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As part of the series of The Soft Power Lectures by the Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT), organized in the context of the Actopolis program, of the Goethe Institut, Ana Dana Beros (Zagreb), Yelta Kom (Turkey), Mirjana Utvić (Belgrade ), Danijela Dugandzic Zivanovic (Sarajevo) will give a talk at Circuits and Currents.

Attempting to identify the practical and pragmatic aspects around narratives of the crisis and creative resistant cities, we invite partners from associate participating countries of the Actopolis program, to share a network of knowledge on how to manage the instrumentalization of symbolic artistic capital in the normalization of contemporary cities and the survival of workers in the art field. Each speaker will make a brief presentation focusing on tactics of professional survival and promotion mechanisms, networking and synergy.

Actopolis is a project of the Goethe Institute and Urbane Kunste Ruhr (artistic directors Angelika Fitz and Katjia Assman) is a call to action and to co-author the city across disciplines, national boundaries and cultural differences. The program aims to hone views on current urban questions as well as testing strategies for action. The leading idea is the passing on of experience and the joint development of artistic, urban and activist tools. Individual projects ideas are being exchanged even at the development stage, before they are implemented in local interventions in Athens, Belgrade, Buchurest, Ankara/Mardin, Oberhausen, Serajebo and Zagreb in 2016-7.

P.A.T is the abbreviation of the greek words Temporary Academy of Arts. Temporary Academy of Arts for professional and amateur education is a parainstitutional educational scheme. It is a mobile academy of arts and at the same time an art project of experimental education which offers higher art studies in areas where there is an interest for alternative, experimental and self-organised education of applied and fine arts. The Academy is working upon different antagonistic inter se educational, artistic and social models. The P.A.T team that has undertaken the Actopolis-Athnes project, is Elpida Karaba, Glykeria Stathopoulou, Panos Sklavenitis, Despina Zefkili, Sofia Dona and Constantinos Hadjinikolaou.

Ana Dana Beroš is a Croatian architect, exhibition designer, editor and curator. She graduated from the Zagreb Faculty of Architecture and has international professional experience.

Co-founder of the non-profit group ARCHIsquad, a division for architecture with conscience, and project coordinator of its educational programmes: “Out of Focus: Architecture of Giving” and “*urgentArchitecture”, open architecture advisory centres for citizens. Winner of Merit Award in the Shinkenchiku competition in Japan, awarded by Jun Aoki in 2009. One of the initiators and board members of the THINK SPACE programme of conceptual architectural competitions and co-curator of its exhibition “Competitive Hypothesis” at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York in 2013. Author of many exhibition designs; her latest collaboration with the artist Erik van der Weijde was on display at Camera Austria, Graz, in 2015. Editor of Croatian magazine ORIS (interviews with Pritzker laureates Kazuyo Sejima of SAANA, Edouardo Souto de Moura and Peter Zumthor). Ana Dana Beroš has been recognised as an early-career architect and selected as finalist for the Wheelwright Prize awarded by Harvard University’s GSD in 2014. Ana Dana Beroš received Special Mention for her curatorial-research project “Intermundia” at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition Fundamentals curated by Rem Koolhaas. Recently she started contributing as an author for Croatian Radio within the “Reality of Space” series of interviews on politics and poetics of space, with international architects, theorists and critics.

Danijela Dugandžić‘s work includes Vagina Monologues theatre plays (Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb), a documentary We are the majority, performance Bujrum Izvolite, the art project Transfor(M)art etc. As a member of the feminist curatorial group Red Min(e)d she curated the 54th October Salon in Belgrade in 2013. The group’s experimental project The Bring In Take Out Living Archive appeared in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Munich, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Stockholm, Zurich etc. In 2014 she curated an exhibition in the public space called “My house is your house too”. Danijela also teaches courses for a Women’s Studies programme, provides consultancy and gives lectures all over BIH.

With CRVENA she developed and produced numerous projects, exhibitions, public actions and interventions, artist talks and lectures dealing with contemporary art, feminism, violence against women and girls, women’s history and women’s engagement. In 2013, together with a team of four researchers, architects and activists she developed a comprehensive program Gradologija (Cityology) that deals with questions of urban governance, use and misuse of public space in the city, urban mobilisation and the possibilities for creation, maintenance and development of what is known as “urban commons”.

Yelta Köm was born in Istanbul in 1986 and is an architect, writer and curator based in Istanbul. He practises as a partner in KOTUstudio and is the co-founder of (Herkes Icin Mimarlik) Architecture For All. He studied architecture at Yildiz Technical University Istanbul, and also studied as an exchange student at Aristotle University Thessaloniki. He completed his post-graduate degree at Staedelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt. He is a graduate student at Mardin Artuklu University,  Department of Architecture.

Yelta Köm ‘s works focused on the theoretical discussion about architectural interventions in common spaces, geo-politics, architecture theory and contemporary urban problems related to communities. He is the coordinator and editor of the “#occupygezi architecture” project by Herkes Icin Mimarlik, which exhibited at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Salt Istanbul, V&A Museum London, Adhocracy in Athens and ngbk Berlin. He curated the “Caution! Slippery Ground” exhibition about architectural culture, which was held in Istanbul Modern Art Museum. He organizes workshops with various communities and is currently coordinating the project in Diyarbakir, Narlica village. In 2014, his article “Taksim Square: A Spatial Narrative of the Perpetual Reconquista” was published in Urbane Interventionen Istanbul by Merve Verlag. Recently he has been the guest editor of Betonart Magazine for the summer 2015, which focused on contemporary architectural problems.

Mirjana Utvić (1989) is a young architect who lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. Her projects aim to improve society and the environment through innovative design and practice, by creating spaces for encounters, exchange and experiment. At the beginning of 2011 she joined Goethe-Guerilla group (now City Guerilla) where has developed a series of interdisciplinary projects, workshops and actions by peer engagement. From 2012, she is active in participatory research projects within the School of Urban Practices in Belgrade (My piece of Savamala, C5, Urban Cooks). In 2014, she participated in a pilot residential program, Create in Residence in Sweden. Her work experience ranges from temporary architectural objects and spatial installations, to exhibition and furniture design (Urban Bundle, 1st Open Library, Try (angle)it, Different Perspective of the City, Knock on Wood, Spectrum, Regional Science clubs). Her projects were presented as a part of Belgrade Salon of Architecture in 2012 and 2014. Currently she is working as collaborator of the Centre for Promotion of Science in Belgrade.