The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


Project „meer teilen : share more“

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, 20-21/7/2016

The project meer teilen : share more found its inspiration in the ancient Andean culture Sumak Kawsay, where the spiritual and material were constituted through solidarity with the community and respectful human exchange in harmony with the natural environment. Circa 550 years ago the first conquistadors demanded the Sumak Kawsay to commodify their lives and to shift to a monetary system. This was foreign to them as they could not classify the environment, plants, animals and themselves in financial values.

This practice of the Sumak Kawsay was translated into Spanish as buen vivir. Buen vivir, the so-called good life, was gained through supporting each other through social contributions. It was a spiritual culture with a strong belief in collective qualities and was not very flexible to surrender to the concept of the monetary system.

Now – today – the Sumak Kawsay culture is once again active in the Andean region; in Ecuador it has entered the constitution, with each citizen contributing a few hours of their skills each month for the community. This current revised practice of buen vivir does not ignore the influence of capitalism but rather incorporates it with a critical view and a priority to engage the community.

As the curator of Meer teilen/share more – project, I invited 18 artists from Colombia, Croatia, Peru and Switzerland to first begin exchanging ideas on buen vivir locally in Bogota, Lima, Thurgau and Zagreb. In the following months, the exchange of ideas expanded to intercontinental discussions with artists in Skype sessions. Through this collective process and their individual art practices, they are rethinking the qualities of the buen vivir culture, wondering which fragments are valid today and in the near future.

The artists gather at the end of July in Zagreb, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, informing us in artist-talks and in a presentation about the projects development. The project continues then in Switzerland at The Shed im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld and at Kunstmuseum Thurgau.

Harm Lux, independent curator

Artists: Cristian Alarcon Ismodes, Lima / Bildstein | Glatz, Matthias and Philippe, Vienna and Kreuzlingen / Gonzalo Fernandez, Trujillo and Lima / Esneider Gamboa, Bogota / Tea Hatadi, Zagreb / Sylvia Jaimes, Bogota / Carlos Leon-Xjimenez, Madrid and Lima / Christians Luna, Lima / Petra Mrša, Zagreb and Rijeka / Bojan Mucko, Zagreb / Reto R. Müller, Stein am Rhein / Eliana Otta, Lima / Fernando Pertuz, Bogota / Julian Santana, Bogota /steffenschöni, Karl and Heidi, Schmidshof / Mirjam Wanner, Frauenfeld

Program 20.7.

Gorgona Hall

Video program 1 // Empathy

17.00 - 17.50

370 New World Marcantonio Lunardi IT 2014, 5.08”

The Message, Nika Radić HR 2014, 15.00”

Paradise, Max Philipp Schmid CH 2015, 15.00”

Lovearthcam, Aitor Marín Correcher ES 2013, 3:21”


18:10 – 19:00

The “Good Living” and its challenges in confronting our present, Carlos Leon-Xjimenez

Carlos Leon-Xjimenez, PhD researcher at the Institute for European Urbanism at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Master in Fine Arts, with a background in Anthropology, is currently researching critical space practice in art and activist interventions in the Lima Historical Centre. Based in Madrid and Lima, he has published several articles focusing on contemporary Peruvian art. His talk focuses on a political perspective on the ‘Good living’, analysing popular urbanisation and social urban movements in Peru, highlighting transformation and challenges in the Andean cultures with the ‘commons’ under a neo-liberal economy.

Moderator: Harm Lux, independent curator

Video program 2 // Rituals

19.10 – 20.00

Economies of Spaces, Nina Kurtela HR 2014, 13.40”

Humanexus, Ying-Fang Shen EEUU/Taiwan 2014, 10.36”

VII Pulgadas, Cristian Alarcon PE 2013, 12.20”

Ground floor MSU

Artist presentations

20.15 – 21.15

20.15 artist group 1, process presentation

20.45 artist group 2, process presentation

Program 21.7.

Gorgona Hall

Video program 1 // Locations / Deterritorializations

17.00 - 17.40

Cumulo, Hector Delgado (Ale Hop) PE 2015, 11.36”

RAM (Mil pantallas), ClaRa apaRicio yoldi UK 2014, 6.20”

Rerouting, Luiza Margan HR/AT 2016, 7.01”

Transformance, Nina Kurtela HR 2010, 8.15” 

Lectures and debriefing

18:00 – 19:25

Spatiality and consecration of the space, Josip Zanki

Buen vivir and/or Croatian Contemporary Art practice, Suzana Marjanić

A collaborative lecture developed by Dr. Suzana Marjanić, a folklore researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb, and Dr. Josip Zanki, artist, anthropologist and Director of The Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU) in Zagreb. Marjanić’s field of interest: theories of ritual and myth, animal studies and the anthropology of performance (art). She recently published the book Chronotope of Croatian Performance Art: From Travelers until Today (2014) in which she researched Croatian performance art (1922 – 2013) and the influence of performers/performance art upon other artists and the extended social affects. Zanki works with installations, performances, experimental film and video, graphic media and cultural anthropological research. He has realised numerous individual and group exhibitions, residency programs, interdisciplinary projects and collective exhibitions with other artists.

Moderator: Harm Lux, independent curator

Video program 2 // Locations / Deterritorializations

19.35 – 20.10

Jardines Plantas, Eliana Otta PE 2014, 17.16”

Propaganda 10 mo aniversaro, Cristian Alarcon Ismodes PE 2010, 2.18”

Antennas (Centro Espacial Satelital de Colombia), Elkin Calderon, Diego Piñeros (La Decanatura) CO 2015, 11.30”

Ground floor MSU

Artist presentations

20.25 – 21.25

20.25 artist group 3, process presentation

20.55 artist group 4, process presentation

Curator of the project : Harm Lux, nezavisni kustos / independant curator, Berlin
Curators of the video program: Camilo Corredor, Vera Tyuleneva, Patrick Huber, Martina Mezak, Harm Lux
Coordination: Tea Hatadi, Marta Banić (MSU)
Graphic design: Sanja Kuzmanović, MSU
Financial support: Pro Helvetia, Zürich, flux I bell sTRUcTURs e.V., Berlin

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