Seeing the Invisible

International Call for Spatially Oriented Provocations



The circumstances surrounding post-socialist cities in recent decades have been transitioning from distancing and negligence towards new readings and shifting perspectives on their values, legacy, poetics, and potentials for a social, political, cultural and creative agency. In a space shaped by formerly relevant ideological concepts, how do we interact and cope with the physical and material “leftovers” of a society already surpassed, only to lead us to an ongoing, continuous state of transition? Through this call for Spatially Oriented Provocations, we seek to explore a variety of viewpoints on possible dialogues with post-socialist spaces and places, but also, and equally important, we are interested in responses from different milieus, not necessarily limited to post-socialist contexts, that reflect the themes related to, or inspired by phenomena of (architecture in) transition, abandoned, invisible or forgotten spaces.

The call is open to architects, spatial designers, visual artists, multimedia artists, sound designers, storytellers, writers, thinkers, interdisciplinary spatial practitioners, filmmakers, image-makers, or anyone who feels inspired by:

or any additional theme related to different built environments and their Invisible Layers.


We welcome contributions and provocations in any of the following media:

or any form of documented sensations and/or interventions that don’t require the physical presence of the author in order to exhibit the work. The form of each contribution should be determined by whatever most effectively communicates the idea.


Bálint Bolcsó, Composer, Liszt Academy Budapest / University of Pécs, Hungary
Nebojša Čamprag, Urban Researcher, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
Andrew Filmer, Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
Miodrag Kuč, Urban Researcher, Centre for Arts and Urbanistics, Berlin, Germany
Lana Lovrenčić, Art Historian, Office for Photography, Croatia
Vladimir Macura, Museum Macura, Novi Banovci, Serbia
Johannes Riquet, Associate Professor of English Literature, Department of Languages, Tampere University, Finland
Slobodan Danko Selinkić, Full Professor of Architecture, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Ljubica Slavković, Architect, Centre for Cultural Decontamination, Serbia


June, 2019: Announcement of The Call
1 August, 2019: Entries Submission Deadline
15 August, 2019: Entries Submission Deadline
August, 2019: Selection Announcement
1 September, 2019: Fee Payment Deadline
21/22 September, 2019: Exhibition in Novi Sad, Serbia, within the 3 rd edition of Spatial Culture Festival

Applications are to be addressed to the following email:

Please indicate Seeing the Invisible – Exhibition entry in the Subject line.

In addition to the proposed work, each entry must include a short description of the work (max 300 words), name(s) of the author(s), contact information, and the country. The information should be sent in one separate document, in .pdf form.

Deadline for applications is 23:59:59, 15 August, 2019.

Submitting the work is free of charge. If the work is chosen for the exhibition by the selection committee, the participation fee of 20€ should be paid, by 1 September, 2019.


The project is conceptualised by BAZA – Spatial Praxis Platform, founded in Novi Sad, Serbia.


The exhibition Seeing the Invisible will take place during the 3rd edition of the Spatial Culture Festivalb>, conceived as a public, annual cultural event, whose main purpose is to establish and emphasize the significance of architectural culture in the broadest sense.

The festival will be a part of The Kaleidoscope of Culture, a programme conceptualised by Foundation "Novi Sad 2021”, that strengthens capacities for preparation of Novi Sad for the European Capital of Culture in the year 2021.

The Spatial Culture Festival is organised by Association of Novi Sad Architects (DaNS), in association with Ephemera Collective, Novi Sad, Serbia, and BAZA – Spatial Praxis Platform from Novi Sad, Serbia.

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