Crossing Novi Sad: VKS (Vokalno-kustoski sindrom), “There is no such thing as a free lunch”, performance

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. 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.

Co-curated with Teodora Jeremić former resident at Slavs and Tatars’ studio spported by ifa. The event was realised in the framework of the exhibition EVROVIZION.CROSSING NOVI SAD