The project in Ilica starts in 2000, when Aleksandar Battiste Ilić initiates the project Community Art and the association Community Art, which had its residence and activities at Ilica 89 in Zagreb, in the yard building of former sewing craft , abandoned at the beginning of the 90s.

Project activities included various cultural and artistic interventions and practices that produced socially engaged forms of art in the community. The involved actors problematized and included current problems, as well as sensitized social empathy and solidarity among the people. From the local project is developing an international project Contemporary Community Network in other cities and a series of other interventions with the same mission.

The base was often in public actions that were happening in that public space, in Ilica and Frankopanska Street, as part of the new art practices, conceptual art and performances that have been developing since the 60s of the last century.

Through the specific experience of the socio-political context, space and time in which these artistic practices arise, within which they develope, they have succeeded in contributing to global artistic flows and have become a vital part of the transformative community movement.

 

In 2001, the Community Art School for Art and Theory started. The school had most of the activities in the same Zagreb neighborhood, in Medulićeva 17. It served as a permanent public forum, but also a postgraduate program for students of various faculties, with emphasis on social practices, community art, social perception, social innovation, within a number of collaborative projects. Such practices Battista Ilić continues from 2004 at the Department of New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb in Ilica 85, where teaching is conducted through projects on the street, the public space and in the community.

The Ilica 2019 project is a kind of continuation of the process that began nearly two decades ago, which has returned to life more than ever, as a five-year project aimed at actively stimulating the cultural and artistic development of the city of Zagreb by developing a collective vision and corresponding models of participatory management of neglected spaces, involving artists, civil society, education institutions, crafts and residents. The five-year framework is designed as an lifting of rusty cultural infrastructure through research and practice based on which we will develop strategic guidelines for further action and establishing appropriate models of sustainable use of empty urban space today.

Aware of the time in which we live and work, structured mostly in the socio-economic context, as well as the specifics of the transitional post-socialist legacy, we will in next years, within the wider project, also deal with the material conditions and educational potentials of cultural and artistic production and their social function in the time of neoliberal politics, as well as urban aspects of Zagreb’s deindustrialization and the consequences of deurbanization.

The Ilica 2019 project is a kind of continuation of the process that began nearly two decades ago, which has returned to life more than ever, as a five-year project aimed at actively stimulating the cultural and artistic development of the city of Zagreb by developing a collective vision and corresponding models of participatory management of neglected spaces, involving artists, civil society, education institutions, crafts and residents. The five-year framework is designed as an lifting of rusty cultural infrastructure through research and practice based on which we will develop strategic guidelines for further action and establishing appropriate models of sustainable use of empty urban space today.

Aware of the time in which we live and work, structured mostly in the socio-economic context, as well as the specifics of the transitional post-socialist legacy, we will in next years, within the wider project, also deal with the material conditions and educational potentials of cultural and artistic production and their social function in the time of neoliberal politics, as well as urban aspects of Zagreb’s deindustrialization and the consequences of deurbanization.