Winners of the Black Box Art competition- Principle of Hope

The Mikser Festival and the Faculty of Applied Arts (FPU) in Belgrade have chosen the winners of the BLACK BOX art competition who submitted their conceptual artworks in response to this year’s current theme “Principle of Hope”.


We received 51 works from Serbia, Croatia, Poland, China, Germany, Montenegro, from authors of various profiles, from applied arts, fine arts/painting, architects, visual artists, designers, through the media and communications.


Expert jury Marko Lađušić, sculptor, professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, author of the project, Ervin Dubrović, art historian, director of the Museum of the City of Rijeka, Denis Leo Hegić, curator founder of Supermarket Lab and director of the MON Museum of Now Berlin, Fiona Sinđelić Stefanović, designer, creative director of Supermarket Lab Berlin, Maja Lalić, architect, creative director of Mikser Festival and Jelena Pavlović, producer and director, winner of the Black Box 2020. competition, this year picked out 22 winning works of the Black Box 2021. competition: Ana Batrićević – Zaigrani – Serbia; Anika Lomić – Infinite Labyrinth – Serbia; Aurora Crnković – Source of Hope – Croatia; Boban Zivanovic / Marija Iva Gocic- Product: Love – Serbia; Dea Džanković – Network – Serbia; Dejan Krstić – Interview – Serbia; Dina Rosić / Iva Lokas – The Space Between – Serbia; Dora Andjelkovic / Tamara Vukovljak – Man as a being of hope – Serbia; Jovana Jarebica – Biodegradable – Serbia; Julia Skrzyńska – Light which returns – Poland; Milica Mijačević Carević / Boško Jelić – The automaton – Serbia; Milica Nikolic – Living Lands – Serbia; Nenad Pinter – In front of the camera – Serbia; Nikola Stojadinović – Room of Hopelessness – Serbia; Sofija Rakidzic / Nadja Milivojevic – Elementum – Serbia; Sonja Jocic – Multifunctional reality of fashion embrace – Serbia; Stella Dragović – no body is available – Germany; Stevan Lutovac – Vremevidac – Serbia; Vladimir Miljković – Departure of Hope – Serbia; Vuk Pekovic / Scepan Popovic – Obelisk is dead – Montenegro; Yao Wang – i actually want to fake my own death to avoid drama – China; Željko Jančić – Fear is an illusion – Croatia.


After a year of great slowdown caused by the global pandemic, the Mikser Festival encourages young creators to a new energy cycle of creation and optimism. Inspired by the German philosopher Ernst Bloch and his literary work “Principle of Hope”, Mikser called on the authors to use the semantic interpretation of utopia in which the “principle of hope” is a prerequisite for creating a better future as a starting point in thinking about their competitive solutions, reality, and the future.


In response to the challenges of the pandemic, this year’s Black Box exhibition and the Mikser Festival event will be held under the auspices of nature 26-28. May, in the ambiance of the Zornić house complex near Belgrade, suggesting with the festival slogan “Embrace” that nature has become an inevitable agent of positive social change, and artists are invited to respond to the competition through individual artistic interventions in the open. Individual interventions will be through the process of collective work on the development of competition ideas, with the mentoring of the project curator, prof. Marko Lađušić, to be interconnected in a system of interventions and to form a unique artistic whole.


In addition to participating in the central art program of the Mikser Festival, the awarded authors will have the opportunity to participate in talks with relevant experts from the region, such as curator Ervin Dubrović, director of the Rijeka City Museum, member of this year’s Black Box selection committee, Denis Leo Hegić, curator, founder of Supermarket Lab and directors of MON Museum of Now Berlin and Fiona Sinđelić Stefanović, designers, creative directors of Supermarket Lab Berlin.