main aim within this project is to provide means for direct
communication of project participants, to provide continuacy
of that process, to anable (primaraly young) people to meet
and develope ideas and projects together. This is, on our
opinion, equaly if not even more important than work on
realizing concrete projects.
meaning look into diferent scenes (look trough - overview),
CROSSECTION as finding common grounds and realizing diferences.
We will continue making new and straightening existing ties
in Serbia and trouout ex-Yugoslavia using positive aspects
of on-line communication and networking.
CONNECTION with other cities in Serbia = CROSSECTION SERBIA
Since 2 years ago similar initiatives like Rex, although
on a smaller scale, are being taken by different groups
of young 'scene' in different cities throughout Serbia.
We have established contacts with initiatives in Subotica,
Novi Sad, Pancevo, Nis, Kraljevo, Pristina and some smaller
towns. The idea is not only to present the work of one to
others but also to develop joint projects of a mutual interest.
Caution! = black
& white photography workshops (held by Olivera Batajic)
whose topic will be life in Serbia and that will connect
workshop participants from different cities, ending up
with joint exhibition of works made in year 2000. Workshops
will be organized in 7 cities (Belgrade as well) with
groups of 10 participants. Groups will be mixed - both
experienced photographers and beginners. REX provides
working material and participants photo cameras. Only
chosen shots will be developed and final selection will
be made for the exhibition. Photos should be accompanied
by short writing impressions (about life).
= Nebojsa Milikic's project that aims to find out
which are the ways to communicate with a Man, 'small'
and 'big' one, who is on the edge of endurance and on
the margin of any interest. These will bee rehearsals
of comprehending (of awareness)... trough 'playing', starting
from the thesis of high level of closeness and self-isolation
of social groups in Serbia today. This will be organized
trough multimedia manifestation / event - mixture of the
works in different media chosen by participants themselves.
Open for participation of anyone interested in the topic.
is a part of "Kaleidoscope" Photographic Workshop
established in 1998, which promote a new model of photographers'
training and present an up-to-date photographic approach
and sensibility. The Kaleidoscope 2 group includes 10
trainees - 5 form Belgrade & 1 from Kragujevac, Valjevo,
Nis, Novi Sad and Cetinje. Aleksandar Kelic, Vesna Pavlovic
and Andreja Leko will be working with them for six months,
individually. The group will encompass the trainees who
have already opted for photography and photographic image
as a vocation. Each trainee selects a topic he will be
working on for the full six-month period. A prior analysis
of a selected topic, including a genre's development throughout
the history of photography, enables a trainee to work
out his own affiliation and individual approach. Individual
training is combined with weekly group meetings, so as
to secure the continuity to a group work. A variety of
accompanying activities - such as meetings with outstanding
photographers and painters, visits to exhibitions, analyses
of monographs on photography and expert literature are
planned. Activities of the group will be presented trough
group and solo exhibitions in Belgrade galleries. The
Kaleidoscope's web site is under construction.
CONNECTION FORMER YUGO SCENE = CROSSECTION EX-YUGOSLAVIA
of the worst consequences of civil war in former Yugoslavia
was the loss of any contact among people who once used to
communicate and cooperage, especially people from the field
of culture and art. In spite of war-mongering propaganda,
blocked media and lack of any postal or traffic communication,
all contacts were not lost completely. Contacts were preserved
in many ways, although certain ways were sometimes dangerous.
People who are into alternative culture kept most intensive
contacts among each other. We wont to build bridges between
ex-Yugoslav republics again, to make already existing ones
stronger and to look for new ways and models for development
of cultural exchange and co-operation among artists, which
is aimed at cultural connectivity and development of tolerance."
Starting from this platform, with support of KulturKontakt
- Austria, Fund for an Open Society and Hotel Kasina - Belgrade
we started with realization of the project titled CROSSECTION
in 1998. Main aim of the project was to build the infrastructure
that will make contacts and co-operation between ex-YU scenes
constant, publicly recognized and more efficient. Unfortunately,
political developments in Yugoslavia stopped this process
but we are now in the position to continue it way we wonted
from the beginning - work on better knowing each other (connecting
young people active in arts and culture, presenting their
work, situation on the scene they belong), exchanging programs
and developing cooperative projects.
ATTACK initiative - Zagreb, LAMPARNA cultural center - Labin
(Croatia), new media initiative LJUDMILA and multicultural
center METELKOVA in Ljubljana, cultural center PEKARNA -
Maribor, DIA ORGANIZACIA - Banjaluka, PAVAROTI CENTER -
Mostar, ALTERNATIVE SCENE ZORAN RADMILOVIC - Trebinje, VIDEO
FACTORY in Vukovar, initiatives in Sarajevo... Examples:
of Slovenian contemporary art and civic scene trough presenting
and initiatives it supports
and realizing project based on the idea of Vedran Gulic
(Zagreb) and Ile Cvetkovski (Skopje): line of video and
web documentary works made trough meetings of young authors
form Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, B&H.
Videos shot during the group gatherings in Belgrade, Skopje,
Zagreb, Ljubljana, Sarajevo will be part of a web 'story
/ presentation' of emerging art practitioners from ex-YU.
This will be the opportunity to learn about each other,
living and working conditions, background and same time
go trough creative process while working on a joint project