TOPIC

The project task emphasises the need that every citizen should be granted free access to information and the official procedures that were hereto unavailable to the general public. Moreover, we are offering the opportunity for pinpointing and creative treatment of any local topic that is considered to be an open secret. The text of the Draft Law on Free Access to Information provides an indirect analysis of the unacceptable behaviour of the authorities as regards public affaires. The text of this draft law and the issues dealt with in the articles of that law give an insight into the existing ossified pattern of the usual attitude of state and public institutions towards analysing, processing and archiving information owned (and produced) by them. Many of these attitudes have become widely accepted as typified, eternal and unchangeable. The very inertness of the administration and inefficiency of critical public opinion create and provide long-term favourable conditions for the existence of open secrets: for example, corruption is an unavoidable method of dealing with the authorities of state. Creative answers to this topic provided by the Open Secret project, given in the form of artistic or documentary work, should avoid the trap that campaigns, public discussions or debates in the media often fall into: this project is not targeted at some imaginary "interested and concerned" citizens but... (further text is the Rex secret formula)

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THE METHODOLOGY

The main method applied when carrying out this project consists of holding instructive, consultative and creative workshops which provide conditions for creative work of the participants and for organizing local and closing exhibitions.
Four open workshops for any interested participants are held in every town of partner organizations. Firstly the topic will be introduced with inputs from different legal, artistic and philosophic experts through a workshop. Further workshops with artist moderators and their local assistants will consult the participants concerning the concept and production of works.
After local exhibitions and awarding of works in every town, the closing, joint exhibition will be held in Belgrade in order to show the best works together.

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OPEN CALL

PRIZE COMPETITION is open to authors of all vocations. The candidates are invited to submit artistic and documentary works responding to the topic "Open Secret ".

The project is carried out by:
REX - B92 Cultural Centre, Resource Centres in Nis, Leskovac, Sandzak, Bor, the Urban In Club (Novi Pazar), Gallery "Sopocanska vidjenja" (Novi Pazar), Centre for Culture in Bor, Cultural Centre in Nis, Cultural Centre in Leskovac, Gallery of the Museum of Mining and Metallurgy (Bor).

  • Three best ranked works in each town where the competition is announced will be awarded prizes
  • Awarded and honourable mention submissions will be shown at joint exhibitions in Nis, Novi Pazar, Leskovac, Bor and Belgrade

The participants can take part in the workshops focusing on preparing, creating and exhibiting works of art or consult with artists-moderators. Resource Centres and REX will provide financial and technical support for the production of works chosen and prepared in the course of the above-mentioned workshops.

Submission deadline is 25 June 2003.

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TIME SCHEDULE

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