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You Know Nothing About Time You Know Nothing About Time

Authors Autori

Uroš Pajović Uroš Pajović

Project date Datum projekta

27 Apr 16 – 10 May 16

Project type Tip projekta

Exhibition Izložba

You Know Nothing About Time is not about how notions that consist the social context are connected by the physical manifestations of spaces and architecture – it’s vice versa: it’s about how architecture as a discipline and an element of everyday life is vowed with the paradigms of the social and cultural context (in this case, of the Balkans).

These unfinished houses, like common denominators, witnesses to the economic, sociological, aesthetic, and political conditions in the Balkans, exist across the region. As if all part of one big family, they tell many stories which somehow all sound similar: stories of structures built by and for people who primarily act on instincts, and whose decisions (including those architectural in nature) are primarily made that way.

In relation to the three cubic meters and the space of the window (or: window within a window), the installation relates to the ‘left behind-ness’, ‘incomplete-ness’, ‘useful-ness’ as a triad, but also as individual characteristics – just like the houses in question, You Know Nothing About Time is only a backdrop for traces of everyday life.

I was once in a Studio course where I was the only student from the Balkans. As the final presentations were coming up, one of the other students started suggesting how their building’s finishing would be in clay blocks and concrete structural framing, to which I asked whether that maybe left too much of an unfinished house vibe. All of the students in the group, coming from the US, Western European, Asian and African countries looked at me as if they didn’t understand what I was asking.

Despite this story being related to only a small sample of people, it led me to think about what different experiences mean in relation to how architecture and spaces are perceived. Also, the concrete-and-clay-block façades so typical for the unfinished houses in rural areas of Balkan countries.

/text by Uroš Pajović/

You Know Nothing About Time ne tematizuje način na koji su elementi društvenog konteksta povezani pojavnim manifestacijama prostora i arhitekture, već suprotno: kako je arhitektura kao disciplina i element svakodnevnog prožeta paradigmama društvenog i kulturnog konteksta (Balkana). Nedovršene kuće, kao zajednički imenioci, svedoče o ekonomskim, društvenim, estetičkim i političkim uslovima regiona, i o akterima u okviru tih uslova koji grade i odlučuju, deluju i prestaju da deluju instinktivno. Prozor u prozoru bavi se dijalogom između njih sa jedne i pitanjem ‘ostavljenosti’, ‘nedovršenosti’, ‘upotrebljenosti’ sa druge strane.

I was once in a Studio course where I was the only student from the Balkans. As the final presentations were coming up, one of the other students started suggesting how their building’s finishing would be in clay blocks and concrete structural framing, to which I asked whether that maybe left too much of an unfinished house vibe. All of the students in the group, coming from the US, Western European, Asian and African countries looked at me as if they didn’t understand what I was asking.

Despite this story being related to only a small sample of people, it led me to think about what different experiences mean in relation to how architecture and spaces are perceived. Also, the concrete-and-clay-block façades so typical for the unfinished houses in rural areas of Balkan countries.

/tekst: Uroš Pajović/

Credits Hvala na saradnji

Curators: Natalija Paunić and Zoran Dmitrović
The exhibition was a part of the 38th Salon of Architecture, at the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade
Kustosi: Natalija Paunić i Zoran Dmitrović
Izložba je održana u sklopu 38. Salona Arhitekture, u Muzeju Primenjene Umetnosti u Beogradu