Full name: Ida Blažičko
Organisation: LAB 852
Currently lives and works in: Zagreb, Croatia / Hangzhou, China
Practice: Sculpture, Art in Public Space
Areas of interest: Art in Public Space, Poetry, Architecture, Biomimetics, Technology of Materials
Favorite books: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Favorite films: Inception, The Conversation, Finding Nemo, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Westside Story
Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets: It is amazing to be a part of MagiC Carpets. It was such an honor and a gift to be invited to come to Guimarães, to respond, to collaborate, to expand and to make something that hasn’t been done before.
MagiC Carpets project: Traces of Time / The City Hall – the former Convent of St. Clare,Casa da Memória, SãoGualter water tank
Water tanks and rivers have always been focal points for multiple social activities. Inspired by the phenomenon of water tanks ofGuimarães, which have always been essential places of gathering and socialization for the community, the site-specific sculptures incorporated at the three locations (Convent of St. Clare, Casa da Memória, São Gualterwater tank)tried to reestablish unique and intimate connection between society and water, which is gradually getting lost.The buildingof the Convent of St. Claredates to the 16thcentury and since 1968, it was designated as the City Hall of Guimarães, housing also the municipal archives.Casa da Memória is a center of interpretation and knowledge that exposes, interprets and communicates material and immaterial testimonies that contribute for a better knowledge of the culture, territory and history of Guimarães, working with and for the community, experts and local agents, with a view to the development of an active and participatory citizenship. It is known as a place of meeting, sharing and reflection of Guimarães´ roots, traditions and memories.
The site-specific sculptures createcontemplative consonance with the surroundings. The interplay between light, space and the transparent fragile textile creates a quiet sensation of presence and absence. The sculptures are not simply objects, but they are a relational process in progress that incorporates nature and observer by establishing a constant dialogue with the site by not only surprising the spectator, but also leading him/her to see the surrounding space in a different way.
Past projects you are proud of (before MC):
Emerging Resilience – Wo/man under umbrella
1stAward for the concept and the content of Montenegrin exhibition at the 16thInternational Architecture Exhibition in Venice / La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2018) as part of a five-person team.
Montenegro’s exhibition strives for multidisciplinary integration of results of contemporary ecological research and collaborative practices in urban design and spatial planning. The curator, Sonja Radović Jelovac, suggests focusing on broader research frame of the Montenegro presentation based on the need for instrumentalisation of the resilience principle in the local context, as well as the need for adopting the model of sharing values. There are three interrelated parts of the Montenegro presentation at the Biennale Architettura 2018: the book, the exhibition and the networking, each one taking a specific angle in approaching the overarching theme of Emerging Resilience. All three elements vary in scale, materiality, duration and methods of dissemination. Together, they act as a vibrant framework underpinning an open-ended discussion on the theme within and beyond the actual pavilion. In addition to the main theme the subtheme is added Wo/ Man under the Umbrella.
Festival of Lights Zagreb
Very light semi-transparent sculptures fluttering on the wind above the Gradec plateau in Zagreb bring the sensitization and transformation of public space.
Deep silence, the shrill of cicadas, seeps into rocks
Permanent sculptureinstalled at the public space of the city San Vito al Tagliamento, Pordenone, Italy in 2017.
Premio in Sesto Award, Italy (2016)
The vegetation reflects in the sculpture and sculpture reflects on the surface of the water. By incorporating nature, the work ceases to be an object and becomes a process of ongoing relationships. The contemporary form starts a dialogue with the antiquity of the rough wall, which tells the history of this specific place. It causes viewers to do a double take, and experience a changed perception, as well as providing a surprise that makes people look more closely at their surroundings, and by seeing their environment differently they also think about it differently.
The site-specific artistic intervention “Aithérios” was realized as a part of the EU project CreArt. The purpose of the project is to combine artistic creation and scientific research as a possible means of encouraging new creative processes aimed at sensitization and transformation of public space as the archetype site for acting outside corporative models and dominant cultural industries.
Sculpture permanently installed in the public space
Xixi National Wetland Park, Hangzhou
The sculpture’s open and shiny membrane and vibrant, highly reflective mirror finish of the stainless steel surface is modelled by the lighting effects. The tranquillity and deep stillness of the specific location reflects the serenity of nature, vegetation and water.
What inspires you as an artist?
Contact Ida Blažičko
LinkedIn: Ida Blazicko