Zoran Poposki, 1000 Alexandras (A Monument), 2011, public projection on giant LED screen, no audio, 1:00 minute.
Made up of randomly chosen female names found on social networks of current citizens of Skopje named Alexandra, 1000 Alexandras is conceived as a multimedia monument to all women of the same name currently living in the city. Questioning cultural and material values, conventions and authorities, Poposki's public art projects celebrate the importance of the ordinary and the overlooked in his tactical use of instruments of historic memory creation/glorification. Continually calling for a celebration of the present, of the creative power of the everyday and the multitude, their aim is to create a new urban alphabet of the topographic, political and affective idiosyncrasies of public spaces in the city.
Commissioned for the 2011 Skopje Summer Art Festival as a public projection onto the newly-erected 33-meter-high bronze statue of Alexander the Great in the city's central square, the project was ultimately not realized due to a denial of permit by the municipal authorities. The project was subsequently converted into a video for a 140m2 video billboard located in the main square of the city overlooking the statue but it was again not realized due to a last-minute cancellation from the company operating the video billboard.
Zoran Poposki's 1000 Alexandras, a digital monument to the multitude, is included in the AUP archive. Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) is a project of e-flux in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery in London devised by Julieta Aranda, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones and Anton Vidokle. AUP identity is designed by Liam Gillick.
2012 Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Canada.