Initiating and coordinating organization:
Since ten years, XENOS is working on an interdisciplinary way of thinking and working to promote socio-cultural diversity in contemporary society and its history of art and culture. We rely on a wide range of methods and numerous cooperations. With its innovative projects, artistic contributions, social commitment and cultural-scientific knowledge, XENOS has developed a distinctive profile.
In recent years, XENOS has greatly expanded its activities in the field of art. This works with a strong socio-political background include projects in cooperation with:
- steirischer herbst (“Winter in Herbst” 2008, “Marienplatz” 2010, “Recycled History” 2015, “New Graz” 2016);
- Forum Stadtpark ( “Pecunia non olet”, “Grenzkonflikte”);
- art festival “Regionale” („Vom Diwan in den Sattel“ and part of „Fremdsehen“);
- and other institutions (i.e. screen magazine “Messages Repeated” in the KZ Aflenz; group exhibitions “Annenviertel” and „Alle die hier sind, sind von hier“ from <rotor>)
In addition, XENOS has realized several projects, such as “Toys on Tour” (2009-2011), as well as “Flußwege und Tabakstraßen” (2014), exhibited in Graz and Sarajevo.
Current art projects include the photo and video exhibition “We Together – Female Views of a World from the Middle East to the Far West”
Partner in Austria:
KIÖR-Institute for Public Art of the Region of Styria | Universalmuseum Joanneum
Initialisation, and the best possible support of art projects that are realised outside closed spaces and museums in real-world as well as in digital, virtual space, form the pillars of the Institute of Art in Public Space. Permanent and temporary works by regional, national and international artists of proven quality are developed and implemented here for the whole of Styria. Issues such as:
What is public space? Who does it belong to? Who uses it? How do we approach and deal with it? What political, social, economic and ecological issues does it open up – in addition to other issues which are relevant to society?
are publicly debated in this regard. They are illustrated and made accessible in the form of thematically-oriented art projects in the urban and rural environment. A wide range of disciplines such as the visual and performing arts, literature, music, approaches to architecture and interdisciplinary forms of contemporary art are all taken into consideration.
Thanks to our well-established contacts in Austria, Germany, Poland and Spain as well as in the countries of the Balkans, like Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro, we are in a position to improve international productions of challenging and unique artistic value between this countries.
The aim is to realize art productions we love, with a new approach in matters of experimental artistic aesthetics and relevant critical contents, to widen the range of art audience.
Association Metamedia (HR)
Metamedia Association is a non-profit organization from Pula (Croatia) that focuses mainly on the development of various artistic and cultural initiatives in the field of new media arts and technology. The association was established in 2001, and ever since we work on providing a fruitful informative annual program including free workshops, lectures, festivals, exhibitions and creative laboratories. Our main activities are therefore concentrated around the education, production, presentation and promotion of young Croatian and international artists, as well as the inclusion of local communities in various projects with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of new media cultural practices. We want to enhance non-institutional education programs and improve the conditions for audio/video production and publication of young creatives working with new media arts & technologies. We are also aiming to develop and expand media literacy among young people as it is essential for the development of a democratic society. Our activities are also designed to foster the citizen’s participation in the policy-making process within the fields of independent culture and youth policy.
Additionally, we are consistently trying to establish new innovative projects by organizing intersectional collaborations; one of our most recent projects is to establish a centre for new media and innovative practices in Istria in collaboration with several local cultural organizations and artists.
The work spaces of Metamedia (the office, the multifunctional space and the Community studio “Metamusic production”) are located at the Community centre Karlo Rojc.
Creative Cluster Kombinat (HR)
With our work we strengthen social practices that lead towards the development of diversity, collaboration and trust.
The creative people that are a part of Kombinat always work together. The designer seeks feedback from the copyrighter, the art historian negotiates with the illustrator, and the photographer consults with the PR specialist. They are all connected by the project leader that communicates with the client or the donor. Peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and skills makes Kombinat also serve as a platform for future young professionals. This way not only do we produce creative solutions but also support the development of the local community.
Historical Museum of BiH (BiH)
The Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded on 13th November 1945. Since 1963 the museum is situated in a building specially built for such purpose.
Thematic structure of museum, as a central institution for researching and museological display of history of Bosnia and Herzegovina takes period from the coming of Slavs to the Balkan Peninsula, creating the first medieval South Slavic states, and in particular – the Medieval Bosnian State (Bosnia as a regional unit ruled by a ban, and Bosnia as a Kingdom), Bosnia under Otoman rule (1463-1878), period of Austro-Hungarian rule (1878-1918), Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1918-1945, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1945-1990, and particular area of researching and presentation is period Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1990 until present.
With its work of researching and collecting, which is the permanent activity of the museum since it was founded, it established a fund with approximately 400.000 museum items, documents, photographs and art works of different historical value of Bosnia and Herzegovina, many of them rarities. All the museum material is organized into six museum collections: Collection of Archive Documents, Collection of Photographs, Collection of threedimensional objects, Collection of Artworks, Library, and Documentation Center.
KUD Obrat (SI)
Obrat Culture and Art Association is a small non-profit organisation which was established in 2006 in Ljubljana. Co-funders and active mebers are Stefan Doepner, Urška Jurman, Polonca Lovšin and Apolonija Šušteršič. Our program focuses on production, research, presentation and education on the field of contemporary art, critical spatial practices and sound. We work transdisciplinary while addressing diverse issues concerning contemporary art, culture, architecture and society. Within this we pay special attention to different phenomena characterizing urban life and space.
Our collaboration started in 2004 when Polonca Lovšin and Urška Jurman realized Ready 2 Change in Ljubljana (P74 Center and Gallery). Ready 2 Change was a transdisciplinary project that comprised temporary artist-in-residence, exhibition, lectures, presentations and workshops with the intention to provide a multi-facetted insight into the issues of possible alternatives and innovative approaches to all kinds of systems that rule our everyday lives. The project focused on the principles of informal, temporary and self-sustaining architecture, alternative use of energy, parallel economy, the “do-it-yourself” principle as well as self-organisation and mutual collaboration.
Memorial Center Lipa Remembers (HR)
Memorial Centre’s permanent display interprets World War Two history in the region of Liburnian Karst, which besides Lipa incorporates the villages Pasjak, Rupa, Šapjane and Brdce. The heritage of World War Two is complemented by a showcase of continuity of life in this area, starting from prehistory until today, with special emphasis on cultural and historical heritage before and after the tragedy. Using a holistic approach to this area’s heritage, the tragic event of April 30th 1944 can be seen in a broader context, as one of the many identity features belonging to the vital and potent community of Lipa.
The Centres’ activities are based on the museological concepts known as community museum and homeland museum. In unity with the local population the Centre will actively contribute to the research and creation of this region’s identity, and also help discovering new and sustainable possibilities of development and growth of this area. Programm activities will be concentrated on promoting tolerance, nonviolence and values of life in a multitude of its manifestations and features.
Memorial Centre is a subsidiary of Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral in Rijeka, Croatia. The Centre’s opening was financed by the Matulji Municipality, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.
Public Room Sarajevo (BiH)
In cooperation with well-established cultural partners Public Room also organizes and offers short-term training courses, exchanges, AiR programs and other types of border-crossing and interdisciplinary programs. Since 2011, Public Room has been partner or implementing organisation in projects such as City Acupuncture , Rose of the Winds, West Balkan Calling, Atelierprogramme des Landes Steiermark and more.
Public Room Skopje (MKD)
Public Room Skopje is a new bright example of transformation of industrial space that radiates success to that range that started being recognized by creative people, business sector even by local and central governments. This multipurpose, hybrid space spread on a surface 1.480 m2 which represent interest the creative industries sector, become known in the entire region for its unique model of functioning. It is not only innovation and design, it is not only co working, neither the fairs, nor the prototyping workshop space from where you can see the bar and restaurant, but it is congregation of all creative people and programs that fits the interest and triggers creativity and productivity especially among young generations