STAFF AND LECTURERS

  • The lecturers in academic year 2014/2015

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  • All of our lecturers are well-known artists and scientists who actively participate in – and contribute to – the richness of Slovenian and world culture. Many are also active in the areas of literature and film, they are authors of numerous works of art and professional publications.

    All the artists, lecturing at our institution, obtained the title of “Priznanje umetniških del” (“The Recognition of the Works of Art”), the highest possible artistic title, which is, in the process for the election in a scientific title, equivalent to a PhD degree. All the lecturers are habilitated as lecturers in higher education, with doctorates in various scientific fields.

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    Mladen Jernejec

    — The Dean
  • Mladen Jernejec, Assistant Professor, subject area of Drawing and painting, is the conceptual co-founder and formal founder of the Arthouse-College of Visual Arts, the first Slovenian independent higher education institution in the field of painting. As the dean, he has been leading the school since its inception; the lecturer of various subjects. He is the co-author of the study program Drawing and Painting and author of the 1st cycle and 2nd cycle of the study program of Painting. He is also the NAKVIS’s expert for evaluating artistic programs in higher education.
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    Dr. Mitja Peruš

    — Assistant Professor,
    subject area of Psychology; President of the Senate
    Biography

    Dr. Mitja Peruš is a Bachelor of Science in Physics. The topic of his thesis: “Associative Neural Networks from a Physical Point of View” (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Igor Grabec).

    He has completed post-graduate studies in physics and philosophy of science.

    He is a Master of science in philosophy of science / cognitive science. The topic of his master’s thesis: “Neural Networks as Models of Processes” (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andrej Ule). Holds a doctorate in psychology / cognitive neuroscience. Topic: “Conscious Image Processing – A Holonomic Model”, (supervisors: Prof. Janez Musek and Prof. Dr. Charles H. Pribram). He has conducted research at various universities and institutes, mostly at the Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana, in Graz, London and Chicago.

    Founded the Slovenian Society for Cognitive Science.

    Works on a number of projects of a scientific nature (an example of his original work: “Quantum Neural Networks” – a new book in the USA), as well as educational (for example, at the University of Sigmund Freud), humanistic, ecological, socio-critical, cultural, artistic and computer projects.

    List of publications is available at: http://users.volja.net/mperus

    At the College of Visual Arts, he is the lecturer of the subjects Artistic perception and Psychology of creativity.

    To students, he recommends the following books: “The Ubiquity of Consciousness” (DZS, LJ, 1997), “All in One, One in All” (DZS, LJ, 1995).

    For in-depth readers: “Bio-Networks, Thinking and Consciousness” (Satjam, MB, 2001), which is also freely accessible at: http://icarus.dzs.si/biomreze .

    Literary works, e.g.: “The Mystical” in Sodobnost 10 (1992).

    Philosophical works, e.g.: “God, Consciousness, the Quantum Vacuum” in Nova revija 247/248 (2002), “Spiritual Universe” in Poligrafi 7-8 (1997) and at: rtv-slo.si/ars. This work and the summarized wisdom (“The Deepest Reality”) can be obtained at: mitja_perus@t-2.net.

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    Dr. Vesna Kamin Kajfež

    — Assistant Professor,
    subject area of Art history
    Biography

    Dr. Vesna Kamin Kajfež from Ljubljana is the lecturer of various subjects of art history at the College of Visual Arts. She graduated (Summa cum laude!) in art history at the University of Ljubljana. The title of her graduation thesis: “The Trieste Architect Matteo Pertsch” – supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Matej Klemenčič (University of Ljubljana).

    At the University of Primorska, she obtained a doctorate in the area of art history, by presenting a bilingual thesis entitled “Life and Work of a Venetian Painter Between Venice, Rome and Piran: Angelo de Coster (1680-1736)”. Supervisor: Assistant Professor Dr. Stanko Kokole (University of Ljubljana); co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. Edward Muir (Northwestern University, Chicago).

    From 2006 to 2012, she held the status of young researcher at the Institute of Historical Studies of the Science and Research Centre of Koper, University of Primorska.

    She completed various graduate seminars, participated in international projects and was awarded scholarships by foreign universities and governments.

    Primorska (from November 2006 to June 2007); Assistant, Department of Heritage, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska (from October 2008 to January 2009); tutor for undergraduate students at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska (academic year 2007-2008); co-mentor of undergraduate students in their research project entitled “Kidričeva Street – The Heart of the City” (from January to December 2009).

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    Dr. Ernest Ženko

    — Full professor,
    subject area of Philosophy of culture
    Biography

    Dr. Ernest Ženko was born in Postojna. He has been involved with The College of Visual Arts for more than ten years. He was the lecturer of the Introduction to humanities and natural sciences (together with Dr. Mitja Peruš). Currently, he is the lecturer of Introduction to aesthetics.

    He studied physics and philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, where he graduated in 1997, at the Department of Philosophy (Thesis: “Space in Philosophy, Geometry and Physics”, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marko Uršič). In 1999, a master’s degree in the field of aesthetics at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts (MA thesis title: “Space in the Art and Science (Leonardo da Vinci, Laslo Moholy-Nagy, Andy Warhol)”, supervisors: Prof. Dr. Aleš Erjavec, Prof. Dr. Lev Kreft).

    Doctoral dissertation in the area of philosophy at the same department in 2002 (Title of the doctoral dissertation: “Arts and Totality: Lyotard, Jameson and Welsch”, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Aleš Erjavec).

    During the study, he was granted a DAAD scholarship and studied at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche in Weimar (Germany). He has participated in several national and international congresses, conferences and colloquiums. He is a member of the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA / AIE), Slovenian Philosophical Society and a founding member of the Association of Film and Video CIRCLE. He regularly publishes scientific and professional articles and reviews in periodical press, and in 2000 he published a scientific monograph entitled: “Space and Art: The Space Between Philosophy, fine arts and science – Leonardo da Vinci, László Moholy-Nagy, Andy Warhol”. In 2003, he published another scientific monograph: “Totality and Art: Lyotard, Jameson and Welsch”.

    He is also a professor of Philosophy of Culture at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, where he works in the context of study programs Cultural studies and anthropology, and Media studies; he is a senior research associate at the Science and Research Centre of Koper and Vice-head of the Institute for Mediterranean Humanities and Social Studies; at the UP FAMNIT, he participates in the program Behavioral neuroscience. He holds the title of Research Professor at the University of Kaifeng in China.

    Dr. Ženko’s research interests include: philosophy of culture, aesthetics, media theory, theoretical psychoanalysis, social psychology.

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    Dr. Vid Pečjak

    — Professor Emeritus,
    subject area of Psychology
    Biography

    Dr. Vid Pečjak was born on the 7th of January 1929 in Ljubljana, where he attended primary and secondary school. He graduated from the Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana, where he also received his doctorate. As a full professor, he was a lecturer of various subjects. He was a visiting professor at the universities in Hawaii, San Diego, Melbourne, Illinois and Klagenfurt.

    Since 1995, he is the lecturer of the subject Psychology of creativity. On the basis of selected lectures at the College of Visual Arts, he formed his very important work “Psychological Basis of Visual Art”.

    He is one of the most important Slovenian psychologists, author of over 400 publications, approximately 50 of which are scientific articles, books and textbooks.

    As a writer and psychologist, he has written about 100 articles, two-thirds of these represent scientific contributions in the area of psychology. His most important scientific publications are: “Cognitive Psychology” (1977), “Formation of Psychology” (1983), “Think, Work, Live Creatively” (1987), “Political Psychology” (1995), “The Psychology of Ageing” (2007), “Man and Ecological Crisis” (2010).

    Most of his literary works are science fiction stories, novels and short stories, as well as travelogues and comic books. Some of his works were written under the pseudonym Div Kajčep (anagram, palindrome of his name). Certain publications have been translated; some formed the basis for the film and television scripts and plays – “Where did Ema Lauš Disappear to”, “Doctor of the Living and the Dead”, “The Runaway Robot” … The book “Drejček and Three Little Martians” (seven reprints!) won the Levstik prize; the TV movie “The Third Life”, made after his novel, was awarded the first prize at the international festival Prix Futura in Berlin; the radio play “The Runaway Robot” was ranked among the five best plays at the competition of Prix Japon in Tokyo.

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    Matic Kos

    — Assistant,
    subject area of Creative drawing and painting, Art theory
    Biography

    BFA in painting, Matic Kos is a graduate of the Arthouse-College of Visual Arts, where he also completed a two-year post-graduate education (PI). After graduation he also conducted studies in pedagogy and andragogy at the Faculty of Education in Maribor.

    He is a painter who, as a means of expression, also applies video. He also participates in various artists’ colonies and group exhibitions. One of his most important personal presentations was the “461” (paintings, drawings, video) at the Medija Gallery in Zagorje ob Savi, and the presentation of the “Gloss to the World, the Internet & Everyday Life” in the gallery above the Municipal Library in Idrija.

    He also deals with art theory; at the College of Visual Arts he is collaborating in the carrying out of the subject of Art theory and in all practical subjects.

    He occasionally gives lectures, as part of the subject Selected topics – it is necessary to highlight the lecture entitled: “Art Theory and Damian Hirst’s Visual Work of Art”.

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    Anže Petelin

    — Lecturer,
    subject area of Colour studies
    Biography

    BFA in painting, Anže Petelin was born in Postojna. After completing high school, he enroled in the College of Visual Arts in Ljubljana, where he graduated in 2012 (Topic: “Van Gogh’s Passion. Vincent Van Gogh – A Man of Passion” (supervisor: Assistant Professor Mladen Jernejec, MA). In the academic year 2009-10, he received the “Special Award for Excellence” and in 2012 the “Special Award for Originality and Quality”, awarded by the College of Visual Arts. He is a versatile artist who has created more than 200 paintings and more than 20 sculptural works; he also deals with artistic photography and writes poems.

    He presented his works at a number of group exhibitions; among more than twenty individual presentations, it is necessary to mention at least the following exhibition grounds: Slovenian Embassy in London, Rotary Club Zadar, KUD Trieste and KUD Podpeč, the Nebotičnik and the Gallery in Semič. He exhibited at the 11th, 12th, and 16th Slovenian Sculpture Exhibition (the City Hall in Ljubljana). .

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    Zlatjan Čučkov

    — Assistant,
    subject area of Film and editing
    Biography

    Zlatjan Čučkov graduated in film editing. He studied at the Academy of Film in Belgrade. He works in Ljubljana. He edited as many as 28 movie projects, one third of which were feature films (including: “Outsider”, “Porno movie”, “Sweet Dreams”, “The Suffering of Young Igor”, “Ivana Kobilca – Portrait of the Painter”, “Distortion”, “Alma M. Karlin: The Lonely Travel”, “The Sightings of Van Gogh”). He regularly deals with the editing of all types of broadcasts at RTV Slovenia.

    At the College of Visual Arts, he is the lecturer of the optional study subject Film and other optional subjects related to the area of film; he actively participates in the formation of student films.

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    Mladen Jernejec

    — Assistant Professor,
    subject area of Drawing and painting
    Biography

    Mladen Jernejec, BFA in painting, Master of Arts, is a versatile artist. He deals with painting, literature, and film. He was born in Ljubljana, where he grew up in the art milieu. He attended primary school in Spodnja Šiška (mentors: painters Leon Koporc and Janez Močnik). He entered the 2nd high school in Ljubljana (Šubičeva High School). His high school mentor was the painter and philosopher Igor Pleško. Already as a student, he painted intensively and at the age of 17 exhibited his abstract works for the first time. After graduation, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts under painters Nikolaj Omerzel, Zoran Didek, Kiar Meško and Štefan Planinc. During study, his paintings were presented in several group and solo exhibitions and he participated in all of the final exhibitions at the ALU. He studied in the class of Gabrijel Stupica, one of the greatest Slovenian artists, and graduated in 1975, after which he continued with his postgraduate studies. In 1976, he received the Prešeren Award for students; his award-winning works have been exhibited at the Municipal Gallery in Ljubljana. After the retirement of Professor Gabrijel Stupica, he completed his postgraduate studies under Jože Ciuha and Kiar Meško.

    He became a member of the Association of Slovenian Artists and acquired the status of an independent author in the field of culture. He also used his studio in the old Ljubljana city center as an exhibition space and prepared several personal and group presentations, literary evenings and art gatherings. He was also interested in children’s drawings and participated in the creation of the book “The Language of Children’s Drawings”; he organized more than thirty presentations of works by children and youth. Occasionaly, he also dealt with graphics; he prepared two graphic folders: “Confluence” with Janez Pirnat and Boštjan Putrih, and “Flirting” with the poet Milan Dekleva.

    Among his most important individual presentations are: ŠKUC, French Cultural Centre Charles Nodier (“Bridges”), Labyrinth (“Little Picture”), the Municipal Gallery (“Madagascar”), Small Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art in Ljubljana (“Manifestations”). Other presentations include: Art Salon in Celje, The Museum of Dolenjska and the Forum and Student Centre galleries in Novi Sad (Serbia). Many of Jernejec paintings are owned by prominent public institutions and companies (National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, Mobitel, Krka, Lesnina Engineering, RTV Slovenia), many of them are also owned by private collections.

    Although he is no foreigner to conceptual art, art books, literature and film, he mostly creates diptychs and triptychs in large format, which explore the materiality, gesture, structure and the energy value of artistic fields. Recently, he become intensively engaged with literature. He wrote and published two books of short stories: “Three Hundred Years and Two Days” and “Love of the Weather”. Following his own scenario, he has directed fiction feature film entitled: “The Sightings of Van Gogh”.

    Even as a child and later as a student he repeatedly traveled through Istria and Italy, and visited Sweden. As a student, he attended galleries and museums in Venice, Florence, London and Paris, and after graduation he visited New York. He traveled around France and was the guest artist in Cité des Arts in Paris. He is a connoisseur of the Renaissance (Siena), as well as abstract art. He is interested in creativity of small isolated cultural systems: he often travels around Polynesia and Micronesia  – therefore, he is very well acquainted with the small island country of Yap. He regularly travels to Greece, Italy and England, for the purposes of study.

     

     

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    Peter Ciuha

    — Assistant Professor, ,
    subject area of Graphics
    Biography

    Assistant Professor Peter Ciuha studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art (undergraduate supervisors: Janez Bernik and Dr. Jožef Muhovič). After graduation, he specialized in graphics under Lojze Logar; he obtained the title of Master of Arts in 2001. At the College of Visual Arts, he is involved in the subject Graphics and is the lecturer of the subject Artistic-visual project in the 2nd cycle study. He is the co-author of various textbooks for elementary art education. He formed a method of developing creativity through drawing and painting, entitled “Five Languages of Art”. His main interest is the research of the visualization of music and has participated in numerous international conferences, with the projects “Visualization of Music, Art Education and the Development of Creativity”. In 2011, he collaborated with the University of Ireland and the Research Center of CLARITY, in the field of measurement of responses to the results of color visualization of music.

    He is currently developing a prototype of an electronic circuit and piano keyboard with color button illumination.

    He is engaged in drawing, painting and graphics, design and illustration; he has took part in numerous individual and group exhibitions and has received important awards (e.g. the special recognition at the International Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana for fractal installation entitled: “Uterus”). He received various awards for mentoring and art education. The works of Peter Ciuha are featured in a number of prominent EU databases (e.g.: the etching Kuepferstichkabinett – Graphic Collection of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts Albertina, Vienna).

    The study of color is the main topic of his acrylic paintings on paper, canvas and perspex glass, as well as his explorations in the techniques of fractal computer graphics.

    He developed software tools for the design of forms, selection and control of colors, the printing of unlimited sizes and the production of fractal animations. In recent years, he is increasingly exploring the mathematical relationship between color and music, which has led to a system of playing on instruments with color symbols which display in color the harmonic relationships between different tones.

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    Teo Spiller

    — Assistant,
    the subject area of Web art
    Biography

    Teo Spiller
    Assistant, the subject area of Web art

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    Rado Likon

    — Assistant Director of Photography,
    the subject area of Film
    Biography

    He was born in Ljubljana. After finishing high school, he worked as a camera assistant for the television in Brno and enroled at the film academy FAMU in Prague. He studied film and television composition and film and television camera. At AGRFTV in Ljubljana, he taught the class Film and television camera for directors, for eight years as an Assistant Professor.

    He has made numerous feature films (the most important are: “Cramp”, “Displaced Person”, The Years of Decision”, “Christophoros”, “The Summer in a Shell” I and II, “Primož Trubar”, “War Bus II”, “Soldier of Fortune”, “Train Of Death”, “Delta Force II”…); documentary films (“ A Mechanical Poem”, “About Portugal”, “The Portrait of Jože Tisnikar”, “The Blues”, “The Clock is Ticking”, “Ben Daut”, “The Photograph”, “Good Rockin’ Tonight”, “Business is Business”, “The Wall”, “The Kansky Circus”, “The Balkan Gunfighters”…); television series and portraits, dedicated movies and more. At the School of Drawing and Painting, he works as a lecturer and director of photography.

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    dr. Mirko Juteršek – in memoriam!

    — Professor of Art History
    (1932-2011)

    Dr. Mirko Juteršek graduated in Art history and History at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. His doctoral topic: “Matija Jama. His Life and Work”. He has also completed a proficiency examination in library science and worked as an assistant, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor of the History of Eastern European art – he was an expert in icon painting and Russian art at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. He was also a director of the Slavic Library in Ljubljana.

    Since 1996, he has been the lecturer in Art history, a member of the Senate and the President of the Senate at theCollege of Visual Arts.

    He died in Ljubljana in 2011.