PSR Art Spaces and Residencies Summit

PSR Art Spaces and Residencies Summit


12, 13 December 2019, Skopje
Kino Kultura – project space for contemporary performing arts and culture

Our aim with this Summit is to bring together artists and cultural workers, converge two topics (art spaces and residencies) through perspective of “spaces of common” and “spaces of interdependence”. 

It is an invitation to join experiences from diverse socio-political as well as economic perspectives on those proposals.

To think and discuss what is the politicallity of such spaces and how they are pre-configured? Also, what would the critical leadership or curating at spaces of common and interdependence would mean? 

We propose that we think - How to break the normative path of development of the spaces of arts and formats of work, which suggest us to model them by routine, through repetition, without confronting their presence in present.  

Is this possible in the clientelistic and criminalistic capitalism where public is deeply infected with populistic, corruptive and right-wing politics?

The material infrastructure of the spaces and institutions should be secondary, thus we need to talk and think of the content, values, relations and politicality that shapes them. We would like to think on the invisible relations that shape the spaces and formats in which we create, such as residency, but not only. What we produce in these spaces, and what are the invisible relations, which are creating the politicality and are moulding the space in presence and for its future? How to make them visible?

These days we will share our experiences on the proposed perspectives and questions. Also, discuss and propose possible scenarios and think on issues as independent and interdependence, invisible relations, responsibility, care, curatorial practices of sharing, stable and flexible, funds and sustainability, clientelism as capitalism and other that will appear through the reflection…. 

We also would like to propose to think - how to build decentralized institution and art residence, but also what that would mean. 

And we propose to enjoy the presence of diverse perspectives, as well as present realities and future ideas. 

AGENDA 12-13.12.2019

11 December

Arrival of the participants in Skopje

19.00joint dinner (meeting at the hotel reception)

12 December

10.00 – 12.00Kitsch Tour Skopje

Take a tour through the craziest city redecoration project in Europe! This walk around the capital of Macedonia tells the amazing story of Skopje2014 – an entire fortune spent on changing the look, history and life of a city. Discuss kitsch, corruption and public spaces while enjoying the new monuments and buildings in the theme park capital of Europe! Knock on the fake plastic walls of the new historical buildings and try to keep your eyebrows down when you learn about the biographies of the sculptors, architects and artists who created Skopje2014!

Meeting point: 10.00 Kino Kultura

12.00 – 13.30
Welcome, short introduction by Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski and Violeta Kachakova
Session 1:
Short presentation of the participants and interest related to the subjects of art spaces and/or residencies? 

13.30  – 15.00
Lunch – Catering in Kino Kultura 

15.00 – 16.30Art Spaces - moderated discussion with presentations (open for public)

Moderator: Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski

10 min. presentation for each participant followed by moderated discussion

Participants:  Andreas Liebmann, Jan Philippe Possmann, Morten Goll, Marijana Cvetkovic, Ivana Vaseva

(Each participant is invited to present her/his work related to the subject of arts spaces as artistic work, curatorial work, activist or any other aspect) 

16.30 – 18.00Residencies - moderated discussion with presentations (open for public)

Moderator: Violeta Kachakova

10 min. presentation for each participant followed by moderated discussion

Participants:Dejan Srhoj, Danae Theodoridou, Milica Ilic, Oliver Musovik, Slobodanka Stevcevska and Filip Jovanovski 

(Each participant is invited to present her/his work related to the subject of residences. It can be through experience or running the residence programme or being a part of the residences) 


19.00 joint dinner 

13 December

10.00 – 12.00 

Session 1: Politicality of the spaces and residencies. Belonging and sharing of art space and residency programmes (artists and guests – audience/citizens)

Reflection on the issue to whom the art spaces and residency programmes belong to, how they are programmed on one side, and used on the other?


12.00-13.30 working in 2 groups

Group 1: Art spaces

Questions: Interdependence of artists and communities? Reflection on the aspects asindependent and interdependence, how invisible relations are shaping the content in the spaces, what is the responsibility of the residents and invitees? 

Other issues that can be discussed are related to curatorial practices in art spaces, and how to be stable and flexible in same time; how to oppose the clientelistic capitalism through new common spaces? 

Group 2: Residencies 

Questions: how residences support artists’ creation, reflection, research, experimentation and interaction and crate a space liberated from the existential pressure? Working conditions given within the frame of residency programme – possibilities or restrictions in relation to time/space/expected outcomes? The process of programation – how artists are selected or invited – the relation between artists and host? What kind of knowledge is/can be produced and shared within the residency programme? What kind of residency do we need? – 1/Regional collaboration and 2/Residency programme in Kino Kultura.

13.30 – 15.00
Lunch in Kino Kultura 

15.00-16.00– continuation of the work in 2 groups 

16.00-17.00Session 2: sharing information and results for the working in 2 groups

Proposals for future 

19.00– joint dinner 

View the experience report of the participant Elena Risteska in the upper right column.


View the photo documentation here:

12.12.19 - 13.12.19

Skopje, Macedonia

supported/organized by Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia