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Francisca Rocha Gonçalves is a researcher from Porto, where she currently lives and works. She has a background in biological sciences with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from ICBAS (University of Porto) and a Multimedia Master in Interactive Music and Sound Design from FEUP (University of Porto).

Acousmatic Park, Casa da Musica, Porto, 2015 
Combining her interests in sound, technology, art, and science, she aims to raise environmental awareness in society, promoting environmental education through artistic practices and sound art. Her great passion for biology and music led her on-demand to find synergies between nature and sound. Bridging these two worlds, she attempts to find new musical approaches, not only for musical compositions but also for live performances. She focuses on acoustic ecology as a tool for environmental awareness concerning the ocean soundscape. Developing artistic artifacts that reveal the problem of noise pollution in underwater environments is possible to understand changes in vibration and particle motion, both vital components in aquatic life.

Luciferina, Openfield Creative Lab, Porto, 2019
In 2020 Francisca, suggested to us by our partners Ideias Emergentes, will be joining us in Jelsa for a Magic Carpets residency to build her story around the two abandoned hotel sites: a former Belgrade resort for children and youth in Zenčišća Bay and Hotel Jadran in Jelsa, while focusing on matters of ecological sustainability and tourism. 
Read more about her amazing work here


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“What role does Participative and Socially engaged Art play in the process of creation of common Cultural Identity of the European continent? The latest English issue of Czech and Slovak Edition of Flash Art magazine focused on collaborative Art practices used across the Creative Europe platform. The editors Tea Záchová and Lexa Peroutka aimed to create a broader image and opened it up further beyond Magic Carpets network to be able to compare and sense different positions that it may include and specific questions young curators deal with. We feel that included material is just one of many possible cuts through this very diverse cosmos of current social-political interaction facilitated/managed through activities of contemporary art, its organizations and individuals in European and increasingly more universal – global space.”

Download article from Flash Art Magic Carpets edition and read about LAB852’s contribution through the residencies of Gemma Riggs (UK) and Matthias Krinzinger (AT) in the courtyard of Ilica 37!
Contact us to order a printed copy of Magic Carpets Flash Art edition.

Education, Visual Arts

14. and 15.6.2019 / Jelsa, Hvar
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.
Audiovisual installation
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. 
Location: Pjaca
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.
Site-specific installation
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.
Contemporary dance
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.
Video installation
Artist: Anja Leko (Croatia)
Location: Slatina
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.
Location: Pumpurela
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).
Guided Walk/performance
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.




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Tijekom svibnja odvijat će se tri radionice pod vodstvom umjetnika/pedagoga, a rezultati zajedničkih procesa i promišljanja bit će predstavljeni u formatu izložbe / instalacije u svibnju u sklopu tjedna Superorganizma u Garaži Kamba i dvorištu Ilice 37, u suradnji s lokalnim i gostujućim umjetnicima. 
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:
Petrinjska 38 – Udruga Sinergija: 
Svi programi su besplatni.

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In nature, the Superorganism is a synergistic system of organisms that interchange and organize a symbiotic life that can go from macro perception (bees/corals/termites) to micro constructs (bacteria/the human genome). Human society can as well be seen in the terms of one being, a social organism, that grows, creates, becomes structurally more complex with its development and functions depending on all parts of its body. Politics and economics being its corpus, culture, and creativity its spirit. We aim to create the Imaginarium out of creatures, organisms, and phenomena that are relevant to the society we live in.

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
4. Discourse

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 ( The programme is also supported by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb and Austrian Cultural Forum.

Visual: Domagoj Hmura, Superorganism


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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.