A cup of coffee for person X...
(Is there anything ???)

(A project made in Corporation with Biljana Kekovic)
A white arrow, a long horizontal dining table covered with a lavish white tablecloth - accessories of a refined interior, holidays and exclusive circles - is moved out to the exterior, out to the public space in which the facade of the palace in the background figures as an appropriate scenographic setting. However, this arrangement is not thus given the status of "common property," "public goods" intended for "mass consumption." The white completeness, the white aura of the composition, the elegant, abstract row of white coffee cups lined up on the table surface and the regular repetition of the same form, which works as a matrix, as a module of creating the line, establishes a cold distance towards the viewer; it is constituted as a sign of order and tidiness, of something untouchable and inviolable. In that context, the remains of coffee inside the cups are not evidence of human intervention, they are not traces of a "completed ritual" - rather they work as a kind of internal ornament, a form deprived of its "regular" function and "inscribed" usable value.

Contrary to this installed, constructed and controlled dimension of the work, there unfolded a parallel "alternative," "populist," happening side of the project, a direct performance of ritual - fortune telling from the cup - as an opening of a "motley field of possibilities," as a direct "conversation with the man on the street," as communication/imitation of his everyday life. Different from the exclusivity of the first, "controlled" part of the work, the second part is about "democracy of usage," "free access," "momentary inspiration," inventiveness and improvisation, informal behavior, public exhibition of little, private rituals.

In the physical and semantic space constituted between these two segments of the work between its two states, between the fixed, position frame and mobile, ongoing event, between the completed and the possible the space is opened for locating and questioning, or for a relaxed, slightly ironic, "reading" of the phenomenon of reconstruction.

Svetlana Racanovic, art historian,
Nansen Dialogue Centre director

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