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The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art announces a call for entries for temporary art projects in public space under the common title of Spajalica / Copula. Implementation time and duration of the project is 15 April – 30 May 2014 in Rijeka, in the spatial proximity of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, consisting of the following city streets: Dolac, Frana Kurelca, Erazma Barčića, Rudolfa Strohala, Hotel Bonavia stairs, Trg 139. brigade, all the way to the Mali salon gallery in Korzo 24 (Google maps).

Application deadline: The call for entries closes on 15 December 2013, participants will be notified by the end of January 2014 via the Museum website http://www.mmsu.hr. The selected participants will be contacted personally via e-mail. Applications will be discussed by the five-member jury: Alen Floričić, Anja Bogojević, Branka Vujanović, Ksenija Orelj and Sabina Salamon.

Remarks for applicants:
1. The right to participate extends to individuals or collectives from the Republic of Croatia and other countries in EU.
2. Both already existing and new works are eligible for application. The applications are to be mailed to the following address: MMSU, Dolac 1/II, 51000 Rijeka, or by e-mail: mmsu.rijeka@gmail.com with a subject header ‘SoftControl Call for Entries’. Contact persons: Ksenija Orelj, ksenija.orelj@mmsu.hr, 385(0)51492619 and Ivo Matulić, ivo.matulic@mmsu.hr, +385(0)51492621.
3. Not more than two works can be submitted for the competition.
4. Applications without required documentation will not be considered by the jury and will be deemed incomplete.
5. Competition application form is available at HERE
6. Selected artists transport the works at their own expense.
7. Materials submitted alongside the application form (CD, DVD, photographs) are not returned to the applicant.
8. Fee per project amounts to EUR 400.00 (gross), while the maximum amount for the production of individual projects amounts to EUR 900.00 (gross).
9. Travel expenses and accommodation in the duration of maximum three nights are covered by the organiser.

Remarks for foreign artists:
The call for entries envisages two residencies for foreign artists who wish to realise their projects in public space. Residences are available in the duration of maximum 20 days in two periods between 1 April and 30 May. The application should be mailed to the following address: MMSU, Dolac 1/II, 51000 Rijeka, or by e-mail:  mmsu.rijeka@gmail.com with a subject header ‘SoftControl Competition – artist-in-residence’. APPLICATION FORM for residency

Remarks for the educational programme:
A separate educational programme (in association with Milica Đilas, senior museum educator) will be conducted on a public space intervention proposed by the artist and elaborated and realised in collaboration with a group of high school students.
The target group are high school students (age 16 and 17) who participated in 2013 in the research project High School Students in Public Space, which concerned public spaces and how young people use them, Default.aspx?art=571&sec=4
Individuals or collectives interested in entering can send a proposition by mail to the address: MMSU, Dolac 1/II, 51000 Riijeka, or by e-mail: mmsu.rijeka@gmail.com with a subject header ‘SoftControl – Educational Programme Call for Entries’.

APPLICATION FORM for Spajalica>Copula should contain:
1. A filled application form
2. A description enabling the jury an insight into the submitted work through appropriate documentation (sketch, photo, video etc).
3. A technical description of the executed work with location and duration (how the work is mounted and dismounted and the list of technical equipment)
4. A bill of costs for project realisation (with the included author’s fee and insurance fee, if needed)

Project description: Spajalica#2 / Copula#2
Starting from the often mentioned detachment of the museum zone, displacement from the public space as a consequence of involvement in programmatic tasks of collecting and safekeeping, this project raises the question of the manner of reactivating the public space and art’s presence in it.
In the wake of the initiative for different regulation of social space and leisure time, this project is interested in contemporary art practices which disturb the status quo and underline concealed, transposed or neglected contents in urban environment, regardless of the approach or medium the artists use.
This call for entries is open for proposals which will mark the Museum’s presence in its neighbourhood, abandoning traditional commemorative approaches and permanent sculptural solutions, transforming ‘passive’ narratives into physical and symbolic presence, by concentrating on current social issues and relations or connecting with everyday life practice on the borderline between public and private, facts and fiction. In the sense of media, the project supports performative and participatory works, urban interventions and outdoor installations whose audience – users or participants – cannot be predetermined. We seek approaches that open up the public space and address the audience that does not belong to the standard circuit of art-based events. The basic guidelines of the project are strengthening the presence of contemporary art in public space and communication between the Museum and its urban environment, especially in its close neighbourhood. We are particularly interested in how to open time in its social and public nature. As controversial points in today’s experience of time we see the lack of leisure time and lack of time for private relationships and sociability. This relates to the ever growing occupation with duties and work, marked as flexible working hours which engulf the meaning and existence of other forms of temporality. The dominant model of time becomes ‘the endless day’, the one in which we are fully busy, constantly on the move and already strained, and thus also restrained from the reality of time and current environment. In Copula we are interested in approaches that could oppose this accelerated experience of time and its subjection to the global capital race. Since the time to encounter art is primarily determined by the institutions’ or galleries’ fixed working hours and the audience’s disappearing free time, the overwhelming question is: can we extend our time for art in the open conditions of public space. What practices and which formats can highlight the feeling of mutual flow of time, mutual connection and creating attention? Relying on the model of a copula, by connecting utopian and practical scenarios, this project is trying to gather alternative models of utilising time and creating attention.

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Within the open call for temporary art projects in public space – Copula#2, a five-member jury (Anja Bogojević, Alen Floričić, Ksenija Orelj, Sabina Salamon i Branka Vujanović) chose twelve art projects that will be realized in April-May 2014 in the close surroundings of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The jury has also chosen two residencies for foreign artists and two educational programmes.

Pre-invited artists participating at Copula#2 are the following: Stéphane Querrec, Igor Eškinja and Josip Pino Ivančić.

Selected artists / interventions:

Kreativni Kolektiv Kombinat
Waiting Room for Brightening
intervention, passage of the Mali salon gallery

open office for citizen’s counselling, MMSU zone

Holger Pohl
87 hours of Sculpture
installation, MMSU

Tanja Vujasinović
Mr. Lacković‘s Undelivered Neons
installation, MMSU zone

Rino Efendić
Out and About Rijeka
idling, roam

Tajči Čekada
What is Performance and What Do Performers Actually Do?
performance, stairs at the Hotel Bonavia

Luiza Margan
Eye to Eye with Freedom
performance, Delta

Dunja Tišma, Marija Kajapi, Una Rebić
urban picnic, Delta

Kruno Jošt
Platform for Transdisciplinary Practices
urban lab, MMSU zone

Lucija Ukić and Sanja Gergorić
interventions, MMSU zone

Čiko and Flaneurs
What’s our life / If full of care / You have no time /To stop and stare?
interventions, Mali salon gallery zone

Mateja Bučar / DUM
The Unnoticed
performers and co-authors: Aja Zupanec, Martina Ruhsam, Ales Zorec, Ivan Mijačevič, Maja Kalafatič, Nina Pertot Weis
urban choreography, MMSU zone
Residencies / Interventions:

Katze und Krieg
Gold Everywhere
performance, MMSU zone
Educational programme:

Nika Rukavina
Sušak action
in collaboration with the pupils of the Technical School of Civil Engineering and mentors Branka Batričević and Asja Rukavina Bikić

Street (as) Art
public space intervention in collaboration with teenagers

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