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Mesto zgodb / City of Stories

open studio: conversations, videos, photography, drawings
V GLAVNEM, Glavni trg 4, Novo mesto
6. 9. 2021 - 21. 9. 2021

Artist: Ana Čigon
Interviewees: Klavdija Kotar, Jasna Šinkovec, Luka Blažič, Andreja Kopač, Marjan Lapajne, Mija Kramar, Borut Križ, Sonja Vlašič, Uroš Lubej, Bor Ravbar, Tjaša Pureber, Natalija Zanoški, Boštjan Pucelj, Marjan Kopač, Andrej Marijan, Mitja Simič
Event organizer: Ana Čigon and Andreja Kopač for the cultural and artistic space V Glavnem
Project co-financed by: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

Also check the exhibition Phoney Towns IV: City Response where a video was presented that was filmed in during the open studio.

What stories does Novo mesto give space to? What stories and connections have been woven in the hidden corners of the city in the past, and where will the new stories be written in the future?

Pdf of the Open studio: City of Stories

On Monday, September 6, 2021, a new space for culture and art opened to the public, a new space for socializing and reflection. A space for new stories in the center of Novo mesto. In this context we have organised several conversations with invited guests, renowned Novo mesto cultural figures, thinkers, architects, archeologists etc. With them we will explore the multifaceted meaning and importance of the "urban landscape": parks, city center and architecture for itsresidents.

Through photographs, drawings, recordings and conversations, the Open Studio: City of Stories will explore what makes a particular park or building pleasant and coasy, why we prefer to gather in a particular café, near a particualr monument or bench, ad which urban solutions trigger lively and social city life. What kind of space encourages our critical thinking and action? How certain points in the city become a magnet for socializing for events and for social activation and on the other hand what is it that erases such spaces?

During the Open studio by the artist Ana Čigon which she entitled City of Stories we especially invite visitors to co-create the City of Stories project, as we want to find out which places in Novo mesto are important, pleasant and full of memories for Novo mesto residents and what kind of spaces they want in the future. You are invited to reveal to us the city's present and past and co-create visions for the future.

The Open studio will be open, from Monday to Friday between 6 and 19 September, between 5 pm and 8 pm, and will host talks with residents of Novo mesto, which you can attend or come watch videos of the talks. At the same time the studio is also open to you! Come “hang out” and tell your vision, your memory, your story!

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Ana Čigon