Actopolis
Sarajevo

Intro

Sarajevo is a city full of unusual places/spaces and ideas about them, but most of the time they are scattered and often unconnected. Actopolis Sarajevo aims to connect these places and ideas in a flexible network that establishes relationships between widely distributed signs and meanings and creates conditions for critical questioning and for creating a productive, humane, dynamic, supportive and generous city.

In line with this aim, Actopolis Sarajevo will use a specific location (Hastahana Park) as a place of departure and a first point from which the city will be studied and possibilities for its improvement explored. Hastahana Park (hastahana means hospital or a place of healing) is situated in the city centre and is nowadays a park for young people, a city landmark, playground and a place of constant urban challenge. This particular space will not only become a laboratory for various “experiments”, but hopefully a kind of hospital for the healing of the city’s problems.

With three projects selected for Actopolis Sarajevo, namely SarajevoCloud, Green Pavillion and Sarajevo Album we shall test methods for thinking about the city and explore tools to focus on and cross borders and to create lateral links between art, urban planning and activism. Actopolis Sarajevo will serve as a platform for dialogue, thinking, exchange of opinions and ideas about the meaning and transformation of space, the past, present and future of the city, as well as open spaces for experimenting and examining the usual, strongly established beliefs, attitudes and practices related to the city and the social life of the city.

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Take a look behind the scenes: in the LAB, the artists are developing their projects online. Your contributions and comments to the work in progress are welcome!

  • OPENING ACTOPOLIS LAB SARAJEVO

    7 June 2016 18:46 by ACTOPOLIS

    Opening Actopolis LAB Sarajevo © Goethe-Institut BiH. Photo by Zoran Kanlić
    Actopolis Lab Sarajevo opened on the 6th of June, 2016 at the Hastahana Skate Park in the center of Sarajevo. The mayor of the Centar Sarajevo municipality, Dževad Bećirević discussed the concept of the Actopolis project and its specific representations in different Actopolis cities. He was joined by the director of the Goethe-Institut in Bosnia-and-Herzegovina, Charlotte Hermelink, the Actopolis project art director, Angelika Fitz, and the curator of Actopolis LAB Sarajevo, Danijela Dugandžić.

PARTICIPANTS

© Armina Pilav
Armina Pilav

Armina Pilav

© Armina Pilav
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

I was born in B&H and live and work between Sarajevo and Venice. I obtained my Ph.D. in Urbanism at the post-graduate school of the Faculty of Architecture in Venice. I am an urban activist and researcher, an architect and urbanist with special interest in war/post-war cities. My work includes the female and feminist perspective of reproduction and imagination in the city.

My research/practice is related to observing, visualising and rethinking war/post-war cities or other forms of urban conflict and extreme urban situations (i.e. natural disasters), using visual research methods and representations and collective spatial imagination. In my research and projects I participated in scientific and other conferences in Spain, Portugal, Slovenia and Albania and elsewhere. At the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014, I showed my research work "Sarajevo and self-made solutions in the context of war emergency". I have participated in and conducted several workshops with citizens and architecture students, including participation in the residency programme of "Decolonizing architecture" in Palestine (2008) and was workshop leader of "Remaking our city" in Sarajevo (2012). I was also part of the interactive art project "Bring In Take Out Living Archive". Currently, I am the co-author and researcher of the action-research programme Gradologija,
www.gradologija.ba.
© Asmir Mutevelić
Asmir Mutevelić

Asmir Mutevelić

© Asmir Mutevelić
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Asmir Mutevelić was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2009 and is one of the founding partners and director at Filter arhitektura.

In his work, Mutevelić is searching for universal and lasting qualities of space and focuses on experience and the psychology of space. Through his work and research in theory of architecture, he is working towards the creation of new and precise design methodology.

He has won several awards as a co-author for projects at international and local public competitions: Himalayan Mountain Hut ‒ honourable mention (2015); Young Balkan Designers "Common Grounds" (2015); Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum (2013); second prize in the competition for the memorial to 2nd of May 1992 Sarajevo (2012); first prize in the competition for the historical park of Medieval Bosnia (2009). One of his projects was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award ‒ The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2015).
© Maja Topčagić
Bojan Stojčić

Bojan Stojčić

© Maja Topčagić
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Bojan Stojčić (1988) is an artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated in Graphic Design aat the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, and finished his master thesis about drawing in the same institution. His work has been shown in multiple local and international exhibitions. He is an associate in the Ideologija design studio based in Sarajevo.

Bojan Stojčić's work is based primarily on interventions in the public space (both physical and virtual). His interventions are primarily textual and almost always demonstrate the artist's intimate thoughts and ideas. Positioned in particular places or set on different objects coming from artist's living space, all his works carry a message that is clear, sometimes painfully realistic, sarcastic and mostly funny. More than that, some works (realised in different institutions) are politically and socially engaged and use the space itself to bring about these written metaphors. Works done in studio are mostly text based drawings, or drawings that incorporate different pictorial or textual narratives.
© Danijela Dugandžić Živanović
Danijela Dugandžić

Danijela Dugandžić

© Danijela Dugandžić Živanović
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo


Danijela Dugandžić is a feminist worker, curator, cultural producer and creator active in the women's movement and in the field of feminist art for the past 20 years. She is currently an acting director of the organisation called CRVENA. Over the years she worked with many artists and organisations from around the globe and produced work in different media. She sees feminism as a lifestyle and takes feminist values and solidarity as her starting point in all projects.

Danijela Dugandžić's work includes Vagina Monologues theatre plays (Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb), a documentary We are the majority, performance Bujrum Izvolite, the art project Transfor(M)art etc. As a member of the feminist curatorial group Red Min(e)d she curated the 54th October Salon in Belgrade in 2013. The group's experimental project The Bring In Take Out Living Archive appeared in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Munich, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Stockholm, Zurich etc. In 2014 she curated an exhibition in the public space called "My house is your house too". Danijela also teaches courses for a Women's Studies programme, provides consultancy and gives lectures all over BIH.

With CRVENA she developed and produced numerous projects, exhibitions, public actions and interventions, artist talks and lectures dealing with contemporary art, feminism, violence against women and girls, women's history and women's engagement. In 2013, together with a team of four researchers, architects and activists she developed a comprehensive program Gradologija (Cityology) www.gradologija.ba that deals with questions of urban governance, use and misuse of public space in the city, urban mobilisation and the possibilities for creation, maintenance and development of what is known as "urban commons".
Haris Sahačić

Haris Sahačić

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Haris Sahačić was born 1977 in Sarajevo; He graduated in Media Design at the Department for Experimental Radio of the Bauhaus University in Weimar/Germany. Since 1999 he has been active in the field of NGOs, trade unions and radio. He is an administrator, radio producer, poet, writer, sound designer, composer and feminist-friendly man.

The artistic expression of this media designer is to be found initially in his books of poetry, which were written in 2001 – Requiem for the Tears of Bohemians (in German and Bosnian); in 2008 – Three Warlocks (in Bosnian); in 2010 ‒ Around our Necks Remained a Grip of Wars (in Bosnian); and in 2013 – One for All against One (in German). Since 2003 he has collaborated with Student eFM radio in Sarajevo, Radio FREI in Erfurt and later with www.bauhaus.fm. On 25 September 2009 he and his team received an honourable mention from the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt for the production of “Gattschaft Bericht”. All the audio-visual concepts, radio essays, radio features, radio dramas, sound experiments et al. produced by Haris Sahačić are seen socially speaking as the purely ground-level reaction of a free radio artist to the high level of irresponsibility of the multi-level “society” in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Link to Blog
Katarina Bošnjaky

Katarina Bošnjak

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Katarina Bošnjak was born in 1990. She completed her BA at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo in 2012 and her MA in 2014 at the same institution. She is currently employed as Junior Architect at OSNAP d.o.o. and is an exterior collaborator at the Faculty of Architecture, Department of City planning, a member of the LIFT – spatial initiatives, a volunteer at theatre SARTR and writer for student magazine 303 ( field: urbanism).

Katarina’s projects include video works, short movies, research and interior designs as well as active participation in the organisation of the Sarajevo Days of Architecture. Katarina has participated in exhibitions including “VIDEODETECTURE” with a short movie: “Visual pollution, manipulation and frustration” and Green Design in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She also gave lectures at the CICIOP conference in 2013 and the Days of Architecture 2015 with the project “Experimental Park ‒ Kindergarten”. She has participated in numerous workshops from the Green Design workshop “Illegal settlements” in 2012, “City Acupuncture” in Sarajevo and Split, workshops with Norwegian students in Međugorje, “Urban Incubator” in Savamala in 2013 and “Komad grada” in Belgrade in 2014. Together with Sejjid Dudić she created a promotional video for the ASK conference in 2014 entitled “Urban transformations: Animation of Urban Ruins”. Katarina received an award from the Green Design Center for “Best integration of green techniques”.
Kenan Vatrenjak

Kenan Vatrenjak

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Kenan Vatrenjak was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2009. In 2005/2006 he studied at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona and worked at Barcelona City Hall. He is one of the founding partners at Filter arhitektura.

Kenan Vatrenjak is currently working on architectural projects of various types and sizes. Through his work, he seeks to question a given problem and to understand design as a specific type of research.

He has won several awards as a co-author for projects at international and local public competitions: Himalayan Mountain Hut ‒ honourable mention (2015); Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum (2013); first prize in the competition for a monument/scenography to erased citizens (2013); second prize in the international competition for the urban-architecture concept design for the Badel Site Zagreb redevelopment (2012); second prize in the competition for the memorial to 2nd of May 1992 Sarajevo (2012).

He has also worked on a research project: “Propocon ‒ Property, Possession and Conflict in Re/Building Settlement”, for The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
Lana Čmajčanin

Lana Čmajčanin

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Lana Čmajčanin was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Sarajevo. Her work encompasses installations, video works, performances and sound installations. She is one of the founders and members of the Association for Culture and Art CRVENA.

Čmajčanin’s socially engaged artistic practice is often situated and has a strong reference to a specific place, the political framework, the war and post-war situation in B&H and more widely also distinctly includes the role of women and the female body.

She is not afraid to be engaged with even the most traumatic issues of the space she comes from. Her work presents an un-bribable political agenda and she succeeds in translating and transmitting local realities and experiences in a universal code that is comprehensible to an international audience. Lana Čmajčanin has shown her works in many international exhibitions and has participated in several Artists-in-Residence Programmes. She has won several awards and scholarships including the Special Award of the 54th October Salon in 2013. She has also been nominated for the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
www.lanacmajcanin.com/
Roberto Vertieri

Roberto Vertieri

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Born in Italy; lives and works between Sarajevo and Venice. Graduated in architecture at the Venice Faculty of Architecture ‒ IUAV. After degree worked as graphic designer and film maker. Currently studying film directing at film.factory ‒ Sarajevo Film Academy.

Work and research focus on the development and contradictions that are constantly produced for and by societies and Nature.
Vedad Islambegović

Vedad Islambegović

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Vedad Islambegović was born in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2008, where he is also an assistant lecturer and PhD candidate. In 2005/2006 studied at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona and worked at Barcelona City Hall. He is one of the founding partners at Filter arhitektura.

Islambegović’s PhD thesis is related to informal city-forming processes and their socio-political origin. He has also worked on a research project: “Propocon ‒ Property, Possession and Conflict in Re/Building Settlement”, for The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

He has won several awards as a co-author for projects at international and local public competitions: Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum (2013); second prize in the international competition for the urban-architecture concept design for the Badel Site Zagreb redevelopment (2012); second prize in the competition for the memorial to 2nd of May 1992 Sarajevo (2012), first prize in the competition for the historical park of Medieval Bosnia (2009). One of his projects was nominated for Mies van der Rohe award ‒ The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2015).

Many of his projects have been published in relevant architectural magazines, such as Oris magazine (Croatia), Hochpartere (Switzerland) and Archithese (Switzerland).