kuda.org at the exhibition MILKY WAY art, time, space
art, time, space
Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine (Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina)
Dunavska 37, Novi Sad
Duration: 25th November – 30th December 2022
Curator: Sanja Kojić Mladenov PhD
Opening: Friday, 25th November at 07.00PM, MoCAV
Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Dunavska 37
KCNS Art Gallery, Katolička porta 5
The Creative District – BIRO, Bulevar despota Stefana 5
KATARINA ALLFA, APSOLUTNO, MoCAV ARCHIVE – PROJECTS IN CHINATOWN / THE CREATIVE DISTRICT, ATELJE DT20, DIMITRIJE BAŠIČEVIĆ MANGELOS, ILIA BELORUKOV, DANICA BIĆANIĆ, CENTAR ZA NOVE MEDIJE_KUDA.ORG, CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE, VUK ĆOSIĆ, ATILLA CSERNIK, TIBOR BADA (BADA DADA), ALEKSANDAR DAVIĆ, diSTRUKTURA, DOPLGENGER, ČEDOMIR DRČA / SLOBODAN TIŠMA, UROŠ ĐURIĆ, IRWIN, VLADAN JOLER / KATE CRAWFORD, NOVI_SAD / ISAAC NIEMAND, LÁSZLÓ KEREKES, BOJANA S. KNEŽEVIĆ / KATARINA PETROVIĆ, KATALIN LADIK, SANJA LATINOVIĆ, MIRKO LAZOVIĆ, HERMANN NITSCH, NOVOSADSKA GRADSKA KOMUNA / BOŽIDAR MANDIĆ, PYOTR PAVLENSKY, DAN PERJOVSCHI, ZORAN POPOVIĆ, BOGDANKA POZNANOVIĆ, DARIJA S. RADAKOVIĆ, MILICA RAKIĆ, SAŠA STOJANOVIĆ, BÁLINT SZOMBATHY, JUDITA ŠALGO, PREDRAG ŠIĐANIN, RASTISLAV ŠKULEC, TOKI ART SPACE, VUJICA REŠIN TUCIĆ, ULAY, VERBUMPROGRAM (RATOMIR KULIĆ, VLADIMIR MATTIONI), BILL VIOLA, DRAGAN VOJVODIĆ, ŽELIMIR ŽILNIK, WORKSHOP − ACADEMY OF ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF NOVI SAD / NEW MEDIA ART.
The exhibition presents examples of unstable and emancipatory artistic practice, from avant-garde to contemporary, media and post-media art.
The MILKY WAY exhibition encompasses the works of over 50 artists and art groups from Novi Sad, Serbia and the international art scene throughout history, but also including the relevant contemporary artistic practices. The open form of the exhibition implies the integration of various media, procedural and interdisciplinary research, performance and collective action, real and digital space intervention, debate and exchange, all with utopian and socially critical attitudes.
Some of the pioneers of media art and activism will be presented for the first time in Serbia. Among them is the American artist Bill Viola, a pioneer of video art, who influenced the global development of video in art and pop culture with his forty-year artistic practice of creating ambient installations. Then, the works of Hermann Nitsch, who was a leading figure of Viennese Actionism, and the works of the radical performer Pyotr Pavlensky. The audience will have the opportunity to become more familiar with the life and artistic work of Ulay, one of the first creators of Polaroid photographs, as well as performances realized through collaboration with former partner and artist Marina Abramović.
The need for mutual networking and connecting, evident in the laws of nature, exists also in art scenes throughout history and in different, often distant geographical places. The avant-garde processes, as the initiators of artistic experiment, innovation and freedom of artistic expression, have marked the artistic and social history of Novi Sad, hence the question arises of preservation of the achieved values in the local environment, its visibility, as well as its connection with similar, important regional and international research, as well as their closeness to contemporary media and post-media practices.
The exhibition presents examples of unstable and emancipatory artistic practice, from avant-garde to contemporary, media and post-media art. For its starting point, it refers to the results of The Continuous Art Class project of Centar za nove medije_kuda.org focused on mapping the social and artistic history of Novi Sad all through the presentation of a network of protagonists and references, through artistic, social and political theory and practice, which all influenced the Novi Sad neo-avant-garde in the 1960s and 1970s. For this reason, the central part of the exhibition is the “Media Ontologies” map, as the key segment of The Continuous Art Class project, which presents the project’s research methodology and covers the field of historical avant-gardes from the beginning of the twentieth century, through the post-war neo-avant-garde, all the way to contemporary artistic media production. The exhibition continues to develop by broader perception of local and international practices, by presenting other projects of specific mapping of the art scene, such as the East Art Map by IRWIN group, social and interdisciplinary positioning visible in the work Sociaty Portraits by Uroš Đurić, the radio podcast Femkanje by Bojana Knežević and Katarina Petrović, psychogeographical mappings of the diSTRUCTURA, and network mappings present in Vladan Joler & Kate Crawford’s projects.
How can we establish a dialogue today and connect the values of the complex phenomena of historical avant-gardes, neo-avant-gardes and possible post-avant-gardes? How important is resistance to the existing systems in art, society and technology for the development of critical artistic practice and how present is it as a reflection of dissatisfaction with imposed, default and established dogmas, prejudices and taboos? Also, do conservatism, nationalism and xenophobia, contrary to the avant-garde cosmopolitan and supranational spirit of connection, strengthen in the conditions of the current closed and isolated society?
The project MILKY WAY was conceived as a public segment of the work of the Centre for Intermedia and Digital Art MSUV, focused on mapping, affirmation and presentation of intermedia, interdisciplinary and hybrid approaches to art, as well as the continuation of the introduction of new functions of the Museum in relation to various processes in contemporary culture. Professional associates on the project: Zoran Pantelić, Centre for new media _kuda.org. In addition to works from the MSUV Collection, the exhibition will present works owned by other institutions, organizations, artists and their families (Centre for new media _kuda.org, Museum in Smederevo, NITSCH FOUNDATION, Vienna, LIMA, Amsterdam, BILL VIOLA Studio, New York…). As part of the exhibition, there will be several side programs, film screenings, audio and video performances, and guided tours through the exhibition.
Friday, 25th November at 5:00 PM
Opening of the exhibition segment in the Creative District – BIRO, Bulevar despota Stefana 5
MoCAV ARCHIVE – PROJECTS IN CHINATOWN / THE CREATIVE DISTRICT, DANICA BIĆANIĆ, MIRKO LAZOVIĆ, TOKI ART SPACE
Friday, 25th November at 6:00 PM
Opening of the exhibition segment in KCNS Art Gallery
Katolička porta 5
KATARINA ALLFA, CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE, diSTRUKTURA, RASTISLAV ŠKULEC, VERBUMPROGRAM (RATOMIR KULIĆ, VLADIMIR MATTIONI)
Friday, 25th November at 7:00 PM
Opening of the exhibition segment in MoCAV
Sound performance at the opening – ILIA BELORUKOV, around, there, now, Gallery in the basement
Film screenings in the MoCAV Cinema hall at 7:30 PM: ZORAN POPOVIĆ
Gesture Speech of Joseph Beuys, 12-hour lecture, Edinburgh, 1973, 15’28”
Apology for Modernity, The NSK State in Time Pavilion, a film by IRWIN and Igor Zupe – with guest appearance and discussion with the authors
Saturday, 26th November at 12:00 AM, MoCAV Cinema hall
ULAY, screening of the documentary film Project Cancer – with a discussion with the screenwriter and curator, Tevžo Logar
Wednesday, 7th December at 06.00 PM
Audio-visual performance IIC – International Internal Catastrophes’ by Novi_sad / ISAAC NIEMAND, SKC Fabrika, Creative District
Wednesday, 14th December at 17.00 PM
Guiding through the exhibition, curator Sanja Kojić Mladenov with the artists
The exhibition is organized within the program Other Europe, Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture in 2022. MSUV is patroned by the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities. The exhibition is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and the EU-Japan Fest from Tokyo. We thank the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade for the technical support.