Vesna Trobec collaborated with Architecture Professor Chris L. Smith to create a drawing that would accompany his essay. Both will be exhibited alongside the other at an exhibition titled: ‘Great War Island: Desert Fictions’.

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The project Great War Island: Desert Fictions addresses architectural and urban phenomena in the context of research and modes of writing. The term fiction is to be interpreted here in two ways: as an action that fails to effect reality in satisfactory ways (i.e. potentially detrimental fantasy) and on the other hand as a positive, utopian project. Furthermore, the use of fiction as a research tool mobilises literary forms in the service of discovery, formation of new modes of knowledge, and inquiry into standardised modes of academic writing.

Inspired by the Serbian public discourse formulated in the past three years in the context of the Belgrade Waterfront development, this project brings together a number of international academics and artists with the aim of considering the theme of fiction through the concept of islands. The starting point for the project, and initial conceptual framework given to the participants, followed the proposition that one of the key problems of Belgrade Waterfront is precisely its insularity, i.e. insufficient sensitivity to the existing urban and historical contexts of the Sava amphitheatre. Great War Island, a territory that resisted appropriation during the creation of New Belgrade, was taken as the Waterfront’s alternative, utopian location, upon which to reflect critique and experiments. Moor’s Utopia is, after all, an island.

The participants in this exhibition, and the book which is to follow in English and in Serbian translation, have produced a series of textual and visual essays – some more theoretical, some primarily literary – which tackle global examples of insularity and island narratives not directly related to Belgrade. As such, they provide food for thought in the local context.

With: Ronnen BenArie, André Bideau, Simone Brott, Nic Clear, Hélène Frichot, Kim Gurney, Catharina Gabrielsson, Katharine Harrison, Lee Hassall, Carl Lavery, Chris L. Smith, Neil Spiller, Jill Stoner, Vesna Trobec, Nicolas Whybrow, Tamir Zadok.

Project concept and curation: Marko Jobst
Consultant and producer: Marijana Cvetković
Catalogue design: Katarina Vukoman

The exhibition is open until 20th July 2017

Veliko ratno ostrvo: Puste fikcije

Projekat Veliko ratno ostrvo: Puste fikcije se bavi pitanjem arhitektonskih i urbanih fenomena u kontekstu istraživačkog rada i modela istraživačkog pisanja. Termin fikcija se u ovom kontekstu interpretira na dva načina: kao akcija koja nema zadovoljavajuće reperkusije po realitet (drugim rečima, potencijalno detrimentalna fantazija) i, sa druge strane, kao pozitivni, utopijski projekat. Takođe, u kontekstu arhitektonskog istraživanja, fikcija, kao istraživačko sredstvo, pretpostavlja korišćenje literarnih formi u službi otkrivanja, građenja novih formi znanja, kao i preispitivanja standardnih modela akademskog pisanja.

Inspirisan diskursom u srpskoj javnosti koji je izgradjen u poslednje tri godine u kontekstu projekta Beograd na vodi, ovaj projekat okuplja jedan broj internacionalnih univerzitetskih predavača i umetnika koji razmatraju navedene teme fikcije kroz koncept ostrva. Ako uzmemo za početnu poziciju činjenicu da je jedan od aspekata kritike projekta Beograd na vodi upravo pitanje njegove insularnosti, tj. nedovoljnog prilagodjavanja urbanom i istorijskom kontekstu savskog amfiteatra, i pozicioniramo fenomen Velikog ratnog ostrva (prirodne teritorije koja se opirala aproprijaciji za gradjevinski materijal pri izgradnji Novog Beograda) kao njegovu alternativnu, utopijsku lokaciju (Morova Utopia je upravo ostrvo), mi dobijamo sliku o konceptualnom okviru koji je zadat učesnicima.

Učesnici ove izložbe, i knjige koja će biti njen ishod kako na engleskom tako i u prevodu na srpski, produkuju seriju vizuelno-tekstualnih eseja – nekih više teoretski orijentisanih, nekih prevashodno literarnih – koji se bave globalnim primerima ostrva i insularnosti koji nisu direktno vezani za Beograd i, kao takvi, obezbeđuju materijal za razmišljanje u našim lokalnim okvirima.

Učestvuju: Ronnen BenArie, André Bideau, Simone Brott, Nic Clear, Hélène Frichot, Kim Gurney, Catharina Gabrielsson, Katharine Harrison, Lee Hassall, Carl Lavery, Chris L. Smith, Neil Spiller, Jill Stoner, Vesna Trobec, Nicolas Whybrow, Tamir Zadok.

Koncept projekta i kustoski pristup: Marko Jobst
Konsultantkinja i producentkinja: Marijana Cvetković
Dizajn kataloga: Katarina Vukoman

Izložba je otvorena do 20. jula 2017.