CAVS staffer finds herself on Lost Highway
MIT affiliates among planners of art experience
Deborah Halber, News Office Correspondent
September 25, 2006
Soon after Meg Rotzel arrived in Ljubljana, Slovenia, this past July, she met up with 25 strangers at an art gallery, and they all set out to spend the next three days together--as fellow travelers on the Lost Highway Expedition.
The expedition, which ran from July 30 to Aug. 24 in the Western Balkans, drew some 300 people to what its organizers called "a massive intelligent swarm" of individuals, groups and institutions from the United States, Europe and elsewhere. The expedition was loosely centered around art, architecture and culture.
Rotzel, curatorial associate for MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), became intrigued by the ambitious project when she worked with some of the event's planners at CAVS.
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Sarajevo program was really great and quite packed. We met an amazing number of interesting people and with their stories very specific cross-sections through the city. Thanks to Stjepan, Said, Asja, Dunja, brothers Kresevljakovic, Namik, Aida, Damir, Sendain and Igor and specially Azra who brought them all together!
Next to Ribnica, Cijevna and Moraca river we managed to survive Podgorica at 40 C. These rivers are really amazing and the most beautiful part of the city. At Karver bookstore and amphitheater next to it we had the first group face-to-face contact with local youngsters. We spoke and they danced, break-danced. Things started to blur. Thanks to Slavica, Boro, Bobo and students for two interesting days!
In Tirana we had a few amazing and unusual events. Presentation from Stefano Romano and 1.60 Insurgent Space at the Backpacker Hostel, with 40 people in one room, drive around the city peripheries in 5 taxies, presentation and discussion at Guva hotel terrace and night visit to one of the richest Tirana all-under-construction neighborhoods by night!
Prishtina was the peak of self-organizing. Even without really fixed program we managed to see quite a bit - with help of Petrit, Erzen and some of their friends. Prishtina is really a lively place and definitely the most dense city structure we saw until now. The new developments on the city edges are wow and almost every ground floor apartment in the city has been turned into commercial activities or quite fancy cafes.
In Skopje we had a great more than two days, thanks to Yane, Hristina, Biljana, Aleksandra, Velimir, Danilo, Lidija, Filip of Press to Exit and volunteers and many other people that showed us the city, told us stories and made us feel really nice here! Matka Lake was great with the concert of almost real Elvis. The psychedelic Eco patrols with Aleksandar Stankoski, especially Saturday fever night in Suto Orizari were really something - thanks Aco! Stories behind the scene of Skopje city center by Oliver Musovik. Film by Hrsitina Ivanovska and talk by Suzana Milevska at the Museum and the discussion that they provoked. And many, many more things... and contrasts.
On our way to Skopje we stopped and slept in Vladicin Han - small industrial town of about 10.000 inhabitants. Suzana Stankovic showed us around and told us why places like this should not wait for better future but rather the action should be taken... Thanks Suzana! On our tour we met Marko, son of the most famous trumpet (brass) band player from Serbia Boban Markovic :))... And look at this amazing, never finished, 30 years old hotel structure in Vranjska banja!
In Belgrade at Context gallery, Rex, the Public Bath, Cultural Center Studentski grad, line 7, boats... on 08 and 09/08 were: Aaron Moulton, Aleksandar Mihailovic, Ana Dzokic, Andi Mayer, Angel Nevarez, Anna Müller, Anna Sala, Auke Touwslagger, Azra Aksamija, Diana Baldon, Dionis Escorsa, Dubravka Sekulic, Dusan Grlja, Elena Benigni, Francesca Ferguson, Giulia Fiocca, Goran Rakic, Grozdana Sisovic, Gu
In contrast to an idea of changing place that follows point A to point B in its referral to a certain logic; an odyssey, Lost Highway Expedition1 (LHE), seems to emerge in response to problematizing the issues of geopolitical fragmentation, the conflictual zones and the normalization in the former Yugoslavia since they are the important players in Balkan politics of the Danube.
The pertinence of the project in the context of this argument was revealed in Marc Neelen’s question: “what is it then this multitude of individuals is heading?” That is conceived in a shift which has occurred in the condition that it constitutes the active autonomous agent presupposing to search for “the future.”
Coinciding with remaining and current political situations in different corners of the world that propagates the actual fact of “changing places, losing the way and the expectations of return” into existence; this inter-disciplinary project thus appears to aim to create a dynamic structure against/beyond representation by introducing an incomplete open system towards static structures. What is to be said is established on the “found knowledge” in the midst of the “nomadic voyaging,” the expedition with its multitude.
Saturday and Sunday LHE at Kuda.org in Novi Sad. Quite a crowd! The weather got better finally, at least for a while...
Srdjan, Zoran and students from the Faculty of Architecture spoke about recreation in Novi Sad and 5 small stadiums and how do they reflect current state of affairs in the city in relation to public domain. With a question what is their future and is other than commercial use possible?
30 July, following people joined LHE in Ljubljana at SKUC:
Ajdin Basic, Aleksander Perovic, Alenka Gragoric, Ana Dzokic, Apolonia Sustersic, Dzema Dunic, Dragan Zivadinov, Gediminas Gasparavicius, Goran Rakic, Anna Müller, Helena Drnovsek Zorko, Ivan Kucina, Jill Magid, Kasper Akhoj, Katherine Carl, Kyong Park, Marc Neelen, Maria Lind, Marjeta Lavric, Marjetica Potrc, Meg Rotzel, Misa de Jong Nemanic, Nathaniel Clark, Paola Velasquez, Pilar Ortiz, Primo, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Stefan Pedersen, Stefanie Busch, Susanne Kass, Tea Rozman-Clark
Alenka Gregoric of SKUC Ljubljana launched the Lost Highway Expedition. Her introduction on the activites of SKUC and the city were followed by a welcome by Helena Drnovsek and a presentation Marjetica Potrc on Ljubljana's Autonomous Zones.
Watch video at: http://www.processmatter.net/LHE/movie_1.html