We focus on student life in relation with following topics: the everyday student life, campus-related life, cultural habits and free time, interpersonal relations, gender relations, socio-political engagement of students, in the time range from the end of the Second World War until contemporary days on the European level.


Our methodology is based on four steps:


  • Collecting and archiving. Archiving will include the process of collecting and digitalization of photographic material on student life and recording oral history interviews in every country participating in the project. The editors of digital archives will be student campus residents, with one editor from each country. Oral histories will be recorded and archived in form of conversation with former and present residents of student campuses. Archiving of photographs and recording interviews on the collaborative digital platform Topotheque ( and on the official project web-site will be launched in all four countries participating in the project.


  • Establishing of Artist in Residence programs on campuses . Art residence programme will take place in student campuses in Podgorica, Belgrade, Rijeka and Madrid. One artist from each partner country will take part in art residences, which will be followed by exhibitions and public debate programmes. ‘They: Live‘ project will in that manner provide young artists having no previous international experience, interested in various aspects of student life in their respective countries, with an opportunity to take part in art residencies in student campuses. Young curators involved in visual art, along with artists selected through an open call, will also take part in the project and attend the summer school on contextual and participatory art practices at the Institute of Art in Context in Berlin. During residential stays in student campuses, artists, together with curators, will develop art projects directly with students, as well as from photo and audio materials on student life from 1945 to present day, collected and stored on the collaborative digital platform Topotheque and the project’s official web-site. Following the end of residences at student campuses, exhibitions displaying art works created during residential stays will be held in gallery spaces in the proximity of student communities, accompanied by a catalogue with textual contributions of young curators.


  • Creating a traveling exhibition. A small ‘travelling‘ exhibition will be created from the archived digitalized photo-material, selected for the exhibition by a five-member group of students consisting of one student from each country participating in the project. The exhibition will focus on topics related to daily life in student campuses, cultural habits and social-political engagement of students. This exhibition will be held at the same time in student campuses in Belgrade, Madrid, Podgorica, Rijeka and Zagreb.


  • Publishing of a book. The book emerging from ‘They: Live‘ project will consist of three parts: academic texts from various humanities disciplines on the topic of student life, collected through an open call, texts written by artists and curators on organisation of residencies and a guide on methodology of organisation of this type of residential stay in student campuses.


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