YOU MUST BE A ZENITIST!
Interactive multimedia installation
Designed for different gallery and museum spaces, reflects on the heritage of the authentic avant-garde art movement from our region – Zenitism.
It points out the importance of continuity in the artistic tradition of the country and explores what are the echoes of Zenitist ideas in both contemporary art and contemporary society today, exactly one hundred years since the launch of the magazine “Zenit”, founded by ljubomir Micić .
Ideas of Zenitism – anti-war ideas, belief in the possibility of building a new, more just society and relations are important and necessary even after a hundred years, especially in the contemporary moment, when faith in the possibility of creating a better world has been lost. Zenitism invites us to be inspired by the enthusiasm of the artists of that time, thus turning back to great values in the center of which is always a better man.
The installation consists of three parts, which are original works of artists dealing with contemporary artistic response to the ideas of Zenitism.
In the first room, there are interactive screens with which you can get to know the artists of Zenitism. Using these screens you can combine video scenes from the performance “Zenit – The History of an Artistic Passion” by DAH Theatre and create your own zenitist story.
In the second room we are introducing with video /audio work and installation by Snezana Arnautovic and Ivica Stjepanovic called Everyday Room, which is a kind of response to the idea of Zenitism, as well as complete avant-garde on whose roots contemporary artists still rely.
The third room contains the art object Cross-Hat Stand, the work of artist Neša Paripović which was used in the DAH Theatre’s performance Zenit-The History of an Artistic Passion. The atmosphere of the Zenit movement in this room is complemented by the video work “For a Better Atmosphere” by Jelena Rubil, through which we get acquainted with the zenitists slogans.
The fourth room brings us the intimacy of Zenitism and here you can read the last letter of Anushka Micic to Ljubomir Micic, which he found after her death. Also, there are original editions of the magazine “Zenit”, as well as audio/ video work by Snezana Arnautovic called Lucid Dream / Happy Time.
On the openning night of the exhibition, we will have four performers, who will additionally evoke the atmosphere of the zenitist movement and make us think about whether this movement is still relevant, present, and finally whether the zenitists are still among us.
We will have the opportunity to hear Ve Poljanski’s poetry through original music, specially composed and sung for this exhibition. The inevitable Mayakovski in one new body will visit the gallery and like a hundred years ago, he has something important to tell us. If you have not had the opportunity to read the letters of Anuska and Ljubomir Micic, this exhibition will bring you the most intimate experience of zenitist love – one letter will be enlarged and read to everyone who indulges and sits in a zenitist armchair. Throughout the exhibition, each visitor will have his own shadow – the mysterious Johnny Pocket, who leaves an indelible mark.