“Creative Explorations” Conference in Athens
Connect for Creativity’s third and final networking conference titled ‘Creative Explorations: how digital is changing the way relate to each other’ will take place in Athens, Greece on 2nd and 3rd April at Romantso. The two-day conference, which will host many prominent speakers from Greece, Serbia, Turkey and the UK, will be open to public and free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs of a limited number of participants will be covered by the project. Applications can be submitted through Connect for Creativity website and the deadline is 20 February.
Connect for Creativity project, led by the British Council, in collaboration with ATÖLYE and Abdullah Gül University in Turkey, Bios in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia, is currently running an open call to apply for its third and last networking conference. The conference titled ‘Creative Explorations: how digital is changing the way relate to each other’ will take place in Athens, Greece on 2nd and 3rd April at Romantso and will bring together academics, artists, creative and cultural professionals and policy makers.
Can creative industries and new technologies be used for greater social good?
The conference, which will host many pioneering academics, entrepreneurs and culture professional as speakers from Greece, Serbia, Turkey and the UK, will focus on the convergence between creative industries and digital technologies and explore its impact on the way we connect with and relate to each other.
The two-day sessions will focus on the digital shift taking place in cultural and creative sectors in a world where digital has pervaded every part of our lives. The conference will examine the advantages that these new technologies provide to make culture more accessible, engaging and life-enhancing and how these advantages can be translated into greater social good through creativity.
By bringing together creative and cultural professionals, start-ups, brands, local, national and international actors from the digital technology communities and policy makers in Athens, ‘Creative Explorations’ conference aims to enable exchange of information, opinion and experience and foster new collaborations amongst participants from Greece, Serbia, Turkey, the UK and beyond through workshops, group sessions, keynotes and panel discussions.
Open call for participation to ‘Creative Explorations’ conference
All academics, artists, creatives, technologists, creative and cultural professionals and policy makers across the UK, Europe and Western Balkans can participate in the conference by applying the open call. Travel to and from Athens and up to two nights’ accommodation in Athens will be covered by the project. The participants will finance the other expenses on their own.
Participants can apply to the conference through connectforcreativity.eu website; the deadline for applications is Thursday, February 20th until 23:59.
Conference will be open to public and free of charge. Those who wish to participate in the conference at their own expense, must register through connectforcreativity.eu website.
Creative hubs boost confidence amongst people and countries
As part of the Connect for Creative project, a research titled ‘Creative Hubs – Opportunities and Challenges for Intercultural Dialogue’ was conducted with more than 400 participants. The research report elaborates on how future opportunities for collaboration can best be exploited as well as examining how creative hubs and creativity can help strengthen intercultural dialogue.
Connect for Creativity project, co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, is led by the British Council, in collaboration with ATÖLYE and Abdullah Gül University in Turkey, BIOS in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia as part of the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Programme of the Yunus Emre Institute. An international research was conducted in partnership with the Creative Economy Team at Cardiff University, as the first of its kind in the field of the creative economy to focus on intercultural dialogue. The final report of the research titled ‘Creative Hubs- Opportunities and Challenges for Intercultural Dialogue’ focuses on the role of creative hubs in strengthening intercultural dialogue.
The research sheds light on creative economy landscape in Turkey and Europe
Connect for Creativity aims to form a network of creative hubs across Europe to foster creative exploration and collaboration that contributes to building a more cohesive, open and connected civil society. To support this objective, the research focuses on creative economy in Turkey and in Europe. The Creative Economy Team at Cardiff University gathered insights from more than 400 people within the course of five months representing four different countries, namely Greece, Serbia, Turkey and the UK. While creative hub managers, members, academics, local private and public stakeholders were surveyed, experts were invited to participate in workshops to take a clearer picture of the reality on the ground. The research also analyzed our project partners in detail: ATÖLYE in Turkey, BIOS in Greece, Nova Iskra in Serbia and Rabble Studio in the UK as four different case studies.
75 per cent of the participants agree that creative hubs contribute to intercultural dialogue
The findings provide clear evidence that creative hubs are playing an increasingly important role in the development of creative and digital communities, and the economies of the places in which they are located. While the importance and value of social relations in creative hubs also finds a wide consensus among academics, the underlying engagements that go beyond the hub members to wider civil society are currently not well understood. 75 per cent of the survey respondents stated that they believe creative hubs contribute to and are platforms and enablers for intercultural dialogue. Across the four countries in the study, 38 culturally diverse groups with which creative hubs engage were identified. The surveyed creative hubs have international connections to 56 countries. In the light of these findings, it is evident that intercultural dialogue creates a number of benefits not only for the creative hub and its members, but also for other related stakeholders, policy makers and wider society.
Creative hubs need access to finance, knowledge and skills to develop
The social impact of creative hubs can often be overlooked by creative hub managers, members or stakeholders who either perceive it as a less significant part of their strategic plan or operations or because it is a relatively new way of considering value and contribution. The key factors identified in enabling future growth and success of creative hubs are access to finance, information, skills, experience and a support environment from stakeholders and partners to achieve this.
“Creativity and cross-cultural competency are among the ten most important skills for the future workforce”
Concerning the research report, Cherry Gough, Director Turkey, British Council highlighted the importance of creative industries by saying, “Over the last ten years the creative industries have become a global phenomenon. Creative hubs are increasing in number and rapidly becoming an important player in supporting creative communities globally. Creativity and cross-cultural competency are among the ten most important skills for the future workforce, as defined by the Institute for the Future. It is often said that the most successful economies and societies in the 21st century will be the most creative ones, given their contribution to prosperity and innovation.” She then added, “The British Council is active in supporting the creative industries and creative hubs across the globe. Together with policymakers, creative talent and communities we develop relevant, diverse and future-facing creative economies, with long-term links to the UK. We are particularly keen to promote collaboration between culture, enterprise and digital technology, accelerating growth in Research and Development (R&D) and new business models.”
Understanding intercultural dialogue has never been more important. The emergence of a clearer understanding of the potential for creative hubs to actively and strategically engage in this has put a focus on what is required to support and enable this in the future. This report titled ‘Creative Hubs – Opportunities and Challenges for Intercultural Dialogue’ aims to encourage stakeholders and hubs to take responsibility in collaborating to together consider how best to utilize these opportunities in the future.
This report is a first step to better understand the underlying concepts of how creative hubs create intercultural dialogue and will be used to advise our partners and networks to build on the findings.
Nova Iskra Workspace just opened its first restaurant!
Branč is open for business!
Nova Iskra Workspace powered by Rent24 just opened its first restaurant within its newest Belgrade location.
Having in mind how important healthy eating is to the members of our community, Branč restaurant will offer fresh and nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch, that change daily providing 3 different and diverse lunch options every day. Our menu consists of healthy salad meals and vegetarian dishes, traditionally cooked meals as well as different international dishes.
Branč restaurant is located within our newest Nova Iskra Workspace location in Dorćol (Cara Uroša 18). After a positive feedback from our community, who immediately fell in love with Branč food, the restaurant is now open for all visitors.
We invite you to drop by Branč and find out what lies behind the culinary magic of our talented chefs.
Branč restaurant and bar is open every working day from 8AM to 8PM. Drinks, as well as sandwiches and sweets at the bar, can be ordered throughout the whole day, while breakfast is served from 8 to 11 AM, and lunch from 12 to 4 PM.
Nova Iskra and European Creative Hubs Network at the Creative Forum Ljubljana
From November 12th to 15th, the city of Ljubljana will host the Creative Forum Ljubljana, which will bring together established and emerging creative entrepreneurs and hubs across the Mediterranean region. European Creative Hubs Network and Nova Iskra will be included in a special program aimed at hubs, and for the first time will be joined by hubs from countries such as Egypt, Israel, Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria Tunisia, Mauritania, Jordan and Morocco.
Creative Forum Ljubljana is organized by the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union for the Mediterranean. The Forum is a unique platform that connects the Southern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans through creativity. It will provide capacity building, networking, as well as space for discussion and review of policies related to the realm of creativity and the creative industries. The forum is intended to be an advocate and catalyst for policy changes that would create a conducive environment for the cultural and creative sectors at the regional level, the Mediterranean cultural space.
In its first edition in April 2018, the Forum reviewed the regional situation in the cultural and creative sectors, while this year it will lay the groundwork for joint action. Titled Creative Capital United, it is a call to unite forces – regionally and sectorally – from education to economy and policymaking.
The forum will provide an opportunity to connect with policymakers and creative communities from as many as twenty countries! It will bring together representatives of creative communities from countries such as Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Montenegro, Morocco, Northern Macedonia, Palestine, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.
European Creative Hubs Network, the first and only European creative hub network active since 2016, will, together with the conference organizers, implement a special program for hubs on Wednesday, November 13th, with a focus on program development of creative hubs, the position of creative workers and policy models and funding related to hubs. Within this program, Nova Iskra will deliver a workshop dedicated to the program development of creative hubs, while the entire event will be held at the space of the first Slovenian creative hub, Poligon.
Food is culture: Nominate your local food products to the Arc of taste catalog and save them from oblivion
The competition for European citizens starts today
Food is culture project is starting a new challenge: After the contest for chefs and elementary school students, comes an opportunity for all European citizens to actively participate in this contest. From today to March 15th 2020, anyone can nominate a unique food product from their local gastronomic traditions to become a part of Ark of Taste. This initiative of the Slow Food organization, a catalog of products threatened with extinction and that are a part of the culture, history and tradition of the entire world, currently has over 5,000 entries. The Ark of Taste catalog was created to point out the existence of these products and draw attention to the risk that they might disappear within a few generations.
The rules of participation are very simple, just click the following link (https://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/what-we-do/the-ark-of-taste/nominations-from-around-the-world/nominate-a-product/) and provide as much information as possible about the product that you are applying for: its name, how it is used in the kitchen, how it is related to the local culture and history and the characteristics that make it unique. At the end of the competition, the jury will select one exceptional product to exhibit at the international exhibition Food is Culture, dedicated to the Treasury of taste and biodiversity protection. The exhibition had its first appearance in Stockholm, and was staged in Belgrade from October 11 to 27, after which it will travel to European museums. The competition winner will have the opportunity to spend a weekend in Lange and Roero in the northern Italian region of Piedmont.
The rules of the competition can be found here https://a2e5c2y9.stackpathcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Contest_cittadini_Food_Culture_ENG.pdf
The Food is Culture project aims to make European citizens aware that food heritage is a means of expressing their belonging to Europe and better understanding the wealth and uniqueness of Europe’s cultural diversity. We must pay more attention to safeguarding and promoting our shared food heritage.
Food is Culture is a project funded by the European program Creative Europe, with the contribution of the Fondazione CRC di Cuneo, led by Slow Food with its partners Kinookus, Europa Nostra, Nova Iskra Creative Hub, Transpond AB. The Belgrade exhibition was supported by the Ministry of culture and information in Serbia.
David Ohlsson’s and Dit-Cilinn’s “Flood” exhibition
David Ohlsson and Dit-Cilinn, are this year’s Designer and Residence participants, that will present their solo exhibition „Flood“ on October 26 at 7pm at the Transformart Gallery. The exhibition will be opened for viewing until October 31st.
“Flood” is a performance sculpture inspired by the muddy embrace of the Sava and Danube rivers. It shows the mass of intertwined bodies that are stretched across a metal structure. Bodies are in a collective dream, drawn by an invisible current. It is unclear whether these individuals were forcibly forced or captured or willingly surrendered to a force greater than themselves. The masses and its movements are the embodied desire for existence downstream of the flow of things, not opposite to it.
(from the artist’s text)
In their artistic oeuvre, David and Dit-Cilinn explore the concepts of mythology and ecology through poetic precision-executed installations in which they contrast nature and culture. Working with topics such as human existence and spirituality, their work is the negotiation between today’s urban life and the desire for something transcendent.
David Ohlsson (born 1985) graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, with a master’s degree from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is the recipient of the 2013 Barclay Simpson Award as well as the 2012 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Award and Scholarship. He has exhibited his work at solo exhibitions in Stockholm, Turin, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Brussels, Gothenburg and San Francisco, as well as significant group exhibitions such as Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Nordic Contemporary Art Collection, Sculpture Unleashed and many others. David Ohlsson often works and exhibits as part of an art duet with artist Ditt-Cilinn.
Dit-Cilinn (born 1983) attended the Valand Academy in Gothenburg and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She completed her master’s studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited at the For-Site Foundation, Nevada City, and the Oliver Art Center, Oakland, USA, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg and Gothenburg Art Museum. In 2014, Dit-Cilinn was the recipient of the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Grant. In 2017, she completed her two-year residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
We invite you to follow our programs of public presentations of this year’s Designer and Residence program.
Nova Iskra one of the participants in the Swedish Institute Innovation Leaders (SIIL) program 2019
The aim of Swedish Instute Innovation Leaders program (SIIL) is to contribute to the innovation ecosystem in the western Balkan region. The goal is to create a platform for knowledge exchange and problem solving between innovation field experts within private sector, public sector and academia, with the help of Swedish expertise and experience.
The countries that participate in the program SI Innovation Leaders during this first year are Bosnia Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Serbia. By the end of the program the idea is to create strong network of innovation ecosystem experts for a strong and innovative future in the western Balkan region.
Each participant country is consisting of two groups, Country Advisory Team (CAP) and Country Innovation Projects Team (CIP).
Country Advisory Team is represented by: Nana Radenković (Nova Iskra), Nikola Andonov (FabBelgrade) and Lazar Lekić (Ministry of Education), while participants of the Country Innovation Projects team are: Marina Blagojević (Cluster manager/Project coordinator at ICT Network Serbia), Iva Cvjetičanin (Design Hub Coordinator at Tetra Pak), Nikola Komšić (Independent Advisor for Innovations at the Innovation Department at Chamber of Commerce), Petar Vrgović (Associate professor at Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad), Bojana Borković (Business Development Enthusiast at Strawberry energy) and Miloš Paunović (CSR Specialist at Nordeus).
The primary goal of these participants is to create a strong link between local expertise on innovation ecosystems and the program. Knowledge of ongoing projects, risks and opportunities, political agendas, needs and obstacles for adaptation to changes, unofficial networks and contacts between potentially participating organizations – all this is of extraordinary importance to the successful development of a program focusing on systemic change.
So far three modules of program were realized – Kick- off in Belgrade (April), First module in Sweden (June) and Second module in Sarajevo (October 2019.)
Connect for Creativity’s second international conference “Creative Catalyst” takes place in Kayseri
Led by the British Council, in partnership with ATÖLYE and Abdullah Gül University in Turkey, Bios in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia, Connect for Creativity will hold its second international conference in Kayseri. The conference, titled “Creative Catalyst: A role for universities in building creative industries” will take place on 5 and 6 December 2019, at Abdullah Gül University in Kayseri and aims to foster collaboration between creative industries and universities. Travel and accommodation expenses of a number of selected participants will be covered. Applications can be made via the Connect for Creativity website until 27 October 2019.
Connect for Creativity is an 18-month project co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey through the Intercultural Dialogue programme that is led by Yunus Emre Institute. The project aims to strengthen intercultural dialogue by bringing creative hubs and communities together. In parallel with this objective, Abdullah Gül University is hosting an international networking conference to bring together academics, artists, creative and cultural professionals, and policy-makers.
Organized within the framework of Connect for Creativity project to foster collaboration between creative industries and universities, the conference titled “Creative Catalyst: A role for universities in building creative industries” will take place in Kayseri, Turkey on 5 and 6 December 2019 at Abdullah Gül University.
The second international conference of the project, which is led by the British Council, in partnership with ATÖLYE and Abdullah Gül University in Turkey, Bios in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia will focus on creativity and intercultural competencies and the role that collaborations between creative industries and universities can play in shaping the future of education. The conference will explore why creativity and cross-cultural competency are listed among the ten most important skills of the future. It will also focus on questions such as, ‘What is the role and contribution of higher education in the creative economy?’, ‘How can creative industries take an active role in the design and further development of future education?’
Policymakers, opinion leaders and experts from the industry will meet in Kayseri
The conference will bring together decision-makers, opinion leaders and experts from across Europe to explore the future of creativity, skills, workforce, and culture and it will welcome its participants with a comprehensive program on 5 and 6 December 2019. The event will offer creative and cultural professionals an opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas, and experience to build dialogue and foster new collaborations through workshops, group discussions as well as keynotes, ‘Follow the Speakers’ session and panels.
This second international conference that will take place within Connect for Creativity is expected to host participants from among academics, artists, technologists, creative and cultural professionals, and policymakers across the UK, Europe and Western Balkans.
The project will cover the travel and accommodation expenses of a limited number of participants
The conference is open to the public and is free of charge. Registration is required for participation. Travel and accommodation expenses of a limited number of participants selected by an open call will be covered within the scope of the project. Participants will finance their own per diem costs.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 27 October 2019, 23:59 via connectforcreativity.eu website.
Nova Iskra Workspace powered by Rent24 opened its new location in Belgrade
Nova Iskra Workspace powered by Rent24, the leading coworking provider in Serbia, has officially opened its third location last Thursday in Belgrade – Upper Dorćol district, in the Cara Uroša 18th Street.
On more than 1.200 sqm the community of 130 people, among whom are freelancers, but also established companies from different backgrounds in IT as well as creative industries, have found their perfect workspace.
Our newest Nova Iskra Workspace location expands on several levels and incorporates a multifunctional event space, suitable for different events and meet-ups. This new event space concept is completely isolated from the working areas and designed to provide a unique experience for up to 80 guests with a cinema-like seating area. The whole presentation area is equipped with state of the art technical equipment and available to rent for different kind of events.
In addition, highlights of the Dorćol location are conference rooms, “open space” work areas, private offices, relaxation and fun areas, a rooftop terrace, and a unique urban garden in the reception area. This location will be the first coworking space in Belgrade with an accompanying restaurant and bar.
In September 2018, Nova Iskra Workspace became part of Rent24’s international network, a global coworking and coliving provider, whose portfolio currently boasts around 60 locations across three continents.
Marko Radenković, founder and general manager of Nova Iskra, says that with the opening of the Dorćol location, Nova Iskra Workspace stepped up when it comes to the features that coworking spaces have to offer. He also said that Nova Iskra Workspace looked for the right partner to share their vision of growth and development, and now, together with rent24, Nova Iskra Workspace is able to realize their vision, and the new Dorćol location is just the beginning.
Robert Bukvić, founder and CEO of Rent24, adds: “It’s not without reason that Belgrade is perceived as the new ‘Silicon Serbia’ and that Rent24 has the pleasure to further strengthen that image with new coworking space and drive innovation.” He also expressed his personal joy about the opening of the location in Dorćol, saying that the Balkan region has developed strongly in recent years and that Rent24 is proud to be part of that positive process.
The cocktail event gathered numerous invitees and a lot of media representatives.
Open Call for Art and Technology Residency Programme in Athens, Istanbul and Belgrade
Led by the British Council, in partnership with ATÖLYE and Abdullah Gül University in Turkey, Bios in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia, Connect for Creativity project will host an Art and Technology Residency which will take place simultaneously in Athens, Belgrade and Istanbul between 7 October – 17 November 2019. Deadline for applications is 28 July and application form can be found in Connect for Creativity website.
The project is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey through the Intercultural Dialogue programme that is led by the Yunus Emre Institute. Connect for Creativity aims to form a network of creative hubs across Europe to foster creative exploration and collaboration that contributes to building a more cohesive, open and connected civil society.
The goal of the Connect for Creativity Art and Technology Residency Programme is to bring together artists from Turkey, the UK, Greece and Serbia with a focus on the intercultural collaborative experience. Held simultaneously in Athens, Belgrade, and Istanbul, the residency will host one participant from each of the four participating countries in each city, for a total of 12 participants in the programme. Throughout the immersive six-week programme, participants will also explore how a networked culture can develop cohesion to deal with the uncertainty and change that pervades modern life.
The curatorial statement for the residency will be developed by the project’s curator. The participants will then be expected to respond to this statement through their own perspective and practice. Working individually and/or in small groups, the participants will showcase their newly created artworks at each residency location for approximately two weeks at the end of the programme. Following the exhibitions at ATÖLYE, Nova Iskra, and Bios, artworks chosen by the curator will also be featured in a final exhibition in the UK in spring 2020.
The residency is open to participants from Turkey, the UK, Serbia and Greece who work in the disciplines of Architecture, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Design, Literature, Music/Sound and Video/Film/New Media. Applicants must be 18 and over, and demonstrate an interest in cross-disciplinary international collaborations. Applicants must also commit to participating full-time in the residency, which will take place between 7 October and 17 November 2019.
Applications will be assessed by the project team of representatives from the British Council, ATÖLYE, Nova Iskra and Bios. The shortlist formed by the project team will then be reviewed by the project curator, who will select the 12 artists for the residency programme. Artists chosen to participate in the six-week programme will have their accommodation, travel and artwork expenses covered by the project, and they’ll also be provided with a 600 Euro fee.
Those wishing to apply for the residency should fill out the online application form before 24.00 on Sunday 28 July. For more information on the residencies and to access the application form, visit the Connect for Creativity website.
For more info or questions:
Emre Erbirer, Events Lead & Project Manager, ATÖLYE
Ali Özgür Arslan, Communications Lead, ATÖLYE
Nova Iskra at WebizEdu in Novi Sad
This year’s WebizEdu conference taking place from June 7th to 9th in Novi Sad had Nova Iskra’s representatives participating in two program units. Kristijan Šujević, co-founder and manager of Nova Iskra Studio gave a lecture How design thinking can be helpful in the digital transformation of an organization, while co-founder and manager of the program Nana Radenković took part in a panel How to transform a small business into a leader of digital transformation? Other participants of the discussion were: Ivana Todorović, Manager of Marketing and Communications Department / Societe Generale Serbia; Branislav Sekulić, General Executive and Cofounder / Vrtlari; Aleksandar Stepanić, Coowner / Carpe Diem Dairy; and Jovana Vasiljević, General Executive / Dr Gifing Center, all of whom are the finalists of the Generator program.
The goal of this edition of Webiz education was to offer a fresh perspective to business leaders while demonstrating a successful way of moving forward by merging technology and business, and emphasizing the importance of learning to adapt and overcome.
This occasion had the city of Novi Sad welcoming a number of experts sharing their knowledge and experience through lectures and panel discussions about the importance of the new ways of being a leader, adopting agile methodology, timely and affordable validation of ideas, creating value in digital economy, shaping the future with IoT, as well as about conjunction of technology and organizational culture, and adopting innovative solutions.
Nova Iskra part of the Swedish Institute Innovation Leaders (SIIL) initiative
23 innovation experts from Bosnia Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Serbia, covering academia, public and private sector took part of the first edition of the Swedish Institute Innovation Leaders program in the western Balkans organized in 24-25th April in Belgrade this year.
The aim of SI Innovation Leaders (SIIL) is to contribute to the innovation ecosystem in the western Balkan region. The goal is to create a platform for knowledge exchange and problem solving between innovation field experts within private sector, public sector and academia, with the help of Swedish expertise and experience.
Nana Radenković, Nova Iskra program manager is one of the Country Advisory Team members along with Lazar Lekić from Ministry of Innovation and Ivan Andonov from Polyhedra Fab Lab Serbia.
The selected SI Leaders are coming from various organizations, companies and clusters: Marina Blagojević, Acting director/Project coordinator, ICT Network, Serbia; Bojana Borković, Co-founder and Business Development Executive, Strawberry Energy, Serbia; Iva Cvjetićanin Design Hub Coordinator, Tetra Pak, Serbia; Đorđe Đorđević, Innovation Manager, ICT Hub, Serbia; Nikola Komšić, Independent Advisor for Innovations, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Serbia; Miloš Paunović, CSR specialist, Nordeus, Serbia; Ivana Stančić, Social Innovation Program Manager, Smart Kolektiv, Serbia; Petar Vrgović, Associate professor, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Serbia;
By the end of the program we will be a part of a strong network of innovation ecosystem experts for a strong and innovative future in the western Balkan region.
Nova Iskra is announcing “Connect for Creativity” project and international conference “Creative Backslash”
By the middle of 2020, Nova Iskra is participating in the intercultural project entitled “Connect for Creativity”, together with partners from Turkey, Greece and Great Britain. “Creative Backslash: from precarious individuals to resilient organizations”, a three-day conference dedicated to the future of creative work, will be organized in Belgrade from June 12th to 14th.
Connect for Creativity is an 18-month project led by the British Council, in partnership with three creative hubs – ATÖLYE in Turkey, Bios in Greece, Nova Iskra in Serbia and Abdullah Gül University in Kayseri. The project aims to form a network of creative hubs across Europe to foster creative exploration and collaboration that contributes to building a more cohesive, open and connected civil society. The project is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.
Connect for Creativity project is part of the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Programme, led by the Yunus Emre Institute and co-financed by the European Union and Republic of Turkey. The Programme aim to strengthen cultural exchanges and dialogue between EU -Turkey by bringing different institutions with different cultural backgrounds together. Connect for Creativity project aims to form a network of creative hubs across Europe to foster creative exploration and collaboration that contributes to building a more cohesive, open and connected civil society.
The programme will include a series of activities; a research into the growing importance of creative hubs and their role in promoting intercultural dialogue, three networking conferences in Belgrade, Kayseri and Athens, a study visit to the UK, simulatenous six weeks long art and technologu residencies in Istanbul, Athens and Belgrade followed by an exhibition in the UK.
The project helps establish links between Turkey, the United Kingdom, Greece, and Serbia and offers a variety of opportunities for global networks, said Relja Bobic, Founding Partner of Nova Iskra. “For us, this project is a natural development of relationships we have been developing with partners such as bios, ATOLYE and British Council over the past years, as well as a chance to further enhance the intercultural dialogue between our countries, and to connect the cultural and creative actors active in our respective communities. At least in the Balkans, we are too often looking up only to creative and artistic achievements coming from the north and the west, while there are extremely rich cultural contexts unfolding in our proximity, in the directions of south and east. I would say that is the most exciting aspect of this project for us, presenting those rich cultural landscapes of Greece and Turkey to Serbian audiences and creative professionals.” he said.
Connect for Creativity enables students, academics, artists, professionals from creative and cultural industries and policy-makers to benefit from international business development and collaboration opportunities in Europe, engage in the transfer of experience and knowledge, and participate in creative research on the principles of empathy, inclusion, and empowerment.
The project offers travel grants for participants attending business visits, business development conferences and in-residence programmes on arts and technology, and also provides funding for these individuals to help them realize their works. To receive detailed information on project activities, which will take place in London, Manchester, Istanbul, Kayseri, Belgrade and Athens, as well as for applications, please visit:
MADE IN: Mapping of Belgrade craftsmen, residences and workshops
In the framework of the international project “MADE IN: Craft Design Narratives”, this May Nova Iskra organizes several activities for students at Belgrade craft workshops, as well as a residency in which the Swedish designer Jenny Nordberg will collaborate with Belgrade craftsmen on a brand new project.
MADE IN: Craft Design Narratives is a two-year international project dealing with the relationship of contemporary design and the field of crafts, supported by the EU program Creative Europe. In addition to Nova Iskra, Museum of Arts and Crafts from Zagreb, Museum of Architecture and Design from Ljubljana, Studio Oaza from Zagreb, Werkraum Bregenzerwald from Austria, and Mikser organization from Belgrade also participate in the project.
So far, a kickoff conference and two seminars in Serbia and Croatia have been held, bringing together leading European organizations, actors and educators dealing with cross-sections of design and crafts, including Crafts Council Nederland, Atelier Luma, SPOK or BIO Biennial of Design, as well as authors such as Andrea de Chirico, Henriette Waal, Anna Gudmundsdottir, Sanja Rotter, Ivana Fabrio, Emelie Rondahl and many others.
In parallel, in all four countries the partners mapped out 10 craft workshops, whose profiles will soon be presented on the website www.madein-platform.com. It is these craft workshops that will be involved in the upcoming activities – residencies of established European designers in Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Andelsbuch, as well as workshops for students that will be facilitated by designers in cooperation with craftsmen. The results of the residences and these workshops will be showcased within the final exhibition of the project, which will be presented in all partner cities, including the Mikser Festival in 2020. Workshops that were included in the research in Belgrade include Sava perfumery, Kape Rade hat workshop, shoemaker Bane, Xylon carpentry, Naša posla leatherwork, Vilenica studio, Tatjana + light workshop, Boye Porcelain, traditional candy maker Bosiljčić and the book binding workshop Petrof.
The guest of the Nova Iskra as the resident designer will be Jenny Nordberg from Sweden (http://jennynordberg.se/). Jenny is an industrial designer who lives and works in Malmo. Her work is focused on research, examining the boundaries of the design process, the results of which vary from experimental and conceptual to commercial projects. Jenny works in various domains of applied arts, including conceptual design, product design and experimental design, generating ideas and strategic development. In her work, she often examines the ways in which manual labor, crafts and industrial and mass production can be enlarged. One of the main goals of Jenny Nordberg as a designer is to try to expand and upgrade the role of designers themselves. Her work includes personal projects that are often experimental, research and craft-oriented, lectures held on different designs and architectural schools, as well as projects that work for clients, which are most often in the domain of strategic development or in the domain of sustainable, productive and consumer design.
Jenny will be working in Belgrade in May and June, while at the same time several workshops for students will be organized, in cooperation with craft workshops Naša posla, Boya Porcelain and others. Workshops will be facilitated by Vesna Pejović, our prominent industrial designer and professor of industrial design at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts, together with the craftsmen. Details of the workshops and the method of application will be published on May 6th. The workshops will have a limited capacity of 12 participants in total, and will be held from May 20th to 24th.
Nova Iskra also has the pleasure to present four webinars/lectures produced during the Design & Craft in Dialogue conference in Belgrade last October, where Thomas Geisler (Werkraum Bregenzerwald), Maja Vardjan (BIO), Anna Gudmundsdottir (SPOK) and Ivana Fabrio (Studije dizajna Zagreb) delivered engaging presentations.
Entrepreneurship and Creative Businesses Workshop
The attendants of the Entrepreneurship in Culture seminar organized by Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies took part in the Entrepreneurship and Creative Businesses workshop realized by Nana Radenković, Nova Iskra’s educational program manager. The workshop was directed toward young creatives, managers in culture, activists, and entrepreneurs from different domains.
The very seminar was realized through a series of lectures and workshops offering the participants a stronger understanding of the culture market, launching startups, writing business plans, sustainable financing, and marketing in culture.
The seminar was held in Belgrade on April 20th and 21st at the premises of Papergirl gallery.
10 years of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs: stronger than ever a decade later
Since its launch in 2009, the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme has helped to facilitate more than 7,000 collaborations between new and experiences entrepreneurs across the EU, enabling over 14,000 entrepreneurs to benefit from this EU-funded programme.
In 10 years, the programme has helped entrepreneurs to stimulate innovative business practices, develop new products and services, and expand into new markets.
Christophe Leitl, President of EUROCHAMBRES – the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which acts as the Support Office of the programme, reaffirmed the support of the European business community: “This programme plays a crucial role in boosting entrepreneurship in the EU. Since its inception, EUROCHAMBRES has supported this unique entrepreneurial initiative and we will proudly continue to do so in the future! We need to build on the achievements of this successful programme: more people and businesses benefiting, more countries to connect with, more entrepreneurs in Europe! ”
Director for the COSME Programme at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Kristin Schreiber, added: “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is highly appreciated by entrepreneurs because it helps them boost their business in a tangible way. It helps to create new companies and jobs, and supports entrepreneurs on their path to growth. For example, between 2014–2016, over 250 new companies and more than 2,000 jobs were created thanks to the EYE experience. I want to see this programme grow in importance, with more and more successful entrepreneurs, more start-ups and more SMEs growing and scale-up within”.
The EYE programme facilitates the exchange of entrepreneurial and management experience across the EU. It matches a newly established or potential entrepreneur with a well-experienced entrepreneur running a small business in another country. The exchange is partially funded by the European Union under the COSME programme, Europe’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises.
To mark the impact of the programme, Nelly Davtyan and Ioannis Polychronakis were selected as the EYE Entrepreneurs of the Decade during the award ceremony that took place in Brussels on 18 March. The event brought together the network of nearly 200 local contact points that implement the programme across Europe, as well as Members of the European Parliament, and representatives from the European Commission, the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).
About the winners
Nelly Davtyan (Armenia) was awarded as EYE New Entrepreneur of the Decade. In 2016 Nelly put together a team of experienced IT developers and founded ‘IT Solutions’, a company for mobile and web-based applications. After her exchange in Malta in 2018, Nelly has managed to turn her start-up into a sustainable growing IT business with the help of the EYE programme and her host entrepreneur. She aspires to encourage more young women from small countries to run their own business.
In the EYE Host Entrepreneur of the Decade category, the prize went to Ioannis Polychronakis (Greece). Ioannis runs a family business in the design and construction sector, offering customised design/building and consulting services on the island of Crete. The company focuses on the natural preservation, implementing environmentally friendly house solutions (energy passive houses, green energy solutions, recycling solutions). Since joining EYE in 2015, Ioannis has hosted 5 new entrepreneurs from various countries.
The first General Assembly of the EUROPEAN CREATIVE HUBS NETWORK
The three-day gathering for the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) will be held from April 11th to 13th in Athens. It is the first annual meeting of the newly-established network of European creative hubs, as well as the launch of Creative FLIP, the first major project that the network is involved in. Belgrade-based Nova Iskra is one of the founding members of the network and played a key role in its establishment.
The partners of the Creative FLIP project are pleased to announce the Opening Conference of the project in Athens, Greece. The event will take place from April 11th to 13th in Athens and will in parallel host the European Creative Hubs Network first annual General Assembly. The Creative FLIP Opening Conference will highlight the question of how to improve the existing ecosystem for CCIs, with specific focus on Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting.
A full programme of plenary meetings, workshops and activities will aim to generate ideas on how to strengthen CCIs’ capacities for growth and development through improved access to finance, value recognition, and capacities to capture value from IP. It will also strive to connect the CCI with other sectors by demonstrating the transversal relevance of skills and expertise related to creative thinking. The conference will also present respected keynote speakers: Myrsini Zorba (the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports), Sir Peter Cook (the founder of the legendary, avant-garde architectural collective Archigram) and Olga Mink (the director of Baltan Laboratories from Eindhoven). The conference also takes place under the patronage of the European Parliament.
Creative FLIP – Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting for Cultural and Creative Industries is a pilot project co-funded by the EU, and implemented by a consortium led by the Goethe-Institut in partnership with IDEA Consult, VVA Brussels, 3s Unternehmensberatung, Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle Luxembourg and European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN). The general objective of this pilot project is to define and test policies and actions for sustaining and developing cultural and creative industries and to generating cross-sectoral benefits and spill-overs in the different areas and sectors the CCIs interface with.
European Creative Hubs Network is a peer-led network with a mission to enhance the creative, economic and social impact of hubs. It is the first network in Europe specifically tailored to support physical spaces that host and provide services to multiple creative businesses. ECHN aims to enhance the ecosystem that supports the development and growth of the creative and cultural sector by supporting the subsistence and growth of creative hubs in Europe, creating a community of experienced creative hubs leaders across Europe from a variety of sectors and promoting hubs as innovative models to support the creative economy in Europe.
Slow Food presents the artwork Exhibition: What you didn’t know existed. Endangered food from around the world
The exhibition What you didn’t know existed. Endangered food from around the world will be launched March 29th (6 to 9 pm) at the Stockholm Spritmuseum and will be visible until the April 8. The work officially inaugurates Slow Food activities within the project Food is Culture, funded by the European program Creative Europe, with the contribution of the Italian Fondazione CRC di Cuneo. Artistic installations which allow the public hands-on experience the displayed products, a touchscreen to virtually meet the producers and the possibility to discover the products catalogued on the online recipes database Slow Food Ark of Taste website: this is the exhibition that will travel all around Europe in the coming year.
The exhibition highlights the importance of gastronomic heritage and diversity, and the substantial risk of it being lost. Every visitor has the possibility of printing a special recipe made with some Ark of Taste products. Alongside the artworks, at the opening visitors will be invited to enjoy the so-called Food Tales, based on the internationally-recognized concept of the Human Library.
The exhibition What you didn’t know existed: endangered food from around the world is designed by Slow Food in collaboration with experience designer Josefin Vargö. The exhibition will also be hosted in Belgrade (Serbia, October 2019), Brussels (Belgium, Spring 2020) and Pollenzo (Italy, Summer 2020) but is open to requests from any museum that would be interested in hosting it.
Through the Food is Culture project Slow Food and its partners want to give a new life to the products in question, giving the public the possibility to discover them, to visit the places whence they originate, and listen to their stories. The Food is Culture project aims to make European citizens aware that food heritage is a means of expressing their belonging to Europe and better understanding the wealth and uniqueness of Europe’s cultural diversity. We must pay more attention to safeguarding and promoting our shared food heritage.
Food is Culture is a project funded by the European program Creative Europe, with the contribution of the Fondazione CRC di Cuneo, led by Slow Food with its partners Kinookus, Europa Nostra, Nova Iskra Creative Hub, Transpond AB.
The Ark of Taste is an online catalogue that is growing day by day, gathering nominations from people who see the flavors of their childhood disappearing, taking with them a piece of the culture and history of which they are a part. Anyone can contribute by suggesting a product or making a donation. For more information, please visit the Ark of taste website .
Nova Iskra invites Serbian companies to take part in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program
Nova Iskra offers a new opportunity for pan-European collaboration between Serbian companies and experienced entrepreneurs with young entrepreneurs from seven European countries through Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program!
During 2018 and 2019, Nova Iskra is participating in the project Excite 2.0, a program dedicated to the international professional exchanges in Serbia and Europe. The exchanges are realized through the European Union program – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) – and gives the opportunity for 9 Serbian companies or experienced entrepreneurs to host young entrepreneurs from Sweden, Germany, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, The Netherlands and Slovakia during 2019, as well as the same number of young entrepreneurs from Serbia to spend a couple of months in one of those countries.
The focus of the Excite 2.0 program is on the cultural and creative industries field (CCI), with a goal of the knowledge, new entrepreneurial ideas and innovations exchange, as well as the opening of the opportunities on the European markets, what makes internationalization and business development possible in these sectors. The program provides monthly scholarships for stays of the foreign entrepreneurs in Serbia, which means that there are no costs for domestic companies when it comes to participate in this program. The focus is on the experience exchange, collaboration, interpersonal support, with a goal of the development of the entrepreneurs, but the companies they are hosted by.
The role of Nova Iskra is to be the local coordination and support point dedicated to these entrepreneurs (individuals) and host companies, especially active in the field of cultural and creative industries, in order to find complementary entrepreneurs from European countries to connect with. Study stays will be realized throughout 2019, with a duration of 1, 2 or 3 months, depending on circumstances and possibilities.
All the interested companies and registered entrepreneurs from Serbia that are active in the cultural and creative industries field (including IT companies and related works), can apply for participation in the program, by sending an e-mail to the program coordinator at email@example.com. Interested companies should send a short company profile and any relevant links. Soon after the application, you will be contacted by Nova Iskra about further details and preparation of the company profile for the online system of the EYE program, within which the “matchmaking” of the companies and entrepreneurs is taking place. The open call for the companies is constantly open, but there is a greater chance to host an entrepreneur in the next year if you apply earlier, ideally by the end of 2018 or not later than January or February 2019.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) is international exchange that gives an opportunity to new, ambitious entrepreneurs (New Entrepreneurs – NE) to learn from experienced entrepreneurs (Host Entrepreneurs – HE), that run micro and small businesses in partnership countries. The exchange of the experience is happening during the study stay with experienced entrepreneurs, who are helping the new entrepreneurs to develop new skills needed to run a small company. Hosts are having an opportunity to get a new perspective of their own work, but also an opportunity to collaborate with foreign partners and learn about new markets. The stay of the new entrepreneurs is partly financed by the European Union. Since 2009, when the program is launched, the mobility of the entrepreneurs is increased what impacts positively on the European economy. The researches show that program develops entrepreneurial ability of the participants, as well as the competencies that are very important for their new established businesses.
Find out more details about the Excite2.0 project and Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program on Nova Iskra website – https://novaiskra.com/excite-2-0-creative-exchange/
NOVA ISKRA announces the open call for the position of Manager of International Cooperation
Nova Iskra, in line with the increased volume of activities on the international level, continues to extend its team.
We are looking for an experienced, multifaceted and capable project manager who has the capacities to lead the entire department of international cooperation within Nova Iskra, with a focus on EU projects and partnerships, as well as fundraising of non-profit projects.
Within this field of activity of Nova Iskra, a number of projects are under way, in partnerships with organizations from Sweden, Turkey, the UK, France, Germany, Italy , Portugal, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and other countries, while several projects are in the phases of preparation or further development. Furthermore, Nova Iskra plans the development of additional network projects, as well as taking on the project leader position in some of the upcoming Creative Europe calls.
Among the noted projects that Nova Iskra has realized or initiated are also European Creative Hubs Network, Designer in Residence, Folkk, Smart Living Challenge, Excite2.0, Digital Cities or Zajedničko.org. Most of them are realized through partnerships with international cultural centers and organizations, but also with the support of European and international funds, such as Creative Europe, Erasmus+ or Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, as well as of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, Ministary of Education, Science and Technological Development, or the Development Agency of Serbia.
For more details on Nova Iskra projects, please visit this link:
If you have at least three years of working experience in a similar setting and leadership qualities, if you would like to further develop your skills of project development and international fundraising by working with distinguished partners from across Europe and beyond, through working in a dynamic and highly-professional team – apply now!
In case you do not really know us: Nova Iskra is the first creative hub in the Balkans, made with the idea to connect creative industries, technology and people. Nova Iskra creates spaces, incites collaborations and designs education that is intended for creatives, innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, activists, students, professionals, organizations and companies who would like to take on an active and responsible role in shaping the ways in which we will learn, work and live in the future.
Nova Iskra team is made up of 15 professionals with vast experience in the fields of creativity and culture, but also motivated young colleagues, interns and external associates. Throughout more than 7 years of existence of this hub, hundreds of free education programs intended for the community were realized, as well as numerous projects that connect young professionals, creatives, companies and institutions – in Serbia, as well as across Europe and the world.
We are hereby announcing the open call for the position Manager of International Cooperation and Fundraising (full-time position in Belgrade, Serbia). The call is also open to international applicants.
LIST OF ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- 40 hours a week (full-time position) at the Nova Iskra offices
- respect for the agreed commitments and responsible time tracking
- collaborative work and daily communication with colleagues form the sector, managers of other Nova Iskra sectors, as well as GM of Nova Iskra
- operational collaboration with other sectors of Nova Iskra – marketing, finances, program…
- independence – management of larger projects, including the entire cycle from developing the applications, over implementation to reporting
- program development and preparation of projects and project activities
- continuous communications with project partners, participants, candidates
- making of monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual plans
- agile documentation, administration and internal communication
- planning of the strategic development of the sector
- maintaining of all existing, and developing new partnerships
- participation in partner meetings (locally and internationally), meeting minutes
- preparation of applications for co-financing of EU projects on the national level, as well as fundraising support for other departments of Nova Iskra
- preparation of materials for media and social networks
- agile management of overall project documentation (above all – financial), and meticulous delivery of project reports (narrative and financial)
- preparation, programming and coordination of events and programs that are an integral part of project activities
- following potential sources of funding for the projects that are in preparation, or in realization
- representing Nova Iskra in network organizations and associations, holding presentations at conferences
- developing relationships with civil and governmental sectors, as well as other relevant stakeholders
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A CANDIDATE WHO:
- has at least three years of experience in the domains of fundraising, project management, administration and coordination of international projects
- has specific experience on the position of manager of at least one project from one of the following programs: Creative Europe, Culture 2007-13, Horizon2020
- knowledge of frameworks and regulations of other programs in which he/she might not have had direct experience
- has developed skills of written and spoken communication
- has developed project writing skills
- has experience in project budgeting
- has developed presentation and negotiating skills
- has experience in executive production
- has mastered written (business) correspondence
- is using English language, written and spoken, in an advanced way
- has great knowledge of the MS Office programs
- has developed analytical and creative thinking, as well as capabilities for strategic thinking
- is excellent at planning, and good at delegating
- respects agreed deadlines and timelines
- has knowledge about financial and legal administration in relation to this type of work
- has an agile and lean approach to documentation and administration
- likes to work in a team, through regular and clear communication
- knows well the Serbian, regional and European “scenes” in the domains of art, creativity and entrepreneurship
- has personal affinities towards the arts, design, culture, entrepreneurship, digital domain…
- more than three years of experience in the domains of fundraising, project management, administration and coordination of international projects
- specific work experience in working on projects in more than one EU financing program (Creative Europe – Culture or Creative Europe – Media, as well as Horizon2020, IPA, Erasmus and others)
- experience in curatorial work, or in the domain of creative direction
- deeper knowledge of the local and regional creative scene, with an accent on design and digital arts
- creative/critical writing skills
- advanced use of MS Excel program
- experience in using other software or hardware platforms relevant for this type of work (Trello, Slack…)
- English language certificate. or active use of more than one foreign language
- personal motivation for long-term work on this type of projects, as well as within Nova Iskra as an organization
WHAT WE OFFER?
- full-time job
- regular, appropriate pay
- dynamic surrounding and connecting to the wider creative community
- work in a cozy and functional ambience, as well as informal atmosphere
- serious team work
- collaboration with open-minded, motivated and professional colleagues
- work in two of the best coworking spaces in Belgrade – Nova Iskra Workspace Savamala and Zemun, with the use of all office resources
- new practical knowledge, training and mentoring, as well as support for your professional development
- access to Nova Iskra network and direct communication with experts we collaborate with
- work on creative and socially engaged projects, as well as those with an international significance and an innnovative component
- direct participation in following and creating regional and European trends when it comes to cultural policies, creativity, future of work and related topics
- participation in workshops, lectures and courses organized by Nova Iskra
HOW TO APPLY?
All interested candidates need to fill out the form http://bit.ly/managerofinternationalcooperation, as well as to send their CV, motivation letter and one recommendation letter (all three documents as three separate PDFs) to the address firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Prijava na konkurs”.
The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, December 2nd at midnight. Non-complete applications (without CV, motivation letter or recommendation letter) will not be taken into consideration. Candidates who pass the first round of selection will be invited for interviews in the period December 5th to 12th.
Karkatag collective and Nova Iskra at Chroniques, a digital art biennial in France
Chroniques des imaginaires numériques, a biennial dedicated to the link between contemporary creation and new technologies, is held in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, from November 9th to December 15th. The visitors of the biennial will have an opportunity to discover unique exhibition circuit that will enable them a different look at our world, and also to take part in the opening and closing special events.
During November, artistic collective Karkatag from Serbia is realizing their stay within the Designer in Residence program also there, in Marseille, organized by Nova Iskra and AMI Center.
Karkatag will take part in the biennial and present their work, that strives incorporating innovative technological options into their interactive creative solutions.
At the same time, Relja Bobić, international cooperation manager at Nova Iskra, will also take part in this biennial, within the panel discussion Educational structures, business incubators and accelerators, living lab, r&d – but where is innovation born? This session is going to be held on Thursday, November 9th and beside represent from Nova Iskra, it will gather eminent curators, artists and academics from France, Canada and Italy. The purpose of that round table is to establish a “cartography” of innovation today. The point is to talk about participants’ point of view, demonstrating how each of them think and work on the “birth of innovation”.
The Swedish Innovation Eco System, Visitor’s Programme
Nova Iskra had pleasure to take part in Visitors’ Programme – The Swedish Innovation Eco System organized by Swedish Institute, along with other organizations from Western Balkans and Egypt. Representatives, from various organizations and sectors – Public, Private, Academia and Business took part on series of lectures, study visits and workshops with the idea to detect possible formats and methods for future collaboration within the regional innovation ecosystem.
As a part of the visit, Swedish Institute organized visit to the Innovation Pioneers Summit founded by innovation leaders and practitioners from a wide cross industrial background as companies, organizations, government agencies, academia, research and startups with the vision to build innovation capabilities through joint development and networking between top representatives from the innovation community.
This year’s program of the Summit was focusing on Smart & Human Cities, Collaboration & Co-creation, AI & Business and other future oriented topics.
Internship in digital marketing
Nova Iskra invites you to apply for a unique internship in digital communication and digital marketing!
If you are devoted, motivated, and ready for teamwork and expanding your practical knowledge – read on!
Practical advice provided by your mentor/manager and fellow colleagues, ready to help you anytime, will allow you to learn a lot and develop practical skills. Day-to-day tasks are practical, educational and focused on communication of projects and programs of Nova Iskra.
Nova Iskra is a pioneering creative hub in the Balkans, created with the idea to incite tangible connections between creative industries, technology, and the people. Nova Iskra creates spaces, initiates collaborations and designs education programs for innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, activists, students, professionals, organizations and companies who are interested in taking an active and responsible role in shaping the way we will live, learn and work in the future. Nova Iskra’s team, consisting of 8 professionals with extensive experience in creative and cultural fields, realized hundreds of free educational programs for the community during the 6 years of Nova Iskra’s existence, as well as a number of projects connecting young professionals, creatives, companies, and institutions. www.novaiskra.com.
Previous work experience is not necessary, neither is experience in marketing. What we do hope to recognize in potential candidates are openness and desire to learn, as well as interest in digital marketing and communication. The tests submitted are used to help us gain a general impression about your skills and resourcefulness.
General description of activities and responsibilities: what will you learn during the internship?
Collaboration in social media management for Nova Iskra, including accounts, groups, and different projects on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIN)
Daily planning, generating, editing, and publishing content on websites and social media of Nova Iskra – in English and Serbian (with training and mentorship)
Writing public announcements and communication with the media (with training and mentorship)
Communication with followers and the interested in Nova Iskra and its social media activities, via email (with training)
Creating and following a social media posting schedule (under training and mentorship)
Doing daily research in the field you will be working in, as well as in the local and global eco-system of creative industries
Collaboration in creating campaigns for social media and search engine advertising (with training and mentorship)
Working in Google Analytics and similar tools (with training)
Conducting email campaigns (with training)
Working in WordPress and MODX platforms (with training)
Creative content creation in form of text, photos, or videos
Following latest trends in digital marketing and communications
Collaboration with the manager/mentor and the entire team from Nova Iskra
We are looking for somebody who:
Is familiar with business written communication
Is great in English (written and spoken)
Is an advanced user of MS Office
Understands and takes interest in digital marketing
Is an active social media user
Has great written and verbal communication skills
Is a creative thinker and thinks in terms of visual culture
Has a responsible attitude toward work and business obligations
Is an analytical thinker
Has great grammar and spelling skills, both in Serbian and in English
Enjoys teamwork, up-to-date and clear communication
Wishes to begin or advance his/her professional affirmation
Has great communication skills
Can commit to a three-month internship, 20 hours a week
Preferred, but not mandatory:
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite or other design softwares
Familiarity with photo editing softwares
Being up-to-date with digital marketing trends
Creative writing skills (please send us examples if you have them)
Being familiar with the structure and principle of functioning of web presentations and platforms
What does Nova Iskra offer to you?
Obtaining knowledge under training and mentorship, while developing the skills mentioned
Working in a cozy and attractive ambient and informal atmosphere
Devotion to practical knowledge and serious teamwork
Flexible working hourse, starting from 16 hours a week
Dynamic environment and connecting with the creative community
Free participation in workshops, lectures, courses, and trainings held in Nova Iskra
Access to Nova Iskra’s network, communication with lecturers and experts collaborating with Nova Iskra
Working on creative and socially engaged projects
Using our workspace – working in one of the finest coworking spaces downtown
Free use of conference rooms during the internship
Unlimited quantities of espresso, tea…
Nova Iskra’s recommendation for the needs of further professional growth
Three-month internship, with the possibility of extended cooperation through a professional engagement
If you are interested in this field and would like to work with Nova Iskra’s team, please fill out this form -> http://bit.ly/2G2peHP before April 4 at midnight!
After the application deadline, we will let you know if you are short-listed for an interview.
This year’s Designer in Residence program
Since 2014, Nova Iskra realizes residential stays aimed at designers and multidisciplinary authors from Sweden, France, Germany and Slovakia. At the same time, Serbian authors have an opportunity to spend a month in Marseille. Participants in this fall season are Karkatag (Serbia), Emelie Rondhal (Sweden) and Charlotte de Sedouy (France).
Residential stays are present for a long time in the field of visual arts or dance and literature, but when it comes to design, the number of programs is negligible, on both European and world level.
In a collaboration with Swedish Institute, Nova Iskra participates in creating the platform Create in Residence, whose part is Designer in Residence program. Year after year, program includes more organizations, so the collaborations are developed with Slovakia, Germany and France.
Beside Nova Iskra, in this year’s program also participate following organizations: IASPIS (Sweden), AMI Center (France), supported by French Institute in Serbia, Ministry of culture and information of the Republic of Serbia and Goethe Institute in Belgrade, and whole program is realized with a support of EUNIC in Serbia (EUNIC AiR).
This year’s participants are Karkatag collective from Serbia, who will spend a month in Marseille, as well as Emelie Röndahl from Sweden and Charlotte de Sédouy from France, who will spend two and one month in Belgrade.
Authors are chosen based on open calls in each country. The residency has “open-end” concept, which means that development and realization of the new project are not expected during their stay. Every participant gets covered transportation costs, monthly scholarship, residential costs and also gets the support from the hosting organization, that helps the participants to get to know with the local creative scene. Residential stays last one or two months, depending on the capacities of the hosting organization.
As a result, there was around 50 public programs in different countries, that are somehow connected to this program, while around 30 authors had participated in it. More than 15 Serbian authors realized their stays in these countries, while more than 20 of them had worked at Nova Iskra and organizing exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
Emelie Röndahl is currently undertaking PhD studies in Crafts at the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) in Gothenburg, Sweden. She also studied traditional (Swedish) weaving for two years at two different Folk High Schools, a Scandinavian institution for adult education that functions as a preparatory scheme for higher crafts education. For the moment, she is taking part in the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, creating a collaborative weaving project with participants from all over the world. The project is called Google Weaving Stop-time. During her stay in belgrade, she will realize an exhibition at the Transformart gallery (November 10th to 20th), as well as public lecture (November 1st) and a workshop at Nova Iskra (November 2nd and 3rd). She is also one of the participants at the international conference Craft and Design in Dialogue, which is organized by Nova Iskra within the Made In project. http://www.emelierondahl.se/
Charlotte de Sédouy is a French artist and illustrator based in Marseille. She earned her Masters degree in Graphic Design at the DNSEP faculty in Toulouse. She operates in the field of print as well as in the digital world, but also likes to stage her work as an installation once in a while. She uses her own paintings as the prime material for her collages and animations. She will also realize a mini-exhibition in Belgrade.
Karkatag is Belgrade based Serbian art collective. It exists since 2009. Karkatag includes machines, interactive and autonomous installations and manipulable objects. Karkatag uses industrial materials and technologies in research of different natural and scientific phenomena, interactivity and performativity of machines, sound, motion. Through public actions and performances, by placing installations and machines in space as urban scenography and props, this collective also introduces social aspects of its work. Karkatag participated in numerous of exhibitions, festivals and public performances in Germany, England, Poland, Croatia, Switzerland, Montenegro and Serbia. During 2015, they won couple of prestigious recognitions for their work. Since 2010, they run their own informal residential space in Svilajnac, Serbia. They also started an open workshop Praksa Makerspace Belgrade in artisitic space Magacin in Belgrade.
During their stay in Marseille in November, They will present their work at the digital art biennial Chroniques (https://chronique-s.org/), where will also participate a represent from Nova Iskra, within a panel session of the following conference. http://karkatag.org/
Nova Iskra Workspace announces its joint venture with one of the leading coworking providers – rent24
One of the leading global coworking and coliving providers has acquired a majority stake in a specialized company of Nova Iskra – Novi prostori d.o.o., the popular coworking provider in the Balkan region.
Just two months following the opening of the second Nova Iskra Workspace location in the heart of Zemun district of Belgrade, the popular coworking provider in the region is announcing its acquisition by one of the leading global coworking and coliving providers rent24. The goal of the joint venture is to become a regional leader when it comes to setting up and running innovative coworking and event spaces, as well as coliving locations alike.
rent24 (www.rent24.com) is a global provider of coworking and coliving spaces. The company’s portfolio currently boasts around 45 locations spanning three continents, while new locations are being added almost on a weekly basis. The entry of rent24 into the Serbia and the Balkan region is part of a global reach out into new markets, that puts rent24 at the forefront of innovative office and living space providers. The company currently runs locations in cities as diverse as Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, London and other metropolises in Europe, Asia and North America. For Robert Bukvić, Founder and CEO of rent24 GmbH, the expansion is the next logical step due to the booming Serbian startup scene: “We are entering this market full of confidence. Numerous young IT companies have created a Silicon Serbia of sorts here, which we plan to enhance and support through our services, our community and the flawless working conditions that our spaces offer.”
Nova Iskra Workspace is now a part of the global rent24 network, contributing with two locations (Savamala and Zemun). The launch of a third, premium location in downtown Belgrade before the end of the year is already announced, which will almost double the current capacities in Belgrade, and offer numerous new services and opportunities to the members. They will be able to use any other rent24 coworking spaces around the world under special conditions, while from 2019 companies and startups who are members of any of the Nova Iskra Workspace coworking spaces will have a potential access to rent24’s venture fund for support of startup projects, as well as its blockchain platform Primary (www.primary.io).
The acquisition is a definitive validation of Nova Iskra Workspace (established in 2012) as the regional leader when it comes to coworking services and workspace management. Nova Iskra Workspace will continue to innovate the European coworking market and provide the best possible services in the region, while Nova Iskra (www.novaiskra.com) will independently continue to work on capacity-building, educational, international cooperation and policy development projects focused on the domains of creative industries, information technologies and culture.
Visit https://www.rent24.com/en/locations/belgrade/ for all details on the two current locations in Belgrade, as well as the ones to come!
New issue of Zent magazine is in the bookstores!
Starting September 20th the new, third issue of Zent magazine can now be found in the selected bookstores: Beopolis (Dom Omladine), Apropo (Cara Lazara 11) and Booka Store (Cara Lazara 12), as well as in the Palmas Boutique (Mihizova 11) and Nova Iskra, who is also the publisher of this specific magazine. The regular price of the third issue is 900 RSD.
Zent magazine, a magazine for extra-ordinary reflection of the present, is dedicated to the research and examining the issues that deal with the problematization of the “contemporary“ in all of its aspects. Zent is political, insofar as it does not see politics (only) as a matter of institutions, but above all, as a matter of everyday relations between individuals and communities to each other and to the world.
There are different types of texts in this third issue of the magazine: theoretical texts, prose, poetry, visual interventions and artistic projects that, on more than 100 pages, critically thematise “the others” (drugost) in the wide spectrum of its appearances in a contemporary society.
Zent’s language is written in accessible and understandable manner, while it also experiments with forms of expression (from photography, through literature and architecture to theory) with the intention to problematize the relationship between “high”, “popular” and “national” culture, “experts” and “amateurs”, managers and those that are managed.
Zent is for everyone and for all, and before every following issue, the magazine announces a thematic open-call for authors in different disciplines to suggest the text and visual identity for the upcoming issue.
Drop by one of the selected bookstores and sales locations and get yourself the newest issue of Zent magazine, or even some of the previous issues.
Peer Exchange Meetup Switzerland
Nova Iskra had a pleasure to participate in this year’s Peer Exchange Meetup 2018 in Switzerland, which gathered managers of startup support organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, Switzerland and Vietnam.
The Meetup is part of the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program implemented by Swisscontact.
The event was held in Biel/Bienne, Bern and Zurich from 4th to 8th June. The aim of the week was a close and inspiring exchange on the state of ecosystems, ideation and facilitating business ideas, acceleration programs and how to push entrepreneurship. The week was a unique opportunity to exchange with and learn from peers from different countries, who worked in country groups as well as cross-regional, enhancing networks and discuss burning topics to further drive entrepreneurship.
Nana Radenković, manager of the Nova Iskra programs, was invited to participate in this year’s Meetup, as one of the guests and representatives of Serbia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Nova Iskra announces EXCITE 2.0 – program for professional exchanges of entrepreneurs across Europe
If you are a young entrepreneur from Serbia working in the cultural and creative industries field, Nova Iskra is opening a new opportunity for professionals stays with companies from seven European countries, through Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program. Pre-apply until June 8th!
Nova Iskra is announcing its participation in the Excite 2.0 project, an international exchange program for study visits of young entrepreneurs across Europe. The exchange is realized via Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) program of the EU, and will offer a chance to 9 Serbian entrepreneurs to realize study visits and exchange of experience with companies and entrepreneurs from Sweden, Germany, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, The Netherlands or Slovakia, as well as 9 Serbian companies to host young entrepreneurs from those countries.
The focus of EXCITE 2.0 is specifically on the domain of cultural and creative industries (CCIs), with the aim to exchange knowledge and new ideas on entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as to provide access to markets across Europe, boosting international access and business development in the cultural and creative sector. Partners based in the mentioned countries provide bursaries for new entrepreneurs wanting to go to another European country in order to learn from an experienced entrepreneur based there.
The role of Nova Iskra is to provide a local contact point and guidance for the highly committed new entrepreneurs (individuals) and experienced host entrepreneurs (companies) particularly active in the creative and cultural industries filed – to find suitable match with counterpart entrepreneurs across the Europe together with its partners. The exchanges will be realized between now and January 2020.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) is a cross-border exchange program which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs (New Entrepreneurs – NE) the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs (Host Entrepreneurs – HE) running small businesses in other participating countries. The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets. The new entrepreneurs’ stay is partially funded by the European Union.
All of the interested individuals from Serbia who are active in, or are planning entrepreneurial projects in the creative industries field can now apply with Nova Iskra, express their general interest for the program in 2018, and provide basic information via the online form https://bit.ly/2rG7X2e until June 8th. The candidates whose profiles will pass the initial matchmaking process conducted by all of the partners, will then be assisted to submit their full applications via the EYE portal.
Since its launch in 2009, the mobility scheme has seen a constant increase in the number of entrepreneurs taking part in the program, leaving a positive impact on the European economy. Key findings showed that the program reinforces individuals’ entrepreneurial attitude and equips the candidates who participated in the program with entrepreneurial skills and competences invaluable for their future or newly established business.
André Pahl is the latest designer in residence at Nova Iskra
This May, André Pahl is the new guest designer at Nova Iskra, as part of the program Designer in Residence, which in this cycle is realized in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Belgrade.
Designer in Residence is a unique residential program conducted by Nova Iskra, in collaboration with a number of European partners, taking place since 2014 in cities such as Malmo, Marseilles and Belgrade. The partners this year are the largest Swedish organization dedicated to support of artistic production IASPIS, the French Institute and Goethe-Institut in Serbia, AMI/Dynamo from Marseille, and also EUNIC.
Interdisciplinary work, careful planning of each of the residencies according to the needs of their users and the specifics of the host organizations are the main features of the program. Since 2014, more than 30 authors benefited form the program. Besides Serbian designers who had an opportunity to work in Sweden and France, Nova Iskra hosted a number Swedish, French and Slovakian designers and authors, who engaged with the local creative scene, took part in Nova Iskra’s programs and presented exhibitions and events, besides working daily within Nova Iskra’s space.
In 2018, Nova Iskra is welcoming its first German designer in residence, who will be in Belgrade throughout May.
During his residential stay in Belgrade, André will engage with the local design and music communities and take part in a couple of events. The program is realized in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Belgrade. This Autumn, Nova Iskra will also host a Swedish and a French author, selected in separate open calls conducted by partners.
NELT wins the VIRTUS philanthropy award
Nelt received the Trag Fondacija VIRTUS Award for a long-term partnership between the business and non-profit sector for the Nelt Educational Program (NEP). Neltu Educatonal program is finishing its 3rd cycle in cooperation with Nova Iskra and Gallery 12HUB. The award-winning program enables students to gain new knowledge and experience through innovative lectures and mentoring within many innovative projects.
Within the third cycle of NEP 25 selected students have the opportunity to develop practical skills in the fields of creativity and entrepreneurship, as well as to expend their knowledge in critical thinking, team work and project development. From economy and entrepreneurship, critical theory, activism and cultural management to dramatic arts, design and new technologies, students will go through a unique experience which this year takes place under the slogan “THINK FUTURE!”. Reflecting on contemporary concepts and preparing young participants for their future career paths is at the heart of this program.
As part of its corporate social responsibility strategy, Nelt is particularly focused on investing in the young generation because we understand the importance of education, but also the real conditions in which we as a society find ourselves. Empowering young people and enabling them to experience diverse perspectives of technology, culture, art and business through an interdisciplinary program are the basis on which this project is based. Our cooperation with G12 HUB and Nova Iskra is extremely important to us and therefore we are very happy that we received the VIRTUS Award in the category of cooperation. Nelt’s educational program has confirmed that it is possible to engage young people and create means for their creative and professional self-realization in Serbia, “said Nebojša Šaponjić, one of the founders of Nelt.
After the two completed cycles and the third one ongoing, the partnership is continually developing with the goal of optimizing and continuing the cooperation and the programs.
”This unique partnership between our company and civil society organizations has confirmed for years that it is possible even in Serbia to provide young people with a means for their creative and professional self-realization “- said Marko Milanković, Communications Manager of Nelt Group, a company that for years invested in the development and education of young people in our society.
So far, more than 80 young people have participated in this program, the participants assessed the program as a significant instance in their education, giving them the opportunity to better understand the business and social environment in the country.
Thanks to this program, mutual communication and cooperation between educational institutions and a platform for the realization of joint projects among students of different faculties was established.
NEP will continue to develop and grow in cooperation with all partners for the next 5 years.
Nova Iskra wins 2018 Coworker Members’ Choice Award for coworking spaces
Nova Iskra has been recognized as the winner of the 2018 Coworker Members’ Choice Award for Belgrade, Serbia. Members’ Choice award winners were determined based on the thousands of reviews, votes and opinions collected in a single year from coworking space members worldwide.
“Coworker is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Members’ Choice Awards and celebrate the coworking spaces around the world that are making an impact in their community”, said Leanne Beesley, CEO of Coworker. “By putting a spotlight on coworking spaces that are providing a great environment and creating a community for their members, Coworker gives coworking spaces both large and small the ability to shine and attract new members.”
Nova Iskra Workspace (http://www.novaiskraworkspace.com) is the leading coworking provider in Serbia which currently runs more than 700 m2 of open space with a capacity of 56 working units, and has so far been used by more than 200 members. Within its Green Lab space, located on the terrace of Nova Iskra, 350 plants have been planted including more than 60 different herbal species. Nova Iskra’s interior, designed by the Petokraka, was showcased in numerous international architectural press and professional literature, while in 2015 it was pronounced as the best coworking space in Serbia. This year Nova Iskra is opening its second location for an exclusive community of 120 members.
Coworker, the member-powered platform for the global coworking community, enables people to find & connect with their perfect coworking space wherever they are in the world.
Digital Cities Kickoff
Connecting Cities of Western Balkans and UK Through Digital Technology.
January 19th was the official start date of the Digital Cities project, which uses its broad program of education, mobility and project support to help connect digital hubs and SMEs from Western Balkans with initiatives from the UK. The implementers of the project are Culture Code (Nova Iskra) and Creative England, while city administration representatives will actively take part as well.
The Digital Cities project, organized by the British Council and the British Government, was presented at hotel Splendid in Budva, marking the official start of the project realization. The project aims to connect creative centers (hubs), startups, small and medium businesses from the fields of creative industries, technology and education, as well as local authorities from cities in the Western Balkans with their colleagues and partners from the UK, in addition to initiating collaboration and mutual projects.
Open call for participation was announced in late December, and resulted in 129 Western Balkans organizations applying and as many as 46 of them gaining the opportunity to participate in the project. 21 organizations will have the chance to use the opportunity to undertake study visits to the UK; 39 of them will go through an intensive capacity-building bootcamp, while 14 of them will have the opportunity to apply for financial support for mutual projects with partners from the UK.
The project was presented by Gavin Vesi, Deputy Chief of Mission of the British Embassy in Montenegro, and Larisa Halilović, Director of British Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also the Director of the Digital Cities project. The one-day conference gave the participants the opportunity to gain better insight into recent experiences in this field and good practice examples from the UK, while the lecture presented by John Newbign, General Director of Creative England and one of the pioneers in the field of creative industries development, was met with great interest.
10 city administrations from the Balkans, as well as 43 representatives of digital SMEs and hubs from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Kosovo were greated by inspirational and informative program, which included Stephan Kuester of TECH City UK, Lazar Džamić (prominent Serbian digital communications strategist), Charles Armstrong (Founder of The Trampery from London), and Paul Bourne from Cambridge Judge Business School, who engaged the participants in a two-hour collaborative interaction and gave the final touch to the program in the best possible way.
The Digital Cities project contributes to building skills and knowledge in the fields of strategy and business development, planning and networking, while also stimulating capacities and skills of the leaders of digital hubs and companies, giving them the opportunity to exchange knowledge, contacts and experiences with other participants of the project from the UK and Western Balkans region. The representatives of the selected digital centers will have the chance to connect with local governments, exchange experiences and good practice examples, in addition to developing mutual projects with partners from the UK that are working in the fields of digitalization of city administration, education and creative industries.
The Digital Cities project will last until the end of March, while the participants will have the opportunity to reunite from February 21st to 24th in Serbia, when emphasis will be put on developing the participating organizations’ capacities and their networking, in the presence of many experts from both the Western Balkans and the UK. All the participants will get together during the final event to be held at the end of March in the UK, while in the meantime organizations from Western Balkans will have to opportunity to visit their colleagues and partners across England.
Platform for theory and social practice of common goods
Starting today, you can follow the activities of Platform for Theory and Social Practice of Common Goods on the website zajednicko.org, as well as through social media channels of the platform – facebook, twitter, vimeo and mixcloud.
Zajednicko.org gathers organizations, initiatives, and individuals who deal with critical analysis of the role and importance of common, public, and collective goods in the contemporary social and political contexts. Actions and goals of the platform are focused on research, public advocacy, and development of public policies, as well as on different educational and informative programs.
The mission of the platform zajednicko.org is to contribute to establishing a fair, equitable and solidary society on the foundations of participatory democracy and democratic control, participative control approach, cooperative, public and common ownership, as well as economical activities based on the principles of self-organization, cooperation and solidarity.
Website of the zajednicko.org platform delivers content on the topic of common goods, including the already well-known Commonification, as well as various other content – announcements for events and event-reports, analysis of and suggestions for policies, in addition to other educational and informative, research and advocacy-based content, including a video glossary.
The video glossary consists of a number of short films about the terms related to the concept of commons. By defining and connecting the terms through simplified narrative structures, the glossary represents the first step towards learning about ideas, concepts and practices that define the domain of commons.
In a modern political and social discourse, the concept of commons stands halfway between the public and the private sphere. Concepts and practices related to the idea of the commons are an alternative to a never-growing commodification and privatization of resources and services, advocating for resource management and control without direct influence of the market, or the state. The three elements of the common goods are community, resource and management, or to put it more precisely – the concept of commons is connected to the idea of resources being managed and controlled by the community.
Digital Cities Bootcamp
The goal of the Digital Cities project is to connect cities of Western Balkans and the UK through digital and creative industries!
After the official start of the Digital Cities project in Montenegro, as well as a number of meetings and events in the UK, digital industry representatives from the Western Balkans had the opportunity to go through an intensive training camp from February 21st to 23rd at Mokrin House, the first and most advanced rural hub in the region.
This project contributes to the creative and digital economy by connecting the professionals working in the field, boosting their skills and networking while also leading to stronger international cooperation.
The three-day stay in Mokrin gave the opportunity to more than 40 digital industry representatives from the region to work intensively on up-to-date topics, shoulder to shoulder with prominent experts from the international scene.
Numerous lectures and workshops covered a number of relevant topics, such as 21st century companies’ enterpreneurship, digital product menagement, team culture, strategic marketing and digital business scaling, development and mapping of the digital community, as well as blockchain.
The training camp was also a great opportunity for everyone who started collaborating with their partners from the UK to get ready for implementation of their collboration projects.
More than 37 hub and digital SMEs’ representatives from the Western Balkans participated in the training camp, with the opening lecture on the topic of 21st century enterpreneurship being held by Habib Lešević, guest lecturer at Cass Business School and Royal College of Arts in London.
The participants were given the opportunity to learn more about different problem solving techniques in everyday work and strategic acting, in addition to receiving insight into the vast experience and knowledge of prominent lecturers, such as Lazar Džamić from the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade; Yiuwin Tsang, representative of the Disruptive Thinking consulting organization from the UK; Jovana Tokić, representative of the Autheos startup from Amsterdam, or Nana Radenković from Nova Iskra.
As part of this event, Mališa Pušonja spoke about the blockchain domain, while Kerem Alper from Atoyle Labs from Istanbul spoke about community mapping and partnership development.
Larisa Halilović, who is the Director of the British Council in Bosnia and Herzegowina as well as the Director of the Digital Cities project, said: “I am incredibly proud of what the participants of the project have accomplished so far. The way they connected, cooperated and shared their knowledge and experiences was truly inspiring. I am especially thrilled by the fact that they will be able to apply the things they are learning here into their everyday work, and contribute to further bonding and collaboration of the UK and the Western Balkans. The creativity and enterpreneurship of these young people is changing the world we live in as we speak, and it is a pleasure to be one of the links that connect them.”
The Digital Cities project will last until the end of the March 2018, while the final conference for all the participants will be held in the UK.
Western Balkans Digital Cities Map
We are proud to present Western Balkans Digital Cities Map which was created at the end of the three-month project DIGITAL CITIES (Connecting Cities of the United Kingdom and Western Balkans through Digital Industry).
The map visualises the connections created between 55 hubs, organizations, startups and companies from 27 cities across the Western Balkans. It represents the powerful potential of the WB region when it comes to the domain of creative and digital industries, social innovation, fintech projects, as well as entrepreneurship at large.
The DIGITAL CITIES project has brought together 226 professionals from the UK and Western Balkans through policy and skills development, city-2-city links and b-2-b collaboration projects. A powerful network of digital industry professionals from 41 cities and 7 participating countries was created, which already serves as a platform for future actions and collaborations within the field of digital industries between the UK and Western Balkans.
The project aimed to contribute to the development of the digital and creative sectors in the Western Balkans by strengthening policies and strategy, facilitating hub and city networks and collaborations, and developing the skills of professionals and hub leaders by developing attachments with their UK counterparts.
DIGITAL CITIES was funded by the UK Government and implemented by the British Council, in partnership with Culture Code and Creative England.
European Creative Hubs Campus – project closing event
EUROPEAN CREATIVE HUBS NETWORK announces its project closing event – the European Creative Hubs CAMPUS for creative hub leaders, cultural and creative organisations, local authorities and policy makers. The consortium partners of the European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN), a project co-funded by the European Union through the Creative Europe programme, look forward to welcoming the Network’s members and friends during a three-day even from 24th to 26th January 2018. The event is hosted by LaVallée, a creative hub in Brussels.
The European Creative Hubs Campus, organised and curated by the British Council (ECHN Lead partner), aims to showcase the outputs of the 2-year project by bringing together knowledge from workshops, forums, peer-to-peer exchanges, and research. Results of the Creative Hubs Barometer study will be presented, as well as a series of policy recommendations specifically designed to support the impact of creative hubs in the labour market and social protection provision, as well as in the field of incubation and acceleration.
The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics is expected to address the participants on Wednesday 24th January at 17.00. His speech will be followed by an intervention from the British Council’s Regional Director for the EU region, Mrs Rebecca H E Walton. On Thursday 25th January, Mr Christian Ehler, MEP and rapporteur of the EU Report on Creative Industries “On a Coherent EU Policy for the Cultural and Creative Industries,” will join a panel discussion on policy recommendations for better support of creative hubs and creative professionals. Throughout the 3 days, more than 80 creative hub leaders from across Europe, will be joined by more than 40 representatives of cultural and creative organisations, city authorities, local and European policy makers, participating and contributing in conversations about the creative hubs community across the continent, together with researchers and authors.
The goal of the event is not only to showcase the project’s results, but also to raise awareness about the newly-formed European Creative Hubs Network and its plans to grow & thrive for the next 5 years, as well as to discuss potential future collaborations and work with partners and policy makers across all sectors.
The European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) is a project co-funded by the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme, and led by the British Council in partnership with a consortium of European creative hubs, Bios in Greece, betahaus in Germany, Kulturni Kod/Nova Iskra in Serbia, Creative Edinburgh in the UK, Factoría Cultural in Spain, ROCO in the UK, and the European Business Network (EBN).
ECHN aims to enhance the ecosystem that supports the development and growth of the creative and cultural sector by supporting the subsistence and growth of creative hubs in Europe, creating a community of experienced creative hubs leaders across Europe from a variety of sectors and promoting hubs as innovative models to support the creative economy in Europe.
British Council announces the open call for the Digital Cities program
The British Council invites hubs, startups and small and medium-sized enterprises from the Western Balkans to apply for participation in the regional Digital Cities program. The idea of the program is to link UK cities with cities from the Western Balkans region through digital industries, with a focus on innovation in the creative industries and application of technology in the field of education. The project is funded by the British government, and implemented by The British Council in partnership with the Culture Code association (Nova Iskra), and Creative England.
Through this program, the organizers intend to contribute to the development of digital technologies in both the Western Balkans and the UK, through strengthening strategies and policies, facilitating hubs and city networks, as well as via skills development of professionals and hub leaders. The program will connect those who are already developing city-level strategic documents and policies, as well as startups, digital/creative hubs and SMEs working on projects of within the fields of digitalization, creative industries and digital education.
The project participants will have the opportunity to participate in the research of needs of digital industries actors in the region, engage in two events in the Western Balkans focused on capacity building and networking, with participation of experts from the UK and the region. Participants will be able to connect with similar British organizations and visit them within a mobility exchange that will take place in January and February. The project will also support participants to develop collaborative projects with UK counterparts, and apply for grants provided by the British Council. The final event that will gather all of the participants will take place in the UK, at the end of March 2018.
All interested participants can find the detailed application instructions at the British Council website – www.britishcouncil.rs. Application deadline is Saturday, December 30th.
Nova Iskra marks its 5 years of existence!
This week marks five years since Nova Iskra, the first creative hub and coworking space in the Balkan region, opened its doors in Gavrila Principa street 43. On the occasion of this significant anniversary, Nova Iskra presents its brand new website, as well as a full redesign and rebranding.
Nova Iskra is a pioneering creative hub in the Balkans, created with the idea to incite tangible connections between creative industries, technology and the people. Nova Iskra creates spaces, initiates collaborations and designs education programs for innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, activists, students, professionals, organizations and companies who are interested in taking an active role in shaping the way we will live, learn and work in the future.
Our grassroots organization is dedicated to the empowerment of individuals and teams through a process of informal education – the one that broadens our general knowledge and experience, improves our skills and contributes to personal and professional development. Since December 6th 2012, over three hundred free educational programs and professional consultations were realized, while a number of projects from the fields of social entrepreneurship and creative business were initiated. Nova Iskra creates functional connections between knowledge and the market, and affirms numerous methods, designers, innovators, activists, researchers, entrepreneurs and experts – the ones who are willing to share their knowledge, practice and challenges with the community.
At the same time, Nova Iskra was recognized as one of the pioneering initiatives in supporting the creative industries and the hubs ecosystem in Europe at large, and through the European Creative Hubs Network project (http://www.creativehubs.eu), Nova Iskra established new significant partnerships with similar organizations from Great Britain, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Germany, Belgium, Slovakia, Italy and even China.
Among the most significant activities and results of the first five years of Nova Iskra are the educational programs (more than 300 free programs); development of Folkk brand (http://www.folkk.co); international residential program Designer In Residence; coordination of the Nelt Education Program for students; a number of courses focused on the development of practical skills for young professionals; Studies of Commons, from which the new zajednicko.org network is developing in 2018; Aks Me Anything program of free professional consultations; Green Lab that includes the first urban garden in downtown Belgrade and an open-air classroom; and finally the publishing endeavor ZENT magazine (http://www.zentmagazine.com) which brings contemporary social and artistic theory closer to a wider audience.
Many lectures and workshops were held at Nova Iskra by prominent experts and esteemed creators from Serbia, region and abroad, including: Škart, Nicholas Felton, Borut Vild, Gregory Gage, Miloš Tomić, Lazar Džamić, Igor Bogićević, Tina Frank, Ivan Kucina, Niklas Roy, Uroš Petrevski, Damjan Geber, Samir Alj Failt, Jovan Čekić, Slavimir Stojanović, Jenny Nordberg, Marcel Mars, Bratislav Milenković, Katarina Pejović, Relja Dereta, Karkatag, Tomislav Tomašević, Zoran Jedrejčić and more than 50 other individuals, as well as design studios đukićpavlović, Metaklinika, Chevavlert, OAZA, Antipod, De:work, AUTORI, Polyhedra, TEAMS Design and others.
Among the organizations represented in Belgrade through Nova Iskra’s activities are the globally established centers for creativity and design, such as Fabrica (Italy), Royal College of Arts (London), PolyU School of Design (Hong Kong), Waag Society (Amsterdam), ArtScience Interfaculty (The Hague), School of Visual Arts (New York), Fachhochschule (Salzburg), Hyperisland, IASPIS (Stockholm), Croatian Design Association (Zagreb), Poligon (Ljubljana) or Design seminar Petnica, as well as companies such as Gigo Design, Nordeus, Velux, Lunatronik, Bosch and many others.
On the occasion of its fifth birthday, Nova Iskra proudly presents its completely new website – WWW.NOVAISKRA.COM, including the redesign of its visual identity. Both were designed by Olga Jorgačević (https://www.behance.net/trolga), who has over the last four years visually shaped most of the communication materials of Nova Iskra, and is our Art Director and the designer behind the two other Nova Iskra websites – NI Workspace and NI Studio.
Nova Iskra Studio (http://www.novaiskrastudio.com) has realized a number of challenging projects for clients such as Extraform, NIS, Telenor Bank, Simpo, Delhaize, Coca-Cola HBC Serbiaa, Fund for an Open Society, Hartefakt Fund, Creative Europe Desk Serbia, Ministry of culture of Serbia, Mokrin House, Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit and many others and has, through its specific methodology, brought these clients added value, increased visibility and increased market ompetitiveness.
Nova Iskra Workspace (http://www.novaiskraworkspace.com) is the leading coworking provider in Serbia which currently runs more than 700 m2 of open space with a capacity of 56 working units, and has so far been used by more than 200 members. Within its Green Lab, located on the terrace of Nova Iskra, 350 plants have been planted including more than 60 different herbal species. Nova Iskra’s interior, designed by the Petokraka, was showcased in numerous international architectural press and professional literature, while in 2015 it was pronounced as the best coworking space in Serbia.
The opening of the second location of Nova Iskra Workspace is expected in 2018!
Nova Iskra presents its new coworking services
The first creative hub in Serbia, and one of the leading coworking spaces in the region, proudly presents its expanded capacities, its brand new coworking website, new services and special benefits for all new members who join the Nova Iskra coworking community by the end of this year.
Across the five years since its opening in Gavrila Principa street in Belgrade, Nova Iskra – the first creative hub in our region – has managed to gradually expend its capacities and coworking services.
First of all, there is a completely new website www.novaiskraworkspace.com, where you can view the space and membership packages, send a query for renting the space, schedule a personal tour, or use the possibility of a free “test day”. Another separate website of Nova Iskra education activities will also be presented by the end of the year, which separates the coworking service from other Nova Iskra activities and international projects, with the aim to provide clear communication to the potential and future members.
In addition to the new website, you can now register your company at the Nova Iskra address through the new virtual office service. Expanding your professional network, matchmaking and using the advantage of attending a number of educational programs organized by Nova Iskra are all added values of the membership in our unique coworking space.
Until the end of 2017, all new members are entitled to a 10% discount for their first 3 months of membership, while we also have special offers available for teams (of 3 or more members) that join us in the same period.
Since its initial 18 desks, Nova Iskra workspace has reached the capacity of as many as 56 working units since the beginning of this year, which are actually dedicated working desks intended for freelancers, entrepreneurs or smaller and larger teams that are active in the fields of design, IT, architecture, entrepreneurship or business. Each working unit includes a comfortable chair, table lamp, a personal cabinet and a 24 “computer screen. Some of the novelties in the space include more meeting rooms (now a total of 3), a large standing desk, as well as two separate offices dedicated to teams of 4 or 6 members.
The total area of about 700m2 is now rounded up by a fully furnished open-air terrace that can be used both for work and relaxation, as well as the first urban garden in the center of Belgrade (Nova Iskra Green Lab), which will soon be enriched with an urban beekeeping project. Across the entire space, as well as on the terrace, optical 40/40 mbps Internet is provided, while membership plans are available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
All information can be found at www.novaiskraworkspace.com.
Nova Iskra at Digital-Born media Carnival conference in Kotor
Nova Iskra had the pleasure to participate in the Digital-born Media Carnival, which gathered more than 100 representatives of online media, info-researchers and digital rights enthusiasts.
The event was held in Kotor from 14th to 18th July, with the aim of forming a regional platform where the latest trends in the intersection of technology and society will be presented and considered in a pleasant environment. Through a mix of interactive panels, conversations, workshops and practical trainings, leading experts have provided their vision of future challenges to freedom of expression and professionalism in online media.
The main topics of the event were: false news, ethics, sustainability, various business models, creativity, innovative reporting, manipulation, online media market, communication control, privacy, post-truth, etc.
Nana Radenković, manager of the Nova Iskra educational platform was invited to participate in one of the workshops of the conference entitled “Collaboration” in which she presented the organizational model and process of development of our hub and demonstrate helpful tools for planning, organizing and leading a process that involves a group of people who are on the common quest – to create a positive value, good product or a functional service.
Folkk successfully funded their first Kickstarter campaign
Nova Iskra and Folkk successfully funded their first Kickstarter campaign, collecting 20,000 $ needed for further project implementation and the expansion of their network of craftsmen. Folkk is proud to have joined the exclusive club of local projects successfully funded on the most popular crowdfunding platform.
Folkk is a Belgrade based social business that connects masters of crafts with young designers in the Balkans. On June 12th, Nova Iskra kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for expanding Folkk products, and thus empower and support even more local craftsmen. The four-weeks long campaign culminated in the last days when the team exceeded their goal and secured a total of $ 20,983 with the help of 177 backers.
In exchange for pledges on Kickstarter, all backers chose some of the limited edition, hand-crafted, unique FOLKK products: exquisite 100% wool kilims, hand-woven, wool-filled pillows; two-sided, finest-wood multifunctional plate; and a tri-form serving board made from steamed walnut. In the upcoming period, Folkk will start the production of the first series of already developed products that will will be delivered in October to all people who supported and acquired their Folk products through the Kickstarter campaign.
Folkk is committed to sustainable production processes, using 100% of local materials, and providing fair compensation to everyone involved in production. The distribution of the collected funds was defined before the campaign launch, two-thirds of the revenue will go to the current Folkk craftsmen, while the remaining money will be invested in the development of new products and the inclusion of a larger number of craftsmen in the company’s program.
Folkk will then focus on finding and involving even more craftsmen across the Balkans and developing new products.
All Folkk products are available for order at www.folkk.co.
Nova Iskra thanks everyone who supported the project and contributed in any way to the success of this campaign.
Designer in Residence 2017
Nova Iskra is proud to announce this year’s open call for Designer in Residence program for a month-long residential stay in France, aimed at designers, architects and other authors or researchers active in related fields.
Exchange of authors takes place through the CREATE IN RESIDENCE platform, a multi-disciplinary international program that was initiated in 2014 by the Swedish Institute in collaboration with Nova Iskra, Krokodil Festival and a range of partner organizations. The partners this year are the largest Swedish organization dedicated to support of artistic production IASPIS, the French Institute and Goethe Institut in Serbia, Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia and finally, AMI/Dynamo and LFO/ZINC maker lab from Marseille.
Interdisciplinary work, careful planning of each of the residencies according to the needs of their users and the specifics of the host organizations are the main features of the program. Since 2014, more than 30 authors benefited form the program. Besides the designers who had an opportunity to work in Sweden, this was also the case for writers, cartoonists and translators – through the open call conducted by Krokodil and their “House for Writers” project.
Last year CinR platform expanded its collaborations and exchanges to other countries besides Sweden, so this year Nova Iskra is announcing the open call for Serbian authors for a one-month residency in Marseille (France). The residential stay in Marseille has no fixed thematic framework, but its primarily intended for those interested in expanding their knowledge in the field of digital fabrication. The concept of the program is still “open-end”, meaning that the participants are not expected to realize or complete their projects during their stay, but to use the time spent on residential program for the development of projects relating to these fields. The visiting author from Serbia will have support from two local organizations, both located in the creative center Friche la Belle de Mai – DYNAMO incubator and LFO/ZINC makerspace.
Travel and accommodation costs as well as a full scholarship are covered, while authors will be required to engage in programs of local organizations during their stay, through public presentations, participation and organization of workshops and other kinds of programs. The residential stays will be realized in the period of October-November. At the same time, Nova Iskra will host one Swedish and one German author, as well as one author from France.
All interested designers, architects, researchers and authors from Serbia can apply no later than September 1st at midnight via the online form http://bit.ly/2sW5tfy. In addition to filling out the form, it is mandatory to send a portfolio and a work plan -proposal of the project that would be developed during the residential stay, that should also include a motivation letter. All the materials should be written in English and sent to the e-mail email@example.com.
Nova Iskra at the Mikser festival and the 83rd TEH conference
This spring, Nova Iskra is participating at several international and regional conferences dedicated to international cooperation and creative industries.
In May, Nova Iskra had the pleasure to participate at the 83rd TEH conference in Pula, Croatia. The Rojc Association Alliance, as a member of the European network of the independent cultural centers Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is organized the TEH conference at the community center Rojc from May 25th – 28th. The topic of this year’s conference is Culture and Sharing Communities.
The conference covers topics that examine the relationship between culture and sharing communities with the aim of creating responsible communities that stand in solidarity with one another, supporting a better quality of life for the community. With emphasis on the potential of cultural centers for community development, the three days of the conference explore different models of reciprocity and participation. The conference explores how socio-cultural centers can develop a culture of sharing; how these different practices contribute to social and artistic co-creation, the democratization of society, the reevaluation of social values and changing social paradigms as well as how cultural centers as spaces of sharing and imagination become hubs of social innovation and communities of practice.
On Friday, May 25th, Relja Bobić, Nova Iskra Program Manager, will participate in one of the conference panels entitled Exploring Beyond Space.
At this year’s Mikser Festival, Nova Iskra had the pleasure of participating in a specially designed program titled Digital Arts Expo Powered By Nordeus.
Besides Nordeus, who is the initiator and a sponsor of the Digital Arts Expo, this special program gathers the following companies: 3Lateral, Bunker VFX, Cofa Games, Crater Studio, Fried, Mad Head Games, Take One, Nova Iskra, Qube 3D and Startit. As a part of the Digital Arts Expo silos, the visitors will have the opportunity to see not only some of the projects these companies have been working on, but also to meet the developers and artists that were working on hits such as Witcher 3, Plants vs. Zombies, The Other Guys, Awakening Of Heroes, Grand Theft Auto V, Top Eleven and many others.
Marko Radenković, Nova Iskra General Manager, will be participating at the panel dedicated to education and talk about various educational possibilities of starting your career in digital arts.
First Nova Iskra webinar – Audience development
After successfully completed Audience Development course, intended for representatives of and cultural institutions and organizations, Nova Iskra represents its first webinar that was produced during the course, and consists of all six lectures.
This webinar is intended for all professionals in the field of culture who recognize that they are in need of further education in order to successfully operate, i.e. to review and improve their strategies in communicating with audience, both in terms of presenting their programs and in terms of continuous rejuvenation of audience, as well as maintaining the existing audience.
The course was held in November 2016, and was co-organized by Nova Iskra and Desk Creative Europe Serbia. Over 80 professionals applied to the open call, while the course was attended by about 60 participants. All lectures were held at Kolarac, who was also one of the partners in the project.
The aim of the course is to improve the practical knowledge and skills of representatives of organizations and institutions that are related to issues of audience development – in terms of presentation skills and the use of diverse communication tools, but also by reflecting on the communications approach for specific projects. The project contributes to strengthening the capacities and work improvements of cultural institutions through professionalization of employees in cultural institutions as well as professionals that work independently.
Six lectures were presented throughout the course: Nana Radenković (Nova Iskra), Relja Dereta, Slobodan Jovanović (Coba & Associates), Neda Šorak (Sunny Digital), Ljiljana Ilić (CPN) and Aleksandra Ninkovic Tašić (exhibition Pupin). Through this webinar, educational resources on the topic Audience Development will be permanently available to the public, as a valuable contribution to the professional development and education in the field of culture.
All lectures in integral form are available on Vimeo Nova Iskra’s profile:
Nana Radenković – https://vimeo.com/205872852
Relja Dereta – https://vimeo.com/205878712
Slobodan Jovanović – https://vimeo.com/205879661
Ljiljana Ilić – https://vimeo.com/205884245
Aleksandra Ninković Tašić – https://vimeo.com/205885361
Neda Šorak – https://vimeo.com/206228327
Audience development is one of the central topics of the Creative Europe program of the European Union, and therefore collaborates with Desk Creative Europe Serbia, and the project was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia.
Nova Iskra announces its first course in design management
This March, Nova Iskra will present the first course dedicated to the field of design management in our country. The course is intended for designers, entrepreneurs and micro enterprises. In collaboration with renowned designers and experts from Serbia and Slovenia, the course will address the main aspects of this relatively new field within the design practice. Application is open until March 1st.
For the first time in our region, Nova Iskra is organizing a course dedicated to a relatively new domain, at the crossroads of two major professions – design and management. Traditionally, this domain found its implementation in the management of product design, but it significantly evolved and today includes various aspects of an organization, including operational and strategic levels. This unique course will have exactly this approach, and through two lectures and two seminars intends to introduce some of the key aspects of design management to the local professional audience.
Design Management includes processes, business decisions and strategies that support innovation and create effectively-designed products, services, communications, environments and brands that improve life quality and provide organizational success. The goal of design management is to establish and maintain an effective business environment in which organizations can fulfill their strategy and mission through design. The course represented by Nova Iskra will deal with the place of design management within business systems, process development of “traditional” products, but also challenges and new professions that bring the digital environment and cooperation of creatives and programmers.
On this occasion, the course is designed for designers, entrepreneurs and representatives of micro-enterprises, i.e. those who are willing to upgrade their knowledge in both fields, through lectures and seminars, work with prominent experts from Serbia and Slovenia. The experts are Miha Klinar, founder of studios from Ljubljana Gigo Design and KCDM (Competence center for design management), Jovana Tokić, designer and product/design manager professionally active in the Netherlands, as well as members of the Belgrade branch of the renowned company TEAMS Design (Director Žarko Bubalo, Creative Manager Đorđe Vučković, Senior Industrial Designer Nenad Nenadić and Engineering Manager Aleksandar Mikan).
Gigodesign (www.gigodesign.com) is a multidisciplinary team of designers, programmers and consultants who utilize diverse skills and expertise while working with companies. With over 300 realized projects – from branding and packaging, to design of innovative sailing boats, furniture and cooperations with companies such as Elan, Adria or Slatnar – Gigo is among the most innovative design studios in the region, and beyond.
Miha Klinar, co-founder of the studio, founded Competence Center for Design Management (www.design-management.si) in 2012 , which successfully advocates design management approaches in strategic (re)positioning of companies, as well as the synergy of the business and design communities. They have achieved impressive business results through the work of 18 Slovenian companies, and the project was awarded first prize at the Design Value Awards established by the Design Management Institute from Boston, the world’s oldest institutions in the field.
TEAMS Design is a consulting firm that participated in defining the term that is nowadays known as industrial design. Since 1956, the company was constantly growing in Esslingen, a small town near Stuttgart, and now has more than 100 employees in five studios on three continents, and works with over 300 clients. The studio in Belgrade was founded in 2004 and since then cooperates with other TEAMS offices in the fields of industrial design and engineering. Today it covers the entire product development process – from the initial sketch to prototypes that precede production. www.teamsdesign.com
Jovana Tokić was born in 1983 in Belgrade. She lives in Amsterdam and works as a Product Manager/Product Owner/Design Manager in the company www.autheos.com. She deals with the design and development of software products and production processes related to the development of digital products and services.
Design Management course will be held in Belgrade between Match 8th and 17th, through four sessions (March 9th,10th,14th and 17th). Participation is free of charge, but the number of participators is limited. All designers, entrepreneurs and representatives of micro-enterprises that are interested can register via the online form http://bit.ly/2m8xJ9M, until March 1st.
The first lecture within the course will be open to the public – an introductory presentation of Miha Klinar which is scheduled for Thursday, March 9th at 6 PM h at Nova Iskra.
Realization of Design Management course is supported by the Development Agency of Serbia.
Nova Iskra at conferences in Florence, Zagreb, Athens and Mallorca
This winter, Nova Iskra had the pleasure to participate at several important European and regional conferences focused on creative industries.
Within this year’s biennial manifestation European League of Institutes of the Arts(ELIA) entitled Turning Mirrors into Windows, Nova Iskra presented new models of informal education intended for professionals in the fields of creative industries, especially for those who work in multidisciplinary and collaborative environments. The 14th ELIA conference held in Florence, hosted over 400 participants, presenters and speakers from all over Europe. ELIA gathers around 350 artistic educational institutions in the fields of theater, visual arts, architecture, new media and design from more than 47 countries.
Within the Practicing Design conference, Program Manager of Nova Iskra Relja Bobić participated in the New Regional Practices in Design Education panel. Practicing Design conference and the accompanying exhibition were held January 20th – 21th in Zagreb, Croatia. Croatian Designers Assciation presented the final event of the Design in Practice project, with results of the two-year work by seven international partner organizations from the fields of education, business and the civil sector. The project was organized in cooperation with three European professional design organizations, two educational institutions and two companies from Croatia, Austria and Macedonia.
After the successful How Work Works conference in Belgrade, Nova Iskra participated at the second consecutive European Creative Hubs Network Forumwhich was held January 26th – 28th 2017 in Athens, Greece. Forum titled syn- was focused on the theme of growth, and was organized by our colleagues from the organizations Bios and Romantso. European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) is a project co-funded by the European Commission, led by the British Council together with consortium partners that includes Nova Iskra, i.e. association Kulturni kod. Relja Bobić, our Program Manager, also moderated one of the panels.
In late January, during the Think Up Culture conference in Palma de Mallorca, our General Manager Marko Radenković presented the operating model of Nova Iskra to the local city authorities and professionals from the field of culture. Together with the organization Creative Edinburgh from the UK, he presented the impact of creative districts and creative hubs in the development of local communities and strengthening of potentials of the creative scene.
Launch of the second issue of Zent magazine
The long-awaited second issue of the magazine Zent concentrates on the topic Work, and will be presented on December 30th at 7 PM at Polet (Cetinjska 15), here you will also be able to purchase it at a promo price of 500 RSD!
Zent, magazine that offers “an extra-ordinary reflection of the present”, brings more than 20 works in its second issue – theoretical texts, prose, poetry and visual art contributions and artistic projects that deals with the theme of work in a variety of ways – its contextualization in contemporary conditions, as well as its transformation that we are currently witnessing.
Visual artist and architect Milorad Mladenović and musician and director Luka Papić (aka Mangulica FM) will speak at the launch event, moderated by editor Maja Kantar and Aleksandra Savanović. After the talks – socializing!
Today when the State itself is telling us that we are lazy and that we should as early as children be prepared to be thrown into the cruel global market, today when everything from TV programmes and lifestyle magazines to university professors instructs us that we can’t work unless we adjust our behaviour, change our attitudes and fill-up our CVs with unpaid internships, today when we are not only obliged to work but should also love it, when we must be cheerful and happy at our workplaces, today when commercial success is the only measure of achievement and failure to succeed exclusively our own fault, today when education is reduced to job training, when leisure has become productive, when human relation and interaction has been commodified, today when the leftovers of the workers cult of the former social (socialist) state are increasingly transformed into the cult of work as such, in this post-socialist desert, the question what is work, and what is labour, as well as how, why and under what conditions we work, stands above us like some sort of giant neon billboard standing on top of a residential building.
We who live in these buildings, in our parents’ apartments, renting someone else’s apartments that we can no longer afford, in apartments we paid with debt for, we for whom the loss of a job means the loss of basic means for survival, wonder what the hell can we at all do?
Authors whose works are published in this issue are: Velimir Andrejević, Franco Bifo Berardi, Jean Dreager, Ana Filipović, Sofia Gavrilović, David Greaber, Peter Handke, Ljiljana Ilić, Uroš Jovanović, Maja Kantar, Marija Marić, Tomislav Osmanli, Andrea Palašti, Dušan Perić, Jana Rastegorac Vukomanović, Miroslav Ružica, Aleksandra Savanović, Dean Spade, Borislav Stanić, Vladimir Stanković, Mladen Stilinović, Bojan Vasić and others.
Second issue of Zent will be available for purchase at the promo price of 500 RSD from 7 until 10 PM, while free shipping offer for orders made on the site www.zentmagazine.com/poruci/ will be valid until the end of February.
Audience development course
Nova Iskra and Creative Europe Desk Serbia present audience development course. Audience Development is an educational project, a one-month course for representatives of civil society organizations and public institutions in culture, as well as individual professionals. The focus is on those who recognize that additional education is needed to successfully operate, i.e. reassess and improve their communication strategies towards the public, both in terms of presentation of their programs and in terms of continuous rejuvenation and access to new audiences, including nurturing the existing audience.
The aim of the course is to improve the practical knowledge and skills of representatives of organizations and institutions that are related to issues of audience development – in terms of presentation skills and the use of diverse tools to communicate with the audience, but also through the reflection on the strategic communications approach for specific projects. The project contributes to strengthening the capacities of cultural institutions, including professionalization of employees.
The course will discuss the articulation and reflection of the vision, mission and goals of the organization itself or the particular project, introducing the concepts of strategic and integrated communications, new ways of targeting specific groups, visual communications and total design (at the institutional/project level), as well as practical tools and approaches for the use of social networks and online communities in order to popularize projects and seek target groups.
The lectures will be presented by Nana Radenković (Nova Iskra), Relja Dereta, Slobodan Jovanović (Coba & Associates) and Neda Šorak (Sunny Digital). Beside lectures of our prominent experts, examples of good practices will be presented – the project of the exhibition Pupin and activities of Centre for Promotion of Science.
Participation in the program is free, but capacities are limited. All interested parties should apply via this link – http://bit.ly/2fNhQWu until Saturday, December 3rd. Participants will receive confirmations on Monday, December 5th. The course will be held in the premises of Nova Iskra (Gavrila Principa 43, Belgrade) over four Wednesdays in December, from 6 to 8 PM – December 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.
Audience Development is one of the central themes of the “Creative Europe” program of the European Union, and thus the cooperation with the Creative Europe Desk Serbia is logical, while the project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia.
Nova iskra and folkk at conferences in belgium, serbia, montenegro and bosnia and herzegovina
This fall, Nova Iskra was present at several important European and regional conferences focused on creative industries.
Within the Montenegro 2016 conference dedicated to economics, with the topic Development perspective of the western Balkans. Marko Radenković, General Manager of Nova Iskra, took part in the panel Creative economy – the needs of Balkan innovation and start-up business centers, where he presented previous work and organizational model of Nova Iskra .
The conference, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro, was held on October 27th and 28th at Hotel Splendid in Budva. The conference was organized in cooperation with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations from Berlin.
Nova Iskra was also invited to present its organizational model and the process of developing our hub at the two-day B-Creative conference, one of the first events of the European project Creative Tracks, which was held in November in Namur, Belgium. B-Creative is a global event that focuses on cross-cutting nature of the creative sector and its ability to encourage social and economic innovations. Nova Iskra participated on November 2nd in the panel Creativity: Meaningful innovation?, in which Marko Radenković, General Manager of Nova Iskra, presented the current work and organizational model of Nova Iskra.
Within the two-day conference Sarajevo Unlimited, which was held November 2nd-3rd in Sarajevo, Nova Iskra had the pleasure to present its design brand FOLKK, as part of the Design Unlimited panel, alongside projects Gazzda and Smart Lumies. Sarajevo Unlimited brought together all relevant institutions, companies, organizations, startups and investors in order to promote innovation in business, and the use of startup companies’ resources.
In October, Nova Iskra’s Co-working Manager Miljan Peljević took part in the first Serbian Co-working conference held October 15th-16th at Mokrin House in Mokrin, alongside 15 other co-working initiatives from all over Serbia. The participants had a chance to meet with each other and exchange past experiences, and plan future common actions which should strengthen the co-working community in Serbia and raise awareness about co-working at the local level. The next conference is expected to be held in April 2017.
Studies of Commons
Meet up with ideas and established practices which are formed through the approach of the “common good” (commons) and gain experience through practical work in multidisciplinary teams!
The studies will last from November 14th 2016 until April 1st 2017, with classes taking plsce once a week, for 2-4 hours (except holidays). Studies are free of charge for all selected participants, while parts of the program will be open to public.
You can download the program of the study program at the following link:https://drive.google.com/file/d/
Studies of Commons are based on the analysis of existing practices and exploration of possible concepts and solutions for the improvement of work processes, production, as well as the life in communities, especially those conducted by the idea of the general or common good, i.e. commons.
The aim of the study program is to help participants understand what it means nowadays to work and live according to the principles of commons, and through a specially designed, intensive, participatory, collaborative and interdisciplinary program to empower individuals and collectives to gain awareness of general/common goods in their process of thinking and acting.
The program will introduce different views of organisational structures that offer positive results through analysis of good practices in diverse contexts, as well as advice that may be helpful in practice for other local contexts when it comes to the management and use of common resources. At the same time, the program will concentrate on some collaborative practices including developing its own forms and models that are related to the idea of commons.
The participants will be able to hear about different experiences and approaches related to the subject, while some of the renowned lecturers will be Tomislav Tomašević (Institute of Political Ecology, Zagreb), Felipe Duarte (Berlin), Dea Vidović (Kulturanova, Zagreb), Karyotis Theodoros (Viome, Thessaloniki), Tomislav Medak (MAMA, Zagreb), Panayotis Antoniadis and Ileana Apostol(nethood, Zurich) and others.
What can our participants expect from Studies of Commons?
– A chance to meet up with local, regional and international experts, and learn from them about the latest models and practices of participatory decision-making and management,
– A chance to work in a inspiring environment with other individuals who apply, or are intending to apply models guided by the principles of commons,
– Theoretical and practical knowledge used to define specific social, ecological and economic needs in its own environment, and to give potential solutions through the development of collaborative projects concepts,
– Know-how for understanding and articulation of problems and social phenomena, as well as tools and practical knowledge for good collaborative work on dealing with the mapped problems
You can download the program of the study program at the following link:https://drive.google.com/file/d/
Sign up by filling the following application form http://bit.ly/2dGQsZC and by sending your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is October 31st 2016. The number of participants is limited.
The main criteria for selection of participants will be: multidisciplinary, activism, commitment to the program activities, openness for cooperation and teamwork.
Sustainable concepts for life and work
Nova Iskra and IKEA are joining forces to facilitate access to examples of good practice, and to encourage initiatives of awareness related to social and environmental responsibility in the process of creating your own business. The aim of the program Sustainable concepts for life and work is to create a space for experiments, brainstorming and application of ideas related to sustainable development and green economy.
The program will encourage knowledge exchange and dynamic interaction between experts, activists and others who develop and apply sustainable concepts when taking into consideration a responsible attitude to energy savings, utilization of natural resources, food production or waste management, with a special emphasis on those that can improve life and work in urban and rural environments.
The program will be realized through a series of lectures and presentations from diverse international and reginal experts, including Irena Dobosz (Manager for Sustainability and Communications, IKEA Southeast Europe), Kristina Jazinka Nikolić (Marketing Director, Strawberry Energy), Aleksandra Vladisavljević (entrepreneurship development consultant, Bizz.doo), Sabina Kerić (co-founder of Belgrade Flower Festival and Baštalište), Tijana Mirković (Director for Internal Communications, IKEA Southeast Europe) and Dragana Tomić Pilipović (Founder of the Center for Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship – CDOP).
IKEA is a company that focuses on products for furnishing homes. It was established in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad in Sweden. In 2015, the company had 375 department stores and business operations in 47 countries worldwide. IKEA Southeast Europe was established in 2008, and covers Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, as well as Romania since 2010. IKEA currently has two department stores in the region – in Bucharest and Zagreb – while three new department stores are planned to be opened soon – in Belgrade, Ljubljana, plus the second store in Bucharest.
How Work Works – European Creative Hubs forum in Belgrade
Nova Iskra and the consortium partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project, a project initiated by the European Commission, announce a three-day international forum titled “How Work Works”, from 22 to 24 September, in Belgrade. The event will gather nearly 100 hub organisations from across Europe, Serbia and the region. The rich program will also host lectures from some of the leading educational organisations from the field of creativity – Fabrica from Italy and Hyper Island from Sweden.
The international forum How Work Works is part of the European Creative Hubs Network project initiated by the British Council, cofunded by the European Commission through the Creative Europe program, in which Nova Iskra participates together with partners from Greece (Bios), Spain (Factoria Cultural), Germany (betahaus), the United Kingdom (Creative Edinburgh), Belgium (EBN) and Portugal (ADDICT). More than 150 delegates, hub leaders and a number of European and regional stakeholders will come together in Belgrade, during the first of three planned fora, in order to map the European eco-system of hubs active in the fields of culture and creativity, education, and entrepreneurship, and support their networking, knowledge exchange and capacity building.
The main part of the forum program will be held on the 23rd and 24th of Septemberat the Yugoslav Film Archives, and will showcase keynote lectures, study cases, panel discussions, networking activities and several side events. The three main sessions are dedicated to the questions of space, community and business models of creative hubs. As a part of each session, three organisations will be presented, and then take part in a short panel discussion. The program will also host a lecture by professor Jovan Čekić (Faculty of Media & Communications Belgrade), while theatre director Paul Bourne (Cambridge Business School) will guide the participants through an interactive action that explores the nature of networking, communication and creative thinking. Those present at the opening will be addressed by Michael Davenport, Ambassador of the Delegation of the EU to Serbia.
The conference will be attended by managers of some of Europe’s leading creative hubs from more than 25 countries, including betahaus (Berlin & Sofia), WaagSociety (Amsterdam), Taktal (Glasgow), Creative Edinburgh (Edinburgh), FactoriaCultural (Madrid), Sektor5 (Vienna), Todos (Lisboa), Cable Factory (Helsinki), Stpln (Malmö), The Roco (Sheffield), The Trampery (London), La Vallée (Brussels), Bios/Romantso (Athens), Republikken (Copenhagen), Poligon, Roglab(Ljubljana), MOB makerspace (Barcelona), Atölye Labs (Istanbul), The Fusebox(Brighton), Frappant (Hamburg), Design Terminal (Budapest) as well as numerous others, including all relevant local and regional initiatives.
Through its central theme and question – How work works – the forum will investigate the shifting paradigm of work as seen through the prism of creative hubs, bearing in mind that these organisations have a key role in supporting young entrepreneurs and creative people across the continent and the development of local creative industries. A special publication produced for the occasion – How Work Works: An inventory of effects – will be presented at the conference. It gathers seven critical texts dealing with the ongoing changes in the field of labour, by authors from Serbia, United Kingdom and United States, including visual contributions by the Belgrade-based artist Dušan Rajić.
The conference is closed for the public, but interested audience will have a chance to follow the soft opening of the conference on Thursday, 22 September at 7 PM at Bitef theatre. On this occasion, two lectures will be held by the representatives of Europe’s leading educational platforms from the field of creativity – Fabrica (www.fabrica.it ) and Hyperisland (www.hyperisland.com).
Sam Baron, creative director of Fabrica (“the communication research centre” that was founded in 1994 by the Benetton group and housed in an impressive complex that was designed by the renowned architect Tadao Ando) will address the methodology and the number of outstanding and award-winning projects realized at this leading European centre for design. Jon Barnes from Hyperisland, on the other hand, will dedicate his lecture Organisational Evolution to the modern organisations and innovative strategies for their development and survival in the light of great social and economic changes.
The European Creative Hubs Network project is co-funded by the European Commission, while the How Work Works forum is realized also with the support of Ministry of Culture and Media of Republic of Serbia and other local partners.
Applications for designer in residence 2016
FOLKK at the Know How/Show How summer design school in Sofia
Know-How/Show-How is an international summer program for creative thinking and design processes, initiated by the KnowHow Foundation from Amsterdam and the Culture Desk Foundation from Sofia. Relja Bobić, Nova Iskra’s Education Platform Coordinator, presented the Nova Iskra platform, and more specifically the process of development of its first design brand – Folkk. The brand is establishing connections between emerging design talent from the Balkans and the traditional crafts, artisans and knowledge holders.
The theme of the 2016 program is RE-connect – Object in Context and placeed special attention on our present day relationship to objects that shape culture. Designers and artists focus their expertise on the city and the archives and collections it holds, in an effort to re-connect them to the public space. The program was aiming to supports the development of the creative industries by introducing and transferring various methods and approaches in the creative processes. It took place from 11th to 22th of July, and consisted out of four five-days workshops, with selected international participants and an open public program.
The program was presented by a representative group of design and art professionals from all over Europe with extensive experience in education – René Put & Brigitte Gootink from the design studio PutGootink (NL); Saskia Van Drimmelen & Margreet Sweerts from the fashion project Painted series (NL), the artist Uta Eisenreich(NL/DE), the photographer Vesselina Nikolaeva (BG/NL), the designers Linda Van Deursen (NL) and Jurgen Bey(NL), the curators and rsearchers Clémentine Deliss(DE) and Iglika Mishkova (BG), Relja Bobić (SB) and more.
EUROPEAN CREATIVE HUBS NETWORK announces its first Forum – HOW WORK WORKS
The partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project are pleased to announce the first European Creative Hubs Forum. The event organized by the leading hub in the Balkan region – Nova Iskra from Belgrade, Serbia – will take place at the Yugoslav Film Archives in Belgrade from September 22nd to 24th, 2016. It will bring together 100+ managers and representatives of European hubs and creative and entrepreneurial communities from more than 20 countries, as well as all relevant organizations and stakeholders from Serbia and the region of South-Eastern Europe.
An open call for participation is currently running for all interested hub leaders, managers or representatives from across Europe. The deadline to apply is July 20th2016.
Creative hubs have become new models for creative enterprises to grow, and invaluable mechanisms of change and assets to the creative sector. Creative hubs are uniquely diverse in structure, sector and services, qualifying them as a great driver for growth, competitiveness and innovation in the creative industries. They range from collective and co-operative, to labs and incubators; and can be static, mobile or online. In addition to encouraging collaboration, generating distinctive cultural practice, and offering much needed exhibition and events space, they also bring added value to agendas in regeneration, tourism, inward investment and educations.
The European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) is a project co-funded by the European Commission, led by the British Council in partnership with a consortium of European creative hubs, Bios in Greece, Addict in Portugal, betahaus in Germany, Kulturni Kod/Nova Iskra in Serbia, Creative Edinburgh in the UK, Factoria Cultural in Spain, and the European Business Network (EBN). ECHN aims to enhance the ecosystem that supports the development and growth of the creative and cultural sector by supporting the subsistence and growth of creative hubs in Europe, creating a community of experienced creative hubs leaders across Europe from a variety of sectors and promoting hubs as innovative models to support the creative economy in Europe.
Through this project, Creative Hubs managers from Europe will be able to connect with peers and gain access to a community of hubs, visit and learn from creative hubs across Europe, exchange best practice and strengthen skills, as well as learn about successful and sustainable business models.
How Work Works – European Creative Hubs Forum
Through its central question and theme – HOW WORK WORKS – the forum will investigate the shifting paradigm of work as seen through the prism of creative hubs. The forum aims to map out the diverse eco-system of hubs, and to showcase the richness, diversity and importance of the European hub landscape, having in mind that these organizations play a key role in supporting young entrepreneurs and creative professionals across the continent, as well as beyond the borders of EU.
Beside offering inspiring and insightful keynotes by leading scholars from Europe and Serbia, some of which will be open to the general public, the conference will create a space for networking and sharing of experience between hub managers through three key sessions, dedicated to various aspects of Space, Community and BusinessModels. The working sessions of the conference will also be followed by more informal networking formats, free consultations for local and international experts, visits to the local cultural venues and hubs, optional field trips and other special programs.
Call for participation
An open call for participation at the forum is announced, with the aim to showcase the hub diversity across Europe and offer hub organizations a chance to network, learn and grow partnerships. The European Creative Hubs Forum will come in a condensed format, gathering a maximum number of 150 participants, in order to allow effective direct face-to-face interactions. The official working language of the conference will be English.
The organizers are aiming to enable participants to share personal experiences and thoughts in an environment that caters for a smaller audience and which will include several group work activities, in order to maximise participants’ opportunities to share with their peers. For accepted applicants, the organizers will be able to cover expenses for one representative per organization, which will include travel costs to and from Belgrade and accommodation costs for Sept 23rd and 24th. The full forum agenda will be announced in August.
If you are interested in participating in the first ECHN forum in Belgrade, please fill in the registration form http://bit.ly/1XKeBQc no later than Wednesday, July 20th 2016 by 23:59 hrs (GMT+1).
(The organizers reserve the right to run a selection process of participants based on the registration forms, should the number of interested parties be higher than expected. In case that your application is approved, you will be contacted by Nova Iskra staff no later than August 1st in order to organize the logistics).
On Wednesday, June 15th Nova Iskra publicly presented the “Green Laboratory” project, a new space that was realized in cooperation with company NIS within through the program “Together for the Community”. Green laboratory is an open-air classroom and the first urban garden in the center of Belgrade, located at Nova Iskra coworking space in the Gavrila Principa Street.
The first urban garden in the center of Belgrade, as well as an open-air classroom dedicated to sustainable development was officially opened on Wednesday, June 15th at Nova Iskra.
In the framework of the Together for the Community program, NIS supported this specific working and educational outdoor space of Nova Iskra, which covers around 250 m2. Until recently, this was only the roof of a nearby object and uncultivated piece of land overgrown with weeds, now has been transformed into an educational and ecological oasis called Green Laboratory, that will be used by the local community and visitors of numerous programs and events at Nova Iskra.
This specific multifunctional outdoor space will be used for the implementation of educational programs, lectures and workshops in the field of sustainable development, as well as an open workshop intended for neighbors and interested individuals who wish to be involved in the maintenance of this sort of urban garden. Belgrade Flower Festival is also one of the partners in charge of the selection of the many crops that were planted last autumn, and now enrich the workspace of Nova Iskra members, as well as the experience of all visitors who participate in programs that are open to the public.
With the aim to improve the quality of life in the communities in which NIS operates, and in the spirit of corporate social responsibility and recognition of the need to connect local communities and major businesses, each year NIS organizes a public competition named Together for the Community. The program is designed to strengthen partnerships with the local communities in which the company operates. In the competition for 2015, 110.5 million dinars have been invested in projects of local communities and NGOs.
The first programs at Green Laboratory will be presented in early September and will address the topics from the field of landscape architecture.
FOLKK @ Balkan Design Expo
Mikser Festival and Balkan Design Expo open their doors on Wednesday, June 8th at 8:30 PM, including the exhibition of selected brands from the region, such as Gazzda, Extraform, Prostoria, Stuff and others. The event will also present the first public presentation of the FOLKK brand, launched just a few months ago on the Serbian, regional and international markets.
FOLKK will present its complete product offer of home accesories made out of specific types of wood and high-quality domestic wool, which is handwoven in the traditional workshop in Pirot. The products are interwoven with innovative ideas of some of the most prominent designers from our region (Emir Šehanović, Tamara Švonja, Studio Antipod), who have developed successful dialogues with experienced artisans and craftsmen throughout Serbia.
On Thursday, June 9th at 7.30 pm, FOLKK will be presented by Marko Radenković, General Manager of Nova Iskra, the platform behind the development of this specific brand. During the lecture Meet FOLKK!, he will talk about the three-year process of developing the brand and the first products, the research results of the global market, as well as the specifics of the business model of FOLKK, that carries some of the key features of the social enterprise model.
FOLKK is a brand based on the unique heritage of the Balkans, but it does not stop there. The first four collections of products rely on the supreme qualities of local, natural materials and traditional skills, encountering innovative design and contemporary visual language. PLATO and TAPA are multifunctional wooden products for food serving or storing of small items, while the RESA rugs and MENTpillows carry iconic patterns that will enrich and personalize any interior. Find out more about the products here: http://folkk.co/products/
The social aspect of creating these products is in the heart of the FOLKK process. The brand collaborates closely with local social enterprises and small family workshops, whose existence relies on their handicraft skills. Meet them in the Designers & Makers section of the FOLKK website (http://folkk.co/designers-makers), that also acts as an online store shipping worldwide.
All 27 variations of the products – if we take into account the different materials and designs – will be exhibited at the Balkan Design Expo during Mikser Festival, in the space of a Mikser House (Karađorđeva 46), every day of the festival from 11 AM to midnight. This is a unique opportunity to experience the authentic textures and feel the pleasure offered by these innovative functional objects, each one unique due to handmade method of preparation.
If you are not able to visit the Mikser Festival, the FOLKK online store is always open at www.folkk.co. Free worldwide delivery is currently in offer on the site.
Apply for the What the Hack? Hackathon
During the 48-hour hackathon participants will work in a team developing an application that aims to facilitate mobility in the region of Carinthia. The application should allow users to easily navigate the region, regardless of the chosen means of transport. Instead of buying tickets, mobile phone should collect all the information on the selected route, offer the best options and mark each check-in and check-out for different means of transportation – whether it is a bus, train, taxi, car sharing or cycling.
Applications for hackathon are open to all programers, hackers, developers, designers and interface experts who are at least 18 years old, and have at least 3 years of professional experience. They should also be fluent in English and have a residence in the Alpine-Adriatic region (Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia). The total number of participants for the hackathon will be 24, with 4 representatives from each country.
Apply by filling out a short form, attach your CV and explain your motivation for participating at the following link http://www.hackathon.click/register until May 30th!
The awards for the most successful teams are 5.000, 3.000 and 2.000 EUR, while the costs of transportation, accommodation, meals and mentoring will also be covered.
The organizer of the hackathon is the Austrian organization Gain and Sustain, and the partners are HUB387 (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Coworking Croatia (Croatia), Warehouse (Italy), Polygon (Slovenia), Startit and Nova Iskra (Serbia).
Apply for the courses on entrepreneurship and presentation skills!
The course for Presentation Skills is intended for all those who are facing challenges in preparing high-quality presentation, either for the purpose of finding a job, approaching investors, presenting ideas to your team, media appearances or PR activities. In order for participants to gain confidence, overcome stage fear and develop articulation, the course will help its participants to conceptually prepare their presentations, to hold attention of their audience and to make their delivery convincing, credible and effective.
The course will be led by Relja Dereta, one of the most experienced Serbian professionals in this field, with tremendous experience in working with individuals, teams and entire organisations. Besides exercises that involve verbal and non-verbal communication and articulation, the Nova Iskra team will prepare practical exercises for enabling participants to independently prepare graphically attractive , innovative and interactive presentations.
Relja Dereta has over 10 years of experience in holding presentations and workshops for thousands of people of different age and professions. He has been coaching speakers for TEDx events for several years – so far he was working individually with 50 speakers on 6 TEDx conferences, guiding them through the process of structuring their idea and practicing their appearance (read their recommendations) www.reljadereta.com
Overcome your stage fear, encourage yourself for effective performance in front of clients, employees, colleagues, audience or investors! Learn to articulate your idea and conquer diction skills, non-verbal communication and preparation of interactive presentations.
The course Practical Aspects of Entrepreneurship is committed to the challenges that future entrepreneurs encounter while establishing enterprises and companies, and during the process of articulating a business ideas into a business opportunity, as well as into a specific business and operational plan. The course is mainly designed for those who are feeling ready to realize their entrepreneurial ambitions, those who have a specific business idea to develop, as well as those who intend to do so. Whether you have already registered your company or not, this course will offer an insight into first practical steps and the obligations when starting a business, including common mistakes, challenges and obstacles.
Introductory lectures will be dedicated to raising awareness and entrepreneurial spirit among participants, as well as the confrontation with real threats or challenges in establishing their own practices. The lecturers Vladimir Miletić and Milan Trbojević are specialised for providing mentoring assistance and consulting. Their advice is available to the wider community via their well-known blogs – Dnevnik jednog direktora (translated: the diary of a director) www.dnevnikjednogdirektora.com, and FT1P (translated: you are missing one paper) www.ft1p.rs.
Those who would like to be entrepreneurs, designers who want to develop their brands, freelancers who need administrative support, start-ups in the initial stage of development,all of them who believe they have an idea that can become a successful products or services – will acquire all the necessary knowledge in these domains during the course.
Start your journey from your business ideas to your business plan, starting a business and overcoming legal and administrative challenges! Create a business plan, rationalize business decisions and introduce yourself with legal frameworks, including basic terms and numbers – through practical work and mentoring from leading experts.
The price for participating both courses is 180 EUR or 22.000,00 RSD. Payment can be made in two installments – 50% when registering and 50% before the start of first lecture. If case of cash payment, participants will receive an e-mail on same day of registration with payment instructions. The number of places is limited for both courses, and they will be divided into 6 sessions (held at the end of the week, late afternoon) in the period from May 26th until June 18th.
All interested participants who register and pay the advance deposit before Friday (May 13th) for either of these two courses, will enjoy a discount of 10%!
For applying to the Presentation Skills course enter the following linkhttp://bit.ly/1rZPM5f, and those interested for the application formula regarding the courcse of Practical Aspects of Entrepreneuralship should use the following link http://bit.ly/24xnbW3.
Deadline for application are May 26th and 28th, respectively.
The first issue of Zent magazine
After almost a year of work on the first issue, Nova Iskra and Zent Collective are proudly presenting Zent magazine. The first issue of Zent will be presented to the public on 11th May at 5 PM on the plateau located behind the building at Terazije 30-32.
Zent magazine is dedicated to the research and examining of the issues that deal with the problematisation of the “contemporary“ in all of its aspects. Zent is political, insofar as it does not see politics (only) as a matter of institutions, but above all as a matter of everyday relations between individuals and communities to each other and to the world. Zent’s language is written in accessible and understandable manner, while it also experiments with forms of expression (from photography, through literature and architecture to theory) with the intention to problematize the relationship between “high”, “popular” and “national” culture, “experts” and “amateurs”, managers and those that are managed. Zent will take the form of thematic printed editions published twice a year, while the website www.zentmagazine.com will consist of other original texts and translations, alongside the content of the print editions. The magazine will function on the basis of an open call for both printed and online editions – the first open call for authors and authors is expected in July.
Zent is attempting to re-invent and establish a publishing model whose goal is not profit but access to knowledge for all. Zent is grounded in the values of community and the belief that the state is not an essential mediator. The name itself comes from the magazine lingo term zentati, which implies a certain level of fear (of) and anxiety (as). For Zent, zentati means to await (nothing specific), to be out of order and out of place, on no man’s land, never where it is expected. Zent understands unity as the first prerequisite for the exercise of extra-ordinal space for all.
Zent is a magazine for extra-ordinary reflection of the present. The present or “prezent”, that is a matter of time and space in which we live, so it makes up the first meta-topic of magazine Zent. The first issue looks at Zent and deals with the present through texts, visual interventions, poetry and comics in a specific way of dealing with social issues, phenomena, discourses and practices from the position of our contemporary: from the urban changes in Belgrade, over the situation of refugees in Europe and the New Racism, to the “European integration” of Serbia. The writers are Gal Kirn, Paul Currion, Ivan Marković, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, Aleksandar Matković, Marina Gržinić, Aleksandra Savanović and Suhail Malik. The answers to the question What is the Present? in the eponymous section are offered by Aleksandra Lakić, Damjan Rehm Bogunović, Mića Stajčić, Natalija Miletić, Malena Nijensohn, sumire, Amanda Grey, Ivan Marković and Marija Milinković.
Visual interventions across the first edition Zent are contributed by the visual artists Dušan Rajić, Boris Hoppek and Gaelle Leenhardt. Author of the comic that shows another dimension of contemporary is Danijel Savović, while Milorad Mladenovićapproached the topic from our everyday perspective in the form of characteristic Facebook poetry.
Visual identity, design and layout of the first issue of the magazine Zent was developed by the graphic designer Olga Jorgačević. Also responsible for the artistic directon are Relja Bobić, Ivan Marković and Aleksandra Savanović. The first issue of Zent was edited by Maja Kantar, Aleksandra Lakić, Ivan Marković andAleksandra Savanović.
Zent is a joint initiative of Zent Collective and Nova Iskra, which is also the publisher of the magazine. Zent is beyond genre limitations and existing arrangements. Zent is for everyone and for all.
Promotion of the Zent magazine will be held on the plateau located behind the address Terazije 30-32 on 11th May at 5 PM. Everyone who have signed up for the newsletter on the website http://www.zentmagazine.com will be able to buy their copy at a reduced promo price.
Visit of students of architecture from Romania
As part of their study visit to Belgrade, a group of 50 students form Romania, from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism from Timisoara have visited Nova Iskra. This group is a part of their Design studies as part of the fourth year of studies, and is predominantly focused on working processes and collaborative work.
Besides a presentation on the topic of collaborative work and team culture held by our Education Platform Manager Nana Radenković, the students had a chance to also attend a lecture by Ivan Kucina, focused on the spatial interventions on the territory of Savamala neighborhood in Belgrade.
This inspiring visit is another in a series of visits of foreign students to Nova Iskra, after we have already hosted students from Austria, The Netherlands and other countries
Nova Iskra at conferences in France and Slovakia in May
Within the European Lab conference, this year themed as Imagine the culture of tomorrow, will take place from May 4th to 6th at the Confluences Museum in Lyon (France). General Manager of Nova Iskra Marko Radenković will participate in a case study titled Incubate them all ! a five-year progress report, dedicated to European creative incubators together with representatives of the European Creative Hubs Network.
Marko will present Nova Iskra’s innovative approach to social and cultural entrepreneurship that was developed by team of Nova Iskra over the last four years. He will also reflect on the difficulties that the project was facing in the process of its establishment, as well as on our business model that had to adapt to changes within the economy and the labor market of the region.
This year European Lab also brings together leading European and world experts in the fields of creative industries, art production, independent music business and cultural policy. The program runs parallel to the music festival Nuit Sonores, which has grown into one of the leading events in France in recent years. Nuit Sonores will be held from May 4th to 6th, while the conference program is organized through a number of panels and lectures by prominent cultural operators. Organizer of the festival and the European Lab is the production company Arty Farty.
Visit of students from TU Delft from the Netherlands
As part of their study trip to Belgrade, a group of 30 students from Technical University Delft (The Netherlands) visited Nova Iskra. Beside getting to know our platform, the students from the Department of Industrial Design and Engineering had a chance to meet their colleagues from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, as well as with the representatives of the Belgrade office of TEAMS Design.
In order to present the Serbian design scene and some of the interesting initiatives in the field of product development, the coordinator of our education platform Relja Bobić held a presentation about the program, organizational and business models of Nova Iskra, while TEAMS Design and their noted projects were presented by Žarko Bubalo and Aleksandar Mikan. Furthermore, FAA Belgrade and the Department of Industrial Design were presented by the department chief Vladimir Zagorac.
This inspirational meet up is another in a series of visits of international students to Nova Iskra, after we have already hosted students from Austria, Denmark and other countries.
Coworking cooperation with Fueled Collective
Nova Iskra has the pleasure to announce our future cooperation with FueledCollective, one of the leading coworking spaces in New York City.
The Fueled Collective was started by Rameet Chawla and Ryan Matzner, as a new business to complement the company’s lucrative firm Fueled, an app development company that makes apps for heavyweight companies like Porsche, Ducati, Proctor & Gamble, Hallmark or the Chicago Bulls, just to name a few. They envisioned the Fueled Collective as a place where they can work alongside like-minded startups to further collaboration and community.
The Fueled Collective is located on the top floor of the 568 Broadway, also known as the Prince Building, providing expansive views of Manhattan. Dogs and other pets are, of course, allowed in the workspace.
Last week Nova Iskra and Fueled collective have signed a contract of cooperation. It guarantees that every time a member of Nova Iskra coworking space visits New York, they will be able to spend time at the Fueled Collective office space for an enjoyable working experience, for up to 5 weekdays from 10 AM to 6 PM – office hours, per quarter/per person, with the unlimited access to all amenities. Nova Iskra coworking members will also get the 50% discount on the conference rooms renting prices.
The coworking members of the Fueled collective will also get the reciprocal benefits at Nova Iskra while visiting Belgrade.
We are inviting members of both of our coworking communities to visit New York and Belgrade respectively, and get enagaged through the opportunities made possible by this special collaboration.
Practical skills courses at Nova Iskra
During April, May and June, Nova Iskra is organizing a series of five intensive courses devoted to modern practical skills that are relevant to a large number of creative professionals, designers and entrepreneurs. Nova Iskra courses are providing the opportunity for the development of professional skills as a means of personal development, through which individuals and teams can maximize their potential to operate in their own or other professional domains.
Nova Iskra is currently developing five courses, that will be presented over the course this spring, in cooperation with leading experts and organizations from Serbia and Slovenia. The first two courses that will be held from April to May, are dedicated to the fields of Digital fabrication and 3D printing and Crowdfunding. The first one will be led by our renowned designer Danko Radulović in cooperation with Polyhedra fablab and the Fab initiative, while the Crowdfunding course will be led by Luka Piškorič from Crowdfunding Slovenia and Poligon platforms from Ljubljana.
The courses will focus on practical work and a mentoring aproach with the students, as well as on the balance of the theoretical and practical work, with a number of exercises and simulations. In addition to numerous related activities, participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course, while at the same time they will have the opportunity to meet other individuals and initiatives that share their interests and with whom they can potentially cooperate in the future. Classes will be held on Fridays and Saturdays and the courses will last from 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the complexity of the topic, in the rhythm of one session per week.
The details of the courses related to Digital fabrication and 3D printing and Crowdfunding, as well as the links for the application forms can be found on the Nova Iskra website.
All interested participants can apply by April 18th. Anyone who applys and pays the 50% of the participation fee by April 13th will receive a 10% discount!
Shortly after the first two courses the details on the next courses will be announced – Presentation Skills course (May-June) will be lead by Relja Dereta, Nova Iskra and guests, Practical aspects of entrepreneurship (May-June) will be led by Vladimir Miletić (Diary of a director blog) and Milan Trbojević (Bookworm blog), while the UI design course (June) will lead by Dragan Babić (Superawsome Agency).
The number of positions in each course is limited. To secure your place in the course, it is necessary to pay 50% of the registration fee immediately upon applying, and the remaining 50% before the start of the first session. Details about the upcoming courses and applications will be announced during the next few weeks.
For all additional information please contact Nova Iskra via e-mail email@example.com or by phone 011 40 51 877.
The launch event of the European Creative Hubs Network project
Nova Iskra is announcing the launch event of the European Creative Hubs Network project. The European Creative Hubs Network will create a community of experienced creative hubs leaders across Europe to support the subsistence and growth of creative hubs in Europe.
In December 2015, the European Commission published the results of the five selected projects that aim to develop networks of creative hubs and coworking spaces in the EU in the coming years. Projects are focused on creating and supporting a network of hubs, creative and coworking spaces for professionals and entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sector. Nova Iskra is one of the partners within the European Creative Hubs Network project, together with The BritishCouncil as the project leader, Bios from Greece, Factoria Cultural from Spain, Betahaus from Germany, European Business and Innovation Centre Network(Belgium) and Creative Edinbrugh (Scotland).
In the coming two years, the project will strive to strengthen the creative hubs at the European level by enhancing transnational and cross-sectoral cooperation among the partners. One of the goals of the project is to provide additional education and capacity building programs for managers, cultural and creative professionals as well as entrepreneurs. In addition to these activities, three international conferences dedicated to the creative hubs and development trends in the field of creative industries will be held, with the first one taking place in Belgrade on September 22ndand 23rd, while the other two will unfold in Athens and Porto respectively.
The launch event of the ECHN project will be held in Brussels on April 5th at La Vallee creative center. The afternoon program will be attended by all of the partners, as well as stakeholders and decision makers from the EU administration, as well as representatives of hubs hailing from Belgium and Benelux. The keynote address will be given by Michel Magnier, the Director for Culture and Creativity at the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, alongside the address of Barbara Stacher, policy officer for economy of culture at DG EAC. Case studies of hubs La Vallee and The Trampetry will also be presented by their directors Pierre Pevee and Charles Armstrong respectively.
Memorandum of cooperation with SCEN – Center for architecture, technology and stage design
Nova Iskra is pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of cooperation with the SCEN – Centre for architecture, technology and stage design, an organizational unit within the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, Serbia.
SCEN – Centre for architecture is the national branch of the OISTAT center in Serbia. SCen is formed as a center that aims to contribute to the improvement of the areas of scientific, artistic and professional expertise in the fields of stage design, theater architecture and technology in Serbia.
The OISTAT membership, as well as cooperation with many other international networks, organizations and individuals is the means by which SCEN contributes to the process of permanent education, and also encourages the international exchange of ideas, projects and professionals in the fields of stage design, theater architecture and technology.
It is in these fields that the cooperation between Nova Iskra and SCEN will be conducted, with a special focus on the joint development of formal and informal educational programs – courses, summer schools and study programs. These programs will be characterized by a transdisciplinary approach and international character, a combination of theoretical and practical work on projects that will include a number of experts, scientific, professional and artistic institutions from Serbia and abroad.
The first collaborative projects between the two organizations will be announced in autumn 2016.
Open call for the second cycle of the NELT educational program
NELT, one of the leading Serbian companies, has announced an open call for the second cycle of its year-long educational program for students, which will be realized in cooperation with Nova Iskra and Gallery 12HUB.
Twenty selected students will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in the fields of creativity and entrepreneurship, as well as to learn from prominent lecturers from Serbia, the region and Europe, all experts in different fields – from economics and entrepreneurship, over critical theory and cultural management to dramatic arts, design and new technologies.
The program is realized through collaboration with seven faculties of the Belgrade University and the University of Arts (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Drama Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, and Faculty of Applied Arts), but the applications are also accepted from students of all other private or public faculties in Serbia who are older than 19.
The objective is for the participants to acquire practical skills through team work in the fields of design and new media, as well as to get inspired and empowered in their intention to turn their ideas into projects, which can potentially be realized with the support of NELT. Participants will have regular mentorship consultations with the program leaders and representatives of NELT.
The applications can be submitted by April 10, 2016. Applicants are required to fill out the online form http://bit.ly/22rXkxG and submit their portfolio containing a short resume along with selection of student works (essays or other writings, artworks, works done during studies or outside the faculty – in the form of short overview or photographs) to the email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “2016 NELT Educational Program”.
Only complete applications will be considered. All applicants will be notified about the results of the first round of selection no later than April 15th. The selected candidates will be interviewed between April 18th and 20th at Nova Iskra, after which the final list of participants will be announced.
The participants will be selected by the Program Board – Milica Pekić (G12 HUB), Branislava Stefanović (Faculty of Dramatic Arts), Nana Radenković, Relja Bobić (Nova Iskra), and Marko Milanković (NELT) – together with one participant of the last year’s program. On April 21st the shortlist of no more than 20 candidates will be announced, announcing the participants of the new cycle of the 2016 NELT Educational Program. The program is free for all participants, while the first official meeting will be held on April 27th, and the first workshop with the playwright Katarina Pejović (Shadow Casters) will be held in the first week of May.
After the finished cycle of workshops and lectures, in March 2017 the students will present their resulting works and will be given certificates of successful completion of the 2016 NELT Educational Program. The participants who develop the best project ideas during the program – in the form of project proposals and a clear implementation plans – will potentially recieve support for their projects.
Nelt Co is the leading company in Serbia in the field of distribution of consumer goods and pharmaceuticals, logistic services and marketing. Nelt Co is part of the organizational system of NELT Group, linking 12 companies with about 3,800 employees in the markets of Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the countries of sub-Saharan Africa – Angola, Zambia and Mozambique. NELT’s social responsibility program is aimed at young, talented people whose creative spirit, positive attitude and a desire for improvement relate to the core company values. By organizing a specialized program for gifted students, NELT is helping those who will be the leaders of progress in the future.
The Prince of Wales at Nova Iskra
His Royal Highness Prince of Wales arrived on Wednesday, March 16th with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall on an official two-day visit to Serbia, as part of a wider visit to the Balkan region. One of the many meetings on the agenda of his visit to Belgrade, was the one to Nova Iskra.
The Prince of Wales visited Nova Iskra where he was introduced to projects and initiatives that aim to develop entrepreneurial skills, strengthening social enterprises and promotion of vocational education in Serbia.
Marko Radenković, our General Manager, introduced his Royal Highness to our previous work and future projects, and presented Folkk – the recently lauched “homeware” brand that Nova Iskra developed over the last two years.
Over the past two years, the brand FOLKK was being developed within Nova Iskra in a process that included contributions from designers coming from all over the Balkans, as well as the careful mapping of manufacturers and social enterprises throughout Serbia. FOLKK is gathering designers, craftsmen, design managers and creative directors with an ambitious aspiration to achieve results on the global market, and thus test and set new models of quality and sustainability.
Today, FOLK is no longer a project, but a fully developed design brand, present on the market since just a few days. FOLKK is based on the unique cultural heritage and wealth of natural materials from our immediate environment. The brand strives to create new value through providing sustainability through this specific business model in which collaboration between artisans and small producers on one side, and designers on the other, can provide visually impressive, functional and innovative products that will reach customers around the world. Folkk also supports the livelihood of a number of families in Serbia, whose members are involved in different stages of the production process, in which several remote workshops may be cooperating.
The first two lines of homeware products are underlined by innovative ideas of some of most prominent designers from the region, who developed fruitful collaborations with experienced artisans and craftsmen from across Serbia. The hand-woven trails called RESA, as well as the MENT pillows made with the same technique, are rooted in the renowned handweaving legacy of the town of Pirot, the Serbian cradle of this dying craft. These FOLKK creations are also made there, on the same looms that are being used for centuries. Their singularity comes from five striking pattern designs contributed by Emir Šehanović.
TAPA boards and PLATO plates for are the creations of Milan Blagojević, a skillful and dedicated carpenter who developed fruitful dialogues with Belgrade-based product designers Tamara Švonja and Studio Antipod. Out of these dialogues came two simple wooden food-serving objects that let the material tell the story.
FOLKK offers its products throughout the world via its website, while at the same time expanding its network of distributors and physical stores, with a primary focus on Western Europe and North America. FOLKK website was designed Peter Gregson Studio from Novi Sad, who were also responsible for the entire visual identity and packaging design. The website also acts as an online store with 27 products on offer, if all the variations of designs and materials are taken into account.
FOLKK is developed with the initial support from the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade, and the help of BOOST Global Innovation AS.
Let FOLKK enter your everyday!
Nova Iskra is a partner in the European Creative Hubs Network project
In December 2015, the European Commission published the results of the five selected projects that aim to develop networks of creative hubs and coworking spaces in the EU in the coming years. Projects are focused on creating and supporting a network of hubs, creative and coworking spaces for professionals and entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sector, and Nova Iskra is one of the partners within the European Creative Hubs Network project.
The British Council will be implementing the project as an initiator and main coordinator, in cooperation with a number of partners in Europe, including Nova Iskra. In the coming years, the project will strive to strengthen the creative hubs at the European level by enhancing transnational and cross-sectoral cooperation among the partners. One of the goals of the project is to provide additional education and capacity building programs for managers, cultural and creative professionals as well as entrepreneurs. In addition to these activities, three international conferences dedicated to the creative hubs and development trends in the field of creative industries will be held, at the end of 2016 one of the conferences will be held right here in Belgrade, while the other two will be held in Athens and Porto.
In addition to British Council and Nova Iskra, the partners on the project are also the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (Belgium) Bios (Greece), Addict (Portugal), Betahaus (Germany), Creative Edinburgh (Scotland) and Factoria Cultural (Spain).
Nova Iskra at the Skopje Creative Hubs conference
Nova Iskra was invited to present its organizational model and the process of initiation at the Creative Hub Conference in Skopje, Macedonia. The conference dedicated to constituting creative hubs and creative platforms was held at the Cinematheque of Macedonia on December 16th. The event was organized by Plakart festival, Ministry of Culture of Republic of Macedonia and British Council Macedonia, and has featured distinguished actors of the European hub scene from Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
Some of the key topics included development of the creative sector influence the economy, business climate and environment, creative education in the career development and acceptance of the “digital era”. Presentations were held by LynseySmith of British Council, Gillian Easson from Creative Dundee, Meta Štular who is the project manager of RogLab in Ljubljana and Ljubo Georgiev who is heading the One Design Week in Plovdiv. Nova Iskra was represented by the Program Manager Relja Bobić and Aleksandra Savanović, our project development expert.
The presentations were followed by a workshop with representatives of local intiatives and other delegates.
The Forth coworking open call of Nova Iskra
Nova Iskra functions as a coworking space and a platform for continuous education and networking of young professionals in the fields of creative industries and business since 2012. In the previous period, the coworking space of Nova Iskra was used by over 120 freelancers and members of different teams active in the field of design, web, IT, architecture and entrepreneurship (with 20 % of coworkers coming from outside of Serbia), while at the same time more than 150 free educational programs open for public were also held.
Nova Iskra coworking space can be used on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. Each member has his own workstation (including a desk, a chair, lamp, 24’’ screen, drawers…), fast wi-fi connection and the unlimited usage of common facilities (two conference rooms, kitchen, workshop, lounge, smoking area) and equipment (office and photo equipment). In 2016, several standing desks will also be installed, while we are also announcing the launch of Green Classroom, our spacious terrace that will be an urban garden as well as an open-air workspace and event area.
The total capacity of Nova Iskra is 49 coworkers, while the nominal monthly membership is 150 EUR. Each year, interested users can apply via the open call for the use of the coworking on the basis of the beneficiary price of 100 EUR per month, which makes the incentive of 600 EUR for the entire year. The open call is designed specifically for individuals who are looking for an inspiring and fully-equipped workspace, as well as for smaller teams who would like to grow within a platform that opens up opportunities for cooperation with other professionals and companies and as a good framework for professional development.
For details on the coworking capacities of Nova Iskra visit the page https://novaiskra.com/sr/workspace
Nova Iskra was recently awarded the best coworking space in Serbia by Central European Startup Awards, and was in the competition for the best coworking space in Central and East Europe. During the last three years, Nova Iskra platform took the leading role in the field of continuous education of young professionals from the creative fields, as well as active participation in the creation of business opportunities and networking of professionals. The Creative Hub network of Nova Iskra has over 250 members, while half of them have already been involved in projects, programs, engagements and other activities of the platform.
Within the Nova Iskra educational programs a number of lectures, seminars and workshops were held, hosted by renowned lecturers from Serbia, the region and a number of other countries. In addition to the benefits of program participation and the opportunities to directly get in contact with the leading local experts and companies, the members of Nova Iskra have continuous consultancy support by the Nova Iskra team and the professionals with whom we collaborate, including legal and administrative counseling and other aspects of career and business development.
All interested, potential members can apply via online form http://bit.ly/1PNP6sW by December, 7th. The interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held on December 10th. The new members will be using the coworking space of Nova Iskra from January 2016.
Nova Iskra at Creative EST festival
Nova Iskra had the pleasure to be presented at the first edition of Creative EST festival, the first multidisciplinary festival in Romania that will be held October 12th – 18th in Bucharest.
Creative Fest is a collaborative and interactive festival that combines educational trainings and workshops with concerts and movie projections. Presenting the audience with creative brands from Eastern Europe (artisans, designers, artists, software developers ..), the festival runs throughout the week and will be held at more than ten locations across Bucharest. The main location of the festival is the factory Industria Bumbacului, while the follow-up programs will be held in numerous public places, universities and libraries.
The aim of the festival is to connect the dots and begin regional cooperations with the goal of positioning Eastern Europe as the upcoming global center of cultural and creative industries. The aim of the festival is to become the largest festival in Eastern Europe that deals with topics of creative industries, and should bring together more than 5.000 participants from all over Europe.
Nova Iskra has participated in the panel Contribution of creative industries in regional development of urban and rural areas on Monday, October 12th, when Marko Radenković (General Manager of Nova Iskra), presented our current work and projects.
Croatian and Slovenian architects visit Nova Iskra
Nova Iskra continuously cooperates with a number of initiatives in the region. Accordingly, will host a group of 30 Croatian and Slovenian architects, who are connected through the cooperation with Guardian Sungard, the largest glass manufacturer in the world, and KO-glas, distributor of silicone from leading companies in the field – Dow Corning.
The two-day excursion will offer the architects an introduction to contemporary and modernist architecture of Belgrade, through insights into current projects and opportunities for cooperation. A special segment of the excursion is dedicated to legislation and regulations for using glass in modern architecture.
The program that will be held at Nova Iskra on Wednesday, September 23rd will begin with an introductory lecture by Marko Radenković, general manager of Nova Iskra. He will introduce the concept and functioning of our incubator and coworking space. The lecture will be followed by presentations of prominent architectural experts from Belgrade, who will talk about various aspects of practicing architecture in Belgrade, through three presentations:
Jelena Ivanović, architect and General Manager of BINA conference will present an overview of the Serbian architectural scene,
Vesna Cagić, architect and President of the Association of Belgrade Architects (DAB), will present governmental projects and architectural concepts in Belgrade, focusing on the controversial project of Belgrade Waterfront,
Nikola Andonov, architect and founder of the fablab concept at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, will present the achieved results, with a focus on working with students.
Besides this program of presentations, guests will also have an organized visit to New Belgrade (Novi Beograd), as well as other significant buildings around Belgrade.
Nova Iskra pronounced for the best coworking space in Serbia
After less than three years since the start of our operation, we are proud to announce that Nova Iskra has been awarded by the Central European Startup Awards, as the national winner in the category Best Coworking Space 2015.
Central European Startup Awards presents a series of events in the countries of central and eastern Europe, with an aim to recognize the best and most relevant startups, initiatives and individuals in the region. The competition is conducted in 8 categories – Startup of the year, Investor of the year, Cloud/data application of the year, UX of the year, Social startup of the year, Most influential woman of the year, Technology startup of the year and the Best coworking space of the year. It is in this category that Design Incubator Nova Iskra won the national recognition, while inCentar and Polygon hub from Belgrade were also shortlisted.
Take a look at the video that presents the Nova Iskra coworking space, as well as the specificity and the technical capacities of the space and some of the previous members – https://vimeo.com/133541036
Participating countries that have held national selections in 2015 were Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Austria, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia. This year the initiatives and projects from Serbia were nominated in 6 categories, and in the regional competition at the CES Awards, Serbia will be presented by:
Nova Iskra, Coworking space of the year [https://www.novaiskra.com]
Marija Gavrilov, Most influential woman of the year [https://rs.linkedin.com/in/marijagavrilov]
Strawberry Energy, UX of the year [http://www.senergy.rs]
Koncept, Cloud/data app of the year [http://www.konceptapp.com]
Ambrozr, Social startup of the year [http://www.ambrozr.com]
Eipix Entertainment, Startup of the year [http://www.eipix.com]
The winners from each country were selected by the the jury, and will be presented together at the final event, on October 8th in Vienna, where the winners on the level of central and eastern Europe will be presented.
After the national selections, an open and public voting is available from today, through which you are able to give your vote for the regional winners at the CESAwards website – http://www.centraleuropeanstartupawards.com
During October, Nova Iskra will be hosting lectures within the Bricolage Lab Experimental Design camp. Bricolage Lab is looking for excited, insightful, passionate and critically-minded designers, artists, creators, builders, tinkers, scholars, users, inventors, activists, doers and makers to put their heads and hands in an effort to jointly explore new ways of using resources. Through theoretical and hands-on activities, lectures, guest speakers, workshops and fieldwork, this intensive month-long experimental design camp will gather a network of people for future projects and activities dealing with materials, craft, community, ecology, DIY design and intelligent use of resources.
Full engagement in the program is expected from the participants, since the program content builds on one another through the weeks and days. International guest lecturers, visiting speakers and mentors will join in to lead activities related to their fields of expertise. In addition to the closed program of design camp intended for 15-20 selected participants, Bricolage Lab will be integrated with a series of public lectures held at Nova Iskra. The program emphasizes broader historical, social and international perspectives, and for this purpose we will host guest lecturers and mentors from Italy, Brazil, UK, Bulgaria and Sweden from a range of different backgrounds.
Bricolage Lab is conceived as a mobile classroom that will take place in Belgradefrom September 28th to October 23rd. The program will be hosted at various locations in the city, centered within the Savamala creative quarter, including Nova Iskra, KM 8, Praksa Makerspace, Spanish House, and Kulturforum in Dorćol. This concept also involves situational in-context design fieldwork and workshops in urban social environments.
Application is obligatory for the participation in the program, not later thanSeptembar 16th. Please also send a CV, motivational letter and personal assignment (accepted in both Serbian or English) via email email@example.com. If you are a designer, maker, builder or artist, you may also wish to include examples of personal work.
Results of the open call for participation in the SMART LIVING CHALLENGE 2015 program
SMART LIVING CHALENGE is a platform for the promotion of smarter living and concepts of sustainable development in urban areas that has been introduced in 2014 through a program of workshops that were held in 27 countries. The program had also been presented in Serbia, where within the framework of education program of Nova Iskra one of the 14 winning ideas was developed. The initiators of the progam – Swedish institute and the Swedish Association of Incubators and Science Parks – have prepared the continuation of the cooperation in 2015, this time focusing on three countries in which SLC gave the most interesting results – Brazil, Zambia and Serbia. In each of the three countries a multidisciplinary team is formed in order to work on their own collaborative project, with the constant support both local and international experts and mentors.
Seven participants within the Serbian team were selected among 40 applications received through the open call – Dragan Zlatković (architect, 1984), GordanaRadonić (architect, 1985), Pavle Jovanović (interaction designer, 1991), KatarinaŽivković (architect), Alan Kadduri (consultant in the domain of sustainable development, 1983), Mateja Živadinović (architect and urban planner, 1984) and Marija Opačić (student of sociology, 1987).
The focus of SLC 2015 is still on three main themes – EAT, MOVE, LIVE – while the theme of the Serbian program will be LIVE, investigating ideas for smarter consumption and sustainable systems in urban environment, whether through housing, public spaces or more responsible attitude towards resources. This year, the SLC organizing committee is joined by the prestigious Swedish consulting, scientific and educational organization Hyperisland (www.hyperisland.com), which runs educational centers in Stockholm, Manchester, Singapore, Sao Paolo, London, New York and Karlskrona. Their representative Alex Neuman will be the mentor of the multidisciplinary team whose project will be realized in Serbia, also supported by Nova Iskra team. The three projects that will result from the program this year will be presented in Paris (http://www.cop21paris.org/) this December, at the COP21 conference – UN’s forum for sustainable innovation and climate change.
The Smart Living Challenge program is a part of Nova Iskra’s activities in the field of green economy, in addition to Understanding Green Economy program and the Green Classroom project, which will also be launched this autumn. We congratulate the selected participants, whose work over the course of the autumn will be presented through reports via Designed.rs portal and via Nova Iskra social networks.
Chosen participants of the Designers in Residence program
During the month of May, the second open call was anounced for local designers and artists to participate in the residency program of bilateral exchange with partners from Sweden.
Organized by Nova Iskra, the Swedish institute and IASPIS, an organization dedicated to the support of artistic production and residencies, this autumn five authors will have the chance to spend two months in Malmö or Belgrade, with a full scholarship, travel and accommodation costs covered, as well as additional professional support of local organizations.
Among 30 complete applications from Serbia which were taken into consideration, the Swedish partners have selected two architects and one designer. This October and November, guests of Malmö will be Aleksandar Škorić (http://sasadesign.com), Ivan Marković and Dejan Todorović (https://www.behance.net/DejanTodorovic). The hosts of our designers will again be Swedish institutions and design centers – Cultural Center Stpln (http://stpln.se/), University of Malmö (http://mah.se/) and the Form/ Design Center (http://www.formdesigncenter.com/). Interdisciplinary work, careful planning of each residential stay according to the participants’ needs and the specifics of the host organization are the main features of this program.
Unlike last year, in 2015 there is also a thematic framework for designers from Serbia – the program participants will work on their proposed projects which are dedicated to children, marginalized social groups and treatment of socially-engaged themes through the creative process. The concept of the program is still “open-ended”, meaning that the participants are not expected to complete their projects during the stay, but to use the time spent in Sweden for the development of projects relating to these fields.
At the same time, Josefin Vargö (http://josefinvargo.com), designer dedicated to projects dealing with food, will be staying in Belgrade, as well as furniture designer Julia Gamborg Nielsen (http://www.juliagamborgnielsen.com). Josefin Vargö is based in Stockholm where she attended Konstfack. She develops new platforms, ephemeral experiences, places and objects. She is also the co-founder of the platform for experience design Underverk (http://underverk.in/), with clients such as Nike, Roskilde Festival and Byggstudio. Julia Gamborg Nielsen is a furniture designer who looks for inspiration in natural forms which are often applied to the identifiable items of practical use. Her growing up in Asia and Africa is clearly reflected through the specific aesthetics of organic ornamentation.
We congratulate the selected participants from Serbia and are looking forward to hosting the Swedish designers in Belgrade, who will also take active participation within the educational program of the Nova Iskra. An integral part of the program-at-large – Create in Residence – is the exchange of writers and cartoonists in association with the literary festival Krokodil.
Nova Iskra at DAN D festival
Nova Iskra will have the pleasure of presenting itself at the 6th edition of the international design festival Dan D, which is held in Zagreb from July 3rd to 5th, at the complex of the former military hospital in Vlaška street.
After the previous festival at the Old Slaughterhouse and the complex of the former TŽV Gredelj, Dan D is once more occupying one of the abandoned city locations, and is in this way illustrating the potential scenarios of the use and revision of these important objects within the wider city center.
The festival program brings a series of exhibitions (D-exhibiton, D- market, regional exhibition Young Balkan Designers, student exhibitions…), panels, discussions, lectures and workshops, as well as the accompanying entertaining program.
As part of the cooperation with the Rendez-vous manifestation, the French festival in Croatia, the renowned international designer and typographer Jean François Porchez will be visiting Zagreb and will hold a workshop for students, followed by a public lecture.
Within the theme of this year’s festival – Design Archive – a series of recent, as well as entirely new exhibitions and research projects will be presented, all with a different approach to the history of design. An open discussion about the notion of design archive will be held, with important questions raised, such as what have we learned, how do we read and interoperate our own design heritage, how do we record its fragments, what new narrative structure do we give it, and the last – what does it all tell us about our own position today? The thematic part of the festival will thus present a series of characteristic projects which have explored the history of design in different ways in the past few years.
Nova Iskra will be showcased through a presentation of our General Manager Marko Radenković, on Friday, July 3rd
Nova Iskra at festival Željezara
Nova Iskra will have the pleasure to present itself at the second edition of the Željezara Festival, which will be held from June 1st to 7th at various locations in the city of Sisak, Croatia. Most of the festival program will be held in the industrial zone of the former factory (Željezara Institute), the Caprag neighborhood, as well as the surrounding public spaces.
The main goal of the Željezara Festival, founded in 2014, is to regain the status which Sisak once had – to once again become a lively place of cultural exchange and production. In the process, Željezara (steel factory) itself symbolically occupies the central place, whose expansion and addition corresponds to the period of the strongest urban development of Sisak (1955-1980).
The program of this year’s festival is artistic and activist, and a result of the year-round cooperation of festival partners, profit and non-profit organizations from the field of culture such as art organizations Nevidljivi Sisak, Miroslav Kraljević gallery, Lab 852 creative agency, KontraAkcija, the artist Marijana Crtalić and curator Nataša Kadin. During the seven festival days a number of workshops, art residencies, lectures, performances, forums, exhibitions, presentations of research studies, various thematic tours around the city as well as several musical performances will be held.
An important part of the program is the Željezara Incubator organized by LAB 852, composed of a series of lectures, open discussions, presentations of relevant regional and European examples of incubators, workshops for children, youth and adults and a quite specific musical incubator – European Music Incubator for career development of young musicians.
Nova Iskra will be presented within the program of Željezara Incuba by the Program Manager Relja Bobić, on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 7 PM.
Create in Residence 2015
CREATE IN RESIDENCE is an international multi-disciplinary program dedicated to residential stays of Serbian authors at partner organizations in Sweden, as well as of Swedish authors in Serbia. It was initiated in 2014 by the Swedish Institute, in cooperation with Nova Iskra, Krokodil festival and a number of partner organizations from Sweden. After last year’s pilot program in which three designers and three writers from both Sweden and Serbia took part, as well as one comic artist (13 artists in total), the program continues this autumn. Interdisciplinary work, careful planning od each residential stay according to the participants’ needs and the specifics of the host organization are the main features of this program.
Nova Iskra is proud to announce the second open call for two-month residential stays in Sweden this autumn, intended for designers, architects and other authors or researchers active in these fields. In addition to the last year’s partners, this year the Designer in Residence program is also supported by one of largest Swedish organizations dedicated to the support of art production and residencies – IASPIS.
In 2014, 82 authors applied for the Designer in Residence open call in Serbia. The authors Nenad Dodić, Mirjana Utvić and Manja Lekić had the opportunity to spend a month each in Malmö. This year, the open call is also announced for three residential stays, but for the period of two months each, with full scholarship, travel and accommodation costs covered, as well as additional professional support. The hosts of our designers will again be some of the finest Swedish institutions and design centers – Cultural Center Stpln (http://stpln.se/), University of Malmö(http://mah.se/) and the Form/ Design Center (http://www.formdesigncenter.com/), while in the same period IASPIS will support the stay of two selected Swedish designers at the Nova Iskra workspace in Belgrade. Last year’s participants residing in Belgrade were the designers Sophia Lithell, Pontus Johansson and Jenny Nordberg. Program is also supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade.
Unlike last year, in 2015 there is also a thematic framework for designers from Serbia. All of the interested creatives are kindly asked to propose a project within their application that they would work on during their stay in Sweden, which should be dedicated to children, marginalized social groups and treatment of socially-engaged themes through the creative process. The concept of the program is still “open-end”, meaning that the participants are not expected to realize or complete their projects during their stay, but to use the time spent in Sweden for the development of projects relating to these fields.
All interested designers, architects, researchers or authors can apply no later than June 7th at midnight, via an online form http://tinyurl.com/createinresidence-design2015. In addition to filling the form, it is mandatory to also send a portfolio, as well as the work plan – proposal of the project that would be developed during the residential stay.
Understanding Green Economy
In May 2015, Nova Iskra and the German organization for international cooperation – GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), are initiating and developing a special program dedicated to the subject of green economy as part of the ACCESS project, through a series of lectures, workshops, gatherings of local activists, NGOs and representatives of governmental bodies, as well as the presentation of good practice examples from Serbia and the region.
The program titled UNDERSTANDING GREEN ECONOMY aims to bring closer the concept of green economy to the general public, and through an exceptional educational program show the outlines of this broad field that is connected to a number of economic, social, technological, ecological and other segments of the society. The program is intended for creatives, activists, entrepreneurs, companies, managers, advocates, representatives of the public sector or students interested to expand their knowledge in this field, as well as to connect with relevant colleagues and stakeholders in the field of green economy.
The focus will be on the use of green economy methodologies in order to encourage positive developments regarding local communities, existing initiatives, economic indicators as well as development of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises through the implementation of sustainable solutions in business. A special focus will be put on areas such as design and architecture, (organic) agriculture, technological innovation, renewable energy, waste management or entrepreneurship – seen through the specific prism of green economy, a concept which is still relatively unknown to our professional and the general public.
All programs will be held at Nova Iskra, with guest appearances of renowned experts from Serbia and the region, as well as participation of a number of local organizations, representatives of public institutions and other stakeholders.
The entrance to all programs is free, but we kindly ask all interested participants to register first, by filling out the following form http://tinyurl.com/razumeti-zelenu-ekonomiju.
The program Understanding Green Economy will last until May 30th, while the complete schedule of presentations, lectures and workshops, which will be organized across five program modules, will be published next week.
Nova Iskra visiting Belgium, France and the region
Recently we had the pleasure of presenting Nova Iskra at the Fluid design forum in Cetinje. The theme of this year’s forum was Tourism for culture – Culture for tourism – Design for both. FLUID is conceived as a series of lectures and workshops held on various locations in Cetinje and Podgorica. The third FLUID design forum was held from April 24th to 29th. The manifestation was founded in 2013 with an aim to promote the active participation of local communities in the creation of cultural and visual identity of the city and improve the quality of visual identity of tourist promotion of Montenegro as well as to provide support to the establishment and affirmation of the design community in Montenegro, with a focus on young designers.
Marko Radenković, general manager of Nova Iskra, had the pleasure of taking part in Hubsters – Caring for Hubs mini-conference, presented by the Belgian organization Creative Wallonia on April 22nd in Wavre. The event brought together representatives of seven hubs from Finland, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.
This May, we have the honor to participate, for the second time at the Design Week in Zagreb (#tdzg), the biggest event in Croatia dedicated to design, within which the seventh edition of AKS ME ANYTHING speed-dating consultations will be held, which is organized quarterly in Belgrade by Nova Iskra. held. #tdzg brings together the best designers, creatives, businesses and organizations engaged in design and the creative industries, as well as everyone interested in design. Founded through program participation through a range of organizations, companies, initiatives and individuals from Croatia and the world, which are contextually related to the creative industries.
As part of the accompanying program is AKS ME ANYTHING, our trademark event, which will bring together ten leading experts from Croatia and the region. Some of the consultants are Ana Tevšić, Vanja Blumenštajn, Damjan Geber and others. The seventh edition of AKS ME ANYTHING awaits you in Zagreb on May 14th as part of a new edition of #tdzg!
As part of this year’s European Lab Forum conference, under the motto Imagine the culture of tomorrow! which will be held from May 13th to 15th in Lyon, Relja Bobić program manager of Nova Iskra will take part in the debate: The Next CulturalDecade and present Nova Iskra in the framework of the Cultural Change Makers. Nova Iskra is also one of the participants in the workshop dedicated to the creation of a European network of creative incubators.
This year also European Lab brings together leading European and world experts in the field of creative industries, art production, independent music business and cultural policies. The program runs parallel with the music festival Nuit Sonores, which in recent years has grown into one of the leading events in France and beyond.
Designer in Residence program in 2015
Create in Residence is a new, multidisciplinary international program that was initiated in 2014 by The Swedish Institute and is dedicated to residential stays of artists from Serbia with partnering institutions in Sweden, as well as of Swedish authors in Serbia. Exchange programs in the fields of literature and design were realized last year, the latter coordinated in Serbia by Nova Iskra.
Interdisciplinary work, careful planning of each of the residencies according to the needs of their users and the specifics of the organization that will host them are the main features of the program. At the same time, it is also a platform through which the residency format itself will be placed in a new context through the development of a new model of cooperation that can be applied in other creative industries and geographic areas.
In 2014, 82 authors applied for the Designer in Residence open call in Serbia. The young authors Nenad Dodić, Mirjana Utvić and Manja Lekić had the opportunity to spend a month each in Malmö. This year, the open call will be announced for two residential stays for the period of two months each, with a full scholarship and covered travel and accommodation costs, as well as additional professional support. The hosts of our designers will again be some of the leading Swedish institutions and design centers in Malmö – Cultural Center Stpln (http://stpln.se/), University of Malmö (http://mah.se/) and the Form/ Design Center(http://www.formdesigncenter.com/), while in the same period (Oct-Nov 2015) two selected Swedish designers will reside in Belgrade and work at the Nova Iskra workspace.
In addition to the initiators from the Swedish Institute, this year the program is joined by one of largest Swedish organizations that supports art production and residencies as our partner – IASPIS (http://www.konstnarsnamnden.se/default.aspx?id=11328). During April, IASPIS will announce the open call for Swedish designers for residency stays in Serbia, while by the end of the month the open call for designers and architects in Serbia will be announced.
Nova Iskra and the Designer in Residence program will also be publicly presented in Sweden this April, through public presentations that will be organized by IASPIS in Stockholm and Form/ Design Center in Malmö. More details about the open call and the propositions of the Designer in Residence program in 2015 will be available soon at the Nova Iskra website and Designed.rs portal.
Resonate festival mini-residency at Nova Iskra
During the upcoming fourth edition of Resonate festival, which will be held from 13thto 18th of April at various locations in Belgrade, Nova Iskra collaborates once more with the leading European platform for networking, knowledge exchange and education that brings together artist and researchers with a focus on the position of technology in art and culture.
This year, Resonate expands its music and performance part of the program with Resonate Live, an extensive week-long program during which a number of world’s leading musicians and video artists will perform and give lectures and workshops as part of the Resonate music conference at Dom Omladine from April 13th to 15th.
For the last three years. Nova Iskra coordinates its programs and cooperates with Resonate. In addition to the lecture of Eduard Prats Molner – curator of the central Resonate conference who will present the development of Resonate festival until now and the most interesting guests in 2015 – this year Nova Iskra will also host three prominent authors from the fields of interaction design and new media. They will be working on a new project produced by Resonate. The artists Andrea Cuius, Eric Raynaud and David Penne will be at Nova Iskra from April 14th to 16th.
David Penney is a interaction designer based in London. He deals with both software and hardware solutions and has worked on a number of international projects and installations. He is currently using generative design in order to help the development, design and production of immersive light installations.
Andrea Cuius works in various technological fields with an aim to create unique experiences and connections between objects, audiences and the surrounding. He has been involved in large-scale commercial projects, art exhibitions, as well as music and other sorts of events. In 2011, he founded Nocte, a London-based studio focused on interactive media installations, theater productions and live events.
Eric Raynaud, also known under the pseudonym Fraction, is an electronic composer whose work focuses on immersive sound and design of multimedia interactions. He is currently working on the development of the potential of immersive sound in contemporary art and architecture, with a focus on the scientific aspects and social implications.
More information about the overall Resonate festival and conference programs is available at the official website
Cooperation between Belgrade architecture and design faculties and Nova Iskra
Over the course of 2014, Nova Iskra hosted students from several faculties and higher schools from Belgrade dedicated to design and architecture, as well as senior students from high schools focused on artistic practice. Having in mind that the programs of Nova Iskra are focused on young professionals from the fields of design and creative industries, especially does who are at the start of their professional carriers, establishing connections with students and professors of all significant faculties and art schools is of great importance for fullfiling the program objectives of Nova Iskra.
This Spring, a number of guest classes that will bring together students from various faculties and high schools will be held at Nova Iskra, while the first is scheduled for the beginning of April. Students and pupils will have the opportunity to get acquainted not only with the workspace of Nova Iskra, but also our workflow, our activities and educational platform, as well as to get aquainted with the field of designmanagement. The lectures will be presented by the members of Nova Iskra team, while all of the visiting classes will be presented on Thursdays, when Nova Iskra holds its regular educational program. In this way, students will be able to attend two lectures, which we see as a valuable contribution to their extra-curricular activities.
The institutions with which the cooperation and exchange is planned during 2015 areFaculty of Applied Arts, School for Design, Techno Art High School, Faculty of Forestry, Drvo Art High School, Megatrend University, ALU, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Higher Art School for Vocational Studies, Faculty for Media and Communications, Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade Polytechnic and others.
Interior of Nova Iskra awarded at the 37th Salon of Architecture
At the 37th Salon of Architecture in Belgrade, studio Petokraka won the award in the Interior category for the project of the interior of Nova Iskra Design Incubator. During the selection and evaluation of the nominated works, the jury was guided by the theme of this year’s Salon of Architecture – Affirmation – as a confirmation of the contribution to a new, positive approach to contemporary architectural practice as well as the place, role and relationship of architecture within the current social context.
In the Interior category, the jury awarded studio Petokraka – the architects Aleksa Bjelović and Milica Maksimović – for the interior of the Design incubator Nova Iskra (implementation period 2012-2014), having in mind the recognition of the interdependence of the creative industries and communities in an architectural space.
According to the jury’s official statement, with the realization of the Nova Iskra’s interior the architectural studio made a spatial and programmatic act as “a way of projecting and redistributing a common space”. In the official statement, the jury also mentions: What this multifunctional workspace determines are the program settings, and thus established relation between individuals and the objects of work. The elements of the interior are in such an arrangement to create a simple framework for the development of the users’ intentions, instead of a purely decorative determination. The created space thus becomes more an infrastructure that enables than a structure that determines. Finally, the spatial determinations are invisible and nonexistent barriers in establishing a network of relationships and creative products that those relationships are creating.
Petokraka is a studio for spatial and graphic design from Belgrade, founded by architects Aleksa Bijelović and Milica Maksimović. They explore and create spaces and forms that offer new interpretations and ways of use. Since 2004, studio Petokraka works in the fields of the design of spatial installations and exhibitions, architecture and graphic design. After the realization of the reconstruction by Petokraka, the worksapce of Nova Iskra was publicized in numerous architecture, interior decoration and design magazines such as Domus, ArchDaily, Gestalten orDesign Milk. The space was conceptualized as a constant scenography for shared work, exchange of experiences, personal development, meetings, inspiration, collaboration and the creation of a specific community of creative people.
At the 37th Salon of Architecture the jury included 127 projects in the official selection, out of which 83 were in competition for prizes in six categories. Another member of Nova Iskra’s Creative Hub network was awarded – the studio AUTORI won the award in the category Architecture for objects “C” and “D” of the Terra Panonica complex in Mokrin. More information about other awards and categories at this year’s Salon of Architecture can be found at the following link – http://www.seecult.org/vest/nagrade-37-salona-arhitekture
We congratulate our dear colleagues from studio Petokraka and thank the jury for the recognition!
Seminar From an Idea to a Business
The seminar From an Idea to a Business is intended for individuals who are considering to start their own business, as well as existing businesses that want to further develop, expand and improve their operation and results. The aim of the seminar is to encourage the reflective process that precedes the investment into a business idea – how to approach the development of a new businesses, to weigh the potential risks and chances of success, and then apply the acquired skills and tools to develop a complete business plan and a stable business in itself.
The seminar is conceived as training of individuals or companies in the field of entrepreneurship through interactive workshops and individual and group work. By the end of the seminar, participants will develop a business idea, analyze whether it is cost-effective and feasible, make a plan for the implementation of the idea and develop a complete business plan. The seminar is divided into three modules, while individual work on specific tasks is planned between the modules, with mentoring and consulting support. Seminar is conducted by trainers and consultants Ana Stanić and Aleksandra Vladisavljević. Ana and Aleksandra have been presenting this seminar since 2011 for the needs of various development programs.
Ana Stanić lives and works in Belgrade as a trainer and business consultant, and is the founder of Viga. She has 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing, management, training and business counseling. She worked with a number of clients from different industries from the Balkans and is a board member of UPKS – Association of Management Consultants of Serbia.
Aleksandra Vladisavljević is the owner of Bizz, a company focused on developing businesses and entrepreneurship. She has over fifteen years of professional experience, while in the last 12 years she is dedicated to the development of competitiveness of local economies. Since 2007, she is independently present on the market offering business consulting services. She has participated in the development of numerous studies, research projects and strategic plans related to, among others, issues of local economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation as well as social entrepreneurship.
Dynamics and dates of the workshop are carefully selected so that the employed participants would be able to attend. The seminar starts on April 17th and runs until June 26th 2015.
The tuition for the seminar is 1.200 EUR per participant, or 990 EUR for early bird registrations until March 20th 2015. Payment is possible in two ways: by paying the full price in three equal monthly installments, or full payment in advance which also secures discount for early registration.
The deadline for early registration and discount is March 20th, while the deadline for the regular price (also the deadline for payment of the first installment) is April 10th. The tuition covers: participation in workshops during the three modules described in the program, individual consulting and mentoring support, all work materials, reminders and instructions for individual tasks, as well as lunch and refreshments during the workshops.
To participate in the seminar, it is necessary to apply at the following link
Nova Iskra at the Petnica Design Seminar
Nova Iskra will have the pleasure of participating at this year’s Petnica DesignSeminar with a lecture devoted to the field of design management and the the specifics of the working process of Nova Iskra, at the the scientific research centar Petnica.
Science Research Center Petnica is an independent organization working in the fields of scientific culture development, scientific literacy, education and culture. Activities of the research center are mainly aimed at young people – students and pupils – as well as teachers training in new techniques, methods and content in the fields of science and technology. Petnica’s programs include a wide range of fields and disciplines within the domains of natural, social and technical sciences.
Each year, Petnica organizes a number of different programs in the form of courses, seminars, scientific camps and workshops, and hosts a number of guest lecturers who are mostly experienced scientists and researchers from a number of Petnica’s cooperating scientific institutes and faculties. Since 2011, design is introduced as one of Petnica’s main topics, in which science, technology and art intertwine.
Design Seminar is held during the summer and winter semesters and is led by the renowned graphic designer Borut Vild, alongside the industrial designer Vesna Pejović and graphic designer Isidora Nikolić. In addition, the guest lectures at the winter Design Seminar will be held by some of the members of the Nova Iskra Creative Hub – studio Autori and Irena Kilibarda.
The lecture focusing on the work of Nova Iskra will be held by Relja Bobić, Nova Iskra’s Program Manager, in which he will reflect on the work of the design incubator with a specific focus on the processes in working with creatives and designers one one side, and partners and clients on the other. Part of the lecture will also be dedicated to design management as an important discipline used in the design process, aiming to develop functional creative strategies and mechanisms.
The lecture will be held at the Scientific Reaserch Center Petnica, as a part of the Design Seminar, on Friday, February 27th.
Nova Iskra at the Triple E! LAB conference
The starting point of the Triple E! LAB Conference is the interaction of all stakeholders who can bring various benefits for the overall system that is essential for a functional, attractive start-up environment.
The participants are established companies and individuals who are planning to start their own businesses, educational institutions, interest representation groups or organizations that support business start-ups, as well as the ones who would like to be involved in the development of the start-up environment at large. The focus of the conference is on networking and exchange of ideas among like-minded persons which will contribute to development measures and actions, and ultimately lead to specific steps for implementation.
The conference dedicated to improving the framework conditions for emerging start-ups from the Alpe-Adria region will be held from February 12th to 14th at the Monastery St. Georgen am Längsee in Klagenfurt , Austria.
Marko Radenković (General Manager) and Aleksandra Savanović (Project Manager) will both be presenting Nova Iskra and taking part in the conference together with other organizations from Italy, Slovenia and Austria.
The three-day program is organized through a number of workshops focusing on the fields of startup financing, empowering coworking and entrepreneurship. Some of the hosts are Jürgen Kopeinig (KWF), Matej Rus (Venture Factory), ClaudiaBaracchini (Friuli Innovazione), Markus Setschnagg (build!), Jutta Steinkellner(WK), Erich Hartlieb (FH), Annegret Landes (AAU), Daniela Stein (BFC) and Sabrina Schifrer (gain&sustain).
Vladimir Stajić – Nova Iskra and ERSTE Bank scholar for 2015
Design incubator Nova Iskra announced its third annual call for the use of its multifunctional coworking space in December 2014, aimed at of Nova Iskra young designers and creative professionals from a wide range of design-related disciplines. For the second year in a row, a scholarship is available for a free 12-month membership in the Designers Lab. This collaboration with ERSTE Bank, the first local company that recognized this peculiar way of support to young creatives in Serbia, was established in 2013.
Members of Designers Lab have a chance to use one of the 39 working units within the workspace of Nova Iskra, as well as all other complimentary services such as fast wi-fi connection, conference room, craft modeling space, tools, photo booth and other equipment, design library, office materials and kitchen. Nova Iskra also holds regular education programs, in which DL members have the priority of participation, and also offers support in the form of consultations, administrative support, legal advice and advice in other fields relevant to professionals working in creative industries.
Young furniture and interior designer Vladimir Stajić will not have to cover his membership fee over the course of 2015, as he will be supported by ERSTE Bank which will be covering his membership costs. The representatives of this forward-looking company have selected Vladimir together with the team of Nova Iskra, among the best applications received this year.
Vladimir Stajić is an interior and furniture designer from Belgrade. He studied interior design at ALU in Belgrade. His work is characterized by simple forms with a clear function, as well as the application of sustainable design principles. His works in the field of furniture design were presented at all major regional design events (Mikser, Belgrade Design Week, Belgrade Furniture Fair, Dan D in Zagreb, Skopje Design Week, Milan Design Week. He has won several awards and honors (Mikser 2011- award in category of sustainable design, Mikser 2012 – Young Balkan Designers award).
Nova Iskra at the first European Creative Hubs Forum
European Creative Hubs Forum Lisbon 2015, the first forum dedicated to creative hub managers from across Europe will be held from January 13th to 15th of at the Cinema São Jorge in Lisbon.
European Creative Hubs Forum 2015 focuses on practical information and case studies for managers of creative hubs, clusters and business incubators. The sessions vary from interactive plenaries to hands-on workshops on a wide variety of topics such as cross-innovation, living labs, capacity-building and peer-learning – all aimed at empowering the Hub Manager to be better prepared for the challenges they are facing every day. Targeted hub manager speed meetings, new project development, finance information sessions on both EU programs as well as private sources like venture capital and angel investors – as well as the Forum’s very own Manifesto for Creative Hubs in Europe – make for an unforgettable and extremely rich experience for acters of the global creative hub scene.
Marko Radenković (General Manager) and Relja Bobić (Program Manager) will be presenting Nova Iskra, and taking part in the coference together with other hubs/organizations from Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania , Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine and the UK.
The three-day program is organized through a number of panels, lectures and workshops of various cultural organizations and creative businesses. The first day explores infrastructures, business models and services provided by creative hubs. The second day is dedicated to finances and possible ways of funding organizations’ sustainable future, while the third day focusses on what creative hub managers need from each other and from external organizations, policies, and infrastructures. Marko Radenković and Relja Bobić will take part in the panel Case Study / Hub 360º: Innovative Design Hubs and present Nova Iskra along with the acclaimed lab for creativity Fabrica (www.fabrica.it) from Italy.
Some of the hubs attending the conference are also Watershed (UK), SAMOA (FR), unMonastery (UK/IT), Frappant (DE), Fabrica (IT), Utopic_US (ES), Codebase (UK), Factoria (ES), Village Underground (PT), PINC UPTEC (PT), Oliva Creative Factory (PT), Liepaja Creative, Industry Cluster (LV), Art Zavod (UA), ClujHub (RO), Coworklisboa (PT) or the Beirut Creative Cluster (LB).
CreativeHubs.org is organised by the British Council and ADDICT Creative Industries, Portugal.
Designer in Residence – Jenny Nordberg
This month, the third guest of Designer in Residence program – the Swedish designer Jenny Nordberg – arrived to Nova Iskra, where she will work and get acquainted with the local design scene and culture over the course of one month. Jenny is an industrial designer who mainly works with assignments and questions concerning production and consumption. All costs of the stay, as well as stipendium, workspace and professional support of the host organization are provided by the program, kindly supported by the Swedish Institute and realized in collaboration with several partners from Sweden.
Jenny Nordberg is an industrial designer based in Malmö. Her work is exploratory and trans boundary and can have outcomes that varies from experimental and conceptual to commercial. Jenny works in various domains of applied arts including concept design, product design, production design, experimental design, idea generation and strategic development. In her work she often examines how different properties from the handmade and mass produced can be combined.
One of the main objectives for Jenny Nordberg as a designer is to expand the role of the designer. Her work is carried out through her own practice which are often experimental, investigative and craft oriented projects as well as through teaching at various design and architect schools and also through client assignments – often concerning strategic development or sustainable design, production and consumption. She is also one of four partners in Mines Above Ground, a recycling company focusing on the benefits of cyclic material flows. From 2013-2014 Jenny was running the one-year project Center of Commerce (COC). She cooperated with Acne Jr, Art Lab Gnesta, Form/Design Center, Yalla Trappan, IASPIS, H+ the city of Helsingborg, Lund University Architect Shool, Linnéaus University Design Programme, Malmö City Planning Office, ISU the city of Malmö / Malmö University, White Architects, Lund University Industrial Design Programme and other partners and clients.
Jenny Nordberg is the last of three visiting guests from Sweden at Nova Iskra. Previous to her stay, Nova Iskra hosted Pontus Johansson in October and Sophia Litlhell in November.
Create in Residence is a platform through which the residency format itself is placed in a different context by developing a new model of cooperation that can be applied in other creative fields and geographic areas. Designer In Residence program is part of the pilot project of this platform realized in 2014.
Nova Iskra announces call for membership in the Designers Lab for 2015
From October this year, Nova Iskra works with extended capacities, and as every December since 2012 announces its call for Designers Lab membership within the space of Nova Iskra (Gavrila Principa 43 in Belgrade).
Designers Lab is a close network of Nova Iskra associates. Designers and creative professionals of various profiles, who are selected each December on the basis of an open call, have the opportunity to use Nova Iskra workspace based on privileged monthly membership fee in the amount of 100 EUR, and to share workspace with Nova Iskra management and other coworkers. Designers Lab is intended to support young creative people who are at the beginning of their careers, and are in need of professional workspace, exchange of experiences and meetings with potential clients and industry representatives. The standard monthly fee is 150 EUR.
For the second year in a row, Nova Iskra cooperates with ERSTE Bank, and together chooses one candidate for Designers Lab as an ERSTE Bank scholar, who will have the opportunity to use Nova Iskra capacities completely for free over the next 12 months. The selection of scholarship recipient will be based on the quality of the portfolio, with a focus on young authors. In 2014, Nova Iskra and ERSTE Bank scholar was the industrial designer Nenad Merzel, who took part in several important design engagements and Nova Iskra programs.
All Designers Lab members have the opportunity to use one of the 39 working stations at Nova Iskra, as well as all supporting facilities, premises and equipment necessary for their work – fast Wi-Fi, conference rooms, modeling room, tools, photo-corner and other equipment, including the design library, office supplies and kitchen. Nova Iskra also regularly presents educational programs in which members of the Designers Lab have the advantage of participation, while they can also get support in the form of consultations, contract templates, legal advice and other ways relevant for creative professionals. The presentation of the space and a list of equipment can be found on the following website – https://novaiskra.com/sr/workspace.
Nova Iskra workspace occupies an area of 450 m2 and is designed by a Belgrade-based studio Petokraka. It has so far provided excellent work conditions for more than 80 individuals, freelancers and members of smaller teams from the fields of design, architecture or IT. One hundred educational programs have been already held at Nova Iskra, while members of our Creative Hub and Designers Lab networks (more than 200 of them) took part in dozens of projects in the fields of graphic design, UX, web and industrial design, product development, architecture, branding and strategic communications that Nova Iskra implements for our clients. The total value of Nova Iskra projects during 2014 had a total of 70.000 EUR received by the young creative professionals for their work.
Interested potential users can apply via the online form at the following linkhttp://tinyurl.com/designerslab-2015. The deadline is Sunday, December 21st until 12 PM. It is necessary to fill in the form and attach a professional CV, as well as portfolio of works. Candidates who are shortlisted will be invited for an interview in the period December 22nd – 24th, after which the elected members will be officially informed.
If you require more additional information do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or by phone.
Designer In Residence – Sophia Lithell
This month, the second guest of Designer in Residence program Sophia Lithell, arrived to Nova Iskra, where she will work and get acquainted with the local design scene and culture over the course of one month. All costs of the stay, as well as stipendium, workspace and professional support of the host organization are provided by the program, kindly supported by the Swedish Institute and realized in collaboration with several partners from Sweden.
Sophia Lithell born in 1983, is a designer/maker based in Malmö working locally with self-produced objects and furniture in small series and limited editions. She has a BFA from Beckmans College of Design and a MFA in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm. In 2011 she moved to Malmö and worked as an intern at Studio David Thulstrup and the furniture company GUBI in Copenhagen. Since April 2014, she is working fulltime with her own company and has an office/showroom in Malmö.
In her work, Sophia aims to achieve authenticity and honesty in the product, the appearance and the materials. With this idea in the back of her mind, she became increasingly fascinated by crafts and trades. And to this day this plays a very important role in all her designs. Sophia has a clear message that she wants to convey through using old, often Swedish customs and trades in a new context.
Sophia Lithell is the second of three visiting guests from Sweden at Nova Iskra. After her stay, Nova Iskra will welcome Jenny Nordberg throughout December. Pontus Johansoon was our guest in October this year.
Create In Residence is a platform through which the residency format itself is placed in a different context by developing a new model of cooperation that can be applied in other creative fields and geographic areas. Designer In Residence program is part of the pilot project of this platform realized in 2014
New extension of our coworking space
From October this year, Nova Iskra operates within expanded facilities! As one of the first coworking spaces in our region, and the first with a special focus on design and creative industries, we have been active at the address Gavrila Principa 43 in Belgrade from December 2012.
The area of 340m2 which was reconstructed by studio Petokraka – in cooperation with the Nova Iskra team and 22 technical partners – has already provided supreme working conditions for more than 70 individuals, freelancers and members of smaller teams from the fields of design, architecture and IT. In addition to the primary mission of providing high-quality workspace for creative professionals, from the beginning of 2013 until today more than 130 education programs were presented at Nova Iskra, while many members of the Creative Hub network – among over 200 of them – took part in dozens of different projects in the fields of graphic , UX, web and industrial design, product development, architecture, branding and strategic communications initiated or realized by Nova Iskra.
Last year the initial 18 work units were enhanced with 7 additional positions, while only a year and a half after the opening, this summer the work began on the first extension on the ground floor, an area of almost 100m2. The venture was realized in collaboration with UK’s leading startup company in the field of education – Arbor Education Partners – whose technology team is also working within the coworking space of Nova Iskra. With 14 new working stations, the number of coworkers who are regularly using the space is up to as many as 39.
Petokraka studio offered an interior design that is adapted to the conditions of the lower level, and as in the case of the initial reconstruction additional windows were opened, walls removed and new industrial floor laid out, in order to keep the illuminated openspace effect, supported the already distinctive glass walls. Work tables and lighting were again custom designed.
The lower level extension of Nova Iskra is fully integrated with the rest of the space, and in addition to the new workstations the members have access to another equipped conference room, kitchen and storage room. The workshop which was located on the upper level has now been moved to the “ground” level, in order to leave space for the missing lounge zone for individual meetings, as a way to respond to the needs of a growing number of users.
Those interested in using Nova Iskra’s coworking offer can contact us by email, while on the website information about prices for monthly, weekly or daily use of the space is available, as well as information on technical equipment (https://novaiskra.com/sr/workspace). In late November, Nova Iskra will be announcing the third call for new Designers Lab members who, if selected, will be able to use the space and supporting services under the beneficiary price of 100 EUR per month.
Pontus Johansson – first Designer in Residence at Nova Iskra
This month, the first guest of the Designer in Residence program, Pontus Johansson, arrived to Nova Iskra, where he will work and get acquainted with the local design scene and culture over the course of one month. All costs of the stay, as well as stipendium, workspace and professional support of the host organizarion are provided by the program, while the three chosen designers from Serbia will have the same treatment in Sweden – Mirjana Utvić, Nenad Dodić and Manja Lekić will spend one month each in Malmo.
The Designer in Residence program is aimed at emerging talent and motivated young professionals from a range of design disciplines, and will be conducted by three Malmo-based organizations – cultural center Stpln, University College of Malmö and Form/ Design Center – in collaboration with Design incubator Nova Iskra.
Pontus Johansson was born in 1979, and is living and working in Gothenburg. His approach to design is conditioned by his personal experience, as a teacher, mentor and a volunteer for various projects intended for kids. On the other hand, the commitment to the craft completes the picture of his work, which is defined in Sweden through some of the special educational programs, such as Child Culture Design.
In his work, Pontus tries to overcome the role of designer as an individual who develops forms of physical products, but tries to offer a wider experience and a social meaning through participative and collaborative projects with kids and other colleagues. He is currently working on the development of children’s playgrounds in Uganda in collaboration with the local community. He previously worked in different fields, from exhibition design, animation, to product design and workshops. Since recently, he is engaged in teaching at a higher school in Sweden dedicated to design. He cooperated with Lysekils Kommun, Vandalorum Art Center, Sjumilahallen kulturhus, Kulturskolan, Euro Asia Group, Diners Journal New York, PS communication, Chillibussen AB, Uteveckling, Landvetter Int. Airport and other partners and clients.
Pontus Johansson is the first of three visiting guests from Sweden at Nova Iskra. After his stay, Nova Iskra will welcome Sophia Litlhell in November, and JennyNordberg during December. They are both product, furniture and interior designers dedicated to exploring the crafts and a wider influence of design on local community.
The residential stay format is in this program treated as an important tool for public diplomacy and international cooperation. At the same time, it is a platform through which the residency format itself will be placed in a different context by developing a new model of cooperation that can be applied in other creative fields and geographic areas.
A lecture by Pontus Johansson will be held at Nova Iskra on October 23rd, as a part of Nova Iskra’s regular educational program.
Nis Creative Camp
In line with its strategy in the fields of sustainable development and support of science, youth, the local and creative communities, the Oil Industry of Serbia (NIS A.D.) – which has for years been one of the most successful companies in Serbia and the regional leader when it comes to principles of sustainable development and social responsibility – is intiating the NIS Creative Camp, which will be held from 18th to 20th September at the multifunctional Mokrin House complex, in the village of Mokrin near Kikinda in north Serbia. NIS Creative Camp represents a unique model of cooperation between a company and the creative community, aiming to find solutions for a better future through the promotion of values such as innovation, efficiency and sustainability which are already being promoted through the strategic program of sustainable development implementation.
In collaboration with Nova Iskra, a special mentorship program has been developed for the 12 participating young designers selected from the Creative Hub network of Nova Iskra. Over the course of three days, an intensive multidisciplinary process will be conducted in which young authors will have the opportunity to cooperate with some of the leading creative directors from the fields of design and technological innovation, and will also have the opportunity to experiment with ideas that can contribute to energy efficiency and saving resources issues of everyday life.
Through the cooperation of the prominent company and the creative community, a new format of support of young talent and professionals in the field of innovation and creativity is being developed. The young designers will work individually and in teams in a “laboratory of innovation and design,” aiming to find new concepts for a common sustainable future. The participants are emerging authors from the fields of industrial design, product development and architecture. They will be conceptualizing 12 innovations for a sustainable future with the help of distinguished guest mentors – Miha Klinar, partner and creative director of the award-winning Gigo Design studio (www.gigodesign.com) from Ljubljana will be mentoring the design aspect, while Miloš Milisavljević, founder of Strawberry Energy (www.senergy.rs) and author of the Strawberry Energy project will mentor the technological aspect of the project.
Through the program of Creative Camp, NIS and Nova Iskra aim to promote the role of creative innovation in solving important social problems, as well as to promote and motivate young talented creatives to devote themselves to the development of “problem-solving” concepts through the design process. The selected Creative Camp participants, the process as well as the resulting projects and concepts will be presented to the public throughout October, and via more specific presentations until the end of the year
The Swedish Institute presents CREATE IN RESIDENCE platform 02 Jul 2014
CREATE IN RESIDENCE is a new, multidisciplinary international program initiated by The Swedish Institute dedicated to residential stays of artists from Serbia with partnering institutions in Sweden, as well as of Swedish authors in Serbia. Create in Residence presents a new model of within the field of artistic residency, that will bring together six partners form Sweden and three partners from Serbia with a focus on mutual exchanges, professional and personal development of emerging talent from Serbia and Sweden. Interdisciplinary work and tailoring of each residency stay towards the needs of its participants and the specifics of the host organizations are the main specifics of this approach.
The format of the residency within this program is treated as an important instrument of cultural diplomacy and international collaboration, but also as a platform that will place the residency format into a new context by developing a model of collaboration that may be applied to other creative and geographical domains. Create In Residence is the “umbrella” project that will, as part of its pilot phase (May – December 2014), be focused on two central fields – literature and design – through the programs Writers in Residence and Designers in Residence.
Three authors from the fields of literature and comics, as well as three designers from Serbia, will have the opportunity to spend one month in Sweden, with covered travel and accommodation costs, workspace and stipendium. Furthermore, the local partners will provide additional support when it comes to networking with colleagues and Swedish institutions and organizations that may be of interest for the participants. The program is of an open-end character, which means that production of completed projects is not expected, while the program is specially seeking out emerging talent and motivated young professionals and authors who would like to establish connections between the creative scenes in Sweden and Serbia. The same goes for Swedish authors who will be hosted by partners in Serbia in the same fashion.
The partners for the field of literature are the Belgrade-based Krokodil Literature Festival, The Baltic Center for Writers and Translators based on the island of Gotland and the Comics Studio housed at the Comic Art Centre in Malmö. In the design field, the Serbian partner is the Design incubator Nova Iskra, while the Serbian authors in Sweden will be hosted by three distinguished innovation centers in Malmö – Form/ Design Center, the cultural center Stpln and University College of Malmö. Beside the Swedish Institute as the initiator, the program is supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade.
The shortlist of candidates from Serbia will be selected by local partners, while the final selection will be made by Swedish hosts, while the corresponding principle will be applied in the other direction, when selecting Swedish authors who will spend one month each at Krokodil’s House for Writers and Nova Iskra. The program of House for Writers was started in October 2012, and has so far hosted 20 writers from 11 different countries. Among them were also five authors from Sweden form the domains of fiction, essay, journalism and children’s books, while the program of House of Writers is also entering the Create In Residence project as of this year.
The Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators (BCWT) is an international residential center for writers and translators. It is located in Hanseatic town Visby on the island of Gotland in the middle of the Baltic Sea, and offers a workplace, international meeting point and stimulating environment for literary professionals. BCWT comprises two houses with 11 studios/rooms, a multilingual library and common facilities. Since 1993, BCWT hosted more than 4.200 authors and translators from all over the world. Valued in books – as many as 3.500 books have been developed, written or translated here. As part of the residency for comics writers at the Comic Art Centre in Malmö, the artists get a workplace with other comics professionals, as well as the opportunity to take part in comics-related activities such as networking meetings, exhibitions and comics festivals. The monthly stipendium for both residencies is 10.000 Swedish crowns, or 1.100 Euros per month.
Society KROKODIL proudly announces the open call for residency stays in Sweden intended for writers and comics authors of all generations and artistic styles from Serbia. Two writers and one comics author will have the opportunity to spend one month in Sweden over the course of Fall 2014.
The online application form can be found on the following linkhttp://tinyurl.com/createinresidence-krokodil, while the final deadline is August 17th. The candidate selection will be finalized by September 1st, after which logistic details will be specified. The open call for the field of design, coordinated by Nova Iskra, will be announced on July 9th, and also run until August 17th.
By transforming cultural differences into an open field of creative possibility, Create In Residence aims to incite the personal development of young authors through education, production, creative collaborations and exchanges.
Project presentation and consultations with interested candidates will be held at Nova Iskra (Gavrila Principa 43, Belgrade) on Thursday, July 10th at 5.30 PM.
Nova Iskra at the conference “Creative Europe Programme 2014 – 2020: Serbia and perspectives of European cooperation”
Desk Creative Europe Serbia, whose mission is to implement the program of Creative Europe in Serbia, organized the first international conference titled Creative Europe Programme 2014 – 2020: Serbia and perspectives of European cooperation, which will be held from June 30th to July 1st 2014. As part of the conference, General Manager of the Design incubator Nova Iskra, Marko Radenković will take part in the panel Development of creative industries as a strategy for sustainability – possible development directions.
The three-day event with participating experts from Europe and domestic cultural workers has been put together by the Minister of Culture and Information of Serbia – Ivan Tasovac, and the Head of EU Delegation in Serbia Michael Davenport. The conference will last for three days and will consist of panels, workshops and related programs in relation to contemporary cultural policies and prospect of European cooperation.
The first day of the conference – Transcultural European Cooperation – from institutions to individuals – raises broader thematic framework, from institutional networking at the European level, through regional cooperation, to the roles taken by the individuals in the field of culture. The second day is devoted to the development of the audiance, mobility and creative industries, while the third day is dedicated to workshops directly related to the Creative Europe program, as well as a special program designed for students of different faculties in Serbia. General Manager of Nova Iskra Marko Radenković, will also be the moderator of the panel – From the perspective of young people: the management of the cultural system – which is part of the accompanying program for students.
Among the distinguished guests of the conference were Rob Van Iersel (Program Manager of the Creative Europe program – culture), Rita Heino (the Finnish Institute in Estonia), Laurence Baron (Relais Culture Europe), Per Voetman (Kulturkontakt Nord), Emina Višnić (Pogon), Helene Larsson Pousette (the Swedish Institute) and Charlotte Tardi (European Lab Forum, Arty Farty) as well as many other guests.
The conference Creative Europe Programme 2014 – 2020: Serbia and perspectives of European cooperation will be held on June 30th, July 1st and 2nd of July 2014 at the Palace of Serbia and the MP Club.
Nova Iskra at the European Lab conference in Lyon
This year’s European Lab conference, that will be held under the motto European Culture Refresh will be held from May 27th until May 30th at the Hotel de Ville in Lyon. Marko Radenković (General Manager of Nova Iskra) will take part in the panel dedicated to European creative incubators, together with organizations from France, Sweden, Great Britain and other countries. Among them will be representatives of European incubators such as Creatis, Medea, The Whisky Bond, Neulogy and A.M.I.
European Lab brings together the leading European and global experts in the fields of creative industries, art production, independent music business and cultural policies. The program runs in parallel with the music festival Nuit Sonores, which has in recent years grown into one of the leading events in France and beyond. The conference program is organized through a number of panels and lectures by prominent cultural operators, with some of the topics being Culture as a tool for new territorial dynamics, From smart city to smart citizen, The role of culture in the construction of cities of tomorrow and Culture within a changing media landscape.
Beside Nova Iskra’s representative Marko Radenković, there will be several more participants from Serbia, among them Jelena Nešić from Resonate Festival who will take part in panel Thoughts on cultural innovation: A focus on new European platforms, and Relja Bobić representing Dis-patch Collective.
Among prominent guests of the conference are the film director Michel Gondry, authors Bruce Sterling and Alain Damasio, as well as musicians Daniel Miller and Laurent Garnier, while this year’s Nuit Sonores festival program will present an exciting cross-section of the acclaimed artists of the global electronic scene – Kraftwerk with their 3D performance, Four Tet, Actress, Black Lips, Darkside,Efdemin, Kode 9, Rustie, Moritz Von Oswald, Earl Sweatshirt and many others.
Nuit Sonores will be held from May 28th until June 1st. Both the festival and the conference European Lab are organized by the Lyon-based production Arty Farty. Have a look at the intro video:
Nova Iskra visits the First Zagreb Design Week
In the last fifteen years, the format of “design week” has become a standard form of celebrating design worldwide. Croatia is one of a few developed European countries that still does not have their own design week. From April 23rd to 27th, Zagreb will host the first Zagreb Design Week (Tjedan dizajna Zagreb). The basis of the program consists of three well-known events in the field of design – the sixth Auto(r) conference (about car design), fourth edition of Sudnji dan (an independent festival of creative communications), and the fifth edition of Produkteka (a product design platform).
Through the synergy and cooperation with local and regional partner organizations and individuals, Croatian Association of Independent Professional (HDNP) will present the following Design Week Zagreb programs: Coworking & Design, Crowdfunding & Design, Peer-to-peer (P2P) workshops, as well as discussions on the needs and problems of freelancers, including ways of cooperation and association of independent professionals from the field of creative industries.
A special surprise program is the visit of our trademark event AKS ME ANYTHING.
AKS ME ANYTHING during #tdzg is organized by Nova Iskra, and supported by Coworking Croatia, Boonika and more than fourteen leading professionals from Croatia and the region. This will be the fourth, and by far the biggest issue of this specific format that Nova Iskra realizes quarterly in Belgrade.
The program will be held at #tdzg pop-up coworking zone, a joint office for all #tdzg visitors and guests, where everyone will be able to complete their daily tasks using free WiFi, electricity, desks and where a number of meetings and discussions of creative communities that cooperate with the initiative Coworking Croatia will be held.
This year, the Resonate festival at Nova Iskra
This April, the Resonate festival, following the success of the sold-out last two editions, will once more offer a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the work of leading artist, educators and European schools. Resonate is a platform for networking, information, knowledge sharing and education in the fields of new media, interactive art and transdisciplinary art projects. Resonate brings together artists, designers and educators to participate in a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture.
In addition to the main locations (Kolarac and the Museum of Yugoslav Film Archive), the program will also be held at the cultural center Parobrod and the Design Incubator Nova Iskra.
Lecturers, students and professionals will present their work and educational methodologies through a series of open workshops, panel discussions and interviews. In addition to the previously announced lecture program, performances and panel discussions, Resonate is pleased to announce that the entire education program of the festival has been developed in collaboration with some of the leading professionals and educational institutions from the fields of interactive art, digital media, art and design.
Some of the participants this year include: Aaron Koblin, DaitoManabe, Ben Cerveny, Joe Gerhardt (Semiconductor), Yuri Suzuki, KarstenSchmidt, Theodore Spyropoulos (Minimaforms,AADRL), Moritz Stefaner, GiorgiaLupi and Gabriele Rossi (Accurat), Ilona Gaynor, Paul Prudence, Michael Szivos(SOFTlab), Sunni Pavlovic (That Game Company), Eno Henze, Jussi Ängeslevä(UdK), Jonathan Puckey and Luna Maurer (Moniker), Douglas Edric Stanley and many more.
Resonate will for the third time become the international center ofknowledge exchange and connect over 1,200 visitors from over 40 countries and 200 cities worldwide. In collaboration with Raiffeisen bank, Resonate also offers free access to day time program for students from Serbia. These tickets are available to 150 active students in Serbia. Students can get more information on how to apply at this http://resonate.io/2014/free-access/.
In addition to free student access, this year Resonate will also support eightlecturers, professionals and artists from Serbia. That will include free access to the festivals, day and night program, as well as free participation in one of the 3-day workshops taking place between March 31st and April 2nd.
Sign up here http://resonate.io/2014/free-access/
This year, Nova Iskra has the honor of presenting a part of the Resonate 2014 program. On Friday, April 4th our space will be hosting three lectures by the distinguished festival guest. More information about the speakers and the program can be expected soon, while entrance will be free of charge.
Nova Iskra Design Library
Nova Iskra Design Library opened on the same day as the first design incubator in the region, in December of 2012. Since then, Nova Iskra Design Library is constantly expanding through donations of individuals and publishers like Gestaleten, Pictoplasma, Oris, Design Ecologies, Kuda.org, Faculty of Media and Communication as well as numerous local magazines from the fields of architecture and design.
The library is situated in the conference room of Nova Iskra and currently holds around 500 titles from the domains of design, architecture, visual arts, manufacturing and lifestyle.
At the same time, our partnership with the company Global Press provides a regular monthly addition of new releases of prestige publications such as Domus, Monocle, Icon, Wallpaper, Abitare, Architectural Review, Casabella, Internal, Mark, Detailand Creative Review.
Global Press, the leading company on the serbian market, dealing with the distribution of foreign press, has been one of the strategic partners of Nova Iskra from the very start. For the members of Nova Iskra, Global Press offers special discounts for the subscription of releases from their catalog. You can review the complete list of publications distributed by Global Press here http://www.globalpress.rs/sr/katalog
The Design Library is available to all members of the Designers Lab and Creative Hub, and can be used whenever the conference room is avaliable. The general public can browse through magazines in Nova Iskra Design Libary before and during our regular education programs, each Thursday between 5 and 7 PM.
Smart Living Challenge
Smart Living Challenge – A global search for sustainable innovation is an open international innovation competition designed to generate business opportunities and ideas that foster a sustainable lifestyle in urban environments. This could be products, services and solutions that will make it easier for individuals to live smarter and more sustainable lives.
The SLC innovation contest is presented by the Swedish Institute, and is open to anyone interested in presenting ideas on how to make daily life more sustainable. Today, a growing majority of the global population lives in cities. This trend is bringing new challenges in terms of housing, transport and food supply. New knowledge, creativity and rapid technological advance offer a means of finding and developing tomorrow’s smart solutions. The idea is to use the technology, innovative drive and competence at our disposal to encourage the development of urban lifestyles in which sustainable solutions are both attractive and profitable. Solutions where design and technology, nature and efficiency go hand in hand.
For this reason, Smart Living Challenge is divided into three separate categories: Move dedicated to transportation, Live dealing with the aspects of our habitats, and Eat concerning the food issues. There are two winning categories, one for those with new ideas and one for existing innovations. Ideas with a business potential are preferred but ideas from all other fields are welcome, including ICT, robotics, design, re-use, behavior etc.
The 15 winners will be awarded a trip to visit Swedish cutting-edge spots for smart urban life. There, they will have the opportunity to meet, network and exchange ideas with actors in the Swedish innovation system. The deadline for submitting ideas to the official website (www.smartlivingchallenge.com) is July 1, 2014. All the submitted ideas and further information about the challenge can be viewed at the website.
Locally, a number of workshops will be presented, with selected facilitator from Sweden and local experts. These guest workshops are to be held in 10 different countries, while the first presentation of the program outside of Sweden will be in Belgrade, Serbia, in collaboration with Design incubator Nova Iskra and SwedishEmbassy in Belgrade. The three sessions will be held on March 7th and 8th 2014.
The project is organised by Munktell Science Park in collaboration with the Swedish Institute, SISP – Swedish Incubators and Science Parks, VINNOVA, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Mälardalen University, ABB and other Swedish organizations.
Nova Iskra website among the top 50 best websites in Serbia, selected by PC Press magazine.
Nova Iskra website has entered the selection of the top 5 websites in Serbia in the “Art and culture” category, selected by PC Press magazine for 2013. Along with our website, the websites that made the shortlist were
Mreža kreativnih ljudi (www.mrezakreativnihljudi.com)
Laguna publishing house (www.laguna.rs) and
The Dom omladine Beograd (www.domomladine.org) website which won the first prize.
In addition, this nomination automatically puts Nova Iskra website in to the top 50 best websites in the Republic of Serbia for 2013.
www.novaiskra.com has been active since December 2012, and was redesigned already at the end of 2013.
Congratulations to Nemanja Pavlović, our web designer (www.nemanjapavlovic.com) and Marko Đorđević, our programmer.
We are grateful to PC Press for the nomination, as well as to all of the visitors and active users of our website.
The first scholarship of Nova Iskra and Erste Bank
Design incubator Nova Iskra announced its second annual call in November, intended for the use of its multifunctional coworking space in downtown Belgrade, which is aimed at young designers and creative professionals. This year, for the first time we are proud to also present the first scholarship for a free 12-month membership in the Designers Lab of Nova Iskra. We are providing this in collaboration with Erste Bank in Serbia, the first local company that recognized this peculiar way of support to young creatives in Serbia.
Members of DESIGNERS LAB have a chance to use one of the 18 working units within the workspace of Nova Iskra, as well as all other complimentary services, such as fast wi-fi connection, conference room, craft modeling space, tools, photo booth and other equipment, design library, office materials and kitchen. Nova Iskra also holds regular education programs, in which DL members have the priority of participation.
At the end of each year, we announce the open call for the next cycle, while all selected candidates have a chance to use complete resources of Nova Iskra on the basis of a monthly membership. The young industrial designer Nenad Merzel will not have to cover his membership fee in 2014, as he will be supported Erste Bank who will be covering his membership costs. The representatives of this forward-looking company have selected Nenad together with our team, among the best application which arrived in this open call. As he is a talented industrial designer who has graduated just over a year ago, he is the perfect profile of a designer who Nova Iskra is intended for.
Nenad Merzel was born in Belgrade in 1989. After finishing High School for Design, in 2012 he graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade – Departmenr of interior and furniture design. He took part in numerous exhibitions, student projects and festivals, including Talent Zone of Mikser Festival, 100% Future Serbia, Belgrade Design Week, Bloodesign, Skopje Design Week, Belgrade Furniture Fair and other events.
We sincerely congratulate Nenad, and are also inviting other interested young designers to apply for our next annual open call that will be announced in November 2014!
Nova Iskra nominated for the annual SAM Award
At the end of the first year of existence of the design incubator Nova Iskra, we are proud to be nominated for the Annual Award of the Serbian Associationof Managers.
The Annual SAM Award has the aim of developing the business surrounding for managers, further professionalization of the managerial practice and affirmation of those companies, managers and education facilities that advocate for better employment conditions, and a better life of the country and its citizens. This year, the focus of the awards is on the managers who will evaluate each other, as well as institutions (undergraduate studies, MBA programs and alike), and choose the ones which in their opinion are contributing to creating and profiling hi-quality managers.
Nova Iskra is nominated in the special category initiated by the Section of Young Leaders of SAM (SAMPLE) – The Sample of Leadership Exellence – together with another organization and two distinguished individuals. Alongside Nova Iskra, they are:
– AIESEC, platform for youth which enables them to realize their personal potentials, at the same time solving problems that occur due to a lack of practical knowledge of students, proactivity, entrepreneurial spirit and continual education
– Vesna Damjanović, mentor of students at FOS in Belgrade, who have won the Sveti Sava Awards in 2013, and the director of the first world’s competition in solving case studies – Belgrade Business International Case Competition 2013.
– Ichak Adizes, successful career spanning four decades. His books Managing life cycles of organizations and Styles of good leadership have left a significant mark on numerous generations of University of Belgrade
The awards will be also given in the following categories – Best Employer, Best Employer among SMEs, Best Manager, Best Young Manager, Best Institution forProfessional Development, Regional Project of the Year, and in the new categroy, Best Economic Journalist.
The gala evening is scheduled for Monday, December 16th 2013.
Nova Iskra – 1st Birthday
Design incubator Nova Iskra, a unique meeting point of the emerging creative professionals and forward-thinking business, has just celebrated the first year of existence! More than two and half years in the making, design incubator NOVA ISKRA officially opened the doors of its multifunctional 350 m2 workspace in downtown Belgrade on December 6th 2012.
Alongside a big list of realized programs, Nova Iskra has also (re)defined its fields of activities as well as directions for further development. The platform incorporates three core levels of activity – the pioneering COWORKING initiative in the Balkan region; INNOVATION PLATFORM which includes education programs and local and international projects from the fields of emerging creativity, innovation and social design; and finally, services and training programs from the CREATIVE BUSINESSdomain, aimed at forward-thinking companies and clients, designers and entrepreneurs. Have a look at our “about” page, and get to know the specifics of our approach – https://novaiskra.com/en/about.
Furthermore, we are drawing your attention to the fact that the space Nova Iskra is now available for partial or complete rental, for the needs of programs and presentations of other organizations, companies or freelancers. You can find all the details here https://novaiskra.com/en/workspace, tag “Rental”.
Please read on for data and infos which give an insight into an exciting year filled with inspirational and useful lectures, communication to our community of creatives, numerous meetings with partners, international collaborations and realized projects.
ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS OVER THE COURSE OF FIRST 12 MONTHS
– Reconstruction of the interior of the Nova Iskra workspace, featured in many international design magazines
– Professional coworking space was used by 35 professionals over the course of 2012
– 4.500 visitors to our space and programs in the first 12 months of operation
– Development and strengthening of local and international network of
– Establishing partnerships with domestic companies and public institutions
– Creative development of several projects from the field of innovation, IT, entrepreneurship and trade
– Participation and presentation at several conferences in Serbia and the region
– Work on several strategic development plans and total identities for projects
– Redesign of several products for Serbian companies
REALIZED PROGRAMS OF EDUCATION FOR CREATIVES AND ENTREPRENEURS
– More than 50 individual lectures from the fields of design, entrepreneurship, intellectual property…
– 3 practical workshops from the domains of souvenir and product design, with lecturers from Sweden and Holland
– 5 seminars from the domains of packaging design, photography, legal framework, presentation skills and alike
– Regular program of monthly free legal consultations for creatives and entrepreneurs
– AKS ME ANYTHING quarterly event offering free consultations by a variety of relevant experts - Initiated the “Designer In Residence” program
– Initiated the program of 4
– month mentorship for startup ideas with Association of Managers of Serbia
– Design Library established in collaboration with Global Press
Nova Iskra also initiated many of its own projects dealing with the application of innovation in the domains of education, manufacturing and services. You will find out more about them over the course of 2014.
On the occasion of his very special anniversary, on December 6th 2013 we gathered around with our members, partners and friends who helped us on this exiting journey, at the same time and on the same place – exactly 365 days later. Have a look at the photo gallery.
Once more, we humbly thank all of our friends, individuals and organization who have in any way contributed to our results in this short period of time. We are sure that the best is yet to come!
Your truly, the Nova Iskra team
Nova Iskra announces call for memebership of designer’s lab for the 2014 cycle
Design incubator Nova Iskra has announced its second annual call for members who will use its multifunctional space in downtown Belgrade, intended for young designers and creative professionals. This year a scholarship is also available for a full annual membership free of charge, as part of our ongoing collaboration with ERSTE bank in Serbia.
With the start of the new season, Nova Iskra is opening its doors to new talented creatives who would like to become a part of a wide network of professional members. Nova Iskra offers an entirely new way of working based on the “hub” principle, a model of informal networking of creative individuals and teams. At the same time, the intention is to respond to an increasing need of professional workspace for the local authors of younger generation, those who are interested in professional development, practical work and communication to potential clients and collaborators.
Multifunctional space of Nova Iskra takes up 350m2 u at the Gavrila Principa street, and is fully refurbished based on the design by the local architectural studio Petokraka, while its central part represents DESIGNERS LAB, 18 fully equipped working units. It is the closest network of Nova Iskra collaborators of Nova Iskra – up to 20 designers of various profiles can have a chance to use the advantages of this space based on a monthly membership. The open call is related to the use of the communal space on a coworking principle, and is intended for all interested young professionals ages 22 to 35, from a wide range of design disciplines – from interior and product design, over architecture to graphic design, web and other forms of visual communications.
Each of the available working units is made up of an “Iskra” work table, 27″ Samsung screen, lamp, drawers and a personal locker. Members of DESIGNERS LAB have a chance to use all of the accompanying services, spaces and equipment intended for their work – fast wi-fi connection, conference room, modeling craft workshop, photo-corner and other gear, as well as design library, office materials and kitchen. Nova Iskra also regularly presents educational programes in which members of the DESIGNERS LAB have the priority of participation. Working units will be available to the selected users at 100 EUR per month, based on a 12-month contract.
This year, in collaboration with ERSTE Bank we are for the first time securing a full scholarship for a DEISGNERS LAB membership. Candidates which pass the initial selection will be hand-picked by the representatives of ERSTE to use all of the advantages of DESIGNERS LAB over the course of 2014 – absolutely free of charge.
In order to apply, you need to fill in the form http://novaiskra.guruserve.com/NOVA_ISKRA_-_Formular.doc and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org (with subject “DL appplication”), alongside your portfolio and CV.
Portfolio needs to have short descriptions for each of the submitted works, and sign if the work has been realized or not (which will not affect the application). Nova Iskra team will conduct interviews with all of the candidates which pass the initial selection, in order to get an insight into their work and potential for collaboration. Motivation for personal development and collaborative work, as well as need of workspace will be among the main criteria of selection.
The deadline for applications is November 20th at 23.59. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interested candidates and other colleagues from the design field can visit Nova Iskra and get directly informed about the conditions of membership during the Open Days of Nova Iskra, which are scheduled for November 8th and 15th, from 4 to 6 PM.
Strategic cooperation between Nova Iskra and VELUX company announced
Design incubator Nova Iskra i and reknown Danish company VELUX have signed a collaboration protocol and started a strategic partnership.
The collaboration has officially and symbolically started with the implementation of VELUX windows into the roof construction of the Nova Iskra workspace. Furthermore, over the course of the coming year Nova Iskra and VELUX will organize special programs intended for architects, engineers and specialists, in the form of lectures and workshops form the field of architecture and the application of VELUX products in that process.
The VELUX group, which has factories in 11 different countries and distribution in almost 40, is one of the world’s leading brands in the global sector of construction materials. VELUX is creating a healthier life surrounding with its products, guaranteeing for sufficient daily doses of light and fresh air for millions of homes throughout the world.
VELUX is also the founder of the IVA project (International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture). The international VELUX competition for students of architecture is announced every second year and is open for students from all over the world. By affirming this open call, VELUX intends to stress the importance of daylight and its use in construction design, in line with the overall vision of the company.
As part of the umbrella theme of „Light of Tomorrow“, the competition aims to incite new approaches in which daylight, fresh air and a quality of life can be achieved by design. The competition is a challenge for students of architecture to investigate the inavoidable topic of light in architecture through dedicated team work. The open call will be announced by the end of 2013.
Nova Iskra will also announce other joint projects in collaboration with VELUX, to be realized by the end of 2014.
NOVA ISKRA – New season
In the wake of the new program season, here is a chance to look back at the most important event and activities at Nova Iskra, as well as to announce some of the programs planned for this autumn.
In a short movie shot and directed by Vladimir Miladinović, you can follow the genesis of one of the most critically acclaimed interior designs in Belgrade lately, realized by the Petokraka studio. Photographs of the space have appeared on a number of acclaimed blogs and in magazines, including Domus, ArchDaily, Gestalten, Deskmag or Design Milk.
In early July, Nova Iskra presented its last workshop program of the first program season. The guest appearance of Samir Ajl Failt from Sweden was dedicated to the new interpretation of “Belgrade souvenir”, and he was joined by 12 young local designers of different profiles. This was the last in a stream of over 30 programs realized over the course of the first six months Nova Iskra’s activity.
Over the course of the first six months, the space of Nova Iskra was visited by 4000 people. The services of Designers Lab, the coworking segment of the project, have been used by 36 professionals from the domains of design and architecture. In November, a new open call will be published for membership in the DL. Nova Iskra also presented several distinguished international lecturers (Tina Frank, Academy of Applied Sciences Salzburg, Studio Ku+), while the lectures of Jovan Čekić, Dejan Mitrović and Slavimir Stojanović, as well as the Packtivity seminar, were the most attended ones. On the international level, Nova Iskra has achieved significant results in connecting to the regional coworking communitiesof Slovenia, Croatia and Bulgaria, while the model of this design incubator was presented at the conferences TedXED Zemun and “Republika” in Rijeka, Croatia. Nova Iskra will also be present at the next edition of SOS Design Festival in Sarajevo.
This autumn, the regular program will start in late September, in the usual slot – each Thursday from 5.30 PM. The lectures and seminars will focus on the topics relevant to the field, as well as to presentation of authors from the fields of graphic design, creativity, architecture, interior, product development, intellectual property etc. The first “trademark” event of Nova Iskra, AKS ME ANYTHING will be staged regularly three times a year, and will offer free consultations with the leading local experts.
Each last Thursday of the month, we will continue to hold our Open Day series, when anyone interested can visit our space and get to know the team and the projects. In the pipeline are also collaborations with partners from Sweden, Slovenia, Germany and Croatia, as well as with local organizations Share Defense and SAMPLE(Section of Young Managers of the Association of Managers of Serbia).
Nova Iskra has also, in collaboration with design studio Metaklinika, worked on the launch of the SideEffects project, which has just been launched and will present silkscreen prints of large dimensions, courtesy of the local and international authors. The series are limited to 100 copies, and are distributed exclusively via the web shop
Beside the program novelties, we announce the possibility of using its space on a daily and weekly basis, in line with the space capacities and availabilities. The details will soon be published on our website.
Nova Iskra at the REPUBLIKA festival
Nova Iskra will have the pleasure to present itself at the premiere edition of the REPUBLIKA festival, which will take place from July 18th to 20th in Rijeka, Croatia. It is announced as “the global meeting point of creatives from the the fields of progressive culture”, and is conceptualized as a combination of summer school, conference and music festival.
Republika is a three-day meeting of advanced thinkers from all over the world, and consists of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, projections, entertainment and music programs which will be organized by some of the leading international festivals, such as SHARE (Belgrade, Beirut), A MAZE (Berlin, Johannesburg) and PAUSE (Melbourne), augmented by the new regional projects – RockPaperStartups and Start Art Expo.
Nova Iskra will be presented within the Share Cyberpunk Academy education program, and our lecture is scheduled on Saturday, July 20th at 11.00 PM. Location is Rikard Benčić factory, section H1.
Nova Iskra at TEDxZemunED
On June 29th, Belgrade hosted its first TedxED eventm, and the first of its kind in Serbia. It brought TEDxED to Serbia, together with its mission “Ideas worth spreading!”.
TEDxZemunED, organized by Link Group, brought together interesting speakers from the fields of entrepreneurship, social responsibility, leadership and other domains, while one of them was Marko Radenković, initiator and general manager of Nova Iskra. In his brief lecture, Marko spoke from a personal perspective about the ideas and circumstances under which Nova Iskra was formed, as well as about the first six months of our activities.
Beside Marko, other acclaimed local speakers also took part – Nikola Jovanovič, Branislav Maričić, Dejana Popović and Milica Mešterović (Remake team), NikolaMirčić and others.
TEDxZemunED is an independently organized TED event (TEDx), while the ED tag tells that it is a TEDx event focused on the issues of education. The annual TED conference is presented in Long Beach, California, while TED Global conference is held each year in Edinburgh in the UK.
Regional coworking initiatives and Betahaus Sofia
Introducing, collaborations and networking of co-working initiatives from the regions of Balkan and SEE is in full gear!
Beside our regular collaborations with the Coworking Serbia organization, as well as first meetings in Ljubljana and Belgradse which we had with the representatives of Coworking Slovenia and Coworking Croatia crews, recently we had a chance to also visit two specific coworking spaces which are already operational – HUB Zagreb, as well as the famous Betahaus incarnation in Sofia.
Our Program Manager Relja Bobić had the pleasure to meet the team behind Betahaus in Sofia – first of all Angel Spasov (also the Betahaus Program Manager) – as well as their impressive space which spreads out over two floors and offers the capacity of around 70 workstations of different levels, accompanied by a cosy caffe, presentation room, 3D modeling space and meeting rooms.
On this occasion Relja gave a short interview for their Guest Member section of the website, and we also used the chance to set up the first mini collaboration between the two initiatives. The users of both coworking spaces will have a chance to use the partnering space for one day for free, in case they find themselves travelling through Belgrade or Sofia. The members who are interested in this options first need to announce their visit at their resident coworking space, who will then check the availability with the partnering institution. Capacity limits do apply.
Have a look at the mini-interview shot at Betahaus:
We are looking forward to the future program-based collaborations with Betahaus (which currently runs spaces in Berlin, Sofia and Barcelona), and even more to the opening of new coworking outposts throughout our region!
Participate in the workshop by Samir Alj Failt (Sweden)
Nova Iskra has the pleasure to host another prominent guest from Sweden. After the successful realiation of Mia Cullin’s workshop last summer, this year’s guest is a designer with a strong focus on social engagement and work with the youth and craft skills – Samir Alj Failt.
Samir is one of the founders of Design Lab Skärholmen. This laboratory is his base, inspired by childhood memories of the neighborhood of Skärholmen, the place where he grew up. Samir is working with students, scholars (9-13 years old) on Saturdays and Fridays. Together with Samir, visitors can explore a variety of materials and test their skills in the design of buildings and objects, inspired by each other, their memories and experiences of cities around Stockholm.
The workshop in Belgrade is dedicated to new, innovative rethinking of the concept of Belgrade souvenir, and is primarily intended for product designers, as well as graphic designers, illustrators and other authors who would like to expand their knowledge in the field of object design. The workshop is scheduled for June 29th and 30th at the Nova Iskra space, specifically within the Nova Iskra modelling room sponsored by Bosch.
The number of participants is limited to 12. It is required to fill in the form at the following link http://novaiskra.guruserve.com/Formular_Radionica_Samir_Alj_Fait.doc
All interested participants are required to send the filled-in application form to the following e-mail email@example.com until Wednesday, June 26th at 12 PM, with the subject line “Radionica BG suvenir”.
Samir Alj Failt grew up in Stockholm in the seventies and has been active as an artist and designer. He has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world, and was engaged by leading museums and galleries in Sweden. He worked at the City Theater in Skärholmen and developed many projects that connect theater, music and design. Together with Carol Kindred, Artistic Director of City Theatre Skarholmen, Samir wrote a proposal for the Swedish lottery to open a design studio for high school students. The motto of Design Lab Skärholmen is the ability to express different senses and artistic languages.
Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade and the Tourist Organization of Belgrade have supported the visit of Samir Alj Failt to Nova Iskra.
NOVA ISKRA at the European Lab conference in Lyon
From May 7th to 11th, the third EUROPEAN LAB conference was held in Lyon. This platform for cultural innovation was initiated in 2011, and takes place in parallel to one of the leading French music festivals – NUIT SONORES.
The five-day program of the conference was dedicated to innovation in the fields of culture, politics, media and entrepreneurship, and was held in the historical Hotel de Ville. The program is intended as a think-tank for connecting and presenting new initiatives which are employing innovation in order to build capacities for redefining of cultural policies band cultural entrepreneurship. The idea is to unite a new generation of cultural activists who are aware of the influence of the cultural globalization and current digital revolution.
The conference hosted around 150 delegates and 600 participants from all over the world, including some of the leading individuals from the fields in focus – festival organizers, politicians, journalists, critics, musicians, representatives of the civil sector and companies. Among them were Joschka Fisher (former German Minister of Foreign Affairs), Chris Kaskie (founder of Pitchfork), Larry Harvey (founder of the legendary Burning Man festival), as well as representatives of numerous organizations, collectives and companies, as well as festivals including Primavera Sound, Insomnia, SXSW, Sonar and many others.
NOVA ISKRA was represented by Nana Radenković (coordinator of our Creative Hub), as part of the special conference module Incubators of Cultural Projects, together with the Paris-based CREATIS center for development of startups concepts, based at Gaite Lyrique in Paris.
European Lab goes on in parallel to the Nuit Sonores festival, which in th least few years has developed into the leading French music festival. Among several hundreds of performers, it also featured the likes of Daphni (Caribou), Dan Deacon, Jamie XX, Prins Thomas, Mos Def, Carl Cox, DJ Harvey, Diamond Version and many others. Both projects are organized by the Lyon-based production collective Arty Farty(http://www.arty-farty.eu)
We are also happy to announce that we will also be present at the Republika festival, which will be held in Rijeka, Croatia, from July 18th – 20th (http://republika.io/).
Design and socially-responsible business united in the DOBRA TORBA project
“Dobra torba” (meaning “Good bag” in Serbian) is a project initiated by Smart kolektiv with the aim of economical empowerment of women in Serbia, as one of the key conditions for the development of the society as a whole, and establishing higher standards of human rights.
Smart kolektiv is a pioneering organization in our country, specially in the field of promoting the development of socially-responsible businesses, social innovation, youth entrepreneurship and social marketing.
The idea of the project was to develop a specially designed product which would be then produced by unemployed women, gathered around several women’s societies and organizations from around Serbia. The aim was to create a concurrent product with a modern design, which would be aimed at socially-aware companies. These companies would be directly supporting the socially endangered groups by buying the product in question.
Nova Iskra also played a part in developing this project, mostly in the process of the development of the actual product design which was a collaboration with young designers. Dobra torba was designed by Zorana Stojanović, Marko Ćerketa and Bojan Jovanović, members of the Creative Hub network of Nova Iskra.
The result is a multifunctional and durable, handmade bag with an original and recognizable design.
Clio books available within the Nova Iskra Design Library
The publishing house CLIO and Nova Iskra established a strategic partnership. Now you can find CLIO publications form the fields of architecture, creative industries, art and contemporary business within our library.
Furthermore, Clio and Nova Iskra will tigether implement a special educational program designed for high school students, participants of the Internest project.
New magazines added to our library
Directly from Milan, Nova Iskra has received editions of the Italian publishing house Mondadori.
INTERNI and CASABELLA are magazines focused on architecture and interior design. All issues since 2012 and now on can be browsed and read at the Nova Iskra Design Library. New issues are also expected every next month.
Beside these publications, you can also have a look at other editions of renowned German publishing houses Gestalten and Pictoplasma, as well as numerous local and regional magazines dedicated to design and architecture, such as Oris, Arhitekton, Enterijer or Ambijenti, including many international editions that are exclusively delivered to us by Global Press.
The Nova Iskra Design Library is available to all members of Design Lab and Creative Hub of Nova Iskra, including all other interested professionals who register with us.
Open call for Designers Lab Membership in Nova Iskra is CLOSED
Open call for membership in the Designers Lab!
Nova Iskra is offering an entirely new way of working based on the “hub” principle, the model of informal grouping of creative individuals and teams. At the same time, we would like to respond to a growing need of local authors of younger generation for quality workspace, further education, specialization, practical work and contacts with the potential clients.
The space of the Nova Iskra design incubator, located in Gavrila Principa street and covering 350 msq, has been entirely reconstructed according to the project of the Studio Petokraka, while its central area is taken over by 18 fully-equipped workstations – the DESIGNERS LAB.
This open call refers to the use of this communal workspace, based on the co-working principles. It is intended for all interested young professionals ages 22 to 35, from the wide field of design (from product design and interior, over architecture to graphic design, web and other forms of visual communications), and specially to those who have a big need for a quality workspace and creative collaborations.
A part of the capacity has been filled after our first open call published in February 2012, while the aim of this one is to fill the remaining positions, and also to form a list of interested candidates.
Each of the workstations consists of the “Iskra” table, Samsung 24″ screen, table lamp, drawers, chair and personal cupboard. Young professionals from the wide field of design will also have a chance to use all of other necessary facilities, such as the conference room, modeling area, tools, photo corner, design library, office materials and kitchen.
The space can also accommodate programs for up to 50 participants, so all of the program realized within the space will be free of charge for the members of DESIGNERS LAB. The workstations are available at 100 EUR per month, based on a one-year contract.
If you would like to apply, please fill in the form, which can be found here http://novaiskra.guruserve.com/NOVA_ISKRA_-_Formular.pdf and send it by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject “Prijava za DL”), alongside your portfolio and CV.
The portfolio should have short descriptions of the projects, and notes on whether the projects have been realized or not (which does not influence the selection criteria). If there is video or other sort of documentation available, please provide us with relevant links.
The deadline for submitting applications is January 18th 2013. We will be taking into consideration only complete applications sent to us by e-mail.
Interested applicants will also have a chance to check out the Nova Iskra space first-hand, during our 2nd Open Day, which will be held on Friday, January 11.
Nova Iskra at the panel dedicated to coworking spaces during b-link festival
Nova Iskra will participate in a discussion panel on the topic of Coworking Spaces as part of this year’s B-link festival.
Vitomir Jevremović, Digital Mind, IT Distrikt (moderator)
Lazar Jokić, Coworking Serbia
Đorđe Krivokapić, IT Distrikt
Nikola Jovanović, The Hub
Nana Radenković, Nova Iskra
The entrance is free.
NOVA ISKRA – the first design incubator in the region of SEE is now open!
NOVA ISKRA, design incubator dedicated to the professionalization of designers in Serbia and the region, as well as to establishing connections between the sectors of creative industries and manufacturing, opened its doors in Belgrade this week.
On Thursday, December 6th the design incubator NOVA ISKRA has been officially opened in Belgrade, Serbia. A unique multi-functional workspace is being established with the idea to support young creatives form the fields of design, architecture, interior design, visual communications and other related fields. A unique concept in the entire region of SouthEast Europe, NOVA ISKRA is the first realized co-working space in Serbia and the surrounding countries. Professionals from the spheres of design and architecture will have a chance to use the spatial and technical resources of NI for their individual work, as well as to take part in the numerous projects and programs which NOVA ISKRA is planning to realize, in partnership with some of the leading local and international companies, schools, institutions and experts.
NOVA ISKRA is offering a brand new model of working based on the “hub” principle, dedicated to establishing both formal and informal connections between creative individuals and teams. At the same time, NOVA ISKRA aims to respond to the needs of local authors of younger generation, who are in desperate need of quality workspace, technical resources, specialization and practical education, as well as communication to potential clients and partners.
An independent initiative of a group of cultural managers and creatives from Belgrade, the platform has been more than two years in the making, while the biggest task was the reconstruction and furnishing of the physical space in which the concept is now brought to life. With the support of the Municipality of Savski venac, as well as numerous domestic and foreign companies who have recognized and supported the project in its early phase, a rundown space of 350m2 in the Gavrila Principa Street in downtown Belgrade has been fully reconstructed, based on the project of the Belgrade-based architecture studio Petokraka.
Beside 18 workstations for designers, which have been designed specially for the space by the local design studio Antipod and manufactured by the Serbian factory Simpo-Šik, the young professionals from the wide field of design will have a chance to use all other facilities necessary for their professional work – conference room, modeling workshop, photo booth, design library, personalized cupboard, office and kitchen.
Beside the Municipality of Savski venac, the project has also been supported in its early phase by Telekom Serbia, Erste Bank, IKEA, Simpo-Šik, JTI and Guardian Inglass. The main technical partner of NOVA ISKRA is Samsung, while further technical partners include companies such as SBB, Dremel, Canon, Division, Art Media Group, Geze, Global Press, AWS, Doncafe, Pavle glass company, Ecolab and Beohouse. These are at the same time the companies with which first partnership projects will be realized in the future.
The communal workspace of NOVA ISKRA also offers the possibility of facilitating educational programs aimed at professionalization of young designers, but also at establishing connections between the creative and production sectors, with the focus on design as an important factor of the advancement of domestic products and companies. Even before its official opening, NOVA ISKRA has already realized its initial programs over the course of 2012, with the participation of experts from Sweden and Holland – a clear message that international cooperation and exchange will be one of the main program focuses.
The overall presence of NOVA ISKRA will be active through three main segments: DESIGNERS LAB (direct users of the NI workspace), CREATIVE HUB (network of professionals from the domains of design and architecture) and INDUSTRY HUB(network of partner copanies and manufacturers).
The NOVA ISKRA concept has been presented for the first time in February 2012, when the first open call for the use of 18 workstations has been announced. In the coming days a new open call will be announced, and a list of further candidates will be formed. All of the details will be available on the new NOVA ISKRA homepage.
NOVA ISKRA and IKEA announced the beginning of their strategic cooperation
Design Incubator NOVA ISKRA and Swedish company IKEA have signed an agreement on strategic cooperation. NOVA ISKRA and IKEA will collaborate within each of three NI programs: DESIGNERS LAB, CREATIVE HUB and INDUSTRY HUB.
Within the framework of DESIGNERS LAB program, IKEA will equip NI workspace, including three only IKEA zones: meet, learn and kitchen which will entirely be equipped with IKEA furniture.
The partnership within CREATIVE HUB will involve the cooperation with IKEA OF SWEDEN, within which the programs for additional education (IKEA EDU) and study visits to IKEA company production facilities (IKEA LAB) will be realized. Additionally, the cooperation will include potential partnership in the development of IKEA project lines, where original domestic designs will have a chance to become IKEA products. The cooperation also involves guest lectures from IKEA of Sweden experts within the educational NI program, workshops, seminars, and public lectures of leading IKEA experts, as well as study visits to the innovation IKEA centre in Sweden intended for best young designers, consulting for NI platform development, internal competitions and so forth.
Partnership within NI INDUSTRY HUB will primarily address issues such as familiarization of domestic companies with business values, operating and production standards, as well as with aesthetic and functional criteria that brought IKEA to its leading position in furniture industry worldwide. The cooperation between NOVA ISKRA and IKEA will be realized through three programs: The promotion of IKEA values, including corporate social responsibility, Business partners and Education Program.
Additionally, IKEA and NI plan to realize thematic competitions, opened to all NI members, supported by IKEA, and directly linked to its production plans and visions. Moreover, NI and IKEA are also planning to launch SERBIA CHALLENGE program, within which new IKEA products with a specific “geographical origin” will be developed and produced. These products are supposed to be designed and developed by Serbian designers and produced within Serbian companies, with aesthetic and production features clearly indicating the products’ origin.
NOVA ISKRA at Share Conference
Design Incubator NOVA ISKRA gave a presentation at Share Conference just before the opening of the long-anticipated multifunctional workspace in Gavrila Principa Street, Belgrade. Besides presenting the project and announcing first program activities, NOVA ISKRA representatives talked about wider range of topics such as RepRap and 3d print, Co-working and Open Design.
WORKDESK “ISKRA” PROTOTYPE arrived from Kuršumlija
The first concrete product resulted out of the cooperation between furniture industry creative and production sectors, worktable “ISKRA” arrived today from the production facilities of SIMPO ŠIK. Worktable “ISKRA” resulted from the cooperation between Belgrade’s design studio ANTIPOD and domestic leader in the production of wood and fiber plates, SIMPO ŠIK from Kuršumlija. The cooperation is realized within NOVA ISKRA Design Incubator.
Worktable “ISKRA” will be entirely produced within Simpo Šik production facilities in Kuršumlija, in a limited edition of 24 pieces. The table will not be mass (serially) produced, considering that it was designed for the specific use within DESIGNERS LAB workspace of NOVA ISKRA, and that the design from the mere beginning included wider architectural concept of entire NI space, who’s author is design studio PETOKRAKA.
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WORKDESK “ISKRA” by ANTIPOD
Work-desk “ISKRA” resulted from the unique cooperation between Belgrade design studio ANTIPOD and domestic leader in the production of wooden and fiber plates, SIMPO ŠIK from Kuršumlija. The cooperation is realized through the NOVA ISKRA platform, which recognized Simpo Šik as a natural partner with whom it shares interest, understanding and supports the effort to, by using innovative and creative design solutions demonstrates potential of domestic producers, as well as to promote design as a tool to increase competitiveness of their future products. Worktable “ISKRA” is intended for the NOVA ISKRA working space and it is meant to be its basic and key element – we present worktable “ISKRA” by Belgrade studio Antipod.
“ISKRA” is a constitutive element of entire Designers Lab working space, an open area of 260 m2, which will be used by 18 selected members, elected via open call in February/March. The design of the table is flexible and modular, which allows its users to easily combine different work surface formations according to their various needs, which can be changed on day-to-day basis: individual work, group work, meeting with a client, guest workshop, open day, consultations and so forth. The task was to answer the specific co-working principle of the workspace, syntesizing individual and collective work, computer and manual work, creative design and detail technical documentation production, with a special table form and concept.
The worktable is designed to function both independently, and in the group with more elements. The paravanes are created to be modular and easily assembled and dissembled. They are produced in three different heights, with the application of live color-pallete. Evry user is, therefore, able to change the paravanes arrangement according to his/her own needs during one day, week or month, in accordance with the current activities. In this way, Designers Lab open space becomes playful playground of various surfaces and planes, and a funny game of opened and closed, which will be dictated by the users themselves, i.e. their needs. In this way, the table design reflects the work metodology used within NOVA ISKRA platform, with one of its main goals always being adoptable to its users, i.e. encouridging them to create and dictate its development together with managerial team standing behind the project. Design is basic, and its presence in the space is seen as discrete, thus allowing and leaving the space for personalization and customization from the users themselves.
The worktable ISKRA will be entirely produced within working facilities of Simpo Šik – Kuršumlija, in a limited series of 24 peaces. The table will not be mass (serially) produced, considering that it was designed for the specific use within DESIGNERS LAB workspace of NOVA ISKRA, and that the design from the mere beginning included wider architectural concept of entire NI space, who’s authors are design studio PETOKRAKA. Table dimensions are 160 x 85 cm for 18 tables, and additional 6 with dimensions 140 x 85 for the management team which will also function on the co-working principle. Table height is 73 cm, and within table design an additional “channel” for the superficial elements as cables is anticipated. The red box positioned in the channel has a twofold function – to hide electricity access points and serve as additional shelf for drawing equipment and office elements.
Moreover, the table is the first significant achievement resulting from newly established links and cooperation between creative and production sectors within the NOVA ISKRA platform, which also demonstrates cooperation model’s potential. Surely, NI wishes to implement these kind of agreements and cooperation projects with numerous other partners from both Serbia and abroad. On the micro level (limited series for specific function) the production of “ISKRA” worktable had at the same time demonstrated for the fisrt time the potential of cooperation between leading Serbian companies on one hand, and top domestic authors from the domains of furniture and interior design on the other. For both Simpo Šik company and Nova Iskra team this has been the important test for all the planned and anticipated cooperation projects, as well as for the cooperation with various other companies and creatives.
Gestalten and Pictoplasma books in NOVA ISKRA Design Library
NOVA ISKRA Design Library, in the cooperation with Gestalten and Pictoplasma publishers from Berlin has provided its members with free access to publications of these two globally famous and relevant publishers. Among others in NOVA ISKRA Design Library you can find books such as: Introducing: Identities of Small Businesses, Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning, FAILE Temple, Mind the Future: Compendium for Comtemporary Trends, Lux: Lamps and Lights, Desire: The Shape of Things to Come, Once Upon a Chair: Design Beyond the Icon, Pen to Paper, Prepare fo Pictopia, The Character Encyclopaedia i mnogo drugih.
NOVA ISKRA and SIMPO ŠIK strategic cooperation
Design Incubator NOVA ISKRA and domestic leader in the production of wooden and fiber plates, SIMPO ŠIK from Kuršumlija have signed an agreement on strategic cooperation and future partnership. In this way, SIMPO ŠIK has become the first member of IN INDUSTRY HUB and first domestic company that recognized NOVA ISKRA as logical partner and collaborator in an effort to enrich its products’ assortiment, develop production lines and increase the competitiveness of its products. Furthermore, SIMPO ŠIK had seen the potential of the cooperation for the development of entire Serbian furniture industry through the cooperation with creative young industrial and furniture designers.
SIMPO ŠIK was founded in February 2010, as a subsidiary company within SIMPO AD Vranje. Their production program is based on fibreboard (raw and refined), lumber, plywood (plain and water-resistant) flooring and beech elements. SIMPO ŠIK’s products are currently available at the markets of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Hungary, Romany, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Morocco, but they also plan to expend to new global markets. In 2011, SIMPO ŠIK won the “Best-partner” award on the Construction and Equipment Fair in Niš, “Quality product” award at Funriture Fair in Belgrade, and Award for remarcable results in business from the Regional Chaimbre of Commerce Niš. SIMPO ŠIK’s president Ljubomir Ilkić is named The Manager of the Year for the achievements in sustainability of domestic production by the Business Journalist Club.
“Simpo have always given chances to young, creative people. That is the rule we in Simpo Šik apply as well. Nova Iskra and Simpo Šik agreed to start a strategic cooperation thereby jointly helping the development of originally designed products, from the initial idea to their full realization. Serbian creative forces, domestic raw materials and production sector are the winning combination to achieve competitiveness on global level”, said SIMPO ŠIK president Ljubomir Ilkić regarding the beginning of long-term cooperation with NOVA ISKRA platform.
Domestic architectural and design magazines in NOVA ISKRA Design Library
NOVA ISKRA and GLOBAL PRESS – NOVA ISKRA Design Library
NOVA ISKRA Design Library will be opened and available for all NI members to visit and read newest foreign and domestic design magazines, books and various other publications.
In the cooperation with GLOBAL PRESS distributer. Library will provide most interesting and well-known global architectural and design magazines such as A10, Architectural Digest (DE), WALLPAPER, ICON, MONOCLE, Architectural Review, OF ARCH, DOMUS, ABITARE, INTERNI, CASABELLA, Architectural Digest (USA), SURFACE, DETAIL, A+U, CREATIVE REVIEW, Japan Architecture and many others.