Invited by Transeuropa festival 2015, we finally have the opportunity to come back to Belgrade and reopen our file on this city. From October 1 to 4 we will coordinate a urban reconnaissance workshop dedicated to the “City of Commons”: here we take the cue from an investigation of the concept of city as a common good to design an urban walk exploring key spaces of the Belgrade and its political life. We hope this experience will also provide an important preparatory fieldwork for a future Re>centering Periphery episode.
A main focus of our research will be again on Novi Beograd, the modernist new town designed to be the capital of Yugoslavia, and on the dynamics that have transformed this exemplar socialist city in a middle class Serbian residential district. But the relation/connection with the “center” (historical, political, administrative), and an investigation of privatisation, commodification and financialisation processes are key question that we want to address during this exploration.
Since our last visit some important events have transformed the scenario. First, the progressive uncovering of the Belgrade on Water project, an overwhelming speculative development sponsored by the mayor and funded by Arab Emirates funds, which is going to impact tremendously the city. Our friends of the Ministry of Space collective are in the forefront of the campaign against this crazy project imposed to Serbian citizens without the pale shadow of a public debate, and we plan to document their campaign and the vicissitudes of the project.
Secondly, the ongoing refugee crisis has greatly endangered the already troubled idea of an European integration process and the Serbian participation to it, with domino effects of borders’ closures, suspensions of the Shengen’s treaty and deployment of fences, walls and barbed wires. Between nationalists winds and rampant global capitalism it is with disquiet feeling that we get set to our trip to Belgrade, ready to explore a conflicted and contradictory scenario but also to support local struggles and constructive initiatives.
Sunday 29 March @5 pm
Conversation moderated by Laura Colini with Jochen Becker of MetroZones, Christian Hanussek of AG Hellersdorfer Illustrierte and Lorenzo Tripodi of Ogino:knauss. The panel discusses approaches and artistic strategies for understanding the periphery, questioning what urban periphery means today in Berlin, how it can be approached, told, studied and represented.
The round table within the Marginal Notes event is open and free.
Soon after @7 pm aperitif with JD Zazie playing live urban field recordings.
VENUE: Urban Spree, Revaler Strasse 99, 10245 Berlin