A performative sound walk at the former tracks of Ljubljana's Pioneer Railway
Location: the former Pioneer Railway tracks, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dates: 25 May 2019 at 9 pm
Comissioned by: MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art; in collaboration with Lightning Guerilla
The Nonument Group’s second action will take place on the location of the former Pioneer Railway that operated between 1948 and 1954. On 25 May 2019, an artistic intervention will revive the children’s railway that almost completely disappeared from the city and public memory.
The idea for children’s railways, or pioneer railways as they were called at the time, originated in the USSR and spread quickly over the Eastern Bloc, from China to Cuba. Children’s railways are fully operational smaller-scale railways that “have a track gauge of at least 600 mm and can carry full size narrow gauge rolling stock.” They are a peculiar kind of extracurricular institutions: children perform all the professions, except for train driving, under the supervision of adult railway workers. Ljubljana’s railway was built by Yugoslav youth brigades between March and June 1948. Initially, it was very popular, but the public quickly lost interest, so it was finally closed down in 1954. While the rail tracks were removed almost immediately, some of the train stations along the line remained in place for many years after the railway ceased to operate, but were mostly left to decay or were repurposed and renovated. Nevertheless, one can still find some remains along the former children’s railway line. Part of the line is now a bicycle lane, and an eager observer can spot some of the remaining marker stones along the way.
Nonument Group’s intervention envisions a multidisciplinary approach joining research based practice with elements of performance, narration, visual and sound elements. The intervention, addressing themes of memory and erasure in relation to infrastructure and ideology takes shape of a performative light and sound walk on the former tracks of the Pioneer Railway.
5–7 APRIL 2019, EVERY DAY AT 15:30
TATE MODERN, Tate Exchange, Blavatnik Building, Level 5
As part of Tate Exchange at Tate Modern Winchester School of Art presents a three-day program titled "Itinerant Objects". I am invited as a guest artists with Opium Clippers, along with Liang Mingyu, a fashion designer based in Chongqing, China, who will present textile workshops based upon ‘Masi Mara’, a life-size elephant crafted from recycled material, helping to open up debate about environmental aesthetics.
I’ll be presenting shorter essays with tea ceremonies on Friday and Saturday 5-6 April, and the full Opium Clippers on Sunday, 7 April, starting at 3:30 pm.
I hope to see you!
ITINERANT OBJECTS at TATE
WITH WINCHESTER SCHOOL OF ART
Bring and curate your own objects, and be part of a collective exploration of how things move and exchange
Itinerant Objects welcomes you to bring, place and move objects upon a journey and to reflect upon where those journeys might lead. Objects come to places and go to places. In their transformations and exchange they become new things, take on new meanings, and create new situations. Historically we have traded objects upon the Silk Road, which moved goods en masse, but also gave rise to many individual stories across the world. These routes and stories are today re-envisaged on a large scale with China’s One Belt One Road initiative, but also re-considered and re-ordered through countless micro-exchanges and through creative practices.
Drawing on the experience of a range of arts-based research, Winchester School of Art invites you join in with a series of activities led by artists, academics, and students. Working collaboratively with digital and manual crafting and drawing, with fashion and textiles, and with a radically open form of curation, participants are encouraged to test, manipulate and assemble constellations of objects across the whole of the Tate Exchange floor. In this way we can share ideas about the stuff that make up our lives. Each day includes workshops from 12pm, and a tea ceremony and guest talks from 3.30pm onwards.
Guest ArtistsLiang Mingyu, a notable fashion designer based in Chongqing, China, will present textile workshops based upon ‘Masi Mara’, a life-size elephant crafted from recycled material, helping to open up debate about environmental aesthetics and our place in a global world of things and beliefs.
Neja Tomsic, Slovenian-based artist and poet, will perform a daily tea ceremony, telling stories based upon the historic Silk Road that help established today’s global infrastructure for movement and exchange.
The project is devised and presented by Reem Alasadi, Jane Birkin, Daniel Cid, Ian Dawson and Sunil Manghani at Winchester School of Art and Paul Reilly in Archaeology, along with Alistair Eales at Trinity Winchester, in collaboration with postgraduate researchers Ana Cavic (with Renée O'Drobinak, aka Ladies of the Press), Panagiotis Ferentinos, Eria Nsubuga, Noriko Suzuki-Bosco, and Lucy Woollett, and fellow academics Feng Jie at Southwest University, China and Zhang Rui, College of Culture of Art, Chengdu University of Information Technology, China.
Itinerant Objects is supported by Southwest University, China, and University of Southampton Confucius Institute. It is a research-led project of the Critical Practice Research Group at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.
About Winchester School of ArtWinchester School of Art (University of Southampton) is one of the UK’s leading art and design institutions. With history going back almost 150 years, the School is an international centre for ideas and innovation, committed to offering high quality education and engaging with broader social projects.
Next weekend Tea for Five goes to Nova Gorica as part of the winter book fair Novoletni knjižni sejem Knjige pod jelkami.
Performances will take place on Friday, 21 December at 3 pm, followed by the Opium Clippers book presentation;
and on Saturday, 22 December at 11 am and 3 pm. To attend, please reserve your spot at email@example.com.
We are closing the Opium Clippers exhibition with these three ceremonies. These are also the final events of my October/November Opium Clippers tour. From 6 October on, we traveled to Treviso, Vienna, London, Barcelona, Zagreb, Podgorica and Cetinje; and had, meanwhile, launched the Opium Clippers book at the Fotografija gallery in Ljubljana, and at Pločnik in Zagreb, won two awards, and opened an exhibition in Nova Gorica. I thank everyone who hosted me with all my heart. And above all, Rostfrei Publishing, that made the Opium Clippers book a reality. See you next year!
The book ‘Opium Clippers’ received an award for the Best Designed Book 2018 in the section “book as an object”at Slovenian Book Fair at Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana. Big thanks also to all involved with the preparation and execution of ‘Opium Clippers‘: Jaka Babnik, Ana Čavić, Miha Colner, Tevž Logar, Tomaž Šantl and Galerija Fotografija.
I'm happy to announce that my Opium Clippers book came out in October 2018 at Rostfrei Publishing.
To support the launch, I am doing a fall book Tea for Five. Opium Clippers tour:
Sat, 6 October at 7 pm & Sun, 7 October at 11 am
Post-Colonial Frames at B#S Gallery, TREVISO
Saturday, 13 October at 5 pm
At Brutal Beauty Fall Fest, VIENNA
Saturday, 20 October at 5 pm and 7 pm
At msdm studio-gallery, LONDON
Monday, 29 October at 11 am & 7 pm,
and Tuesday, 30 October at 4 pm & 7 pm
At JIWAR, BARCELONA
7 - 22 December, Carinarnica, Nova Gorica
opening reception: 7 December at 7 pm
Tea for Five: 21 & 22 December
Tea for Five in Zagreb:
9 & 10 December: Jingyuan Teahouse & Aikido Kuca
Hosted by Wadering Art Tea Academy & Živi Atelje DK
Tea for Five in Monte Negro:
12 December National Library in Cetinje
13 December University of Donja Gorica Gallery
Hosted by Institut za Savremenu Umjetnost & Gledališče Glej
And more dates coming soon!
Experience McKeldin Fountain in Augmented Reality
1-4pm Saturday, May 19that McKeldin Square (Pratt and Light St)
FREE performances and activities with Baltimore Hoop Love, Women In Black perform peace vigils with puppets and give aways, get your picture taken with live Otakon cosplayers, participate in occupy recreations, learn your protest rights and tools.
A not to be missed concert from rapper DDm (3:15pm)
EXHIBITION OPENING 5-8pm5thFloor Maryland Art Place218 W Saratoga Street
video installations, mixed realities and a live concert by Eze Jackson and Erik Spangler
Join us for the official launch of the NONUMENT 01:: McKeldin Fountain app in McKeldin Square, the former home of the McKeldin Fountain, and participate in a public art project and demonstration of the value Baltimore residents place in their public spaces.
We are residents of Layer House in Kranj this week as part of the 48th week of Slovenian Drama
The exhibition Beli-(k)rog /*White Circle* opens on March 26 at 7 pm followed by a magmalaska performance.
Magmalaska stages poetry. It finds refuge in a mysterious house where it dresses the walls with visuals. Throughout the spaces in the house between the Layer House and the Škrlovec Tower it creates a visual-sound installation that researches a spectator’s experience in perceiving poetry. In the programme of the 48th Week of Slovenian Drama, magmalaska calls for a greater presence of poetry in the performing arts by performing the poetic.
Magmalaska are visual artist Neja Tomšič and musician Katja Šulc who are preparing this project as a part of the artistic residency programme at the Layer House.
You are kindly invited to this unique adventure!