Artwork by Dejan Kaludjerović

Conversations are naturally a fundamental part of legal advisory. We converse with both clients and colleagues in order to gain an understanding of matters and to move business forward.

This year, by placing articles of complex and sophisticated legal analysis next to a child’seye view of the place of rules and law in society, we hope to provide yet another and different perspective on the law in the markets we cover throughout Central and Eastern Europe. This presentation certainly portrays Schoenherr in a playful way, reflecting our commitment to practising law in an unconventional manner that is not bound by misplaced tradition or unwarranted assumptions.

It’s the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all.
(Guy de Maupassant)

So, what is conversation? As Guy de Maupassant so beautifully stated, it is “A Mystery! It’s the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?” Schoenherr lawyers recognise “the smile of ideas” and have a genuine interest in their work.

Indeed, our lawyers engage in an ongoing conversation by listening, distilling information to find meaning, considering various perspectives and possibilities, and putting forward their own arguments and propositions. This interplay of analysis and understanding between and among colleagues within Schoenherr creates a solid platform of legal knowledge available to clients who come to us looking for solutions. In our collaboration with Dejan, we played with the concept of conversations.

Dejan created large, bright, and cheerful wooden alphabet blocks – a graphic reduction of conversations to their alphabetical core. The blocks formed the perfect backdrop – both playful and thought-provoking – for interviews with children about their understanding of what law is. The children sat on the blocks and played with them while having animated conversations about what law means to them.

The photographs in roadmap16 come from the art installation that Dejan created for Schoenherr and which is currently installed at the firm’s head office in Vienna. The impetus for this project came from Alphabet Cubes, a site-specific installation that Dejan conceived for the exhibition Conversations – Azerbaijan in Baku. That installation is part of his series Conversations: Hula Hoops, Elastics, Marbles and Sand, which he has produced in different parts of the world:

We thank Dejan for teaming up with us on this exciting project.

Dejan Kaludjerović

Since the beginning of his career in Belgrade in the mid-1990’s, Dejan has been exploring the connection between consumerism and childhood, as well as analysing identity formation and the stability of representational forms. Most of his art and installations employ the processes of recycling, copying and reenacting, thus creating patterns that simulate mechanical reproduction and criticise the homogeneity embedded in popular culture.

Dejan’s work revolves around, but is not limited to, issues of responsibility and manipulation. He addresses contrasts in his art, and his work reflects an interweaving of multiple mediums and components carefully chosen to highlight and juxtapose the issues he wants his audience to consider.

For his achievements in visual arts, Dejan was granted honorary citizenship by Austria. He studied in the class of Erwin Wurm at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, and gained an MA in visual arts at Belgrade’s Academy of Fine Arts in 2004.