V2_Institute for the Unstable Media
Friday March 09, 2007
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During August 2006 /The Lost Highway Expedition/, brought an
international and cross-disciplinary group of ca. 200 artists,
theoreticians, journalists, photographers, architects and other cultural
practitioners together into an exploratory, and at times accidental
journey, along what was once, in the time of Socialist Yugoslavia,
called the âHighway of Brotherhood and Unity.â Traveling for 26 days
along this geopolitical trajectory linking the capitals of what is now
called the Western Balkans, the expedition was a search for a form of
future cultural and spatial practice, taking as its starting point a
positive interpretation of the concept of Balkanisation.
Tangent_Brotherhood presents the expedition as a model of /open source
/and do-it-yourself collaboration in the form of a mobile, cultural and
artistically charged, and collectively authored project. /The Lost
Highway Expedition/ was initiated by eight individuals, loosely
connected through the School of Missing Studies and the Centrala
Foundation for Future Cities. Its backbone was formed by some of the
most engaged experimental art, media and cultural organizations spanning
Ljubljana, Zagreb, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Skopje, Prishtina, Tirana,
Podgorica, and Sarajevo plus a large group of active participants, both
stationary or traveling. These organizations, from the 1990âs onwards,
have been challenged and triggered by institutional breakdown and have
become â often unintended â the forerunners of alternative models of
cultural production in the region.
With participating explorers â
Ana DÅokiÄ and Marc Neelen (Stealth.unlimited, Rotterdam/Belgrade) are
urban researchers and practitioners.They conceive tools to explore the
shared authoring of space and urban culture. They are co-initiators of
/the Lost Highway Expedition/.
Alenka GregoriÄ is the artistic director of Åkuc Gallery, Ljubljana,
Slovenia. She has written numerous essays, reviews and articles for
various art publications and from 2002 till the end of 2004 she explored
the contemporary art scene of former-Yugoslavia for Balkanis magazine.
With Åkuc Gallery, she set the starting stage for /the Lost Highway
Yane Äalovski is founding member and artistic director of Press to Exit
Project Space, Skopje, Macedonia - an organisation exploring
unconventional approaches for ideas, projects and collaborations with
artists and curators form Macedonia and abroad. With Press to Exit, he
has formed part of the backbone to /the Lost Highway Expedition/. Yane
studied art and architecture in the USA, Japan and the Netherlands.
Kristian LukiÄ is a curator for digital art and culture at the Museum of
Contemporary Arts of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia. As a previous member
of new media centre kuda.org, he is an example of the crossovers
appearing between the independent cultural scene and the re-emerging
institutional culture in the region. He is a cofounder of The Institute
for Flexible Culture and Technology - Napon (2006).