As architecture and postgravity contents, KSEVT opening is not only the brightest event of the year, but probably of the entire post-independence period in Slovenia.

Jela Krečič, Delo

More than just a building, even though a tremendous work of coneptual art in its own right. It is a unique institution dedicated to space culturalisation.

Marie Lechner, Liberation

Since the independence more than two decades ago, this is the first time we can witness a decisive presentation of national culture and science through architecture, to convince us how powerful is its own medium. This building may give a sign of our country slowly coming to a more mature period.

Plečnik Award jury

Since its formation in November 2010, KSEVT institute establishes itself on a global map of institutes operating at the intersection of artistic, scientific, cultural and space-related topics. Its key events are the opening of KSEVT building in Vitanje, a set of exhibitions shedding light on the tradition and continuity of Slovenian art and science pioneers and, moreover, the establishing of a Cultural Space Programme.

The institute itself and the authors of KSEVT received awards such as the Trend, Valvazorjev nagelj and Plečnik Award and a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award for the building’s architecture and a set exhibition. Until the end of 2014, the building and its programme already hosted more than 50.000 satisfied visitors, along with more thatn 300.000 people who visited exhibitions outside of the central building. Elementary and high school educational activities and field trips have been carried out regularly.

The Cultural Space Programme is already set up, dedicated to space culturalisation and the composite of art and science. KSEVT adds artistic and humanistic methodologies and practices to existing space programmes. An interface between the space and art-humanities institutes has been forming in cooperation with international partners. This will enable a completely new quality in understanding of the human role in space to the European and global public.

We develop a community of experts in terms of research work, art production and organising international meetings of partners who will be able to cooperate in the further development of space culturalisation’s methodologies and processes. We cooperate with the state authorities in developing space culturalisation as the pillar of national identity. KSEVT is actively presenting the national cultural icons, taking care of tradition in art, science, culture and technology and enabling recognisability.

Founders/

Miha Turšič

Dragan Živadinov

Municipality of Vitanje

Delak Institute

Planit Institute

Team/

Izidor Fijavž, acting director

Andreja Mlakar

Institute board/

Andrej Poklič (president)
representative of the Municipality of Vitanje

Tilka Jakob
representative of the Municipality of Vitanje

Srečko Fijavž, MA
representative of the Municipality of Vitanje

–resigned
representative of the humanities

–resigned
representative of natural sciences

Dragan Živadinov
representative of art

Podatki/

naziv/ Kulturno središče evropskih vesoljskih tehnologij
angleško/ Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies

naslov/ Na vasi 18, 3205 Vitanje
oblika/ javni zavod

TRR/ IBAN SI56 0133 7600 0000 244 (UJP)

ID za DDV/ SI17102740
matična številka/ 6558615000

Significant events/

Exhibition on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight to space, April 2011; construction of the KSEVT building, 2009–2012; KSEVT building opening, September 2012; Herman Potočnik Noordung: 100 Monumental Influences exhibition, September 2012; 120th anniversary of Herman Potočnik Noordung’s birth, December 2012; astronaut Sunita L. Williams’ visit to Slovenia, May 2013; Voyager/ dr. Mavretič exhibition, October 2013; the first public presentation of the original Voyager PLS instrument, October 2013; Out of the Cradle conference, Vitanje, November 2013; 10th Anniversary of Slovenia Joining the European Union Celebration, May 2014; presentation of Slovenia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, June 2014; production of the Voyager/ dr. Mavretič documentary, September 2014; Out of the Cradle conference, St. Petersburg, October 2014; Spectral Modulator of Edvard Zajec, November 2014

Partners/

SLO/ Radio-television Slovenia, Ljubljana; National Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana; Museum of Recent History Celje, Celje; Carinthian Regional Museum, Slovenj Gradec; Regional Museum Maribor, Maribor; Slovenian Cinematheque, Ljubljana; City Museum of Ljubljana, Ljubljana; International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana; Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana; Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana; Projekt Atol Institute, Ljubljana; Radio Študent, Ljubljana; Seaway, Begunje; EU/ AA Visiting School, London; The Stanley Kubrick Archive, London; Hermann Oberth Spaceflight Museum, Feucht; Technical Museum, Vienna; Archive of the Technical University, Vienna; Military Archive, Vienna; la Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria, Pula; RUS/ Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City; Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics, Kaluga; USA/ Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.; MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Cambridge; Harvard University, Cambridge; Boston University, Boston; Applied Physics Laboratory, Maryland; Goddard Space Center, Maryland