In the last two decades, the Balkan region has undergone significant political tranformations marked by wars and conflict, post-socialist transition and accession to the EU and related international treaties or organizations. During this period, the same region has developed intellectually vibrant, leftist independent cultural, art and activist scenes. The public debate will address the current alliances between art, theory and activism in the Balkans.
A few prominent actors from the scenes will investigate strategies and tactics of collective action, as the possibilities to act and intervene in social reality from the position, and with the tools of, art and culture.
The opening event of the debate day is screening of the documentary film by Marta Popivoda Cultural Worker 3 in 1
(2013), followed by discussion.
Within the debate segment, participants are invited to give short (10min) inputs, based on their experiences –positive examples, failures, possible alternatives etc.– of alliances and joint actions of critical theory, contemporary performing arts and leftist activism in the local contexts. The inputs are not necessarily only verbally expressed, but can involve video and sound materials as well.
The sessions are organized in the way to bring together inputs coming from different basic backgrounds of participants, so that in each of them we can hear voices coming from art, theory and activism.
The responses between the sessions are meant to examine how the proposed notions resonate through other contexts of the Balkan region, with what kind of histories, practices, possibilities, and dangers they are associated.
At the end of the event, we plan to have an open discussion, with all participants as well as audience.
Bojana Cvejić, Marta Popivoda and Ana Vujanović (TkH [Walking Theory], Belgrade)
Participants: Teodor Celakoski (Croatia), Bojana Cvejić (Serbia / Belgium), Florin Flueras (Romania), Gal Kirn (Slovenia), Matija Medenica (Serbia), Marta Popivoda (Serbia / Germany), Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski (FYRM), Ana Vujanović (Serbia / Germany), Gigi Argyropoulou (Greece/Great Britain), Janez Janša (Slovenia)
Click here to read short bios of the participants.
16:00-17:30: Screening of the documentary film by Marta Popivoda Cultural Worker 3 in 1
(2013) and discussion
18:00-20:00: Presentations of the participants and responses
20:00-21:00: Οpen discussion
After-performance talk with the participants in "Sad Sam Lucky"
After-performance talk with the participants in "Typographic Capital Letters"
15 Mar 2014
Rehearsal Room -3
Workshop with Via Negativa company
After-performance talk with the participants in "Som Faves"
After-performance talk with the musicians of Hyperion Ensemble
After-performance talk with the participants in "1poor and one0"
After-performance talk with the participants in "Clear History"
After-performance talk with the participants of "A Short History Of Crying"
8 Mar 2014
Workshop with BADco. collective
After-performance talk with the participants in "Damned Be the Traitor Of His Homeland!"