Rog factory is an industrial complex on the east edge of Ljubljana centre, which produced the famous Rog bicycles and was shut down in 1 991. Since then it has laid abandoned, empty, and in deterioration for 15 years. In 2006 the area was occupied by engaged students, artists and activists as a critical response to the post-socialist transition process (privatisation and de-industrialisation), and erosion of public and social spaces (individualisation and atomisation of society). The occupation pulled legitimacy from the need for places for non-formal artistic, cultural and political activity (autonomy, alternative culture, horizontal political organising).

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Včeraj je podjetje Euro Grad na Petkovškovem nabrežju na južni strani Tovarne Rog začelo z gradbenimi deli. Okoli 16:30 so delavci v spremstvu Matjaža Šuligoja s.p. in Jerneje Batič nenapovedano začeli postavljati gradbeno mrežo in naredili zarezo v asfalt. Na vprašanje uporabnikov in uporabnic Avtonomne Tovarne Rog, ki so se medtem nahajali v stavbi neposredno nad južno steno, so odgovorili, da bodo pričeli z rušenjem zidu.

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Pričakovano je Zoki popestril dogajanje na Festivalu Roza Bagra, z izvajanjem klasične institucionalne predstave. Rogovke in Rogovci so odgovorili s sodobno participatorno intervencijo.
Okoli 16:30 so delavci Euro Grad, ob spremstvu oportunista Matjaža Šuligoja SP in Zokijeve wannabe kreativke Jerneje Batič, začeli z vzpostavljanjem gradbišča ob jugovzhodnem zidu (ob Ljubljanici) AT Rog, z namenom rušenja zidu. Začeti namreč hočejo gradnjo klančine še ene garažne hiše ter ostalo gentrifikatorsko navlako.
Nemudoma se je klicu odzvalo čez sto ljudi in še jih prihaja. Uporabnice in uporabniki ter podpornice in podporniki so s svojo prisotnostjo uspešno ižvižgali predstavo.
Poletje bo pestro in razgibano, zato vabimo vse zainteresirane na skupščino, ki se bo zgodila danes zvečer, ob 20:30 v Socialnem Centru Rog.
ŽIVELA ŽIVA BRARIKADA!
S skupščino proti šerifu Zokiju!

One year after the occupation - in 2007 - the municipality began planning the renovation of the area into a “Creative centre Rog”, putting the emphasis on redeveloping the surroundings in order to build an attractive area for international artists and tourists. With the help of an EU-led project devoted to revitalization of ex-industrial zones, they propose a public-private partnership to renovate the main factory building, the construction of a design hotel, up-standard apartments and commercial programs. The public-private ration is 20-80%. One of the proposals also suggests a relocation of 3 art academies to Rog, but their deans deny it, because of non-defined relations between academic and commercial programs and because they don’t want their students - who are active in the factory - to lose their studios/ateliers. The municipality could never find an investor because of global recession, so they down-scaled the project into an all- publicly financed “centre for architecture, design and visual arts” stressed on developing the creative industries economic sector and helping young designers into entering the labor market.

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With the renewed escalation of pressure from the City Municipality of Ljubljana, we turn to you with a public appeal to the city administration to agree to an open dialogue with the users of AT Rog, which we’ve been trying to establish in vain for three years. Instead of violent confrontations or closed negotiations we are striving for an open discussion about the future of the Rog Factory in cooperation with the interested professional public. We ask you to contribute to our petition and help find a common, transparent and non-violent solution to the conflict.

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Chronology of the factory spaces on Trubarjeva street.

  • 1871 - The land is bought by Ivan Janesh who builds a smaller groundfloor building for tanning hides.
  • 1879 - Janesh upgrades it into a one storey building that holds a tanning workshop.
  • 1884 - His sons build the second floor.
  • 1900 - The tannery is bought by Karel Pollak, who renovates and modernizes the workshop.
  • 1904 - Pollak surrounds the area with a wall and builds a residential villa.

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