Tours titled CONTINUATION OF WORKS were held on the anniversaries of the two referendums (November 14 and 15, 2015) in which citizens voted on a voluntary tax and decided on allocating a portion of their salaries for the construction of the never-finished University Hospital Zagreb.
Hours-long, meticulously prepared performative walks along the skeleton-frame of the 222,000-square-meter hospital building followed the dramaturgy of tourist guided tours. The aim of the tours was to more closely acquaint the audience with numerous aspects of the feasible but never-realized project of the “health factory.” The performers, like tour guides, led the audience through the hospital’s devastated and abandoned skeleton-frame and the various aspects of this complex and ambitious project.
Spatial points on the location in Blato, Zagreb became spaces that generate narratives and questions about the unfinished project of the University Hospital Zagreb. They also became performative spaces for MONTAЖ$TROJ’s actions which included performers spray-painting the names of the hospital’s clinical departments in the very spots where they were supposed to open their doors to patients.
The audience, who previously participated in the performance SUSPENSION OF WORKS, walked through imaginary clinic departments, operating rooms, waiting rooms and corridors, envisioning them and sharing their impressions and reflections. This resulted in series of questions about medics who would have been employed at the unrealized hospital but also about the medical lobby that allegedly obstructed the project. Questions were raised about the condition of today’s hospitals and the healthcare system as a whole. At the very end, the participants discussed the needs and wishes of individuals, the willingness of politicians and the citizens’ faith in the project of the University Hospital Zagreb, ultimately arriving at the question of whether individuals and the community are ready to make sacrifices for the common good.