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b. 1972, Rijeka, Croatia; lives and works in Rijeka
Applause!, 2008 Video, 7 min.
Monument to the Memory of the Idea of the Internationale, 2010 Interactive sound installation
Nemanja Cvijanovic’s work addresses economic and political conflicts that have reached an impasse. With Applause!, he hires a group of unemployed and retired people to demonstrate together, providing everything they need: from banners bearing slogans condemning neoliberal policies to barriers that cordon off the demonstration area. With this work, Cvijanovic uses funds from the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the city of Rijeka and the Operation: City festival in 2008 to draw participants’ attention to their political obligation to demonstrate. The demonstrators gradually get swept up in the action, resulting in an absurdly dubious situation that contains elements of beauty as well as of sadness, hope and irony. In stark contrast to Applause!, the spectators of The Monument to the Memory of the Idea of the Internationale are given an insight into the historical meaning of the notions of mass action and solidarity. The sound installation is triggered by the spectator via a small music box, which then sets off a chain reaction throughout the exhibition, so that no one can escape the ever more powerfully sounding revolutionary anthem, La Internationale. With this sound piece, Cvijanovic pays tribute to that other, sadly unrealised Monument to the Third International, designed by Vladimir Tatlin. Sound builds up in a geometrical progression, paying homage to the cumulative logic of working class solidarity and the dream of the proletarian revolution encoded in the emotional propaganda values of L’Internationale. MM