In the heat of the beginning of July, we hosted a Magic Carpets study visit of a Portuguese artist Francisca Rocha Gonçalves, known as Kika (Ideias Emergentes).
During her stay in Jelsa Kika dedicated her time to connect with the place, through sounds and rhythms of Jelsa and its surroundings, to the sea and the worlds it hides. Since her residency, which will be taking place in August this year, is oriented towards mapping and understanding the soundscapes of the Jelsa’s underworlds well as exploring the value of acoustic ecology and sharing the knowledge through a series of workshops, Kika set out to discover boat routes and marked places in the sea set and used by local fisherman through observation, knowledge sharing with locals and visits to local Fisherman’s museum, all while testing and recording underwater soundscapes on different spots in order to try to understand Jelsa.
In the framework of the study visit, the testing workshop #UGASIISLUŠAJ #SWITHCOFFANDLISTEN was realized near the little island of Zečevo, belonging to Jelsa’s archipelago, where Kika was joined by local friends and listening enthusiasts in a workshop aimed at explaining underwater sounds and listening practices, artificially making noise to reveal noise pollution impact in aquatic environments. During this experience, we were joined by the filmmaking crew (filming Darko Škrobonja / postproduction Toni Mijač), which recorded the materials for the #swithcoffandlisten campaign’s promo video.
Kika will return for her residency at the beginning of August so we invite you to stay tuned to the sounds of the seabed coming from Jelsa and follow the development in the following weeks.
For more info about Kika’s study visit diary read here.
The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme, The City of Zagreb, Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia and Jelsa Tourist Board.
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Kampanja podizanja svijesti o morskoj bio raznolikosti i utjecaju buke na morska staništa
08.08.2020. – 22.08.2020.
Kada razmatramo onečišćenje morskih staništa, primarni elementi koji se nameću kao problematični jesu oni vezani uz mikro i makro otpad koji završava u njihovim dubinama, a posljedično i bićima koja u njima žive. Razmišljamo o naplavnim tragovima ljudske civilizacije, fragmentima plastike pronađenim u utrobama riba i masnim mrljama koje za sobom ostavljaju nesreće tankera s katastrofalnim učincima na bioraznolikost mora i oceana. Manje spominjani zagađivač širina koje zauzimaju više od 70 % Zemljine površine i proizvode i do 80 % kisika kojeg udišemo, jesu zvukovi ljudske aktivnosti koji, s povećanjem aktivnosti iz godine u godinu, značajno mijenjaju izgled i kompoziciju morskih staništa. Rastuće količine istraživanja na dotičnom području potvrđuju da intenzivni zvučni valovi proizvedeni ljudskim izvorima štetno djeluju na dobrobit mnogih morskih sisavaca i koraljnih grebena uzrokujući raseljavanja iz njihovih staništa, poremećaje hranjenja, uzgoja, komunikacije i drugih ponašanja koja su od vitalnog značaja za opstanak ovih morskih vrsta, a u ekstremnim slučajevima uzrokuju teške ozljede centara za zvuk i ravnotežu te čak i smrt.
Kampanja „UGASI I SLUŠAJ“ realizirat će se nizom znanstveno-umjetničkih aktivnosti pod vodstvom portugalske umjetnice i veterinarke Francisce Rocha Gonçalves, u suradnji s lokalnim organizacijama i inicijativama:
– Ciklus radionica slušanja i snimanja podmorja organiziranih u suradnji s udrugom Lantina. Određeni broj mjesta je osiguran u Lantininim plovilima pa vas molimo da izrazite interes za sudjelovanjem na mail: email@example.com. Za sve ostale sudionike, koji su u mogućnosti vlastitim plovilima doći na lokaciju radionice, na stranicama događaja ćemo redovito objavljivati koordinate i vrijeme susreta. Radionice su besplatne.
– Ciklus kreativno-edukativnih radionica za djecu u suradnji s udrugom Kružok gdje će se putem kreativnog stvaralaštva i tehnika otiskivanja s površine vode pod vodstvom četvero hrvatskih umjetnika djeca upoznati s načinima na koje zvuk može promijeniti stanje vode, a posljedično i organizama koji u njoj žive. Interes za sudjelovanjem možete izraziti na mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Radionice su besplatne.
Program se odvija u sklopu projekta Tragovi otoka, sufinanciranog od Ministarstva kulture RH
– Umjetnička instalacija koja će nastati kao rezultat istraživanja i interpretacije zvučnih zapisa prikupljenih tijekom radionica iz podmorja Hvarskog kanala.
Istraživanje Francisce Roche Gonçalves vezano je uz opsežniji projekt Ocean SoundscapeAwareness, kojeg je umjetnica pokrenula 2019. godine s timom istraživača i umjetnika, s primarnim ciljem mapiranja područja iznimne bioraznolikosti i osvještavanja zajednice o njihovom značaju.
Produkcija: Lab852, u okviru projekta Magic Carpets.
Projekt je sufinanciran sredstvima Europske Unije, Ministarstva kulture RH, Grada Zagreba i TZ Jelsa.
Awareness-raising campaign on marine biodiversity and the impact of noise on marine habitats
08/08/2020 – 22.08.2020
When we consider the pollution of marine habitats, the primary elements that are imposed as problematic are those related to micro and macro waste that ends up in their depths, and consequently within the creatures that live in them and we depend on for survival. We think of decayed traces of human civilization washed up upon our shores, fragments of plastic found in fish guts, and greasy stains left spreading behind tanker accidents with catastrophic effects on sea and ocean biodiversity. The less mentioned pollutant of the latitudes that occupy more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and produce up to 80% of the oxygen we breathe, are the sounds of human activity which, increased year after year, and significantly change the appearance and composition of marine habitats. Growing research in the area confirms that intense sound waves produced by human sources are detrimental to the well-being of many marine mammals and coral reefs, causing displacement from their habitats, changes in their feeding, breeding, communication and other behaviours that are vital to the survival of these marine species. and in extreme cases cause severe injuries to the sound and balance centres and even death.
“SWITCH OFF AND LISTEN” campaign will be realized through a series of scientific and artistic activities led by the Portuguese artist and veterinarian Francisca Rocha Gonçalves, in cooperation with local organizations and initiatives:
– A series of underwater listening and recording workshops organized in cooperation with the Lantina Association. A limited number of places is provided in Lantina’s ships, so please express your interest in participation by e-mail: email@example.com. For all other participants, who are able to come to the location of the workshop by their own boats, we will regularly publish the coordinates and time of the meeting on the Facebook event. Workshops are free.
– A series of creative and educational workshops for children in cooperation with the Kružok association, where children will learn about the ways in which sound can change the state of water, and consequently the organisms that live in it, through creative processes and technique of printing from the surface of water under the guidance of four Croatian artists. You can express your interest in participating by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshops are free.
The programme is realized in the framework of Traces of island project, co-funded by the Ministry of Culture.
– An art installation that will be created as a result of research and interpretation of sound recordings collected during workshops from the seabed of the Hvar Channel.
Francisca Rocha Gonçalves ’research is related to the more extensive OceanSoundscapeAwareness project, launched by the artist in 2019 with a team of researchers and artists, with the primary goal of mapping areas of exceptional biodiversity and raising community awareness of their importance.
Production: Lab852, in the framework of the Magic Carpets project.
The project is co-financed by the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb and the Tourist Board of Jelsa.
14. and 15.6.2019 / Jelsa, Hvar
OPENING: THE SCHOOL
Performance / Guided walk
Start: Nova Riva, 8 pm
Performance using the body, sound, video, and objects in relation to architecture, pulling up the attention of the audience to the background stories of some of the iconic sites of Jelsa. Performance is inspired by the work of the youngest biennial artist, a mural at the old school wall, and the questions that came out of the discussion about the idea of the school: What should it be? What kind of skills should it develop? What sort of experience should we gain? In this walk, artists are joint to deliver their vision of the school where creativity and imagination mix with stories about local history and call for a responsible common future.
Sculpture / Installation
Location: Nova Riva
Artist: Vitar Drinković (Croatia)
Wooden frame found in the old school doors will be refurbished and installed on Nova Riva: as a reminder of the space that has lost its access and use, and as the entrance into the school of creativity through which artists will take us to the exhibition and performance at 14.06.
Collage / Installation
Locations: Volat, Pumpurela
Artist: Marija Kamber (Croatia)
Spatial collage Pulse is woven from the waste material of everyday life, ours or someone else’s, which turned to a vortex pulses in the air currents. In the near future, the Island of Hvar will be introducing a new waste management system. It is common knowledge that recycling culture starts with the people who produce the waste. Artist encourages residents and visitors of Jelsa to collect and organize the waste in a playful way, sorting it by color and transforming it into art objects.
FROM SIX SIDES
Location: St Johns church
Artist: Andrej Beštak (Croatia)
Great permanent exhibition at Jelsa MunicipalMuseum, rich opus of artist Juraj Dobrović and incidentally found poetry book by Nikola Šop, have provided inspiration for Andrej Beštak’s new work which will be installed at St Johns church. The work developed in time into a metaphysical journey framed and transformed by six sides of the cube.
OUT OF THE BOX
Artist: Miguel Bouça (Portugal)
The work uses local contemporary cultural resources as the starting point of communication in public spaces. New Tendencies, global art movement from 1961.-1973., linked to Jelsa by artist Juraj Dobrović, has inspired this composition work studies using geometric figures over buildings and streets.
Location: Main Garden
Artists: Paulina Almeida (Portugal) and Ron van Roosmalen (Holland)
What is our memory of childhood? For grownups, it is nothing but past. And we are not sure if our memory of childhood was what actually was, as Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoatellus. But, for kids, their imagination and dream dissolve the border between past and future. It is the exquisite superpower to fuse the imagined and real. We hope to prolong and expand this ability. The material used is a combination of four pieces of wood and ropes from a former holiday resort for youngsters, now abandoned site located by the seaside of Jelsa.
Location: Main garden
Artist: Malgorzata Sús (Poland)
Swamps are an evocation of history of the development of Jelsa, a certain homage to Niko Duboković, a visionary who built the port of Jelsa by draining the swamps, combined with artists’ ongoing research about the global water issues since 2016. Súsuses water pipes and low existing trees to compose her choreography. The textures of the movement are emerging from the site and Sús transformation into contemporary dance language.
ABOVE AND BELOW
Artist: Anja Leko (Croatia)
Washing tanks near the small city garden, once a meeting point for local women who used to do laundry there, today, silent witness of women’s labor, become a canvas for artist’s research on potentials of the site to be revitalized as a place for the playful encounters.
Artist: Valentina Rodrigues (Portugal)
Location: Pumpurela / Old school wall
WORK#1: “School” – work by young artist developed in dialogue with artists, curators and people passing by the old school’s wall, about the history of the site, educational system, content and aesthetics of public art. Apparently, the school has been torn down in the ’60s with the plan to build a hotel on its place but it was never built in the end. With confident brushstrokes, the artist is rebuilding the school of her imagination.
MOST SHOULD BE ALL
Artist: Kevin Claro (Portugal)
Artist Kevin Claro brings us larger perspective on territorial transformations, the idea of connecting the island of Hvar with the mainland, as a prototype of the bridge which in the end should connect Southern Europe to North Africa. Elaboration of his idea will be available in the format of publication at Pumpurela (lighthouse).
Start: 9 am, Nova Riva
In collaboration with Croatian Nordic Walking Association, and a guide Stjepan Sarjanović, artists intervene on the route from Jelsa to Pitveinorder to connect the healthy living with art in unexpectable ways.
4.5. (sub) Uzorak – radionica dizajna
– voditelji Josip Drdić i Barbara Raad
Superorganizam je simbiotski sistem zajedničkog življenja, u kojem sva bića koja ga sačinjavaju djeluju u suradnji s drugima oko sebe prema boljitku zajedničkog postojanja. Imaginarijem Superorganizma razmatramo probleme otuđenosti kao i tehnike pozitivnog transformiranja kolektivnih procesa, koristeći superorganizam kao metaforu ravnotežu između individualnog i kolektivnog, muškog i ženskog, duhovnog i materijalnog, prirode i kulture, alat koji koristimo da bismo ohrabrili i osnažili osjećaj pripadnosti. Prva će radionica polaznicima predstaviti pojam superorganizma kroz dizajn plakata, dizajnom uzoraka i gradnjom 3D modela.
11.5. (sub) – Superorganizam vode – radionica zvuka
– voditelji Andrej Beštak i Anja Leko
Voda je spoj molekula koji se nalazi u gotovo svim živim organizmima te funkcionira poput savršenog superorganizma koji je konstantno u pokretu, ona mijenja agregatna stanja, isparava, putuje u oblacima, pada kao kiša i topi se iz ledenjaka putujući morima. U prostoru dvorišta prije mnogo godina nalazilo se Panonsko more, a neki geolozi vjeruju da je prije 650 milijuna godina u doba neoproterozoika gotovo cijela Zemlja bila prekrivena ledenjacima. Zvukovima koji će se proizvoditi na radionici pokušat će se dočarati životni tijek vode, transformacija iz agregatnih stanja dok putuje cijelim planetom.
18.5. (sub) – Petrijeva zdjelica – radionica crteža
– voditelji Domagoj Hmura i Marija Kamber
Promatrajući golim okom svijet koji nas okružuje, možemo uočiti objekte, organske i žive te anorganske i naizgled statične. Oboje su cjeloviti u načinima na koje ih vidimo i promatramo ih kao cjelovite jedinke, jedan kamen, jedno stablo, jedan čovjek. Usprkos takvoj percepciji, pogledamo li ih, blještećim pomagalima, bliže, na površini tvari ili u tkivima i strukturama, možemo uočiti carstvo elemenata koji organizam čine jedinstvenim, kristalne strukture prekrivene stanicama mahovine ili stanice živog bića i bakterije koje s njime žive u simbiozi. Radionica će u dvorištu kroz medij crteža koji započinje kao individualan i onda se uklapa u zajedničku cjelinu propitivati forme i oblike svijeta uobičajeno nevidljivog golim okom, carstvo .
25.5. (sub) – radionica If This Was My Courtyard (Da je ovo moje dvorište)
– sudjelovanje u postavljanju izložbe / instalacije uz podršku portugalske umjetnice Pauline Almeide
Ilica 37 – u galeriji / garaži i dvorištu: www.popupkamba.com
Petrinjska 38 – Udruga Sinergija: www.udrugasinergija.com
Svi programi su besplatni.
The superorganism is a strategy for collecting collective knowledge and making decisions on the community’s wellbeing, we are dealing with the problems of alienation and the techniques of positive transformation of collective processes. The program has already started with a series of workshops for artists in the field of psychology, in April it continues with workshops for children (design, sound, drawing), residencies for artists from Austria, United Kingdom, and Portugal and in May with the presentation in the form of exhibitions, performances, installations and the discourse.
1. Strengthening the capacity of artists to work with the community
Educational programme for artists is a series of 5 workshops created with the objective of creating a common pedagogical framework with the idea to combine art pedagogy and psychology into the unique interdisciplinary practice that nurtures the participative educational method and social dialogue.
Participating artists: Andrej Beštak, Josip Drdić, Domagoj Hmura, Marija Kamber, Anja Leko, Barbara Raad.
Third workshop with the artists in March
2. Workshops for children
During the program of workshops for elementary school children, we want to encourage awareness and articulation of the problems children and young people encounter in their daily lives and introduce them to creative tools that can help them get stronger, more mature and healthier. By linking art pedagogy and psychotherapy into interdisciplinary practice, we want to respond to the need that comes to the forefront of the existing education and health system. The programs will be run by artists who participate in the program of capacity building for working in the community.
3. Art Residences within the Magic Carpets project: Gemma Riggs and Matthias Krinzinger
During April and May 2019, two artists from partner organizations, Gemma Riggs (UK) and Matthias Krinzinger (AT), will come to Zagreb for the residency programme where they’ll be collaborating with local artists, experts, and community in project implementation. During the research and collaboration, curators and artists will look at the context of local history, personal stories, and memory of the space and inhabitants of Ilica 37.
Event in Kamba and courtyard of Ilica 37
In collaboration with partner countries and representatives of partner organizations, we will hold a series of lectures and presentations on community art, art in public space, and the culture and policies of public spaces.
Partners: Diane Dever & Georgie Scott (Folkestone Fringe), Charly Walter & Danijela Oberhofer Tonković (Openspace Innsbruck), Paulina Almeida (AgitLab), Garage Kamba.
5. Presentation – The Superweek (21st – 25th May)
During the week in May, the artists, workshop leaders and children will present their work, processes, and explorations in a series of events and happenings, in collaboration with:
– Paulina Almeida in performance/workshop If this was my courtyard
– Gemma Riggs – video installation and happening
– Matthias Krinzinger – series of performances/happenings
– Local artists + children – exhibition/installation
The programme is realized as a part of Magic Carpets project, co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme (www.magiccarpets.eu). The programme is also supported by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb and Austrian Cultural Forum.
Visual: Domagoj Hmura, Superorganism
Report by: Marija Kamber
Cover photo: Domagoj Hmura
Coddled in our dens, resisting hibernation during cold winter days, we observed the city maps, mythical tribes and walking feet of last year’s Magic Carpets programme. Lessons we learned from Paulina and Maj last year connected to experiences that came from Kamba, and the manner in which such unassuming space can achieve the transformation of surrounding space.
The courtyard of Ilica 37, where Kamba is located, is like many others in the center of Zagreb and on the axis of the street of Ilica. The facade facing outwards, to the street, is neoclassical in style, the inner yard modular and irregular, filled with few shops, garages, and the multitude of abandoned spaces. Crafts surviving, still living in the manner they did 20 or 30 years ago, are slowly dying out, related to the effects of globalization that eradicated small business owners replacing them with fast food versions of items they manufactured, leaving behind them empty shops – properties owned by the state. The return of the crafts is not an irregular occurrence in the urban fiber of the cities today but usually connected with the rise of hip(ster) neighborhoods. But these few surviving craftsmen are still holding on to the old ways of functioning, too old to adjust and be relevant, too un-hip to be considered vintage. The residents of such buildings sharing inner courtyards in Zagreb face the alienation amongst themselves caused by unclear lines in property laws (combining shared ownership and tenant laws), occurring after the war ended. The courtyards built (and in the past used) for socialization now remain as parking and a source of under-the-belt conflict (You’re in my parking spot / Who shared the ramp key to the outsider again, etc.).
Gemma Riggs, Internal Facade, 2013
And still, life preserves in places like that, old memories exist and new ones are being created, their appearance more interesting than ever, in the world that prides itself on being posh and shiny. That is the reason why the decision to make the community of courtyard of Ilica 37 the topic for our Magic Carpets residency came naturally, in order to see what and how can we contribute in transforming such spaces, while respecting the past still hidden there. In this context, we selected two artists, somewhat different in their expression and approach: Gemma Riggs, suggested to us by our this year’s partner Folkestone Fringe, and Matthias Krinzinger, coming from Openspace Innsbruck. While selecting our artists, we were focused on choosing someone who had experience in collaboration with different artistic disciplines and media and Gemma caught our eye straight away with her easy, gentle way of conveying different stories through her films. Matthias, on the other hand, we chose because one of the aspects we feel strongly about was choosing the artist who uses humor in their work, an ingredient Matthias has in abundance threaded through his performances, sculptures, and burning cars.
Matthias Krinzinger, Self-portrait on 1960ies stamp
Parallel to organizing Gemma’s and Matthias’s study visit at the end of February, we were in the last stages of defining Glitch, a skill expanding project intended for artists and public alike. In the framework of this endeavor, we applied for one of the aforementioned abandoned spaces in Ilica 37, former opticians’ den and even sooner than that, typewriter dispatcher locale. As our bureaucratical systems often tangle and untangle in very unpredictable ways, the fate of said space is still undefined but something good is definitely cooking. Stay tuned and listen for glitches in the fabric of what you hear, it may just be us.