Spajalica continues with the current cultural practice of reactivating public and urban spaces, focusing on people’s vulnerable position in socio-economic currents. It reflects on people’s dilemmas about the future, which could be brightened by a conscious redirection of individuals’ needs and desires.
As in the previous years, Spajalica relates to our struggle with the rapid changes and elimination of public space from common horizons and it addresses the issue of idleness, which has been labeled lately as undesirable, inefficient and lazy behavior. The repertoire includes exhibitions, art interventions and workshops, by the following artists: ARCHIsquad,Lara Badurina, Filip Cenek, Laura Llaneli, Miron Milić, Damir Žižić and Kristian Kožul.
Rijeka’s main promenade will temporarily receive a new sculpture – Inflatable Realities (Žižić/Kožul), while the atrium of Mali salon gallery and Radio Rijeka will get a modular living room (ARCHIsquad). The windows of Mali salon will become new icons of light (Badurina) and the ruins of Rijeka’s old town will provide a setting for street art (Milić). Rijeka’s music bands are also involved, but outside of the ambiance of clubs. Finally, a provision of a 95-year old charter that designates music as the main governing principle will come into effect again (Laura Llaneli and Filip Cenek).
Laura Llaneli, who is visiting Rijeka thanks to cooperation with Hangar centre from Barcelona, deconstructs pieces of music. During her two-month residence, Lanelli works together with different music bands from Rijeka and explores the possibilities that such cooperation can offer. Understanding in this process relies more on hearing and less on the logic of language. The Concert Sessions open the door to a new, different space, hidden within an existing, known space, focusing on its sensory and architectural characteristics of three different locations. The entire space is seen as a resonant box storing different experiences, which are brought to life depending on the strings pulled by music. Dispersion ¿____ ?offers new ways of listening to music, stepping away from the usual, frontal relationship between a band and the audience. Read more on http://laurallaneli.tumblr.com/
Czech artist Filip Cenek is also visiting Rijeka, based on the cooperation with Prague-based Futura Gallery and Residency program Kamov. In one month residence, Cenek explores hidden layers of city sounds, sounds that find their echo in the crannies of ordinary structures, or, in other words, in the concepts of temporary autonomous zones introduced in the 1980ies by Hakim Bey. The background reference idea is the controversial chapter in Rijeka’s history, during D’Annunzio’s regency of this city. Bey refers to D’Annunzio’s “state” as the “last pirate utopia”, where the central governing principle was music. By using various audio methods, Cenek plays unexpected sounds at different locations in the city centre. The installation acts like a sound vortex that questions the primacy of vision in navigation through urban landscapes.
More about the project:
Planned as a multi-annual project, Soft Control intends to place in focus the cultural phenomena that occur at the intersections of art and reflection of the public sphere. As a long-term cultural project, it forms a kind of platform, a meeting point and exchange of artists, cultural workers and researchers. The project calls for linking and active participation of different target audiences, especially young people, students and elderly people. Art and science come together, by comparing and exchanging models of critical thinking, research, experimentation and activism. The project will be run as an exchange, production and mobility of artists and professionals, circulation of works of art of a wide spectrum, a series of small exhibitions, interviews with artists and other activities at the location of each partner, networked with each other and with other organizations in Europe. Each partner has created its own package of events which will result in a number of activities and presentations, both real and virtual. MMCA will bring together artists and researchers who explore the concept of public space, in conjunction with modern production, discussing its various manifestations and meanings as a cultural symbol.
Soft Control (Duration: 1.6. 2012th - 31/05/2015.)
The leading partner of the Soft Control project is organization KIBLA; Association for Culture and Education, Maribor, Slovenia and the partners are: Hangar, Center for research and production of visual arts, Barcelona, Spain; CIANT, Prague, Youth Center, Belgrade, Serbia; KGLU, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia FBAUP, Guimaraes, Portugal, MMSU, Rijeka, Croatia, ozone, Belgrade, Serbia ; RIXC, Riga, Latvia.