Youth Initiative for Human Rights (IYIHR)
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Chus Martinez, Frankfurter Kunstverein
Chus Martinez, born in Ponteceso, Spain, in 1972.
Since 2005, Chus Martinez is Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein. Between 2002 and 2005 she curated projects at Sala Rekalde in Bilbao.
She has always been interested in the relationship between theory and practice, and in how, after the linguistic turn, the Anglo-Saxon philosophical tradition focuses on finding a definition for art, whereas the Continental School tries to shed light on the concept of experience through art. For this reason she is currently writing a doctoral thesis about the interface between aesthetics and art philosophy.
She completed an M.A. in Curatorial Studies, with the help of Fulbright Scholarship, at Bard College, NY. During this time she co-ran the art-space Parkers box together with Alun Williams, in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NYC). There she organized several projects and exhibitions, mostly with Williamsburg-based artists in NY and a survey exhibition of art in Barcelona.
Between 2001 and 2002 she held a position in Barcelona´s “la Caixa” Foundation, charged with programming Sala Montcada. The program, called “Lowest Common Denominator”, was aimed at exploring how artists´, curators´, institutions´ and the audience´s expectations towards an exhibitionary project contribute to its processual transformations, and are able to re-locate working premises. The idea being that we have an idea of the condition in which we work and the principles we should or should not follow - but what happens, for example, if an artist accepts the invitation, but decides to transform the gallery into an extension of the urban space, inserting all types of city infrastructures, like garbage containers etc., for every-day use? During one year we did this exercise with Dora García, Begońa Muńoz, Oriol Font, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Tobias Rehberger.
Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina
Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina (Stacion) is a structure of artists, architects, thinkers, critics and other cultural workers committed in reflecting and responding on relevant challenges of the contemporary society with an active, critical and emancipatory approach and promoting a vision for an open society with civilized values. Stacion employs strategies to build up a dialogue with a differentiated public with clear social and political intents and also encourage artistic practice to be in direct dialogue with the developments in cultural, political and intellectual spheres.
Albert Heta, Executive Director
Vala Osmani, Senior Manager
Vesa Sahatçiu, Curator and Program Manager
Bekim Llalloshi, Program Coordinator
Rozafa Basha, Program Coordinator
Flaka Haliti, Program Assistant
Fitore Isufi, Program Assistant
Napon - Institute for flexible culture and technology
Institute for flexible culture and technologies - Napon is the newly
established nonprofit organization dealing with emerging forms of art and
technology in the field of social and cultural practice. Napon explores new
ways of collaboration and production in the network society, where all
social, economical and artistic production is created in flexible
environments, networks, ad hoc collaborations., etc. New social conditions
have the huge impact on society and individuals, and therefore there is need
to understand the new positions in the changed political, cultural,
economical, technological circumstances.
Gordana Nikolic is a Curator, researcher and theoretician of contemporary art and media culture (Curator of Regional Supervisory Department in Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad and program coordinator of Napon – Institute for flexible culture and technologies in Novi Sad).
Museum of Contemporary Arts of Vojvodina
<bKristian Lukic</b> is a curator for digital art and culture at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Vojvodina, a former member of new media centre Kuda.org, and a cofounder of The Institute for Flexible Culture and Technology - Napon, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Kristian Lukic and Gordana Nikolic (Napon) will speak about several activities. They established Napon in 2006. They will speak about activities of kuda.org and other important institutions in Novi Sad like Youth Center CK13 and Art Klinika.
by Ana Vujanović, Marta Popivoda, Bojana Cvejić (Belgrade)
TkH – Centre for Performing Arts Theory and Practice
RE-DELEGATING is the first edition of a long-term project: Archiving performances on-the-edge-of-the-void.
It is conceived as an open and flexible collection of non-existing, erased, rejected, not-planned or not-realized projects for performances.
These works-to-be-not-done are situated on the edge of the void of the situation in the current performing arts world. In other words, they point at the performing arts space being determined not only by what it includes, but also, or even more by what it excludes.
Since they are issued by the artists who participate in the performing arts world now, these proposals, concepts and models for potential works, works not to be actualized now can be presented in the exhibition, but not fully re-presented on the performance scene. Their belonging to the situation of the performing arts now is ambiguous and undecidable, concentrating the “historicity” of the current situation. According to Alain Badiou, “the edge of the void” of a historical situation is the site of event, since it is from there that structural transformation (of the performing-arts world, in this case) is possible.
Re-delegating unfolds a set of curatorial procedures, re-delegating curators’ competencies, decision-making, and relationship between curators and artists,
in several successive registers:
The exhibition NO SPACE IS INNOCENT! is curated by Marina Gržinić, Walter Seidl, and Margarethe Makovec. Each of the three curators hosts three artworks/artists, so the exhibition comprises nine artworks.
Marina Gržinić invites Ana Vujanović among the artists in her selection.
Ana Vujanović then repeats the curatorial procedure of the exhibition: she takes over the function of curator instead of artist and invites two other collaborators/curators: Bojana Cvejić and Marta Popivoda. Thus, Re-delegating is a result of their collaborative although relatively independent curatorial work.
Ana Vujanović, Marta Popivoda, and Bojana Cvejić invite nine artists to take part in the work. They are currently active European artists from the wide field of contemporary performing arts. They are invited to make the proposals for their non-existing artworks, i.e. the artwork that they would like to make/perform but believe it would not function in actual performing arts world and market.
Re-delegating assembles artists in a dynamic of six vectors according to:
Geopolitical movement from the scene of origin to the scene aspired:
- Artists from Eastern Europe, living and working, i.e. being based there
- Artists from Western Europe, living and working, i.e. being based there
- Artists on the move: Guestworkers
- from Eastern Europe, but living and working in Western Europe
- from Western Europe, but living and working in Eastern Europe
Status in the performing-arts world:
- Candidates – already active, but not yet affirmed, being enacted by the institutional protocols for the first time
- Participants – active for a long time, recognized, having experience with institutional protocols.
Artists involved in the work:
Saša Asentić / Nikolina Bujas-Pristaš / Emil Hrvatin / Mette Ingvarsten / Bojana Mladenović / Tanja Ostojić / Jan Ritsema / Eszter Salomon / Andros Zins-Browne
Author: Srdjan Vukajlovic
Film Director: Nebojsa Pjevic
The idea of this project is part of the concept that despite of different languages that we speak, different political and religion affiliations, prospects of life, artistic forms that we cultivate and knowledge that we gained, and shows that the manhood belongs to one culture. We are all part of its creation or destruction.
The essence of culture is exchange, including exchange of goods, ideas, feelings or knowledge, and the beginning of every exchange is ‘Encounter’ (coming together).
Background of the project
Meeting will take place in Kosovo. Two participants (volunteers), one Serbian and one Albanian (both from Kosovo) will come to the location of the meeting. Both will bring their ceramic or porcelain plate or a cup, from their houses. Each will break their plates and out of the broken parts they will together create one sculpture.
Sculpture is of arbitrary form (it is a matter of agreement between the two artists). They will join broken peaces and they will connect them using a strong glue. In their joint activity they should built in sculpture all pieces of the broken plates.
Everything will be recorded by video camera: Their arrival, breaking of the plates, creation of the sculpture, their conversation. (Please note: everyone will speak their own language and one interpreter will help for their conversation).
Before their meeting, both participants will be filmed separately in their native birthplace; authors will visit their families and speak to their parents, relatives, friends and neighbors. Participants will speak about their life, their experiences, how they see and feel about the past, their wishes, plans, hopes, etc. These visits and conversations will also be recorded.
All recorded parts will be used for film production. Documentary film will be presented with the final completion of the sculpture. Film and sculpture together represent completion of the project.
Born in 1951, Belgrade. He received a BFA in1976 and MFA in 1979, both at Belgrade Academy of the Fine Arts, Department for Sculpture. Member of ULUS / Association of Fine Art Artists of Serbia / since 1979. Participated in about 100 group exhibitions. Held 6 one man exhibitions , all in Belgrade. Was awarded several times including Grand Prix at the Second International Triennial Exhibition of Ceramics Cup 2000.
He lives and works in Belgrade, SCG
*1959, Achived a directing diploma at the Faculty of dramatic arts in Belgrade 1990, after which he directed in the theatres and on the radio.
He travelled to Norway and to India. During these travels he made eight documentary movies.
He founded an informal theatre groupe “ Gestus Teatar”with the aim to experiment with movement, voice and picture in theatre.
In last few years he is working ,mostly as director of documentary films. He is finishing a screenplay for his first feature film.
Working title: Freestyle research in Common Property
by Nebojsa Milikic, Belgrade
Recently I've sent an open letter to the group of my closest friends, collegues and relatives. It was the proposal for possible change of an overall attitude and public there multinational communities in former Yugoslavia - the category of common property...
- while being aware of the bad image and possible obsoleteness of this category or of its term (wording) in the media sphere, I would try to recover memories, capacities and hopes about coexistence that might lie dormant in many people that I know or I might get to know...
- recently I did several interviews with Kosovo Serbs and I plan to continue my "free style" research on commmon property, coexistence and peace-making in the region. I plan to do that by further interviewing people, by locating or recognizing objects and domains of still functional concept of common property, and by public discussing of its possible role in todays economical and political setting...