Black box

Black Box project was created in 2015 in cooperation with the Mikser Festival and the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, as a platform for supporting the development of young artists in the field of fine arts and presenting their creativity to the general public. Along with the main subject, 100 authors that have been chosen by the jury within the contest are presented every year. The main curator of the exhibition is Marko Lađušić.

The aim of the project is to point out problems that burdens young creators in the contemporary social context, their empowerment to publicly express themselves and contribute to the solution of social problems and the improvement of community life through their visions. The project also highlights the importance of art installations in alternative urban spaces, their availability to a wide audience, and the connection of artistic practice with other spheres of life- science, technology, economics and society.

The first theme that artists had the opportunity to answer was “Neizdrž”, where they dealt with the causes of frustration, which can be stripped or masked by the material, social, moral, ethical or political constraints that are imposed on us, or by ourselves censorship. The artists dealt with the study of the boundary states of discontent “before breaking”, which transformed them into a constructive act, thus opening the way to discussing the role of art in the healing of society, and the possibility of using artistic techniques in the personal emancipation of an individual. In direct work with artists, questions were asked regarding the understanding of freedom, sources of frustration, as well as the relation to the physical space and environment. In the first year, the project emphasized the importance of art installations in public urban areas as well as the connection between artistic practice and architecture and urbanism.

In the second year, the theme of the Black Box “Erasing the Past” was one of the greatest challenges for an individual in today’s world of massive oversight and hyper-intelligence, where information is overloaded, and that is the interpretation of the past, or the selection of information that is closest to the truth about an event , personality or phenomenon. The authors analyzed the phenomena which, in their opinion, became part of the collective amnesia of one society, with the aim to crystallize the most important intimate and social topics that are unjustifiably absent from public discourse through the creative work of young artists. If the past is simplified and reduced to the format of the cube, as in history textbooks, artists will be able to complete and upgrade our performance with their creative interventions, contributing to the general well-being.

Black Box in 2017 sounded the vision of the near future of a young generation of artists, under the symptomatic title of “Fall to the Future”. Standing on the ruins of an institutional culture that plunged into complete hibernation, without fresh ideas, plans and visions, a whole generation was found in an impenetrable space without perspective, surrounded by walls of impossibility and constraints for creative work. The “Black Box” is synonymous with tightness, but also an opportunity to accumulate energy necessary to demolish the walls. What awaits us behind the walls is a complete unknown. Is it a completely breakthrough to which we are left with a free fall or is it tomorrow sufficiently uncertain to leave a chance to open scenarios in whose dissolution we have to take a much more ambitious role than a mere observer?