On Saturday October 20th 2007, a video-link was realized between a spot in the main pedestrian street of Belgrade (Knez Mihailova) and a location in Prishtina, capital of the yet-to-be recognized state of Kosovo.
Both spaces were linked through an internet connection, using a popular free teleconferencing software to transmit sound and image in realtime.
Drawing on influential telecommunication art projects of the early 80’s (notably “Hole in Space” by Galloway/Rabinowitz), this videobridge intends to reflect on the meanings and possibilities of media arts on the backdrop of a sensitive geopolitical environment.
This project was carried out in the frame of “Reenacting Moments”, a working meeting gathering artists from both Serbia and Kosovo.
The Kosovo declaration of independence happened four months later (February 2008).
Manuel Schmalstieg: concept, technical overview
Kader Muzaqi and friends: Pristhina team
Leonhardi Kulturprojekte: organisational and logistic support
Centre for cultural decontamination: logistic support
Goethe-Institut Belgrad: technical support
Kosova Art Gallery: organisational support