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Antonis Pittas,
Hyper, 2018
Image courtesy of the artist
Tjasa Kalkan,
The photo collage Bazen/Swimming pool is part of the work Sunset Beach.
Image courtesy of the artist
Yane Calovski,
Former City: burning of the modernist past (wallpaper #1), 2018.
Courtesy Zak|Branicka, Berlin.
(Un)disciplined: A Construction of An Archive
(Un)disciplined: A Construction of An Archive is a year-long curated program produced in the context of the international project Collective Domain of Cultural Memory (CDCM).

The International Symposium titled: Hey, What Do We Have to Lose? Archiving as a Collective Act of Resistance, will examine deviant processes of archiving as a collective act using key notions of fragmentation, discontinuity, contingency and consistency of action.

The prelude of the idea is an incident from April 21st, 2017 when a fire destroyed the Institute for Town Planning and Architecture in Skopje. Located in a set of barracks from the 1960s, the institute housed an archive of the post-earthquake reconstruction of Skopje (1963). The archive of the institute, consisting of plans, memos, reports, booklets, books, urbanism studies and models, all very much related to the modernist Macedonian architectural heritage, was badly damaged by flames, smoke and water, and was left for grabs by passersby. The devastation was complete without the civil duty to clean up and organize. In absence of institutional duty for organizing and clearing, the damage was of enormous dimension.

After the fire, Press to Exit Project Space along with local and international artists and state institutions such as the State Archive and the Museum of the City of Skopje, organized an action to clean up and secure some of the devastated documents and objects from further damage. This gesture and the collected documents will be the starting point for the Macedonian program of CDCM. When we experience loss of something associated with our collective history, whether it is a document, a building or a person, we feel that we have lost our footing both in the present and the future; it is a disconcerting, disorienting and ultimately, debilitating experience.

The project proposes concepts of acting together and imagining the future of this archive by working with the concept of (de)modernization of the past marred with institutional/systematic neglect of modern architectural heritage in post-socialist Macedonia. The ideology of commemorating and archiving is also directly set inside the actual absence of an archive.

One of the key questions is how processes of fragmentation, discontinuity, contingency, multiplicity, consistency and associations, ultimately can be applied in re-contextualizing the process and visualization of the burned books, maps, reports and other collected materials. These artifacts remain guided by our collective memories proposing a different, more disassociated logic of archiving.

Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska

Undisciplined: A Construction of An Archive #2
May 31st - June 15th, 2019
Collaborative exhibition, curated by Jovanka Popova (MK)
Artists: Antonis Pittas (NL), TjaĊĦha Kalkan (HR) and Yane Calovski (MK)

The exhibition (Un)disciplined: A Construction of An Archive, that is envisioned to present three works of the artists Antonis Pittas, Tjasa Kalkan and Yane Calovski at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, focuses on the ways in which the artists interrogate the past and how art's methodology contributes to new historical and cultural interpretation of the present.
The exhibited works recall to the events and social relations from the past, and provoke the present, by involving artistic research in an interdisciplinary manner that deals with historical gaps, silences and fragmented narration as a result from ideological forms of history writing.
Hence, the project questions the ways in which artists engage with complexities of hegemonic ways of dealing with oppressed cultural narratives; the approaches towards forgetting by interpreting the memory politics; the ways in which artistic inventions fulfills the lack of archiving methods; the possibilities of art interventions against the process of overwritten histories and political manipulations; The three artists in the show are also conducting a two weeks long production-inresidence in Skopje. The artists additionally will develop ephemeral installations throughout the city including the Mobil Gallery of Contemporary Art Centre at the Park of the Francophone.

Antonis Pittas addresses contemporary social and political issues, at the same time his work is characterised by historical awareness. More an observer than an activist, Pittas explores topics such as safety and control, economic crises and acts of resistance, as well as violence and vandalism. He has a context sensitive practice whose focal point is directed at targeting such moments as a gesture of public discontent, unrest or simply the need for expression of ones personal creativity.
Pittas usually develops mixed-media installations and spatial adaptations that provides a context for interpretation. Starting point for his residence in Skopje is his project Hybrid 2018. In the context of the city of Skopje, he brings issues of the public space in connection with questions of power and responsibility.

Tjasa Kalkan, analytical in her artistic approach, uses irony to defuse the pervasive commercialization and the increasing regulation of public space. Starting point for her residency in Skopje is the work Sunset Beach, that writer Stasa Aras has called 'a contemporary absurdist play' seen as an act of resistance to commercialization and devastation of space and a 'fine-packed horror that we consume by participating in it'.
She ultimately subverts photography as both a documentary medium and one of illusions, adapting her lens to see beyond the capitalist values of progress that have become the norm in post-socialist / neo-liberal capitalist societies.

Yane Calovski's architecturally inspired installations combine modernist archives with empirical ideas situated in the site-specifcity of diverse cultural, social and political geographies. The conceptual elasticity in converging legacy of architectural modernity, notion of performativity, usage of archives and addressing current socio-cultural, economic and political conditions has been in the centre of his artistic practice for many years. While engaging various research and production applications, augmenting a method similar to the immediacy of drawing and durational installations, he construct ofen ambiguous and unresolved visual and archival entities. The current work interconnects modernist architectural narratives that belong to the city of Skopje guided by a non-linear historical time in which our collective memories remain in a state of continual flux.

Hey, what do we have to lose? Archiving as a collective act of resistance
Day I

Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje
Working language: English
20:00 Welcome address and introduction of the program and guests by Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska
20:15 Panel I
Presentations and discussion with Sabina Sabolovic (HR), Charles Esche (NL), Sebastian Cichocki (PL), moderated by Yane Calovski (MK)
22:00 DJ Set / Party with Sonja Ismail

Day II

Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje
Working languages: English and Macedonian
12:00 Welcome coffee with the artists
Antonis Pittas(NL) and Tjasa Kalkan(HR) /
12:30 Panel II
Presentations and discussion with Natasa Bodrozic (HR), Marjoca de Greef and Anastasija Pandilovska (NL/MK), Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska (MK)
13:30 Book launch: Consumer Culture Landscapes In Socialist Yugoslavia
by the project Motel Trogir
14:15 Short break
14:30 Panel III
Presentations and discussions with Jasminka Namicheva, Museum of the City of Skopje (NMK), Suzana Stamboliska Mechevska, State Archive of the Republic of North Macedonia (NMK), Vase Amanito Petrovski, photographer (NMK), Lidija Pajevikj photograph conservator (NMK), Vlado Danailov, architect (NMK), Noemi Chausidis, architect (NMK), moderated by Klelija Zhivkovikj
16:30 Lunch / Informal conversations
17:30 End of program

Main venue and partnership:
Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje
Additional program venues and partnership:
Mobil Gallery, Contemporary Art Center CAC Skopje
Socio-Cultural Space 'Centar-Jadro', Skopje
Museum of the City of Skopje (MGS)
State Archive of the Republic of North Macedonia
PR Manager: Ivana Tasev
Collaborator: Ivan Pesevski
Overall design of the project: Anastasija Pandilovska

> Press release and more project information
Anastasija Pandilovska,
Proposition for gesture II,
digital sketch, 2018
Exhibition: For there was nothing, but
matters touching, matters talking
Attentively investigating the House of Culture 'Koco Racin' and its historical meaning as a home and a place that was initiated to nurture culture, Anastasija Pandilovska employs the space and invites it to be part of her composition. She uses the built environment as a supporting structure that gives space to the construction of meaning and to the perception of meaning.
For there was nothing, but matters touching, matters talking can thus be seen as a method by which purposefully added materials enable another way to understand and read the given space. Pandilovska bends the act of moulding matter into a commutual gesture to set the space in motion. She stirs space and by doing this she makes space and explores the possibility for the locus to become a work on its own. For there was nothing, but matters touching, matters talking influences the proximity of the visitor so as to return to the meaning of giving home to culture.

Kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia and by The Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of The Collective Domain of Cultural Memory.
21 december 2018 - 4 january 2019
Home of Culture Koco Racin,
Dimitrie Chupovski 20A
1000 Skopje
(use the entrance for ex-club Papaya)