About the project
Belgrade (Serbia), Rijeka (Croatia) and Trbovlje (Slovenia) with their diversity of economic, cultural and scientific layers, represent the backbone of the modern story of the industrial heritage of the region. Through the language of art and in conjunction with scientific research and new media and technology, the FASIH project seeks to connect, with the use of innovative digital tools, modern models of revaluation and revitalization of the industrial heritage of these three cities with the themes of sustainability, environmental protection and accelerated technological development.
During the period 2023-2025, the six partner organizations from three countries of the region will collaborate in interdisciplinary artistic-scientific research of industrial and cultural heritage through the discovery, research and evaluation of those architectural achievements and immaterial processes that have marked the modern history of the three cities.
"The project focuses on industrial heritage as one of the important segments of scientific, technological and social relations, but also as a symbol of modernism and progress. In an interdisciplinary context, limited geographically to our region and chronologically to the period of the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century, the project partners will try to develop a unique methodology aimed at transposing the industrial heritage, and discovering and displaying hidden, buried or lost layers and contents" - Dobrivoje Lale Erić, the coordinator of the FASIH project.
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During two and half years of the duration of the project, this regional cooperation will produce:
- Its learning methodology for researching the industrial heritage.
- Two reports – one about the current state of industrial heritage in three cities, and another one about scientific achievements and sustainability.
- A series of training and workshops – pilot creative workshop at the Speculum Artium festival in Trbovlje, and two training in each city.
- Nine interdisciplinary productions: CPN, DDT, APURI and MNT will produce two each, and one joint production by NHMR and UNIRI.
- Three exhibitions – one in each of the three cities during the first half of 2025.
- Catalogues of exhibitions and productions.
- Final conference in Rijeka in mid 2025.
In this section you can download FASIH materials by clicking on the title. First materials for download will be available in July 2023.
Industrial heritage of the region
Beograd – Termoelektrana "Power and Light"
The Power and Light Power Plant complex was built between 1930 and 1932 on the right bank of the Danube River. The location was chosen primarily because of the large amount of water necessary for the cooling process and the possibility of transporting coal by water. Its construction was entrusted to the Swiss Society for Electrification and Traffic from Basel, which in 1929 received a concession for the supply of electricity in Belgrade for a period of 25 years. At the time it was built, it was the largest building of this kind in Belgrade. The architecture of the building, as well as the entire complex, reflects modernist concepts, current in the European construction practice of the interwar period. With the construction of the Power and Light Power Plant, a low-voltage distribution network for AC power supply was put into use for the first time. As the largest facility of its kind in Belgrade between the two world wars, its role was crucial for the formation of the city's electric power system and contributed to its significant improvement. Due to its cultural-historical and architectural-urbanistic values, it has an important place in the economic, technical, social and architectural past of Belgrade.
Rijeka – Paper Factory "Hartera"
The industrial heritage of Rijeka is the greatest legacy of the period of the Habsburg Monarchy and Austria-Hungary, whose Rijeka was an integral part from 1868 to 1918. The Hartera Paper Factory is the subject of research and artistic interpretation within the FASIH project due to its architectural, technical and scientific, but also massive production contribution during its operation. The operation and production functioning of Hartera lasted continuously from 1821 until 2005 when it went into bankruptcy. The current condition of the Hartera Paper Factory is extremely bad: Rijeka's example of industrial heritage, therefore, puts in the center of the research an example of an industrial architectural point that needs urgent intervention. The technical and scientific achievements of the complex are manifold, from the water mill drive to the aqueduct system for flood prevention. The complex expands and expands over time, which at the same time presupposes the potential of treating several separate halls as individual architectural achievements with adequate historical and artistic evaluation and valorisation. The complex is located in a canyon, along the Rječina River, existing within a natural environment, which is the main research area of the Natural History Museum.
Trbovlje – Thermal Power Plant "Trbovlje"
Because of the mine, electricity came to Trbovlje much earlier than in similarly large or even larger towns. The surplus energy of the mining power plant, which was originally located in the Trbovlje valley itself, was used early on for street lighting. Being so, Trbovlje was lit with electricity even before Ljubljana. A larger power plant was built during First World War along the Sava, next to the new mine separation plant, and an even more powerful new block, called TET2, was added in the 1970s. This power plant initially had only 70-meter chimney, that failed to remove smoke and soot from the valley, so it was replaced with a 360-meter-high chimney, the tallest building in Slovenia and the tallest chimney in Europe. The chimney still stands today (power plant was closed in 2015) and represents one of the most monumental symbols of the industrial age in the region.
The Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN) is a public institution, founded in 2010 by the Ministry of Science of Serbia with the task of promoting science and technology. CPN implements programs and activities working with research and educational institutions in Serbia and around the world, and closely cooperates with state ministries, media and the private sector. CPN's mission is to bridge the gap between science and society by bringing together all relevant actors and the general public in the process of research and innovation. CPN strives to integrate society into research processes, with an insight into the needs of citizens, so it can adequately address social challenges.
The Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN) is the leading organisation of the FASIH project, responsible for comprehensive coordination of activities during the two and a half years of the project. The Center also manages communication and dissemination, ensuring the visibility of project activities, methodology and results. The CPN will also develop two art+science productions that will be shown within the final FASIH exhibition.
The Museum of Science and Technology (MNT) is a state cultural institution dedicated to the preservation of technical cultural goods. Museum collects, explores, protects and presents to the public scientific and technical cultural goods with the aim of raising scientific and technical culture, popularising science and modern scientific achievements. The development strategy of the Museum, as the parent institution for the protection of the scientific and technical heritage of Serbia, is based on the "museum scattered around the country" model.
Within the FASIH project, the Museum of Science and Technology leads work package two, which deals with the research part of the project – preparation of the theoretical basis, project methodology and orientation towards the creation of educational modules. The museum will deal with the research of existing materials and studies on industrial heritage in three cities, the selection of objects and contents and their contextualisation. The Museum will also develop two art+science productions that will be shown within the final FASIH exhibition which will be held at the Museum.
The Workers Cultural Home Trbovlje (DDT) is the main cultural institution in the municipality of Trbovlje, Slovenia. It is one of the leading institutions in the field of new media culture in Slovenia and regularly collaborates with artists, scientists and institutions around the world. The main event of the year organised by DDT is the Speculum Artium international festival of new media culture, first held in 2008. Speculum Artium, prvi put održan 2008. godine.
As part of the FASIH project, DDT leads work package three, which deals with the preparation of educational training methodology and modules, based on research from the previous phase of the project. DDT is preparing a pilot training for all project partners and selected external collaborators, as well as a framework for local training workshops in three cities with a wider circle of experts and participants, based on co-creation and joint practices of art and science. The DDT will also develop two art+science productions that will be shown within the final FASIH exhibition which will be held at the Delavski dom.
The Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka (APURI) is an artistic and educational institution that deals with the development of artistic skills in the field of applied arts, design, art pedagogy and performing arts. Guided by high artistic and professional principles, students are provided with a quality education for taking on responsible, independent, professional, critical and self-critical actions with the aim of the general progress of the social community.
Within the FASIH project, the Academy of Applied Arts manages work package four, which deals with the development and production of works of art (three in Rijeka, four in Belgrade and two in Trbovlje). APURI will deal with the use of different technological solutions (virtual and digital in conjunction with physical works) for the development of relevant art projects based on an open call - selection of artists, exchange and cooperation between partners.
The University of Rijeka (UNIRI), with a total of 16 faculties, is a research and scientific-educational university with responsibility for the social and economic development of the community, the city of Rijeka and the region. UNIRI is developing a system of lifelong education that aims to ensure the rapid diffusion of ideas and innovations. The University of Rijeka is active in designing and implementing activities aimed at popularising science and participates in numerous events bringing science, scientific work and scientific methods closer to citizens, primarily children and young people.
As part of the FASIH project, the University of Rijeka plays a significant role in the research within work package two, investigating scientific and environmental aspects of industrial heritage. In addition, they will create a joint artistic production with their partners. UNIRI will also host the final event of the project in Rijeka in June 2025.
The Natural History Museum Rijeka (NHMR) is a regional natural history museum, founded in 1945, whose core activity is research, collection, systematisation into collections and permanent preservation of natural heritage items of the wider region. The museum currently cares for more than 90,000 museum objects, among which are extremely valuable specimens with new species of fossils, plants and animals, described for the first time. The museum pays great attention when it comes to working and communicating with the public, along with a rich educational program. Since 2014, the Museum has also been operating in the Zrinski Castle in Brod na Kupi.
Within the FASIH project, The Museum plays a significant role in the research within work package two, investigating scientific and environmental aspects of industrial heritage. In addition, they will create a joint artistic production with partners and participate in other activities of the project.
EU programme Creative Europe invests in actions that reinforce cultural diversity and respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors. The main objectives of the programme are to: safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage; increase the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector. The novelties of the programme will contribute to the recovery of these sectors, reinforcing their efforts to become more inclusive, more digital and environmentally more sustainable.
This project has been co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme under grant agreement No 101100036. Views and opinions expressed on this page are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) can be held responsible for them.