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Bjcem and Slobodne veze/Loose Associations launch a collaborative project for artists under the age of 35.

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Trogir/Split, June 19-21, 2015 // Milano, October 2015

Photo: Duška Boban (2013)

Motel Trogir was built in 1965 and designed by one of the leading architects of the Socialist Yugoslavia – Ivan Vitić. It is situated at the western entrance to the city of Trogir on the Adriatic coast (25km from the city of Split). Today it marks one of the neuralgic points of the town and for many years it has been standing devastated due to unresolved ownership issues (due to the non-transparent privatization of what once was ‘societal property’, in the beginning of the 1990s). Built at a time when the character of tourism in Trogir was mostly transitory, the motel was conceived in parallel with the construction of the Adriatic Highway. At the time it was seen “as one of the “performative” elements that would fit into the utopian vision of this road imagined as a feature film that would be “shown to the passengers on the screen of their car window.” The motel is, in general, an exception to the typology of Adriatic tourism, and it is argued that the idea of such buildings in the Yugoslav socialist society came through American movies.

In Martin Scorsese’s movie ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ (1974) a woman with her son ride across the USA in their car, using motels as temporary shelters.

The endless road in search for the utopian place of happiness becomes the meaning for itself. The trajectory slowly delineates the (hi)story. Motels become their permanent home.


In the framework of Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennial, artists have been invited to reflect on the topic of this particular modernist building (along with the social context which formed it), duration and image, alternating between the gritty realism and daring fantasy. The idea is that the context and the building become a stage, a protagonist or a trigger for the new personal or common narrative that would develop around the topics exposed. Selected artists will be invited for a three day trip to Trogir and Split in June 2015 which will include study visits and a workshop. During this period a research will be developed and it will be presented during the Biennale of Young Artists in Milan(October 2015).

The call has been closed on May 15th 2015 and the selection process is now ongoing. Proposals were submitted by 36 applicants from Croatia, Great Britain, Egypt, Armenia, Moldova, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Switzerland. More about the Motel in Trogir:

Photo: L Kittinger for MT (2014)

For all other questions, please contact slobodne.veze@gmail.com

Today when distances are shortened and relativized due to the (too) fast technical development, the motel’s true reason disappears, and it becomes incomprehensible and confined to the arbitrariness of formal judgement. Set apart from experimental scope of everyday life, the motel is closer to passionate incomprehensibility (the times of myths) than passionless knowledge (of today)

“Vitić’s motels- Trieste, Umag, Rijeka, Biograd, Trogir” by Tomislav Pavelić (Arhitektura br.217: Ivo Vitić, UHA, Zagreb 2006.)


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