues raised by the project Remix Comix. What is the role of comics in society and what effects does it produce, what is its power in creating (artistic) communities and how can comics contribute to the improvement of social and cultural recognition or social inclusion of various marginalized social groups — these are some of the central questions local and foreign guests shall try to answer. In addition, an exhibition of comics created at Stripburger’s workshops with senior citizens and students with special needs will also be on view in the ZRC Atrium. Selected comics and books by conference participants will also be on display. The project will also include several workshops and a public guided tour of AKC Metelkova mesto.



20 September–8 October 2023, AKC Metelkova mesto

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REMIX COMIX CONFERENCE: Comics and Community
Thursday, 5 October 2023, 18.00–20.00, ZRC Atrium

Friday, 6 October 2023, 16.00–19.15, ZRC Atrium
Saturday, 7 October 2023, 14.00–19.45, Kino Šiška

Here, you can learn more about the conference programme and the speakers: REMIX COMIX CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (pdf)
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REMIX COMIX AT METELKOVA: Final event of the Remix Comix art residencies
Friday, 6 October 2023, at 20.30, AKC Metelkova mesto

opening of paintings and new sculptural work on the walls of AKC Metelkova mesto; participants: Terezie Unzeitigová (CZ), Boris Stanić (RS), Konstantinos Petrović (RS), Vladimir Ilić (RS), Mazen Kerbaj (LB)
performance by Jos Daamen (NL) and Nivin Baranbo (NL)
première of Kristina Kokalj’s video (SI)

Sunday, 8 October 2023, at 11.00, AKC Metelkova mesto
Nataša Serec (KUD Mreža): AKC Metelkova Once, Today, Tomorrow, guided tour

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Thursday, 5 October 2023, at 19.15, ZRC Atrium
Comics and Community, opening of exhibition of comics, created in workshops with senior citizens (Activity Centre Fužine – CAF, DUC Tabor) and pupils of the Primary Special Needs School Levstikov trg — Janez Levec’s Centre, exhibition of comics and book editions of the participants of the conference

Friday, 6 October, at 16.00, DobraVaga
Kutikuti (FI): Local Brushes, drawing workshop

Saturday, 7 October 2023, at 17.00, Kino Šiška
Petra Gosenca (GUMB Association) and Andrej Štular: For a Better Tomorrow, comics workshop for children

Sunday, 8 October 2023, at 11.00, Vodnik Homestead Center
Comic Sundays: Folk Tales in Comics, storytelling performance and comics workshop for children

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Partners of the Remix Comix project: MMC LED ART – Šok Zadruga, EPK Novi Sad, Komunikart (RS), LUSTR festival (CZ), ZID Theater (NL).
Remix Comix project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission.

Producer: Stripburger/ Forum Ljubljana
Co-producers: KUD Mreža, Azil bookshop / ZRC SAZU, Kino Šiška
Media sponsors: Mladina d. d., Radio Student, DPG
Co-financiers: European Union, Creative Europe programme, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Public Administration, City of Ljubljana, Slovenian Book Agency