V2_ presents the "Lost Highway Expedition."
During August 2006 The Lost Highway Expedition, brought an international and cross-disciplinary group of ca. 200 artists, theoreticians, journalists, photographers, architects and other cultural practitioners together into an exploratory, and at times accidental journey, along what was once, in the time of Socialist Yugoslavia, called the Highway of Brotherhood and Unity.
Featuring: Ana Dzokic, Marc Neelen, Alenka Gregoric,Yane Calovski, Kristian Lukic - and works by Arnoud Schuurman, Hugo Lammernik, Auke Touwslager, Artgineering, Stealth.unlimited.
Traveling for 26 days along this geopolitical trajectory linking the capitals of what is now called the Western Balkans, the expedition was a search for a form of future cultural and spatial practice, taking as its starting point a positive interpretation of the concept of Balkanisation.
Tangent_Brotherhood presents the expedition as a model of open source and do-it-yourself collaboration in the form of a mobile, cultural and artistically charged, and collectively authored project. The Lost Highway Expedition was initiated by eight individuals, loosely connected through the School of Missing Studies and the Centrala Foundation for Future Cities. Its backbone was formed by some of the most engaged experimental art, media and cultural organizations spanning Ljubljana, Zagreb, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Skopje, Prishtina, Tirana, Podgorica, and Sarajevo plus a large group of active participants, both stationary or traveling. These organizations, from the 1990's onwards, have been challenged and triggered by institutional breakdown and have become - often unintended - the forerunners of alternative models of cultural production in the region.
With participating explorers ...
Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen (Stealth.unlimited, Rotterdam/Belgrade) are urban researchers and practitioners. They conceive tools to explore the shared authoring of space and urban culture. They are co-initiators of The Lost Highway Expedition.
Alenka Gregoric is the artistic director of Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has written numerous essays, reviews and articles for various art publications and from 2002 till the end of 2004 she explored the contemporary art scene of former-Yugoslavia for Balkanis magazine. With Skuc Gallery, she set the starting stage for the Lost Highway Expedition.
Yane Calovski is founding member and artistic director of Press to Exit Project Space, Skopje, Macedonia - an organisation exploring unconventional approaches for ideas, projects and collaborations with artists and curators form Macedonia and abroad. With Press to Exit, he has formed part of the backbone to the Lost Highway Expedition. Yane studied art and architecture in the USA, Japan and the Netherlands.
Kristian Lukic is a curator for digital art and culture at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia. As a previous member of new media centre kuda.org, he is an example of the crossovers appearing between the independent cultural scene and the re-emerging institutional culture in the region. He is a cofounder of The Institute for Flexible Culture and Technology - Napon (2006).
Lost Highway Expedition works by:
Arnoud Schuurman http://www.studio-shortcircuit.com/~arnoud/as_nl/index.html
Hugo Lammernik http://indebagger.nl/
Auke Touwslager http://www.informationlab.org