October 14, 2017 at 18h
Art Gallery Nadežda Petrović, Čačak
Orientation in 100 revolutions investigates notion of re-materialisation as a tool to imagine the totality of the world and to comprehend its revolutionary potential. How to think totality, how to materialize it as a spatial fact in an art space? As a hypothesis, an oversized picture is placed in the gallery space, covering the floor or walls, demanding interactions with the people who share the space with it. Textual matrix, as another component of this work, collects and systematises a list of rebellions, uprisings, mass protests, riots or crowd discharges and migrations that happen in the past hundred years following the Russian revolution of 1917. This chronology implies a world map and traces an almost uninterrupted flow of different attempts, of social movements and physical movement of the people – up to nowadays. Their acceleration that will eventually lead to synchronicity and totality, might have already happened but escaped us – due to our lack of political orientation.
The abstract forms on the oversized picture and chronology of revolutions combine into a grid, unrecognisable map. Distant or recent historical events and portions of the picture are brought into causal and unexpected relations through this performance environment, and proposed as a political orientation tool.
The work is conceived as long term and migrating between media and contexts – from simple mounting of 100 sq metres picture in an art space, to working with performers, audience and public filming sessions to working in public space. The first version of the work is shown in Art Gallery Nadežda Petrović, Čačak, Serbia, on October 14, within the Conditions of Communal Thinking exhibition.
Co-production of Walking Theory and Art gallery Nadežda Petrović.
The work is supported through Culture programme of European Union within Create to Connect project.
This work was conceived in 2016 in the course of the Artists in Residence programme of the Federal Chancellery and KulturKontakt Austria.
Bojan Djordjev and Siniša Ilić collaborated on numerous of artistic / research projects on the nexus of performance art, visual art and theatre. They are both co-founders of TkH (Walking Theory) art and theory platform from Belgrade.
Siniša Ilić (b.1977 in Belgrade) visual artist who through different media addresses social phenomena and mechanisms, exploring forms of labor, tension, social violence and states of uncertainty. Ilić collaborates with various artists and cultural workers on a range of projects. He showed his work in Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Paris, Yekaterinburg, London and Vienna.
Bojan Djordjev (b. 1977 in Belgrade) is performance maker from Belgrade, educated in theatre and art theory in Belgrade at Faculty of Drama/University of Arts and Amsterdam at DasArts. Apart from Belgrade, his works have been shown in Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York, Vienna, Zurich, Zagreb, Rijeka and Ljubljana.