How can the cultural and artistic scene be restored in a country that has been isolated for a decade? How can the question of identity be addressed in a country that has ceased to exist? How to act locally and communicate directly in a time of the rise of internet and globalisation? What could be a common ground for hundreds of young artists regardless of their cultural background, upbringing and method of expression? How can art be taught besides and beyond the academy?
Initiating Real Presence was an attempt to reply to these and similar questions. It started in Belgrade, Serbia in 2001 as an international encounter of young artists and art students, and in the ten following years it became a wide platform that totaled 1790 “presences”. More than a curatorial project, organising Real Presence was a form of commitment and engagement which would enable young artists from Serbia and beyond to get to know each other, learn from each other, collaborate and establish a network. The book Real Presence on one hand represents a collection of statements by a number of its former participants who are active and affirmed protagonists within the contemporary art scene today, and on the other, a collection of reflections on different teaching approaches and methods by artists and curators who are engaged in education.
Rainer Fuchs, Chief curator, mumok
Dobrila Denegri und Biljana Tomić, Curators of Real Presence
Barbara Putz-Plecko, Vice rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Simone Bader, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Leopold Kessler, Maja Ozvaldič, and other artists who took part in Real Presence
Authors: Marina Abramović, Antonia Alampi, Giulio Alessandri, Anabela Angelovska, Paola Anziché, Simone Bader, Mrđan Bajić, Michele Bazzana, Daniel Birnbaum, Igor Bošnjak, Narvika Bovcon, Franziska Bruckner, Johanna Bruckner, Giulia Casula, Marco Chiesa, Matthieu Crimersmois, Raffaella Crispino, Zorica Čolić, Raluca Davidel, Lidija Delić, Federico Del Vecchio, Dobrila Denegri, Cordula Ditz, Nezaket Ekici, Dirk Fleischmann, Corrado Folinea, Francesco Fonassi, Guillaume Fouchaux, Alberto Gianfreda, Marina Gržinić, Philipp Haager, Gabriel Hadler, Marlene Haring, Miha Horvat, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Pravdoljub Ivanov, Nina Ivanović, Franz Kapfer, Çiğdem Kaya, Leopold Kessler, Isidora Krstić, Gil Kuno, Ladies of the Press (Ana Čavic, Renée O’Drobinak), Nemanja Lađić, Irena Lagator Pejović, Elad Larom, María León, Francesco Lucifora, Catherine Ludwig, MaraM, Katja Majer, Flaviane Malaquias, Caroline Malmström, Alessandro Mancassola, Ksenija Marinković, Noemí Martínez Chico, Christian Mayer, Katia Meneghini, Branko Milisković, Valentina Miorandi, Ruben Montini, Ulrike Möschel, Charlotte Mumm, Barbara Nardacchione, Jonas Nobel, Adrian Notz, Anna Nykyri, Alek O., Hafiz Osman, Maja Ozvaldič, Cecilia Parsberg, Irena Paskali, Karin Passarnegg-Denissov, Marco Pezzotta, Giusy Pirrotta, Milenko Prvački, Barak Raiser, Gastón Ramírez Feltrin, Tobias Rehberger, Martin Rille, Arend Roelink, Andrea Romano, Halvor Rønning, Hans Rosenström, Joanna Sandell, Esther Saura Múzquiz, Alessandra Saviotti, Swen Erik Scheuerling, Steffi Schöne, Marinella Senatore, Iacopo Seri, Lerato Shadi, Christian Sievers, Ivana Smiljanić, Marta Smolińska, Patricia Solini, Malin Ståhl, Magda Stanová, Bojana Stamenković, Gabriele Sturm, János Sugár, Kateryna Svirgunenko, Kamila Szejnoch, Harald Szeemann, Marija Šević, Miodrag Šuvaković, Nahum Tevet, Johan Thom, Johanna Tinzl, Adrien Tirtiaux, Saša Tkačenko, Biljana Tomić, Jacob Tonski, Diego Tonus, Roxana Trestioreanu, Marika Troili, Mezli Vega Osorno, Aleš Vaupotič, Aleksander Velišček, Cosimo Veneziano, Angela Vettese, Victoria Vesna, Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir, Eelco Wagenaar, Måns Wrange, Yaara Zach, Thanos Zakopoulos, Heimo Zobernig, Sanja Ždrnja
Graphic Design: Maximilian Mauracher, Nicoletta Dalfino Spinelli