Monthly Archives: October 2015

We are Europe


Magnetic Field B (Resonate festival), Belgrade

We are Europe is a 8 festivals-forums Cooperation project which works for promoting electronic, independent, digital and visual cultures in Europe. This project will unfold for threes years around two parts: an artistic one and a professional and political one. Each collaborator will propose a program for its seven partners as a part of their festival : 56 dedicated stages, artistic backgrounds, cartes blanches program, event concerts, installations will aim to present a strong cultural diversity in cultural, independent and visual cultures, a right balance between headliners and newcomers, mixing local, national, european and international artists which will bring an important intercultural dialogue between them. The festival invited will be a curator of a program, a stage or a project. European artists will be exposed and the artistic direction of each partner will be valued and enhanced to local audiences, which will promote the guest european event to develop its public and recognition and exporting its identity and culture across the whole Europe. The idea is also to introduce local young artistic talents to a european audience and get these newcomers on stage at a major international festival through a strong professional visibility and the support of partner festivals.The aim of the professional component of We are Europe is to encourage the mobility of ideas and the birth of a political awareness in Europe through conferences and debates organized in each partner event. 24 professional forums will be held over the 3 years of the collaboration, focusing on renewal strategies and cultural policies in Europe, the redefinition of cultural entrepreneurship and the role of Culture in the city of tomorrow.

Europe Comics


Darkwood publishing house, Belgrade

The Europe Comics project consists in the creation of a European digital catalogue comprised of original comics created by authors from across the continent, translated into English.

The primary objective of the project is to grant wider visibility of European works of the Ninth Art by the means of digital technology and a universal language. This enables European publishers to showcase the works of domestic authors not only across national but European borders too, thus reaching markets not very familiar with the works of European authors, such as the USA and the Far East,  contributing to the expansion of readership audience, as well as acquiring greater licensing and adaptation opportunities.

The role of Darkwood, as a partner in the project, is to make a selection, supply the original content created by domestic authors and translate them into English, while the responsibilities of technical preparation of e-comics, marketing and distribution are delegated to the project leader, France-based Mediatoon.

Next accelerator


University of Arts in Belgrade

NE©XT Accelerator: Creates transnational entry routes into international careers for generations of talented emerging artists, enabling them to make a living from creative production; Makes cultural/creative incubators more entrepreneurial, innovative and transnational; Boosts transnational mobility and entrepreneurial learning opportunities for arts graduates, art educators and incubator leaders; Celebrates cutting-edge artistic creation, transcending disciplines, genres, media and audiences; Connects young artists with cultural/creative players, sectors and businesses; Promotes national and European cultural and creative sectors as an engine of economic and social innovation. It makes the 3 editions of the NEU/NOW festival – showcasing the best work of recent art graduates – a major European cultural event. Collaboration with Prix Europa Berlin, Foam Photography Museum, Southbank London and Art Basel results in new arenas for NEU/NOW artists to show their work. It develops a Digital Support Interface, providing NEU/NOW alumni with unique opportunities to display work, drawing attention from international curators, directors, businesspeople and other cultural players. The Incubator Programme researches cultural/creative incubators, tests innovative models and initiates a Support Network, making incubating practices innovative and transnational. Recurring project themes: ‘international career training’, ‘innovative incubating’, ‘cultural entrepreneurship’, ‘new business models’, ‘access to finance and crowd funding and ‘new ways of looking at creativity and audiences’ are translated into training formats, building an attractive learning and exchange environment. The project is led by the European League of Institutes of the Arts – ELIA, together with European higher arts education organisations and partners from 14 countries, representing over 1,000 institutions and one million emerging artists. Key events will take place in Basel, Florence, Amsterdam and Brussels.

Aghet – The Great Catastrophy


No borders orchestra, Belgrade

In Turkish, ağıt is the term used to describe a wail, the audible expression of mourning.

However, to this day, there is still no commonly accepted name for what happened to the

Armenian nation in modern-day Turkey in the 2nd decade of the 20th century and the series of events that unfolded on April 24, 1915. Before the term genocide was defined by the United Nations in 1948, Armenian authors described the criminal expulsion of their people from Turkey as the Aghet – or catastrophe.

The massacres and death marches in the Ottoman Empire are estimated to have led to the death of up to 1.5 million Armenians. As the most important Turkish ally during the First World War, the German Empire was also embroiled in these criminal acts: The German Foreign Office saw fit to ignore the reports of deportations and attacks by the Young Turks. Some German officers even played an active role in the crimes committed against the Armenian population.

Nowadays, most researchers regard the events of 1915 as the first systematic annihilation of a nation – an act which served as a blueprint for all subsequent ethnically motivated campaigns of destruction and the animosity, which persists, even to this very day. Whether the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Darfur or the turmoil in East Timor – wherever you look, violence is motivated by the cultural or religious background of its victims.

Due to the unabated volatility on the geopolitical stage, Aghet aims to deliver much more than a sophisticated artistic act of commemoration. Instead, the project will endeavour to interact with the audience in an open and unbiased dialogue, the results of which will have implications that extend well beyond the confines of a concert hall.

This unique initiative, held to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the start of the

deportations, involves the coming together of musicians and composers from Armenia, Turkey and Germany, not just in remembrance of the events of 1915 but also to seize the opportunity for making a joint fresh start. In conjunction with their Armenian and Turkish partners, the Dresdner Sinfoniker set up the Aghet concert project as an impressive act of reconciliation which points the way forward on how to deal with the aftermath of conflict throughout the world.

For a peace-loving world born from the rubble of the past.

Following on from Hasretim and Dede Korkut, Aghet is the third and final part of a trilogy in

which the Dresdner Sinfoniker deal with the history and culture of Anatolia and the Caucasus region, and wrestle with the concepts of cultural background and identity. A musical exploration of a region where the Orient meets the Occident and which has been transformed and pervaded by both, and whose significance as a cultural bridge it is impossible to overemphasise.

Aghet – The catastrophe as an opportunity for a fresh start. In the freedom of art lies the power to forge a new path. A joint commemoration as the launch pad for a better future.

European cooperation projects 2015

European network for contemporary audiovisual creation


Magnetic Field B (Resonate festival), Belgrade

The European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation aims to foster innovation based on a combination of the knowledge, experience and resources of its members, an interdisciplinary and complementary vision. Their contribution to the process of creators, in the fields of research, production, education and dissemination of the new audiovisual practices will result in a more effective implementation of innovative solutions that can be exported, that are sustainable and that bring the new audiovisual culture closer to the general public and to the audiovisual industry. Furthermore, the network will foster interaction and collaborative work among European creators/developers fostering and boosting intermedia research.Training is considered a strategic pillar of this project at different levels with the purpose of boosting the capabilities of creators reinforcing and supporting their knowledge and skills thus extending their contribution to the various creative and cultural industries and, with the firm purpose of extending the critical mass and bringing these practices closer to a larger audience, based on collective participation and critical reflection through actions that make us re-think the environment that we inhabit. Furthermore, the aim is to explore how these advancements can develop and trascend to industries that are not merely cultural or creative. 6 European partners from 5 countries (Spain, France, Serbia, Germany and Austria) and 4 non-European collaborating partners based in Switzerland, Canada and Mexico, the project will include the following actions: 20 research and production residencies, 12 series of expert training workshops, 2 developer and creator meetings and 24 public presentations of the results by means of performances, installations and/or exhibitions, in addition to talks, conferences and round tables to share the processes and debate important issues for the network and its audiences.

European cooperation projects 2015

Expanded aesthetic education


New Media Center, Novi Sad

The project is a continuation of a long-term cooperation of Multimedijalni institut (HR), Berliner Gazette (DE), (RS) and Kontrapunkt (MK), expanding to include Kulturtreger (HR). Drawing on their backgrounds in critical theory, digital culture, creative education and art production, it is situated at the nexus of aesthetics and education. Its innovative character stems from connecting diverse national contexts and diverse practices, resulting in an intense inquiry into modes of critical education in art and culture. Starting from the Enlightenment concept of Aesthetic Education, it explores forms of initiation into the experience and practice of art that maintain its autonomy, while exploring its emancipatory dimensions without falling into the dichotomy of commercialism or social service. It’s an aesthetic education that understands art and culture at a productive distance from and in dialog to the remaining spheres of the society.Project aims to achieve that by producing artworks, cultural events and education in Zagreb, Skopje, Novi Sad, Berlin and London along four thematic clusters:* A Different Aesthetic Education: exploring new forms of art education;* Politics of the Past, Politics of the Future: exploring emancipatory practices in contemporary culture;* Poetics: reflecting on art’s autonomy, producing and presenting artworks;* Expanding Experiences: testing formats of audience development and participation.Particular importance is given to education of young artmakers and non-professionals, and forms of engagement with a broad public through broadcasting, online literary production, interaction with neighbourhoods.Outputs: – 3 conferences – 18 workshops/educations – 5 larger discussions for high-schoolers – 23 public talks – 4 residencies – 11 books – 92 texts (48 literary + 44 theoretical) – 12 interviews – 32 radio & TV broadcasts – 1 festival – 4 public readings – 2 concerts – 3 partner meetings – online photo and video archive

European cooperation projects 2015

ARCHEST: Developing archaeological audiences along the Roman route Aquileia-Emona-Sirmium-Viminacium


Institute for Archeology, Belgrade
Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments, Sremska Mitrovica

ARCHEST project aims at connecting four ancient Roman towns in Italy, Slovenia and Serbia: Aquileia, Emona (Ljubljana) Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica) and Viminacium (Kostolac). During the Roman Empire, a route linked Aquileia to the Black Sea through Emona, Sirmium and Viminacium. These four archaeological sites will work together for promoting the route and developing archaeological audience. The project is composed of three sections: we start with a historiographic analysis of the sites that will be used for 3D reconstructions aimed at developing archaeological audiences. In fact, it is fundamental to use ICT technologies for sites characterised by the lack of easily understandable remains. All the 3D outputs will be made available for free on the project website, social network, app stores and YouTube channel. They will also uplodaded on the tablets used for guided tours that will change the attitude people have towards archaeology and history, being considered something boring or only for educated people.The second section is centred on ARCHAEOBUS, a touring event gathering archaeologists and journalists from Italy, Slovenia and Serbia. They will travel along the route and it will represent a great opportunity for networking, exchange of best practices and sharing of know-how. Journalists will learn more about the route and archaeology and will disseminate information on the sites in the most important reviews. The third part is ARCHAEOPENDAY. Each partner will organise a 2-days event/fair/workshop involving archaeologists and professionals in archaeology-related sectors. Students and general public will take part to these event. Workshops on how to internationalise and strengthen the sectors will be organised.

European cooperation projects 2015



University of Arts in Belgrade

Rostrum+ is a project that aims to rethink the ways in which contemporary music connects with audiences through radio network by exploring new strategies to develop audiences, promote new music, enhance the skills of radio professionals and inspire cooperation between musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and beyond. The springboard for the project is the International Rostrum of Composers, an annual event uniting some 40 delegates of national broadcasting companies. Building upon this existing foundation, the project will introduce new activities that connect with other operators of the genre, the end goal being the expansion and durable growth/sustaining of the contemporary music sector in Europe and beyond.

To this end, the International Music Council will partner with 3 national public radios, 3 higher music education institutions, one European cultural network and 2 cultural venues to bring the IRC out of its boundaries. To achieve our objectives and address all of the target groups necessary for the action, the Rostrum+ project sets out a diverse set of activities:

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European cooperation projects 2015

Quantum music


Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade
Association New arts Center, Novi Sad
Center for the promotion of science, Belgrade

Quantum Music represent the project aiming to explore the connection between music and quantum physics through the creation of a new art & science experiment resulting in live performance. The project presents quantum physics and the quantum world to a wider audience and contributes to the creation of a new musical and scientific genre – Quantum Music. Together with our partners, we will explore the possibilities of interactivity, creative communication between these two usually distant worlds. Interface algorithm for this sound & light media transformation will be scientifically based and inventively shaped, introducing new music genre – the Quantum Music! This project will enable Europe-wide exchange and mobility of artists, cultural players and scientists through collaboration on various components of the project – production, research, education and audience engagement, including engagement of local artists. The project will connect electronic music enthusiasts and professional musicians in activities which reflect the importance of electronic music in European popular culture (numerous festivals, labels) due to easier access to digital technology, which contributes to the democratization of culture and equal opportunities.

European platforms 2015

The Association of Belgrade Architects


FuturA is a project that networks architectural museums, festivals and non-governmental organizations with the intention to promote/present the work and reflections of the generation of emerging architects, curators and researchers who are entering the architectural scene at the moment. In the spotlight of the two-year program (2016/2017), which will be carried out through a number of exhibitions, conferences, lectures and workshops, are current topics of contemporary architecture: sustainability, alternative energy sources, new building materials, interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation in the process of designing and building, participation of citizens…

The project involves14 partners:

Museum for architecture and design (MAO),Ljubljana, Slovenia
MAXXI,Rome, Italy
Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, Switzerland
Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland
Oris Days of Architecture, Yagreb, Croatia
Prishtina Architecture Week, Prishtina, Kosovo
Tirana Architecture Week, Tirana, Albania
Belgrade Week of Architecture (BINA), Belgrade, Serbia
Copenhagen ArchitectureFestival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Trienal de Arquitectura deLisboa, Lisabon, Portugal
CANactions, Kiev, Ukraine
Zavod Ark, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ruby Press, Berlin, Germany
Haus der Architektur Graz, Austria