Autonomous Cultural Factory in Zagreb


November, 1997
AUTONOMOUS CULTURAL FACTORY
AUTONOMNA TVORNICA KULTURE - ATTACK
ZAGREB

Background:

Some time now on civil/NGO scene in Zagreb there is great need forsome open social space, some 'temporary autonomous zone', where different initiatives and actions (exhibitions, performances) could take place, as well as serve as meeting place, club, cyber-cafe, or coffee-shop where people could meet, place to view video, read newspapers or fanzines, buy alternative press etc. Currently artistic scene in Zagreb is deeply rooted in social, culturaland political mainstream, all small islands of independent creationare without proper space as channel towards the public, so many initiatives and projects disappear without recognition and support.Result is that lot of young artists have left the county in order towash the dishes in Amsterdam or London. On the other side alternative political scene is also marginalised by the media, and without open social space is closing itself in offices and private circles. In order to establish real alternative artistic,social, and political culture we need our own specific and recognisable space.

Aims:

Initiative has started around political pop mega.zin Arkzin (as part of our 'Towards 2000. development plan') and ZAP (Zagreb Anarchist Movement) to create Autonomous Cultural Factory -ATTACK, as a club/production/ gallery/meeting place, where 'veterans' of civil scene could informally, in friendly discussion exchange informations, develop ideas, as well as pass their knowledge and informations to others, especially youth. It would be place for exhibitions, performances, lectures and various workshops, where guests from different ex-Yu and European countries and organisations present their work in various fields - be it arts, theory, or civil movements. Cultural politics would be oriented towards multicultural and trans- national exchange. Important part of ATTACKs identity and politics would be productive work, development of creative environment where new ideas and collaborations could arise, place that would not only present new art, ideas, movements and theories but also create them.

Planned activities:

- club
- gallery / exibitions / instalations
- lectures / round tables / promotions
- workshops (nonviolence, women's, ecology, creativity...)
- video (in collaboration with ELECTRA, women's art center)
- cybercafe (organised in collaboration with ZaMir team)
- info-shop (books, magazines, fanzines, CD, tapes...)
- visiting lecturers / artists

Financing:

- individual membership
- group / NGO membership
- foundations
- support from TEH network (26 european alternative culturalcentres)
- cybercafe
- infoshop
- entrance for some programs

Contact persons:
Vesna JANKOVIC
Marko STRPIC

Adress:
ARKZIN [4 ATTACK]
Republike Austrije 17/I
HR-10000 Zagreb
tel: +385 1 / 37 77 866
fax: +385 1 / 37 77 867
e-mail: arkzin_zg@zamir-zg.ztn.zpc.org
e-mail: attack@zamir-zg.ztn.zpc.org
http://www.arkzin.com