FEMKANJE - SPACES OF TOGETHERNESS
18-channel sound installation & sound database (2021)
In collaboration with Katarina Petrović
is a podcast, art and media project, dedicated to contemporary art and culture in Serbia, the former Yugoslavian region and Europe. Focus is on the models of independent production and self-organization in contemporary culture, as well as on media visibility and gender equality in the representation of its actors. Its founders, Bojana S. Knežević and Katarina Petrović, realized numerous shows presenting comprehensive overviews of practices by individual authors or collectives through longer intimate conversations. Guests come from different fields: visual and sound arts, (experimental) music, dramatic and applied arts, activism, education and science. Therefore, Femkanje becomes a network of contemporary, independent cultural and artistic scenes, following the movements of its two authors.
The exhibition Spaces of Togetherness consists of two parts: a sound installation in the gallery space and a new online sound database. The sound installation consists of all the 88 realized Femkanje shows that are mapped onto 18 speakers. The entire installation is accompanied with the list of all the shows and guests, starting from the most recent. Femkanje episodes were previously broadcasted on NOFM radio and published online in the period from March 2013 to February 2018.
This invitation to exhibit and the current situation of the pandemic, allowed us to work on a new archive - reaching out to all former guests to contribute from their homes. The sound database presents a special collection of sound documents from the field of contemporary art and culture, primarily Serbian artists, former guests of Femkanje, artists from the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Europe and beyond. The archive consists of sound works, compositions, sounds from works (videos, performances, installations), as well as audio recordings of plays, readings of dramatic texts and other materials, sound messages of various contents and field recordings. The entire database is available online and can be found at: www.femkanje.rs