First held in 2008, the Lighting Guerrilla is a quite special festival that explores, elaborates and sheds light on the myriad relations between light, the public space and the 'confines' of the gallery walls. Initiated a year earlier as a workshop at the festival "Lighting Detectives" (Detektivi svetlobe), it is founded and run by Strip Core, otherwise predominately active as the comic art section of Forum Ljubljana.
The festival is well known for its luminous, site-specific 'exhibition objects' presented at several public locations, mainly in Ljubljana; its streets and gardens, the Ljubljanica bridges and quays, the French Revolution Square, the Tivoli Park, etc. By way of exhibitions, installations, workshops and performances, each year's programme is dedicated to a certain topic – among them the concept of shimmering, the functioning of darkness, and the role of light in shaping the urban experience.
Venues, locations and collaborations
Being a festival that explicitly uses and transforms the 'matter' of public space, it is spatially very dispersed and as such collaborates with a number of venues like the Vžigalica Gallery, the Tovarna Rog, the SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kino Šiška, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, RogLab, Španski borci Culture Centre, Cirkulacija 2, the Slovene Academy of Science and Arts, the International Centre of Graphic Arts, etc.
It is also sometimes venturing outside of Ljubljana, having its pre- and post-festival stops at the Simulaker Gallery in Novo Mesto, the Centralna postaja in Maribor, the [[Hrastnik Cultural Centre] and some other places.
The festival has closely collaborated with institutions and festivals like the Spring Festival, the Strictly Analog Festival, the Exodos International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, the Faculty of Architecture, the Museum of Architecture and Design, etc. It is part of the international project Spectrum 14|15.
The invited artists
Both the local as well as international artists and producers are invited, in fact rather many of them. Some of them were Tim Etchells (UK), Max Sudhues (DE), Mirko Malle and AAI (AT/SI/world), Artificiel (CA), Maro Avrabou, Matthieu Tercieux, Dimitri Xenakis, Bernard Murigneux, Benedetto Bufalino (FR), Laurenz Theinert (DE) and Sophie Guyot (CZ), NatanEsku, Tilen Sepič, Aleksandra Stratimirović, Marko A. Kovačič and the KUD Ljud collective.
Anchovies over Ljubljanica river by French collective Aerosculpture, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2008 The Laboratory of Water Glass and Light by Aleksandra Stratimirović Daggfeldt, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2008 The Secret Garden by Marjeta Zupančič, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2008 The Greenhouse Effect by French atrists Maro Avrabou and Dimitri Xenakis, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2009 The Dark Room by Swiss design studio Büro Destruct, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2009 Trapollo HH 34 by Marko Kovačič, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2009 Lighting Guerrilla Festival instalation at Match Gallery. Recycling was the main theme of the Festival in 2009 Kind Spirits by Aleksandra Stratimirović Daggfeldt, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2010 Nocturnal readings on the asphalt by Andrej Štular, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2010 Symbionts by French visual artist Bernard Murigneux located between the Dragon Bridge and Ljubljana Central Market at Vodnik Square, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2010 (Room)mates by Kaja Avbersek at the ParkiRaj garage on Trdinova street, Ljubljana, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2010 Closeup of (Room)mates project by Kaja Avbersek at the ParkiRaj garage on Trdinova street, Ljubljana, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2010 Personal readings by Spanish group Luzinterruptus, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2010 Trap for readers by Marko Crnobrnja, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2010 Garland of 9 cars by French space designer Benedetto Bufalino, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2011 Cellwise by Daan Brinkmann & Nenad Popov, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2011 A Place under the Sun by students of the Chair of Textile and Fashion Design at the Department of Textiles of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2011 Visual piano by photographer and light artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert from Germany, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2011 Sparks of Prometheus by Marko A. Kovačič, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2011 Into the Blu, a light garden by the Swiss artist Sophie Guyot, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2011 Šajn’n’flaj by Kaja Avberšek and Darja Osojnik, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2012 Metascope by Boštjan Čadež, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2012 Fragments of the World, video installations showing animals captured in the urban world created by men, Vžigalica Gallery by Bertrand Gadenne, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2013 Strašila [Scarecrows] by Marko A. Kovačič and Brane Ždralo, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2013 Soulshine guerrilla - lighting graffiti by Borut Bučinel at Glej Theatre, Lighting Guerrilla Festival, 2013