Small/Big World

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curated by: Judit Angel

with participation of: APART, Petra Balíková, Peter Barényi, Dominika Belanská & Nomadic Arts Festival, Martinka Bobriková & Oscar de Carmen, Daniel Dida, Lucia Gavulová, Zuzana Gogová, Erik Janeček & Andrej Žabkay, Andrea Kalinová & Martin Zaiček, Jana Kapelová, Lenka Kuricová, Marína Abramovič po sebe neupratuje, Eliška Mazalanová, Marianna Mlynárčiková & Nóra Ružičková & Divadlo z Pasáže, Jürgen Rendl, Zuzana Révészová, Martin Vongrej

graphic design: Katarína Balažiková

opening: 27 May 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
dates: 27 May – 16 July 2016

venue:, Beskydská 12

and further Bratislava venues: Café Berlinka, crossroads of Bajkalská and Trnavská streets, HIT gallery, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Karpatská Street and vicinity, Areál zdravia Zlaté piesky, Fajnorovo nábrežie, Mladosť Cinema


This project is based on the observation that our society, including the art world, is made up of small groups of people, close-friend circles where everybody knows everybody. A few external links connect these groups and prevent them from being isolated. These are the so-called “weak-ties” (Mark Granovetter), i.e., links to people who frequent different places, get information from different sources and function as bridges in the group’s communication with the outer world. Weak ties connect not only individuals, but different and distanced worlds, and are essential for holding together the social network. According to network theory, we actually live in a small world, where the path-length between two distant nodes of the network is rather short; as a result, strangers can be linked by a short chain of acquaintances. However, even if short connections do exist, for most of people they are hard to find. In order to have many links, a community needs specific ways and contexts in which people can create them.

The Small/Big World project aims to offer the Bratislava art scene a communication and collaboration platform where people can creatively use the benefits of existing relationships, such as friendships, and open them up towards new ties and horizons. While being grounded in the art scene, the project favours interdisciplinary connections and encounters beyond the art world. Bratislava has been understood as the framework or sample field of the project, without identifying it with the Slovak art scene as a whole.
Part of the general project consists of an exhibition and events at, while other artist projects will take place in other venues throughout the city.

Mapping and connecting are key-components of the project. The results of an online questionnaire regarding the characteristics of the Bratislava art scene (from socializing, collaboration, ways of getting information to institutional needs, art financing, the scene’s atmosphere and imagining an ideal art community) serve as a data-base for the infographics which cover the walls of the exhibition in and provide a framework for the participants’ projects. This quantitative survey is complemented by short interviews with selected local actors who evaluate the advantages and challenges of living in a small art scene.

An initial working group made up of artists, architects, curators and researchers was invited to add further individuals and groups. Preliminary concepts such as friendship as a form of co-working, collaboration outside one’s close circle and the art field, the transformative potential of an encounter, and sharing as the re-definition of interpersonal relationships around a collective dimension are built into the structure of the participants‘ projects. Part of the contributions focus on relationships within the art scene: testing the group dynamics of the project participants, searching for personal contacts in the highly canonized art world, inquiring about visitor categories, mapping connections between actors on the local art scene, their circles of friends and the wider public. Several other projects are oriented towards interdisciplinary connections between art, sports, science, philosophy, history, politics and social geography, life situations, as well as different publics and contexts, both local and international. Sharing as a form of interaction and the strengthening of social ties form part of the projects built around specific topics such as parenthood, multiculturalism, the neighbourhood of, and the social status of artists, while the small library containing a bibliography proposed by the participants stands for the sharing of knowledge. The individual contributions create a dense conceptual–structural tissue, with many overlaps, similar to the nodes of an organically developed network.

As network scientist Albert – László Barabási argues in the video interview which functions as an introduction to the project, fragmentation is a normal feature of the art scenes; the question lies in whether this leads to the creation of value that can be appreciated by a wider community. As in the art system value is created by a network. This also means that the practice of linking and complex thinking can only be beneficial for the bridging of “small” and “big” worlds.

ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.
This project has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council. The project has been also supported by the Grant Scheme of Bratislava Self-Governing Region and by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.
Additional partners of the project include the Slovak National Gallery, Dom Umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava, Amnesty International, Free Food, Nomadic Arts Festival, Divadlo z pasaže/Theatre from the Passage.

Programme of events:

May 27, 6pm, Beskydská 12

Small/Big World
curated by: Judit Angel

exhibition opening

May 30 – June 3, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Café Berlinka, Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4

Kitchen Dialogues
Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen

free lunch menu

June 1, 2-6pm, Beskydská 12

32. Exercise: Seeking the Source of Sound
Jana Kapelová

meeting of parents and programme for children

June 1 - 30
crossroad of Bajkalská and Trnavská Street, direction Polus City Center
(WGS84 n 48.1622389, WGS84 eo 17.1396000)

Drone Consciousness - Soaking
Martin Vongrej


June 9, 7pm
Galéria HIT, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 18

A Forming of Inevitable Blue

exhibition opening
presented artists: Mehraneh Atashi, Ján Gašparovič, Floris Kaayk, Martin Kohout, Zbigniew Libera, Tavi Meraud, Pavel Sterec

dates: June 10 – July 14,
open: Tuesday - Thursday, 3pm – 6pm

June 9-30, every Thursday 2-7pm, Beskydská 12

One table cafe
Daniel Dida

pop-up café

June 10, 5pm
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 18

Tavi Meraud
performative lecture, event included in the exhibition A Forming of Inevitable Blue by APART

June 11, 4-8pm
Karpatská Street and vicinity

Dominika Belanská & Nomadic Arts Festival team

walk in the neighbourhood with visits and discussions in selected public and private places

June 13-19
Areál zdravia Zlaté piesky

Areál zdravia. Abandoned (re)creation at Zlaté Piesky
Andrea Kalinová & Martin Zaiček

research residency

June 14, 8 am
Fajnorovo nábrežie, near Slovenské národné múzeum

Situation #7
Erik Janeček & Andrej Žabkay

site-specific intervention

June 15, 8pm
Mladosť Cinema, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 17

Zbigniew Libera: Walser, 2015, 78 minutes
film screening included in the exhibition A Forming of Inevitable Blue by APART

June 16, 6pm, Beskydská 12

Living Library: Multiculturalism
Lenka Kuricová

informal discussion in cooperation with Amnesty International

June 29, 6pm, Beskydská 12

Circles and Clouds
Eliška Mazalanová

meeting – presentation and discussion

July 6, 2-6pm, Beskydská 12

25. Exercise: Kicking the Ball
Jana Kapelová

meeting of parents and programme for children

Small/Big World © Katarína Balážiková, 2016