Please introduce yourself, describe what your artistic practice is focused on at the moment?
I’m a struggling artist with a broken Slavic English. I have obtained my BSc in a field that doesn’t exist in the labor market anymore. When reading Bukowski at a younger age all I wanted was to knock on his door and ask him to shave, cut his fingernails, change his underwear, and clean the ashtray. Saberi se jarane!
What are your real and desired conditions for art production?
My art production conditions are non-existent since I signed the contract with the Slovenian Ministry of Culture as a PhD scholarship recipient. In this case, the artist is not allowed to apply for other projects. It’s interesting how cultural institutions can obstruct the prosperity of talented emerging artists who are already striving to survive in the art field.
What are your experiences of collaborative art and educational practices so far?
Currently I’m involved with the interdisciplinary theater project Boundary Crossing on an international level between Netherlands, Turkey, and Slovenia, with co-participatory art practices. An educational segment is implemented with flying coaches and regular university professors.
How do these times of economic, social and ecological crises affect your art practice?
Before and after COVID-19, my artistic production didn't change because I always worked in a precarious position, meaning I did with less or even nothing to create something. That which changed quite remarkably is the flow of the effort I invest. Now I choose who I work with because I am more economical with my time.
Name about 10 words/associations/notions that first come to your mind when you think of engaged eco-social participatory practices?
Nothing comes to my mind, literally. I could Google it but I won’t cheat.