EVROVIZION, Crossing Novi Sad: VKS (Vokalno-kustoski sindrom), “There is no such thing as a free lunch”, 26 November 2021–27 February 2022

VKS (Vokalno-kustoski sindrom)’s performance “There is no such thing as a free lunch” was shown as part of the Pickle Bar installation co-curated by former resident Teodora Jeremić within the framework of the EVROVIZION project in Novi Sad. In a manner all their own, VKS employed a performative culinary tutorial that drew on the fermentation process to highlight the repetitiveness, banality, and humorously bizarre character of bureaucracy and everyday life in regions that are themselves in a state of permanent transformation. VKS issued the following invitation to its audience: “We will integrate your wishes, implement your thought processes, open up new clusters, and draw out the most important aspects from your subconscious. We will juxtapose the principles of acidification and pH-neutralisation so that we can arrive at the best solution for our purposes. Where do you feel better: in a pickle jar or in a white cabbage salad? Let us find out together!”

VKS (Vokalno-kustoski sindrom) is a post-curatorial formation comprising Senka Latinović and Vladimir Bjeličić. With its strategy focusing on active criticism, VKS strives to rethink curatorial practice by viewing it through a lens of class and gender while accounting for ethical and aesthetic principles within both a local and a global context. Deploying the performative methods of appropriation, manipulation, and humour, the duo works to present different forms of social behaviour that are in a constant state of flux, expressing the absurdity of everyday life.

VKS’ (Vokalno-kustoski sindrom)  performance, “There is no such thing as a free lunch”, will take place on 26 February 2022, 7 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina.  The event is part of the ifa touring exhibition EVROVIZION. CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES.