Communication Games

 production supported by: DIYARTLAB project

I see this work as my personal contribution to reviving relations between Zagreb and Belgrade. The audio-video link between different locations and people is nothing new, but I am not aware of any efforts that have been made so far to initiate a public live streaming connection between the two cities. Generally speaking, nothing similar exists in Zagreb, so my idea is actually a suggestion for introducing similar practices that could make a transition from the artistic into the everyday, public telecommunication arena.

The title of the project is reminiscent of the title of the film War Games, suggesting a certain subtext to the very nature of reconstructing healthy relations between the two neighboring countries which, on the political level, are not friendly enough yet. Tension and lack of trust are factors that should be removed from relations between the two nations (both on the collective and the individual level) while the political perception of the concrete ‘other’ should be transformed into a humane one. Information on socio-political, cultural etc. situations are additional tools for potential users of the interface (interlocutors) in choosing the topic of a possible conversation. They also serve as a subconscious suggestion that we are all in a similar transitional ‘mess’ and that maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to try to find solutions to various problems together and avoid the mediation of politicians etc. Accidentally, this year is dedicated to Nikola Tesla so...


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