In response to the challenges of the pandemic, this year’s Black Box exhibition and the Mikser Festival event with the festival slogan “The Hug” suggests that nature has become an inevitable agent of positive social change, and artists respond to the “Principle of Hope” competition through individual outdoor art interventions. Individual interventions are interconnected in a system of interventions and form a unique artistic entirety through the process of collective work on the development of competitive ideas, with the mentoring of the project curator, professor Marko Ladjusic.

What kind of future do you want and what are you doing to achieve it? How to overcome skepticism, defeatism, discouragement of the individual and society as a whole?  Can your work inspire optimism and move others into action? In what way would you, by your intervention, turn the observer into an actor and arouse him to think about reality, not necessarily as it is, but as it could be? A word, a sound, a performance, a symbolic sign in space, creating a place of contemplation of the future or a meditative point in nature, a model of your utopia, marking real space with “totems” of hope?

The “Black Box” project was created in 2015. in cooperation with the Mikser Festival and the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade as a platform to support the development of young authors in the field of fine arts and the presentation of their work to the general public. In addition to the current topic, every year 100 authors selected in a competition by an expert jury are presented. The main curator of the exhibition is Marko Ladjusic. The aim of the project is to point out the problems that burden young creators in the contemporary social context, their empowerment to express themselves publicly and contribute to the solution of social problems with their visions, and the improvement of life in the community. The project also emphasizes the importance of art installations in alternative urban spaces, their accessibility to a wide audience, as well as the connection of artistic practice with other spheres of life – science, technology, economy and society.