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Živa Božičnik Rebec

Full-filter Ghostriders

Živa Božičnik Rebec’s project Full-filter Ghostriders (2022) is positioned within the frame of reference of ontogenesis, the relationship between objects and their environment/exterior and the research of what can be deemed or is deemed to have the ontological status of an object.

Živa Božičnik Rebec, Full-filter Ghostriders, 2022. Photo: Lara Žitko / Courtesy of the artist.
It consists of three distinct objects with a partly specific frame of reference, which are placed within the environment of a container. The starting point for the first one is one of the most widespread pieces of designed infrastructure, which manages, in its standardisation and omnipresence, to also remain practically invisible. This original object is materially transformed in such a way that only a transparent membrane/wrapping with its lighting elements remains. The second object is derived from a brand logo, which acts as a cultural object due to it being viral and hyped. Beyond the most obvious reference to commodities and commodification, this object evokes the concepts of materiality, action, form and medium; its form is understood as an active form. Božičnik Rebec takes the logo of the brand and turns it into a cluster of forms that add up to a chimeric landscape. The third object is a virtual object, an »instafilter« known as blob; a transparent, partly reflective object that moves around and inhabits and mirrors its surroundings when it is “installed” into them. Božičnik Rebec further augments this instafilter in its role as a tool for augmenting reality by giving it an out-of-screen body. While the original virtual object mirrored its surroundings and was delineated and determined in the process of doing so, this new material object now allows its surroundings to pass through it.

The project as a whole is characterised by the investigative field of objectness within the topography of extinction-related truth analytics. In other words, it is not only about the biological, social and discursive mediation of objects, but also about how objects and materiality both keep changing, and how the relationship between objects and their environment keeps changing. With a variety of different transformations such as melting and freezing, Božičnik Rebec creates a hybrid environment that blurs the ontological status and temporal origins of the objects – it is unclear whether we have found ourselves in a pre-cultural era impacted by an accidental material growth of prototypes of tools and symbols or in a post-apocalyptic, contaminated place, in which objects are decomposing and being colonised by organic matter.

Text by: Kaja Kraner

The project was produced by Maska and Mladinsko Theatre as part of the the series of exhibitions and lectures c000ntainers: objectness, ecology, and abstraction (2022, Nova Pošta, Ljubljana) curated by Kaja Kraner and Alja Lobnik.

Živa Božičnik Rebec, Full-filter Ghostriders, 2022. Photo: Tjaša Pogačar / Courtesy of the artist.

Živa Božičnik Rebec, Full-filter Ghostriders, 2022. Photo: Lara Žitko / Courtesy of the artist.
Živa Božičnik Rebec (1991) graduated in Applied Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2014. She also attended the Academy as a post-graduate student. Božičnik Rebec has exhibited her work in various solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia, such as Full-filter Ghostriders from a series of exhibitions titled k000ntejnerji: objektnost, ekologija in abstrakcija at Nova pošta (2022), Hardware equipment: Product O1_prototype, spinners, markers at the 34th Graphic Biennale at the International Centre of Graphic Arts (2021), Topical Applications 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (2019) and at the 9th Triennial of Contemporary Art U3 at the Museum of Modern Art (2019). In 2019, she was a resident of the Air Futura programme (Centre for Contemporary Art Futura and Karlin Studios, Prague).

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