Rijeka in Context

Rijeka in Context

Tomislav Brajnović / Thu, 07/04/2013 - 09:59

On Thursday 27th the Adriart project team had a major meeting in Rijeka. Present were partners from Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Croatia. One of the main topics and the reason for the meeting was the acreditation and the start of the Media Arts ant Practices study on the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka in the year 2013/2014. It is great news and a collaborative success of all involved in the Adriart project!

The other great reason was the final presentation of the Site-specific Rijeka itinerant workshop in the space of the abandoned industrial complex of Rikard Bencic.

The students and the mentors involved in the project were busy with the final installments and adjustments and on Thursday night they planed the main rehearsal.

On the same day in the space of Mali Salon (a gallery being run by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) took place the opening of an interesting exhibition of the Slovenian artist Istvan Huzjan. He invited few colleagues to make a walk from Ljubljana to Rijeka before Croatia joins the EU and the borders between the countries disapear again... The walk lasted four days and ended in the fresh waters of the Adriatic sea...  http://g-siz.com/e6-yu-istvan-ist-huzjan/

The next day in the evening, before the Grand opening of the Site-specific Rikard Bencic workshop I met a very interesting artist Nancy Buchanan from Los Angeles. She had a presentation of her work in the Mali Salon that became one of the centers of cultural activities in Rijeka.
Among other, she presented a work about her father, Louis N. Ridenour, Jr., who was a nuclear physicist and rejected to be involved in the Manhattan project. http://nancybuchanan.net/

The beginning of the workshop presentation in Rikard Bencic was scheduled for 9:30 PM. The exhibition started with a performative introduction by a student leading the public with a torch into the dark space.
The abandoned space of the factory was dramatized with light and video installations, sound, texts and performances. Sugar was one of the main topics since the space was once a sugar factory. Students succeded to master the huge space and make a coherent ambient installation.
The main goal of the workshop was to react to given space and relate to it in a contextual and conceptual way and perceive it as a possible scenographic platform.

My impression was that Rijeka became the regional art center those days and that the Adriart project and the MAP study are developed on the right place and on the right moment.
The structure of the study, its openness, international character, mobility and the professors involved guarantee the success of it.