Latent Commons, U10 Gallery

February 26, 2019 | Ana Simona

Latent Commons, U10 Gallery

(February 2019)
Latent commons are hidden, fugitive moments of entanglement between living beings in a complex world. These commons may not be directly visible, as they structure themselves and develop in interaction, cooperation, competition and desires between different beings and environments.
Anna L. Tsing writes about latent commons in the context of her book “The mushroom at the end of the world”, which puts into question how life in capitalist ruins would come to be. Her study explores ruined industrial landscapes and precarious livelihoods, where a special kind of mushroom grows that is of highest value for some, while others don’t appreciate its special taste. This serves as the setup for a variety of global processes, leading to a landscape full of mutual influences while also uncovering otherness on the way.

« Latent commons are not exclusive human enclaves.
Latent commons cannot redeem us.
Latent commons don’t institutionalize well.
Latent commons are not good for everyone. »

Constellations as such serve as a guide through the vibrations of the city of Belgrade. Five international artists look to uncover hidden commons on location in their respective fields, between themselves, their roots and the surrounding ground. The results will be displayed at U10 Art Space.

Rafael Lippuner, born 1985 in Switzerland, combines video, text, drawing and everyday objects into playful, performative setups, to intervene in the practice of observation and production. The starting points of his works are often attitudes, which are put into question to escalate their momentum, in an attempt to enjoy uncertainty.


Installation Mixed Media Variable dimensions 2019 “TRAPS” are a series of installations, featuring sudden and playful happenings. Intention and surprise are crucial in complementing the carefully coordinated objects, which are linked through form and physics, as well as pending, metaphysical bonds. With a dash of unexpectedness, observers trigger movement, and are triggered to become operators themselves, being in a position to intervene and spectate with other observers. The works are questioning the paradigm of authorization, practice and expectation between its actors.

Guadalupe Aldrete (1984, Guadalajara MX) is a multidisciplinary artist. In her works, she explores different ways of capturing specific moments of time in the form of traces and dissociated memories. She creates her artworks through performative processes, presented by different media or installations that force the audience to perform.


Multi-channel installation with sound, Duration: 4 min (each video) 2017

This video series focuses on the action of physical movement by foot, in direct reference to the labour migration from south to north in Latin America, and in many other places of the world. Opposite to the ancient tendency of resettlement, which resulted in the current world's distribution and situation, there seems to be a recent sense of call-back to the north.

In this dissociated autobiographical work, each walked journey proves the impossibility of walking twice the same line or route in the dessert, and thus the difficulty of crossing it. This work was recorded in three different deserts, Dead Valley, Mojave Desert and Pismo sand dunes in California, the American state where her father lives and works.

Marthin Rozo, born 1991 in Colombia, is an artist whose work revolves around nature and its paradoxical relationship with mankind. For him, observation consists of recognizing the rhythm of existence of other beings. This is the first step in his process of artistic creation. His motivation resides in revealing natural events that go unnoticed, and transmitting scientific knowledge and his fascination for life. To show other kinds of everyday life as a mirror to recognize ourselves.


A leaf showed me the way

Series of prints / Mobile application 2018

This work is the result of a long time collecting and analyzing leaves intervened by leaf-mining insects and their drawing paths. These two leaves are chosen by their contrasting visual characteristics. The orange one was found in the Bavarian (South German) autumn and the dark green one is from a place near Bogotá and its everlasting spring.

In a past project those drawn leaves made the artist think about his own paths during one day and the transformation they evoke, which is way more visible in the leaf miner insect who starts as an egg and takes off as a flying being from the leaf.

This time the artist proposes the viewer to walk without a goal by just following one of this two leaf-paths that was once wandered by these beings, to finally, metamorphose and fly away.

Jasmina Grudnik (1989, Slovenia) got MA degree in painting at ALUO in Ljubljana, and is currently studying at Art&Science departement at die Angewandte in Vienna. She is a recipient of Scholarship for studies abroad of Ministry of Culture, Republic of Slovenia. She exhibited at Gallery Alkatraz (SI), Kinošiška (SI), MSU Zagreb (CRO), Illustration Hub -die Angewandte (AU), Primanima animation film festival (HU). Jasmina works between painting, illustration and animation film. Her work explores the question of human transience, the passage of time and the isolation of the contemporary human. The research express her personal experience of solitariness of a being, the space between her and the people that she is connected with.

Street anamnesis

Performative intervention & video, Duration: 10 min (loop) 2019

The project is inspired by anamnesis, a record of information about a person’s health. The artist is interviewing random passersby on the street, in a “street anamnesis”. Each person is asked the same question – “How are you?” From this point the conversation is spontaneous and does not have specific scenery. The answers and questions of the interviewer are drawn into a sketchbook during the conversation. Drawing the conversation and running the conversation at the same time does not allow the artist to plan the questions, because there is no time left. That helps her to react impulsively to the answers of the “street patient”.

The project “Street Anamnesis” consists of 4 parts:

The first is documentation of the Mental State Examination & Mental History exam, which was made by a psychiatrist. The second part are the original transcripts made on the street while interviewing the strangers. These are bound into books in the order of the flow of conversation, from beginning to end. The third part is a recording that shows the artist’s process of making the anamnesis on the street. The fourth part - graffiti: The artist takes the whole and exact text from the “Street Anamnesis” and paint it on location.

The work is in process and continues with every new interview that she will make. In Belgrade, the artist interviews homeless people. The text is later used in graffiti, painted on different locations of Belgrade.

Marko Marković (1983, Croatia) is a performance artist interested in the topics of identity, transformation process between the individual and the masses. His focus reflects on power relations, which questions the positions of inferiority and superiority within different geopolitical systems. Marko Marković is actively exhibiting and curating internationally form 2008. and in 2016. he presented his work on Venice Biennale – International exhibition of Architecture for the Croatian pavilion.



Who is Marko Marković?

Video documentation of the performance Duration: 15 min (loop) 2017 LADA - Live Art Development Agency London/ Kontejner/ Kiosk

Performance: Marko Marković and Marina Marković

The name and surname of Marko Marković are used in this work as a synonym for certain actions, events or situations. Just as the name John Doe, as a rule, indicates an unidentified person. Marko Marković took the identity of his namesake Marko Marković and went off to Moscow International Biennale for Young Art instead of him. Marko Marković positions his experience of exchange of identity in the area of the world of art – a marketing machine that crushes everything in front of it, where the author is a dead letter or just one name in a series.

In spring 2016, Marko Marković received an email from the curator of the Moscow Biennial of Young Art explaining that she was writing to him at the recommendation of a gallerist in Belgrade who knew his works and invited him to the exhibition. The curator, in fact, had erroneously addressed Marko Marković, an artist in Croatia, thinking she was addressing Marko Marković, an artist from Serbia. At this time, Marko Marković took on the role of the other Marko Marković and, representing himself as the other, agreed to take part in the Biennial.

For exhibition in U10 Marko Marković is presenting the video documentation from the performance in LADA - Live Art Development Agency London where he was switching identifies from one person to other and created different types of behaviours regarding the space and locality.

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