Danilo Milovanović

Danilo Milovanović, born in 1992 in Banja Luka (B&H), where he finished primary and grammar school. He continued his education the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, where he is currently finishing his Master studies. In a meantime he studied in Prague as an exchange student, where he found a more challenging environment for his creativity. Today, he lives on relation between Ljubljana and Prague.
He is an active member of autonomous community Rog in Ljubljana, where has established non-profit gallery and has been running it for the last 3 years. This surely influenced his artistic / artivistic work, which is mainly inspired by art in public spaces and street art.
He understands public space as a wide field of opportunities for artistic or activist interventions and so-called ‘hacking’ of urban space. Therefore, he intertwines political and social as well as poetic and aesthetic elements in his work. His work is defined by simplicity, accessibility and sometimes humor.
His work was shown on solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Czech Republic.

The Ślimak project

The Ślimak Project is an open form
installation at the border between
an artistic object and a functional,
usable construction.
The idea of the project came
from the life stories of the local
homeless, who have been using
abandoned cars as living spaces.
Consequently, the installation is the
transformed and upgraded body
of a minivan, modeled on squat
and DIY (do it yourself) aesthetics,
which represents grassroots culture
and perspective. The installation
itself does not fit into any formal
architectural form, despite being
a static semi-functional space.
The Ślimak is meant to be a kind
of shell (base) for the hidden parts
of local society, primarily the homeless
and people in need. The raw,
room-looking interior contains the
basic elements of furniture made
out of metal and plywood. The exterior
of the installation contains
metal constructions, flowerpots
and storage boxes.
As an open form platform, it is
impossible to predict the space’s
development. Although the original
installation offers a certain amount
of usability, there are no rules or
proper ways to doing so. Adding any
new content and using or changing
the existing one will transform the
space into a different object, with
new order and new rules. In any
instance, the suspense and unpredictability
of the space play
an important role in this step.
Of course, in the project’s
background there are elements
of social experimenting, testing
the boundaries of how we understand
public space as a comfort
zone and challenging this idea.
The installation is not meant to be
a commercial, public attraction,
but the very opposite, an intriguing
phenomenon in public space. This
unknown object without a precise
explanation located in a public
space will affect passers-by, depending
on their own impressions
and curiosity.