Is the rebel asking for time out?

This exhibition is a small mirror which captures a silhouette of disturbed position of art in contemporary environment. While profit rules and quick information flow is raping minds it’s difficult, more than ever, to define its role. Represented works show two different, parallel lines. One of them is a line of contemporary art which critically relates to a society, directly pointing to the problems and raising questions. And the other one is orientated to the internal logic of creative act, telling stories by means of formal features of used media. By making a distinction between these two lines i don’t have an intention to give priority to neither of them. Their existence has its causes and we have to deal with them.

Marina Marković in her video work “Chewing & Spitting” depicts eating disorder which is characterized by consumption without absorption. That is a trend that we are all affected by, living in society of global consumption and information overload. New state of mind, conditioned by new ways of life, definitely influences the communication between art and art consumers. How to reach up overloaded minds with blocked sense of hunger and how to transmit message to a mind who doesn’t want to swallow? Those questions unavoidable destabilize position of the artist forcing him to turn around like a sunflower chasing the new sun.

Further destabilization is represented in the video performance “I Dance Dance Dance” by Ivana Smiljanić. Playlists for those performances are made by people from a certain social contexts. This video brings the action which she made in New York and the playlist she is using is made by people from their local art scene. This brings us to a new topic – art world is closing itself and in many ways frustrating artists with its demands. Art market, trendy art concepts and curators’ affinities make strong flows which are often dragging individuals off their course.

Films of Miloš Tomić are the example of the other line i mentioned before, showing stable position of a “story teller”. In casual conversation Miloš told me that he doesn’t like to call himself an artist.

Marija Radoš

01 I DANCE DANCE DANCE

I DANCE DANCE DANCE is the performance series in which Smiljanić deals with various phenomena and relations within a complex system of contemporary culture (e.g. the position of an artist in this system’s hierarchy or the interdependency of its subjects), by inviting people from certain social contexts to choose music for her dancing.

I DANCE DANCE DANCE is the performance series in which Smiljanić deals with various phenomena and relations within a complex system of contemporary culture (e.g. the position of an artist in this system’s hierarchy or the interdependency of its subjects), by inviting people from certain social contexts to choose music for her dancing.

Since the first performing in 2007, I DANCE DANCE DANCE was realized in the Center for Cultural Decontamination and the KONTEKST Gallery in Belgrade, Gallery of Contemporary Art in Pančevo, BIT Teatergarasjen in Bergen, La Centrale Electrique in Brussels, the Museum of Contemporary Art Istria, Stara tiskara in Pula, ISCP Gallery in New York, VN Gallery in Zagreb, Moderna galerija, City Museum in Ljubljana, National Museum Gallery in Vranje and Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. Depending on a play-list length, the performance lasts 50–190 minutes.

This performance took place on Nov 24th 2009 in ISCP Gallery in New York. Music for the performance was chosen by well known characters and emerging artists of the New York art scene. The performance was a part from A Dense Dance exhibition with András Cséfalvay.

Ivana Smiljanić is Serbian visual artist, performer and dancer. Born in 1980, in Belgrade. Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, where she achieved her Magister Degree as well. The latest solo shows are “You’ll Remember Me” in NOVA Gallery, Belgrade and “That’s the Real Ivana Smiljanić” in Prozori Gallery, Zagreb (both in 2011) and the I DANCE DANCE DANCE performance was recently done in Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava and National Museum Gallery, Vranje (2011). She is the Serbian representative for Henkel.Art.Award.2011 as well as the winner of Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award in 2009.

www.ivanasmiljanic.com

02 CLAY PIGEON

A love game on the grass with horror elements.

Miloš Tomić

Born on 05. 02. 1976. in Belgrade.
At the end of elementary school he started doodling, coloring, collecting objects from the street, photographing, playing some music…

During high school he went to “Kvadrat” film school run by Zoran and Svetlana Popović.

1993–2002 Contributor of the “Beautiful Rhythm of the Heart” radio show.
2000 Successfully completed a partner dance course at the Russian Culture Home.
2001 Graduated at the Academy of Art (Directing major) in the class of Miša Radivojević.
Finished graduate studies of animation in Prague, at Famu, in the class of Petr Skala.
Was a guest student in Madrid and Berlin.

Currently at the doctoral studies, thesis on “Preciousness of discarded objects, i.e. trash as the material for film, photography…”

www.milostomic.com

03 CHEWING AND SPITTING

Chewing and Spitting (C&S) is a video piece that deals with a subject of a newly emerged eating disorder.

Chewing and Spitting (C&S) is a video piece that deals with a subject of a newly emerged eating disorder. The affected person chews the food but doesn’t swallow, thus satisfying the natural hunger craving and taste receptors, whilst avoiding the consequences of regular food intake – consumption without absorption. The emotional process underlying this disorder is different to those found in anorexia and bulimia nervosa patients -emotional suppression and feeling of an enormous emotional emptiness – mostly in intensity of emotional tension > fetish-object and pleasure-fear. The phenomenon of C&S is be recognized as an ideologically and socially conditioned behavior developed in a society of global consumption – one that glorifies hedonism and pleasure of consuming, but also imposes the media construct of ideal body.

 

Marina Marković

Born in Belgrade, Serbia,1983. Graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts of the Belgrade University of Arts. One of the founders of the Third Belgrade independent artists’ association. Participated in numerous solo and collaborative exhibitions both locally and internationally. This year’s laureat of Young Visual Artist Award .

http://marinamarkovic.com/
http://www.serbiancontemporaryart.info/umetnici.php?lang=2&id=102

04 PLASTIC BAGS

A love triangle of three plastic bags in the wind.

05 Marija Radoš - Biography

Marija Radoš (1977) graduated from Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade – Art History Department. Since 2005 works within Remont – Independent Artistic Association, Belgrade (www.remont.net).

06 Exhibition credits

Curator: Marija Radoš
Author of Texts: Marija Radoš
Realization: Lenka Střeláková and Janek Rous
Published: 19. 9. 2011