The Faculty of Contemporary Arts is a unique faculty of performing and applied arts, founded in 1997 as the first private art faculty in the region, and to this day it has formed a large number of successful and recognized artists. The founder of the Faculty of Contemporary Arts is ITS - College of Vocational Studies for IT, which represents the first accredited private higher education institution in the field of information technologies in Serbia. As such, the faculty is part of a group of high-quality educational institutions in this region, led by Comtrade and LINK group.
Interior design - characterized by a group of main design subjects: interior-furniture-lighting. The main goal of the program is for the student to develop independence in setting a project task, derived from a previously defined research topic. The emphasis is on encouraging reflection and connection of contemporary tendencies and processes, aimed at understanding comprehensive design action in the creation of spaces/objects. This concept of the program presupposes the active connection and correlation of all disciplines to create adequate - functional/creative/aesthetic solutions.
Furniture Design classes have a practice-to-experiment approach within assigned project tasks, topics, and areas, where the student goes through steps of the design process: analysis/synthesis; concept/context - defining/abstracting/transposing/designing, in order to achieve quality and authentic solution.
The exhibition "CUBO 20/23" presents a selection of student works - prototypes created through experiments, practical work, and research-based project work during the school year within the Furniture Design course.
Curators and Mentors: associate professor Vesna Pejović, docent Marija Kojić.
Authors/presenters: 2nd and 3rd year students of the Department of Interior Design; school year 2022/23 Faculty of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade
The represented objects are unified by constructive research and type of structural transformations in form and material, and yet each one stands out due to the personal approach and narrative of each student. The overall setup is connected through a single approach of the applied experimentation of dynamics and statics, the load capacity of given materials, and the stability of constructive systems, as well as specific interpretations of basic narratives and project tasks. The emphasis is on experiment and displacement from the expected - transposing abstract concepts into designed forms, modularity, rhythm, and repetition to achieve functional pieces of furniture for sitting and/or storage.
The presented works are divided into two parts:
LINE – 6mm wire objects for sitting/setting - linear constructions obtained by transposing the movement and dimensions of the human body into abstract linear drawings.
Basic concepts: FIGURE / MOVEMENT / ANTHROPOMETRY - Line / Proportion / Repetition / Measure / Construction / Structure / Rhythm / Gradation / Tension / Dynamics / Statics
The resulting products are playful objects for seating - stools that can be either set or stacked as system elements for display/storage, i.e. shelves
SURFACE - 12mm plywood club table/storage/setting objects - plate constructions obtained by use of basic geometry, and experiments based on Bruno Munari's design exercises.
Basic concepts: FACE / EXPRESSION / GEOMETRY / Surface / Volume / Form / Body / Position / Object / Space / Module / System / Combinatorics / Storage / Setting /
The resulting products are club tables, which can be positioned/used differently or assembled into larger systems.
The volume of the cube defines both groups of obtained products, i.e. they occupy part of the volume of the cube 36*36*36mm, which defined the name of the exhibition in its entirety – CUBO.