Article Number: 2073
Soft Cover, English, Thread Stitching, 194 Pages, 2008, Jan van Eyck Academie

New public spaces

Dissensual political and aesthetical practices in the post-Yugoslav context
€ 19.00

This reader drew its inspiration from encounters and conversations with activists, artists, critical thinkers, curators, militant researchers and writers.

Those encounters challenged not only the distinction between ‘serious’ discussions and ‘informal’ debates – that instantly reproduce linear time and hierarchical space – but also our mutual ability to listen, talk and share experiences (instead of consume information). Contributions were subsequently elaborated into the reader, which consists of two parts. In the first part, engaged collectives reflect on the organisation of different political issues: from anti-capitalist and student struggles, to immigrant workers and the re-appropriation of public spaces in the region. The second part focuses on specific art collectives from Kosovo and Ljubljana, which are occupied with the question of space: why was space so important when rethinking the relation between art and politics, and also what can one do with the space? Here, a set of political practices enabled art collective to undermine the presupposed liberal border between public and private. The reader concludes with a presentation of some art projects that intervened and articulated spatial and visual transformations in the post-Yugoslav context.

Language: English