MOLEKULA, RIJEKA, CROATIA – (May, June 2010)
The Moving Crew in Rijeka
What’s Inside Ideal X? project took place in Rijeka, a port-city on the northern coast of Croatia.
Rijeka’s visual landscape is marked with containers in the city’s center. These containers also surroundMolekula – a network of independent arts and culture organizations, situated in an ex-industrial building near the port.
The Moving Crew spent a month and a half at Molekula during May and June 2010, working together with various communities in Rijeka and groups of artists based in Molekula: Prostor Plus (contemporary dance NGO), Fiskultura (physical theatre NGO), Filmaktiv (video activism NGO).
Events were held for 6 weeks, in preparation for a big collaborative exhibition and performance utilizing 1800 miniature cardboard shipping containers. Stacked in a monolithic block these small containers form the volume of an actual shipping container, which was on display in Molekula. The small containers were designed collaboratively by numerous artists everywhere, who answered the Open Call on the project website.
The cardboard boxes were painted, silkscreened, and assembled with collaborative efforts in a series of workshops held at Molekula.
March 15th – April 15th, 2010 – Project workshop for the Applied Printmaking course at the Applied Arts Academy, The University of Rijeka (students made container designs, container books, narratives with photographs and text)
March 25th, 2010 – Project presentation and workshop at the Film and Video Department, Split Art Academy, The University of Split (students made short videos for project website)
March 30th, 2010 – Project presentation at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – “Inclusive art practice: The Moving Crew art collective” (the public was introduced to the project and invited for participation)
April 16th, 2010 – Project presentation at Molekula: “The Moving Crew art collective: What’s Inside Ideal X?” (performing artists from Prostor Plus are collaborating to create performances for the final exhibition)
April 16th- 18th , 2010 – Filmaktiv Marathon at Molekula (Filmaktiv members are making short videos and films about containers)
May 10th, 2010 – 2000 cardboard boxes arrive to Molekula
May 10th-16th, 2010 – Painting the boxes in Molekula
May 17th – 19th, 2010 – Silkscreening workshops in Molekula
May 25th – June 2nd, 2010 – Silkscreening workshops in Molekula
June 1st – 16th, 2010 – Performative actions with containers in public spaces in Rijeka and Molekula, filming of all performative actions, making the Ideal X in Rijeka film
June 16th, 2010 – THE FINAL EVENT IN RIJEKA! Exhibition and performances at Molekula
THE EXHIBITION WAS UP FOR TWO WEEKS, UNTILL JULY 1ST 2010.
THE PROJECT THEN CONTINUED AND TRAVELD TO GRINNELL, IOWA, USA.