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Art-e-conomy

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Wednesday, 15/08/2007, 18:00 hours
Presentation of Orgacom and Belgrade 'biznizmen' project launch.

Shortly after the fall of communism a new idol came into use in Serbia: the businessmen. During communism this role in society and the word also did not exist. The new Serbian word Biznizmen seems to be taken directly from the English Businessmen. The term businessmen has some odd qualities; it is for instance completely unknown what the activities of the businessmen consist of. The word businessmen conjures up an image of someone in a suit, with a tie who might sit in an office or commits business travels. Another strange aspect of the word is that businessmen themselves hardly ever use it to describe their own identity. Because the term businessmen is too generic, it is an ideal term for projection and conptemporary mythology. These days the term biznizmen has a more negative connotation of maffia or illegal fiancial practices. In order to understand the ways in which biznizmen is currently understood in Serbian culture we ask people in Belgrade to write a short story starting with one of these sentences:

* Once upon a time a businessman, who had been abroad, meets his former classmate on the street and they decide to have a coffee

* A train stops and a businessman leaves the train and a shopkeeper takes his place

We will use the richer picture that folows from these stories as a starting point for new art works.

Lecture and exhibition series curated by Marko Stamenkovic
O3ONE Gallery
Andricev venac 12
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel: +381 11 323 87 89
Mobile: +381 64 25 025 97
www.o3.co.yu

» Jelena Stevanovic's article in Serbian newspaper Politika
PLOTKI magazine july 2008 Bosses and underlings


Art-e-conomy
 Curatorial text by Marko Stamenkovic
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Art-e-conomy intro
 Short 3 page intro by Marko Stamencovic
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Article in Politika
 Jelena Stevanovic article in Serbian national newspaper Politika, 25 augustus 2007
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