From Nowhere to Noplace, Pioneer Railway
17. June to 26. July 2020,
Exhibition in the Historical Atrium of the City Hall, Ljubljana
Nonument Group is inviting you to view to exhibition in their company on Wednesday, 17th June from 19.00 to 22.00.
Opening of the exhibition From Nowhere to No Place will take place on Wednesday 17th July between 19.00 and 22.00.
The all but forgotten Pioneer Railway was a narrow-gauge railway running between Ljubljana districts of Vič and Podutik from 1948 to 1954. It was managed by children. In 2019, the Nonument Group performed a collective sound walk on the site of the former railway. A year later, Nonument Group presents an exhibition about the forgotten railway through film, archive and a spatial intervention.
“If you took the railway, you ended up in nothing, you couldn’t do anything there. Well, you could sit in the waiting room, there were benches there. Or you took a walk on the field,” remembers one of the pioneers.
The railway started outside of the city, half an hour of walk from the nearest tram station.
It led from a meadow to a field.
Railcars were equipped with especially large windows,
as if to allow the passengers to look out into the spectre of the future.
The railway was built for the journey.
At the end of the railway, a No Place awaited the passengers.
For the Pioneers and passenger, the railway was The Place.
The exhibition in the Historical Atrium of the City Hall, Ljubljana, will be open until 26th July 2020.
Opening time: every day from 8.00 to 22.00.
Film will be screened every day between 17.00 and 22.00.
The exhibition will be accompanied by:
- Guided tours of the exhibition during the Museum Night on Saturday, 20th June 2020, at 18.00 and 20.00. Guided tours will be limited to 25 people per tour. On this day, the City Hall will be opened until 23.00.
- The soundwalk along the former railway tracks will be available throughout the duration of the exhibition. Starting point of the soundwalk is the parking lot at the Biotechnical Faculty. More information about the soundwalk will be available at the Historical Atrium od the City Hall and on the facebook event page.
More information and photographs:
Neja Tomšič, tel. +386 40 239 207
The Pioneer Railway was a children’s railway that operated between 1948 and
1954 in Ljubljana. It was inspired by Soviet models of narrow-gauge railways
built and managed by children-pioneers. These railways were envisioned as a
peculiar kind of extracurricular institutions: children performed all the
professions under the supervision of adult railway workers. Said to be going
from nowhere to no place’, Ljubljana’s Pioneer railway was soon dismantled
because it was said to be unsustainable.
In 2019, the Nonument Group performed a collective sound walk on the former
tracks that are now a bicycle lane. A year later, both the 1948-54 and the 2019
Pioneer Railways meet in the atrium of the Historical atrium of Ljubljana’s City
hall in a sustained dialogue.
Nonument Group is an international multidisciplinary art collective. Nonument
Group’s research and artistic production address questions of memory,
representation, semantics and other aspects of overlooked, abandoned,
neglected and forgotten urban and public spaces. Working with institutional
partners and individual researchers, the Group’s research and artistic
production addresses questions of memory, representation, semantics and
other aspects of monumentalism in relation to the perception of public space
and its role in everyday life.
The term nonument denotes 20th century architectures, public spaces and
monuments that have undergone a process of transformation within which they
have acquired a new meaning. They are often hidden, abandoned, unwanted or
The index of 120 nonuments, the nonument database, is an archive of
the ongoing multidisciplinary research into 20th century built spaces that have
undergone a shift in meaning. Rather than a gloried collection of obscurities
and architectural styles, the database hopes to become a tool for increased
understanding of the impact of societal changes upon the uses of public space,
the way we comprehend space and architecture, and the role spatial
planning strategies play in the creation of dominant narratives.