School of Arts

7 - Contemporary Art Practices I

This course is part of the programme:
Bachelor's programme in Digital Arts and Practices

Objectives and competences

The keyobjective of the courseis to contextualiseknowledge, skills, abilities and creative inclinations of the students, notwithstandingtheirchosen medium, with the practicebeingdeveloped in the field of contemporaryarts. Students will be shown the diverse contexts in whichtheirknowledge can be used, and will be encouraged to search for ways, methods and contentswhichwill be furtherdevelopedthroughotherrelatedprojects. Students will be encouragedto continue with furtherresearches in the field.

To open up a field of life outside the mundane and self-explanatoryunderstanding of everyday life, world, the studentsthemselves, and their future vocation.

To place the studentinto an interdisciplinaryworkingenvironment in which he wouldneedtoform creative workingrelationships and getinvolvedas a fullyequalmember.

At the same time, the courseobjectiveis to take the student out the university and studycontextinto the outside, physical or virtualspace.

Within the module, thestudentswill be able to obtain the following general competences: ability to applyknowledge in practice, ability to apply and connectspecifictypes of knowledge in complexprojects, development of communicationabilities and competences, cooperative approach, working in groups, responsibleapproachtowards a project, colleagues, and one’svocation.


General education in the fields of social sciences and humanities.Varioustypes of knowledge the studenthasacquired in his educational history.

The prerequisities: student’sactiveparticipation in allphases and atalllevels of the studyprocess, which, apart from the activeattendanceatlectures and participation in practice work, presupposes the following: individualcreation and development of ideas – independently and within the active, two-way mentor-studentcommunication (exhange of ideastakesplace on the personal level and via the internet), and a continualindependent (research, creative and performative) work throughout the academicyear.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Seminars: individual research, context as a starting point.

General contents:

  • definition of general and specific context,
  • good practice cases from previous experience,
  • research of the chosen context, defining the possible starting points of the project,
  • objectives, methods, definition of needs for the project’s implementation (eg. possible visiting mentors, invited participating experts, contacts with the local authorities, permits, financial plan and framework, plan for raising additional funds, plan for project promotion in the local community (or in the environment in which it will take place), conversations with neighbours, users of the public space),
  • creation of the project,
  • implementation phase,
  • final phase,
  • preparation of the public presentation of the project, the accompanying texts, printed materials, web announcements,
  • public presentation – organisation and performance,
  • arranging the project’s documentation, authorial rights, the possible future of the project,
  • closing of the public presentation, organisation of the return of works and equipment,
  • arranging a web document which will remain as a definite information on the project.

Intended learning outcomes

The students acquires an ability to face a complex creative assignment and to solve real life problems by using artistic research methods and procedures. At the same time, the student develops skills and competences in the use of knowledge within the creative art field. The student also acquires additional knowledge, such as ability to face performance deadlines, solve administration hindrances occurring in public projects, communication with spectators, and other related skills.


- Auslander, Philip: V živo – uprizarjanje v mediatizirani kulturi, Ljubljana: Mestno gledališče ljubljansko, 2007

- Eseji o video produkciji v različnih kontekstih ali v razmerju do družbenih in umetniških praks, SCCA-Ljubljana.

- Goldberg, Roselee: Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, Thames & Hudson, 2001

- Heathfield, Adrian: Live Art and Performance, Routledge, New York, 2004

- Jones, Amelia: Body Art uprizarjanje subjekta, Maska, Ljubljana, 2003

- Svet umetnosti – zborniki: SCCA – Zavod za sodobno umetnost Ljubljana, 1997 – 2008 (Strategije predstavljanja 2 in 3, Geopolitika in umetnost, Teorije razstavljanja)

- Urbanaria, Izdal: OSI-Slovenia (SCCA-Ljubljana), 1994, Uredila: Lilijana Stepančič.

- Videodokument, Video umetnost v slovenskem prostoru 1969-1998, Izdal OSI-Slovenia, (SCCA-Ljubljana), 1999-2000.


Creative assignment 30%, Theoretical assignment 20%, Practice and group work 50%

Lecturer's references

Rene Rusjan is the programme head and »Contemporary Art Practices« module leader in Digital Arts and Practices BA programme at the School of Arts of University of Nova Gorica. She was the co-founder of KD Galerija GT and Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts and was its programme head since 1994. She initiated and led numerous projects in collaboration of the school and other partner organizations, nationally and internationally.

She received a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. She works in the field of contemporary art, as an artist in her own projects as well as a co-author in various artistic collaborations. Her work is context-specific and interdisciplinary. Scope: visual, performing arts and intermedia, graphic design, set design, concepting and curating exhibitions and complex art projects; teaching activity in the fields of contemporary art, co-author of several study programmes.


2012 – Faraway, So Close! (Distance Conversations_012) – intermedia work in progress

- The Same Wind, The Same Rain, Chiang Mai Art Centre, Thailand (residency and exhibition)

2011 – Videovečer / Videovečerja, Videosupper, Galerija Photon, Ljubljana

- Kdor sam do večera potuje skoz svet (Simon Gregorčič), theater set design (with Bostjan Potokar), author and director: Neda R. Bric, production SNG Nova Gorica theatre

2010 – Communication project at Postaja Topolove / Stazione di Topolo, Topolo, Italija

- VideoSupper with Rene Rusjan, Kulturni inkubator, Maribor

2009 – TheOneMinutes Trains, svetovni izbor, Rietvelt Arsenale Venice (v izbor prišla z video deloma Train Taveling – Egypt in Train Taveling – Tokyo), Arsenali Novissimi, spremna lokacija ob bienalu v Benetkah

2008 – WorldOneMinutes Video & Literature, svetovni izbor, Beijing Today Art Museum (v izbor prišla z video delom Wake Me Up if I Fall Asleep), premierna razstava v Pekingu, Kitajska, nato Šanghaj, Lisbona, Zagreb, Paramaribo, Bruselj, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Amsterdam in Groningen

- Mother:Earth – mednarodna delavnica žensk iz arabskih in evropskih dežel, Wd8 Art Center, Walkensdorf, Avstrija

2007 – Zbudi me, če zaspim, video, One Minute_São Paolo, SCCA, Videospotting

- Connected, Wd8 Art Center, Walkensdorf, Avstrija (projekt: spletna umetnica Cym)

- Čitalnica SCCA 2007/ Reading Room SCCA 2007, SCCA-Ljubljana, Zavod za sodobno umetnost, Projektna soba

- Danes nimam časa za politiko. Danes nimam časa za umetnost . Danes.., Fotografski projekt; Politično (razstava po izboru članov Društva slovenskih kritikov), Velenje

- Pri meni na vrtu – Cikel Štirje letni časi, Vrt na Komenskega 8, DLUL, Ljubljana (samostojen projekt, vanj sem k sodelovanju povabila kolegice umetnice: Natašo Skušek, Aleksandro Gruden, Eleno Fajt, Cym, karierno sodobno umetnico Mileno Kosec, ter svoje študentke, Evo Nino Cajnko, Martino Černetić, Urško Debevc, Saro Lovrec, Matejo Abram in Bojano Križanec)

- Pogledi / Looks – Home ’07, Ljubljana work-in-progress, ulična intervencija (skupaj z Boštjanom Potokarjem)

- North-South Postcard diary, Station Nord, Honefoss, Norveška

- U3 trienale slovenske umetnosti, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana (zbornik, z Boštjanom Potokarjem)

University course code: 1DU007

Year of study: 1

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 40 hours

Course type: obligatory support module

Languages: slovene, english

Learning and teaching methods:
teaching methods - lectures: introduction into the project theme, visiting experts. - seminar: research, idea development, project stages planning, interim evaluations. - presentation: presentation of some parts of the ongoing work to the students, co-financing participants, project hosts; a public presentation of the work. - practical work: creative and technical work on individual products, the project as a whole, setting up an exhibition, creating a webpage. student's individual work group research or individual research, preparation of materials, development of one's own ideas, preparation of sketches, presentation, making of creative products or materials for the group project; a responsible approach to the process inherent in the project, and active participation in the project until the final presentation, during the presentation, in the process of clearing the exhibition space, returning the exhibits and equipment, and working on documentation. for the project to have all the elements of a real project, the student would also need to develop a responsible approach to the stages of the project which do not necessarily have creative elements, yet are essential for a quality realisation of any project.