Magacin u Kraljevica Marka is an independent, non-institutional cultural center using a model of open calendar in order to provide infrastructural support to many organizations working in field of contemporary art in Belgrade.
Description of the original use
The space (formerly storage space of the publishing giant Nolit) is managed by the city agency “Poslovni prostor” which is working with spaces owned by city of Belgrade.
Description of conditions for change of use
In Belgrade, as well as in other towns in Serbia, there is a large number of spaces (offices, houses, commercial spaces, etc.) owned and managed by municipalities or state government inherited from the time of socialistic development. Discretion power of officials to allocate and lease these spaces, coupled with nontransparent procedures, contributes to “rent-seeking” activities of municipal and state officials, resulting in leasing a large number of spaces for the price below market value in suspicious business deals. One of the efforts towards better and inclusive urban resources management is the example of Magacin in Kraljevica Marka. In the last year we have been advocating for the leasing of this space to the ICSS in order to create an open, participative resource center for all of the organization in need of space for cultural production, exhibiting and working. Proposed model is based on the ideas of openness and availability of space to large number of organizations and individuals, on sharing of workspace, working together and creating and stimulating environment for cultural production. Although the ICSS members are using Magacin space it is still without legal status and defined relation with Dom omladine (officially governing the space).
Description of the current use
During 2015 and 2016 we developed a concept and methodology of using the space of Magacin in Kraljevica Marka which could enable more organizations and individuals on independent scene to use the space and infrastructure. At the same time we were engaged in a intensive advocacy process lobbying for legal recognition of the space as a Center for independent culture. Last campaign was led during the summer and it resulted with withdrawal of Dom omladine stuff from Magacin premises but without any legal resolution. On the other hand, the implementation of the open calendar model for the past two years produced great results: around 1000 programs were organized and realized in Magacin during 2016. More than 60 organizations are sharing the space with more than 3 programs per day. All organizations which use space for longer term, have regular monthly meetings. Programming of events is usually DIY, or project-funded, from very different sources. Admission to all MKM events is free.
Relations with the local and national authorities are weak, unstable and non-systematic and national Ministry of culture, generally ignores the MKM. After two years of negotiations with Dom Omladine, going from phase in which they tried to evict us, to phase in which they allegedly fully understand us, we are again on a starting point of negotiations.
At this point it is unclear how development of MKM will be in future, because Belgrade Youth Centre (DOB) send letter to organizations that they must leave space until 10.12.2016, so that space can be returned to city of Belgrade.
In addition to the inability to relieve the framework of respecting the legal status of the space, a big problem is that MKM was totally ignored from the authorities and decision-makers, although in the past few years the model of functioning warehouse proved to be sustainable, and that the organizations involved independent resource managed to maintain a large number of programs, exhibitions, concerts, debates and other events.
The model proposed by the Association ICSS to the authorities leans on practice of using the Magacin so far. This means that its availability (accessibility) to all organizations, not just to members of the ICSS, will be realized formally through an open calendar ¬ an online tool in which all interested parties can write appointments and schedule of using the certain parts of the space. The space would be intended for contemporary artistic creative work (creativity) and the model is based on idea that users manage the space by their own. When it comes to program characteristic, this model does not include editorial board, neither curators, or some other, concrete designation, taking into account that program will depend on people and organizations that will sign up for its use. The space is used as a resource center where people work together sharing their resources, and it offers notable support to small productions that do not have their own space, but need this kind of help in their work.
|What||Independent cultural center|
|Timeline of current use||From June 2007.|
|Previous uses||Storage for publishing house|
|Where is it, address||Kraljevića Marka 4, 11000 Beograd|
|Size||More than 1200 m2 (basement, ground and second floor)|