ARKzin Zagreb (ARKZIN_ZG@zamir-zg.ztn.apc.org)
Fri, 31 Oct 1997 16:00:00 +0200

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## Forwarded message of 31 Oct 97 ## Origin : MARKO.VUKOVIC@PZ-MARKO.ztn.apc.org ## Creator : ARKZIN_ZG@ZAMIR-ZG.ZTN.APC.ORG


Background: Some time now on civil/NGO scene in Zagreb there is great need forsome open social space, some 'temporary autonomous zone', where different initiatives and actions (exhibitions, performances) could take place, as well as serve as meeting place, club, cyber-cafe, or coffee-shop where people could meet, place to view video, read newspapers or fanzines, buy alternative press etc. Currently artistic scene in Zagreb is deeply rooted in social, culturaland political mainstream, all small islands of independent creationare without proper space as channel towards the public, so many initiatives and projects disappear without recognition and support.Result is that lot of young artists have left the county in order towash the dishes in Amsterdam or London. On the other side alternative political scene is also marginalised by the media, and without open social space is closing itself in offices and private circles. In order to establish real alternative artistic,social, and political culture we need our own specific and recognisable space.

Aims: Initiative has started around political pop mega.zin Arkzin (as part of our 'Towards 2000. development plan') and ZAP (Zagreb Anarchist Movement) to create Autonomous Cultural Factory -ATTACK, as a club/production/ gallery/meeting place, where 'veterans' of civil scene could informally, in friendly discussion exchange informations, develop ideas, as well as pass their knowledge and informations to others, especially youth. It would be place for exhibitions, performances, lectures and various workshops, where guests from different ex-Yu and European countries and organisations present their work in various fields - be it arts, theory, or civil movements. Cultural politics would be oriented towards multicultural and trans- national exchange. Important part of ATTACKs identity and politics would be productive work, development of creative environment where new ideas and collaborations could arise, place that would not only present new art, ideas, movements and theories but also create them.

Actions: Several initiative mettings are held, action group organised and plans for future action made. On their annual meeting we have presented our project to the Trans Europe Halles network because of the support we will very much need in establishment of Autonomous Cultural Factory, Zagreb, as well as collaboration and exchange of programmes in the future. Besides discussions and proposals to several donors, we have passed idea among civil groups and NGOs mostly around AntiWar Campaign, to make agreement that every of organisations will inform of collective membership monthly contribute some smaller amount (50-100 DM) and in that way collect initial budget for therent of the space. There are 12 civic groups so far, which signed the contract and payed for the group memebership. We have printed 5.000 posters (city authorities already sent us bill for unauthorised postering) and 20.000 flyers. Memebership cards are in preparation, as well as 100 T-shirts. Around 1600 letters were sent to the individual adreses of various artists, public persons and organisations with invitation to join the club, donate some of their works, or in any other way contibute to the establishment of ATTACK. For four days information desk was held on Cvjetni trg, one of the main city squares, and individual memberships are collected (20kn=5 DM monthly). There are 253 individual members so far. On 25th October we have organised flee market in order to collect additional funds, individual memberships but also to start promotion campaign for ATTACK. Financial result: around 2.000 DM is collected. Public attention: the event was coverd by 2 TV crews and 3 newspaper journalists. Also several interventions in public spaces are planned to turn attention of the public towards our project. Automatic e-mail mailing list is made on ZaMir BBS network so all messages sent to the /attack@zamir-zg.ztn.apc.org/ adress are passed to all members of the list. Currently we are checking various available spaces in Zagreb, in order to rent one by November 15th and start actual work of ATTACK in its own space.

Planned activities: - club - gallery / exibitions / instalations - lectures / round tables / promotions - workshops (nonviolence, women's, ecology, creativity...) - video (in collaboration with ELECTRA, women's art center) - cybercafe (organised in collaboration with ZaMir team) - info-shop (books, magazines, fanzines, CD, tapes...) - visiting lecturers / artists

Financing: - individual membership - group / NGO membership - foundations - support from TEH network (26 european alternative culturalcentres) - cybercafe - infoshop - entrance for some programs

Equipment needs: - computers with modems for Internet - video equipment for screening and video production center - audio equipment (CD player, cassette recorder, amplyfier,loudspeakers, microphone) - furniture and kitchen/bar equipment (refrigerator, coffe machine,vacuum cleaner, glasses, cups) - office equipment (telephone, fax machine, photocopier, onecomputer with modem, printer)

Initial costs: legal registration--> 1.500 DM three telephone lines--> 3.000 DM rent--> 3000 DM

Contact persons Vesna JANKOVIC Marko STRPIC

Adress ARKZIN [4 ATTACK] Republike Austrije 17/I HR-10000 Zagreb tel: +385 1 / 37 77 866 fax: +385 1 / 37 77 867 e-mail: arkzin_zg@zamir-zg.ztn.zpc.org e-mail: attack@zamir-zg.ztn.zpc.org http://www.arkzin.com

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