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video installation, texts, 2018 -
Kapelica Gallery, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana
15/2/2018 - 2/3/2018

Concept and realisation of the installation: Ana Čigon
Assistance with screenwriting and installations concept: Andreja Kopač
Sound design and assistance with installations concept: Vasja Progar
Ambiental sounds and sound effects: Matjaž Predanič
Voices: Barbara Krajnc Avdić, Ana Čigon, Niko Goršič, Eva Jus, Mitja Lovše, Slobodan Malić, Ivan Peternelj, Blaž Šef, Matija Vastl in Barbara Žefran.

Performers: Ana Grobler, Pia Skušek, Eva Jus
Proofreading: Petra Jordan
Cofinanced by: Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Culture
Co-organised by: Gallery Kapelica

An utopian vision of a distopian future.

"Dear Europe, do you remember me? I am one of your younger daughters from the Balkans /.../ I wanted to tell you something, I think it is important /.../ I hope you are proud of me /.../ Drop me a line sometime, even if just to chat about /.../ Uncle Sam, sex or golf."

The video installation Phony Towns is a satiric critique of the current social and political changes that are happening in local context, in Europe and in the World, through digitally altered city landscapes. The video installation was designed in such a way that it can be changed according to the context in which it is shown (depending on location and/or new important social or political changes). The two video channels consist of several videos (eleven in Kapelica Gallery) that show different places and range from local city landscapes (where the installation is exhibited) and traveling through broader geo-political spaces until it reaches the Universe. In Kapelica Gallery Ljubljana the videos were followed in this sequence: Ljubljana - Slovenia - Europe - World - Universe. Phony Towns considers social and political issues and even quantum physics to try to give an answer to the question Where we are and Where we are going?

Phoney Towns is a long runing project that is presented in different variations depending on the gallery space, production and contemporary sociopolitical developments. Part of this project and development is also the experimental film Phoney Sights.

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Photos from gallery: Qëndresë Deda (1-15), Ana Čigon (16-18), Stils from video (19-27)


Ana Čigon