Displacements Project (as presented at KCB / Novembar 2011)

Project Author: Dorijan Kolundžija

Project Curators: Dorijan Kolundžija . Milica Pekić . Ana Adamović .

Artist: Dalija Aćin . Bojan Đorđev . Siniša Ilić . Dragan Mileusnić . Željko Serdarević . Manja Ristić . Ana Sofrenović . Igor Stangliczky

'Displacements' project has been initiated as a collaborative platform to explore the principal aspects of contemporary art production and live performance. In it's essence, the platform is an interactive and interdisciplinary physical interface for live holographic performance video streaming.
The platform is constructed as a physical space reminiscent of a small performance stage; housing the technology required to broadcast live online communications within a digital, virtual space. Video, audio, performance streaming, web presence and holographic projection are the mediums used as materials from which the artwork emerges. The platform then, enables artists living in different distant locations to jointly create the live performance piece, which can be witnessed by a physically present audience.
The limitations and possibilities that these new conceptual, production, performance and spectatorship conditions bring will inevitably generate specific experiences both for the audience and performers involved; the platform's fundamental goal is to initiate, monitor, document and classify these experiences.
Through new art productions, the 'Displacements' platform explores complex notions of personal experience, sensibilities, presence, displacement, audience, immediacy, space, private and public, intimate and spectacular, individual and collective, digital and corporeal.
What happens in the absence of the mutual physical presence of performers and audience?
What happens when the virtual body inhabits the same space as its audience, disrupting the overall scheme of physical limitations?
How do performers negotiate isolation from, or absence of the audience? How does it reflect in the performance?
How do the physical limitations of the proposed platform's space reconstruct performance?
Artistic responses provoked by these questions are elaborated within the production process and collected by means of documenting diverse modes of involvement. This documented material of all discussed ideas, concepts and processes may be relevant not only to the creation and development of this platform, but also the expanding performance-related art forms which are moving beyond the binding box of the presently identified and approved of, and into the realm of digital.
Years of cultural neglect, lack of investment and a lack of national cultural strategy have resulted in a dispersed contemporary art scene within Serbia. The resulting art scene appears fragmented, out of institutional frames and often stripped down to individual actions. Within this atmosphere, scattered likely and unlikely partners are now in the process of creating collective art forms and actions, challenging the limits of their (and their country's) dispersal as well as the limitations of their initial mediums; creating complex art pieces combining visual arts, film, music, performance, theatre, text and technology.
Displacements platform was created to enable and support future development of this interdisciplinary approach within new productions.
The platform, also, deals with the issue of documentation and archiving of live performances, opening the possibility of preserving elements of the live piece that can then be re-performed/re-presented in its integral format and scale.
Displacements project maps out routes for the potential departure from the mutual presence of artist and audience and examines both theoretically and practically the ensuing implication on the performing arts.

Documentation, photography: Vladimir Miladinović

Organiser: S.Cen - Center for scene design, architecture and technology / OISTAT center Serbia, President: Radivoje Dinulović

Production: Kiosk platform for contemporary art, Belgrade, Serbia . Galerija 12, Belgrade, Serbia

Organization: Iva Milekić . Jelena Piljić . Svetlana Stojanović

Music: Hauschka / Belgrade / RoomToExpand

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