IPIP preparatory workshop 1, Teslina Street – Zagreb, June 6th – 10th 2016

Workshop model

IPIP preparatory workshop 1

from 6th of June to 10th of June 2016


Teachers and lecturers:


Jesenka Pibernik

Jesenka Pibernik


Kristina Careva

Kristina Careva

IPIP visiting artist/teacher

Maja Strgar Kurečić

Maja Strgar Kurečić


Susana Nevado

Susana Nevado

IPIP visiting artist/teacher

Jurica Dolic

Jurica Dolic


Slaven "Lunar" Kosanović

Slaven "Lunar" Kosanović

visiting artist/lecturer

Kai Lossgott

Kai Lossgott

IPIP visiting artist/teacher

Invited lectures


Slaven “Lunar” Kosanovic  is a Zagreb-based artist who emerged from the early Croatian graffiti scene, painting, exhibiting and publishing his works worldwide. He has visited numerous cities across the globe including Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Berlin, Hanoi, Havana, Lisbon, London, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Paris, Saigon, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. He cites Playboy, Outdoor advertising magazine, Forbes magazine, Nissan and Hope Box among his clients.


Kai Lossgott

Kai Lossgott’s work investigates questions of personal and environmental health as human agency within the socio-ecological crisis. His videos are screened on local street corners, at international museum and gallery events, as well as film festivals. The artist is also known for his public performance collaborations and curating moving image. His work has been shown at the Dak’art Biennale, Dakar; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Johannesburg Art Gallery and Museum Africa, Johannesburg; Arnot Art Museum, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London.


Teslina street, Zagreb

Old historical street in the strict center of Zagreb city.

Workshop objectives

  • to introduce and discuss different socially engaged art projects, generate better tools to work in collaborative situations with social groups, communities and public outside of the art world,
  • learning to use situation specific and time bound art methods, learning to use language
  • answering the questions: who benefits from the project and what are the expectations of different participants?
  • methods and tips on how to balance the project idea with the interests of the intended participants, taking into consideration the ethical and structural aspects of collaboration.

The workshop is organised around four central themes: people, space, time, public/private.

1. Sense of People

Learn more about street actors, observe daily routines and find out the reasons of their presence on the street: objects they carry with them, time schedule, intentions. We connect with people through our interests and shared experiences of the objects around us. Think about  the Jyri Engeström’s “social objects”: social networks consist of people who are connected by a shared object. A social object is one that connects the people who create, own, use, critique, or consume it. Social objects are transactional, facilitating exchanges among those who encounter them. In the real world, oversized objects often function as social objects because they are surprising and can be experienced by many people at once.

Window cleaning man

Brown bag lady

2. Sense of Place (inspired by Jason Glasser)

A sense of place begins when we give a space a name, making it different from the spaces that surround it. This sense of place is enhances through interaction.

Task: to create an artwork that contributes to a sense of place by using a series of questions that will help to transform observations into plans of action, the form, dimensions, placement, composition and content of the artwork will be decided. The result will be temporary installation.

Asking questions: what can you do to transform the space:  what area would be the easiest to transform/add something to and why? Could this space be more /less inviting and interesting. Could you use a color? Which color? Could you use a shape? Which shape? Could you rearrange elements which are already there? If you could give the space your name, what would it be?

Professor Baltazar statue

Nikola Tesla statue

3. Sense of Time

Encourage the local people to volunteer for a crowdsourcing event, collecting local memoirs inspired by the Teslina street and events happen there. Encourage people to bring their old and new photographs of a person (stranger or a family member). Work as a group to construct a narrative around this person’s life. The narrative should be placed in clearly defined time. Research the visual cues for that period of time (cut outs from magazines, newspapers etc.). Research political, cultural and social description of that era.
Envisage an exhibition of X lightboxes in Y shop windows. Juxtapose the old and the new as photographic scenes taken of or from that shop window.

4. Public / Private

Who owns the space and who can use it? Ask participants to list of every kind of area they can think of that is private/public space. Identify spaces that can be both – public and private space. Think beyond physical space (e.g. virtual space). What can you do/kind of interaction in those spaces? Discuss qualities of public and private spaces. Make a photomontage (Photoshop, collages) of altered spaces, print them and pin them on the wall to provoke a discussion.

Students involved into The Current of Ideas project


Professors (2) & Assistants (2)

Life Potential members

Foreign artists - performers


Tape art

Tape art is an artwork created with adhesive tape such as duct tape or packing tape. It developed from urban art in the 1960s, as an alternative to the widely spread use of spray cans in the urban art scene. Tape can be used to produce a “stained glass” effect when applied to glass or plastic which is lit from behind. It can be attached to a wall to form the outline or an image, or can be shaped into three-dimensional sculptures. (From Wikipedia) Tae art can be used for creation of temporary public art. Temporary public art is a low-risk way to make a huge visual impact fast.

The workshop’s mentor is Susana Nevado, xisual artists working in community art, public space, painting and mural, interdisciplinary art. Born in Madrid. Living in Finland, professor at Turku University of Art and Science.


“Light painting”

Light painting, or light drawing, is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera, or by moving the camera itself during exposure The technique is used for both scientific and artistic purposes, as well as in commercial photography. (From Wikipedia)

The workshop’s mentor is doc. dr. sc. Maja Strgar Kurečić, professor at University of Zagreb Faculty of Graphic Arts.

“The eternal life suit”

The wearable postconsumer plastic sculpture “hunter-gatherer”, from the “eternal life suit” series wanders the city streets pocketing fragments of waste. Playing librarian or museum curator of the everyday, the artist engages with the desire to order or clean away knowledge considered useless. In deep ecology, there is no ‘away’, and all things have intrinsic worth. Mentor K a i L o s s g o t t, http://kailossgott.net/biography/ Winner of the Barclays l’Atelier Award 2015 for African Artists, Resident Artist, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, FR (Oct 2015 – Jun 2016).

City Acupuncture

The City Acupuncture is a project with the aim to improve the quality of urban life by international cultural exchange. The main premise of the City Acupuncture methodology is a belief that one can efficiently improve the city life quality through small and precise interventions into the points where urban structures’ overlap and interact.

The workshop’s mentor is doc. dr. sc. Kristina Careva, professor at University of Zagreb Faculty Architecture.

Culture jamming

Culture jamming (sometimes guerrilla communication) is a tactic used by many anti-consumerist social movements to disrupt or subvert media culture and its mainstream cultural institutions, including corporate advertising. It attempts to “expose the methods of domination” of a mass society to foster progressive change. (From Wikipedia)

The workshop’s mentor is dr. sc. Jurica Dolić, University of Zagreb Faculty of Graphic Arts.