Croatian Selection by Loose Associations.
ANA HORVAT: Custom Made
NICOLE HEWITT: Waltz
ANA HUSMAN: Lunch
BORIS SITUM: Lovers´ Scales
IVA KOVAC & ELVIS KRSTULOVIC: Two of Us. Partners
VLADIMIR PERIC TALENT: Trio. Expiring date/Unlimited
BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV, STELA VASILEVA, PRODAN MARKOV & STANIMIR GENOV: In Search of a Title
NIKOLA UZUNOVSKI: Sunshine
IGOR TOSEVSKI: Supremacist Intervention No.1 or Apotheosis of the Hors d´ouvres
FILIP JOVANOVSKI: 28.03.1934.
YES (Jasa Mrevlje, Mark Pozlep, Janez Vidrih, Luka Ursic, Meta Grgurevic, Ursa Vidic): Just Wrap Yourself Around Me and Forget that I was Something Else
AKTO is a regional festival for contemporary arts which includes visual arts, performing arts, music and theory of culture. The main objective of Akto Festival is to open the cultural frameworks of a modern society through “recomposing” and redefining them in a new context.The program of the festival is based on two concepts.
THE FIRST CONCEPT is space/location.
Locations have been transformed in terms of their previous meanings. The basic idea of the festival is art pieces to come out of the standard location (galleries, museums, theatres) used for presenting art, and their setting up in new location.
THE SECOND CONCEPT is the topic of the festival.
The topic of Akto_5 festival is Weddings.
” The topic Weddings, has been chosen as part of a long-lasting dramatics related to the previous three topics of the festival, where every following topic refers to the previous one with an attitude it tends to present, or a goal that it wants to achieve.
This year, the topic Weddings which is “un-artistic” within its being, brings out the idea of inducing intellectual efficacy for the social context throughout artistic actions themed by a signful, symbolic, popular theme, for which everyone has their own opinion (about what is a wedding and how it’s supposed to look).
The wedding for some is a metaphor about the merger of two bodies in one. In spite of the aspects of love as a key feature for a wedding, this metaphor carries within itself the social context of the fusion of two meanings, ensembles, concepts and positions of power.
There is a contrast between what is given to us as a meaning- the wedding ceremony featuring previously given parameters, and the motivation of the both sides to finally do it. This contrast is what creates the drama and the conflict “why, should we and how we’re supposed to organize a wedding?”.
The mainspring for creating an artwork, but also for reinvestigating of all those different social and civil occurrences in a society, the contemporary and modern lifestyle… All this assembles our argument about why we chose this topic for AKTO this year.” (Filip Jovanovski, artistic director)
The three main parameters of the festival, space, topic, transformation define the motives to make an artistic piece, which are not formal nor stylistic, but are personal and emotional, precisely defined by the context in which they are made.
Croatian participation in the AKTO festival is supported by Croatian Ministry of Culture