Thema and Artists of 2nd edition of Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2nd edition of Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina
April 26–September 26, 2013

Opening: April 26th, 2013, 11am – 4pm
Tito’s Nuclear Bunker, Konjic
Bosnia and Herzegovina

The partner countries of the 2nd edition of Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground are the Republics of Turkey and Croatia, in this respect, the curators are Basak Senova and Branko Franceschi, who have their paired curatorial statements under the titles Time Cube and The Castle and selected 35 international projects.

Regardless of constructed histories and collective memories, remembering means jumping from one sequence to another. Each reading guides towards a new reality and each reality illuminates a new path to discover curves, waves, missing details, obscured secrets, and disguised opinions. By navigating through sequences of time, Time Cube aims at dwelling in past and future memories by (i) reconstructing narratives; (ii) experiencing diverse realities simultaneously; (iii) connecting the temporal with the spatial; and (iv) processing the evidences of fiction and fact together.

Following the same line of thought, The Castle focuses on the unnerving sensation of paranoia, doom and egotism emanating from the inversion of the ancient concept of fortress to the underground haven for the political and military elite of the Cold War era and its contemporary transition into the tourist attraction. The central object of the Biennial is “Facility D-0, Tito’s Atomic War Command” located in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Now, this very object still stands as a unique fiction, which is also a pastiche of industrial aesthetics and facts with working engines and ventilators as the backdrop of a historical fact. The bunker simply freezes time and is totally isolated from the outer world. At the same time, the bunker unfolds all the possible tensions, disappointments, dreams, hopes, and miseries of the entire geography.

Participating Artists:

Adel Abidin, Alban Muja, Alfredo Pirri, Almin Zrno, Apparatus 22 and Studio Basar, Armin Linke, Autopsia, Banu Cennetoğlu and Yasemin Özcan, Brian Dailey, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Carlo Crovato, Conor McGrady, Cynthia Zaven, Dalibor Martinis, Danica Dakic, Daniel Garcia Andujar, Dario Solman, Edin Numankadic, Edo Murtic, Emre Erkal, Ibro Hasanovic, Igor Bosnjak, Janos Sugar, Kim Cascone, Laibach, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Miroslaw Balka, Nenad Malesevic, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Renata Poljak, Paul Devens, Saeri Kiritani, Simona Dumitriu, Stealth.unlimited, and Yane Calovski.

Project D-0 ARK Underground, stationed in the space of the Atomic shelter in Konjic, 45km south of Sarajevo, is known as Tito’s atomic shelter. It’s  CODE name is Istanbul. The shelter occupies a space of 6.500 square meters and consists of 12 connected blocks. The construction and existence of this bunker was kept secret until the 1990s. The object is administered by the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Biennial Directorate wants to protect it and keep it preserved with the help of artists and their artworks. Most of the artworks from the first edition remained exhibited at the shelter.

Public Programs

23 – 24- 25 / 27 April, 16.00-19.30h
Adil Zulfikarpasic Bosniak Institute Foundation, Sarajevo

As a critical organizational outcome of the 2nd edition of Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, the public programs are designed to support the objective of building a bridge between the international and the local actors of the contemporary art by developing community outreach approaches. Public program activities are carried out in two phases.

Local Artists:

The first phase is designed to engage the local art community with the biennial artists. The participating artists are Banu Cennetoğlu, Conor McGrady, Daniel Garcia Andujar, Paul Devens, Laibach, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Dalibor Martinis, Renata Poljak, Simona Dumitriu, Stealth.unlimited, and Yane Calovski.

Roundtable Discussion:

The second phase presents a roundtable discussion which hovers around the issues of the role of the biennials as institutional models, the responsibilities of the curators, the educational input of the biennials, and the precarious labor in art. The participants are Iara Bubnova, Ute Meta Bauer, Nikolaus Hirsch, Pelin Tan, and Anton Vidokle, moderated by the curators of the biennial: Basak Senova and Branko Franceschi along with Marieke van Hal of the Biennial Foundation who will make an introduction.

The talks are held in Bosnian and English and the events are free and open to the public.

The Performances

The opening performance Red Empty, Sarajevo by Carl Michael von Hauswolff, will take place at History Museum, Sarajevo, on April 23nd, 20.30h.

The sound artist Paul Devens will perform at Kriterion on April 26th, 9.30pm. His performance will be followed by the DJ performance of Sarajevo based DJ Abazmaj.

Press Conference

The press conference of the 2nd edition of Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina will be held at History Museum, Sarajevo on April 23rd, 12.ooh. The language of the conference will be Bosnian. The same content and information will be given to the public in English, during the opening of the roundtable discussion at Bosniak Institute Foundation, Sarajevo on 27th, 16.00h.

2nd edition of Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Curators: Basak Senova and Branko Franceschi
Curators’ assistant: Irfan
Project Biennial Director
: Edo Hozic
Financial Expert: Snjezana Mesihovic
Coordinator in Chief
: Sandra Miljevic Hozic
Executive Director: Ninoslav Verber
Project assistant: Jasmin Corbadzic, Belma Jusufovic
Production Team: Almir Abaz, Ivana Vukovic, Mirnes Bajic
Public program: Basak Senova, Didem Yazici, Irfan Hosic in collaboration with Marieke Van Hal, the Biennial Foundation