Miha Horvat


CD "Avant Garde" by Son:DA

Born in 1976 in Maribor (SI). 1995-2001 studies of anthropology on Faculty of arts Ljubljana; 1999-2001 studies of film directing on Academy for film Ljubljana; 2001_ diplom on Faculty of arts Ljubljana; 2000-2001 studies of film on University of art and design Helsinki; 2001 studies of new media on University for applied arts Vienna; 2002 studies of painting on Academy for fine arts Vienna

Solo shows

son:DA - New Moment Ideas Gallery, Belgrade
Crazycurators Biennale - Space, Bratislava
son:DA: INTERVENTION - Multimedia Centre CyberSRCeLab – MMC KIBLA, Maribor
son:DA: .UNIT739 - Multimedia Centre CyberSRCeLab – MMC KIBLA, Maribor
son:DA: ...Yesterday there was a red point - Multimedia Centre CyberSRCeLab – MMC KIBLA, Maribor

Group shows

Museum in the Street - Moderna Galerija - Ljubljana, Ljubljana
Business is Business - Centre Culturel Les Chiroux, Liège
K2 SUR*VIVER - Tanja Lazetic, Susan Schmidt, Tina Smrekar, son:DA - Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb
27th Biennial of Graphic Arts - Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
Izmis¹ljeni svetovi - Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina / Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine, Novi Sad
Miha Ciglar, son:DA, Mojca Kasjak: , not a time machine - Multimedia Centre CyberSRCeLab – MMC KIBLA, Maribor
1. Viennabiennale - Viennabiennale, Vienna
PARADISO & INFERNO - MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg, Salzburg
26th Biennial of Graphic Arts - Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
New Video, New Europe - The Kitchen, New York City, NY
Ai confini della realtà - ARCOS - Museo di Arte Contemporanea del Sannio, Benevento
Platform # 1 - Careof, Milan
HABITAT - Baltic Contemporary Art Biennale - Baltic Biennale of Contemporary Art, Szczecin
Places of Transition - 7th International Triennial Ecology and Art - International Triennial Ecology and Art, Maribor
CORK 2005: Eye Try - Cork Vision Centre, Cork
line/spot - Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
New Video, New Europe - A Survey of Eastern European Video - The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Blut & Honig - Zukunft ist am Balkan - Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg


Slovenian artist duo son:DA (Metka Golec, b. 1972 and Miha Horvat, b. 1976). For their first solo exhibition in the United States, son:DA is transforming bitforms gallery with a site-specific installation and drawings.
Using layers of paper cut-outs affixed to the gallery wall, son:DA’s site-specific installation depicts the messy spaces of connection. Unpredictable passages of mediated information take physical form with an overwhelming array of stereo and computer equipment, cabling and gaffer’s tape. Originally drawn by hand using a mouse that leaves a heavy contour line, the printed cutouts are physically arranged into a large-scale collage.
Recalling the anti-utopian lens of Brazil, son:DA exhibit their markedly ironic view of technology in contemporary culture. With an approach to drawing that invites the viewer to experience the work in the first person, son:DA build visual vignettes that the majority of viewers can relate to. For example, the view as seen sitting in front of a computer, looking down at one’s keyboard, mouse in hand—the addition of a bulbous, bare belly hanging over the table epitomizes criticism launched against the sedentary and solitary lifestyle that the age of information has ushered in. In other scenarios the viewer is confronted with an absurd and disarming display of the alienating effects of technology as a crowd of waving and gawking individuals, bearing mobile phones, video and digital cameras regard and record the viewer as though under a microscope.
Installed on the far wall of the gallery is a cacophony of cut up screens, speakers, varied media players and winding electrical cords stacked on top of one another creating a veritable blockade of tech hardware. The pasted up images refer to another motif in son:DA’s art—though they choose to utilize sophisticated and modern technologies in both production and theme, there is a sense of raw underground culture that permeates their installations by electing to use inexpensive paper cut outs and deliberate exposure of wires and tape in the pristine, white wall gallery environment.
son:DA have participated in numerous exhibitions and festivals throughout Europe. Past solo exhibitions of their work have included LaVitrine, Pekarna, Slovenia; Miklovi hisi Ribnica and Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Mali Galeriji, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Kibla, Maribor; Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; C-O Care of, Milan; AP4-Art, Lugano; Razstavni salon Rotovz, Maribor; ARCO, Madrid; and Porschehof & Kunstverein, Salzburg. son:DA’s work has also been exhibited at Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin; Bienale Neodvisne Ilustracije, UGM Maribor, Slovenia; Kunstlerhaus Vienna and Graz, Austria; Ground Zero Gallery, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Arta-Terme, Italy; Press to Exit Project Space, Skopje, Macedonia; Complesso di San Michele, Rome; Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana; MGLC Ljubljana; Sonambiente, Berlin; Museum of Art, Lendava; The 6th Baltic Biennale of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland; Trienale Ekologija in Umetnost, UGM Maribor, Slovenia; XI Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell’Europa e del Mediterraneo, Castel S. Elmo, Naples; Versus XI, curated by L Tadorni, Velan Center for Contemporary Art, Turin; Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana; 26th Biennale of Graphical Arts, Tobacna Tovarna, Ljubljana; State Museum of Contemporary Art, Solun; Institute for Contemporary Art, Sofia; MACRO al Mattatoio, Rome; Blut und Honig, curated by Harold Szeemann, Essl Collection, Vienna; Semperdepot, Vienna; Galerie Westlicht; Vienna. Selected screenings include The Kitchen, New York; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Tate Modern, London; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Festival of World Theatre, Zagreb; Human Rights Film Festival, Zagreb; Entermultimediale2, Prague; Pixxelpoint, Dom Kulture, Gorizia; Mestna Galerija, Nova Gorica; International Animation Festivals of Izola, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Utrecht, and Hiroshima; Zebra-poetry Film Festival, Berlin; and the International Festival of Computer Arts, Maribor, Slovenia.