Erasing, hiding, or ignoring the traces of collectivity, solidarity, responsibility from the collective memory of the local history is nothing but a step towards accelerating the Erasing, hiding, or ignoring the traces of collectivity, solidarity, responsibility from the collective memory of the local history is nothing but a step towards accelerating the neoliberal worldview, which privatizes and hierarchizes all relationships in social life. This leads to an almost unrecognizable change in the local context, influencing and transforming entire communities and different social strata.
In the middle of the common yard and the common cinema of the Railway Residential Building, completed in the late 1940s, a question resonates: “How to live better together?” And, it is increasingly echoing in the almost ruined building, treasuring the ideas of community, responsibility, and solidarity, in the middle of the captured, ruined, and corrupted city. It is here that existent conflicts can open up potential ruptures for the change of the general social structure.
The initiative “If Buildings Could Talk” is a performative experience existing since 2015 in the Railway Residential Building, being activated by the organization Faculty of Things That Can’t Be Learned (FR~U). It develops itself by performing, i.e. it performs an active space as an aesthetic and ethical process of creating relations and bonds. Thus, the performance design is not a physically built scenery, although it exists in a concrete building and a cinema, but it is an experiential and emotional modeling by an artistic process, formative and transformative, striving to become a caring community that will act beyond its own threshold. It carries a contemporary cross-disciplinary engaged approach that unites elements of visual and performing arts, extending their scope and framing, and advocating for the preservation of the meaning of the public and the public space.
The pavilion This Building Talks Truly in Prague performs in size 1:100, as a condensed experience of past activities, as a multi-time archive, which will tell us, live, if we make it here, we can make it anywhere! And this is exactly the design of the performative agonistic community.
Country/Region Republic of North Macedonia
Presenting Organization Museum of the City of Skopje
Curator Ivana Vaseva
Curatorial Team Commissioner: Frosina Zafirovska
Artists Filip Jovanovski