Our Group Wourk. Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch, Cornelia Durka.

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Our Group Wourk, Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch, Cornelia Durka.

‘Work’, how does one spell it even? There is only one way to describe what we did during that time, which is ‘to make things ours’, to be upfront about the collectivity, about the conditions of our output. 

It was our group, and hence what we announced to be presented in the exhibition at SKC in 1979 on that poster became part of our wourk. If you wish to argue that there is no meaning to be ascribed to that lapsus, so be it. But I was there, I saw our group wourk.

“Our Group Wourk” is an attempt to NOT write a biography of Yugoslavian graphic designer Dragan Stojanovski. Stojanovski was the in-house graphic designer at SKC Belgrade (student cultural centre), a state-funded cultural institution established after the 1968 student uprisings to contain, pacify and institutionalize student culture as an “organized alternative”. At the same time, it was a place of avant-garde experimentation and new forms of political activism and self-organization. Dunja Blazevic, a director of the visual arts department at the SKC in the 1970s refers to Stojanovski as Yugoslavia’s first conceptual designer.

This publication was prompted by conversations and encounters with Sasa Stojanovski, Biljana Tomic, Sklavko Timotijevic, Ljubinka Gavran, Milica Tomic, Slobodan Jovanovic and Dunja Blazevic with Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch and Cornelia Durka in Belgrade in April 2013.

Published by Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.

If it wasn’t for the support of CuratorLab – Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, this publication would not have been possible.

Softcover, 80 pages.

Price: D €8

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