In 2021, the Grand Prize of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts was awarded to JP Raether - who hosts and directs the Live Art Forms program at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg - for Protekto.x.x 220.127.116.11 Precipitation. This complex installation explored the materiality and sites of production of digital technologies, especially smartphones, and interrogated the ways they ‘possess’ us while forming specific relationships with our individual and collective bodies. It is important to note that this winning work was actually signed by Protektorama, one of Raether’s constructed identities which he has been feeding and taking care of since 2010. Together they constitute a hybrid formation of authorship called aLifveForms that evolve in the process of identitymaking and unmaking. (...)
The traditional solo exhibition of the recipient of the Grand Prize from the previous edition of the Ljubljana Biennale is, for that reason, neither a ‘solo’ nor really an ‘exhibition’ this year. Cinis’ Forking [18.104.22.168.1] is a shrine to a psychoreal ritual in Ikeality. The mixed reality environment installed in Ravnikar Gallery Space in Ljubljana tells the story of Transformella, one of the aLifveForms, which first crystallised in 2010 to research the ways in which biodigital capitalism transforms the reproduction of (human) life. Since then, Transformella have forked several times.
Transformella´s Cinis' Forking [22.214.171.124.1] - Die Schützlinginnen and Neverlife in Symbolic Terrain can be experienced till 12th November at Ravnikar Gallery Space in Ljubljana.