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Photo by: Hana Vodeb; taken during Chrs Galarreta field recording workshop @ Ljudmila

Photo by: Hana Vodeb; taken during Chrs Galarreta field recording workshop @ Ljudmila

[short bio]

[for the love of art]
Ida Hiršenfelder [1977] is a Ljubljana, Slovenia based media art critic, curator for media art, and theorist who studied Sinology, and for a time, lived and studied in Beijing. Since 2014 she is a collaborator of MG+MSUM Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova for Network Museum online aggregator of contemporary art archives and Glossary of Common Knowledge project of L’Internationale European Project. She writes on art and often conduct round-tables and public discussions. She works in the field of art curating since 2002 and in the field of art critique since 2006. From 2007 to 2013 she was a digital archivist for DIVA Station, Digital Video Art Archive at SCCA, Centre for Contemporary Arts-Ljubljana, a member of GAMA, Gateway to Archives of Media Art European network. Archives and their disappearance – the digital life and the digital afterlife – are one of her interests, which resulted in a number of lectures dealing with media archeology and the history of Internet.

[digital life | digital death]
She is an advocate of free and open source software. Between 2010 and 2014 she was artistic advisor and curator for media art production at Ljudmila, Ljubljana Art and Science Laboratory, where she curated shows by emerging local and international artists (Dominik Mahinč; James Powderly and Eun-Jung Son; Chris Sugrue; Mirjana Batinić; Lenka Đorojević and Matej Stupica; Marko Vivoda, Gašper Milkovič – Biloslav, Mitja Cerkvenik; Bengt Sjölén; Saša Spačal; Robertina Šebjanič and Aleš Hieng-Zergon). She has been a theoretic mentor at a ten days workshop for media art prototyping Interactivos’12 – Obsolete Technologies of the Future in collaboration with Media Lab Prado @ Ljudmila in 2012. At the time she also collaborated as a text writer with Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Arts, producing texts for exhibition brochures for various renowned artists (Antoine Schmitt, Trevor Paglen, Heath Bunting, Neven Korda, Marko Batista). She occasionally collaborates with Gulag Institute for Emerging Media Art and New Poetry as a curator and media art theorist.

[feminism is a wonderful state of mind]
After a decade of theoretic work and curatorial practice she embarked on the path of media art practice as a sound art performer with Theremidi Orchestra. She loves to solder small electronic noise gadgets, driven by the love for machines, electronics, devices, noise and drones. She also collaborates with Saša Spačal on a sonoseismic landscape series with Crust, first exhibited at Kiblix Festival 2014 and Earth, 2015 future production in association with Kibla. From 2009 to 2014 she was an editor of monthly feminist show Sektor Ž. The feminist position has also resulted in co-creating ČIPke initiative for women working in the field of technology, science and art, in collaboration with Saša Spačal. Since 2013, they are organising a number of women-only workshops in the space of RAMPA Lab. Another product of queering is also her fem alter ego Frau Strapatz who is enacting a programme announcer in Image Snatchers Techno Burlesque.

[mass media]
From 2006 to 2012 she was contributing critiques for Art-area bi-weekly edition on contemporary art at alternative radio station Radio Student. From 2007 to 2014 she worked as a correspondent and critic at Dnevnik Daily. Amongst other media, she also published in Art Worlds Magazine (Ljubljana), Maska Magazine (Ljubljana), Digicult.it on-line magazine (Milano), she blogged at HAIP Festival [hack|act|interact|progress] and published texts in numerous exhibition catalogues.

[communities | links]
Theremidi Orchestra [noise collective]
ČIPke [initiative for women with the sense for science, technology and art]
Academia.edu | LinkedIn
SoundCloud | Vimeo | Youtube | Instagram | FaceBook | Beepblip FB | MakerBot.Thingiverse

[biography]

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