DREAM CATCHING IN DORMITORY

2015 |  public performance

Dormitory - the old nickname for New Belgrade, which describes it perfectly (Vukajlija, dictionary of slang)

Dream Catching in Dormitory is a flashback excursion into the neighborhood which reflects on my growing up in Belgrade in the 90s; one which will most certainly never become a part of any sightseeing tour. The intersect between New Belgrade district 1, 3 and 33, with no cultural sights or content, testifies of the obsolete social plans and official ideologies of living, as well as of their by-products. From 1989 to 2001, it was my everyday scenery and it made the perceptive frame of my emotional and social formatting; until I left it to move to another country. The 42 min silent performance accompanied by an audio track audible via headphones shares some fragments from my past, using an archive-based material contextualized into the contemporary urban landscape.  From the perspective of someone who’s become a tourist in the homeland, I wish to restore the ruins of my personal memory of Belgrade - distant from Tito, communism, secession, old kings and dukes - much closer to McDonald's, turbo-folk, brutalism, banging pots and sirens.

Dream Catching in Dormitory was commissioned by Walk With the Artist (Belgrade-Berlin-Bergamo, 2015). 

banging pots - during the 90s, people banged their pots from their windows at 8 pm every evening in the protest against the news broadcast on the government television

Dream Catching in Dormiotry - soundtrack -
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Dream Catching in Dormitory, New Belgrade, 05 June 2015, 12 AM

photo documentation of the performance and the performance soundtrack

Dream Catching in Dormitory - New Belgrade, 05 June 2015

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Dream Catching in Dormitory - New Belgrade, 05 June 2015

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Dream Catching in Dormitory - New Belgrade, 05 June 2015

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Dream Catching in Dormitory - New Belgrade, 05 June 2015

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Dream Catching in Dormitory

map of the performance route

(from "Walk with the Artist" catalogue)