Research focus: The Housing Question in the Zagreb Neighborhood of Trešnjevka
Application deadline: June 11, 2017
We are seeking applications from artists to be part of our research residency programme launched in 2016. The residency takes place in and around our space called BAZA, situated in the Zagreb neighborhood of Trešnjevka and should focus on the housing question. Researchers will be awarded a grant of 500 EUR for a three-week stay during a mutually agreed period between September 18 and November 18 2017. Accommodation and travel costs (up to 300 EUR) will be covered by BLOK, as well as logistic support during the research process.
Through organized meetings and guided tours, the selected artist will be offered an insight into the history that shaped the Zagreb of today with a special emphasis on the neighborhood of Trešnjevka and its housing question. [...]
CURATORS: MARTINA MALEŠIČ, ANJA PLANIŠČEK, KLEMEN PLOŠTAJNER
March 17 - April 9
BAZA, B. ADŽIJA STR 11, ZAGREB
We continue to examine the topic of housing in the new season of Artists for Neighbourhood. We start with a visit from Slovenia and a study of its housing conditions through 20th century.
“In what kind of apartments did the people in Ljubljana live in the past hundred years? How large were those apartments, how were they spatially planned and technically equipped? How did the local housing standards develop? What was the quality of life, and what were the habits of city dwellers? How much were the apartments available?
The exhibition shows the development of residences and housing from the early 20th century to the present, the organization of housing policy, the primary forms of addressing the housing issues and specific apartment buildings [...]
December 12, 2016 - February 21, 2017
BAZA, B. Adžija str 11, Zagreb
The exhibition Problem of the Art of the Collective examines the Association of artists Zemlja (1929 - 1935) as an example of an engaged work of painters, sculptors and architects and their search for an answer to the question of what left-wing art is, art that is created collectively and aimed at a collective. Understanding this specific artistic practice is not possible without placing it into a broader socio-political context of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the inter-war period. This is a time marked by the spread of capitalism and general economic crisis, the ban on workers' organizing and progressive political activity under the dictatorship of Karađorđević, a time of forthcoming fascism [...]
PUBLIC LECTURE WITHIN THE POLITICAL SCHOOL FOR ARTISTS (AND ALL INTERESTED)
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017, 7 P.M.
BAZA, B. ADŽIJE STR 11
Under conditions of the neoliberal policies, the art academies and art institutions are becoming more and more corporate and promote "new products" for the "lowest prices". Pushed by privatization, economisation, selection, elitism and class-racial exclusiveness, and then "internationalization", which actually involves only the inclusion of the EU passports holders in the educational process, that is, those “within” the borders of the EU migration regime, the art schools and academies are in a state we need to constantly reflect. What does art and "becoming an artist" mean in the context of the aforementioned standardizations, postgraduate education, precarious working conditions, etc.? What kind of curricula in art academies and schools do we need in order to organize new models of learning and strengthening social relationships, common goods, collectivity and solidarity [...]
THURSDAY, May 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
BAZA, B. ADŽIJE STR 11
In the past year and a half the issues of culture and cultural politics have been filling up newspaper columns and motivating protests and petitions day by day. While in daily politics culture serves mainly as a platfrorm for collecting political points in the bickering among different political parties, the voices of producers from different sectors of culture – from dancers through filmmakers, poets and visual artists to journalists – on the other, are starting to talk more about the neuralgic points in their fields: problems with infrastructure, cutting the budget, abolishing relevant events and publishings [...]
SYNDICALISM OF INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS OF WINTER JAZZ FEST
PUBLIC LECTURE IN THE FRAMEWORK OF POLITICAL SCHOOL FOR ARTISTS
THURSDAY, MARCH 30 2017, AT 8 P.M.
BAZA, B. ADŽIJA STR 11
When we think about independent musicians, we regularly emphasize their independent status, models of self-organization and particularly their artistic freedom. But what happens if we think about musicians as workers?
The work of independent musicians in the club's economy of New York City has the characteristics of a flexible, temporary work, unprotected by labour union contracts in accordance with the restrictive US labor laws. In 2012, a group of independent musicians of "new music" (the new jazz and improvised music) associated with a branch of the American musical labour union AFM (American Federation of Musicians) exerted pressure on [...]