The main aim of the project OUT OF THE BOX is to enable conditions for a stable long-term cooperation between Serbian and Norwegian contemporary cultural scene. Idea is to activate and bring closer the richness and diversity of the artistic scenes of Norway and Serbia, since no initiative has been launched so far. In recent years, several programs have been held in different cultural segments in Serbia, whereas modern Norwegian culture was represented. However, in the area of contemporary visual art, individual artists and curatorial roles were often, only randomly included in regular gallery programs and already existing manifestations.
Merging two art scenes on all levels of professional collaboration is creating precedence thus further exploring possibilities, even once the project is finished. Creating a favorable conditions for artistic and theoretical activities, such as: research, studies, presentations, lectures, exhibitions, etc.
Essence of this project is to create new connections which after the project is completed should function in their own directions which won’t and can’t be controlled and instructed by the project from which it grew out. Project will contribute to learning from both Norwegian and Serbian side, about the issues concerning the socio-economic betterment of art makers. Theoretical and methodological choices in the case of discussions recognizing the socio-economic issues will be strictly speaking within the presented framework of the project OUT OF THE BOX.
Ina Blom is a professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo and Wigeland Visiting Professor at the Department of Art History, University of Chicago. Her field of specialty is modernism/avant-garde studies and contemporary art with a particular focus on the relationship between art, technology and media. Recent books include The Autobiography of Video. The Life and Times of a Memory Technology (New York: Sternberg Press, 2016), On the Style Site. Art, Sociality and Media Culture (New York: Sternberg Press, 2007/2009) as well as the edited volumes Memory in Motion. Archives, Technology and the Social (Amsterdam University Press, 2016) and Raoul Hausmann et les avant-gardes (Paris: Les presses du réel, 2014). A founding member of the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities, she has directed the interdisciplinary research project The Archive in Motion (2011-2014), and have taken part in the similarly interdisciplinary projects Aesthetics at Work (2003-2007) and Media Aesthetics (2004-2008). A former curator and music critic, she is also an art critic, contributing to Artforum, Afterall, Parkett, and Texte zur.
AUTHORS: Darka Radosavljević
ORGANIZER: Remont - Independent Art Association, Belgrade, Serbia
SUPPORT: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Serbia
OCA - Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Public Event Wednesday - 15 May at 17.00, University of Arts in Belgrade, Kosančićev venac 29
"And Follow It”. Straight Lines and Infrastructural Sensibilities.
Abstract: In this lecture, I present La Monte Young’s groundbreaking 1960 composition Draw A Straight Line and Follow It (and the various permutations it engendered, across media and contexts) as a turning point in the longer history of straight lines in modern art and their relation to wider infrastructural conditions and changes. My argument is that Young’s work introduces a new and distinct form of infrastructural sensibility that may ultimately provide some points toward an archeology of a contemporaneity oriented around sensorial synchronization or alignment.
- professor Ina Blom (Ina Blom presents La Monte Young’s groundbreaking 1960 composition Draw A Straight Line And Follow It) from the University of Oslo.
Artist talk, public debate, lectures and meeting with Serbian art community.
By working together with a group of selected experienced art professionals from Norway and Serbia the main idea of the project is to intensify and dynamize communication between art scenes in respective countries, bringing them together through identifying common themes as well as research for innovative models of cooperation. Cultural exchange between Norway and Serbia has lately prompted the need for reflection on projects of contemporary art in the context of merging art scenes of Norway and Serbia in a rather, sui-generis way.
Opening the box
“Opening the box” is conceived as carefully reasoned the set of encounters of artists, curators, theoreticians, lecturers, institution representatives with the goal to create favorable conditions for the more substantiated approach in the transnational co-actions. In that sense intention of the project is to review the postulate of a molded, managerial, predictable, measurable approach to culture and art. The project assumes a role of some kind of precursor for the future possible initiatives that will grow out from specific fields of professional interests. Insufficient knowledge about the scenes, the possibility of creating a link between them through open and experimental forms of cooperation, has become the prerogative of this project.
Get out of the box
The project is developmental in its core structure providing conditions and impulses for long-term cultural cooperation. The intention is to overcome usual project limitations, strict formal frames and expectations in order to create intellectual accumulation needed for aftermath possible ideas and actions. So, the essence of this project is to start new connections and threading which after the project is completed will continue to function independently on its own directions.
Svečana sala Rektorata Umetnosti u Beogradu, Kosančićev venac 29
Sreda 15. maj u 17h
Predavanje profesorke Ine Blom
I PRATITE TO - prave linije i infrastrukturni senzibiliteti
Na ovom predavanju Ina Blom predstavlja revolucionarnu kompoziciju Draw A Straight Line and Follow It američkog kompozitora La Monte Janga (La Monte Young) iz 1960. godine, odnosno promene koje je prava linija prouzrokovala u različitim medijima i kontekstima. Registrujući ga kao prekretnicu u dugoj istoriji pravih linija u modernoj umetnosti i njihovih uticaja na uslove i promene vitalnih perifernih sistema, Inin argument je da nas Jangov rad uvodi u nov i poseban oblik infrastrukturne senzibilnosti, koji u krajnjoj instanci može pružiti izvesna polazišta ka arheologiji savremenosti, orijentisane oko čulne sinhronizacije pa samim tim i čulnog poravnanja.
Ina Blom je profesorka na Odseku za filozofiju, klasiku, istoriju umetnosti i ideja na Univerzitetu u Oslu i gostujući profesor na Odseku za istoriju umetnosti Univerziteta u Čikagu. Oblast interesovanja i uža specijalnost su joj modernizam, avangardne studije i savremena umetnost sa posebnim fokusom na odnos između umetnosti, tehnologije i medija. Autorka je knjiga: Autobiografija videa (The Autobiography of Video), Život i razdoblja kroz tehnologiju memorije (The Life and Times of a Memory Technology), Na polazištu stila. Umetnost, društvena i medijska kultura (On the Style Site. Art, Sociality and Media Culture), kao i urednica izdanja Memorije u pokretu. Arhivi, tehnologija i društvena pitanja (Memory in Motion. Archives, Technology and the Social) i Raul Hausman i avangarde (Raoul Hausmann, Les avant-gardes).
Članica je i osnivačica Oslo School of Environmental Humanities a vodila je i interdisciplinarni istraživački projekat Arhiva u pokretu (2011-2014). Učestvovala je u sličnim interdisciplinarnim projektima na temu Estetika u radu (2003-2007) i Medijska estetika (2004-2008). Bavila se kustoskom praksom i muzičkom kritikom, a u oblasti vizuelne umetnosti objavljivala je stručne tekstove u časopisima Artforum, Afterall, Parkett i Texte zur kunst.
Predavanje profesorke Ine Blom se realizuje u okviru projekta Out of the Box.