“Art on contested grounds – love and the artist”
seminars and public lecture
24 – 26 April 2014, Skopje
If numerous contemporary discourses on arts stress the antagonistic aspects of culture, what does that mean for a cultural production in divided societies like Macedonia and the region, where multiple (political, cultural, religious) frontiers make a single society impossible? Are the arts, making visible the faulty lines within a society, able to contribute to transgression of the borderlines where such borders and antagonisms are in abundance? Where each approach from "the other side" is taken to be a hostile intervention? Can the aesthetics of antagonism paradoxically contribute to overcoming antagonisms?
The events, seminars and the public lecture are aiming to research the discursive positions of the artist, of every thinking-being in relation to the emergence of the esthetic and the political. In the same time, the aim of this package of activities, talks and critical exchange is to open some different aspects in the reading of the performatives in the violent reality. Therefore, in the focus of this event there could be found certain ontological positioning as the politics of love, of death, of the symbolic, the real and the imaginary, in Lacanian sense.
The seminar “Art on contested grounds” will consist of two working sessions and a public lecture and will be held in English. This seminar is part of the on-going project Aesthetic Education Expanded: Art experiment and political culture in the age of networks in collaboration with: Multimedijalni Institut (Zagreb), kuda.org, (Novi Sad), Kontrapunkt, (Skopje), Berliner Gazette (Berlin) and Mute (London).
This event is realized in cooperation with Serious Interests Agency and GEM.
The project is financed by the European commission in the frame of the program Culture 2007- 2013 and the Goethe-Institute Liaison Office, Skopje.
Alexander García Düttmann is a philosopher with an interest in aesthetics and art, but also in moral and political philosophy. In his numerous, prominent studies he deals exhaustively with authors such as Adorno, Benjamin, Heidegger or Derrida. His latest research in the field of aesthetic is focused on the concept and the practice of participation in arts. On more than one occasion, he has collaborated with artists. In 2004 the chamber opera Liebeslied / My Suicides, for which he wrote the libretto, and which featured music by Paul Clark and photographs by Rut Blees Luxemburg, opened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Since autumn 2013 he is teaching at the Berlin University of Arts, after long years of teaching as a professor of Philosophy and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Petar Milat is philosopher and director of the independent cultural centre MaMa [Zagreb, Croatia]. He also coordinates the publishing and musical programme within the Multimedia Institute. Together with Tom Medak he’s editor of several socio-theoretical book series. The main focus of his own research is the nexus of biopolitics and normativity, applied to the history of socialist Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav cinema.