The initiative "If Buildings Could Talk" is a performative experience existing since 2015 at the Railway Residential Building in Skopje, activated by the organization Faculty of Things That Can’t Be Learned (FR~U). It develops itself by performing, i.e. it performs an active space as an aesthetic and ethical process of creating relations and bonds. Thus, the performance design is not physically built scenery, although it exists in a concrete building and cinema hall, but experiential and emotional modelling by an artistic process, formative and transformative, striving to become a caring community that will act beyond its own threshold. It carries a contemporary cross-disciplinary engaged approach that unites elements of visual and performing arts, extending their scope and framing and advocating for the preservation of the meaning of the public and the public space.
The performance installation This Building Talks Truly performs in size 1: 100 as a condensed experience of past activities, as a multi-time archive, which will tell us, in live: If we make it here, we can make it everywhere! And this is exactly the design of the performative agonistic community.
This Building Talks Truly consists of three parts: an installation with a performative part, a short video entitled “Kino Kultura”, and a bilingual publication.
Installation with performative part: Ilija Tiricovski, Gorjan Atanasov, Marko Naumovski, Sashko Poter Micevski, Aleksandar Kotevski, Stojanche Cavirovski, Vlado Dimoski, Toni Trajkovski (Constructions design Dooel, Skopje), Ivancho Velkov, Mile Krstevski, Aleksandar Jovanovski, Andrej Gureski - Membraning studio Skopje, household council members of the Railway Residential Building (Slobodan Kocevikj, Tome Karevski, Ivan Dzijanovski), Filip Avramchev (Universal Hall Skopje).
Short video titled “Kino Kultura”: Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, Violeta Kachakova, Slobodan Unkovski , Ilija Tiricovski, Sashko Poter Micevski, Aleksandar Kotevski, Stojanche Cavirovski
Bilingual publication: Boris Bakal, Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, Janez Jansa, Ana Vilenica, Simona Dimkovska, Marija Gelmanovska, Jana Kastratovikj, Tome Dimitrievski, Koma Design Studio, Jasmina Gjorgieva, Behar Dalipi, Ana Vasileva, Dragana Zarevska, Andjela Petrovska.
This project represented the Pavilion of the Republic of North Macedonia at PQ 2019.
The project was supported by the City of Skopje and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia.
The project’s presentation in Novi Sad is realized within the Kaleidoscope of Culture program and with the support of the Foundation “Novi Sad 2021- European Capital of Culture”.