Category Archives: European cooperation projects

Museum of applied art Belgrade: Ceramics and it’s dimensions


Project Ceramics and its dimensions is multidisciplinary and complex European project dealing with social, technological and artistic aspects of ceramics and porcelain. The project consists of 10 modules whose pillars are different European institutions (museums, universities etc.). It began in 2014, and will have been finished by 2018.

The objective is to bridge European cultural institutions, industry, science and technology in the field of ceramics and porcelain. Two manifestations are envisaged to be held in Belgrade: Symposium Ceramics between changes and challengesbetween the past and the present since Baroque till today from 20th to 23rd May 2015 at Fresco Gallery, and travelling exhibition European cultural style in ceramics – from Baroque till today from 19th May (grand opening) to 30th June 2015. The Symposium Ceramics between changes and challenges- between the past and the present since Baroque till today represents one of the first modules among many of the aforementioned perennial project. The bearer of the module is Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade, and the chief European implementing partners are Porzellanikon, Selb and International Ceramics Museum, Faenza. National Museum in Belgrade is also taking part in the project.

The structure of model one consists of actuating symposium on ceramics as significant segment of European cultural heritage aiming to perceive different dimension of ceramics in the field of art, design, technological inventions and its role in various cultural, historical and social segments.

The programme of the symposium will connect and gather world and regional experts who will deliver their experiences, scientific accomplishments and proposals in the field of ceramics production, history, culture, technology, architecture, design and advance technologies. These presentations will lay the groundwork for further advancement in terms of science, technological development, and usage of ceramics and research of the role of ceramics in numerous aspects of contemporary society. This basis will be constantly add up to and documented during the project. The exhibition of European cultural style in ceramics- from Baroque till today is a travelling exhibition which will be held in Belgrade in 2015, and then in Tallinn in 2015, Faenza in 2015 and 2016, Valencia in 2016, Stoke on Trent in 2016 and Selb in 2016/2017.

The contents of the exhibition will include art collection, multimedia strategy, workshop and representative catalogues from the funds of six European museums of ceramics. The exhibition explores ceramics tradition aiming to incite acquainting with the present state of ceramics production that spans from the production for everyday use all the way to the grand artistic and biotechnological possibilities of modern ceramics.

The partners will be encouraged to share knowledge and rich ceramics history reinforcing the role of European ceramics in the future challenges. This exhibition carries a strong message that will capture attention of a broader international audience and it focuses on the attitude of people toward ceramics from the different perspective: historical, artistic and educational strategy as well as virtual access to the collections and heritage.

The bearer of the project is National museum Porzellanikon from Selb with the partners: International Ceramics museum (Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche), Faenza; National Ceramics Museum, Valencia (Museo Nacional de Cerámica y Artes Suntuarias, Valencia); The Pottery Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent; Aalto University School of Art and Design, Helsinki; Macromedia University Cologne / Munich; University of Ulster, Belfast; Technical University, Riga (Rigas Tehniska Universitate); Kunsthochschule BerlinWeißensee, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Berlin; National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana; Stafford Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent; Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny; Uměleckoprůmyslové museum v Praze, Prague; Eesti Tarbekunsti-ja Disainimimuuseum, Tallinn; Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade; National Museum in Belgrade as annexed partner to MAA (Museum of Applied Art).

Museum of Yugoslav history: Heroes we love


Heroes we love is a multidisciplinary project dealing with perennially controversial topic of socialist heritage of European art of 20th century and gathers NGO’s and institutions from Central and Southeast Europe (Bulgaria, Poland, Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina). The leading partner of the project is the Art Gallery Maribor. The project aims at connecting contemporary art practice with the research of the social art phenomenon in its cultural, socio-ideological and political context starting from the foundation of socialist countries of Eastern Europe up to the present moment, and at acquainting new public with the topics it comprises.

The objective is to draft the development of socialist art, varied art forms and visual manifestations, to map relevant works and artists, presenting different case studies and linking them to the contemporary art trends. The project will initiate the dialogue on the background of socialist art in Eastern Europe, different practices and differences in relation to the geopolitical framework of the development of practices. It will focus on questioning the role of socialist art in the period of economic transition and social transformations, as well as identifying potentials of socialist art in the context of the present and the future. Heroes we love are divided into four topics: politics, aesthetics and art during socialism, socialist monuments and modernism, heroic art and social realism, post-socialism and nostalgia. Project will ensure theoretical framework, map specific works, art forms and artists, and discuss conditions in which they were created. Conferences, lectures and panel discussions will be held concurrently with the series of art interventions in public areas as well as workshops following the project segments so as to bring contemporary art practice and public closer to the topics.

Final results will be travelling exhibition and concomitant publication comprising gathered material and knowledge acquired during the project, aiming at launching a public debate on linkage of socialist art heritage and current international trends. International conference proposed by the Museum of Yugoslav Art will deal with the phenomenon of nostalgia through different political and cultural contexts in various European countries. Yugonostalgic and Tito-nostalgic culture related to the celebration of Youth Day will have a special place. Encompassing perspectives and experiences from different countries, the conference goal is to lay the groundwork for mapping and research of the forms and visual manifestations of nostalgia. The conference will gather custodians, theoreticians, researchers and artists who will have the opportunity to share experience and knowledge and jointly set the basis for the exhibition.

Center for the promotion of science: European Digital Art and Science Network


European Digital Art and Science Network is a project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. The coordinator of the project is Ars Electronica from Linz, and apart from Centre for Promotion of Science from Belgrade, partners are also the Science Gallery from Dublin, GV Art from London, LABoral from Gijon, Ethiopia from Zaragoza, Kapelica Gallery from Ljubljana and DIG Gallery from Kosice.

The fundamental objective is to couple contemporary scientific discoveries with current practices in the domain of digital art- interactive art, digital music and sound, digital design, digital architectural installations, computer animations, film, photography, visual effects, digital communities and social networks, hybrid art, performances and choreographies. This project includes two rounds of public invitations for artists from across Europe, who can apply and register to participate in different stages of the project. Two first prize winners win one-month residencies and mentorship by scientists at European Southern Observatory located in the mountains of Chile, South America and it represents one of the most significant astronomy centres in the world.

Projects are being realised within FutureLab laboratory of Ars Electronica before premiered at Ars Electronica Festival at Linz, at the beginning of September, 2015. All other registered artists and their applications and ideas enter the selection round at national i.e. partner level.

Concurrently, after presenting two winning works and the partners’ selection of projects to be independently realised, the schedule of the travelling programme, artists’ visits and other partners’ projects are to be devised. In Serbia, two national projects will be realised and premiered at the exhibition in March 2016, featuring four partner projects. An identical cycle is reiterated, starting from December, 2015, offering the opportunity to actuate the mentorship residence at CERN, Switzerland, specialized in research and experiments in the domain of elementary particles.

Belgrade design week: Human Cities


Human Citiesis a multidisciplinary European network composed of different profiles: universities, design centers and design weeks, ICT platforms, service design and creative design consultancies. Led by Cité du Design de Saint-Etienne, France. The partners share their know how in with people in the urban space using design as a creative and sustainable tool.

The focus of Human Cities Network (2014-2018) will be to analyze, test and implement the process of engaging people in co-creating and “challenging the City scale and Flow space in Europe today”. People are the key to design change in a network society and to respond to the growth of ‘flow space’, which is both physical and digital. To go beyond planning practices on the urban territories, the partner cities are enhancing unplanned activities within a frame of 13 shared values: empathy, wellbeing, sustainability, intimacy and conviviality, mobility and accessibility, imagination and leisure, aesthetics, sensoriality, solidarity and respect. Those values applied to everyone follow an intergenerational equity. We are here on a subjective territory where ‘an alternative environment’ is sought. By rejecting ‘specialities’ and compartmentalised disciplines, this interdisciplinary and multicultural Alliances Projects brings together designers, architects, urban planners, researchers, sociologists, philosophers, psychoanalysts, translators, artists, historians and art historians, bloggers… The State of the Art, which is enriched by Experimentation Labs, Users experiences and testing, Interaction and Exchange workshops in order to assess and implement sustainable results within the European urban territories, is coupled to Masterclasses and a ‘work in progress’ exhibition. Through applied research and co-creation, Human Cities Network appears as a continuous human-driven cultural programme questioning the position and status of people in relationship to their city and ever-changing flow space(s).

European cooperation projects

Ring ring: EUropean Traditions in cultural hERitage and PErformances (EU.T.ER.PE)


EU.T.ER.PE  is a cultural project of international level which can give opportunities of integration and cohesion, driving economic growth and employment in Serbia, Italy, Greece and Croatia. The main aim is to promote a stronger and long – lasting cooperation among cultural operators, museum’s operators, artists, institutions, musical instruments artisans and private sector, encouraging common activities and events which can present many kind of artistic expression with a special focus on traditional instruments, folk and traditional music. Prerogative of the project is to raise awareness and spread the knowledge over the popular traditions of each partner countries. Through workshops, seminars, training and performing arts and in collaboration with museums, school of music, businesses and artisans manufacturers of musical instruments a path to rediscover the cultural roots of each region can be created.

With EU.T.ER.PE project we want to establish a system of European territories sharing their tradition starting from the music, the traditional instruments and constantly talking to each other to achieve a coordinated international network. The project will cover various aspects related to traditional musical instruments: the manufacturing with the involvement of manufactures, the training and education with the participation of school of music and public schools, the performances with artists coming from whole Europe and the preservation committed to museums. EU.T.ER.PE. goes in the direction of supporting and promoting the creative and cultural sector as a flywheel for the development of the territories.

 Coordinator organization:  Association Adriatico Mediterraneo


Association Ring Ring (Serbia)

Amadeo – art kabinet d.o.o. (Croatia)

Day After ong (Greece)

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Ilija M Kolarac Endowment Belgrade: Take Over


The project Take Over was launched to assist participating organisations in redefining their programmes and orient them toward younger generations during two-year period of education, exchange and other activities. Thus, each institution will attempt to perceive its existing contents and adopt proposals by newly-formed ‘youth councils’ whose task will be to give recommendations for programmes aimed at their age-mates. In line with the current programme policy the focus will be on renewing classical music audience.

Project proposes an innovative model of supply and demand development based on acknowledging the young audience representatives’ opinion. During the project, representatives of institutions and ‘youth councils’ will be trained and consequently adopt European experience and know how in this field (focusing on the UK and Finnish experiences), improving communication with young audience. Moreover, members of ‘youth councils’ will have a chance to get acquainted with European markets and bring the best tendencies and practices to their country.

Finally, each of the partner institutions will organise multiple-day events based (Kolarac Take Over) on acquired knowhow during the two-year research process. The activities will include: study visits, workshops, research and opinion polls, European seminar, series of ‘youth council’ sessions, mentorship, Take Over events, external appraisals, final seminar and establishing online promotion and knowledge exchange platform.

Promoting inclusive approach in the field of contemporary performing arts in Europe will strongly influence local communities. In addition, this process should spur institutions to observe and redefine existing programmes taking into consideration audience’s recommendations. Individual results will be visible in terms of future leaders’ advance trainings intended to expand their knowledge in line with cutting edge trends of European cultural market.

Objectives: promotion of inclusive approach for the youth who will influence the redefinition of institutions’ programmes using acquired skills and knowledge; implementation of the adopted via recommendations and conclusions; practical organization of Take Over events at the premises of institutions; strengthening artistic and cultural capacities consequently contributing to the adjustment of programme policy; supporting future local leaders in culture. The aforementioned approach yields decision-makers well-acquainted with their community and audience’s needs.

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Mikser Belgrade: Balkan Design Network (BDN)


Balkan Design Network (BDN) is an innovative platform stimulating and supporting production and presentation of Balkan design in the region and internationally, aiming to show advantages and contribution of high quality design to social development, to underscore benefits of application of such design in local entrepreneurship and promote design to broader public.

Three main organisers: Croatian Design Society (Croatia), Public Room (Macedonia), Mikser Organisation (Serbia) united their expertise and experience with local and international designers, institutions and design organisations so as to set new joint venture into motion in the field of Balkan design development and its positioning on the European level. The project links three creative organisations and serves as a specific case study for the development of a greater and broader BDN network which will include more countries, companies, creative and cultural workers and public, and as such create design and business data base of Balkan creative scene.

The two-year project consists of the regional competition of young designers, international travelling exhibitions, concomitant educational events, numerous workshops at the residence and practical trainings in cooperation with leading regional producers of design products, as well as networking and promotional activities. Creating data base of designers and product resources, research in the design sector, formulation of regional design strategy will be accountable for the sustainability of the project, promoting Balkan design in all the aspects of the discipline.

Education on additional value of the design directed towards a broader spectre of target groups, ranging from designer community, small and medium enterprises, and civil servants to broader public presents the challenge of the project and special engagement. Via multidisciplinary activities indicating the importance of the design in the culture of the region, also the impact of design on innovativeness and competitiveness in small and medium enterprises, project offers innovative solutions, both for products and services and society and public sector.

Project is dedicated to young designers offering the opportunity for additional education and individual career development, regional companies assisting in better response to the merger of market trends by designing products originally and to broader public ensuring the access to new European trends in the field of modern design.

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Station Service for Contemporary Dance: Departures and Arrivals


[DNA] Departures and Arrivals is an international project supported from the funds of the programme Creative Europe in which Station – Service for contemporary dance takes part as one of the thirteen partners from eleven countries. The project was initiated by a famous dance school from Brussels, P.A.R.T.S. (The Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), founded in 1995 by joint efforts of Dance Company Rosas and National Opera of Belgium De Munt / La Monnaie.

The director of the studio is the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. DNA has tree objectives: greater number of young dancers and choreographers is granted access to existing PARTS education programmes via organising presentations, auditions and scholarships; it establishes new international, two-year educational research programme devoted to young dancers and choreographers that have finished their formal education; supports young, recently graduated, choreographers to enter the world of professionals through residential programmes, co-productions of their first works and presentations.

Within this four-year project, Station will coproduce four works of young choreographers form Serbia that graduated from University after 2008 and who are less than 36 years old. The project is a part of broader intentions of Station to fight actively against brain drain and departures of young artists from the domestic scene of performing arts. Thus, the focus is on the artists that have recently graduated from or are still studying choreography at prestigious schools of higher education in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Giessen etc.). We consider that support after graduation and opportunities to work in Serbia significantly influence the future professional context of these artists. We want their professional context to be in Serbia not abroad.

During the first year of the project, Station will actuate a new play, the Return of Zombies Episode 3, by Dragana Bulut, choreographer and performer, who graduated from Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) in Berlin with Master’s degree in solo dancing in 2012. Author’s residence in Belgrade (October- November 2014) and further promotion of her work within DNA organisation will be supported by this project. In 2016, Station will organise and accommodate audition for local dancers and choreographers as a part of the new participants’ enrollment in P.A.R.T.S. educational programmes.

At the beginning of 2016, a shortlist of eight young dancers and choreographers from different parts of Europe will have intensive two-year support within DNA. This group will have their works performed around the Europe, their new works coproduced; residence, technical support and artistic supervision additionally organized.With this project, Station additionally buttresses the development processes of domestic dancing scene through activating the potentials of young artists, active inclusion in international scene and ensuring long-term partnership with relevant schools, institutions and festivals throughout Europe.

Partners of Station are, apart from P.A.R.T.S., Al Kantara Associacao from Portugal, CDC Toulouse / Midi-Pyrenees from France, Hebbel – Theater Berlin Gesellschaft MBH from Germany, Hellenic Festival SA from Greece, Kunscentrum Vooruit VZW from Belgium, Latvijas Jauna Teatra Instituts from Latvia, PACT Zollwerein Choreographisches Zentrum NRW Betriebs GMBH from Germany, Stitching moderne dans en Beweging from the Netherlands, MDT from Sweden, TRAFO from Hungary and Zodiak from Finland.

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Institute for Balkan studies: CO:OP


Given project unites the strength of 17 cultural heritage preserving institutions and universities from 12 European countries. Reinforcing the linking of said institutions with their immediate communities and thereby effect a firm sense of cultural, historic awareness not only on a national but even more on a transnational, Europe-wide level, fortifies this project’s striving. The majority of the consortium can already look back at long-lasting, well-established partnerships and co-operations within the community of ICARUS (International Centre for Archival Research; and the ENArC Project (European Network on Archival Cooperation;; project duration 2010–2015). This circumstance proves to be the ideal structural prerequisite to successfully and sustainably implement this project’s goals.

Though cultural institutions archive and safe-guard common European historical roots and their unfolding historic narrative, these institutions only peripherally reach the populace, i.e. exactly those people and communities that are the integral creators of historic chronologies and therefore should be encouraged and enabled to explore their history. Activities which invite communities to get involved in creatively exploring and effecting their history are the encouraging catalysts to opening archival material up to the public. Essential motivator for this project is therefore the bridging of archival institutions with their communities, i.e. converge the public with professionals and harvest each other’s educational potential to the fullest, create transnational awareness and kinship – in short: fuse the history originators with the history preserving institutions.

The close cooperation between archival institutions and universities will furthermore result in educational activities addressing users and future generations of professionals, i.e. the professionalization of players through close interaction. The active fostering of this sense of teamwork will release the full potential of creating European cultural and historic awareness and thus pointedly co-shape the future of our European culture in a team effort.

Historical sources are not only invaluable for historiography; they have also been instrumental for the construction of collective cultural memories and subsequently of national identities all over Europe. This project aims at establishing a sustainable and permanent, institutionalized network which unites the capacities of an audience and institutions. By encouraging active involvement in and awareness of our shared history, undeniably marginalized historic content and witnesses can be brought into light, i.e. private collections, and feed into the public perception of their historiography. Furthermore, the connection between archival institutions and the populace through means of creative media will enable innovative and inspiring approaches towards archival material and open up new perspectives on our history and our future.

Hessian State Archives, Marburg (lead partner)
International Centre for Archival Research, Vienna
National Archives of Hungary, Budapest
Budapest City Archives
National Archives of the Czech Republic, Prague
Croatian State Archives, Zagreb
Swedish National Archives, Stockholm
Finnish National Archives, Helsinki
National Archives of Estonia, Tallinn
General Directorate of Bavarian State Archives, Munich
Archive of the Diocese of St. Pölten
Ecclesiastical Historical Archives of Biscay, Bilbao
Complutense University of Madrid
University Federico II of Naples
University of Graz
University of Cologne
Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade

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Faculty of Management and Kulturanova: ViSeT project


Virtual Sets: Creating and promoting virtual sets for the performing arts

The general objective of the ViSet project is to promote the use of advanced digital technologies in various art forms and various cultural circumstances, to demonstrate the many social, economic, commercial and cultural advantages of these technologies for the arts. We will do so by promoting the use of virtual stage sets, including the use of interactive technologies, Virtual and Augmented Reality and remote-controlled applications, in performing arts. We will do so by creating a network of cultural operators capable of using new technologies for the performing arts (“providers”) linked in an online community with interested stakeholders such as festival organisers and theatres (“users”).

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Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina: Performing the museum


Performing the museum is built on the initial resources of the institutions collaborating on the project and based on different practices, some set on tradition and the already established working methods and others seeking a different methodology, resulting in experimental practices.

The museums participating on the project aim at re-evaluating and rethinking their resources: archives, collections, and working methods, in order to develop their potentials by creating knowledge and connecting to various types of audiences. The traditional roles of the contemporary museum are changing. Its most important activities are no longer merely storage, studying, and exhibiting of artworks, but also an active involvement with the museum’s audience. For this reason, the project will develop combination of exhibitions and educational programmes based on the participatory approach, intended for both the audience and the staff. Creation of knowledge, based on the non-hegemonic, emancipatory principle is one of the strategic orientations of all the participating museums.

The participating museums connected through the project represent different histories as well as different contemporary realities. Three of the museums share a part of their political history, but on very different localities. Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (MSU) was founded in 1954. During the 1960’s and the 1970’s, it was considered one of the most progressive institution in this part of Europe, and the birthplace of the European and international neo-avantgarde movement New Tendencies. Today its exciting 60-year long history can be read through the permanent collection displayed in the new building.Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts is a regional museum of modern and contemporary art based in the northern part of Slovenia, with a strong tradition in organizing international exhibitions of engaged art in the 1960’s and 1970’s, which today establishes its identity through a critical assessment of past practices within the present situation. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad was founded in 1966. Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Novi Sad carries out various activities in different areas of contemporary art and is starting to take the role of a regional leader in this field, with an important place in current developments and movements in contemporary art in the region, as well as in international art cooperation and exchange. Fundació Antoni Tàpies was created in 1984 by artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. The Fundació takes a pluralist, interdisciplinary approach and aims at setting up cooperative ventures with experts from various fields of learning in order to contribute to a better understanding of the contemporary art and culture.

What is common to all the partners is a rich past documented in artistic archives and museum archives, as well as their methodology and the initiative to rethink these resources in order to discover new approaches and working methods.

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (project leader)

Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad

Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts, Slovenj Gradec

Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona

European cooperation projects

Foundation B92: Corners


CORNERS is a platform for artists and audiences, designed and driven by cultural organizations at the edges of Europe.

CORNERS creates opportunities for artists and researchers to produce multidisciplinary contemporary artistic and cultural collaborative projects. The objective is to enable exchange across geographical, political, and economic divisions. Since 2011, more than 50 artists and researchers (and the number grows) have met through CORNERS, as well as more than 30 organizations and institutions as partners and collaborators. Together with new artists and researchers joining the project, they will continue to explore the outskirts of Europe and co-create artistic projects across borders of artistic disciplines in order to bring stories from one corner of Europe into another. Co-creations will be gathered in different places across Europe, where artists and their audiences will inhabit unusual and public spaces, using partners’ cities as their stages: Umeå and Stockholm (SE), Ljubljana (SI), Gdansk (PO), Belgrade (RS), Zagreb and Rijeka (HR), Donostia / San Sebastian (Basque Country, ES), Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK), Middlesbrough and Northumberland (England, UK), and Prizren (Kosovo).

The total budget for the project is 2.566.000 EUR, half of this amount will be covered from Creative Europe, and the other half will be secured from local funds by CORNERS Partners.

The support from Creative Europe programme is giving us the opportunity to continue building our platform, to make it more vivid and diverse. We will continue to connect artists in co-creations, encounter new regions, meet and engage new audiences in arts and culture. For the next 3.5 years, starting from 1 September 2014, eleven partners will work together: Intercult (Sweden), Pogon and Drugo More (Croatia), Exodos (Slovenia), Arts Council Northern Ireland and ISIS Arts (UK), City Culture Institute/ Gdańsk (Poland), Donostia/ San Sebastián 2016 (Basque Country/ Spain), Cultural Centre REX (Serbia), Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (Italy), and DokuFest (Kosovo). First partners meeting was held in Zagreb on 15 and 16 September 2014.

We enter a new phase – from “research and development” to “cultural action”.

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