Everyday Divergences


The pro­ject explo­res the cre­ati­ve stra­te­gi­es and for­ms of self-orga­ni­za­ti­on of the inha­bi­tants of the lar­gest buil­ding in Croatia — Mamutice, built in 1974 in Zagreb.

Gallery Emil Filla, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, 2011

The Everyday Divergences is the first modu­le of the Creative Strategies pro­ject (2010 — 2016), which explo­res the cre­ati­ve stra­te­gi­es and for­ms of self-orga­ni­sa­ti­on of the inha­bi­tants of the big­gest buil­ding in Croatia, Mammoth, as it is cal­led, built in Zagreb in 1974.  Five tho­usand five hun­dred people live in the building’s 1,200 flats. It is sur­ro­un­ded by a wide gre­en belt, Travno Park, the area of which is rela­ted to the num­ber of flats in the buil­ding. The city uti­lity firm looks after the front part of the park, but it has never beco­me somewhe­re people lin­ger; the rear por­ti­on, howe­ver, not lan­d­s­ca­ped, fell to the self-orga­ni­sing com­pe­ten­ce of the tenants and is a lively pla­ce in which they stay.

Observing the buil­ding and the park as a struc­tu­red com­mu­nity, in which everyo­ne makes some kind of con­tri­bu­ti­on, the artist explo­red, using the video-inter­vi­ew met­hod, the for­ms of spa­ti­al and soci­al inter­ven­ti­ons of the resi­dents as for­ms of diver­gen­ces from the everyday.

In the final pha­se of the pro­ject, the artist orga­ni­zed an pri­ze-giving pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the acti­vi­ti­es of the tenants in Mamutica.



The resi­dents them­sel­ves cho­se the three most inte­res­ting and most cre­ati­ve models for taking part in the com­mu­nity: col­lec­ting and main­ta­ining a folk arts and eth­no­lo­gi­cal col­lec­ti­on; orga­ni­sing assis­tan­ce for the older people in the neig­h­bo­ur­ho­od; and a join­tly built boules rink.


The exhi­bi­ti­on in the Emil Filla gal­lery pre­sen­ted all seg­ments of the pro­ject and invi­ted the audi­en­ce to participate.