City! Is the motto with which we aim to add a new dimension to the urban public space, and a tint of interesting and exciting for its residents and visitors, using installations by international authors. Each individual installation and the entire project reminds us that the city is a living, transforming organism that should not be taken for granted; and that not everything is what it seems. The city (can) offer different levels of life quality and various possibilities of spending leisure time. Our temporary interventions wish to encourage you, both residents and visitors, to take a different look, be it on the city itself, with its public spaces, or on the artist's part in co-designing the city and the quality of life in it.
City! includes the AKC Metelkova mesto, the central Bus station Ljubljana, the Parki-Raj parking garage on Trdinova Street, the Miklošičev park, Nazorjeva and Čopova streets, the Dragon Bridge, The Three Bridges, the Zlata ladjica pub on Breg embankment, the Cankarjev Dom platform, the Northern park in Župančičeva jama and Hrvatski trg square, in front of St Peter's church.
City! will be
opened by the interactive installation with the
title Human Tiles by the Portuguese
group Ocubo; the piece is
supplemented by the
lighting objects designed by Andrej Štular, Marko A.
Kovačič and Brane Ždralo. Their designs are linked
to the year of the book events that
invite us to bold readings of poetry, comics, etc.
Aleksandra Stratimirović, a Serbian artist from
City! certainly can not ignore Ljubljana, the World Book Capital of 2010: the Personal Reading by the Spanish group Luzinterruptus invite us to read in uncommon places; the Nocturnal Readings in Ljubljana's parks will be made possible by special light shades by authors Marko Kovačič, Brane Ždralo, Marko Crnobrnja (from the Štap i Kanap redesign studio), and Aleš Presetnik; Comics in verses will be read on big panels in lighted posters (city lights) stationed in the city center; and Kaja Avberšek will turn the parking garage Parki-Raj into a lively apartment building that will make heads stop and turn.
Before City! can be opened, we need to introduce its first temporary residents: the Symbionts by the French sculptor Bernard Murigneux.