[NetBehaviour] 366 Liberation Rituals, 17 November - 15 December 2010

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366 Liberation Rituals, 17 November - 15 December 2010

Opening: 16 November, 7 pm

Project curators: Margarethe Makovec and Anton Lederer

Participating artist:

Igor Grubic

366 Liberation Rituals. Every day, and at least a whole year long. The 
day over the 365 days of a normal year not only hints at the 
extraordinary quality of the project but already indicates the 
direction: one year is not enough, it cannot be enough to liberate 
oneself. To free oneself from the dominant thought patterns of 
contemporary society. And to break free towards new thinking, towards 
new readings of our everyday surroundings. Using art. To leave the space 
of art, this protected field, and to enter into a dialogue with a 
reality that is constantly being redefined by our contemporaries. To try 
to intervene in reality through an artistic language. The colour red. To 
focus on symbols and texts of critical thinking. To keep down the costs 
of the individual interventions while at the same time creating as much 
meaning as possible. In a European country to establish references back 
to its socialist past. To disobey 366 times.

Information on the artist:

Igor Grubic

Red fountain

On the day of the official visit of the U.S. President George W. Bush to 
Croatia, in front of the National Bank of Croatia at the Croatian Nobles 
Square (where also the International Monetary Fund offices are situated) 
I coloured the water in the fountain blood red, symbolically alluding to 
the blood of the victims of Bush's international policy as well as 
protesting against the IMF policy. The action of colouring the fountain 
was carried out as an illegal action, despite strong security measures 
and a large number of police officers monitoring the square as well as 
the circulation of citizens. The action also served as a direct 
provocation to the atmosphere of an emergency-like state in the country 
during Bush's visit, as well as the regulation of public space and 
citizens' behaviour, ranging from subservient cleaning of parks to 
welcome the American president, up to covering up and neutralizing any 
attempt of expressing criticism and resistance.

Scarves and monuments

By placing scarves on monuments, I aimed at reviving them and giving 
them an aura of active fighters in our everyday life. Placing the 
scarves on monuments was often done at the same time as "Little quotes 
lessons". Both actions were carried out with the aim of awakening and 
questioning (the impact of) our cultural and political heritage. I 
placed the scarves on monuments to heroes of the anti-fascist movement.

Bicycle and flag

"Under all those flags that fly... one day I accidently found a way... I 
am free...". (from a song by Haustor)

I wrapped the Croatian flag around its pole and around it I tied an 
unmarked red cloth. With this act I wanted to symbolically strip the 
state flag of its meaning. At the break of dawn I drove around the city 
on a bicycle, as a 'phantom of freedom'. I managed to bring a smile to 
the faces of sleepy commuters on their way to work.

Christmas trees

Several days after New Year's celebration, I would walk around different 
city districts in the morning, looking for Christmas trees that had been 
thrown out as garbage. I walked around neighbourhoods representing 
different social structures: middle-class, elite, as well as barracks 
where homeless people live. I put red baubles and a red star on top of 
the trees that I came across, suggesting a potential unity in a 
celebratory nostalgia for the past times.

Series of seminars and workshops by Gülsen Bal and Igor Grubic

"System Errors"...

Dates: 9 - 19 November

Location: Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung, TU Wien and Open Space

Language: English

Critical practice that builds upon the mapping of the creative moment of 
thinking differently implies an awareness of the mechanisms of 
methodology and the interaction of different planes of practice. What 
different kinds of engagement and encounters can thus arise from the 
possibilities and limitations of multi-directional models of curating 
that situate themselves at the edge of spaces of production? The hereby 
emerging new "models of production" call for an expanded notion of what 
creative practice is or could be. Certainly, this is to realise that one 
of the potentialities of art -- understood as an activity of creatively 
interacting with the world -- lies in exploring the complexities 
surrounding the "production of subject." Furthermore, as O'Sullivan 
points out, critical practice today faces the fundamentally political 
question of "where are the dissenting/creative subjects of today? And 
how are they being produced?"

To address potential "models of production" of contemporary artistic 
practice in relation to these dynamics, the artist Igor Grubic will run 
a three days workshop conceived in dialogue with his installation work 
366 liberation rituals at Open Space -- Zentrum für Kunstprojekte. This 
installation forms part of the project System Errors, a series of 
micro-political actions and interventions performed by the artist on an 
almost daily basis seeking to disturb or rearticulate the cultural 
meanings of acts of power.

To underpin these concerns, the course will provide an introduction by 
Gülsen Bal, the founding director of Open Space, to the current 
discursive shifts occurring within contemporary creative practice and 
future perspectives these new crossovers between art and politics may 

This seminars and workshops will be held in English.

For more information see:


supported by:

Stadt Wien - Kulturabteilung MA 7

We would like to thank our colleagues from Zagreb Ivana Bago and Antonia 
Maja_a who have cooperated with us within the framework of the long-term 
project Land of Human Rights and who have made possible the 366 
Liberation Rituals by Igor Grubic on the part of the g-mk | galerija 
miroslav kraljevic.

° About us:
Open Friday, Saturday 13.00 - 18.30 and open for the rest of the week 
days by appointment only.
Admission free

Open Space
Zentrum für Kunstprojekte
Lassingleithnerplatz 2
A- 1020 Vienna

(+43) 699 115 286 32

for more info: office at openspace-zkp.org


Open Space - Zentrum für Kunstprojekte aims to create the most vital 
facilities for art concerned with contributing a model strategy for 
cross-border and interregional projects on the basis of improving new 
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