Summer Film Festival 4 Elements

06. 08. 2015

Invisible Stiavnica / light design newest media workshop_03

From 3rd to 9th August 2015 the third newest media workshop will take place in Banská Štiavnica and its results will be presented to the visitors of the town during the 4 Elements film seminar, from 5th to 9th August.

Invisible Štiavnica - newest media workshop is a project aimed at integrating the newest technologies into the arts in public space. The workshop takes place in the Slovak historic town of Banská Štiavnica, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This year’s workshop will focus on lighting design, interactive installations and projections in public places.

The workshop builds on the platform/game Invisible Štiavnica (Neviditeľná Štiavnica), which enables the installation and implementation of arts in the streets and in various public places in the historical centre of the town. The question of how far one can go within public space gave rise to a specialized workshop, focusing on the spheres of technological experiment, virtual and augmented reality as well as other digital interactive performances. The workshop is attended by visual performers, art programmers, and video mappers selected from the ranks of experienced university students and young professionals in the given areas. The theme or topic is different for every year, but the main idea remains: bringing together art, technology and people in the public space.

UNESCO proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light. It emphasizes the importance of light and its role in the technology connected with it in the social, cultural as well as economic development of the humankind. The topic of this year’s Film Seminar 4 Elements is ‘Senses’. The workshop in new media Invisible Štiavnica will therefore strive to reach the most important one – eyesight. We shall focus on lighting design, interactive installations and projections in public places. During the culmination of the film festival, distinctive visual and light artworks will be implemented to such prominent spots in Banská Štiavnica as the amphitheatre, The Old Castle and the Klopačka Teahouse.

Laura Murguía Sánchez, the lecturer of the workshop, is a Mexican architect who currently lives in Eastern Slovakia. She achieved experience as a lighting designer in Barcelona. She has a PhD degree in architecture which she gained at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Research on Energy and Environment in Architecture. In 2011, together with her husband she funded the first independent lighting design studio in Slovakia, Haz Lighting design. She is currently working as an external lecturer for the subject Lighting design I and II in Master degree at the Technical University of Košice. Nowadays she is a Design member of Professional Lighting Design Association and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, http:// From 2012 she started collaborating with the company Lightroom based in Prešov. The master class with Laura will take place in K-centrum on Thursday, 6th August at 6 p.m.

One of the projects of Haz Lighting: 

The Invisible Štiavnica project was financially supported by Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic (2015, 2014, 2013), Central European Foundation (2014), Nadácia INTENDA (2013) and the Summer Film Seminar 4 Elements.


Live performances:
Thursday, August 6th 2015, 23:00, Amfiteáter
Friday August 7th 2015, 23:00, Starý zámok
Sunday, Aufust 9th 2015, 00:00, Klopačka