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ARCHITECTURE AND SPACES OF ART: YUGOSLAV CULTURAL SPACE AND PERSPECTIVES

‘Architecture and Spaces of Art’ is the first in a series of events organised triennially by the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade under the joint title Peripheries of Architecture. ‘Architecture and Spaces of Art’ aims to explore and map the development of creative practices in the context of broader socio-political and cultural circumstances relevant for a better understanding of architectural discourse before, during and after Yugoslavia.

In the past decade, academic scholarship has witnessed a steady increase in the number of research papers, publications and international events thematically centred on architecture and urban histories of Eastern Europe, the Soviet bloc, the socialist countries of the Balkans and, most relevant to this first Triennale, the cultural-political phenomenon of Yugoslavia. Accordingly, ‘Architecture and Spaces of Art’ aims to establish a presence in the regional context, valorising the knowledge of researchers and contributions of architects and artists focused on Yugoslav architectural and urban heritage. Investigating links between the cultural, political and economic circumstances that informed art, architecture and urban planning, the event will produce a body of knowledge that connects the field of architecture with art and other related disciplines.

Instead of considering architecture as a metaphorical container ‘for’ art, the conference stresses the importance of a reflective relation between interdisciplinary points of view. In addition, the expanded historical framework of this call implies not only the emergence of modernism that accompanied the development of Yugoslavia as a country (kingdom, then a socialist state), but also invites future perspectives on the region. In addition to conference papers, ‘Architecture and Spaces of Art’ welcomes submissions of diverse formats – various types of artistic projects created in dialogue with architecture, which will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of Yugoslav architecture. The Triennale is open to artistic interventions and contributions that operate at the borders of writing, performance, and combined and transitional art forms. Suggestions for various types of accompanying live programmes for the thematic conference are equally welcome, such as discussions, seminars, round tables, workshops and other appropriate formats.