KUD Obrat / Obrat Culture and Art Association is a small non-profit organisation which was established in 2006 in Ljubljana by Polonca Lovšin, Tomaž Tomažin, Stefan Doepner and Urška Jurman; later on Apolonija Šušteršič joined us. Our program focuses on production, research, presentation and education on the field of contemporary art, critical spatial practices and sound. We work transdisciplinary while addressing diverse issues concerning contemporary art, culture, architecture and society. Within this we pay special attention to different phenomena characterizing urban life and space.
Our collaboration started in 2004 when Polonca Lovšin and Urška Jurman realized Ready 2 Change in Ljubljana. Ready 2 Change was a transdisciplinary project that comprised temporary artist-in-residence, exhibition, lectures, presentations and workshops with the intention to provide a multi-facetted insight into the issues of possible alternatives and innovative approaches to all kinds of systems that rule our everyday lives. The project focused on the principles of informal, temporary and self-sustaining architecture, alternative use of energy, parallel economy, the “do-it-yourself” principle as well as self-organisation and mutual collaboration.