Srđan Tunić

art historian, curator

Kustosiranje: Doživljaj u pokretu/About and around curating: Thrill in movement, Mikser festival 2013 (ST text)

Andrej Bereta i Srđan Tunić su bili Direktori vizuelnog umetničkog programa Festivala Mikser 2013, koncipirajući Kustosiranje: Doživljaj u pokretu.

Dalje u postu tekstovi Srđana Tunića iz kataloga.

Andrej Bereta and Srdjan Tunić were Director of visual artistic programme of Mikser festival 2013, and were authors About and around curating: Thrill in movement.

Read further in the post about texts by Srdjan Tunić from the catalog.

MF 2013 KUSTOSIRANJE DOZIVLJAJ U POKRETU fin

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Savamala revisited

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Kustosiranje: Doživljaj u pokretu nastaje kao odgovor i unapređivanje projekta Kustosiranje na poziv organizatora Miksera da predložimo poseban izložbeni program za festival 2013. Odrednicu ovogodišnjeg festivala čini tranzit, kao i iz njega izvedeni pojmovi pokreta i promene, koje se mogu posmatrati iz ugla arhitekture, urbanizma, dizajna, vizuelnih umetnosti, muzike, istorije i sl. Na mikro planu ovi pojmovi se odnose na prošlost, sadašnjost i budućnost Savamale, a na makro planu na Beograd i urbana gradska jezgra Srbije. U svojstvu direktora vizuelnog umetničkog programa festivala Mikser 2013, pripremili smo nov okvir i model rada, na bazi naših prethodnih izložbenih projekata (Mikser festival 2012, galerije Dom omladine Beograd i U10 2013), koji je istovremeno i otvoren, i unapred određen, poput eksperimenta sa jasnim parametrima i ciljem. Najvažnijim u tom procesu rada smatramo otvaranje jednog kreativnog prostora za nove u umetničkom polju, studente i mlade profesionalce iz oblasti umetnosti i kulture, odnosno okvira koji će biti ispunjen njihovim sadržajem – stvaranjem novih umetničkih dela za Mikser festival 2013. Usled neizvesnosti i drastično smanjenog finansiranja projekata iz kulture u 2013 od strane države, uspeli smo da učesnicima projekta obezbedimo budžet za produkciju novih radova, kao i prostor za promociju, okvir s kojim su svi učesnici bili unapred upoznati, u skladu sa transparentnošću rada.

Postavka izložbe Kustosiranje: Doživljaj u pokretu je zasnovana na tri preduslova: prostor, postamenti i raspored izložbenih celina. Kao novina i zaštitni znak ovogodišnjeg festivala, umetnički radovi se nalaze na kamionetima Gradske čistoće (Mega, Sprinter i Piaggio), imajući ulogu izložbenih „postamenata“. Umesto galerijskog prostora, izložbene celine na kamionetima se nalaze na otvorenom prostoru, u ulicama Braće Krsmanović i Travničkoj koje su bile zatvarane svaki dan tokom trajanja festivala, oslobađajući prostor privremeno od teškog saobraćaja. Raspored kamioneta se menja svaki dan, doprinoseći neprekidnoj promeni, gde se problematizuje početak i kraj izložbe, kao i njeno moguće tumačenje. Umesto klasične muzejsko-galerijske postavke koja prati hronologiju ili umetničke faze, stilove ili nacionalnosti, odlučili smo da se poigramo mogućnostima „čitanja“ ove grupne izložbe. Ukoliko bi svaki od radova, tj. umetničkih celina, bio apstrahovan u po jednu reč (ili par reči), njihov raspored u prostoru može da se sagleda kao sastavljanje rečenice, poruke, smisla, narativa, u umu posmatrača. Reči i izvedena rečenica, zasnovani na sadržaju kustoskih tekstova i pojavnosti samih umetničkih radova, su otvoren prostor, mogućnost za ličnu i trenutnu interpretaciju, u zavisnosti od postavke datog dana festivala. Smatramo da ovakav vid postavke, bez unapred zadatog načina čitanja, čak na granici ekstremne promenjivosti, pruža veću priliku za uključivanje publike u njeno značenje, kao i veći izazov u kreiranju samosvojnog stava o viđenoj postavci.

Projektom Kustosiranje: Doživljaj u pokretu namera nam je da u ovom okviru mladi kreativaci daju svoje viđenje i promišljanje svakodnevice, gradskog jezgra koje je decenijama ruinirano, i da se kroz umetnost kritički pozicioniraju prema svom okruženju. Iako cela izložba Kustosiranje: Doživljaj u pokretu, prestaje da postoji nakon završetka Miksera 2013, usled trenutne nemogućnosti pravljenja „depoa“ Savamale, ona je dokumentovana ovim katalogom i predstavlja idejni i iskustveni doprinos uključivanju stanovnika grada u okviru velikog talasa oživljavanja i promišljanja ove gradske oblasti.

Savamala dobija ekskluzivni fokus koji je prisutan u proteklih nekoliko godina – kroz održavanja velikih manifestacija i kulturnih događaja (Mikser festival, Urban inkubator, Oktobarski salon), otvaranjem kulturnih institucija (Grad: evropski centar za kulturu i debatu), novih klubova i lokala, intervencijama u javnom prostoru i sl. Doprinos oživljavanju ovog dela Beograda trenutno ipak ostaje pod znakom pitanja, usled krutog birokratskog sistema, neizvesnosti dugoročnog finansiranja i potencijalnom pretnjom nekog tranzicionog oblika džentrifikacije, koji zahteva dublju analizu i diskusiju profesionalaca koji poznaju proces „iznutra“. Međutim, usvajanje stava da se prihvati deo lične (građanske) odgovornosti i pruže konstruktivna rešenja, velika upornost entuzijasta i okupljanje kreativnih inicijativa ostaju trajni saveznici kvalitetnijoj promeni Savamale.

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About and around curating: Thrill in movement has been created as a response and enhancement of Kustosiranje / About and around curating project, by call from organisers of Mikser festival to have a special exhibition project for the 2013 edition of the festival. This year’s festival is specified by term transit, and its derivates movement and change, which could be articulated from various perspectives – through architecture, urbanism, design, visual arts, music, and history, among others. On micro scale, these terms are directly tied to the past, present and future of the Savamala district, while on macro scale are related to Belgrade and urban city centres in Serbia. As the Directors of the visual artistic programme of Mikser festival 2013, we prepared a new model and framework, based on our previous exhibition projects (Mikser festival 2012, galleries of Dom omladine Belgrade and U10 2013), which is open and defined in advance, as an experiment with clear parameters and goals. We consider that the most important element in this process is the opening of a creative space for the new in artistic field, students and young professionals from the fields of art and culture, i.e. a framework to be defined by their content – creating new artworks for Mikser festival 2013. Due to uncertainty and lack of funding by the state for a great number of cultural projects in 2013, we managed to ensure a budget for production of new works, as well as promotion, a framework set in advance which was presented to all participants, fostering the transparency of work.

The About and around curating: Thrill in movement exhibition setting is based on three parameters: pedestals, space and configuration of artworks ensemble. Specific elements and trademarks of this year’s festival are small trucks of Belgrade’s Sanitation service (models Mega, Sprinter and Piaggio), on which artworks are mounted on, serving as “pedestals”. Instead of a gallery space, the group exhibition on trucks is in open-air, in Braće Krsmanović and Travnička streets, which are closed during the festival, thus temporarily freeing the place from heavy traffic. The configuration of trucks is different every day, adding to the constant changeability and problematizing where the exhibition starts, and where it ends, and its possible interpretation(s). Instead using the “classical” museum/gallery approach where a setting is defined by chronology, artistic phases, styles or nationalities for example, we decided to play with the possibilities of “reading”. If every artwork, or artistic whole, could be abstracted into one or few words, their setting in space can look as trying to make a sentence, message, meaning or narrative, in the minds of onlookers. Words and generated sentences, based on the content of curatorial statements and appearance of artworks itself, are presenting an open space, a possibility for personal and instantaneous interpretation, depending on temporary setting of each festival day. We consider that this kind of setting, without already-made reading, and even being on the edge of extreme changeability, is providing a higher chance for the audience to participate, as well as bigger challenge in creating autonomous opinion on noted setting.

By developing About and around curating: Thrill in movement project our intention is to provide a space for young creative professionals to give their statement and reflection on their surroundings, city quarter that’s being under decay for decades and to have a critical attitude towards this ambient, through art. Although the whole exhibition About and around curating: Thrill in movement stops existing after the end of Mikser festival 2013, due to temporary lack of “deposit” of Savamala, it is documented via this catalogue and presents an attempt in ideas and experience to include the citizens in a great wave of restoration and critical reflection of this city quarter.

Savamala is gaining an exclusive focus during the past couple of years, through having large scale manifestations and cultural events (Mikser festival, Urban Incubator, October salon), opening cultural institutions (Grad: European centre for culture and debate), new clubs, interventions in public space, among others. Although, every contribution to reviving this part of Belgrade at the moment remains under question mark, due to stiff bureaucratic system, uncertainty of long-term financial support and potential threat of some type of transition countries gentrification process, which calls for deeper analysis and discussion of professionals knowing the process from „within“. Meanwhile, by adopting an attitude to accept the part of personal (civil) responsibility and to find constructive solutions, great commitment of enthusiasts and gathering creative initiatives are being powerful allies of Savamala’s quality future.

Srdjan Tunić

Curator – Art historian/kustos – istoričar umetnosti

Koautor projekta Kustosiranje/co-author of About and around curating project

Put svile (2)

2) Put svile

Stanica: Savamala, Mikser festival 2013

Put svile čini prostorna instalacija na otvorenom, koja se po konceptu oslanja na višeslojno i lično umetnikovo iščitavanje Dalekog Istoka (mahom tradicionalne arhitekture i filozofije). Radi se o trakama snežno bele tkanine koje vise o sajlama između drveća, u rasporedu koji je određen samim prostorom. Put svile Nemanje Čađe je prepoznat kao umetnički rad koji je moguće vezati za teme Mikser festivala 2013: tranzit, promena, pokret. Bele tkanine, iako statične, pomeraju se na vetru, dok naziv upućuje na viševekovne trgovačke veze između Azije i Mediterana, kao i pokretnost (ljudi, ideja, materijala). Takođe, Put svile se, u zavisnosti od uslovljenosti svake nove postavke, nadopunjuje i menja, ostajući i sam u stanju tranzita.

Sastavni deo rada čini gradsko okruženje sa drvećem, nalik parku, sa protokom ljudi; međutim, kao takav izostaje u Savamaloj, u pojasu gde se održava Mikser festival 2013. Tri mesta koja čine i granice festivala su odabrana kao pogodna – bašta ispred Mikser House-a, dva bagrema ispod Brankovog mosta i grupe četinara ka Beton hali. Suočili smo se i sa izazovom nelegalnog korišćenja javnog prostora, usled kratkog roka za postavku i boravka umetnika u Beogradu, što je celom radu nenadano dalo jedan gerilski pristup, iako je to značilo da je „život“ rada tokom trajanja festivala doveden u pitanje. Dosadašnje postavke rada (uključujući i trenutnu) su (pre)trpele uništavanje, izazvano manje vremenskim nepogodama, a više ljudskom (ne)odgovornošću, postajući mesto sukoba. Ovaj neplanirani deo rada je došao do izražaja tek po njegovoj postavci na otvorenom i „interakcijom“ sa Savamalskim prolaznicima i publikom.

Put svile kritikuje neosetljivost lokalnih stanovnika i, posredno, brzog života savremenog čoveka. Poziv da se pojedina (ne)mesta promene u prostore koji nisu prolazni, već mesta gde ljudi mogu da uživaju, drugim rečima da ih osete kao svoja, je saveznik ekološkoj i kulturnoj obnovi Savamale, kao i svakoj promeni koju prihvatimo prvenstveno kao ličnu.

Silk Road

Station: Savamala, Mikser festival 2013

Silk Road consists of an ambient open-air installation, aligning by concept on multilayered and personal artistic reading of the Far East (mainly traditional architecture and philosophy). It is made up of stripes of snow-white textile connected by cables and hanging between trees, directed by the ambient itself. Silk Road by Nemanja Čađo was recognised as an artistic work that could be linked to the topics of Mikser festival 2013: transit, change, movement. White textiles, although static, are easily set in motion by the wind, the artwork title is relining on centuries-long trade routes between Asia and Mediterranean, as well as mobility (of people, ideas, and materials). Also, depending on prerequisites of every new setting, Silk Road is being changed and updated, thus being in constant state of transit.

One of the key elements of the artwork is an urban park-like environment with trees, with an everyday flow of people; but that kind of ambient is missing in Savamala, where Mikser festival 2013 takes place. Three spots were selected as available, making a borderline of the festival itself: garden in front of Mikser House, two Black Locusts underneath Branko’s bridge and groups of conifers toward the Concrete hall. We were faced with a challenge of illegal use of the public space, due to short time for the setting and the artist’s staying in Belgrade, which all gave the artwork an unexpected guerrilla approach, although the “life” of the artwork itself during the festival might have been in question. Previous artworks (including the present one) were prone to destruction, caused less by weather conditions, but more by human (ir)responsibility, becoming a conflict space. This unplanned element has come to the fore after the artwork setting in open-space and “interaction” with Savamala visitors and locals.

Silk Road is criticizing insensibility of locals and, circumstantially, fast life of contemporary people. An invitation to change certain (non)places from being transitory into places that people can enjoy, relax, in other words to feel their own, is an ecological and cultural ally to Savamala’s renovation, as well as every change that we accept as being our own.

Srdjan Tunić

Više o festivalu/more on the festival: http://kustosiranjemikser2013.blogspot.com/, http://mikser.rs/

Više o Putu svile umetnika Nemanje Čađe/more on Silk road by artist Nemanja Čadjo: http://kustosiranjemikser2013.blogspot.com/p/selekcija-kustosiranje-selected-by.html, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD9E0pg-o7E

Ceo katalog je dostupan na/the whole catalogue is available on: https://www.academia.edu/5564311/Kustosiranje_Dozivljaj_u_pokretu_About_and_around_curating_Thrill_in_movement_Mikser_festival_2013

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One comment on “Kustosiranje: Doživljaj u pokretu/About and around curating: Thrill in movement, Mikser festival 2013 (ST text)

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