cultural center

  • 23.10.2015. - 21.11.2015.

    Home, Centre, House, Platform

    There is nothing unusual about the fact that the attempts to historicize institutions in charge of producing and distributing culture are accompanied by a certain ambiguity or even by a terminological and categorical confusion. The very notion of culture is in itself ambiguous, even inherently contradictory, so we cannot expect from the experts who deal in cultural practices to provide us with a clear and firm definition. For example, we have the culture of art, but we also have the culture of swearing – not to mention the custom of spitting on the street, even though spitting could also be considered as a part of the process of rural culture infiltrating urban culture – which is in conflict with the culture of good manners, so if you are not a linguist, writer or an anthropologist, you are more likely to notice the lack of culture in these practices. Be that as it may, there is one thing that everybody agrees on: culture consists of everything that people do on a daily basis. Therefore, the emphasis is on people and not on objects (books, paintings, movies, plays, etc.), on the experience and the process and not on the question of ownership or social status.

    We approached the conceptualization of this exhibition from the position of a participant in cultural processes, that is, by taking the bottom-up approach of the users of cultural programmes thus rejecting to adopt the position of an institutional power. And why wouldn’t we take the perspective of our own experiences? Instead of focusing on historic foundation charters, political decisions, official documents, plans and programmes, it just might be the right time to recall how we made culture happen: by visiting libraries, watching movies, learning how to dance, knit, paint or by simply chatting and having fun – with a glass of wine in our hands – at an opening of an exhibition or a play.

    Seen from this perspective, there are four different ways of participating in the production and consumption of institutional culture. Each of these ways is actually a particular cultural model. And these models are: home, centre, house and platform.