David Kerr: A noose around your neck until you die
Ina Wudtke: The Fine Art of Living
5 October - 3 November 2017
BAZA, B. Adžije 11, Zagreb
opening and guided tour by the artists: Thursday October 5 2017, at 7 p.m.
working hours: Tuesday - Friday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 14th of October 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
We conclude this year's season of Artists for Neighbourhood with an exhibition by two artists who put the housing issue at the center of their artistic interest and political engagement. David Kerr and Ina Wudtke looked for the causes and consequences of the housing problem at local examples of Glasgow and Berlin, linking the housing crisis to processes of urban transformation that reveal its deep political and economic roots [...]
NEIGHBOUR TO NEIGHBOUR IS AN ARRANT WOLF - INDIVIDUALIZATION OF COLLECTIVE HOUSING
The privatization of the housing fund in the 90s, the influence of the private market into housing and the accompanying construction boom in the 2000s marked the spatial, social and economic processes of the post-socialist city on the European periphery. However, in the recent few years new factors have begun to model a debate on city, housing and housing architecture. On the one hand, the economic crisis slowed down the construction of new housing capacities and shifted the focus to a more rational use of the existing ones, while the reduction of housing expenses became a topic of increasing social importance. On the other hand, accession to the European Union imposes new standards governing the construction industry, energetics and impact on the environment [...]
INTERVENTION IN THE PARK, VOLTINO NEIGHBOURHOOD
JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2017
PRESENTATION AT BAZA, JUNE 30, 2017, 7 P.M.
If you dream alone, that is just a dream. If we dream together, that is reality.
- Brazilian folk poem
Neighborhood in today's context implies, on the one hand, the physical sharing of housing space and, on the other, a complex relationship between personal and collective, often accompanied by a search for the community in an urban context. Is there any relationship between these two implications, spatial and relational, today, in the unstable conditions of work and life? If yes, how should we build it? The intervention A Change from the Bench explores the notion of neighborhood and the potential of individual ideas to create something common [...]
PUBLIC LECTURE WITHIN THE POLITICAL SCHOOL FOR ARTISTS (AND ALL INTERESTED)
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017, 7 P.M.
BAZA, B. ADŽIJE STR 11
Under conditions of the neoliberal policies, the art academies and art institutions are becoming more and more corporate and promote "new products" for the "lowest prices". Pushed by privatization, economisation, selection, elitism and class-racial exclusiveness, and then "internationalization", which actually involves only the inclusion of the EU passports holders in the educational process, that is, those “within” the borders of the EU migration regime, the art schools and academies are in a state we need to constantly reflect. What does art and "becoming an artist" mean in the context of the aforementioned standardizations, postgraduate education, precarious working conditions, etc.? What kind of curricula in art academies and schools do we need in order to organize new models of learning and strengthening social relationships, common goods, collectivity and solidarity [...]
THURSDAY, May 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
BAZA, B. ADŽIJE STR 11
In the past year and a half the issues of culture and cultural politics have been filling up newspaper columns and motivating protests and petitions day by day. While in daily politics culture serves mainly as a platfrorm for collecting political points in the bickering among different political parties, the voices of producers from different sectors of culture – from dancers through filmmakers, poets and visual artists to journalists – on the other, are starting to talk more about the neuralgic points in their fields: problems with infrastructure, cutting the budget, abolishing relevant events and publishings [...]
SYNDICALISM OF INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS OF WINTER JAZZ FEST
PUBLIC LECTURE IN THE FRAMEWORK OF POLITICAL SCHOOL FOR ARTISTS
THURSDAY, MARCH 30 2017, AT 8 P.M.
BAZA, B. ADŽIJA STR 11
When we think about independent musicians, we regularly emphasize their independent status, models of self-organization and particularly their artistic freedom. But what happens if we think about musicians as workers?
The work of independent musicians in the club's economy of New York City has the characteristics of a flexible, temporary work, unprotected by labour union contracts in accordance with the restrictive US labor laws. In 2012, a group of independent musicians of "new music" (the new jazz and improvised music) associated with a branch of the American musical labour union AFM (American Federation of Musicians) exerted pressure on [...]