THE OUTBURST OF CREATIVITY

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Exhibitions, Discussions and Workshops by City Guerrilla and Urban Incubator

10th - 15th May, various locations

During the first two weeks of May, the ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE project featured a truly impressive array of diverse events organized by City Guerrilla and Urban Incubator. Among the mostly participation-based events were exhibitions, performances, talks, workshops, and meetings with the local community and visitors. Both City Guerrilla and Urban Incubator, which originally started as Goethe-Institut projects, have engaged young people in examining possible solutions to urban problems for several years. Since 2012, their main focus has been the Belgrade city quarter of Savamala which is undergoing a steady process of gentrification.

A number of CG and UI activities took place at the temporary project space, the Actopolis Apartment, near the city center. The first of events there was an interesting experiment that consisted of 10 participants (plus a lovely dog named Mila) taking part in a lockdown with a bunch of materials for 6 hours. As one participant, Stanislav Drča, put it, 'The aim was to test the limits of shared mental space by limiting the physical one'. At the end, the apartment was opened for visitors. The traces of creativity and participants’ spontaneous interactions were laying around as a document in time, waiting to be discovered and interpreted.

Following this, a series of exhibitions were opened, among them was Retrospective Loops by artists Sara Radonja and Ivan Šuletić at the Urban Incubator space, featuring the premier performance of a piece entitled Output by Jug Marković.

Next was the presentation of the video Our Belgrade Waterfront by the Swiss magazine for architecture and art Kamenzind. There was also a bike repair workshop in held by the group Bike Kitchen with whom Urban Incubator shares a space in Savamala.

Another exhibition took place around the same time playfully named Savamala 3D Monster. The artists were Olga Jorgačević and Simon Marić, and they referenced mythologies of Savamala and used imaginary perspectives in order to tell stories that highlighted the characteristics of this old city quarter.

Later, the Salon of Open libraries was held in order to promote CG’s ongoing Open Libraries Project. The salon was followed by a lecture-performance and talk with NK studio’s Jovan Stamatović-Karić, entitled ‘Theatre without Space’.

In the same theme, CG presented the collective painting Hit the Hermes that was made as a reaction to research on statistics about visitors of the National Museum in Belgrade.

The end of this cycle of events was marked by a public presentation of the first two weeks’ activities, and by a photography walk called Record a Dream that wound through the quarter of Dorćol and whose aim was to discover the area’s hidden history.

The final UI and CG events coincided with a visit from one of the ACTOPOLIS curators, Martin Fritz, who met with several project participants and representatives from the media. He offered his thoughts about ACTOPOLIS as a whole and hinted at details about the upcoming international exhibition, which will take place at the close of the greater project.

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