The East is West of the West (1) study visit

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Koteks_Gripe Sports & Shopping complex in Split (architects Slaven Rožić & Živorad Janković, 1979-1981)/ Photo by Duška Boban (2016)

A collaborative project MOTEL TROGIR: The East is West of the West is starting on September 11th 2016, in Trogir, Split and its surroundings. As the first stage of the project, five artists are coming to four day study visit, following the international open call launched in June 2016 in collaboration with Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean. The artists involved are:

Katerina Duda (Croatia)

Pavel Khailo (Ukraine)

Marko Salapura (Serbia)

Katharina Swoboda (Austria)

Nikolas Ventourakis (Greece)

Our proposal for this year collaboration with the Biennale of Young Artists was to deal with construction of the (historical) narratives focusing on modernist architecture on the Eastern Adriatic coast. The political shift in the beginning of 1990s, when state socialism (i.e. Yugoslav version of workers self- management) was replaced by market economy, brought along “ruptures” in the interpretations of the (social) past. We have been witnessing since, that the history has been in its (re)making. New historical narratives have been emerging, slowly being institutionalized, very often erasing traces of emancipatory movements and battles for social justice, equality, workers’ rights, common (societal) ownership. If architecture is “the will of an epoch translated into space”, as said by Mies van der Rohe, then we propose to look into the modernist built environment from the previous, socialist period in its entirety, asking questions: how was it made, how was it shaping the social reality, what kind of life did it frame or provide, whom was it built for and why? During our study visit, we will specially focus on tourist architecture from the period, which was often conceived as an extension of towns, creating new public infrastructure and spaces of common use.

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Krvavica Children Health Resort (Architect Rikard Marasović, 1961-1963)

We have conceived this short but intense program focusing on two mid Dalmatian historical towns – Trogir and the significantly bigger city of Split and their modern development – from the end of WW2 till the beginning of 1990s. We are going to visit several neighbourhoods, buildings and memorials which we consider important for examination or at least tackling our ambitious (sub)topic: how the (hi)story appears?

Program:

SEPT 11th: Arrivals

SEPT 12th: Split tour: (Katalinka memorial/ Sports and Shopping Center Koteks/ Split 3)

SEPT 13th: Trogir tour: (Motel Trogir/ Trogir Shipyard)

SEPT 14th: Makarska Riviera tour: Krvavica Children Health Resort, Brela (Hotel Maestral, Hotel Soline)

SEPT 15th: Departures

The study visit will include workshops scheduled in the first part of the day and guided tours in the afternoon. The program has been realized by the Loose Associations/Motel Trogir team in collaboration with architects Sanja Matijević and Mariana Bucat.

Day 1_ Split

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DAY 2_ Trogir

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Day 3_ Makarska riviera (Krvavica, Brela)

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The Motel Trogir project in 2016 has been supported by Kultura Nova Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, BJCEM (City of Torino, Creative Europe Programme of the EU).

This segment is also supported by Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) as a part of URBANE PRAZNINE/RETHINKING THE VOID project.

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