Under this months’ simmering heat, about 28 participants gathered in Skopje for the second-in-line of Building Lost Highway workshops. Aim of the meeting was to draft entries to the Lexicon of Provisional Future(s); entries that come from or are being inspired by the so called ‘Western Balkans’. Previous to the meeting, the participants’ five teams travelled for three or more days towards Skopje, experiencing different routes, stories and cities to support their lexicon entries.
The trips included a travel along the edges of Macedonia, a ferry rides from Italy to Montenegro and Croatia and further detouring to Macedonia, a north - south Serbia section, to all in the end converge at Skopje summit on 17 and 18 July 2007. The summit was co-organised by Press to Exit and held in the beautiful XVI century Kurshumli An (Leaded Caravanserai) where Centre for Contemporary Art of Skopje is housed. Deep shades of this heavy stone building saved us from overheat and sun blast with over 40C!
From 14-16 July five parallel mobile mini conferences will move from a starting point somewhere in the Western Balkans, to arrive to Skopje for a two days summit on 17-18 July. Investigating the locally emerging concepts and speculating their impact on a wider context, their input will be brought together at this summit. The 'moving conferences' are formed by teams of artists, architects and theoreticians who will be contributing to the Lexicon for the Future. The teams self-organise their trip and stay during their travel, which means they can decide to spiral around, make a de-tour, or stay in one city to make a dense set of meetings (>).
The summit in Skopje will be the place where it all comes together during a two days summit (17-18 July). Concepts are presented and the first lexicon draft is created. The list of travelers and writers include Ivan Kucina, Kristian Cebzan, Dushan Grlja, Bojan Djordjev, Vladimir Jeric, Jelena Vesic, Vahida Ramujkic, Alessandro Floris, Ana Dzokic, Marc Neelen, Piet Vollaard, Peter Lang, Giulia Fiocca, Laia Sole, Alenka Gregoric, Amy Fanek, Yane Calovski, Hristina Ivanoska, Filip Jovanovski, Kasper Akhoj, Igor Isakovski, Oliver Musovik, and others.
Day one – TUESDAY, 17 July, 2007
11:00 Welcome and introduction of the agenda (Yane, Ana, Marc)
Location: Kursumli An (the Lead Caravanserai) - Contemporary Arts Centre
Can anybody give me some clues or links on train/bus schedules from Zagreb to Sarajevo, and Sarajevo to Skopje plus estimated hours of travel?
"From our first meeting with Izetbegović I encountered an exceptionally intelligent, moderate, and cooperative man who wished to intelligently listen and understand others, but who defends himself when he consider it necessary. Such people are at this moment very useful." Kiro Gligorov, During the meetings of Collective Presidency of Yugoslavia. December 1990
IMAGE: Skopje PHOTO: Kyong Park, January 2005
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.