Open call for two-day seminar by Gerald Raunig

We are honored to invite you to a two-day seminar by Gerald Raunig, on July 5-6,...

We are honored to invite you to a two-day seminar by Gerald Raunig, on July 5-6, 2024, part of CRIC – festival for critical culture, as a key program of Kontrapunkt – an organization for the development of critical theory, socio-cultural activism and contemporary cultural practices.Focusing on Gerald Raunig’s latest books—Dividuum (2016) and Dissemblage (2022), comprising the two volumes of Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution—this event invites scholars, artists, activists, curators, cultural workers, and anyone in between these fields, to explore the work of Rauing and contextualise his latest thought on local terrains. Selected participants will engage with a pre-seminar reading list and will need to read excerpts from both books (recently translated into Macedonian by Žarko Trajanoski) as well as fragments by other texts central for developing his thought. Participants will have the opportunity to engage directly with the author’s work and give, as well as receive feedback on their work. Some concepts to be disusssed: machine/machinic; abstract machines; dividual/dividuum; molecular/molar/minor.

Day 1 (05.07.2024) 15:00-18:00 : Focus on Dividuum

Day 2 (06.07.2024) 16:00-19:00 : Focus on Dissemblage

Link for enrolling for the seminar: for enrolling: until 20 June.

Within the seminars, Gerald Raunig will offer dialogue regarding the questions which are related to all important theoretical, political, philosophical and artistic perspectives according to the interests of the participants, within the set topics presented in the books, subject of the announced critical discussion.Gerald Raunig is one of the leading philosophers, emphasizing political philosophy, and a theorist of culture and art. Works at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and at eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies); he is a member of the editorial board of multilingual publishing platforms such as transversal texts and Kamion magazine. His books have been translated into English, Serbian, Spanish, Slovenian, Russian, Italian and Turkish. He is the author of: “Art and Revolution: Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century”,” A Thousand Machines”, “Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity”, “Dividuum: Mechanic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution Vol.1”, and Dissemblage: Mechanic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution.

By creatively applying Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s idea of ​​the “machines of desire” to the wider social eco-system, Raunig extends the poststructuralist theory of revolution to the explosive relationship with art and activism. Raunig develops a contemporary conception of political change—a conception that transcends outdated formulations of insurrection and resistance.

CRIC – Festival for Critical Culture is financially supported by the Goethe Institute, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Creative Europe program of the European Commission, financed by the European Union. However, the views and opinions expressed therein are those of the author(s) alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the grantor can be held responsible for them. As well as, the Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (AICS), Tirana in the framework of the project “Culture and Creativity for the Western Balkans” (CC4WBs), a project funded by the European Union that aims to encourage dialogue in the Western Balkans by strengthening cultural and creative sectors for increased socio-economic impact.

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