Saturday 6 June | 4.30pm
WALK WITH IVA KONTIĆ
Dream Catching in Dormitory / Hvatanje snova u spavaonici
Dormitory – the old nickname for New Belgrade, which describes it perfectly (Vukajlija, dictionary of slang).
Dream Catching in Dormitory is a sort of a flashback excursion into the neighborhood which presents the “leitmotif” of my growing up in Belgrade in the 90s; and which will most certainly and with a good reason, never become a part of any sightseeing tour.
The intersect between the New Belgrade districs 1, 3 and 33, with no urban content and no historical cultural sights, testifies of obsolete social plans and official ideologies of living, as well as of their by-products. From ’89 to 2000, this scenery was my everyday route, it made the perceptive frame of my emotional and social education. Until I left it, to move to an other country.
Through the series of silent performances and an accompanying audio track, I will try to share some fragments from the past using intimate narration contextualized into the contemporary urban landscape. With a time distance and from the perspective of someone who has become a tourist in the homeland, my Walk with the Artist represents a wish to restore the ruins of personal memory of Belgrade – far away from communism, Tito, secession, old kings and princesses, much closer to turbofolk, McDonalds, brutalism, banging pots and sirens.
During the walk, the audience will listen to an audio recording, a compilation of music, sounds and narrations closely related to the period of the 90s within the local context. With headphones on, the audience will be silently led through the New Belgrade districts 1, 3 and 33. In front of the typical buildings of this neighborhood – Hala sportova, Fontana, McDonalds, OŠ Duško Radović, Perper, Genex – they will witness the series of silent performances, which will be performed by myself.
MEETING POINT: bus station Hala Sportova (Pariske komune) map
Participants are required to bring a mobile phone or MP3 player with headphones in order to download the audio files of the walk.
PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE FILE HERE: mp3 https://www.wetransfer.com/…/f65044a266ef0d5c146b4d4…/5e3d5f
See also: Dream Catching in Dormitory pictures
Walk with the artist is supported by ECF Step Beyond Travel Grant.