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NAJAVA: VITA PERFORMACTIVA, Ana Vujanović

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– Između ekonomizacije politike i politizacije proizvodnje –

Ponedeljak, 17. septembar, 17h;
Magacin, Kraljevića Marka 4, Beograd
 

Ana Vujanović (teoretičarka izvođačkih umetnosti i kulture); Predavanje sa diskusijom

Predavanje se bavi političnošću savremenih izvođačkih umenosti, koje dobijaju novo strukturno mesto u neoliberalno kapitalističkom društvu. Njega određuju dva društvena makroprocesa: instrumentalizacija politike koja podrazumeva ulazak socijalnih pitanja – privatnih pitanja koja postaju javno relevantna, kao što je raspodela dobara – na javnu scenu i, sa druge strane, favorizovanje nematerijalne i postfordističke proizvodnje, koja integriše elemente političke prakse, pa ovde govorimo o politizaciji proizvodnje umesto o ekonomizaciji politike. Predavanje će se fokusirati na polemiku čuvene teze Hanne Arendt iz knjige “O slobodi i autoritetu”:

“[U] izvođačkim umetnostima (za razliku od kreativnih umetnosti stvaranja), dostignuće [se] nalazi u samom izvođenju, a ne u nekom konačnom proizvodu koji će nadživeti aktivnost koja ga je donela na svet i postati nezavistan od nje. […] Izvođačke umetnosti, naprotiv, doista su veoma srodne politici. Umetnicima izvođačima – igračima, glumcima, sviračima i drugima – potrebna je publika da bi pokazali svoju virtuoznost, baš kao što je delujućim ljudima potrebno prisustvo drugih pred kojima mogu da se pojave; i jednima i drugima potreban je javno organizovan prostor za “rad”, i jedni i drugi za samo izvođenje zavise od drugih.”

Polemika će podvrći izvođačke umetnosti materijalističkoj kritici, diskutujući u čemu je njihova političnost danas, ako su one takođe oblik proizvodnje, ako je izvedba roba a virtuozno izvođenje posao kao i svaki drugi.
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Ana Vujanović je freelance radnica – teoretičarka, istraživačica, autorka, predavačica, organizatorka, dramaturškinja – u polju savremenih izvođačkih umetnosti i kulture. Živi i radi u Berlinu, Parizu i Beogradu. Doktorirala je iz oblasti dramskih studija. Članica je uredničkog kolektiva platforme TkH (Teorija koja hoda) iz Beograda i glavna urednica časopisa TkH za teoriju izvođačkih umetnosti; od 2010. delimično živi i u Parizu, radeći u Les laboratories d’Aubervilliers. Posebno je posvećena jačanju nezavisne scene u Beogradu i Jugoslaviji (Druga scena). Redovno objavljuje u časopisima (TkH, Maska, Frakcija, Teatron, Performance Research…) i kolekcijama; i autorka je knjiga: Razarajući označitelji/e performansa, Uvod u studije performansa sa A. Jovanović, i Doksicid. Poslednjih godina njeno istraživanje fokusirano je na mesta susreta između performansa i politike u neoliberalnim kapitalističkim društvima.

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Predavanje se realizuje u okviru projekta “Borba za autonomni prostor”

Predavanje se ujedno realizuje i kao uvod u trodnevnu konferenciju pod nazivom „Susreti – budućnost evropskih integracija, politička ekonomija i kultura: leve kritičke perspektive” koja će se održati od 25. do 28. septembra u Magacinu, Kraljevića Marka 4. Više o tome:http://www.facebook.com/susretileve.kritickeperspektive

Podrška: Fondacija za otvoreno društvo.

 

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VITA PERFORMACTIVA
– between the economization of politics and the politicisation of production

Ana Vujanović,
a lecture with disscussion

Monday, 17th september, 17h – 18:30h
Magacin, Kraljevića Marka st. 4, Belgrade

The lecture is dealing with the politicality of contemporary performing arts, which are getting a new structural position in neoliberal capitalist society. It is being determined by two social macroprocesses: the instrumentalization of politics that implies the entrance of social issues – private issues that have become publicly relevant, such as the distribution of goods – into the public stage and, on the other hand, favoring immaterial and post-Fordist production that integrates elements of political practice, so here we speak of politicisation of production insted of economization of politics. The lecture will focus on the polemic over the famous Hannah Arendt thesis from the book In “Between Past and Future”:

“[In] the performing arts (as distinguished from the creative art of making), the accomplishment lies in the performance itself and not in an end product which outlasts the activity that brought it into existance and becomes independent of it. […] The performing arts, on the contrary, have indeed a strong affinity with politics. Performing artists – dancers, play-actors, musicians and the like – need an audience to show their virtuosity, just as acting men need the presence of others before whom they can appear; both need a publicly organized space for their “work”, and both depend upon others for the performance itself.”

The polemic will subject performing arts to materialist critique, discussing what their politicality is about today, if they, too, are a form of production, if the performance is a commodity, and virtuosic performance is a job like any other.
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Ana Vujanović (Berlin / Belgrade / Paris) is a freelance worker – theorist, researcher, writer, lecturer, curator, dramaturge etc. – in contemporary performing arts and culture. She holds Ph.D. in Theatre Studies. She is a member of editorial collective of TkH (Walking Theory) platform, Belgrade, and chief editor of TkH journal for performing arts theory; from 2010 partly in residence in Paris, working at Les laboratories d’Aubervilliers. Her particular commitment is empowering the independent scenes in Belgrade and Yugoslavia (Druga scena). She publishes regularly in journals (TkH, Maska, Frakcija, Teatron, Performance Research…) and collections; and is author of the books: Destroying Performance Signifiers, An Introduction to Performance Studies with A. Jovićević, and Doxicid. In recent years her research interest has been focused on the intersections between performance and politics in the neoliberal capitalist societies.
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This lecture is being realized within the Struggle for autonomous space project.

This lecture will be realized also as an introduction to a three-day conference titled Encounters – Future of European Integration, Political Economy and Culture: Left Critical Perspectives http://www.facebook.com/susretileve.kritickeperspektive

Support: Foundation for an Open Society

Radni sastanak/ radne grupe Rehaluciniranje konteksta (Pariz) i Kulturne politike nezavisne scene

Radni sastanak sa grupama Rehaluciniranje konteksta (Pariz) i Kulturne politike nezavisne scene koja deluje u okviru projekta Raškolovano znanje

Magacin, januar 2010.

Diskusiju sa temom: bottom-up approach to cultural policy – self-organisation, topological solidarity, nospace / lack of places

Učestvovali: Ana Vujanović (TKH), Marijana Cvetković (Stanica), Dušan Grlja (Prelom kolektiv), Vida Knežević i Marko Miletić (Kontekst kolektiv)

Apel za obezbeđivanje radnih uslova cenzurisanoj galeriji Kontekst

Sekretarijatu za kulturu grada Beograda

 

Poštovani,

kao kolege i saradnici galerije Kontekst želimo da izrazimo nezadovoljstvo i neslaganje sa načinom i razlozima zbog kojih je Kontekst galerija prestala sa radom u bivšem Centru za kulturu Stari Grad, odnosno sadašnjoj Ustanovi kulture Parobrod. Smatramo da potiskivanje kulturnih aktera koji su kroz svoj dugogodišnji rad razvijali ozbiljan i kritički pristup savremenim umetničkim praksama iz razloga zbrinjavanja “partijskog podmladka” vladajuće garniture u ovoj opštini i razvijanja “urbane šarenice” lakih, okretnih i društveno nerelevantnih tema, predstavlja neoprostiv čin marginalizacije kulture i njene vulgarne instrumentalizacije od strane vladajućih političkih struktura.

Galerija Kontekst je jedna od najprofilisanijih inicijativa za prikazivanje i diskutovanje rada mladih umetnika iz regiona – inicijativa koja je uspešno premostila kolaps institucija kao što su Centar za savremenu umetnost i Jugoslovenski bijenale mladih umetnika. Istrajnošću, samoobrazovanjem, kritičkim pristupom društvenoj realnosti i hrabrošću u pokretanju tema o kojima se “ređe govori” (seksualni rad, trgovina ljudima, pitanje nacionalizma u savremenoj umetnosti, itd.), tim Kontekst galerije stvorio je jedinstveno mesto na kulturno-umetničkoj sceni Beograda. Zatvaranjem galerije Kontekst, ovo mesto ostaje upražnjeno, i Parobrod ga svojom programskom politikom ne može nadomestiti.

Apelujemo da gradski Sekretarijat za kulturu obezbedi dalji nastavak rada galerije Kontekst!

S obzirom da je dalji rad Konteksta u Ustanovi kulture Parobrod nemoguć  (usled nekorektnog odnosa uprave i neslaganja tima Konteksta sa njihovom politikom) zahtevamo da im se obezbedi drugi prostor. Napuštenih i zapuštenih prostora u Beogradu ima; istraživanja i sistematizacije su urađene i informacije su javno dostupne (npr. www.javniprostori.org/ushahidi/index.php/main,www.ppstarigrad.com/zone/zone.html). Svesni smo da je pitanje samo dobre volje gradskih vlasti da te prostore ustupe na korišćnje samoorganizovanim inicijativama koje deluju na savremenoj kulturno-umetničkoj sceni Beograda.

Savremena umetnost nije niti roba, niti prostor za lake teme i ispunjavanje slobodnog vremena!

Savremena umetnost je prostor imaginacije, slobode, obrazovanja, kritičkog mišljenja, formiranja politički svesnih i odgovornih društvenih subjekata!

U nadi da cete izaću u susret našem apelu,

s poštovanjem,

Druga scena

TkH

Prelom kolektiv

Stanica

DEZ ORG

Biro Beograd

QueerBeograd

SEEcult.org

nova-drama.org

Žene na delu

Tanja Marković

Aleksandra Sekulić

Dubravka Sekulić

Nikoleta Marković

Aneta Stojnić

Tamara Đorđević

Zoe Gudović

slobodnakultura.org

dramamentalstudio.org

Ana Vilenica

Selena Savić

http://www.kulturpunkt.hr/i/vijesti/1995/ (1.12.2010.)

Ugašena Kontekst galerija
| 24. studenog 2010
Beogradska Kontekst galerija prestala je s radom, a tim povodom pismo gradskom Sekretarijatu za kulturu uputila je platforma TkH.

Kontekst galerija, samoorganiziran je i nekomercijalan alternativni prostor u Centru za kulturu “Stari grad” u Beogradu. Pokrenuta kao program Foruma mladih Centra za kulturu Stari grad, služi kao izložbeni prostor te kao mjesto alternativnog obrazovanja i istraživanja u polju suvremene vizualne umjetnosti i kulture. Od veljače 2006, kada je službeno započela s radom, njezino je djelovanje obilježeno pokušajima unapređivanja, održavanja i borbe za širenjem prostora rada u uvjetima konstantne neizvjesnosti te pokušajima opstanka i realizacije nekomercijalnih programa u vremenu kada “zakoni” privatizacije, profita i kapitala sve više odreduju svaki oblik kulturnog delovanja. Kontekst galerija je prije svega predstavljala radove mladih umjetnika i umjetnica, pokretala diskusije o fenomenima u suvremenoj umjetnosti, kulturi i društvu. Kroz izložbe, prezentacije, predavanja, panel diskusije, radionice, težila je iniciranju i razvijanju kritičkog diskurza u suvremenoj umetnosti i kulturi.

Povodom gašenja ove galerije, TkH (Teorija koja hoda), platforma za teoriju i praksu izvođačkih umjetnosti, uputila je pismo beogradskom Sekretarijatu za kulturu koje vam prenosimo u cijelosti.

Public Support Letters

After the realization of the last program in the Kontekst Gallery, on November the 13th, 2010, Kontekst team informed the public about its decision to end the project Kontekst Gallery and continue its work through Kontekst platform only. In the issued press release the reasons of ceasing the work of Kontekst Gallery in the Cultural Centre “Stari Grad”: “After March 2010 and the establishment of Cultural Institution “Parobrod” – which took over the function and the public space of the Municipal Cultural Center “Stari grad”; and due to various pressures in the form of an official demand to vacate the working facilities, as well as the refusal of communication by the new management – we made a decision to end our work in this space. However, our decision to close Kontekst gallery is to a grater extent caused by our disagreement with the policy of the new cultural institution. This policy is only a symptom of the new cultural policy in Serbia in which culture is conceived as an instrument in the process of European integration, nominal implementation of human rights and tolerance, as well as the process of culturalization of society in order to create apolitical subjects for the dominant ideology – while structurally and systematically retrograde social values such as: nationalism, clero-fascism, hegemony of patriarchal matrix, intolerance towards all kinds of otherness etc., are still being reproduced.”

 

As a reaction to this press release Građanske inicijative (Civic Initiatives) issued a press release supporting Kontekst Gallery stating that “Civic Initiatives are supporting the decision, future work and activities of Kontekst Gallery and are calling other civil society’s organizations as well as institutions of culture to do the same.”

The public reaction titled “Space for political party’s youth” by an artist Darinka Pop-Mitić and a theoretician Svebor Midžić followed. Besides other, it was said that “the city authorities and right wing organizations obviously agree that contemporary arts is something that should be on margin and should have its place in ghetto. Instead of art exhibitions, visual arts program of the new institution of culture will be filled with the exhibiting activities of political party’s youth as well as with tame and appropriate topics such as ecology and incorrect parking. There, where were previously contemporary arts, now will be ecological light bulb.”

Walking Theory, a platform for theory and practice of performing arts issued an open letter to the City Secretariat for Culture protesting harshly against “the way and reasons because of which Kontekst Gallery stopped to work” within the institution of culture Parobrod. It was stated that “such displacing of those who have been for years constituting, not only locally but also regionally and internationally recognized cultural production of Belgrade can not be accepted and it represents part of the broader negative principle of local transition in culture that must be recognized and suppressed…We appeal the City Secretariat for Culture to reflect about the historical moment in which Serbia is in the time of transition, the moment when socialist cultural-political model is not entirely suspended and new and neo-liberal capitalist is still not established. This moment is unique because it opens the possibility to achieve social consensus about art as public good, and thus obstruct that it is thrown on the marked as a commodity.”

Škart, Dah Theatre, Grup Monument, Working group  Four faces of Omarska, artist Milica Tomić and Women in Black sent an appeal to the City Secretariat for Culture to “recognize the importance of the work of Kontekst Gallery and demanded that the Secretariat offers to the gallery concrete support providing it with an alternative space for work as there are many such spaces in this city and they are often not in usage or abandoned….We think that destruction of the Cultural Centre “Stari Grad” and Kontekst Gallery – that have been for many years regionally and internationally recognized on the basis of their cultural production in order to constitute party political institution of culture Parobrod is bad and unacceptable. Of course, for us it is not a secret that this is a consequence of new cultural politics, that departs from the market as a place for self-regulation of the need for the products of culture and thus from the profit based on cultural production. But art is not commodity on the market but it is a public good and its value can not be estimated on the basis of commercial success. Contemporary arts will of course loose the battle with the more profitable fields of cultural industry. We expect the  City Secretariat for Culture to demonstrate more understanding when it comes to the further development of contemporary arts.”

STATION service for contemporary dance Belgrade, appeal that the City Secretariat for Culture should find space for the work of the organization Kontekst in which the programs of the association would be organized continually and smoothly. In the letter it is put that “In the time of transition when this type of critical reflection in culture is in every way being suspended on one hand, and on the other the model of entertaining artistic production is pushed, the work of the Kontekst Gallery and similar organizations is of the key importance for the development of Serbian society. Public space for dialogue is necessary basis for the development of Serbian society and organizations that work on providing such public space should be supported not closed down…As responsible and as most important strategic partner of the civil sector in culture, we are addressing you and asking to, in dialogue with Kontekst team, find the solution and thus demonstrate understanding for the situation in which culture in Belgrade is. As further work of Kontekst within the institution Parobrod is impossible it is necessary to find urgently an adequate solution.

Open letter to the City Secretariat for Culture triggerd by the shutting down the project Kontekst Gallery was sent as well by independent artistic associations from Šabac: Stepenice (Stairsway), Assotiation Svetlost (Light) and Kolektiv (Collective) where it was stated: ”we see problems that the association Kontekst faced much more broadly, as a symptom of a new cultural politics that departs from the belief that artistic production must be profitable and competitive i.e. valorized by the laws of the market. It is clear that no space is left for the non-profit organizations that understand culture as public good. Thus, it is clear that the space contemporary arts that previously  had will be filled by commercial, profitable contents…With this open letter we want to support our colleagues from the association Kontekst but also to point out to the political actors, media and broad public in Serbia the problems that cultural institutions in Serbia face in the process of transition according to neo-liberal market model.”

An appeal for the providing working conditions to the “censored” Kontekst Gallery was formulated also by the editorial board of the magazine Prelom, magazine for theory, film, and contemporary arts where besides other it was said: “As colleagues and collaborators of the Kontekst Gallery we want to show our discontent and disagreement with ways and reasons because of which Kontekst Gallery stopped to work in the former Cultural Centre “Stari Grad”, i.e. in the present institution of culture Parobrod. We think that repressing cultural actors, that through their years long work have been developing serious and critical approach to the contemporary art practices, on the basis of ensuring the place for the “political party’s youth” of the ruling people in this municipality and development of “colorful urban landscape” of easy going, vivid and socially irrelevant topics, represents unforgivable act of marginalization of culture and its vulgar instrumentalization from the side of ruling political structures.

Kontekst Gallery is one of the most profiled initiatives for displaying and discussing works of young artists from the region – an initiative that successfully bridged the collapse of institutions such was the Center for Contemporary Arts and Yugoslavian Biennale of Young Artists. Through the persistence, self-education, critical approach to the social reality, and braveness to initiate discussion on topics that are rarely discussed (sex work, trafficking, question of nationalism in contemporary arts, etc) the team of Kontekst Gallery created unique space in the cultural-artistic scene in Belgrade. Closing down Kontekst Gallery this space will be lacking, and Parobrod with its program politics can not replace it.

Contemporary art is not commodity, nor space for easy going topics and free time activities!

Contemporary art is a space of imagination, freedom, education, critical thinking, forming of politically aware and responsible social subjects!”

Otvoreno pismo Sekretarijatu za kulturu grada Beograda

Poštovani,

kao kolege i saradnici Kontekst galerije želimo da izrazimo oštar protest protiv načina i razloga zbog kojih je Kontekst galerija prestala sa radom u bivšem Centra za kulturu “Stari Grad” a sadašnjoj Ustanovi kulture „Parobrod“. Ovakvo istiskivanje onih koji već godinama čine ne samo lokalno, već i regionalno i internacionalno prepoznatu kulturnu produkciju Beograda smatramo nedopustivim, a takođe ga vidimo i kao deo šireg negativnog principa lokalne tranzicije u kulturi koji treba prepoznati i suzbiti.

Istrajnošću, voljom za samoobrazovanjem, kritičkim pristupom društvenoj realnosti i hrabrošću u pokretanju kritičnih i slabo vidljivih tema u lokalnoj sredini (kao što su trgovina ljudima, kosovska umetnička scena itd.), tim Kontekst galerije je stvorio jedinstveno mesto na kulturno-umetničkoj sceni Beograda. Kontekst galerija je od 2006. godine bila otvoreno mesto za permanentnu i dinamičnu prezentaciju, ali i refleksiju i samorefleksiju rada mladih umetnika i savremenih kritičkih kulturno-umetničkih praksi. Zatvaranjem galerije Kontekst, ovo mesto ostaje upražnjeno, i „Parobrod“ ga sa svojom programskom politikom ne može nadomestiti.

Pozivamo gradski Sekretarijat za kulturu da pažljivo razlikuje različite umetničke prakse, kao i društvenu dobrobit od njih. Politički-korektna umetnost možda zadovoljava političke agende vladajućih partija, ali ona je, i bila i ostala, samo partijska umetnost. Trebalo je da smo važnu lekciju o tome izvukli iz «sukoba na levici» koji se odvijao na kulturnoj sceni Kraljevine Jugoslavije 1930-ih godina, no čini se da nismo.

Stoga, apelujemo na gradski Sekretarijat za kulturu da razmisli o istorijskom trenutku u kojem se nalazi Srbija u doba tranzicije, kada nasleđeni socijalistički kulturno-politički model još nije suspendovan a novi, neo-liberalno kapitalistički još nije uspostavljen. Trenutak je jedinstven jer otvara mogućnost da postignemo društveni konsenzus o umetnosti kao javnom dobru, i time sprečimo da ona bude bačena kao roba na tržište. Umetnost – ovde specifično fokusiramo savremenu umetnost – jeste javno dobro jer je prostor kritičkoj promišljanja društvene stvarnosti, istraživanja međuljudskih odnosa i projekcije budućnosti tog društva. Vrednost tog dobra se stoga ne može meriti komercijalnim uspehom, brojem publike niti zaradom od ulaznica. Bačena na slobodno tržište, savremena umetnost će neminovno izgubiti bitku sa isplativijim delatnostima kulturne industrije, kao što su dizajn, mas mediji, moda itd. Zato gradski Sekretarijat za kulturu, danas, prilikom sprovođenja novog zakona o kulturi kao i opšteg kulturno-političkog delovanja na kulturnoj sceni Beograda snosi istorijsku odgovornost za dalje usmeravanje savremene umetnosti u jednom ili drugom smeru.

Protest povodom gašenja galerije Kontekst želimo da završimo konstruktivno. S obzirom da je dalji rad Konteksta u UK „Parobrod“ nemoguć – usled nekorektnog odnosa uprave i neslaganja tima Konteksta sa njihovom politikom – zahtevamo da im se obezbedi drugi prostor. Napuštenih i zapuštenih prostora u Beogradu ima; istraživanja i sistematizacije su urađene i informacije su javno dostupne (www.javniprostori.org/ushahidi/index.php/main, www.ppstarigrad.com/zone/zone.html). Svesni smo da je pitanje samo dobre volje gradskih vlasti da te prostore, po neekonomskim cenama ustupe na korišćenje nezavisnim grupama sa savremene kulturno-umetničke scene Beograda, te pismo završavamo apelom na vašu dobru volju.

TkH (Teorija koja hoda), platforma za teoriju i praksu izvođačkih umetnosti

www.tkh-generator.net

Beograd, 22. novembar 2010.

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