Domestic Research Society


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Društvo za domače raziskave
Šarhova 34, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Jani Pirnat, President
Phone386 (0) 41 922 782
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Past Events
  • 9 May 2016
    The Domestic Research Society presents the research project Casting of Death at the TRACES kick-off meeting in Klagenfurt at Alpen-Adria-Universität, Stiftungssaal der Kärntner Sparkasse in Klagenfurt/Celovec, Austria
  • 2 April 2014
    Jani Pirnat presents the activities of the Domestic Research Society at Shinbun-onna Gallery in Osaka, Japan
  • 3 March to 30 March 2013
    The international project Hard Facts by the Domestic Research Society, Pensart and SIZ under research in Madrid in Rijeka, Croatia
  • 15 February 2013
    The Domestic Research Society involved in Speedarting at the JUSTMAD4 Art Fair, hosted by the Pensart Cultura AC at Hotel Silken Puerta America in Madrid, Spain
  • 8 February to 28 February 2013
    The international project Hard Facts by the Domestic Research Society, Pensart and SIZ under research in Madrid in Madrid, Spain
  • 27 September 2012
    The Hard Facts project presented by the Domestic Research Society in cooperation with SIZ Association (Rijeka) at the round table at GG68 in Vienna, Austria
  • 1 June 2012
    The Unleashed Tongue, a workshop on phrasemes by the Domestic Research Society (Alenka Pirman) at Slovenski kulturni center/Centro culturale sloveno in San Pietro al Natisone/Špeter Slovenov, Italy
  • 26 November to 27 November 2010
    Domestic Research Society at the Words Room international conference at DAZ – Društvo arhitekata Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia

Domestic Research Society 2010 Word for Word, Without Words project.JPG

The Domestic Research Society (DRS) was established in 2004 by visual artists Alenka Pirman and Damijan Kracina, and art historian Jani Pirnat. Under the motto "nothing of that which is domestic is alien to us" the society documents, collects, researches and presents domestic phenomena as installations, exhibitions or web projects related to the field of culture, art, science, conservation, and education.

Alongside an ongoing spoken Slovenian open online dictionary Razvezani jezik - The Unleashed Tongue, launched in 2004, the team has conceived several engaging visual arts projects, the Word for Word, Without Words, an interdisciplinary exhibition in City Art Gallery Ljubljana, or the most recent Animal Dance Macabre that commemorates the animals in the World War One.

Domestic Research Society 2015 The Animal Dance.JPG


In 2004 the team conceived an engaging public art project entitled The Animals 1914–1918 installed in Kobarid. From 2005 to 2010 a modular display laboratory called "Kabinet" (The Cabinet), a temporary exhibiting space (located in the inner courtyard of the Škuc Gallery, was conceived in relation to the phenomenon of private collections and their displays. The following projects took place in the Cabinet: La Capilla Atomica; Alternations by Jani Pirnat; Shut Your Eyes and Watch (Silent Lectures) and On Profession II - Rog Teachings both by Alenka Pirman, Folk Museum of Nani Poljanec Rogaška Slatina curated by Pirnat; Specimen by Damijan Kracina and Jani Pirnat; Napeto v kabinetu [Distended Cabinet] installation by Irena Romih; Jelenometry research exhibition by Alexei Monroe and DRS members (a hunt for the symbolic Stag on the borders of natural science, humanities, and art).

Folk Museum of Nani Poljanec 2006 Photo Damijan Kracina.JPG

The ongoing project by DRS S'pajkanje [Domestic Spider] started as an extensive research on the metal wall spider, an ornament that has been adorning the walls of Slovene homes for almost 60 years, in the meantime becoming so commonplace that it gets overlooked even by its owners and their neighbours. Some of the findings were displayed at the Kolodvor Library in September 2009.

In the summer of 2014 Katarina Toman Kracina and the Domestic Research Society's members painted a 7-metres long canvas an Animal Dance Macabre based on the a late-medieval Hrastovlje Dance Macabre fresco. The Živali/Gli animali/Tiere 1914—1918 artwork that commemorates the animals in the World War One was installed first next to Mangart mountain hut, close to where the battle positions on Isonzo front were set up 100 years ago. Later on the painting was presented at the National Museum of Contemporary History and at the Krško Gallery.

Artwork educational project

From 2007 to 2010 DRS co-organised a joint project with Škuc Gallery and Celje Gallery of Contemporary Art: Artwork – a series of lectures that focused on individual works of art. The first lecturers were Tomaž Brejc and Bojan Gorenec followed by Jože Barši, Miklavž Komelj and Dunja Kukovec in 2008 and Dragan Živadinov, Meta Gabršek Prosenc and Martina Vovk in 2009. In 2010 Artwork featured lectures by Beti Žerovc and Jiři Bezlaj.

International presence

Domestic Research Society participated at the Crazy Curators Biennial in Bratislava in 2008, curated by Alenka Gregorič and in 2010 it was hosted by the Superficie Totale (Giovanni Morbin) in Cornedo Vicentino, Italy. In 2012 the society and its partner associations SIZ (Rijeka, Croatia) and PENSART (Madrid, Spain) won a research and development grant by the European Cultural Foundation for the Hard Facts project. The project focused on the DIY historisation methods and took place in Vienna, Ljubljana, Madrid and Rijeka in 2012–2013.

In 2016 the Domestic Research Society got engaged in TRACES, a multi-annual interdisciplinary research project that tackles the ‘hard-case’ of contentious heritage and its transmitting via new forms of collaboration between artists, researchers and cultural institutions. TRACES is funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Reflective Society programme and involves collaboration of 11 research institutions from Austria, Italy, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Romania, Slovenia and the UK. The Domestic Research Society conducts a research Casting of Death together with the experts from National and University Library, Moderna galerija (MG), and City Museum of Ljubljana.

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