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CITISM (former Zipp-Coded)

What is Citism?

The name is a neologism from the combination of the word City + ism. The city is understood as a “common denominator” – the collective concern of everyone involved in the projects; –ism with its context from art history is a proposition for yet another hypothetical art movement. Action and mobility within the city is what Citism aims to accomplish. Citism does not deal with history but with the current circumstantial evidence of authenticity and mythology in the contemporary urban codes.

The project finds its greatest motivation in the urban living, the transformations of the city and the people within, suggesting itself as a concept that modifies the space in order to outline and recreate an urban environment. Citism as a proposition is best expressed in a shape of conceptual exhibition that unveils the urban codes through three main segments: sound, visual and spatial mechanisms. Over time, Citism becomes analyzed by the “new space” created between the proposed artworks within the exhibition, creating an atmosphere as a by-product of a long-term collaboration between two curators and three artists (with one artist also performing as a curator). The works emerged from the collaborative function of the three autonomous, yet inseparable components of a new unified whole, fully complete when ideas are in tune with each other.

Citism is peace at home.
Citism is mayhem of the streets.
Citism is architecture that blocks general perspective.
Citism distorts reality.
Citism is extended sound.
Citism is image created by sound.
Citism is exposure to the decaying influence of rain, sun, snow, age …
Citism is never the same; it grows, it expands along the experience of those who created it; - existing on the streets and walls of that which we knew as a place.


1. Citism is an art project.
1.1 Citism started in the summer of 2005 as a part of a curatorial workshop conducted by Basak Senova from Istanbul. What seemed as an exercise developed itself as an artistic practice.
1.2 The idea has started with the recognition of the problems concerning urbanity and the urban culture.
1.3 It was developed by a group of young people with the aspiration for creating a contemporary art project for the city.

2. “What is the case, the fact, is the existence of atomic facts.”
2.1 By mapping the characteristics of the city, we tried to discover the codes of the urban language.
2.2 Except by its Zip Code, the City is recognized by a different code: the cultural one. It is dynamic ... it is the left over, the mass-mixing, the boiling-crowd, the cultural-
Exchange one of an active place.
2.3 Citism is an effort to detect the typical Code of the City which may provide an opportunity to represent this code in an artistic form.
2.4 Citism provides a different context for the city, by taking place in the gallery space. Through the displacement of the atmosphere, it emphasizes the existence of the small things which are particular for urbanity. Yet such small things can be, recognized as the Code of the City.

3. “The logical picture of the facts is the thought.”
3.1 The idea is to depict an abstract representation of the City: by sound, visual, and by the City it self, as a living space.
3.2 The first step (fact) of Citism is an exhibition (the concept).
3.3 The exhibition does not include only the gallery space, but it also occupies the public space around the gallery.
3.4 The exhibition consists of three parts (facts) of the urbanity.
3.5 Boris Petrovski’s distorted images represent the first part.
3.5.1 The vague images on the metal sheets are corresponding with the illusion of the distortion that we are receiving from the motion of the city.
3.6 Second part is regarding the sound of the city.
3.6.1 Antonio Dimitrov’s manipulated loud sound indicates the interactive occasions of the City.
3.7 Third part is the visual one.
3.7.1 Neda Firfova’s works amplify the urban glimpse of the whole exhibition.

4. The objective of Citism is to develop an artistic practice, which will constantly re-discover the urban code and urbanity, through various types of projects.

5. “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
5.1 Whereof you can’t speak about Citism, thereof you must be silent.
5.1.1 Whereof you can speak about Citism, thereof you must speak up.








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