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The second largest Slovenian city is these days for the 25th year in a row a host to the International Festival of Computer Arts (IFCA; in Slovene MFRU) which is the longest-running computer arts festival in Slovenia. Since its first edition in Maribor in 1995, the festival, organized by MKC Maribor, has over the quarter of the century, presented all of the most important new media artists from around the country and region.

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Annually local and foreign artists, female artists, theorists, and curators have participated at the festival. Among them a number of global stars and pioneers of computer and electronic art, who have left an indelible mark on this branch of contemporary art with their artistic practice, knowledge of technology and placing new media art in a social context.

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With activities, events and content the festival justifies and brings the audience closer to the awareness of the advanced and artistic uses of the computer and digital technologies that surround us daily (mobile phones, GPS navigation devices, tablets, laptops, smart homes, etc.). With topics which are selectively addressed at the different festival sets, IFCA provides a starting point for a fundamental reflection on the awareness of the person, space, time, and culture in which we are.

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Besides the main exhibition, this year’s jubilee edition of the festival provides a rich programme with lectures, symposia, conferences, performances, online activities, discussions with artists, international theoretical meeting, newly edited festival archive, workshops, and stipends for young intermedia artists and writers, etc.

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Through the 25 years of its successful and growing activity, the festival every year connects different locations and venues in Maribor. For example, through years, the IFCA took place in KIBLA Multimedia Centre, Pekarna Cultural Centre, the Media Nox Gallery, Maribor Art Gallery, the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, the Faculty of Arts at University of Maribor, the ŠTUK Student Event Centre Maribor, Kino Udarnik Maribor, and UGM Studio. This year the festival is held in Vetrinjski dvor Mansion, Street Gallery Židovska, Pristan/Staninvest, Tonspur pasaža, Dlum Gallery, Media Nox Gallery and GT 22.

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