Invitation for EEII’11 festival



Autonomous Centre, ACT,
Ivana Novaka 38, ńĆakovec, Croatia.
Stari hrast –

07.10.2011. – 18.10.2011.


During Slobodni festival (Free Festival) 5 (July 2011) we detected a local problem with artist working in new media art, transdisciplinary and/or in performance, multimedia, or with themes connected with social, group, collective, collaborative issues, even with anything slightly different than traditional/classic aesthetics. They all have complains about institutional structures that are slow to reply on issues of networking between artists, organizations and events. Also they are inadequate in recognizing needs of productions and presentation, especially in connection to technology and open source. There are no space for presentation, no adequate technological help, no infrastructure to host artist in residency programs, no art labs, etc. All this reflects to local art production and presentation, with much bigger consequences than just helping artist to solve their individual frustrations. In our view the biggest problem is seen in slow but constant disappearing from the map of culture and creativity completely, especially in contemporary world of information exchange and mobility, networking and EU collaborative cultural and artistic praxis.


According to detected problems we offer an idea of mobile art laboratory that will give local artists a chance to work in high-tech environment, on location where a needs is recognized (events, festivals, partner organizations, at location where artist and activist can converge ideas for better actions, etc). Mobile Art Lab (MAL) can offer artist, cultural agents and alike a space to share ideas, work on concepts, create tech. workshops, communicate, present concepts or art works, network with others. MAL can be art work in itself, but can also be a tool for artwork.

We know we are not the first to have this idea and we don’t claim a patent on it. We are aware there is many projects in the world with similar intent. But, we are also aware that this makes us a node in world-large pool of people and organizations which detected a need for mobility, nomad philosophy, creativity on the move together with collaborative work where artist and experts unite in culture that respects free culture movement, freedom of expression and speech, need to address subjects of social change, equality and awareness/ trough and with new media.


Our idea is to work with local forces (artist, culture agents, architects, students, enthusiasts) to conceptualize mobile/art/tech/fablab/brico/modular/lab by detecting needs of g/local and cross-border programs. We propose presentations of similar projects that we call brothers and sisters. We will organize presentations of this projects at he beginning of EEII festival in October and group work with participants in conceptualizing MAL. We need to put all on paper, see how it works in theory, have a look at local needs, possible constructions, preparations, weather conditions, where it will stay, how far it will travel, what material can it be build on, etc. Basically lots of moderated talks and discussions that will bring us to the modular, recyclable, multi-purposed mobile art lab. MAL will be created until ACT-fest where it will host it’s first artist work/s and KIBLIX festival during end of the 2011. MAL will be part of KIBLIX festival in Maribor, during November, as a host to 6 artist working as a group.


1. Friday 7th October 19h – arrival and presentations of similar projects in the world
2. Saturday, Sunday – discussions and creation of groups
3. rest of the week work in groups
4. end of the week finalizing blueprints and finding best offers for realization
5. 18th October presentation of blueprint