PrøveRommet julespesial: Belgrade Boogie!
I perioden lørdag 1. desember 2007 — mandag 3. desember 2007 på BIT Teatergarasjen i Bergen og to andre steder
PrøveRommet julespesial: BELGRADE BOOGIE!
Lørdag 1. desember fra kl. 23.00
- Dj Ewox : Uros Radenkovic a.k.a. Ewox joined in 2001 the Electric Factory crew, where he started his career as part of the team which was producing a radio show of the same name. A tough, underground sound prevails in his sets, a fusion of electro, house and techno styles and sub-genres. He shared the decks with many internationally famous artists, among them: Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, Marshall Jefferson, Matthew Herbert, Swayzak, Anthony Rother, Cle (Maertini Broes), Funk D Void, Mathias Schaffhauser, Terence Fixmer, Misc, Human Tronic, Aaron Hedges, Gino Castagnette, Exploding Plastix..
- Dj Grasshoper Jakov Ponjavic a.k.a Grasshoper started his career in the radio show “Neobicna noc” on Index radio. In 2004, with two friends, he established DJ collective “Testera Crew”. From then on he regularly performs in almost all biggest Belgrade clubs. His music choice is fusion of new jazz, broken beat, hip hop and new French electro wave.
Mandag 3. desember
- Kl. 13.00: lecture og presentasjon av/med Milica Tomic på KhiB (foto)
PrøveRommet fra kl. 20
- Videokunst fra Beograd, kurator: Milica Tomic: Milica Tomic works as visual artist, primarily video, film, conceptual art, photography, performance, light and sound installation, web projects and visiting lecturer, projects and workshops: Fine Art Academy Vienna, Fine Art Academy Helsinki, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
How to Become a Great Artist av Vera Vecanski / Vladimir Nikolic:
In December 2000, a year and a half after we had graduated, we were invited by a curator to take part in a video festival in Poland. Up to that point we had not participated in any of the more prestigious international exhibitions, and worked even less with video. Creating a work because of the curator’s invitation posed a question for us: which came first – the artistic work or the exhibition? From this ontological question we finished up with banal question – whether to use every opportunity for exhibitions (even when there is nothing to exhibit), how to arrive on the scene and stay on it, how to present oneself and one’s work itself. In the end, from these questions, we came up with a work and did end up taking part in the exhibition. If it hadn’t been for the curator’s invitation, this work would never have appeared which returns us to the question – which came first: the work of art or the exhibition?
- Rhythm av Vladimir Nikolic : Five people are filmed standing on a stage while making the Christian-Orthodox sign of the cross, repetitively, following the techno music beat. What is in fact striking in Nikolic’s powerful video work Rhythm is that it brings its viewers back to one of the first ideological formulas, which was written in the 18th Century by Blaise Pascal: “Kneel down, move your lips in prayer and you will believe”. Ideology is in material practices, it resides in bodies and their rituals, and Nikolic renders these rituals redundant.
- Kl. 20: Pretty Dyana dokumentarfilm av Boris Mitic: An intimate look at Gypsy refugees in a Belgrade suburb who make a living by transforming Citroën’s classic 2cv and Dyana cars into Mad Max-like recycling vehicles, which they use to collect cardboard, bottles and scrap metal. These modern horses are much more efficient than the cart-pushing competition, but even more important — they also mean freedom, hope and style for their crafty owners. Even the car batteries are used as power generators in order to get some light, watch TV and recharge mobiles! Almost an alchemist’s dream come true! But the police doesn’t always find these strange vehicles funny…
- Kl. 21: Performance med Ivana Smiljanic – I Dance, dance, dance
“I simply want to dance… Using all my might!
It is in a way how I see my role on a contemporary art scene: I’m doing something very exciting and I truly enjoy it, but it is very exhausting at the same time… You have to fight endlessly and always keep these three control points on your mind: people from my first list (“backstage” of the art scene), other artists (where are you relating the others) and an audience (for whom is the art production intended, how visible it is and how is your work percepted). Dancer’s and artist’s roles are conformed: I’m totally free, but conditioned/ bounded as well (I react on a music given!). I see this work of mine as a clear and simple “illustration” of the system."
- Kl. 22: Konsert med KAL : To be a 21st Century Gypsy in Serbia involves navigating a potentially explosive cultural and social minefield. Currently no one acts as a more forthright guide through this mess of history, myths, traditions, prejudice and community pride than Belgrade’s Kal. Kal are a young band, rock’n’roll in attitude, fuelled on dance beats and rooted in the Balkan blues. In their wit, imagination, ability to throw disparate sounds together and refusal to play by “folkloric” rules Kal mark themselves as both part of Balkan Gypsy tradition and 21st Century Roma cultural activists. The identity Kal carry forward is racially proud yet ethnically inclusive, forward looking while embracing the treasure of the last thousand years of lungo drom (long road), a culture determined to operate as equals in the ever evolving Nu-Europe we all share. While our post-modern, polyglot times may find employing terms like “commitment” and “mission” unfashionable Kal are a band who aim to make a difference.
- Kl. 23: DJ Soko (BalkanBeats) For 11 years Berlin audiences have been regularly seduced into BalkanBeats world of magic rhythms and tribal beats. DJ Soko and his artist team create a thrilling blend of ska, gypsy and urban music which has crowds singing and dancing from Los Angeles to Berlin. His mix of hit covers, cult songs, and modern pop fused with traditional Balkan folk result in a infectious dance atmosphere which goes continuously for 8 feverish hours.The best place to catch the so called “culture recycling” fever is at the Mudd Club where DJ Soko performs for sold out crowds twice per month. There is no secret, it´s just about the beauty of musical diversity and BalkanBeats team knows their turntable diplomacy is helping to bridge a cultural divide.
City of future, people and challenges
“Belgrade boogie” is a “cultural visit” of the city of Belgrade to the city of Bergen. This project is part of a wider initiative led by the cultural center Dom omladine, which aims to promote a different image of Belgrade. For many years Belgrade was regarded as the epicenter of war and aggression, and the Serbian Diaspora didn’t contribute much to a different perspective on developments in the country. Today, one and a half million people are living there who have their own opinions on their history, identity and future. Belgrade has also become famous for its culture, dynamics and vivid nightlife.
The idea of this project is to promote the European face of Belgrade. In this respect, BIT Teatergarasjen in Bergen was a natural partner. Norway as a country has been supportive of the democratization of our country, and over the years ties have been built in political as well as other areas. In the cultural field, BIT was the organization who brought the finest pieces of Norwegian performing arts to Belgrade. Our audiences have been introduced to theatre companies and artists like Jo Stromgren Company, Verdensteatret, Hooman Sharifi, Heine Rosdal Avdal, among others. Their visits have made a definite impact on the Belgrade cultural scene.
Furthermore, both BIT and Dom omladine are both operating within cultures which are considered -for different reasons – to be working on the outskirts of Europe. Therefore, this partnership is both natural and essential.
“Belgrade boogie” will present what are probably the most vital artistic disciplines in Belgrade and offer a taste of the visuals and sounds of this Balkan metropolis. “Belgrade boogie” presents the urban culture and does not deal with either the traditional or stereotypes. Dj’s like Ewox and Grasshopper, the band Kal, and the Berlin based Dj Soko will present the soundscape of the city, from the electronic sounds of the night clubs, through urban gypsy music towards strange mixes of Balkan beats. Besides music the project aims to present both new developments in the visual arts (curated by famous Serbian artist Milica Tomić) and movies…
It’s time to boogie!
Milan Lučić, Cultural Center Dom Omladine