Project Delta 2008, Hartera, Rijeka
In art we can find elements on the edge of production, at its frontiers. Theorist and architect Bernard Tschumi in his work entitled Architecture and disjunction examines the elements that do not correspond to certain terms. Yet, such works reveal to us something hidden from which one vaguely perceives different definitions and interpretations. Extreme positions inform us of the state of art, its paradoxes and contradictions, but such works shall remain exceptions, because they seem irrelevant. They could be called a luxury in the field of revelations. In architecture, marginal productions are necessary: architecture without them simply does not exist because by itself it transcends the process of mere construction. Passing by the Mrtvi kanal we rarely look toward the sea, mainly rushing somewhere. However, if we take just a glance we see a new world. A world of people and their boats, who live in this city in an entirely different way. Do they perceive our world and which world is really real? The CONTACT, EDGE LINE, BORDER, POINTS OF TRANSITION are the steps on the edge of the waterfront. Calling ladders the edge line defines the space in an architectural sense. Such a space defined by contrast gives us a feeling of complete freedom. On the one hand, peace, sea, boats, fishermen, seagulls, and on the other side a world of orange buses, cars, pedestrians, taxi drivers. A relationship that is necessary for their emergence, existence and development. How does it feel going from the first into another world, and vice versa?
The exhibition was presented with installation and photographs in the space of the abandoned factory hall at Rječina. The installation is an intervention by Viktor Popović with shallow pools which reflect ladders of the Mrtvi kanal. It consists of seven objects, each with metallic steps, and pools filled with used motor oil, while the images refer to the mrtvi kanal and record an invisible part of the city.
/ author with Viktor Popović, exhibition, 2008. /