City of Zagreb
City Office for Physical Planning, Construction, Communal Affairs and Traffic
Faculty of Architecture
University of Zagreb
Oris - House of Architecture
City of Zagreb
City Office for Culture, Education and Sport
Republic of Croatia
Ministry of Culture
The final event of the Think Space programme - Unconference 'Beyond the Borders' started in the morning at Lauba. The official opening ceremony started at 1 p.m. moderated by Dražen Ilinčić. The participants and guests of the Unconference were greated by the Zagreb Society of Architecs president Damir Ljutić who is also the Chairman of the Think Space programme, Vanja Žanko, the curator of Lauba, Krešimir Galović representing the Ministry of Culture and Jadranka Veselić Bruvo representing the City of Zagreb. Ana Dana Beroš presented the Think Space programme and Vesna Vrga Perović gave a short preview of the Unconference schedule.
After the introduction speeches, our dear guest, curator Eva Franch i Gilabert gave a dinamic and inspiring presentation of the annual theme. Eva was the first to cross a border, the one between the speaker and the audience, by sitting among the guests. She talked about her impressions of the whole programme and the 4 different competitions and the questions they opened.
In the second part of the first day, the participants had a chance to get to know each other better through Think Space conversations in the form of World cafe, discussing in groups.
The topics of the discussion were given by the moderators: personal borders through restrictions in professional and everyday life, and positive experience in rethinking space beyond borders. The participants switched groups as the questions changed, and they summed up their discussions in one sentence after each rotation.
The sentences written on paper were in the end put on a pile on the floor and all the participants moved them around finding the junction between them. The final results were quite funny and interesting.
In the evening we moved to DAZ (Zagreb Society of Architects) for the party, where the atmosphere reached its high point. People were able to enjoy the unformal ambient and get to know wach other. Food, drinks, DJ and a lot of party people promised the good ending of the first day of the Think Space Unconference.
Second day started a bit later due to yesterday's party. Francois Roche opened the day with his lecture which ended up hipnotizing the audience (literally). After him the lovely brothers Iniesta who won the 3rd prize on Urban borders gave a presentation of their work and way of thinking about architecture.
Next on schedule were the Open sessions, a concept by which the participants create their own event for the afternoon by proposing discussion topics and inviting other participants to join them in discussion. Participants proposed 10 topics that were discussed in 3 sessions. The first session opened Tea Horvat with the topic on Baukultur. They discussed the roll of architect in a society, acceptence of responsibilitiy and multidisciplinary architecture.
After the lunch break we continued with Open Space conversations with five new topics:
Kristina Škrokov: Music and Architecture
Ati Salvaro: Artists or Engineers
Maša Ogrin: Space (in) motion
Nikola Kukić: Future Environment
Dimopoulos Thymios: Building Communities
Sometimes Unconference conversation can also break the border so participants are encouraged to move and change location where they want, for instance in a bar or outside on the parking lot.
In the same time, Laubica and children workshop was going on in Lauba. Kids were playing, talking and exploring their borders.
After the very successfull Open Space sessions we had Shohei Shigematsu and Teddy Cruz joing us via video conference. They both gave us their thoughts on their theme, Urban and Geopolitical Borders, and the awarded entries. The winners of the competitions got the chance to pose questions to their jurors.
Afterwards Kristina Lenard made a short presentation of her Think Space site-specific installation. She also showed us her first piece exibited in the Lauba and a short making-of video for this site-specific installation.
At the closing of the second day we had the award ceremony and opening of the exibiton of the awarded projects. Eva, Francois and Hrvoje handed the awards to the winners, and Kata Marunica and Damir Ljutić from Think Space team handed the thank-you-notes to the Curator and jurors. Winning authors gave a quick presentation of their projects and afterwards the exibition was opened. After the formal part of the evening, we moved to the table with food and drinks. DJ Phillipe and VJ Liik are providing a good atmosfere to to whole event.
We started our last day with a presentation by Hrvoje Njirić, the juror of Moral borders. He talked about his expectations from the competition and compared them to the actual results. The theme of the gypsy culture and architectural interventions in gypsy settlements turned out to be very interesting to everyone. Hrvoje showed us his two projects: the workshop in Macedonia and his competiiton entry for the cultural centre in Kozari bok in Zagreb. The awarded authors joined the conversation and the presentation became a nice talk and discussion of everyone present.
At the very end of this unusual unconference, we invited are dear guests to share with us their impressions of the whole event and join us in the next Think Space cycle. We had pleasent three days in Lauba, we shared some thoughts on architecture and all kinds of borders.We would like to thank to all the participants, all those lovely people who gave their energy and soul, all those who contributed to the Think Space programme. We hope to see you all here again next year!
The partner organization Lauba provides the perfect place for the Think Space unconference. Austro-Hungarian military riding arena that was recently transformed into a gallery of contemporary art, will offer the participants of the event an encounter with contemporary visual art completely in line with the conceptual philosophy of the Think Space programme.
The inspiring and artistic space of Lauba Hause where sessions and conversations will take place, will facilitate the exploration of the Borders and the interaction of participants in quest for conceptual space.
Within the Think Space Programme an artist - Kristina Lenard will, for the first time, make a site-specific installation in Lauba; a work that the audience will be able to see in its original form on the spot and not in the form specific for the artist – as a photograph in a lightbox. In her previous work, Lenard made installations in the studio, then she photographed them and exhibited in the form of a photograph inside a lightbox. Installations serve only and exclusively as objects for photographing.
Although a sculptor by profession, she often uses photography in her work, together with construction and duplication of reality; actually, most often, Lenard uses the mirror effect. Through the photographs of her mirror installations she often makes viewers think that she used Photoshop in the process, but those are only precise compositions in space through which she attains her goal – activates the observer’s perception.
Kristina Lenard graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She has participated in artist residency programs in Krakow (Poland, the Academy of Fine Arts) and in Göteborg (Sweden, Valand Art Academy of Fine Arts). She has had over twenty solo and group exhibitions in Croatia, Slovenia, Japan, Austria, Germany and Sweden.She won two scholarships (Kulturkontakt from Austria and Mino Scholarship from Japan), as well as the Audience Award at the 9th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture (Zagreb, 2006).