2010 A Guide through Exhibitions and Cities

Guides usually take you somewhere, but this is not going to be the case. You are where you are.

And I won’t be able to help you come where you wish to go, because I don’t know where you want to be.

But there where I have been, I’m leaving you a trace.

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A GUIDE THROUGH EXHIBITIONS AND CITIES

Site-specific audio guide, lasts up to half an hour

*** This work was awarded the 25 Nadezda Petrovic Memorial Award ***

This art piece was produced for the space of Gallery Nadežda Petrović, Čačak, Serbia and was exhibited also in KC Grad in Belgrade, Serbia.

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A Guide through Exhibitions and Cities is an interactive work that uses an audio informing and guiding system used in the tourist and cultural industry. Whether we are outdoors or indoors, the audio guide explains what it is that we see, as well as that which we cannot see, but that is encoded in the space.

On the other hand, the Guide through Exhibitions and Cities uses the space “in between”, it can be found among the artworks by other artists, among Nadežda Petrović* and the young artists, between the history and the future of the Memorial**, between the walls of its space, on the floor, between the windows, between the gaze and the ears, the mouth and the hand – telling, describing and suggesting what you as a audience see or experience.

The piece touches upon the layers of the memory of the rooms once lived in, memories of the persons once passed through them. Using the space as the basic reference, through the audio guide I deconstruct it with stories of the temporal layers of the Nadežda Petrović Gallery in Čačak – I deal with the traces of time in space and traces of people in other people, experiencing and sharing this experience with the singular audience at a time of the past, present and future of this space.

This guidance of the visitors through the exhibition transcends the frames of the space itself, without ever leaving it.

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*Nadežda Petrović (Čačak, Kingdom of Serbia, 1873 — Valjevo, Kingdom of Serbia, 1915) is considered the most important Serbian female painter from the late 19th and early 20th century. Educated in Munich and Paris, she dedicated lots of her energy into organizing Yugoslav (non-existing state as yet at that time) exhibitions and art colonies. Died as a volunteer nurse during WWI.

** Memorial Nadežda Petrović, a biennial exhibition founded in 1965, focused on the latest art production from all of Yugoslavia, presently Serbia and the international art scene.

Special thanks: Una Popović, Dušica Dražić, Miroslav Karić, Maja Ćirić, RTS – Radio Beograd and Snežana Stamenković.

Produced for the 25th Memorial Nadežda Petrović, http://25mnp.wordpress.com/

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Here you can download a text in Serbian (English will come soon) about the exhibition [pdf, 111kb]: BOBA_O 25.Memorijalu

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