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KotorAPSS with Numen/For Use TEMPORARY
July 15 - 22


Is it a pop-up, a folie, an installation? Does it have a function? What is it made of? Does it challenge technology? What is the methodology? How long will it stay?

After our Re-Use series in KotorAPSS, we continue our journey with the topic of TEMPORARY in architecture. Inside the city walls of UNESCO site and within the vicinity of Old Austrian Prison - the mothership of KotorAPSS we have decided to break up with the permanence and talk about its significance in architecture.

Temporary structures might be designed to disappear shortly, might have to be set-up quickly and just host an event but they do become part of the public space, part of community. They should challenge new ideas, test new possibilities and new approach to public space use, embrace the environment and adapt to the surrounding.

With this topic, we want to experiment and test new scenarios in our city. We want to challenge interaction and see another face of our public space. In the first year of TEMPORARY we have invited Numen/For Use and decided to start with an action and actually create a piece of temporality in architecture.

You are invited to join us for a weeklong workshop lead by Numen/For Use and KotorAPSS and help us create and build the TEMPORARY.  

If you are an architect, artist, a student of architecture, design or art, please send: 
•    Your portfolio in .pdf format, up to 8MB. 
•    A motivation letter addressing the topic of TEMPORARY in architecture 
     * a motivation letter should have up to 500-1000 words with about 200 words on the topic Temporary in architecture. 
     * official language is English and Montenegrin

Send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Deadline:  May 10

*The workshop is free of charge for selected participants and that includes accommodation in Old town Kotor.

The list of participants will be published by May 15




Numen/For Use is a collective working in the fields of conceptual art, scenography, industrial and spatial design.
The group first formed in 1998 as a collaborative effort of industrial designers Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljković under the banner For Use.

In 1999 they establish Numen as a collective identity covering all projects actualized outside the sphere of industrial design.
The group's early enterprises are characterized by experiments with impersonal design and radical formal reduction, deeply rooted in the tradition of high modernism and mainly applied to various synergetic total-design projects in Croatia.

From 2004 onwards, after setting up a large scale site-specific project for the production of “Inferno” in the National Centre for Drama in Madrid, Numen/ For Use become intensely involved with scenography. Further realizations in theatres across Europe ensue.

Since 2008 the collective turns its focus towards configuring objects and concepts without a predefined function, an activity resulting in the more hybrid and experimental works such as the N-Light series and Tape Installation.
Parallel to these publicly exposed ventures, the group wins several international awards for their accomplishments in the field of industrial and set design.

Dijana Vučinić, KotorAPSS Founder and Project Director

Dijana Vucinic is the founder of KotorAPSS Architectural Prison Summer School in Kotor, Montenegro. KotorAPSS has been investigating mechanisms that could redefine the relationship between architecture and the city in Montenegrin coastal cities and improve urban setting by redefining the approach to urban planning and design. KotorAPSS is imagined as a platform for education and further research and development of urban structure in these cities and it has been gathering architects and students from all over the world. For her work she has received several awards. Vučinić is also one of the curatorsof the exhibition “Treasures in Disguise”- Montenegro Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2014 that has been recognized as very successful in Venice and has initiated development of abandoned structures in Montenegrin cities. She teaches at the University of Donja Gorica and has been a guest lecturer at several other Universities and symposiums in Montenegro and abroad. She has been involved in many research projects for Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism in government of Montenegro. She is also the Head of the Department for Development Projects in Urbanism and Architecture at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism where she manages a young and enthusiastic team working on portfolio that includes projects from architectural competitions to development on cultural heritage and other emerging projects in architecture and urbanism. She is a commissioner for Project Solana – Montenegro pavilion at 15th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Vučinićis a practicing architect, founder of an interdisciplinary architectural practice DVARP, with projects that range from urban design to hotels, residential buildings and theater stage design and research. Her work is based on research of urban condition in the developing touristic areas on Montenegrin coast and in the mountains.

Anastasios Telios - Greece

Anastasios Tellios was born in Berlin, Germany. He studied architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Dip. Arch. AUTh) and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London (M.Arch Dist. UCL). He holds a PhD at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (PhD AUTh) in the scientific area of architectural design and the related theories. His PhD research was focused in issues concerning architecture, theory and criticism, image and representation. His academic interests are related to architecture and urban design, and the respective hermeneutic theories. His recent focus is placed on advanced architectural design and design research.

Since 2008 he is Assistant Professor and now Associate Professor of Architectural Design: Theory and Practice at School of Architecture, AUTh, Thessaloniki. He is participating in projects, research programs and international architectural competitions in the areas of architectural and urban design. He has participated in numerous conferences, workshops in Greece and abroad and in research and funded programs concerning architecture, urban design and architectural education.

He is an active architect located in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is co-founder, together with Despoina Zavraka, of architectural office ‘TTDZ Architects’. He has been involved in various projects and international competitions. He is lecturing in Greece and abroad. His work, both theoretical and practical, as an architect and educator, has been published and exhibited in Greece and internationally.

James Taylor-Foster - UK

James Taylor-Foster is a writer, curator, and architectural designer. He is the European Editor-at-Large at ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture platform, and an Editor of LOBBY Magazine (The Bartlett, UCL). While he almost co-curated the British Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (La Biennale di Venezia), he actually co-curated the Nordic Pavilion alongside David Basulto (In Therapy) in 2016. He is a regular contributor to Monocle 24 radio, broadcast out of London, and is a Guest Critic at the University of Cambridge, The Bartlett (UK), the AA (UK), IUAV (IT), TU Delft and The Berlage (NL). He writes regularly for a number of magazines and journals on architecture, culture, cities, and technology.




After seven months of preparations and eight days of actual workshop in Old prison 26 students have produced installations that have invited public to step inside, explore and imagine different scenarios in some hidden spaces of Old town Kotor.

Old prison is important not only as a place of origin of the summer school and an extremely interesting and powerful abandoned building but also as a potential public space that has been neglected and closed off for many years before KotorAPSS has stepped inside in 2011. Kotor is a UNESCO town, also very popular destination for cruisers as many other Mediterranean UNESCO sites. These tourists come for a very short time, just a daily visit, and they march through the city barely getting to know it. This has been one of the triggers for KotorAPSS2017 that has proposed temporary interventions in hidden public spaces in order to test the importance and relevance of a contemporary program and contemporary culture as another layer to the existing scenography of the city not only for visitors but for locals as well.

While dealing with these and other issues related to the city space, especially derelict locations, KotorAPSS puts informal education of students, young architects, designers and artists in the spotlight. This type of program and intervention gives them an opportunity to create their own work in certain scale appropriate for a week of work. It also gives them an opportunity to reflect on the city, the prison, the spaces and atmospheres found there and more importantly to work with inspiring and challenging material and with experienced mentors. This time the material was a rope, produced locally, that also in many ways reflects on the heritage of the city and wider region of Boka bay.

The students have been working under the mentorship of Nikola Radeljković of Numen / For Use, a designer himself with an amazing experience in temporary structures with inovative methodology and interesting materials.

The work has been done in groups that explored the spaces, the material and the methodology and technology behind it and came up with six different works that lead visitors through the prison back to outdoor, hidden side courtyards caught between the church and the prison and up to a garden beneath the dramatic landscape above the Old city of Kotor.




Broken Light (by Sonja Jankov, Đina Prnjat, Nemanja Mitrović, Janž Omerzu)
150 lines of the rope project the bars of 6 prison-cell windows onto the wall they are facing. From each window, there are 25 lines coming from each window connecting outside into a single spot and in this way joining otherwise isolated prison cells. The geometry of the installation is sharp and precise in contrast to the surrounding ruined space and the greenery. These lines symbolize the beams of light and thoughts from the cells as they extend and interconnect these six spaces into the outer space but not for long as they find the wall just outside.

Stair Strike (Sara Simoska, Agata Skorka, Nikola Abramović)
The intervention measures and experiments with the different views while moving up through the stairs. It freezes the interaction between the human and the complex space of the staircase. Leading to the hidden garden behind the prison, it introduces the spaces throughout the building.

AGORA (Georgios Grigoriadis, Vasilis Aloutsanidis, Dimitrios Chatzinikolis)
The concept of Agora is based on the analysis of the inner structure hierarchy and the process of the fabrication of the rope, resulting with an eight yarns structure. It starts with the woven eight-yarn rope and the knots are gradually expanding as they move away from the anchor point. The big rope opens up to form the space provoking and marking the general assembly - the agora. A place of congregation, gathering place or an assembly; central public space in ancient Greek city-states.

How deep is your love (Chi Chun Tang)
A single rope represents a single person, every single prisoner. The twisting of a single rope results in an amorphous mass, a brain of the prisoner, his distorted. But it also can be a sea creature, floating in the sea or a plant, rooted in the prison.

Corona (Ana Aleksić, Bojana Bobičić, Gosia Pawłowska, Snežana Zlatković , Miloš Đikanović, Andrew Scheinman, Dejan Todorović)
There is one work stuck between the prison and the church of St. Paul. Starting from the ancient well, the existing central cylindrical element in the space, different directional planes are constructed line by line by combination of a multitude of points that become crucial elements of the entire radial composition.

Oculus (Sabina Marov, Aiste Ambrazeviciute, Luka Ljumović)

"It has been inspired by an endless flow of triangular geometry within a defined space. The micro-location of the structure (small courtyard against the side-wall of the prison with high walls surrounding it) is hardly definable while the rope structure that drowns into this space appears as a contrast. The linear matrix of the installation dominates the vertical opening. Viewer is invited to approach the structure in vertical directions from two points: street level and the upper level – prison’s terrace."

Scope (Ines Pajović, Kristina Savić, Lina Viluma, Luka Ljumović, Miljena Vučković, Sherief Al Rifai)

"Scope focuses on the spatial relationship between the inside of the prison walls and the spaces that define the outside. Despite their proximity, “the outside” remains a distant longing, exacerbated by the permanence of the steel bars that veil the window openings, and the physical dimensions of the fenestrations that restrict views to the Kotor sky. Observing the linearity of internal perspectives within the prison, particularly the walled views out of the cell windows, Scope aims to allude to an expression of freedom by bending the perspective of the prisoners view towards the sky."