Samogar Art Gallery

samogar art gallery @ sangria night c/o lithuanian mad hatters 2002
samogar art gallery @ sangria night c/o lithuanian mad hatters 2002

EASA 2002 ::network workshop:: 500 young architecture students occupied Samogar’s derelict army barracks on the beautiful island of Vis, Croatia. Don Foresta tutored the ::network workshop:: One of the tangents the group went off on was to transform a derelict building into a temporary art gallery. Different events and experiences happened here during what was a really magical time.

(Don was part of the MARCEL network)

This is what the derelict army barracks / new art gallery looked like:

Here are traces of memories about something beautiful, from “playing with phi” on the edge of europe:

bilge, December 13, 2003 2:02:59 AM CET

…”playing with phi” the phrase is now connected in my mind with samogor art gallery with an image with you in front of the wall with phi spiral half way drawn, I think it was a photo we took the day I was passing by, quite carved in my mind, you were up at the roof painting the image to the wall. And the work was still looking quite impossible at that moment, since the building was in very bad condition, but there was belief. realising the impossible.. and by the art gallery did open and was so nice…
with it I remember a lot of nice things happening there…

and one more thing I just remembered.. about land art.. well I mention it partly becouse I don’t know what happened with it afterwards.. One afternoon,evening, as we were trying to go to the sea it started to rain on the way and how many we were, we laid down in the middle of the road letting the rain wet it all around us, drawing the outlines and our human shapes on the road in dry spaces. well do you remember duncan?:) and we had no camera so we waited laying there under the rain for someone with a camera to pass, even preserved our art against the angry driver who passed over it. Lorenzo with the motorbike, passing by went to the camp to get a camera but before him was David who took the photo of our art before it completely disappeared.. did you see the photos?
well what happened to david anyway, I think we still don’t know.. hmm.. well I’m worried I think, a little..

I’m jumping off from topic to topic.. perhaps I’ll stop..

hmm just before stopping, duncan, maybe it’s lost within the other posts so I’ll tell here too; we (lucy, me) couldn’t send you the notes of from incm, delivery failure. how can we send them?


reply to this comment…

rimbaud, December 13, 2003 7:34:25 PM CET

it was a pleasure to have part in finishing that wall painting and discussing sense or non/sense of phi … as bilge said – that’s carved into my mine.

@dunk and bilge
feeling the warm soil beneath us and the rain falling down on us was definitely great! ephemeral little piece of “art” to have the people passing by stoping for a moment, wondering, asking and even that car stoping to let us do that. any trace of the david and the picture he took? í’d really love to have a trace of that …



image from marko’s archive here


building a new road to the gallery, image here


Art Gallery – enter at your own risk! photo here


inside the gallery, photo here


explaining PHI, photo here


film screening in the art gallery, image here


nightime activities, image here


performance art, about to begin, image here


preparing the space, image here


colour, image here


Don Foresta of the MARCEL network, image from Jelk Kruk here

posted by duncan on September 1, 2002


NETWORK MAP, arrival to VIS, image here

we came to vis from all over the world
we communicated, learned, laughed, lived, loved
we have left for the time being
connections were made and the NETWORK is growing

vis was the centre point, the nucleus for our actions

samogor was the centre point of vis

the samogor art gallery was created as a place to discuss, view, communicate, share ideas and all the rest
it and its surrounding land was the centre point while we lived in samogor

we turned a derelict unused building into that gallery and hopefully it will continue to grow, being used by the locals

we are constructing the “samogor art gallery” website and soon we hope to be having events and installations up and running again

above is the NETWORK map, which shows how we all came to vis.


duncan, September 1, 2002 7:55:21 PM CEST
frau gaudi and her one night show


above is frau gaudi, johanna from austria at play

she spent the day getting painted on by different people

at night we had “sound and vision” installations in the gallery.
frau gaudi went into the “pilgrims room”, which had a wide circular clearing in the rubble.
2 cans of paint had been placed to mark each of the compass points.
dance music was put on and she went dancing around with poys, balls on the end of string. she dipped into the paint and covered the walls with many colors.

by the end it was like a 3dimensional jackson pollock painting

the end result is one thing but the process was the important thing

she enjoyed herself
we loved watching her
we all had fun
it was a spectacle
it was an event

it is now talked about
“did you see her doing it, she was class. now thats real art”

duncan, September 1, 2002 8:30:03 PM CEST
“let them play with technology”


“let them play with technology”

is part of the answer to the logistics problem of “how do you educate 500 people”

playing with systems, exploring, experimenting, putting things together, learning from mistakes.

things grow and grow

we in the “network workshop” in EASA 2002 were asked
2 questions. we pondered these, discussed, tested and are still learning about and will continue to do so

-what was the first act of art
-what is your personal mythology, ie how do you see the world

i have tried to communicate a little how i am answering these questions at present

i encourage others to explore and communicate, discuss, criticize if need be.

healthy living systems need diversity of ideas and actions

get involved.

whats the point of it all?

to feel fully ALIVE

how do you do this?

work > FUSPEY

the revolution is on, here and now
the revolution is on, here and now

2= the revolution is on, here and now- film 1min 30 seconds
brief summary of FUSPEY idea recent changes in technology and worldview that has resulted in the paradigm shift we are now going through in world history; The next renaissance or even more than that, another major REVOLUTION in perception and action. We are now living in the NETWORK AGE.

Outside SAMOGAR ART GALLERY, vis, croatia

easa 02- croatia
easa 02- croatia

EASA 2002- croatia “senses”
500 pasionate young architectural students take over, live in, work from derelict army barracks on beautiful island Vis, in adriatic.
live, laugh, love, construct, discover, swim, dance, play, wander, create, party,


EASA 2002 Senses


EASA 2002 Croatia:
landart workshop:


Playing with Phi, Lahinch Beach 2003

Maths rocks!!!

Brian Anson – Architect, Story Teller, Poet, Revolutionary… passed away over the weekend

Seriously Duncan



Photo by Bojana Boranieva (MK)

EASA is the biggest architecture students’ network in Europe. It has a three-decade-long tradition starting in 1981 in Liverpool with the purpose of connecting students from different European countries. Since then each year attendees exchange experiences and cultural knowledge, ideas and thoughts, through which they study the hosting place, make proposals for development issues, include the local community and interact with the surroundings. The Network moves to a new venue every year, providing fresh views and challenges in practical spatial design and theory. This year, for the first time, the assembly will be held in Slovenia between the 4th and 18th of August.

The organizing process is run by individual volunteers, who make the core of the assembly by combining the location and theme, finding partners and sponsors. They provide accommodation and food, coordinate workshops and sponsors, organize lectures and different collateral events and activities during the assembly. Helpers are usually former assembly attendees, helping at the infodesk, lending tools and working in the bar. The backbone of the assembly are the tutors, who run various workshops selected among all the received proposals. They coordinate and lead participants in their work and oversee the results. The participants are the biggest group of people at EASA, representing almost 50 countries around Europe and even outside of the continent. They live, work and have fun together for two weeks.



2 Responses to Samogar Art Gallery

  1. fuspey says:

    I first travlled through Croatia and Bosnia in 1999, enroute from Ireland to India overland, it was deeply moving to understand the slaughter and madness that went on then, especially seeing the Sarajevo roses, only a few years after the end of the siege.

    In 2002 I worked in this project in the island of Vis, Croatia. Bosnian serbs participated, there was some tensions.

    In 2003 I worked in Banja Luka, serb region in Bosnia, no Croats went there.

    Some videos to understand the madness and sadness that happened in the region.

    Saviour (1998)

    Savior is a 1998 war film starring Dennis Quaid, Stellan Skarsgård, Nastassja Kinski, and Nataša Ninković. It is about an American mercenary escorting a Serbian woman and her newborn child to a United Nations safe zone during the Bosnian War.

    Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

    Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (Serbian: Лепа села лепо горе (Lepa sela lepo gore), literally translated as “Beautiful villages burn beautifully”) is a 1996 Yugoslavian film directed by Srđan Dragojević that gave uniquely bleak yet darkly humorous account of the Bosnian War.,_Pretty_Flame

    6 part BBC series about the situation from 1995: The Death Of Yugoslavia

    01/06. BBC – The Death Of Yugoslavia: Enter Nationalism

    The Death of Yugoslavia is a BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and is also the name of a book written by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series. It covers the collapse of Yugoslavia and the subsequent wars that followed.

    “Love and Death in Sarajevo” (Full Documentary)

    vedimo se hrvitski e bosnia,
    duk ye ovdia zakun…
    laku noche

    see you again croatia and bosnia
    the spirit here is amazing
    good night

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