Ex Topia is a project by P L A T E AU R E S I D U E, dedicated to the research of general human passivity that is numbing the response towards global warming.
The project was awarded TESLA prize and will be exhibited in City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia on November 8, 2017.

Ex Topia investigates interactive aesthetic strategies that can spark a general human response towards the landscape a ected by climate change, among which participation, collaboration and con- frontation with the actual site of post-glacial landscape represent the central role.

Music for Ex Topia is composed by Magnus Bugge.

The project, formed as an expedition to the remains of Triglav glacier, is a collaboration with Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts from Ljubljana and a heterogeneous group of participants selected on a nationwide open call. In the landscape itself, marked by the drastic retreat of Triglav glacier (from 36 to 1 hectare in just 70 years), the project utilises participants to convey their perceptions and experiences of the post-glacial landscape by implementing ritualistic approaches together with carefully selected camou aged suits and tent.

P L A T E AU R E S I D U E has been developing an intervention into the visual appearance of an expedition to help the participants develop unique response and perception of the environment. With their current work Ex Topia, they became curious about collective consciousness within the landscape motivated by artistic aspirations.

Unfortunately the project finished ahead of time, due to the tragic death of one of the participants under the Triglav glacier.
Ex Topia commemorates the event.

Ex Topia is a collaboration with

Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts from Ljubljana and Magnus Bugge (music),

with generous support by

Museum of Transitory Art in Ljubljana,
V2 Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, City Museum of Ljubljana,
MONDRIAAN FONDS (NL),
TESLA Award (SLO)

and contributions by

Ana Bohte (narration),
Katarina Jazbec (assistant)
and Simon Kavšek (sound editing).

P L A T E AU R E S I D U E is a young initiative creating visual artistic strategies against passivity towards future landscapes. The initiative is run by Aljaž Celarc, a geographer and artist, and Eva Pavlič Seifert, an art historian and art theorist. They aim to work within the eld of ecology, art, design and sciences by utilising and transcending specific characteristics from each eld into a newly created visual product.
The main focus of production that brought Aljaž and Eva together, was the visual and ethical ght against contemporary passivity towards the landscape and society of today. They use their voice within the structures of video, photography and installation principles by addressing the ecological and cultural issues of cataclysmic climate changes occurring right at this very moment. Their creative guidelines direct them to produce immersive multimedia installations to re-introduce and re-evaluate experience within (via final artworks) and upon (via exhibition spaces) the natural environment affected by global warming.

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