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Allumfassende Zufriedenheit

Über das Apolitische

In der gleichnamigen Rede, gehalten am 9. Mai 2019 in einem kleinen Wiener Gassenlokal, bezieht sich Milan Mijalkovic von Makedonien auf die Ursprünge der Demokratie, auf ihr Wechselspiel mit Menschheitsgeschichte und Naturereignissen, auf ihre Rituale in der Öffentlichkeit und ihre Erscheinungsbilder im Alltag. Die politische Rede wird dabei zur Kunstform, zum ästhetischen Material.


The Growing Houses of Skopje

On July 26, 1963 a disastrous earthquake destroyed large areas of the city of Skopje. This natural catastrophe resulted in a wave of international solidarity and united ideologically separate worlds in a humanitarian project. The erection of prefabricated houses provided a number of countries with an opportunity to contribute visible and clearly identifiable reconstruction aid. Over the last 50 years the imported houses from Finland, Mexico or the USA have steadily transformed and grown; today they are completely integrated in the city’s urban fabric. PRE/FABRIC undertakes a search for traces in the biography of these houses and their use.

The World’s Bastard

Architecture of the Devided City

The story of Skopje and its changing from the utopia of an open city to a divided city.

Skopje, the capital of Macedonia which had been declared an “Open City” in the 1960s, has been transforming into a prototypical “Divided City” in recent years. After the armed conflict between members of the Albanian minority and the Macedonian army had almost turned into a civil war in 2001, the gap could not be bridged anymore. Since the dissolution of Yugoslavia the two ethnic groups had been veering away from each other and defining their own inseparable identity. Religious symbols demonstrate territorial claim: minarets sprout in Albanian neighbourhoods, whereas on the hills of Christian-Macedonian areas crosses rise up to the sky. Skopje. The World’s Bastard explores the city’s urban development with regard to its character of a Divided City. It traces material and virtual spaces of conflict and negotiation from the utopias of the 1960s through the frustrations of the 1990s to the actual constructions of identity and places them into a global context.

Copyright: Milan Mijalkovic, 2020