A dictionary is among other things a narrative about the epoch in which it is written: a slice of time that aims in vain to be timeless, enduring, eternal. That’s why every dictionary is also a historical record: As a diary of those who compiled it, it reflects their wishes, doubts, successes, and disappointments. A dictionary is also, for better or worse, a political matter: a manifest, an ideological tool and a field of conflict. Albeit temporary, always defeated, and only quasi-authoritative, a dictionary intimates the unattainability of perfection and completion. At the same time, it expresses our fundamental need for structure and borders. A dictionary is an attempt at outlining the space of language, grasping the ungraspable and identifying the extent of our speculative world. It is a family album of every literate culture.

Even though the modern Serbian language and its literature grew out of a radical lexicographic project of Vuk Stefanovic Karadžic (1787-1864), the importance of the dictionary as a cultural tool is hardly evident in Serbia today. Transpoetika is a work in progress. It is an attempt at the non-institutional awakening of Serbian lexicography from its dogmatic slumber: a contemporary online dictionary and an initiative for publishing annotated literary texts for foreign students and heritage speakers of Serbian.

Author: Toma Tasovac. Has a BA summa cum laude in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard. Currently writing a Ph.D. in Russian ornamental prose at Princeton University. Has won several prizes including the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) Award for the best essay of the year (Tsvetaeva’s Space(s) of Non-Encounter, 2000). Taught seminars at the Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN) in Belgrade, Serbia (Translatability of Cultures and Hypertext, Digital Literature and New Media, 2001-2002).  Works on the theory of linguistic culture, architectonic discourse in literature and theories of cybernetic space. Lives in Berlin.

October 8, 2007

Transpoetika Project

Toma Tasovac
October 10th, 2007

A dictionary is among other things a narrative about the epoch in which it is written: a slice of time that aims in vain to be timeless, enduring, eternal. That’s […]
October 4, 2007

:: O3ONE HOTEL :: From my angle of the archetypal dimension of reality: 5 – 13 October 2007 // opening at 19h

October 5th - 13th, 2007

The first solo exhibition that Jovana Malešević was created as a result of artistic expression in several different media: painting, costume, drawings, and objects of applied art – candlesticks and […]
October 4, 2007


Dragan Zdravković
October 8th - 13th, 2007

Art is located in the continuous and inevitable process of closing itself within the institutionalized frames, directions, trends, and brands. It becomes the illustration of theoretical postulates, the means of […]
October 3, 2007

E – nimation

Igor Ćoric
October 1st - 6th, 2007

With this exhibition, the O3ONE project celebrates three years of its work and presents new cooperation with the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). “Art for history” project shall present […]
October 1, 2007

O3ONE Competition 2008

Accepted works 1. Dragan Đorđević 2. Zoran Živković 3. Turbo sutra 4. Jelena Ilić 5. Željka Momirov 6. Gordana Kaljarević & Đorđe Odanović 7. Aleksandra Jovanic & studenti IV godine […]
September 24, 2007


The First 15 Years
Dejan Vukelić
September 24th - 30th, 2007

The exhibition title “ad&d: DV=x5” is an abbreviation (art direction & design: Dejan Vukelić) which reflects the past 15 years of my personal and professional life as a designer. As […]
September 22, 2007

Photo Exhibition

O3ONE HOTEL: Nenad Marjanović
September 22nd - 29th, 2007

Nenad Marjanović is a master of atmosphere. He is also an artist with a delicate sense of nuance whose sophisticated aesthetics approach the glamour of fashion photography. This, however, is […]
September 16, 2007

Ars Electronica Festival 2006

Peter Fuchs
September 16th, 2006

September 14, 2007

21th Century Angels

Zoran Velimanović
September 14th - 22nd, 2007

For the first time in ten years, the famous Serbian painter Zoran Velimanović will be showing in Belgrade with the exhibition “21th Century Angels” at the O3one Art Space. Following […]
September 10, 2007

New York / Brussels

Elena Filipović
September 10th, 2006

Elena Filipović is an art historian, critic, and curator from New York, USA, who currently lives in Brussels and works on her final Ph.D. at Princeton University, New Jersey. The […]