9. vstop prost/

admission free 2008




9. vstop prost / admission free 2008


DLUC - Društvo likovnih umetnikov Celje (Fine Artists Society Celje) with guests

Festival of urban art interventions, actions, performances and installations in the old town centre of Celje between 19 May and 28 May 2008

For the ninth year in a row, urban art interventions of the DLUC members and their guests from Slovenia and abroad are to take place once again. The festival is called VSTOP PROST / ADMISSION FREE and apart from the name, these art actions are joined by a common theme 'forbidden'. When forming the basic premise, some thoughts and phrases on the theme popped up, such as »ban it if you can«, »I live the prohibitions«, »forbiddances and sentences are not horses« etc.

Peter Matko, Manja Vadla and Bojana Križanec are the artists who will intervene in space literally, forbid and then observe the response, while the others will interpret the theme by means of their very own artistic expression.

Adolf Mljač is into lost historical treasures. Agata Pavlovec will allow people to walk over her work, Andreja Džakušič, Željko Opačak and Gilles Duvivier & Estela Žutič will carry on with their sets of intimate messages. Mark Požlep and Jure Cvitan will build houses for themselves and others on the sites where construction is banned. Iva Tratnik will carry out a commentary on the statue by Karla Bulovec. Simon Macuh will find himself in a space hole. Borut Holland will do some reading and narrating. Phill Hession, Gašper Piano and Janken Popp will be interested in the effect of the sound on the surroundings. Tomaž Milač in Marcea Nikolasku will intervene in the current interventions in space. Boris Oblišar will cause some space disturbances. Tomaž Lunder will take photographs. Siniša Labrovič will prepare a quiet protest. Ðasper i Ðones's contribution is a surprise. Miha Kaučič will record a video.

If this matter is transposed to city dwellers and if we think over the issues that this year's festival theme tackles, we come to the conclusion that once again, we fight for survival on a daily basis. Which brings us to the question of how to survive in today's society and artifically created social environment, yet remain one's own person: naked, dressed, loud, quiet, stupid, omniscient, good-looking, plain, the one who likes to walk on the other side of the street, the one who prefers lying down to sitting, the one who is or is not when it is time. The artist is the one who speaks publicly, the one exposed as a mass hero and accused over and over again. Will other members of our society keep overlooking and discussing the injustices that - within unfreedom - take place over there somewhere? And live by the written and unwritten rules in favour of the anti-chaos programme of how to survive in the urban jungle?

Let's finally point out the key concept which all the projects - this year's as well as those of the earlier years - have in common. It arises from artists' need to surpass the conventional limitations of gallery space as such, using town streets as an exhibition space, counting on random passers-by, visitors or city inhabitants for some action and interaction. It is all about art interventions in the urban space that concern the current affairs of the city and its inhabitants.