DISSONANT (CO) SPACES is a collaborative project by three civic associations- Lokomotiva from Skopje, Foundation Jelena Šantić from Belgrade and Loose Associations (Slobodne veze) from Zagreb.
The project aims to reflect possibilities for reaffirming derelict, abandoned or “in between” spaces (due to the unresolved ownership reasons or other issues) created within different socio-political and spatial paradigm, by exploring both what those spaces can denote today as well as their potential for inclusion and civic participation through public debate, arts and culture.
In the case from Croatia (Motel Trogir), these spaces are disputed and derelict, as well as in Macedonian case (Kino Kultura) and new are built to mark “new national identity”, while in Serbian example (Pionirski grad) they have been neglected or (miss)used through political speculations. Some of them are the relics of the political economy of the Socialist Yugoslavia, with social ideal as their generative core, no matter how naïve or immature those ideas can be presented retrospectively (seen from the current liberal paradigm). They are often keepers of the collective memory, which has been drastically reshaped in all three countries today: either by (radical) reinterpretation or erasure of “problematic” parts. This project is seen as an attempt to question and explore current processes of history and space-making while preserving some of the common values and memory through developing new spaces for culture that will promote openness, horizontality, solidarity and inclusion. Our aspirations are towards reactivating and re-making the spaces by producing new content, while preserving memory layers and developing discursive field in which they will be reflected. Through the envisaged workshops, art residences, study trips, artistic production, conference, publication and communication activities, we would like to try to articulate the following issues: what does the term “dissonant heritage” mean today, how is it perceived by the broader public; which of the examples of the 20th century architectural and cultural heritage could be recognized as worth saving, which of the values they implicitly bear are important in larger socio-political and cultural context today and how those spaces could be reaffirmed through cultural and artistic initiatives (among others).
In some cases, we will also search for models of improved cultural institutions and new managerial approaches (Kino kultura); try to introduce participation and usership as principles of deliberative democracy and their implementation in the (re) created public spaces and institutions in culture; promote openness, solidarity, transparency and inclusion as institutional values and principles related to the artistic content.
More information about detailed activities will follow and can be found on social networks https://www.facebook.com/dissonantCOspaces/about/?tab=page_info
The project DISSONANT (CO) SPACES is funded by Balkan Arts and Culture Fund- BAC. BAC is supported by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF).