Reutilization of abandoned industrial buildings

As promised, below you can read the first article published in the first issue of our community’s newspaper Počasnik.

Read, think, and share!

Industrial archeology

Built structures often outlive their original purpose. In addition to historical buildings such as castles, this also applies to industrial buildings. Abandoned mills, mines, factory halls and warehouses are in most cases doomed to collapse, but sometimes they get saved, refurbished and revived with new content. In Great Britain the evaluation and revitalization of industrial plants started in the fifties, because a lot of the buildings were destroyed during the war. In 1955 the British historian Michael Rix coined the term industrial archeology and the beginnings of revitalization of this architecture date back to this period. Today the Unesco’s list includes a large number of buildings that belong in the category of industrial heritage as evidenced by the agreement on the importance of these historical legacies that bear witness to a time of great social and technological change. However, few qualify as monuments of national importance.

 

Read the whole article.

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Počasnik, Inde community’s newspaper

On 4th February, on the first day of Indeversary, we presented our new creation – the first issue of the community Inde’s newspaper named Počasnik. It evolved slowly, but steadily. Like all indecreations. We decided on an exclusively analogue edition, an old-school paper one, because we are autonomous and because we still get excited by the rustle of paper under our fingers. Nevertheless, after a month from the publication two selected articles from it will be published on our website – as a teaser, since their content is more important than our whims.

You will be able to read the first one from tomorrow on. The publication follows, the author is known. Počasnik was and will be available at different places on the coast – in libraries, faculties, secondary schools, health centers, at Pina, at related places elsewhere, etc. And, of course, at the premises of the Creative Platform Inde. It’s free, but it’s worth opening it. Writers who would like to participate in the creation of this medium in the future are invited to contact us. Next issue is expected to be ready in May. Read!

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INDEVERSARY

INDEversary? That’s right! On 5th February 2015 we confirmed our presence to the public with a 4-day opening marathon. Everything was still dusty, half empty, cold and dark. But the Inde-year that passed, brought us enormously. In occupied rooms that we created, equipped and then used we have also created new relationships. Peer, friendship, love relationships. And that’s how and why we can prolong the opening marathon and celebrate it with a 5-day long 1st year inaugural!

On 4th February 2016 we will start remembering and reflecting upon what exactly we did in the year of the goat. (In any case, we often disturbed “Zagraščanska goat” when we were visiting her place to fetch the water.) We tried to fill the days with content that was otherwise lacking, what else! Let’s hope that the monkey will bring a lot of new and even better. Bless her with us this week and come to visit!

Thursday 4th February, 6pm

Presentation of the publication Počasnik
Opening of the exhibition “CPI – the time lost”
Animated films Animateka

Friday, 5th Februar, 6pm

Presentation of the ČKZ compendium on racism “Razrezani svet”
Skate document-ary: Coastal sk8&bmx scene
Zana (DJ set)
N’Toko (DJ set)
Čunfa (DJ set)

Saturday, 6th February, 9pm

SK8 movies: Listen to Srečna mladina & Conquered Joy
Concert: Grime
Svinjske tačke
FPZ Zborke

Sunday, 7th February, 6pm

“Consultative” Assembly
Dinner
Concert: Campo Krizi

Monday, 8th February, 6pm

Socializing
Short films by Karpo Godina (in collaboration with Association Kraken)

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WE HAD A BREAK-IN

When we arrived at Inde for the organizational meeting about INDEversary at 6 pm on Sunday, 31 January 2016, we soon found out that all was not as it should be because someone clearly broke into Inde that afternoon. The window in the toilet was demolished and broken, the closets and cupboards in other rooms were all open and it was obvious that someone was searching in a rush for something while not covering their traces. UP Inde premises got a violent guest visit from, we assume at least two of damn unwelcomed guests.

We know this much about what happened:

The previous day (Saturday) we closed and locked up the place at 3 am at night and went home. On Sunday early afternoon we went to Triest to join the protest against the ironworks of Škedenj, and for that we needed gas masks which were stored at Inde. We went to pick them up and at around 2.30 pm the place was unremarkable. When we returned from Triest we noticed the consequences of the burglary. After a thorough search we realized that the video projector that we borrowed from Pina was missing. In addition to that the burglars stole also a few drinks. The break in was executed between the hours of 2:30 pm and 6 pm. Since the toilet window is too small for one person to be carrying something with them while climbing out, we assume there were at least two burglars. One person alone also couldn’t carry the drinks with them.

We are outraged, angry and sad. The stolen projector served on Tuesday film evenings and for all other video projections at UP Inde. Nevertheless, the film evening on tomorrow’s Tuesday night will be carried out as usual. Despite this deplorable incident we promise that the preparations for the first anniversary will not be disturbed, and that this will not stop our creative spirit for more than a few minutes. Despite such a low blow, we remain here, and we resist! We urge anyone who knows anything about the event, or hears anything about a stolen video projector, to please contact us at: [email protected]

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Movement Restricted: The criminalization of movement

On 9 December 2015 a discussion about movement as a human right was held at the premises of The Creative Platform INDE as part of the series of events »Gibanje omejeno« (Movement Restricted). To begin with, Barbara Gornik, a young researcher and PhD student studying nationalism and interpretation of human rights talked about how the interpretation of human rights, being supposedly universal, may vary depending on local values. Gornik pointed out the French Revolution as the beginning of the creation of the concept of human rights, and stressed that at that time they were only applicable to upper middle class, the “simpler” classes being ignored.

The discussion quickly changed from theory to practice, which is vital to understand the criminalization of movement (of the right to movement). At this point spoke the members of the Anti-Racist Front Without Borders, an association of various collectives and individuals which was created as a direct response to the situation regarding the refugees. The front was put to life as a means to organize the protest that took place on 9 September in Ljubljana, and has thus continued its work towards raising awareness and political pressure in addition to also being engaged in helping and working at the border since the arrival of refugees. They were present in the field even before humanitarian organizations, and their way of working is quite different. In addition to food and clothing they also provide information, with great emphasis on personal contact with people who were coming along the Balkan route. These activities were made impossible when the government established a disciplined corridor of movement which – while restricting it – does not completely prevent movement. With the establishment of this system the segregation begun – people were categorized as economic migrants or refugees, i.e. first- or second-rate asylum seekers, which also led to different conflicts between them.

This opened up a discussion about the methods of segregation, which are being used on Slovenian borders – segregation on grounds of nationality and colors of skin. At this point the third guest, Tomaž Gregorc, who works for an Italian NGO which set up foundation for the so called dispersed accommodation, joined the discussion. This organization is helping asylum seekers by forcing institutions to assure the existing rights are being respected and by exerting pressure over policy-makers to legalize the protective rights that have not yet been put into Italian law. Tomaž has worked with people who have been granted status, but were later left by the institutions to fend for themselves. He highlighted the example of ten Sudanese and Somalis who were transferred from Malta to Maribor, Slovenia following the logic of ‘allocation of burden’ as part of the EUREMA study. These were people who already had a lawful status and life in Malta but they agreed to the move because they were promised a chance to apply for citizenship. Upon arrival, they were housed in the integration house and left to fend for themselves. Despite the fact that in theory this was a well-planned and well-financed project, it was poorly executed in practice. We can only imagine how integration of refugees will work when the EU members will start to “distribute” their quotas among themselves.

The debate highlighted a number of problems and presented different viewpoints and solutions. We talked about the first international refugee crisis after the end of the First World War when 80,000 Russians were granted passports which were valid in 50 different countries. It was assumed at that time that freedom of movement would lead them to a place where they would be accepted and where they would be able to help the community. It was agreed that the refugees and economic migrants should not only be seen as victims but as people who contribute to community. Some see them as a necessary link in the maintenance of the European economy which is at risk due to low population growth, others see them as innovative people who will have the opportunity to develop their potential, open businesses and jobs, and others still see them already as the courageous fellow combatants in trade union struggles for labor and other rights.

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TO HERE AND NOW!

Tonight, while some of us are counting hard earned pennies, others despair over the quality of their roast and the cut of their new outfit, but most of us share the ritual of counting the hours until midnight, the agreed time transition between today and tomorrow. Amidst all this noise of the world, we from the Creative Platform Inde Collective call out and thank ourselves and all of you for all the presence, support, solidarity, love and creativity that we have donated to each other in the past year. Let it be here and now! Viva!

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BLACK-WIRED SLOVENIA, comment

On Sunday, Dec 20th we attended one of the most pointless referendums in Slovenia’s history. It was not unreasonable for the topic it addressed. It was absurd because it was a second time around, because in March this year the parliament adopted the change of law by majority votes, and since there are currently a lot of other important things with which to deal, as we will soon feel sharp tightening of a wire around our necks. Above all, it was pointless because the marriage of homosexuals and their legal creating of families should no more be a question, and if it is, the answer can only be one – FOR! The result of Sunday’s referendum showed us a completely different image of the country’s mentality. The conservative mentality that oppresses minorities prevailed. Instead of letting some rainbow colors enter Slovenia, we filled the barb-wired frame with more blackness. In a little while we will need to cut our wrists to get a little color in this country, which is increasingly becoming similar to Tolkien’s Mordor.

Finally, let’s not forget the infamous confrontations at the national television. Those who were against argued their views with medieval bullshit. What about those who were arguing for? Did they sufficiently argue their positions?

Conus, UPInde

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Statement of support to Sokolc collective

We from C.P. Inde Collective are expressing solidarity with the collective from Sokolc, Novo Mesto who suffered an attack on their premises by the neo-Nazis last week. We condemn such acts and we stress that we must not have any tolerance for them. We must stand together and remind the public that such attacks are not just simple “vandalisms” but in fact attacks on ideas of equality, solidarity and self-organization that our collectives develop and apply in theory and practice. At the same time we must organize and be prepared for such events. It is becoming obvious that our society is increasingly getting more fascist every day. And we have to act against this now!

We need to stand by our comrades from Sokolc and show the fascist vermin that they outnumbered, and our numbers are still growing. Despite the dimness of reality, the future is ours!

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THE WIRE MUST FALL!

The collective C.P. Inde strongly protest against the installation of the razor-wire along the border with neighboring Croatia. We see this prime minister’s move as completely absurd and harmful. It is absurd and harmful to the people who are fleeing from war zones, where they have been victims of violence, poverty and persecution. It is absurd and harmful to the animals that die for no reason by wounds caused by razors when they become entangled in the wire, which prevents their natural no-borders moving around. And last but not least, it is absurd and harmful to all of us who live along the border, to all people who believe that the path to the future is towards a world without borders, not the world, surrounded by a killing wire.

We condemn the government of the Republic of Slovenia which shamefully exploits the spectacle of this so called refugee crisis to fill people with fear, which under the guise of “increasing security” stands as excuse for their all-present control over us all. Control has never increased security. Control only increases violence. Anyone who follows world events in recent decades can clearly detect and identify the strategies of spreading fear and simultaneously increasing degrees of control over people in some countries of Western Europe. All this is being done under the guise of increasing security. This agenda is being dilligently followed also by large and small dependent and biased media that create artificial hysteria and fear from this so called refugee crisis, which in reality does not exist. Rather, it is a humanitarian crisis from which the rich Europe, that has for centuries parasitically drew wealth from the countries which now refugees come from, would prefer to turn away. Would prefer to close its eyes, pretend not to see, set high walls, wire fences, all in order to avoid liability.

In fact, it is simple logic. We owe it to open the doors if we are human. Therefore, we repeat the questions that we as individuals and as a society have to ask ourselves when we think about current events. It is necessary to ask who is actually getting protection by the political, religious, capitalist and academic elites who foment the fear of migrants? Do they really protect us? Did the migrants legalize the crisis? Did the refugees introduce the golden fiscal rule, which snatched from us what little constitutive power that we had? Do really the migrants, foreigners and others control, restrict, sanction and bang on our pockets? Of course not!

In fact, this is probably one of the most progressive and empowered human movements in recent decades. People who are coming may very well be coming to us to help us. If we just realized that we are together in the same boat. That we can help ourselves only with solidarity and joint resistance against fascist repressive measures, such as the installment of razor-wire and closure of borders.

The collective C.P. Inde strongly protest against the militarization resulting in the installment of the razor-wire. We do not want to be surrounded by a wire that makes us all prisoners – both before and beyond the wire. Militarization is a dangerous process that – history has taught us – leads to a fascist totalitarian state. Militarization is dangerous because in addition to legality it also codifies the legitimacy of violence. Today, this violence is directed against newcomers, migrants, refugees. Tomorrow it will may easily be directed against all those who are fighting for freedom – it will be enough to be declared as “dangerous to security”.

In the present humanitarian crisis Europe has for the first time shown its true face. Schengen has clearly demonstrated its state of decay. Schengen borders protect only the capital. The dreadfullness of the system in which tomatoes and capital more easily cross borders than human beings has become totally clear.

The collective C.P. Inde is therefore calling for civil disobedience. Let’s join the protest against the wire, which will be held on Saturday, 12.19. at 11 am in Brezovica near Gradin and at 2 pm, in Dragonja. Remove the killer wire, if you can, where you can, when you’re able to. If you can not, demand the immediate removal! We will not be quiet until the last piece of the wire is removed and the last razorblade safely harvested and converted into something friendlier to living beings.

The Creative Platform Inde Collective

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Demonstration for peace and a different Europe

On 10th December 2015 a demonstration for peace and a different Europe took place in Ljubljana. The rally was attended by over a thousand people from different initiatives and collectives and different backgrounds. Park Zvezda was the point where the crowd began to gather. Officially, the demonstration began at 5 PM. A group of people first began to march from park Zvezda towards the government of the Republic of Slovenia. On their way they were joined by the anarchist group with torches and red&black flags. In front of the government building a few individuals talked over the loudspeaker and expressed their disagreement with government policies, especially with the installment of the barbed wire. The march continued towards the parliament. The final point of the rally was RTV Slovenia, which received loud criticism for their racist reporting on the refugee crisis. Spontaneous action was carried out by a masked anarchist group before the Bank of Slovenia. Given the current situation in the country an overdose of apathy was observed. More than a thousand people gathered, but nevertheless the atmosphere was not as fervent as during the period of uprisings.

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