Architects! Artists! Researchers! Art Historians! Activists! Writers! Photographers!
Think Nonument! Together
Open Call: Deadline 15 th May 2020

The Nonument Group is calling for papers on the topic of nonuments to be published on or presented at the annual Nonument Symposium. Papers is three possible sections can be submitted to by 15 May 2020.

For the last two years, the Nonument Group has researched and intervened into the changed circumstances of twentieth-century architecture and monuments. We defined nonuments as twentieth-century architecture, monuments, public spaces and infrastructural projects that have lost or undergone a shift in symbolic meaning as a consequence of political and social changes. We unveiled a wealth of stories from the past, physical remains and intangible traces, as well as many absurdities of the present, unseen ideological forces and newly formed fascinations. The neologism Nonument denotes negation; but there are as many ways to negate an existing structure as there are possible affirmations of it. Sometimes both can be present at the same time, for example in a case of a botched renovation project or a misguided fetishisation of a ruin. But a fact remains that our cultural bias is leaning toward the affirmative action: predominantly we research what is built, what is articulated and what is planned. However, we lack the resources and concepts to reveal the same vividness in the negation: of what was abandoned, discarded, destroyed or recontextualised.

First two years of The Nonument project were an attempt to breach this bias. We have opened a field of inquiry that doesn’t only observe and depict decaying architecture (there is an abundance of such websites and projects around) but also critically engages with the past and the present of these objects and the stories that lurk behind. In a way, a nonument is always more about the now than it is about the past. We want to address commodification, fetishization and destruction of memory,
public spaces and buildings, as much as we want to engage with their histories. But now, it is time to reflect and regroup. And, above all, to ask others what they think. We want to offer an opportunity to publish reflections and interventions interventions on nonuments and spatial negations that might have escaped our radar or that can enrich and change our initial concepts and queries.

Such questions might include but are not limited to:
When have the buildings of the past became consummerable and when have they become unwanted?
How to react to fetishization of ruins and decay?
Is it possible to meaningfully intervene into nonuments at all?
How to deal with the plurality and even conflicts of different memories?
How does the relation between materiality, politics and economics manifest in nonuments?
How does the nonument you know intimately change the perception of nonuments as a whole?

We welcome a wide range of contributions:
a) In-depth research papers (2.500-5.000 words) that will be considered for our annual Nonument symposium
b) Opinion articles (500-1.000 words) which will be published online, with a honorarium of 80-150 eur
c) Recommendations for publishing new nonuments and case studies

Send us your proposals by 15th May on Please send us full papers or articles for
a) and b) and representative material for c)  so we can get back to you with our feedback as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to think Nonument! with you.
Nonument Group

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MoTA –

Museum of Transitory Art

MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to advancing the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental, and live art forms.

MoTA is a museum without a permanent collection or a fixed space. Instead, its programs are realised in different locations and contexts in temporary physical and virtual spaces.

MoTA organizes and supports transitory art in the form of continuous events, exhibitions and educational programs both locally and internationally. As its name indicates, MoTA examines what a museum can be today and in the future.

MoTA is in constant search for the new, the uncertain, and the undefined.

MoTA works on several continuous programmes & projects. We run MoTA Point – a Space for Art & Ideas, we curate and produce the annual SONICA Festival, in addition to regular music programmes such as SONICA Series and SONICA Classics.

Within the years of running our residency programme, we’ve established T.R.I.B.E. – a network of residency spaces in the Balkans & Eastern Europe.

We’ve also initiated the research and archive platforms and Mediateque MoTA & Tomaž Brate. Our educational programmes serve a broader audience with ongoing workshops, talks, symposia, and internships.