Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)

Archive for April, 2008

Garage Museum

April 25th, 2008

There is a huge problem with museums for contemporary art in the countries of ex-Yugoslavia. Most of them are either not existing, not functioning – or they are under renovation. There is currently just one working, in Novi Sad, Serbia, and all the others are either closed or were never built, like in the case of Sarajevo and Priština.

In Ljubljana we have a museum of Modern Art, which is under renovation at the moment. The main problem with it is that it is not just under renovation – but the entire organisation moved away, they got the offices, but they never got a space for exhibitions. Since we don’t have a museum of contemporary art, the museum of modern art is taking the role of the museum of contemporary art and modern art and for the Slovenian scene this is a huge gap, which will be there for another two years most probably, because in our region (all those Slovenes would say we are not Balkans, but we are) you know that when you say one year it’s going to be two to three, maybe even four. Nobody knows and nobody really cares about that. (more…)

Monday, 12 May 2008, 15.00 – 19:00h at Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana.

Imagine 10 years from now – year 2018. You are still a cultural practitioner, or maybe not. What are you busy with? Where are you located, does your organization still have the same address as in 2008? What is your network? Where do your resources come from (what is your economy) and in what kind of cultural climate is your country/city? How local is your scene and with whom are you (not) cooperating? Are you busy with these issues at all?

The aim of “How soon is now?” is to explore the future of cultural production through the lens of the so-called Western Balkans. It is focused specifically at a group of cultural practitioners, initiators of medium or smaller-scale cultural organizations, who have been challenged and triggered by institutional breakdown during the 1990s, and have become (often unintended) the forerunners of alternative models of cultural production.

“How soon is now?” also contributes to the “Lexicon for Provisional Futures”. This Lexicon actively seeks to encompass terms and concepts that carry a potential to redefine the (European) city and its urban culture. The emphasis is on thinking the future “provisionally” – to introduce a both necessary and instrumental margin of maneuverability, with less utopist grandiloquence.

Prepared and organized by: Azra Aksamija, Bojana Cvejic, Ana Dzokic, Alenka Gregoric, Peter Lang, Marc Neelen. Made by: a group of 10 cultural practitioners. “How soon is now?” will take place as a (en)visionary session among the participants. Supported by: SMFA – devision for culture.

Roof Extension

April 21st, 2008

1My roof is somewhere else now
closer to the sky
my window has less sun though
the street has less sun.

i used to stand
alone and proud
and then time started passing by. (more…)

Wearable Mosque

April 19th, 2008

figure-1When the Bosniak nation arose from the ashes of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new era of mosque building began. The notion of a resurgent Islamic identity is now negotiated on the ground, yet with no coherence to the plot: as one mosque reaches back to the glorious Ottoman past with its double minarets, another offers a tribute to the great Age of Secularism with its simplicity; the marble walls of yet another celebrate the Pan-Islamic vision of its Saudi donors. These newly built mosques in Bosnia-Herzegovina render visible the competing visions of the Bosnian Muslims’ identities. (more…)

Smallest State

April 19th, 2008

pristina-photoThe fragmentation of society leads to the creation of the individual as the smallest state. (Prishtina, Kosovo, 2006)

Marjetica Potrc


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