Cultural Centre Belgrade (KCB) from the 6th of March until the 29th of March
Participants: Dubravka Sekulić, Jozua Zaagman, Francois Lombarts, Baka Gabriela, Paul Segers, Matthijs Bosman, Jeroen Doorenweerd, Anthony Kleinpier.
The fourth exhibition of the A.C.T. DEMOC(K)RACYproject, which focuses on a bottom-up awareness of European democracy through actual cultural exchange, fostering awareness and relations by a combination of international residencies and exchanges of students and tutors, by seminars that stimulate thinking and acting and by exhibitions which open up sensibilities.
Keynote text Dubravka Sekulić
informal mappers Jozua Zaagman and Francois Lombarts
graphic design Gabriela Baka
Artworks in public space Paul Segers, Matthijs Bosman and Jeroen Doorenweerd
spatial designer Anthony Kleinepier
brought together by Freek Lomme
Civil provision! stimulates the desire of people for exchange and production at Belgrade coldspots (rather than hotspots) through the heart-warming power of the artistic imagination. Rather than showing productions in a gallery space, the artistic services will give rise to provisions in the streets of Belgrade, providing transcending and poetic opportunities to the people’s public wishes.
The gallery space is used as a command centre during production and will become an information centre for the duration of the show. At the opening of the exhibition the artists will officially hand over the authority over their work to the people. On site, artists and users will cut the ribbon to express the transfer symbolically. A newspaper will be produced to spread the information, motivation and opportunities the project produces and distributes.
The project therefore necessarily focuses on informal demands and social opportunities that remain hidden and, through this, hopes to give rise to artistic materialisations which infect the bottom-up awareness and foster actual provisions opening up for exchange and usage. Here, a locally situated exchange becomes the material basis of small economics in a wider immaterial field.
Effectively: writers will describe the Belgrade urban subject in general and relate this to wider currents, field workers will walk the streets in a quest for offbeat demands at public coldspots, the mappings will be condensed to focus on demands and to focus on sites, and in response artists will give rise to settings and modes for exchange. This will be captured in a newspaper and an exploratory exhibition in the former command centre.
Made possible thanks to:
The European Cultural Foundation
The municipality of Eindhoven
All project partners!
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.