PROJECT WHICH IS NOT A PROJECT
2003 - 2012
The project is a journey. During the years 2003 and 2004 OPA traveled across Europe by a 40 years old car. The journey was carried out by modest means thus variety of adventures and difficulties occurred. The visa applications, fight with embassies’ administration rules, car breakdowns during bad weather conditions and lack of money when important spare parts were needed for the car, were recurring obstacles. The documentation of the journey became a critical commentary to the Schengen wall and what it is representing to the artists from the Balkans. Even though OPA lived and worked under the umbrella of different cultural institutions and received support from the European Union for the journey.
On the other hand, the car itself became much more than a means of transport, it turned into a tool of communication with the people.
VIDEO PART, 42 min, 2006
In 2006 OPA made the journey again, from Macedonia to Germany. With the departure from Macedonia the trip addresses the recent political development in Macedonia. On this note the car was being pepped up and improved for entering the EU. From these materials and the collected materials of the previous journeys, the video work of 42 min was developed.
The publication includes the collected text and photo material, focusing on the view / expectations and reflections toward / on the European art scene.
Click here to see the photo documentation of the journey.
Martina Prante, Pimp my Ride! “OPA” macht “transeuropa” transeuräisch, Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung, 30 June 2006 (in German) / македонски превод
Martina Prante, Abenteuer auf vier Rädern, Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung, 23 June 2006 (in German) / македонски превод
Interview for Radio Tonkuhle, 13 June 2006 (German voice over)
Project Which is Not a Project trailer
Владимир Јанчевски, Текст кој не е текст, 22 October 2013