Institutions Need to Be Constructed
 (BADco., Zagreb)

A hybrid format of a film set, performance and temporary residence placed inside deserted factories or unfinished public buildings gathers artists, activists and advocates of new institutional cultural models, potential users, film extras and spectators for a one-day event structured as 8 hours of work, 8 hours of education and 8 hours of rest – a 24-hour camp with public performances, lectures, discussions and a shooting of a film.

The series of events “Institutions Need to Be Constructed” is initiated by the performance collective BADco. organizing in each city a temporary platform of artists and experts all actively engaged in leading, curating or reflecting the models of artistic organizations, collectives and institutions. The project has been launched in Bergen, Norway (June 2015) with a number of local artists and its second edition is happening in Rijeka on September 26 – 27, 2015.

The artists and lecturers invited to take part in the Rijeka program were Nataša Antulov, Slaven Tolj, Nebojša ZelićDinko Rupčić and musicians involved in the local electronic music label Transponder records.

Over the period of 24 hours and on the location of abandoned factories or unfinished cultural centers (in Rijeka and Zagreb, for example) BADco., together with a group of local artists, activist, film extras and spectators, came with intention to stage some problems of relation between artistic production, labor, spectating and resting. The situation and space were continuously transforming from a film set into a performance space, but also a social, cultural and discussion centre, camp, dormitory, etc.

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Artistic frame for the event was the theatrical and choreographic reconstruction which returns to the scene of the first film ever filmed – Workers Leaving The Lumiere Factory in Lyon: the factory gates. The first moving images show workers leaving their workplace. The movement of the workforce from the place of industrial work into the world of film marks the starting point for the problematic relationship between cinema and the portrayal of work. Workers Leaving The Lumiere Factory in Lyon was also the inspiration for BADco.’s theatre performance 1 poor and one 0.

The experimental film which will be made as a document of “Institutions Need to Be Constructed” event will thus recapitulate BADco’s 10 year-long research on parallel history of film, work and performance.

“We are interested in the problematics of infrastructure in the times of crises, organizational and management models of institutions, their responsibility and openness. Our objective is to analyze and critically reflect, from an artistic point of view, the disintegration of institutions faced with austerity measures, lack of their responsibility for the endangered cultural sector as well as transition of institutions from the field of production to the field of presentation. Our intention is to open a discussion about claims to and material connection with infrastructure, site-specific situations, new models for binding social and cultural activities, participatory decision-making process and potential space for the institutionalization of contemporary practices.

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The second day of Zoom Festival started at 10 am with the arrival of artists in the former “Rikard Benčić” factory where they started setting up the stage, scenography and theatre and film lightning. Filming of the workers leaving the factory followed at noon, after the movie projection and rehearsal. Music and lunch break followed after which participants could witness the mapping of space and presentation of a piece developed in the combination of MAX/MSP software and sound effects. At 4 pm, screening of various types of workspaces within the factory area itself were accompanied by live musical improvisation, followed by a lecture of philosopher Nebojša Zelić and “Blackmarket” exchange. The performance of Nataša Antulov was scheduled after dinner, at 8 pm. BADco. performed at 9 pm their 1 poor and one 0, while Slaven Tolj’s performance occurred at 11 pm. Before going to bed, temporary residents of the former factory complex, as well as their guests, could relax and listen to electronic dance rhythms by Rijeka’s Transponder crew.

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Co-produced by: Drugo more  and Kava-film production.
The event also included lectures and educational program in collaboration with the Upgrade! project organized in partnership with Alliance Operation CityWHW -What, How & for WhomCMS – Center for Peace StudiesAttack.



BADco. is a collaborative performance collective based in Zagreb, Croatia. The artistic core of the collective are Ivana Ivkoviæ, Ana Kreitmeyer, Tomislav Medak, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Nikolina Pristaš, Lovro Rumiha and Zrinka Užbinec.

As a combination of three choreographers / dancers, two dramaturgs and one philosopher, plus the company production manager, since its beginning in 2000 BADco. systematically focuses on the research of protocols of performing, presenting and observing by structuring its projects around diverse formal and perceptual relations and contexts. Reconfiguring established relations between performance and audience, challenging perspectival givens and architectonics of performance, problematizing of communicational structures – all of that makes BADco. an internationally significant artistic phenomenon and one of the most differentiated performance experiences.


Production: Drugo more

Partners: & Dirt: An Apparatus

Supported by: Nacionalna zaklada za razvoj civilnog društva, Zaklada Kultura nova, Ministarstvo kulture Republike Hrvatske, Grad Rijeka – Odjel za kulturu, Primorsko-goranska županija, Goethe-Institut Kroatien

Sponsored by: TOI TOI d.o.o.
Media coverage: H-Alter,, Moja Rijeka, Novi list
Technical support: Cyclorama d.o.o.

Program was realized within Balcan Can Contemporary platform.
Program was realized within Kamov Residency Programme.


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