Luxflux Rijeka
"Luxflux Rijeka" was a one-day event which took place on November 30, 2018, presenting the outcomes of the Luxflux programme, which started last year and has been jointly carried out by Institut Pierre Werner, University of Luxembourg, Goethe-Institut Kroatien, Luxembourg Center for Architecture (LUCA), Kasemattentheater and Drugo more.

Within the framework of the Freiraum European project, 38 Goethe-Instituts and their partners in the arts and civil society were developing creative answers to the questions of the state of freedom in Europe’s cities. Rijeka and Luxembourg have been randomly chosen as a tandem which subsequently developed a Luxflux project, which deals with the two dimensions of the topic of freedom: Luxembourg is questioning public space as a space of freedom, while Rijeka is wondering whether or not we can guarantee individual freedom(s) in our society.

After holding a series of workshops in the two cities during June and July, teams from Rijeka and Luxembourg exchanged their conclusions and guidelines, using them as the starting point for creating artworks and projects.

Balancing on the border between art installation, performance and post-dramatic theater, "The Place, It Has a Name" is a piece developed by playwright Ian De Toffoli, actress Elsa Rauchs and artist Lisa Kohl. The work defines the “space of freedom” and deals with its meaning for all of us. It is based on the statements about freedom presented and elaborated during the workshop held in Rijeka with the students of the Academy of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Rijeka.

Designers Leo Kirinčić and Maša Poljanec presented the "Case Study of Red and Blue", a speculative design installation with a starting point in the conclusions of the workshop on the freedom of space, held by Dr. Katrin Becker at the University of Luxembourg. The installation closely relates to Rijeka, dealing with the problematics of a specific architecture project of socialist housing construction, whose important aspect was the creation of an environment where the tenants would have a meeting place and where they would be able to create a community. The installation focuses on two housing complexes, Red and Blue, built in 1978. Their architect Ninoslav Kučan wanted to create a complex that will fulfil the basic needs of its tenants. Therefore, he planned a promenade in between the complexes with shops, kindergarten, bars, meeting places, etc. But, the ideas in architecture are only sometimes realized as planned, sometimes they are totally rejected, or, as in most cases, only partially realized...

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