SITE-SPECIFIC BENCIC

SITE-SPECIFIC BENCIC

Lara Badurina / Fri, 07/05/2013 - 08:27

The concept of MAP study rests on a twofold basis: the collaboration with a local community and the openness to social context. The later becomes the action framework for students once they get out of university and became experts or artists. Since the essential goal of MAP study is to develop creative industries in the region, the workshop held at specific location i.e. the grounds of ex-factory Richard Benčić, has justified this concept.

Students that have participated include Blaž Bertoncelj, Iva Musović, Lavoslava Benčić, Dunja Danial from the University Nova Gorica, Slovenia; Erika Petrić from the University of Technology Graz, Austria; Ana Alaksandra Buković, Andreja Jandrečić, Tijana Mihailović, Liberta Mišan, Mišel Periša, Kristina Pongrac, Sara Salamon, Dino Topoljnjak and Lucija Ukić from the Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka. These students engaged in a research  encompassing the entire complex of ex-factory Rikard Benčić. Their  works were publicly presented at the facility of the so called H-object (the future Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art).

Admittedly, we were a little surprised by how well attended the event was. As more than 60 people showed up, we became quite convinced that the workshop’s final target has been realized!
After strenuous four days of filming and editing, we have set up the works in a single space, as a unified dynamic urban landscape, a copy of fragmented yet integral ex- Benčić factory complex. Exhibiting their works at the actual location drew students  focus at workshop's key issues: To what extent is the video image a performative art? If the work in question is an installation, which part of it has a performative character?

These questions were the main motivator in creating and constructing the artificial time needed if we wished to change space of the exhibition into a potential  space of play i.e. show.
True, the technical conditions and frames of the task have been fulfilled. Yet, on this path from the start to the end of students' projects,  the aspects of teamwork and collective experiment within the work-in-progress remained absent.

Unfortunately, in five days, which was the workshop’s duration, we couldn’t find enough time to accomplish this. Therefore we concentrated at the attempt to finally design the workshop’s performative part, as was rather obvious at workshop’s opening and presentation alike.
These mistakes provide a lesson as much as they shape our future goals. In this time of mass production we shall aim at organizing workshops at specific locations and, while doing so, we shall realize and designate some creative time for the possibility of trial and error as well as for the possibility to contemplate them, thus affirming the experiment in the students' awareness. Actually, the form of site-specific art projects allows for experimenting with spatial and contextual contents.

Workshops such as this are the best indicator that new creative spaces need some substantial affirmation, as the future open platforms for work-in progress projects.

This workshop has been made possible through the spatial and financial support provided by the host institution University of Rijeka Accademy of Applied Arts, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art,  and it was funded by the ADRIART project and City of Rijeka. As the representatives of the Academy of Applied Arts we acknowledge and thank both for their respective contributions.