Domino Dance, 2009

duration of audio recording: 07′

Two months of life among the residents of the retirement home Peppie Close in Hackney was the first outreach venture of the organisation Space Gallery into the communal and public space of London. The community of retirees, in this case exclusively black immigrants from the West Indies, preserved the experiences of the first post-war wave of immigrants and finally obtained their own co-tenant/archivists. The conversations, transformed into illustrated couplets, became a part of the interior of the home of the retirees, and a trace of the presence of a generation which put its dreams into the building of a new world.

ŠKART group, founded in 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia, is functioning as an on-going productive conflict of poetry, architecture, graphic design, mixed media and social activism. After the first 10 years of street actions (Your shit = Your responsibility, Survival Coupons, Nothing for Beginning, etc.), the group launched a long-term process of initiating and developing new collectives and networks, such as:

  • choirs (open for all – singing their own songs at public rehearsals: Horkeškart, Proba, Deca sa meseca)
  • embroidery groups (reusing handcrafting for new social/political artworks; female and male group)
  • poetry festivals (public training for newcomers and oldsiders: Pesničenje)
  • kids’ poetry &music shows
  • schools’ poetry class-attacks-performances, workshops and shows

ŠKART has performed, workshopped, exhibited and lectured worldwide (Europe, America, Asia).