Rijeka mobility pre-pilot

Rijeka mobility pre-pilot

Nadija Mustapić / Fri, 10/12/2012 - 12:03

BOK! CIAO! HELLO! to newly enrolled UNG MAP students from Rijeka Academy of Applied Arts (APU)!

The APU teachers and students will be looking forward to seeing, hearing and reading about who you are and what you do, as we keep preparing our next year’s Media Arts and Practice program start.

We’ll keep you informed of our developments till MAP UNG and MAP APU get to “unite”.

For start, here is a blogpost on APU site-specific scenography workshop – the Rijeka breakwater («Molo Longo») – a PRE-PILOT FOR THIS YEAR'S MOBILITY COURSE IN RIJEKA          

Workshop and scenography course leader: Assistant prof. Lara Badurina, mr. art

Field workshop: Sept. 10th –Sept. 17th, 2012  


This year's Site-Specific Scenography Workshop, as announced in the daily Rijeka newspaper Novi List, is a representation of students's work in a Scenography course at the Academy of Applied Arts University of Rijeka, but is as well conceived as a pre-pilot for the Carrier Module Scenographic Spaces of the Media Arts and Practices (MAP) international graduate program developed by the ADRIART project.

The workshop on a specific location is of multimedial nature, with a goal of merging artistic expression with a performative one.

The chosen site for the workshop was the Rijeka breakwater «Molo Longo», an over a kilometer long pier in front of the Rijeka port, which was opened for the public as a pedestrian walkway only a little over than a year ago. Till then it was under the Port authority as a customs area and off limits for Rijeka inhabitants. The «Molo Longo» offers an unique sea view at the city and its cultural herritage - the old industrial architecture, which is otherwise, or in most cases, invisible to a Rijeka tourist or inhabitant.

The public space of Rijeka today is a temporal link between its industrial past, its undefined present identity caught in the transition and its projection of a future that can be realized through cultural projects.

We begun the workshop by experiencing a site-specific location as an alive space, a living organism, and a unique urban evidence of its purpose that we can affect or interpret by imbedding a new information within. While working on such location, it is essential to create possibilities for receiving feedback by random audience and passers by. Therefore, in addition to creating physical works on the pier, the students also recorded public's interaction with the works. Videos and photographs were documented to be exhibited in the final workshop event.

We have looked at the space of the Rijeka breakwater not only as architecture, but also as a place that distributes and receives masses of people. We monitored the flows of movement, and identified the major points of gathering. The experience of space becomes the story of the space, as well as the story of its research. Waiting or transit areas are mixed with intimate stories of individuals. Our goal was to get as close as possible to mixing the real time with the idea of an artificial “theatrical“ time. In such a meeting point, the work gains a new atmosphere.

We exercized situations in which each installation becomes animated through interaction with random passers-by or colleagues who would animate the installation through an imaginary script. Some works will be performed in upcomming months of this academic year.

The end result of the workshop is that each student realizes two works: a site-specific installation and video that documents and/or performs the piece.

The workshop was cofinanced by the City of Rijeka Office for Culture.