SHARED CITIES IDEAS YARD: Spaces of productivity
How to create “spaces of productivity”, places where people can meet and that provide room for curiosity, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration? What kind of role do urbanism and activism play in their creation? The Serbian organizations BINA and Škograd together with the Czech cultural center Kasárna Karlín will present examples from Belgrade and Prague.
Natalija Jovanović (BINA, Belgrade)
Natalija Jovanović studied at the Faculty of Applied Arts, Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, as well as at the Faculty of Arts and Design, where she gained a masters degree in interior design. As a designer at Studio Pilastro, she carried out over 80 interior design projects in Serbia and abroad. She participated in BINA 2016 and 2017 as an author of workshops, and in 2018 and 2019 as a member of the program team. She is currently working as an assistant on the EU project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. Mrs. Jovanović is a member of ULUPUDS, and has been awarded for interior design projects in Serbia and internationally.
Predrag Milić (Škograd, Belgrade)
Predrag Milić (1988) is a trained architect and urban researcher working between urban development and critical pedagogy, and particularly the oppressed, silenced, and the poor people of Belgrade's urban periphery. Predrag is a member of Škograd and Who Builds the City collectives from Belgrade. He is currently positioned as a PhD researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at the TU Vienna. The aim of his participatory action research is to search for ways and make space for living together on the basis of difference.
Matej Velek (Kasárna Karlín, Prague)
Matěj Velek (1981) was born in Prague. After graduating from university (Charles University in Prague, Newcastle University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), he has worked as a sports instructor, lecturer, production manager, referent of the press department, advisor to Minister of Education Ondřej Liška and later on established his own production and manufacturing workspace (carpentry and restoration work). In 2013 he and his colleague Diana Vávrová founded the cultural center Nákladové nádraží Źižkov. In 2014 together with other gardeners he founded the community garden Smetanka. In 2016 Matej cooperated in founding of the Tovarna shared space and in 2017, together with his team, opened Kasárna Karlín to the public. He is married and has a daughter and a son.
Zuzana Štefková (1977) has earned a Ph.D. in Art History at the Charles University, Prague with her dissertation on Gender Aspects of Embodiment in Czech Contemporary Art. She is an assistant professor at the Charles University and teaches courses at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design. She works as a freelance curator and art critic publishing articles in Czech and European art magazines. She co-founded c2c circle of curators and critics.