“Iconoclastic Performances: Towards an Agonistic Politics of Images” Lecture by Аndrej Mirchev

SCS Centar-Jadro In the frames of the 8th CRIC Festival 2023 “Trapped in freedom” we are...

SCS Centar-Jadro

In the frames of the 8th CRIC Festival 2023 “Trapped in freedom” we are honored to host Аndrej Mirchev who will deliver a lecture followed by a discussion on the topic of “Iconoclastic Performances: Towards an Agonistic Politics of Images”. The event will take place on Thursday 25of January, starting at 6 pm at SCS Center Jadro.

::: Iconoclastic Performances: Towards an Agonistic Politics of Images:::
Focusing on the concept of iconoclastic performance, the lecture reflects on the difficult relationship between artistic practices and contemporary politics marked by neoliberal amnesia. In the context of the ongoing culture wars, acts of image-breaking signify subversive tactics to disturb the circulation of Neo-fascist ideologies aligned with the territorial logic of capitalism, patriarchal and colonial violence. At the same time, the persistent destruction of socialist monuments has been one of the decisive tools of historical revisionism since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Deconstructing symbols and representations of power, these acts contest the neoliberal public space built around the exclusion of Otherness, but can also lead to its solidification. In an attempt to articulate an agonistic politics of images, I will examine the ambiguous idea of iconoclastic performances and illuminate their aesthetic power to expose alternative models of gender, racial and class-conscious subjectivation.

Andrej Mirčev is an academic, dramaturge and visual artist. His research engages in a dialectical transfer between theory and practice, and his interests are: spatial and performance theory, intermediality, memory and archives. Mirčev was research fellow at the International Research Center ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ in Berlin. He taught at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, University of Arts and Design (HfG) in Karlsruhe and at the Institute for Theatre Studies, FU Berlin. Currently, he is guest professor at the University of Arts, Berlin.

:::8th CRIC Festival 2023 Trapped in freedom:::

As in the last few years, this year CRIC festival, will take place in several clusters throughout the year, because the attempt to live and encourage the critical culture cannot be a one-time event – it is an ongoing and continuous effort.
The realm of freedom – our socially available leisure – depends on our institutional forms of life and how we maintain or change those institutions. Our social institutions are not necessarily explicit, but are always implicit in what we do and in all forms of practical identities. All activities that we consider essential parts of a practical identity – as essential parts of the profession with which we identify – belong to the realm of freedom, and the time we devote to them is considered free time. Even activities that may seem more like means than ends—for example, acquiring a painstaking education—fall into the realm of freedom, as long as education is an essential part of what it means to be committed to a profession.
Through various theoretical, artistic and social practices, we will examine and explore the forms of fringe, subversive strategies of alternative spaces of freedom that will stand against the repressive social and institutional forms that control our free time, understood as the time in which we realize our imperativе goals, related to the creation of social communities that care for the common good, for green policies applied in all segments of the community and that want to redefine the current, capitalist, “market” political concepts that mercilessly trample on everything that should create ан empathic, just and solidary order.

The team of CRIC – festival for critical culture is: Iskra Geshoska, Artan Sadiku, Tijana Ana, Petar Milat, Stanimir Panayotov, Natasha Geleva, Gjorge Jovanovic. Public relations at the festival: Aleksandra Bubevska.

Permanent strategic partners of Kontrapunkt and KRIK are: MaMa (https://www.mi2.hr/en/) from Zagreb, kuda.org (https://kuda.org/) from Novi Sad, and Kulturtreger from Zagreb.
Special thanks to KOMA (@koma.mk) graphic design studio.

The event is realized in cooperation with CSS Centar Jadro.

Kontrapunkt and CRIC Festival are supported by the Ministry of Culture of North Macedonia, Goethe Institute, the European Union through Creative Europe Projects Re-Imagine Europe and Peripheral Visions. The event is realized in collaboration with SCS Center Jadro.
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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