Inhabitants – Pilot study

The bunker, built during the cold war, is an enclosed world made out of concrete, aiming to create a barrier into the local ecosystem, hypothetically polluted by a future nuclear war.
Its relation with the outside is mediated by different kind of filters, to turn this environment into an ultimately self-sufficient world.

Inhabitants aims is to challenge this paranoid device, revealing that the bunker is not a sterile, nor isolated environment. On the contrary is inhabited by billions of primitive, microscopic live forms, mainly bacteria, whose existence extend the borders of life before us (and probably after us) for billion of years.

The project is a “pilot study” aiming to reveal how nature colonized, probably since the very beginning, this monument to human fear, to ironically defusing it in an ecological perspective, by restoring the continuity within the local ecosystem.
The study was carried in cooperation with the Department of Biology of the University of Rome.

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Opening: Friday, 24th April 2015, 11am Atomic Shelter, Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina Participating Artists: Leone Contini (Florence), Dante Buu (Rožaj/Sarajevo), Documentary Embroidery (Vahida Ramujkić and Dejan Došljak/Belgrade), Effi & Amir (Brussels), Helidon Gjergji (New York/Tirana), G.R.A.M. (Graz), Tue Greenfort (Berlin), Wiebke Grösch / Frank Metzger (Frankfurt/Main), Flaka Haliti (Munich/Vienna), Marlene Hausegger (Vienna), Dritan Hyska (Tirana), Adela Jušić (Sarajevo), Johanna Kirsch (Vienna), Elvedin Klačar (Vienna/Sarajevo), Damian Le Bas (Worthing), Delaine Le Bas (Worthing), Ralo Mayer & Oliver Gemballa (Vienna/Hamburg), Anna McCarthy (Munich), Damir Očko (Zagreb), Nikolay Oleynikov (St. Petersburg), Alketa Ramaj (Tirana), (Belgrade), Selma Selman (Bihać), Mladen Stilinović (Zagreb), Sylvia Winkler / Stephan Köperl (Stuttgart). The Third edition of the Project Biennial of Contemporary Art will be organized in partnership with Republic of Albania and Republic of Austria. Curators of the 3rd edition of the Project Biennial are: Adela Demetja (Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art) and Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer (<rotor> Center for Contemporary Art, Graz). The Project Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground is a unique project in the field of contemporary art, as it is located in one of the most fascinating underground military objects built during the period of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (construction period 1953-1979). Today, the atomic shelter in Konjic is kept and maintained by the Ministry of Defense B&H, but at the same time is listed as part of the national cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The final aim of the Project Biennial is the transformation of the Atomic Shelter into a hybrid Cold War-Art-Museum, unique in the world. The participating artists of the 3rd edition of the Biennial contribute site-specific or thematically related works, which redefine the contextual parameters of the reading and understanding of “Tito’s atomic shelter”. They comment on the formation of critical social discourses and alternative ways of life during the time of the Cold War and their effects on present-day contexts. ************************************************************* Opening: 24th April 2015, 11am Duration: 25th April – 24th October 2015 Opening hours/ Visitor information: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 Visits should be arranged at least 7 days beforehand by contacting the e-mail address: For the opening weekend, additional visiting hours on Saturday, 25th April 2015 are: 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 Location: Atomic Shelter, Konjic, Bosnia & Herzegovina Contact: Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 ARK Underground


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