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Yane Calovski, "Undisciplined: a Construction of an Archive", Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, April 2018. Photo courtesy the artist, MSU Skopje and Zak Branicka, Berlin.
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Yane Calovski, "Undisciplined: a Construction of an Archive", Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, April 2018. Photo courtesy the artist, MSU Skopje and Zak Branicka, Berlin.
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Undisciplined:
A Construction of An Archive #2
Within The Collective Domain of Cultural Memory, Press to Exit Project Space will focus on the process, policies, tools and technology of archiving, by exploring citizen strategies to take responsibility for their collective cultural heritage.
On 21 April 2017, a fire destroyed the archive of the The Institute for Town Planning and Architecture in Skopje. Located in a barrack, the institute housed the archive of the post-earthquake (1963) reconstruction of Skopje. A solidarity campaign to invite the world experts on city planning and architecture initiated by Yugoslav socialist leader Josip Broz Tito, led to a competition organised by The United Nations for the reconstruction. This competition was won by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, the whole project known as the 'City of Solidarity' involved architects and planners from Croatia, The Netherlands, Greece and Slovenia. The iconic archive of the institute, consisted of plans, memo's, reports, booklets, books, urbanist studies and models, all very much related to the North Macedonian identity, has been badly damaged by flames, smoke and water. After the fire, Press to Exit Project Space initiated with a group of artists and citizens a rescue operation to secure some of the documents and objects from further damage. This gesture and the collected documents will be the starting point for the North Macedonian program.
When we experience loss of something associated with our collective history, whether it is a document, a building or a person, we feel that we've lost our footing both in the present and the future; it is a disconcerting, disorienting and ultimately, debilitating experience.
The project proposes concepts of imagining content: ideology, invisibility and neglect. The ideology of commemorating and archiving is also directly set inside the actual absence of an archive. Yane Calovski's architecturally inspired installations will be pivotal to the project, his installations, publications and curatorial projects, combine modernist archives with empirical ideas situated in the site-specificity of diverse cultural, social and political geographies. One of the key questions is how processes of fragmentation, discontinuity, contingency, multiplicity, consistency and associations, ultimately can be applied in re-contextualizing the process and visualization of the burned books, maps, reports and other collected materials. These artefacts remain guided by our collective memories proposing a different, more disassociated logic of archiving.
The current project is made possible via institutional cooperation of the City Museum of Skopje (MGS) and the State Archives of the Republic of North Macedonia (DARM). The first stage of a public presentation will take place in November 2018 at the Museum of the City of Skopje including a public talk and a conversation with senior curator and architectural archivist Jasminka Namicheva.

Exhibition
Undisciplined: A Construction of An Archive #2
Artists: Antonis Pittas (NL), Tjasha Kalkan (HR) and Yane Calovski (MK)

Symposium
Hey, what do we have to lose? Archiving as a collective act of resistance
Speakers (amongst others): Natasa Bodrozic (Slobodne Veze), Charles Esche (Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven), Marjoca de Greef and Anastasija Pandilovska (Suns and Stars Amsterdam).
Artist talks: Tjasha Kalkan and Antonis Pittas
 
Symposium I, November 2018, public presentation at the Museum of the City of Skopje including a public talk and a conversation with senior curator and architectural archivist Jasminka Namicheva.

Exhibition, May 31st - June 21st 2019,
Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje
Samoilova bb, Skopje, 1000
Anastasija Pandilovska,
Proposition for gesture II,
digital sketch, 2018
Exhibition: For there was nothing, but
matters touching, matters talking
Attentively investigating the House of Culture 'Koco Racin' and its historical meaning as a home and a place that was initiated to nurture culture, Anastasija Pandilovska employs the space and invites it to be part of her composition. She uses the built environment as a supporting structure that gives space to the construction of meaning and to the perception of meaning.
For there was nothing, but matters touching, matters talking can thus be seen as a method by which purposefully added materials enable another way to understand and read the given space. Pandilovska bends the act of moulding matter into a commutual gesture to set the space in motion. She stirs space and by doing this she makes space and explores the possibility for the locus to become a work on its own. For there was nothing, but matters touching, matters talking influences the proximity of the visitor so as to return to the meaning of giving home to culture.

Kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia and by The Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of The Collective Domain of Cultural Memory.
 
21 december 2018 - 4 january 2019
Home of Culture Koco Racin,
Dimitrie Chupovski 20A
1000 Skopje
(use the entrance for ex-club Papaya)