From Monday 04 June until Sunday 10 June, visitors of the BDW DIZAJNPARK 2012 were able to see sensational design exhibitions which all had their premieres in Belgrade: Common Sense and Sensibility from Croatia, Megaphone from Italy, Creative Space Serbia in collaboration with SIEPA, Samsung Experience from Korea, Silent Revolutions from Slovenia, Sacco by Zanotta from Italy, Jörg Boner’s Goodnight Moon from Switzerland, photo exhibition BDW Superstars – portraits by Vladimir Miladinović – Piki and fashion photographs by Milena Rakočević from Serbia, as well as a totally new multimedia exhibition of lectures of BDW Superstar speakers from 2006 to 2011.

The Serbian Minister of Culture, Mr. Predrag Marković, inaugurated the event. The Ambassador of Australia Her Excellency Dr. Helena Studdert, Mr. Saša Marjanović, the representative of the general patron Samsung, and Jovan Jelovac, the founder and curator of BDW also spoke at the opening. The opening in the great hall of the National Library of Serbia with the fashion show by Jelena Stefanović, the premiere of the “BDW 2011” documantary feature film by Miodrag Ilić and the unveiling of the BDW DIZAJNPARK exhibitions, was visited by over 2000 people on that first night alone.

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Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!