DOOMSDAY MACHINE, 2019.
wall drawing, UV light,
Oscillations, group exibition,
August 6 - September 1, 2019.
curator: Branko Franceschi
In recent years, the town of Omis has gained national attention for two reasons: the kilometers-long traffic jams that cause transportation gridlock during the peak tourist season and the famous tunnel that leads to nowhere, known as the hole, worth 280 million kuna, situated in the mountain range directly above the canyon of the River Cetina. The tunnel is purportedly just a section of the future bypass intended to alleviate traffic congestion in Omis and improve the flow of traffic on the Adriatic coastal road. However, what if the traffic jams are actually engineered solely to justify the construction of the 'Tunnel to nowhere' to the public? And what if the tunnel doesn't actually lead to nowhere but to the end of the world?
In the 1950s, there were reports of unusual machine sounds emanating from the Dinara mountain range in Omis. During that time, in the midst of the Cold War, an Operational Command Center VPO (Object182 in Žrnovnica) was built only eighteen kilometers away from Omis. This facility could accommodate the entire Yugoslav Command VPO and be operational within 20 minutes in case of an imminent war threat. The center received information from radar and reconnaissance stations, monitoring the overall situation in the military naval region, both at sea and in the air. Consequently, it was not surprising that an urban legend emerged, suggesting that the Yugoslav Party was constructing a self-sufficient city within the Omis mountain range, where Comrade Tito, along with the Central Committee secretaries and generals, would seek refuge in the event of an atomic war. The location was allegedly chosen due to the geographical convenience of the area, which also facilitated the construction of the potentially most powerful hydroelectric power plant, HE Zakučac in Omis. This power plant was primarily intended to supply the underground facility and activate the giant Tesla oscillator located at its center.
The construction project commenced several months after the arrival of the ship 'Srbija' to Yugoslavia in 1951. It transported crates containing Tesla's packed and sealed property from America. These crates were handed over to the Belgrade municipality of Zvezdara, where they were supposedly forgotten until the opening of the Nikola Tesla Museum.
In 1898, while Nikola Tesla was developing the electro-mechanical oscillator, he noticed that the vibrations were spreading throughout Manhattan in all directions through the steel structure. Buildings began to sway, windows shook, and crowds of people panicked, fleeing to the streets. Tesla had unintentionally caused an earthquake by discovering the resonance between the building and the sandy soil, with the assistance of a small table oscillator. He claimed that a strong enough oscillator could split the Earth in half, like a boy splitting an apple. However, since this was just another of Tesla's seemingly outrageous statements, it didn't garner much interest from American intelligence services, and the design of the giant oscillator, encrypted in personal letters, found its home in the Zvezdara warehouse.
Not much time passed before the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) began constructing this megalomaniacal project in Omis, intended to ensure Yugoslavia's eternal future. However, the construction of the complex proceeded slowly due to two reasons. Firstly, the underground city was constantly expanding as the Party sought to incorporate many inventions that we now recognize as pseudoscientific, with the aim of securing the long and healthy lives of Party leaders. Secondly, the construction process had to remain invisible to both foreign and domestic enemies. The activation of the facility was delayed due to the transitional period, and it was only with the recent construction of the 'Tunnel to nowhere' that work could resume, bringing the completion of this doomsday machine closer.
foto: Robert Matić