Open Call for Online Student Workshop

22.10.2018. | 10:00

As part of the supporting program of the international forum “Creating a Concrete Utopia, Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948 – 1980”, organized by the Center for Cultural Decontamination (CZKD),  Architectuul from Berlin, in cooperation with CZKD and the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, is declaring an open call for students of architecture to take part in an online workshop: MISSING KNOWLEDGE (On Forgotten Monuments) from October 22nd to November 11th.

How were the monuments commemorating the National Liberation War in former Yugoslavia built? Are they political or art projects? Why do they look the way they do? What are their architectural values? How do they communicate with the landscape? How do they communicate with me? Why Forgotten Monuments? Why are they a hot topic today?

Description of the Workshop:

Many of the pioneer, and even visionary works in the field of art, landscape-art and space production, were achieved by commemorating the WWII struggles in Yugoslavia. These processes of commemoration engaged numerous Yugoslav artists, architects, engineers and experts, who often participated in competitions, so as to accomplish the highest achievements in terms of art and spatial design, and in accordance with the commemorating event. This resulted in the great development of an artistic practice; many of the most representative works of contemporary art in the region were completed as commemorative sculptures and spatial designs.

The Missing Knowledge (On Forgotten Monuments) Workshop was conceived as an online course for students of architecture. The workshop is organized as a three-week online course, which will be followed by a final presentation of the results at the Center for Cultural Decontamination during the International Forum “Creating a Concrete Utopia, Architecture of Yugoslavia 1948-1980”. The aim of the workshop is to develop an understanding of the complexity of the commemorative art of the National Liberation War of SFR Yugoslavia, as well as broadening its common knowledge base. This type of cooperation with regional students of architecture raises the question of the meaning and understanding of historical monuments today and offers the possibility of creating a shared knowledge of the common architectural and artistic heritage by combining different research techniques (drawing, model / text, text, photography, film, vr, etc.)

The workshop will be held as a three-week online seminar (informal academic course):
October 22nd – November 15th.
A presentation of the results will be on November 15th, at the Center for Cultural Decontamination, during the International Forum “Creating a Concrete Utopia, Architecture of Yugoslavia 1948 – 1980”.

The ultimate goal of the workshop is to create an online knowledge base through the process of researching “missing knowledge” about the different NOB memorials from the given period. The acquired knowledge will be globally distributed through an open-source Architectuul platform that has over 500 000 followers from around the world.

Application details:
Deadline: October 18th
Application method: By sending a motivation letter (up to 400 words) and a graphic appendix representing a personal view on topic Forgotten monuments (on 1 A4 page)

Workshop organization and facilitation:

Boštjan Bugarič, architect and researcher / editor, Architectuul, Berlin
Ljubica Slavković, architect and researcher / program director, CZKd
Hristina Stojanović, architect and researcher / assistant, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade


The International Forum “Creating a concrete utopia: Architecture of Yugoslavia, 1948 – 1980”, Center for Cultural Decontamination, will gather authors and associates of the exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York: “Towards a concrete utopia: Architecture of Yugoslavia, 1948-1980” (July 2018 – January 2019). From November 12th to the 15th, in the Center for Cultural Decontamination (Birčaninova 21), we will work on the exchange of knowledge on the topic of architectural and urban art during Socialist Yugoslavia, through a series of lectures, talks, screenings and workshops, in order to understand the artistic and cultural achievements, the relationships between the built environment and society, the evaluation of cultural heritage so as to strengthen critical thinking.

The project is supported by the regional office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Belgrade and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.


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