The premiere of the "Black Book" by Borut Šeparović in the co-production of ZKM and Montažstroja will be Friday, 11. March 2016. in 20 hours on the scene of Istria.
The art team consists of: author of the text and director: Borut Šeparović; dramaturge: Nataša Mihoci and Borut Šeparović; authors of songs: Montažstroj - Konrad Mulvaj, Ante Perković and Borut Šeparović; screenplay: Borut Šeparović; costume designer: Doris Kristić
Light shaping: Aleksandar Čavlek
Assistant Director and Designator of the Scenes Movement: Nataša Mihoci
"At the beginning of 21. century in Croatia, the Franak Association has published a Black Book, gathering 99 testimonies of the consequences of the debt crisis on the daily life of debtors. The Black Book carries a dedication - "to us and to them". As a result, this "us" probably referred to the debtors themselves, who were then due to the large jump of the Swiss frank 2011. overnight they became more obliged than they were when they raised their loans. Members of the Association Franak then fought the ranks for the fight that will in the history be recorded as the first collective lawsuit of citizens against banks in Croatia. These "positives" were probably related to highly-positioned state officials and to members of the banking sector, especially to managers and bank shareholders, who took advantage of the market opportunity to place risky loans to citizens, without even taking into conscience the idea of a balloon of economic optimism and growth may burst momentarily.
At the beginning of 21. century in Croatia, one bank launched a marketing campaign on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of its activity. She opened a time vault and invited citizens to store them with them dear items. These items will be kept for a hundred years and will be handed over to future generations of 2114. years. The time vault is stored at the second level below the main city square of the Croatian metropolis, protected by electronic and mechanical protection, double lock, video surveillance, earthquake alarm, water and fire. It seems that the weather capsule of these banks can withstand those of the happiest apocalyptic scenarios of the future we are watching in the movies. "For a hundred years everything must look like today," said representatives of the bank 2014. year, encouraging citizens to store their "emotional deposits" in the weather capsule.
Members of the Franak Association have decided to store the Black Book in a time deposit bank to make this media act impossible for the bank's plan to restore citizen confidence, lost confidence due to the first major economic crisis since the beginning of 21. century. Under the Black Book, debtors also filed an unlawful judgment of a court trial against commercial banks in Croatia, in order to continue public intercession for the final settlement of the debt problem of that population. At that point both banks and debtors confirmed the common belief - the world will look as old as one hundred years ago. The banks will continue to be there, and one bank in Croatia will celebrate two hundred years of business and will open a time capsule full of some old memories on that occasion to prove that it is worth our trust! Not only did it save our money but also the objects we value in a different way, by which we attribute symbolic or emotional value to unimpaired money.
The bank's marketing campaign and the debtor's response to the campaign summarize the essence of debts - debts link our future to the present, creating with the conviction that the future will look just as it looks today, because only this coincidence can enable a neat payment of long-term loans. Even when we find ourselves in trouble when debiting debts, it is unquestionable that they have to return or settle for some other values that the debtor has in return to restore what we have borrowed from the future to confirm the relationships of power expressed in "us and us" ".
The play The Black Book was created in an attempt to question the dogma that our future must look just as our present appearance looks like. This question does not arise from mere desires or fantasies about utopias ... It derives from the fact that the future can not and will not look the same as the present. Especially because the relationships of domination and exploitation from human relationships are being mapped to relations against our common home planet. The economy that works for the benefit of the minorities, and at the expense of the majority, the economy that connects the future to the present, preventing change - the debt economy - in this context becomes a danger to all and even to its advocates.
The play The Black Book treats theatrical stage as a space for joint articulation of debt crisis issues that are present daily in our reality. The Black Book uses this debt crisis as just one example of debt crises that are happening or just taking place in the world. On the whole, the Black Book is trying to hide the system in which we live on its basic premises seized with the idea that each individual is his own entrepreneur, even in the realization of basic living needs, that every unsuccessful individual is guilty of his own destiny, that we are all in his debt just as we dream or die alone ...
The Black Book performances discard the ability to give the viewer a catharsis. Not only because it is a documentary that shows more unresolved events in reality than similar events could be repeated in the form of new economic (and other) crises in our near future. The Black Book is open to ideas that do not necessarily fit into the dominant political and economic paradigm of neoliberal capitalism. If the inexhaustible financial debts, amongst other things, prevent us from seeing the future different from the present, then it is important to remember that we owe ourselves to more than devastated human lives and fate as described in the Black Book ", they wrote about the play" Black book "by Nataša Mihoci and Borut Šeparović.
In the play: Hrvojka Begović, Katarina Bistrović Darvaš, Danijel Ljuboja, Pjer Meničanin, Krešimir Mikić, Rakan Rushaidat, Lucija Šerbedžija, Vedran Živolić, Konrad Mulvaj and Ante Perković