Neja Tomšič / Nonument Group: CICRLE – touring in Cluj-Napoca
immersive documentary installation with narration
Neja Tomšič is a visual artist who made a name for herself both in national and international arena with Opium Clippers – a performance she describes as a visual essay – as a performing artist who builds her work on meticulous and in-depth research. She is also an exceptional storyteller who can develop a narrative from a cup of tea, starting from a small sip of the precious liquid to colonial and mercantilist shifts in the world order.
Neja Tomšič is part of the Nonument Group collective, a group of interdisciplinary artists, architects, and theorists who derive their artistic actions from research, mostly in public space. Nonument is defined as architecture, monuments, public spaces and infrastructure, the meaning of which has changed as a result of social or political changes.Circle was created as part of the Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition project, based on the themes of work and happiness. During artist residencies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Mondaino, Italy, Neja Tomšič and her group explored public parks as neuralgic points of public life.
The starting and focal point of the theme is a specific park, the park of railroad workers in Cluj-Napoca, which has undergone many transformations. Using various recording and research methods, Neja Tomšič explored its history and current state, and particularly the remnants of the past that are layered in the earth – material relics, and are also stored in the imagination and memories of people and other living beings.
- Authors: Nonument Group (Neja Tomšič, Martin Bricelj Baraga, Nika Grabar, Miloš Kosec)
- Script: Neja Tomšič
- Performing: Neja Tomšič, Nika Grabar, Miloš Kosec
- Sculptures: Martin Bricelj Baraga
- Sound design: Simina Oprescu
- Recordings: Neja Tomšič and Martin Bricelj Baraga
- Cluj Assistant researchers: Istvan Szakats,Flaviu Petean
- Documentary off-voice: Flaviu Petean
- Help with research in Alexandria: Mohamed Adel Dessouki, Sarah Baghat
- Statements: Viorica Zsiga, Adrian Dohotaru,Vlad Rusu, Istvan Szakats
- Voice of Viorica: Jadranka Gnezda
- Sound technician: Luka Seliškar
- Light design: Martin Lovšin
- Kostumografija: Dajana Ljubičič
- Technical director: Igor Remeta
- Technical coordinator: Martin Lovšin
- Technical crew: Luka Bernetič, Andrej Petrovčič, Duško Pušica, Manca Vukelič, Vid Starman
- Producers: Alma R. Selimović, Klara Drnovšek Solina, Ajda Koloini
- Thanks to: Barbara Poček, Barbara Tomšič, Maks Bricelj
- Public relations: Tamara Bračič Vidmar
- Produced by: Bunker, Ljubljana
- Co-produced by: Centrul Cultural Clujean, L’Arboreto – Teatro Dimora di Mondaino, MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art
The production was created in the frame of the international project Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition.
Supported by: European Union – Creative Europe Programme: Culture, Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition, Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, City Municipality of Ljubljana, Cukrarna / Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Photo by: Nada Žgank