HYBRID OBJECT. EASTERN PROMISES
Micro utopia, Art collectives and activities in Eastern Europe
1-22. February 2013 Kunsthalle Hamburger Platz Berlin
Collaboration among this group of artists began within the duration of the project Hybrid object in 2010. The project author, sculptor Veljko Zejak, envisioned this project as a self-organization of artists, which in collaboration with various cultural institutions and curators generate a creative artist network. In this manner, the artists realize projects of the same thematic issues under varied cultural and production conditions. The prevailing idea that is from the onset woven through the project “Hybrid object” is the use of subjects/abandoned objects that contain information of their use and can represent objects of personal memory.
The project has been realized in the form of residency and exhibition events held in 2010 in Belgrade (SKC Gallery, The Cultural Institute of France, Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzoric), in 2010 and 2011 in the Museum of Too Modern Art, Slovenia, and in 2011, at the Galerie La Vitrine in Paris. So far, the project has been supported by the Ministries of culture of both Serbia and Slovenia, the French Cultural Center Belgrade, the Faculty of Fine Arts Belgrade, Ecole Nationale Superiure des Beaux-Arts, Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway Ljubljana, and many others.
Along with the host artists from Berlin, a group of artists from Eastern Europe – Serbia, Slovenia, and Estonia – will participate in the project. In the duration of the exhibit, thematic lectures are planned at the faculty Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee where artists will, along with presentations of their work, discuss the art scene, specific conditions for production development, and artistic practices in their respective countries. One distinction in work method that is increasingly developing globally is self-organization and artist collaboration, but bears particular character in Eastern Europe of the principle of agricultural cooperatives from the socialist era. In this sense, artists from art collectives Third Belgrade, MOBA Banatska Dubica and Container Art Gallery, Tallinn will present their work. Such principles of association derive from utopia, decentralization and relocation of art from institutionalized, established frameworks. This is art that is being developed in city outskirts, factory complexes, or in rural areas at the eastern edges of Europe.