HR-Stamenov, Water - Suppositions and Urbanism

HR-Stamenov, Water - Suppositions and Urbanism
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Centre for Contemporary Arts, Celje, Curated by Maja Hodošček In creating the project, Water, Suppositions and Urbanism, HR-Stamenovt focused on the urban plan of the city of Celje. He pinpointed his research on the analysis of those problematic urban solutions that reveal the irresponsible behaviour towards the natural environment, the depletion of natural resources and construction of buildings that are not in harmony with nature. Even though the project stems from the local context, it discusses global trends, which all too often make the construction and design of public spaces subject to the profitable mindset. Lowering costs and creating financial profit can be seen in the construction or renovation of urban spaces in the form of rapid and ongoing improvement works, undertaken by an ignorant approach to the issues of environmental protection, health and safety, functionality of solutions and their aesthetic placement in public spaces. The artist designates the irresponsible urban solutions as independent monuments that reflect the political, economic and social appearance of the space in which they are located. Where does the current state of the system – oriented to the unconditional achievement of progress and accumulation of capital, also in the decisions that have a significant impact on our environment and quality of life – lead? One possible way to answer the question is offered by HR-Stamenov with his multichannel video installation Water, Suppositions and Urbanism installed in Likovni salon Gallery. CELEIA — Center for Contemporary Arts 2012