In the beggingin of 2011, Goethe Guerilla received an anonymous letter from Germany with a request to react, followed by the statement: “Dear Guerilla team, this is unacceptable.” So what was all this about? Inside the envelope was a recording of a German youth radio “1Live” with an excerpt devoted to Belgrade. The recording mainly dealt with Belgrade nightlife, “cultural darkness” which up until recently allegedly ruled the city.
The Goethe-Guerilla members prepared a radio recording of their own, in which they responded to this unflattering depiction of their city.
In November 2011, the second generation of Goethe-Guerilla established the first Open library in Belgrade. Its principle was quite simple: you could take a book from its shelves leaving your own in exchange, or return the borrowed book after reading.
Next generation of Guerilla took helm of the library where it organized actions of different scope. However, they encountered several problems at the very beginning.
This project, presented in collaboration with the Belgrade fortress, took place on 26 June 2011 in Kalemegdan Park in the Donji grad (Lower town) part right next to the Gate of Karlo VI. Its aim was to give an opportunity to citizens and visitors to get to know the city from a different perspective. There are many high-rise buildings in Belgrade, both residential and business ones, but most of them are not open to the public. The Guerilla team had, however, succeeded at making their way into some of them, and taking a series of pictures from a bird’s eye view from their roofs, testifying to the diversity of our city.
Accidental Guides of Savamala was a series of exhibitions in cooperation with the KOLEKTIV gallery or-ganized in its premises during the course of three months (July-September 2015).
The exhibition consisted of two segments: A Model for Savamala, a project initially launched within the framework of the Urban Incubator and headed by Maja Popović and Boba Stanić and three CG exhibitions. The latter consisted of Savamala monsters (a project of Savamala Walks module), which dealt with imaginary creatures living in and shaping the Savamala area; Hit the Hermes performance (a project of PULS module), dealing with the unflattering state of Belgrade museums; and the public presentation of the project My Piece of Savamala (a project developed within School of Urban Practices module)..
A city can be defined as an architectural palimpsest- a sort of writing which constantly changes, as a new element overwrites the former. Beneath the city of today lay writings of forgotten people, roads and buildings, which used to hold great meaning.
The Audio Walk: Savamala is dedicated to Savamala palimpsests. Derived from the “Spurensuche” (‘Looking for traces’) project located in Stuttgart in the year 2012/2013, in cooperation with Goethe-Guerila and the artistic group Flanerie Labor, the Audio Walk represents a mix of fact and fiction.