irena ristić
careful observation

a public inquire: august 2013-january 2014.
@web, city parliament, cultural centre rex, all around belgrade...

careful observation is an interdisciplinary project on position of non-institutional cultural operators and artists in belgrade, and their relation to the government bodies. it examines the concept of independence in the context of various forms of state control, which can be reconsider through the analysis of contracts and current legislative, with a reference to the implicit aspects (auto)censorship and corruption in contemporary artistic practice.

in initial study we had started from a few questions:
what are the content of legal documents and contracts that indipendent artists and cultural operators need to confirm by their signatures in order to get state support? what do the contracts regulate? what is exactly secured from whom? in which way the state officers perceive the works of contemporary artists, their ideas, the requirements and needs? what do they expect from their presence and actions? how much are the cultural practicionars ready to respond to these expectations? why?

careful observation is focused at the contract - the one which is signed by hop.la! and city culture committee on the occasion of the "careful observation". the outcome of the contract is the specific relation, the sales relationship more than the partnership. this relationship could be changed, like any other. maybe it should be changed, in order to match the cultural activity. in friday 17th of january 2014. everyone who visits cultural centre rex, was invited to decide about that. or to delegate its own decision to other -
each according to his discretion and choice.

careful observation is initiated in august 2013, via blog for sharing the ideas of independent artists and cultural operators about lack of state support and problem with current legislative. as a public inquire, the project was realized through the web, the seria of social dialogues with city representatives, and through the performative act of all included participants.

author: irena ristić

performer: jelena ilić
software: zoran maravić
music: ah. ahilej
design: mihaela drakulović
support: marijana cvetković,
dalija aćin i anđelka nikolić

production: hop.la!
support: culture city commettee of belgrade

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