David Kerr: A noose around your neck until you die
Ina Wudtke: The Fine Art of Living
5 October - 3 November 2017
BAZA, B. Adžije 11, Zagreb
opening and guided tour by the artists: Thursday October 5 2017, at 7 p.m.
working hours: Tuesday - Friday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 14th of October 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
We conclude this year's season of Artists for Neighbourhood with an exhibition by two artists who put the housing issue at the center of their artistic interest and political engagement. David Kerr and Ina Wudtke looked for the causes and consequences of the housing problem at local examples of Glasgow and Berlin, linking the housing crisis to processes of urban transformation that reveal its deep political and economic roots [...]
NEIGHBOUR TO NEIGHBOUR IS AN ARRANT WOLF - INDIVIDUALIZATION OF COLLECTIVE HOUSING
The privatization of the housing fund in the 90s, the influence of the private market into housing and the accompanying construction boom in the 2000s marked the spatial, social and economic processes of the post-socialist city on the European periphery. However, in the recent few years new factors have begun to model a debate on city, housing and housing architecture. On the one hand, the economic crisis slowed down the construction of new housing capacities and shifted the focus to a more rational use of the existing ones, while the reduction of housing expenses became a topic of increasing social importance. On the other hand, accession to the European Union imposes new standards governing the construction industry, energetics and impact on the environment [...]
INTERVENTION IN THE PARK, VOLTINO NEIGHBOURHOOD
JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2017
PRESENTATION AT BAZA, JUNE 30, 2017, 7 P.M.
If you dream alone, that is just a dream. If we dream together, that is reality.
- Brazilian folk poem
Neighborhood in today's context implies, on the one hand, the physical sharing of housing space and, on the other, a complex relationship between personal and collective, often accompanied by a search for the community in an urban context. Is there any relationship between these two implications, spatial and relational, today, in the unstable conditions of work and life? If yes, how should we build it? The intervention A Change from the Bench explores the notion of neighborhood and the potential of individual ideas to create something common [...]
Saturday, 11 November 2017
12:00 – 21:00
BAZA, B. Adžije 11
Infrastructures are modernization’s linguistic and physical offspring, or, simply put, they are the basic networks for the new living conditions and the organization of life and work we associate with the industrial and technological revolutions of the nineteenth century onward. Even today, the notion of infrastructure primarily evokes traffic, telecommunications, electricity, water supply and new, somewhat less visible, infrastructural forms such as microwaves and satellites, and new time, space and workforce management systems. The above development period also calls to mind “state infrastructure”, a term whose implication is that the entire network is governed by the State itself, as the most rational of bodies. However, first in the West in the 1970s and then in a number of post-socialist countries in the 1990s, infrastructures were gradually conceded to private governance and interests, which weakened the State’s grip.
For the purposes of this one-day seminar, we have tried to “apply” the term to the field of culture, i.e. production in culture and art, which has often - alongside education, science and social welfare - been left out of the narrow understanding of the infrastructure as a mere physical network, whose function is to make our lives easier and allow for quicker exchange and more efficient communication [...]
lecture by Ina Wudtke, a part of her exhibition The Fine Art of Living
Friday, November 3, 2017, at 7 p.m.
BAZA, B. Adžije 11, Zagreb
The lecture will examine the subject of workers writers in the Weimar Republic after the November Revolution, a widespread revolt that led to the collapse of the German Empire on the eve of the World War I. The workers' struggles, at the heart of this upheaval, are the basis of many democratic achievements in Germany, which seem self-explicatory today, such as abolishing the three-class electoral rights and introducing women's voice rights. Demands for democratization, as direct echoes of the October Revolution, did not bypass the field of art either. Thus, Soviet artists, such as Sergei Tretyakov and Vladimir Mayakovsky, during their stay in Berlin, encouraged German artists to put their work in the service of the revolution. Around 1920, the KPD (Communist Party of Germany) began to encourage workers to write and describe the world from a class perspective in their works, thus breaking the hegemony of bourgeois writers [...]
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 [...]