Leere Serie / 3.10. - 6.12.2007 / Blinzelbar / Große Bergstraße 158

Do. 6.12. - 20:00

Marina Grzinic / Ljubljana /
Notes on the Fights for a City: Structures of Autonomies, Nodes of Resistance /
Lecture with Film Presentation

Metelkova Mesto is an umbrella term for an urban area of Ljubljana dedicated to the alternative cultural scene. Describing itself as an 'autonomous cultural centre', it occupies the former 'Fourth of July' Military Barracks at Metelkova 3 ulica (Street) in the centre of Ljubljana originally commissioned by the Austro-Hungarian army in 1882 and completed in 1911. In 1990 the Network of Metelkova (Metelkovci) was formed, consisting of 200 partner organisations led by the Movement for the Culture of Peace and Non Violence and the Student Cultural Centre Association to propose a new, peaceful and creative use for the barracks. In 1991 the Network of Metelkova formally petitioned the newly-independent Slovenian government to take possession of the abandoned site. The City of Ljubljana, however, decided in 1993 to demolish the buildings. Members of Network for Metelkova and several supporters reacted by occupying the Metelkova site on the 10 September 1993, renaming it Metelkova Mesto (Metelkova Town). Over 200 individuals rapidly established a busy schedule of events and activities including exhibitions, concerts and speaking engagements. The City responded by cutting off the water and electricity supplies but still the site thrived as a centre of creative, cultural and political activity. In 1994, elections resulted in a change of City Government, and a rapprochement was achieved between the officials and the squatters. All court proceedings against the 'illegal' occupation were dropped and the Metelkova Development Plan was agreed. The plan aims to revitalise the ruined site with the citizens of Metelkova defining and designing their own urban, residential and artistic environment. Metelkova was then re-formed as the organisation RETINA and the Metelkova Development Plan Office was opened shortly afterwards. Since 1995 the space is a self-organised autonomous zone where plenty of social and cultural activities take place.

Clipboard Metelkova is a collective community (led by a residents forum) committed to the development of the site for the enjoyment of its citizens and the general public who are welcomed to visit it. The vision of the community is that Metelkova will become a centre of cultural activity, an information centre and a meeting place for young people. The many examples of community architecture in the space are bringing the semi-demolished buildings back to life. A youth hostel Celica (with a cafe-bar and gallery space) has been built in the old military prison. A gay club (Tiffany) and a lesbian club (Monokel) share one of the buildings and there are artists studios (some of which are also available for visiting artists) in one of the other barracks. Metelkova Mesto is a member of Trans Europe Halles.

Some cultural organisations based at Metelkova include: KUD Mrezˇa, Association for Arts and Culture, Society for the Protection of Atheistic Feelings (DZACˇ), KUD Channel Zero, KAPA, Association for Cultural and Artistic Production, Gromka Club, Red Dawns International Women's Festival, and DrMrr OrtoPunk Festival.“ See: http://www.culturalprofiles.org.uk/slovenia/Units/5445.html

die Veranstaltung mit Marina Grzinic hat nicht stattgefunden