OUR MAIN EFFORT WAS TO ENSURE THAT ALL DIFFERENT INPUTS FROM THE VARIOUS ARTISTS, ARCHITECTS, PROFESSORS AND STUDENTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE OVERALL TOPIC - NEW CONTENT IN PUBLIC SPACE - WHICH WAS OUR CURATORIAL CHALLENGE.
We realized the importance of the curatorial aspect
We dissected the city, looked at its potentials, why it
of our work while we were conceiving and organizing
matters to us, how can we act and react and what can
the somewhat complex and dense program for the ten
we offer. The format created a space for experiments,
days of SCH. By curatorial we mean: finding the rel-
beyond the think-tank methodologies which are usual-
evant topics that can yield great potential for change
ly purely hands-on, and instead opened a philosophi-
and unpack them through the right format which
cal angle which questioned how to unfold an urbanity
enables collaborative work to happen. Our interest
through thinking, speaking and doing together.
was to go beyond the dialectic of pro or against the mainstream and instead propose something new and
Our curatorial turn created a heterotopia par excel-
unexpected which unlocks the creativity and is highly
lence, in a Foucauldian sense, one that is at the same
engaging at the same time.
time embedded in the real world but also separated and distanced from it by a set of rules, or rituals that
Inspired by the Curatorial/Knowledge PhD group at
permit strategical operations. Most of all, when we
the Goldsmiths University, we recognized possibilities
think about the curatorial through SCH we think about
for other ways of working together and association
our commitment to seeing, reading and speaking as
through the concept of the curatorial, which escape
a form of public activity. About the knowledge we can
presupposed definitions and dangers of relapsing in
produce, potentialities we can uncover and novel
the trap of the expertise. Instead, we seek novel ways
ways of approaching the status-quo we can develop.
that offer a frame for free association, one that is flexible enough to incorporate the various inputs and at the same time rigid enough to hold the focus on the proposed topics. If by curatorial we mean a certain collectivity and sociability, than in our case it became a mode of being, in an ontological sense, during the 10 days of Skopje Creative Hub. It became our second nature to operate in the collective and did not allow anyone to remain silent.
Digital version of our book about Skopje Creative Hub 2014 - new content in public space