CRIC CRITICISM – REACTION – IDEA – CONFRONTATION, FESTIVAL FOR CRITICAL CULTURE
Locations: The National Gallery of Macedonia “Cifte Amam” in Skopje
The thematic program of CRIC is created with the goal to stimulate critical debate in the public sphere, a crucial component in the promotion of the socio-cultural capital being a core deeply ingrained within the most relevant political and societal themes: human rights, the right to culture, identity issues, violence in the public sphere through the political and economical apparatus, as well as strengthening of communities through cultural and artistic practices.
From Diaspora to Diversities
Exhibition 1. Participating artists: Ivana Ivkovic, Rajko Radovanovic, Mladen Bundalo, Neli Ruzic, Nada Prlja, diSTRUKTURA
Curators: Miroslav Karic, Janka Vukmir
The cycle of exhibitions organized as part of the regional project From Diaspora to Diversities aims to clarify some of the topics and issues related to the phenomenon of diaspora in contemporary contexts through the artistic production and practice of authors from different generations. Meditating upon the notion of diaspora itself, beyond the predominant ethnocentric and ethnic definitions, the project focused its research on a wide variety of experiences of both temporary and permanent dislocations from the original environments, that is to say, of living and/or working ‘somewhere abroad’. The re-defining of the notion of diaspora has been the focus of theoretical debate for quite some time now. These discussions have been further stimulated by the new constellations produced by the global social and political, technological and communication trends and developments, by the increase in international mobility or, to put it differently, by the intensification of cultural nomadism through hyper-production of international events and artistic and other residences throughout the world. What are the experiences in the artists’ every day and professional life, what are the challenges in their adjustment and interaction with the specificities of the other environments are the starting point of this project’s research of the different kinds of life in diaspora and of the reasons behind the migration of the authors with origins from the Western Balkans to the international artistic and cultural stage.
The three exhibitions realized so far took place in the gallery Remont (Belgrade) and presented the work of artists who treat the topic of migration identities and the sense of displacement within their new domicile environments through the lens of different existential circumstances and through divergent poetic and aesthetic concepts. The works exhibited as part of this project range, in a thematic sense, from direct exploration of the contemporary and/or historical social and political milieus of the European countries, closer to our region and mentality, to much more distant and unfamiliar regions, such as America and the Middle East. Photography, video, objects, drawings, art books, (psycho-geographic) maps, archival and documentary material were just some of the media and the tools used by the authors in their artistic expression to help them transfer their experiences and relations to the dynamics, the mentality and the differences in the identity of the cities, states, geographical regions, social milieus they inhabited temporarily or permanently.
The closing exhibition in Skopje presents the five artists and the artistic duo who have participated in this project and whose work and its thematic content open a wide spectrum of questions: about the perception of the ‘other’ and ‘different’; about the home and the belonging; about the problem of social and cultural integration and immigration policies; about nomadic existence and travel seen as a process of introspection; about the phenomenon of time in the context of changes or of interrelatedness among different cultures and societies; about the urban landscape as a cultural and symbolic construct; about the influence and effects of the mass media images on the every day life in contemporary societies…
Nada Prlja presented her work with an installation Bad News Project, which is a project which conceptually re-examines the content of the information that newspapers offer to the public on a daily basis. The exhibited newspaper is designed and printed by the artist, as interpretation of information published in one day within the London’s Metro newspaper, paper distributed for free in London Underground system. The black colour area in the artist’s newspaper looks at the issue of the commercialisation of newspapers by blacking out only the advertisements published in the original newspaper in a single day.
Archives of violence
Exhibition 2. Participating artists: Sonya Schönberger, Michelle Teran, Hristina Ivanoska, Gjorgje Jovanovic, Memory of the world (Tomislav Medak & Marcell Mars), Zeyno Pekünlü.
Curator: Elena Veljanovska
Program of events:
23 November (Wednesday)
10 am – 4 pm Diaspora / Mobility / Nomadism / Diversity (conference) (Esperanza)
Conference participants: Robert Alagjozovski, Darka Radosavljevic, Monika Mokre, Alexandra Lazar, Lidija Dimkovska, Elizabeta Šeleva, Melentie Pandilovski, Yane Calovski, Sabina Guzik
4 pm – 7 pm Poetics of radical publishing (Multimedijalni institut, kuda.org, Kontrapunkt)
4 pm Reading group 1: Sylvain Lazarus: Anthropology of the Name [Antropologija imena], facilitated by Branka Ćurčić
5.30 pm Reading group 2: Catherine Malabou’s The Ontology of the Accident [Ontologija nezgode], facilitated by Ante Jerić
7.30 pm Stratigos Tito – Karate: enjambement poetics, or „mixing memory and desire“
Keynote lecture by Svetlana Slapšak
8.15 pm Ana Vujanovic in dialogue with Svetlana Slapšak
24 November 2016 (Thursday)
10 am – 4pm Diaspora Mobility Nomadism Diversity (conference) (Esperanza)
Conference participants: Ivaylo Ditcev, Irena Bekić, Duga Mavrinac, Arian Leka, Dragoslav Dedovic, Liljana Simic Deru, Marko Stamenkovic
11am – 3pm Critical writing in arts and culture – building the critical socio-cultural thinking in public sphere – Workshop by Ana Vujanovic
4pm Book presentation sprint
Presenters: Mika Buljević, Branka Ćurčić, Zoran Gajić, Nikola Gelevski, Dinko Kreho.
6pm – 7.30pm I’m a member of the bourgeois class – Round table discussion
Participants: Jelisaveta Blagojevic, Dinko Kreho, Leonardo Kovačević, Artan Sadiku
Moderator: Ante Jeric
Public Library/Memory of the World – Symposium
8 pm Introducing the Public Library/Memory of the World by Marcell Mars & Tomislav Medak
8.45 pm From The Memory of Violence to the Methods of Violent Oblivion by Sanja Horvatinčić
9.30 pm Archiving Memory and Knowledge: War Crimes in Yugoslavia 1941-1945 by Milan Radanović
25 November (Friday)
11am – 3pm Public library/Memory of the world, part 1 – Workshop by Marcell Mars & Tomislav Medak
5 pm Rupture Sessions – performative conversation by Michelle Teran
7 pm What it could look like?
Approaches to political and historical matters through video.
Lecture and Screening by Silke Wittig, with works from n.b.k. Video-Forum.
7 pm Paralel program: The snake of the house
Book promotion by Arian Leka in conversation with Luan Starova, Daut Pasha Hammam
8 pm Document Missing: Performance no.4 (The Interrogation) by Hristina Ivanoska
(The performance will be held in English)
8.30 pm Violence of Information and Application: “Contemporary art” at the Closure
Keynote lecture by Branislav Dimitrijevic
9.15 pm Branka Ćurčić and Slavco Dimitrov in conversation with Branislav Dimitrijevic
26 November (Saturday)
11am – 3pm Public library/Memory of the world, part 2 – Workshop by Marcell Mars & Tomislav Medak
7 pm Document Missing: Performance no.4 (The Interrogation) by Hristina Ivanoska
(The performance will be held in Macedonian)
7.30 pm Economic violence – unaware of it, though we face it every day Keynote lecture by Branimir Jovanovic
8.15 pm Branimir Jovanovic in conversation with Petar Goshev and Kristina Ampeva
3 December 2016 (Saturday)
6 pm The policy of choice as policy of violence
Keynote lecture by Renata Salecl
8 pm Katerina Kolozova in dialog with Renata Salec