Recounting Skopje

Audio guided tour, 1:07’, Skopje centre – Skopje, Macedonia / MKC Gallery – Skopje, Macedonia

 

The artistic-based PhD research is related to neoliberal symbolic urban reconstructions with focus on the government-funded makeover of the Macedonian capital, Skopje. Dubbed “Skopje 2014” the urban revamp involves erection of numerous government and cultural buildings (built in exclusively “neo-classical” style), over forty monuments of national heroes (i.e. the ancient hero Alexander the Great), various monumental objects (e.g. a Triumphal Arc) and other reconstructions of facades and bridges (done in “baroque” fashion). Embracing discourses of criticism and civic opposition the artistic research is concerned with the effects the urban renewal has on the public space in Skopje. Informed by subjective citizens’ stories and experiences of the urban as well as binaural sonic observations of the city, the research findings are reenacted in the form of an interactive sonic walk through the city. Guided through headphones, the audience is invited to take an intimate walk and by audio props to re-experience the urban environment performatively.

The project was financially supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. The audio tour was presented as part of the symposium ‘Curating Exchange. The Institutional As Public’ in collaboration with Press To Exit Project Space. And as part of the exhibition of nominees for the DENES YVAA (Young Visual Artist Award) in collaboration with CAC (Contemporary Arts Centre) Skopje and FRU (Faculty of Things that can’t be Learned).

http://www.presstoexit.org.mk
https://bit.ly/2LcUvhb
http://akto-fru.com/en/denes-award-exhibition-opening-and-ceremony-piblic-discussion/

 

STAGES OF ARTISTIC RESEARCH

 

MAP OF THE AUDIO GUIDED TOUR

 

TRAILER FOR THE AUDIO GUIDED TOUR 

 

THE AUDIO GUIDED TOUR (TRACKS)

INTRODUCTION TRACK

Introduction Track of the Audio Guided Tour

Introduction Track of the Audio Guided Tour (English subtitles)

 

TRACK ONE

Photo Documentation of the Audio Guided Tour in Skopje

  

Track ONE of the Audio Guided Tour

Track ONE of the Audio Guided Tour (with English subtitles)

 

TRACK TWO

  

Track TWO of the Audio Guided Tour

Track TWO of the Audio Guided Tour (with English subtitles)

 

TRACK THREE

  

Track THREE of the Audio Guided Tour

 

Track THREE of the Audio Guided Tour (with English subtitles)

 

TRACK FOUR

Photo Documentation of the Audio Guided Tour in Skopje

  

Track FOUR of the Audio Guided Tour

Track FOUR of the Audio Guided Tour (with English subtitles)

 

TRACK FIVE

  

Track FIVE of the Audio Guided Tour

Track FIVE of the Audio Guided Tour (with English subtitles)

 

Photo Documentation of the Audio Guided Tour in Skopje (©Press2Exit)
Flyer for the Symposium ‘Curating Exchanges’ (©Press2Exit)

 

  

 

DOWNLOAD LINKS

Download link for the audio walk (MK)

Download link for the audio walk (EN)

 

CREDITS

Interviews in Macedonian with Skopjean Citizens 

Field Recordings of Footsteps by Athanasios Lykartsis

Narrator’s Voice by Marija Kaeva

Studio Recordings of Narrator’s Voice by Athanasios Lykartsis

Postproduction of Sound by Athanasios Lykartsis

Graphic Design by Jasna Dimitrovska