Metroplex 2022 – 2122
The ‘Metroplex 2022 – 2122’ exhibition will open at Novo Mesto in Novo Naselje on 10 September, within the Kaleidoscope of Culture programme arch.
The project of the Novo kulturno naselje ‘Metroplex’ refers to the artist Dejan Ilić and the Japanese artist Akinori Oishi, who closely collaborate in shaping and spreading cultural and artistic consciousness among the citizens of Novi Sad.
By evolving the futuristic presentation of the future Cultural Centre in Novo Naselje, and the way of living in and around it, virtual templates will open the door of Japanese culture and art to the locals, and the other way round. The exchange of cultural and artistic heritage will take place in both directions and show the vision of development through the eyes of artists.
The artists and their vision agree that Japanese technology will be dominant for the entire course of civilisation in the next hundred years. Through the application of the AR (Augmentative Reality) technology on the construction site of the future building, the citizens of Novi Sad will have the opportunity to experience a different approach to cultural-artistic content, where works of art open the potential for new constructive ideas contributing the decentralisation of culture and art.
Dejan Ilić has a master’s degree in applied arts and he is a graphic designer with extensive experience in creating projects in the field of graphic communications and multimedia. As a music producer, he stands behind twelve albums of different musical genres. He was chosen for the Kizuna art residency by the ‘Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation, in cooperation with the EU-Japan Fest organisation from Tokyo.
Akinori Oishi is a Japanese multimedia artist from Osaka. He studied fine arts at Kyoto University of Art and later developed his skills in multimedia at IAMAS (International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences / Japan). He has taught as a guest lecturer at the University of Arts and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Tama Art University in Tokyo. The artist is active on the Japanese art scene and mainly deals with illustrations. He participated in the creation of commercials for Mitsubishi Electric, Uniqlo, Coca Cola Japan. Akinori’s distinctive style is reflected in the innocent-looking characters who are always kind to children and adults.
Marko Jozić was born in Novi Sad in 1987. He graduated from Karlovci Grammar School and has BA in recording and sound design, which he studied at the Academy of Arts. He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree programme, with a major in production. He was involved in a large number of the most diverse carried-out projects in the sphere of art, culture and media. He is a member and founder of the organisation Novo kulturno naselje.
Novo kulturno naselje is an association founded in 2014. As part of the initiative to establish a Cultural Centre in Novo Naselje, the association has successfully organised 18 festivals, over 1100 educational and artistic workshops and events, volunteer and humanitarian actions, several international projects, greening and cleaning actions and numerous other activities.