Nikola has been appointed as a guest editor of the next issue of Život Umjetnosti – Magazine for Contemporary Visual Arts, published by the Institute of Art History in Zagreb.
Our century converted the grand modernist idea of global village into an urban territory that shrinks and expands according to its own political and economic needs. Continuously pulsating from a single point to a total territory and vice versa, urbanization took over urbanism, significantly changing the ways we think, feel and operate within space. The political drive to understand our own position between the global and the local has been reduced to a single intuitive click inside a mapping interface. The pointillism of screen tapping has rendered visible the well-connected social systems and the brand new political agendas. Yet, the dream of equality and freedom that emerged through this long pursuit, evaporated soon into a limited number of social clouds – shaped and controlled by the latest programming codes.
Are we able to read layers of code inscribed into a territorial palimpsest we have occupied over the last century? To what extent can we understand our own space after it has been reduced to points and fragments dispersed on different sides of political, psychological and economic borders? Finally, are we sufficiently equipped to recognize the points and amplify their potentials to (re)generate an entire territory; and how can we (re)imagine the territorial totality while aiming to change the nature of each specific point?
Today, after urbanism, new spatial practices come to the fore, they choose neither means nor media; geography mutates into entirely new systems of spatial understanding that freely slide from one scale to another.
Situated between the phenomena of territoriality and site-specificity, this issue of Život Umjetnosti intends to tackle the interscalar mechanisms of our world.