Yugohotel: Omorika, Tara

Built in 1978. based on the design of Miroslav Krstonošić, a Ljubljana-educated architect from Novi Sad, Omorika is named after an autochthonous spruce which grows on the slopes of Tara. Its tent-shaped design was awarded Borba prize for architecture, and its interior still looks very much in vein of other Yugohotels. Thanks to the fact that it still owned by the Serbian Military (although accessible … Continue reading Yugohotel: Omorika, Tara

#85 Miloš Vojinović o istoriji ideja i idejama istorije / Beograd, Berlin

Miloš Vojinović je doktorand na Humbolt univerzitetu u Berlinu i autor knjige “Političke ideje Mlade Bosne”. Razgovarali smo o istoriji: kako je baviti se njome ali i o tome da li ima smisla pričati o njenom kraju, početku, cilju… Continue reading #85 Miloš Vojinović o istoriji ideja i idejama istorije / Beograd, Berlin

An African-American Star in 1920s Yugoslavia

In April 1929, Josephine Baker was the first African-American star to visit Belgrade, while she was on her tour around Central Europe on the Orient Express. The visit came during her peak popularity in Paris, just before she made her hit „J’ai deux Amours”, and while she was still shunned in her native US, despite entrancing everyone with her dance and skimpy exotic outfits. She … Continue reading An African-American Star in 1920s Yugoslavia

Hidden Belgrade (54): A death and a riot which changed Belgrade’s history

Back in 1862, Zerek, was a warren of streets and gardens in still very much Ottoman Belgrade. Hugging the fortress which still held an Ottoman garrison lorded over an Ottoman Pasha, it was the home of the remnants of the Muslim Ottoman population, nestled within the crumbling city walls above one of the main cross roads at Dorćol and the Jewish quarter of Jalija and … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (54): A death and a riot which changed Belgrade’s history

Hidden Belgrade (53): Belgrade’s Most Storied Church

Church of the Ascension (Vaznesenjska crkva) lacks the glitz of Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel (Saborna crkva), the grandeur of St. Mark’s and St. Sava’s, or romance of Ružica and Topčider church, but there are few churches, in the city who witnessed as many dramatic and glorious events in the city’s history. That was maybe its fate from the beginning given that it … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (53): Belgrade’s Most Storied Church

Pokretači #84 Andrej Josifovski Pijanista o uličnoj umetnosti / Beograd

Andrej Josifovski, aka Pijanista, je jedan od najkreativnijih domaćih uličnih umetnika, koji je pre par dana uzbudio javnost svojim novim radom, privremenom instalacijom raspetog Hrista na stubu sa kamerama za nadzor. Pričali smo o smislu ulične umetnosti u vremenu kada se ona sve više komodifikuje, o njegovim pokušajima da od Bežanijske kose napravi muzej na otvorenom kao, i „grass-roots“ inicijativama za unapređivanje krajeva po Beogradu. … Continue reading Pokretači #84 Andrej Josifovski Pijanista o uličnoj umetnosti / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (52): Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Belgrade Zoo

Belgrade Zoo was opened in July 1936, by its modernising mayor and wealthy industrialist Vladmiri Ilić, who donated the animals. Nestled in Belgrade fortress, it brought a whiff of exoticism to the city and attracted its elite, as well as the Royal Family, then officially headed by teenage King Peter II. It was part of the grand plans of beautification of Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (52): Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Belgrade Zoo

Pokretači #83 Tomislav Ivanović (Vinopedia.rs) o domaćem vinarstvu nekada i sada / Beograd

Gost je Tomislav Ivanović, jedan od najvećih poznavalaca domaćih vina i istorije domaćeg vinarstva. Tomislavov blog Vinopedia.rs je osvojio Millesima Blog Award 2016 za najbolji evropski blog o vinu i gastronomiji, dok je njegov projekat “Svetski Dan Prokupca”, koji se obeležava 14. oktobra svake godine privukao pažnju što domaćih poznavalaca i proizvođača, što svetskih vinskih ekeprata kao što je Jancis Robinson.  Pričali smo o tajni … Continue reading Pokretači #83 Tomislav Ivanović (Vinopedia.rs) o domaćem vinarstvu nekada i sada / Beograd

The Green and Pleasant Land

On May 12, 2016 I left the UK to return to Serbia. I spent amazing time in the UK studying, working and getting to know this lovely country and its great people, taking the time to do thinks like hiking around the dramatic coast of Cornwall, roadtripping around the Cotswalds and checking out its elegant gothic village churches (and a pub or two). Anyhow, here … Continue reading The Green and Pleasant Land

Pokretači #82 Dušan Sekulić Sejkul o vizionarskom dizajnu i arhitekturi / Ljubljana

Dušan Sekulić – Sejkul je prošle godine dobio Slovensku Nagradu za Oblikovanje (tj. dizajn) u kategoriji “Perspektivni” za projekat Ljubljanskog Transport Hub-a koji bi doveo laku avijaciju u srce Ljubljane. Njegovi vizionarski projekti uključuju vrlo i elegantan vizir (kao stvoren za trenutnu situaciju), kao i prilično kontroverzni projekat stana u bilbordu. Pored ovakvih konceptualnih ideja, Dušan se bavi i dizajnom svetlosti, scenografijom kao i standardnim … Continue reading Pokretači #82 Dušan Sekulić Sejkul o vizionarskom dizajnu i arhitekturi / Ljubljana

Hidden Belgrade (51): Forgotten Summer Stages

Given that Belgrade is blessed by nice weather from April to November, it is no wonder that entrepreneurs and city planners of yore wanted to capitalise on this by building open-air cinema and theatre stages as attractions. Unfortunately, due to the lack of creativity and funds, most of them are now derelict or otherwise out of bounds for the crowds, although every once in a … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (51): Forgotten Summer Stages

Warrior Posing

Ever since the debates about current or imminent “fascism” and “antifascism” (or Antifascism™)  became popular again, I came to think about my grandad, who as a committed communist before WWII and then a partisan during it would probably have more to say than those engaging in these debates now. He was a bit of an oddity as a bourgeois lawyer/communist in Nikšić, a town in … Continue reading Warrior Posing

Hidden Belgrade (50): Chinese connection

Tucked away in New Belgrade’s Blok 70, “Chinese” shopping centre is not only a vibrant is probably the city’s most cosmopolitan spot, with Chinese and Roma merchants selling everything from orthodox icons to tofu in colourful shops. Within its slightly mucky walls, you can also buy all sorts of far eastern foodstuffs and also eat cheap, but surprisingly tasty Chinese food. Ever since first Chinese … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (50): Chinese connection

Pokretači #81 Stefan Đukić o alternativnim medijima / Bar

Stefan Đukić je jedan od najinteresantnijih medijskih glasova iz Crne Gore, koji se bavi pisanjem kolumni, putopisa, a od skora i podkastingom. Sa svojim prijateljima, Stefan je pokrenuo Sve po Spisku tokom pandemije, tako da smo pričali o njegovim iskustvima u pravljenju podkasta, kao i alternativnoj medijskoj sceni u Crnoj Gori i “regionu”. Beleške Stefanov sajt i tviter Sve po Spisku na FB-u i na … Continue reading Pokretači #81 Stefan Đukić o alternativnim medijima / Bar

VIS Idoli and Subversion in the 1980s SFRY

Opinion on Yugoslav pop music among Serbia’s intellectual elite oscillates between breathless adoration (in 1990s, when it was a sign of being “educated” against the onslaught of the ovelry maligned folk and turbofolk) to disgust (currently liking EKV, let alone Bijelo Dugme,  is considered a sure sign of pseudointellectualism and/or smarm) and back to ironic appreciation (Zdravko Čolić and Bajaga). As Yugopop was the soundtrack … Continue reading VIS Idoli and Subversion in the 1980s SFRY

Celebrating Workers in Belgrade’s Public Art

As Serbia and Yugoslavia moved towards a more industrial economy in 1930s and 40s the industrial workers, who had a rough time during the capitalist monarchy in Yugoslavia, started being celebrated in its arts. Although celebration of the life workers was most famously depicted by artists with socialist sensibilities such as Đorđe Andrejević Kun, whose album of prints Bloody Gold, depicted rapacious capitalism, idealised workers … Continue reading Celebrating Workers in Belgrade’s Public Art

Pokretači #80 Ivan Skadrić o sekvenciranju SARS-CoV-2 u Srbiji / Beograd, Kraljevo

Ivan Skadrić koji je sa Dr Dejanom Vidanovićem iz Veterinarskog specijalističkog instituta Kraljevo prvi sekvencirao SARS-CoV-2 u Srbiji. Ivan je inače molekularni biolog iz DNK laboratorije Instituta za sudsku medicinu, Medicinskog fakulteta u Beogradu. Pričali smo o tome šta njihovi rezultati znače za borbu protiv pandemije, kao i o ključnoj ulozi entuzijazma i osećaja odgovornosti prema zajednici u nauci. Još smo pričali o tome šta … Continue reading Pokretači #80 Ivan Skadrić o sekvenciranju SARS-CoV-2 u Srbiji / Beograd, Kraljevo

Pokretači #79 Andrea Dramićanin o savremenoj umetnosti / Beograd

Razgovarali smo o umetnosti pre, tokom i posle pandemije, značaju zanatstva u umetnosti ali i Andreinom vremenu provedenom u Parizu kao stipendistkinje francuske Vlade na prestižnom Beaux-Arts-u. Beleške Ksenija Marinković i X Vitamin Paper positions Berlin Maja Đorđević Eugster Galerija Ako vas interesuje umetnost poslušajte moj razgovore sa Igorom Simićem, Nemanjom Kneževićem, Dejanom Vučetićem (o Olgi Jevrić) i Anom Russel Omaljev iz Balkan Contemporary Art … Continue reading Pokretači #79 Andrea Dramićanin o savremenoj umetnosti / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (49): Along Belgrade’s Central Rail Line

In the past few years, it was becoming increasingly difficult to find quiet places to walk and chill in central Belgrade, places where you could feel completely outside of the city and see nobody. One of my favourites was (and still is) the path along the abandoned railway which goes from Dunav Stanica all the way to Belgrade’s former central railway station. Ever since the … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (49): Along Belgrade’s Central Rail Line

Pokretači #78 Nemanja Knežević o fotografiji i planinarenju / Beograd

Sa Nemanjom Kneževićem, jednim od najboljih domaćih fotografa mlađe generacije, o njegovom profesionalnom razvoju, o kolektivu Belgrade Raw kao i o tome zašto treba iskoristiti karantin za čitanje tekstova o teoriji fotografije. Dotakli smo se i druge Nemanjine pasije, planinarenja, tako da smo i maštali o mestima koje ćemo posetiti kada se ovo završi. Beleške Nemanjin prelepi novi sajt Nemanjine fotke u Before Afteru Nemanjin … Continue reading Pokretači #78 Nemanja Knežević o fotografiji i planinarenju / Beograd