by Antonio Ottomanelli
[ 6 Video Installation ]
“Mapping Identity” is a project realized between November 2011 and February 2012 (months of the U.S. troops withdrawal) during a workshop carried out with the contribution of the University of Baghdad – Fine Arts Faculty. Baghdad has suffered structural damage after the U.S. military occupation. The latest map of Baghdad was made by the U.S. Army in 2003, for military and strategic purposes, in a very large scale. There is no civilian map of the current configuration. There is no census or registry.
Mapping identity is our proposal for an honest redesign of the city of Baghdad, as close as possible to the reality that pervades it.
Sleeping car, lace installation on smart car, 2011
Samuel Johnson once said that ‘Nature has given women so much power that the law has wisely given them very little’. This work (my mother’s crochet) talks about a more basic kind of power: power over men. Gently with the embroidery as a female symbol, this car (a man’s world) is covered completely. It is a protest against forgetting and the need of contemporary art to be reinterpreted from the old myths and the archetypes of art hidden within labor, repetition, concentration.
BAMBOO CAR SKELETONS
by Let’s Bike it
[ Urban Action ]
“Bamboo Car Skeletons” is a visual reminder of the space that cars take in the urban environment. To accomplish this, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The activists then cycled around the streets of Riga for several hours to highlight the absurdity of using a large car to move a single person. With the consent of the “Let’s Bike it” group, the action will be recreated in Tirana by local bike activists.
THE LINE OF PAYSAGE
by Gjergji Bakallbashi
[ Installation & Workshop ]
The Line of Paysage is a vision for Tirana. Envisioned as a carfree artery, the Line is a fluid, uninterrupted trajectory that should serve both as a tourist attraction and a piece of modern infrastructure in Tirana.
The line is the east-west complementary minor of the Boulevard, Tirana’s monumental, equally historical, north-south axis. When the boulevard was opened, in the 1930-s, it was both an act of emancipation as well as artery for the city, anticipating the arrival of the car in the capital and administrative center of Albania. By comparison, the Line is a piece of soft infrastructure for pedestrians and bikes as well as a physical journey through the history of the city. It ‘anticipates’ the return of the bike, as a reliable means of getting around the city for all ages.
RESPECT THE LIVING TOO
by McCann Tirana
[ Video & Banner ]
“Respect the living too” was a public performance by McCann Tirana with the aim to create an awareness campaign for respecting pedestrians by drivers. The performance included 95 people who simulated a funeral march, reflecting the 95 pedestrians who lost their lives in the year 2013. The civic action won the prestigious Silver Drum international award.
by Niku Alex Mucaj
[ Public Space Installation ]
The “Mechanical Mummies” aims to catch the attention of passersby to the numerous abandoned and “dead” cars parked in the streets of Tirana. It is not unusual to come across cars that have been forgotten in their parking spots, at this point with all their four wheels deflated and their batteries unloaded.
The action aims to preserve the cars in a saran-wrap packaging, in a process similar to the one of mummification. This process leaves the car unharmed, and protects it from the elements until the owner has the capacity to “awake” the car once again.
by Sputnik Productions
[ Street Art ]
Sputnik is a periodical publication which gets its inspiration in current developments of the Albanian society with a dystopian twist. One of the only examples of methodical street art in Albania, the platform treats current social issues through a strongly visual approach and gets posted around the city of Tirana. One issue will be commissioned especially in the context of ULTRA and will treat the topic of mobility.
ALBANIAN LAPIDAR SURVEY
by The Department of Eagles
[ Video / Photography ]
During the socialist period, Albanian lapidars commemorating the partisans, heroes, and battles of the National Anti-Fascist Liberation War were an important place of pilgrimage and memory, to which people gravitated for important festivities and political events. Although most of them no longer have this function, lapidars still operate in the landscape as important markers regulating social mobility: the place where people make appointments, youths smoke, and first kisses are exchanged. For fifty days the Albanian Lapidar Survey traveled through the country mapping and documenting all of these monuments, photographing its movement through Albania by taking a picture every 30 seconds through the windshield. Move with the Albanian Lapidar Survey, and travel 7547 kilometers on Albanian roads in 90 minutes.