Boric, Jelena Mijanovic with Mikser (Igor Stoimenov, Maja Vidakovic)
Urbanity deals with the recent contrasting realities of Belgrade. The
transformation of the city during the past ten years was characterized
by the emergence of parallel urban systems and the development of various
coping mechanisms - physical and psychological. These elements were the
most vital forces that maintained life in the city. Filled with contradictions,
simultaneously global and isolated, prosperous and devastated, Belgrade
retained many qualities of a world metropolis.
The intent of the installation is to - through life-size projections of
urban images and sounds - engage the observer, both physically and psychologically,
with the conflicting realities of Belgrade. The project explores the post-war
condition of a city where the boundary between legal and illegal activity
has blurred. Actions preceded law and law adjusted to actions. It is through
this flexibility that life was possible in Belgrade. Daily struggle to
survive produced new environments characterized by spontaneous transformations.
This spontaneous urbanism was reinforced by the instability of government
agencies and their inability to cope with problems facing the city. Survival
at the micro level, dependent upon individual efforts, conditioned the
urban development on every level. Parallel Urbanity exerts its meaning
through systems of parasitic environments which are the result of the
dialectic between parallel systems of survival and the underlying infrastructure
of Belgrade. This relationship is both symbiotic and antagonistic. The
three-dimensional setting of the two video tracks challenges the linear
methods of documenting complex urban phenomena.
After being engaged in numerous socially aware projects in the field of
urban design, journalism, documentary film, and art, the four artists
joined their studios in a series of collaborative projects with the aim
to explore urban phenomena that have been neglected by mainstream media
and organizations. Their diverse professional and academic backgrounds
explore a variety of insights and modes of expression.