DOMCHE, an object/sculpture/monument with clean and clear abstract forms, was cast in concrete, immersed in the middle, below, between the trees, in the community, close to the street, on the ground floor, almost invisible, but important. In Skopje, concrete was an expression of optimism, light, freedom of expression of the city of solidarity that had yet to be built. In 1926, the brick monument of Mies was demolished by the Nazis, today (1990s), the “monument” of Kiril Muratovski, DOMCHE, is occupied (privatized) by the “capitalists”. These are those historical analogies of nausea. The “text” in the form of twelve stories entitled DOMCHE (perhaps) the smallest brutalist building in the world, was written as part of the long-term artistic interdisciplinary project entitled THE CITY AS A STAGE – Lost modernist utopias. The project through the methodology of reading the object, using different approaches of research and involvement of the community and experts from different fields, using stage means, transforms the public space into a stage on which the problems of the community are “performed”. The stories are written through a research process, work meetings, workshops as well as the use of archives, libraries, video and audio interviews with users of the space, conversations, archival private videos and photos of citizens who were part of life in DOMCHE.”
Main organizer: FRU
Production: FRU/AKTO festival for contemporary arts www.akto-fru.org/en/
Center for Art and Urbanism (Berlin) www.zku-berlin.org/
Shadow Casters (Zagreb) www.bacaci-sjenki.hr/en/about/
Produced by: Faculty of Things That Can’t Be Learned
Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia; EU-funded project Islands of Kinship; Goethe-Institut Skopje; Heinrich Böll Foundation.