Mihael Giba's project presentaton @ Stairischer Herbst Festival

place: Graz, Austria
organiser: Stairischer Herbst Festival
A project presentation of Mihael Giba's 'Trust Me I Trust You, a dialogue between the state and its citizens' is set to take place at 6pm on 26 September in the White box presentation space within the Stairischer Herbst Festival in Graz.
Mihael Giba is one of the Sterischer Herbst Festival grant holders in the camp "Truth Is Concrete". He is going to present his project "Trust Me I Trust You" that was exhibitet in Ljubljana in march . Project explores trust and dialog between politicians and the citizens. One of the works from "Trust Me I Trust You" project is going to be exhibited  from wednesday in Truth Is Concrete Camp as a part of The Piracy Project.
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The exhibition TRUST ME I TRUST YOU presents an installation of this same name, which is composed of a series of five artist books with the same formal character and elegance as the artist’s conceptual poetry. In this work, legal documents and international agreements signed by the Croatian government have been redesigned by Giba in his own artistic language so as to act as a transfer between viewers and the language of bureaucracy. Besides the books, the exhibition is rounded out by a projection that categorizes data from a session of parliament into such groupings as sports, culture, economics, etc., and presents them as images of a digital landscape.

The artist’s chosen mode of mapping derives from his desire to create a dialogue between the state and its citizens that is as direct as possible. Through the visualization of data, he moves from the concrete to the abstract only to return again to the concrete. Such movement Lev Manovich has described as the real challenge of data art, which, he says, “is not about how to map some abstract and impersonal data into something meaningful and beautiful” but rather “how to represent the personal subjective experience of a person living in a data society.”

Mihael Giba (b. 1985, Varaždin) received his degree in painting from the Academy of Art at the University of Split, where he is currently employed as a senior assistant in electronic painting and digital photography. He is a member of the international art network Zebra, which founded the exhibition space Greta in Zagreb. He regularly exhibits his work in Croatia in both solo and group shows. In 2010, in collaboration with Dalibor Martinis, he presented his touring project Global Picture in Slovenia.

(Source: Mihael Giba)

(D.H., 24.09.2012)