Galanterie Mécanique by Meta Grgurevič and Urša Vidic is a symphony of kinetic objects, video, performance and music. A homogenous spatial whole reveals a contemplation of the relationship between man and machine, collaboration and co-operation between individuals, and the position of the individual within wider social relationships. The driving force of the installation is harmony of constituent parts – the seemingly crucial or superfluous ones. The latter take on the role of tiny connecting elements, communicating with the seemingly established system and operation of mechanic elements and imbuing them with a lyrical and organic tinge, while assuming a part of mechanic essence. The new convolution becomes a working system, which is independent to a certain extent, but needs the participation of all components, both organic and mechanical, in order to function. (…)
The project is part of 1 Step Forward, 20 Steps Back, which commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the independent cultural scene in Ljubljana.
Meta Grgurevič (b. 1979) completed postgraduate studies of painting at the art academy in Venice in 2007. In addition to her own projects she often works in collaboration with other, Slovenian and international artists: 2002-2004 Passaporta (with Mara Ambrožič, Jasmina Cibic and Mery Favaretto), Jaša, Tine Grgurevič, Kalu (Luka Uršič), Junzi, Nina Vidrih, Mark Požlep. Since 2010 she has been collaborating closely with visual artist Urša Vidic. In addition to several solo presentations of her projects in Slovenia she has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Slovenia, Italy, Great Britain, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, USA, and Finland. She lives and works in Ljubljana.
Urša Vidic (b. 1978) completed postgraduate studies in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2008. She has been working as a visual artist since 2006. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group projects in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany,, Croatia, Belgium, and Hungary. Since 2010 she has been collaborating closely with Meta Grgurević. Their projects have seen public presentations in numerous venues in Slovenia, in Vienna, Zagreb and Pula. In recent years she has been active also as a stage designer. She lives and works in Ljubljana.
Tine Grgurevič (1983) completed his post-graduate studies in jazz piano at the Musical Academy in Amsterdam (2010). In Philadelphia he recorded his first album Balkan Flavour (2009), and one year later the second album, Images of Reality, in Amsterdam. He has been a member of different, mainly international ensembles. Since 2011, he has been especially engaged in music production and is working on his electronic debut album Bowrain.
Choreographer and dancer Nina Fajdiga graduated from the Theatreschool – School for New Dance Development (in 2007). She has collaborated with numerous choreographers, as a dancer and performer. She has also choreographed her first solo, Debris, and other performances.
Choreographer and dancer Leja Jurišić made a striking dance debut with her solo performance R’z’R (2005). With Teja Reba, she created Between Us (2009) and the ongoing performance Sofa (2011). She is one of the creators of the international project At Once (2012). Her most recent solo work is Ballet of Revolt (2012).