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

Hidden Belgrade (48): Belgrade’s Co-Cathedral

From the medieval days and the Great Schism, Belgrade had a sizeable Catholic population, and was for a long periods of time, part of the Catholic kingdom of Hungary and for two decades in 18th century of the Habsburg Empire. Zemun, of course, due to its longer time spend under the Habsburgs has an even longer association with the Catholic faith, and still has a … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (48): Belgrade’s Co-Cathedral

Pokretači #77 Ana Novaković – Yoga na Donjem Gradu / Beograd

Posle Food and Culture Tour-a (o kome je pričala u prvoj epizodi Pokretača) i avanture biciklom do Manhajma, Ana je pokrenula sjajnu školu joge i pranajame (vežbe disanja): Yoga na Donjem Gradu. Pričali smo o njenom putu do ovih zanimljivih tehnika, o njenih deset dana meditacije u tišini, kao i korišćenju joge i pranajame da što bolje prebrodimo ove čudne dane. Beleške Marija Krsmanović (sređivanje … Continue reading Pokretači #77 Ana Novaković – Yoga na Donjem Gradu / Beograd

Semana Santa, Granada 2014

Ever since I first visited Granda in 1998, that city had a special place in my memory, alongside Rome (and later: Naples, Rio and Delhi), as a truly a magical place (to use the most rote description possible). In my memory, at least, even the worst moments I spent in those places (and also Rio and Delhi) are likely to be better than the best … Continue reading Semana Santa, Granada 2014

Hidden Belgrade (47): Belgrade’s First Modern Hospital

Opened on 1 May 1868 on the property of the famous benefactor Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac, Belgrade’s first modern hospital was situated right in the middle of a somewhat unsavoury Palilula district by the Vidin road. It was one of the many projects by the reformist Prince Mihailo Obrenović in his bid to remake Belgrade and Serbia as a (central) European country, rather than an Ottoman … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (47): Belgrade’s First Modern Hospital

Pokretači #76 Dekadenca / Beograd

Velika dama Beogradske drag-scene Dekadenca o lokalnoj sceni, Teriju Pračetu i kako možete da učinite samoizloaciju zabavnijom. Fotografije: Tamara Antonović Beleške Dekadencin Facebook, Twitter i Twitch Wyrd Sisters Efemerne Konfesije Teri Pračet Pratite Pokretače i na iTunesu, TuneIn, Stitcheru i YouTubeu,a i slušajte nove epizode na Radioaparatu svakog ponedeljka od 16h.   Za Pokretače i slične sadržaje, lajkujte The Nutshell Times na Facebooku! Postanite mecena Pokretača i The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona. Continue reading Pokretači #76 Dekadenca / Beograd

Why so dense?

The current pandemic, as insane as it is, highlighted problems of dense, large cities, where sharing tight public spaces is the only way of survival. From public transport carriages to lifts in high rises, we cannot escape density and the risks it brings. On top of that, the race to density, in making housing and facilities ever tighter, and more cost-efficient for their owners has … Continue reading Why so dense?

Pokretači #75 Vladana Putnik Prica o Beogradskom nasleđu – Distrikt 6 / Beograd

Gošća je dr Vladana Putnik Prica, istoričarka umetnosti i pokretačica udurženja građana Distrikt 6 koje se trudi da popularizuje arhitektonsko nasleđe Beograda.Sa Vladanom sam pričao o izazovima u pokretanju takvog jednog projekta, ali i o zanimljivim crticama iz arhitektonskog razvoja Beograda, od Korunovićeve Pošte do nikada izgrađene monumentalne Katerdale, kao i o načinima da zaštitimo ono što imamo. Beleške Vladanino istraživanje o Sokolskim domovima DOCOMOMO … Continue reading Pokretači #75 Vladana Putnik Prica o Beogradskom nasleđu – Distrikt 6 / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (46): Within a Budding Grove

What is currently Belgrade’ Botanical garden was foundedin 1890 on what used to be outskirts of the city, on the estate of Jevrem Obrenović, (the grandfather of then King Milan Obrenović and the youngest brother of Prince Miloš Obrenović) after whom it is still called “Jevremovac”. This, however, wasn’t the first nor the intended place for the botanical garden in Belgrade. The first iteration of … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (46): Within a Budding Grove

Pokretači #74 Aleksandar Nikolić – Zdravac / Beograd

Sa Aleksandrom Nikolićem iz Zdravca, o tome kako biti dobar trgovac (u svakom smislu te reči), nestanku domaćeg pasulja, zero-waste pakovanju, kao i durgim načinima kako prodavnice mogu da čuvaju okolinu ali i zajednicu. Beleške Duža verzija razgovora za Aleksandrom u kojoj pričamo više o ishrani (dostupna samo za mecene sa Patreona) Pratite Pokretače i na iTunesu, TuneIn, Stitcheru i YouTubeu,a i slušajte nove epizode na Radioaparatu svakog ponedeljka od 16h.   Za … Continue reading Pokretači #74 Aleksandar Nikolić – Zdravac / Beograd

20:20 / 2020

Tonight, when I looked at my phone and it was twenty past eight in the evening. It was a crisp, March evening and the wind cleared the sky, so even in central Belgrade you could see the stars, glistening at night. It was eerily quiet, except for the occasional howling of the wind, which blew in the streets emptied of people quarantining in their homes. … Continue reading 20:20 / 2020