FLOWING CONNECTIONS (FLOC) IN SPLIT
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM – SCREENINGS – LECTURES – TOURS
Split, October 24-27, 2022
Between October 24-27, 2022, the final part of the FLOWING CONNECTIONS (FLOC) project will be held in the city of Split and its surroundings. It is the last stop of a three-year international collaborative project that dealt with issues of creative reuse of modernist and post-industrial spaces in post-socialist Europe. After the OSTRALE Biennale O21 in Dresden and exhibitions in Budapest and Kaunas, we are organizing a series of public events in Split:
◦ MONDAY, 24.10. at 18:00> RAZRED/ HOME OF THE YOUTH> presentation of the FLOC project: OSTRALE Biennale O21 in Dresden and its iterations in Budapest and Kaunas with the theme "curating in pandemic / isolation". We will also present a program of artistic residencies in Budapest and announce an exchange with Art Quarter Budapest in 2023.
◦ WEDNESDAY, 26.10. at 7 p.m.> LECTURE AND CONVERSATION AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, SPLIT > Marija Dremaite (Vilnius): MODERNISM FOR THE FUTURE (see more below for details)
◦ THURSDAY, 27.10. at 11 a.m. - organized trip to Krvavica, visit to the former Children's health resort built in 1964, designed by the architect Rikard Marasović. From today we accept applications for the tour exclusively by email > firstname.lastname@example.org
Slobodne veze / Loose Associations and their associates have been dealing with the issues of the critical reevaluation and preservation of the modernist architectural heritage of the second half of the 20th century through the activities of the MOTEL TROGIR project. The project consists of many activities and has developed a specific methodology which can be described as a combination of civic activism and scientific, publishing and educational work, including curating and producing contemporary art projects.
At the beginning of 2020, Slobodne veze were invited to (co)curate the international contemporary art biennial in Dresden OSTRALE Biennale O21: BREATHTURN. The large international exhibition took place in one of the neglected modernist buildings in the center of Dresden – the former workers' canteen of the ROBOTRON factory, an important landmark from the GDR period. The exhibition brought together over 130 artists from all over the world, and the biennale then had iterations in the Budapest Art Quarter (aqb) and in Kaunas (Kaunas 2022 European Capital of Culture). Modernist architecture and reflections about its future (and creative reuse) is the red line that connects Dresden, Budapest, Kaunas and Split.
The meeting of the partners of the FLOWING CONNECTIONS project in Split is conceived as a sort of recapitulation of three years of cooperation, but also as a public platform for discussing common topics. In addition to the above-mentioned events, which are open to the public, an artistic residency of the KOLXOZ Collective (Prague, Chisinau, Tiraspol) is organized, as well as a series of internal meetings, tours and networking with actors of the local cultural scene. Kaunas 2022, this year's European Capital of Culture, is one of the project partners that, with its focus on the interwar modernism of the city, through the program line MODERNISM FOR THE FUTURE, opens up a number of interesting topics. With a number of experts, an interdisciplinary project has been developed to nominate modernist districts of Kaunas for UNESCO's list of world cultural heritage. The lecture of Professor Marija Dremaita from the University of Vilnius will present the "phenomenon of the city of Kaunas" and its influence on the modernism of the middle and second half of the 20th century in Lithuania, touching on the "controversial" Soviet modernist legacy. The lecture is at the same time a link to the penultimate stop of the FLOC project and a contribution to bringing together geographically distant areas with similar preoccupations regarding the protection of modernist architectural and other cultural heritage.