Little folio for theater by Ivan Dodovski (MK) | 19:30 – 21:00
Book promotion with Vladimir Milchin (MK), Nikola Ristanovski (MK), Iskra Geshoska (MK)
Little folio for theater by prof. Dr. Ivan Dodovski contains theatre critics, studies and reviews, recordings from festivals and interviews, which the author has written since 1993 to the present day. The collected materials, some of which are primarily published in this book, refer to the most important personas, appearances and processes in the field of drama and theatre in independent Macedonia. This extensive publication represents a capital contribution to the history of Macedonian theatre and culture in general. With this work, Prof. Dr. Ivan Dodovski marks a significant jubilee – 25 years of work in the field of theatre.
Ivan Dodovski is an Associate Professor of Critical Theory. Currently he is Dean of the School of Political Science at University American College Skopje. He studied general and comparative literature with American studies and obtained an MA degree in Macedonian literature and narratology from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham. Dodovski has edited the volume Multiculturalism in Macedonia: An Emerging Model (2005) and seven recent volumes dealing with European integration, politics, economy, and culture. He has also published academic papers, three poetry books, and a collection of short stories.
Critical writing – Performing arts/literature by Ivan Dodovski (MK) | 12:00 – 16:00 (1st part)
Criticism is an interpretation and judgment of the world, which without it remains unshaken. If the meaning is not resolved, fear remains – from itself and from others who have become “hell”. Thus, without criticism, without searching for meaning, grasped by the fear, the communities are dying. How to write good, reasonable and solid criticism, especially now when it is undesirable and even expelled from the public space? This question concerns all the arts, including the theater. Critical Writing Workshop “Text and Performance” aims to spark interest in criticism and its power to translate the meaning articulated on stage.
The workshop include four sessions (75 minutes each), in two days, with practical exercises for:
- analysis of critical practices, and
- writing critical text for a performance.
The participants will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge about the elements of a performance together with their interpretation in the context of social discourses, expectations and conflicts.
The workshop is open to students and professionals who are at the beginning of their career and who want to learn more about the importance and risks of critical public speech and have an interest in theater, drama, literature, journalism, directing, production, cultural studies, philosophy and other related disciplines.
Critical writing – Performing arts/literature by Ivan Dodovski (MK) 12:00 – 16:00 (2nd part)
Workshop (2nd part)
Critic in the region | 20:45 – 21:30
Book promotion by Luka Ostojić, the writer of Help, We Read a Book! and editor of An Interpretation of One’s Own, Miljenka Buljević, the editor of Help, We Read a Book!
Discussion about critic in the region with Lujo Parezanin (HR), Luka Ostojic (HR), Miljenka Buljevic (HR), Miha Kelemina (SI), Anotnija Letinic (HR), Dušan Dovč (SI), Vesna Milosavljevic (SRB)
This edition of CRIC, will specifically advocate for a segment that directly affects artistic production – a segment about criticism and critical reflection. Without criticism there can be no real step forward аnd no real change. The key issue that will be opened with the regional partnership platform “Critical positions in the region” tackles the question: ‘what is critical today’, with an emphasis on the critique of artistic practices and their fragmentation within the processes that condition its transformation.Where we can find criticism today, who it’s addressing, what its role is, and how it finds its new forms and languages - are some of the issues we often come back to and we try to keep open in the field of a wider public discussion. The platform “The world around us – critical positions in the region” is organized in partnership with kulturpunkt.hr and Kurziv (Croatia), SEECult (Serbia) and SCCA-Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Booksa.hr with the partners Kontrapunkt, Kurziv, SEEcult and SCCA developed and published two glossaries about literary criticism. These books are not conventional glossaries as they don’t define terms, but they use them as a starting point to initiate reflection on literature, literary criticism and their role in the modern-day society.
The first glossary An Interpretation of One’s Own is a collection of texts by acclaimed regional literary critics about different aspects of criticism. They point out how criticism and critic’s role are affected by their ever-changing social, political and media context. This glossary discusses relations between a text and a context, critical reading on new media, feminist criticism, critical writing about poetry, relations between academic and journalistic criticism, and the influence of critic’s personality on his/her text.
The second glossary Help, We Read a Book!is an anthology of satirical texts about the fictional medic Ostojic MD, a “literotherapist” treating readers-patients who are struggling with painful meanings of classical literary works. These texts, previously published as a column on Booksa.hr, offer new interpretations of well-known works, casually approach “serious” literature and depict the impact that literature and critical reading have on people’s lives.
Both glossaries show the potential of critical reading and the wider context this reading (and art criticism in general) is taking place in. Books will be presented by Luka Ostojić, the writer of Help, We Read a Book! and editor of An Interpretation of One’s Own, Miljenka Buljević, the editor of Help, We Read a Book! and president of Kulturtreger, as well as by partners from Kontrapunkt, Kurziv, SEEcult and SCCA.
14.12.2018 (Петок | Friday)
Can Cryptocurrency help claim a mode of production? by Creston Davis (USA) | 19:00 – 20:00
Keynote lecture followed by a moderated discussion
In the wake of increasing nationalism, isolationism and the turn to neo-fascist politics, it is clear that liberal representational democracy has been withering for decades. The face of this crisis is apparent and evidenced in such nations as the USA, Brazil, Chile, Greece, Macedonia, Austria, South Africa to name but a few examples. Although the crisis has only recently become widely apparent springing on the scene as the 2008 global financial crisis (and blackmail by the elite wall street barons), the history and the roots of the neoconservative insurgency against liberal democracy are far more ominous. This neoconservative global insurgency, I will argue, articulates the biggest threat to human freedom and the survival of our planet. This talk is divided into two different but interdependent parts: In the first part, I will trace out the history and root causes of the failure of liberal democracy from the economic, political and cultural levels. Once this narrative is fleshed out, I will then turn to the second part in which I recount the organization of an alternative to neoliberal-fascistic power through a transnational education-economic (“edu-nomic”) mode of production based on: (a) crypto; and (b) a cooperative ownership model such as, for example, Fair-Coop and The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS).
Creston Davis is the Founder and Director of GCAS. Along with Slavoj Zizek, Clayton Crockett, and Jeffrey Robbins, Creston currently co-edits Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics & Culture (an academic book series published by Columbia University Press). He has published several books including Paul’s New Moment (with Slavoj Zizek & John Milbank), The Monstrosity of Christ, Hegel & the Infinite (with Zizek and Clayton Crockett), Theology & the Political (with Zizek and Milbank), Theology after Lacan: A Passion for the Real (with Marcus Pound and Crockett), and Contradiction & America (with Alain Badiou) forthcoming.
His work has appeared in Rethinking Marxism, Angelaki, Political Theology, Philosophy Today among other journals. He wrote the Foreword to Peter Sloterdijk’s Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault and co-edited New Slant (an academic book series published by Duke University Press). In addition to his academic writings, he contributes to the European Magazine, Al Jazeera (English), Truthout, and the Huffington Post and has written two novels (forthcoming). He is also a Professor of Philosophy at Alma Mater Europaea.
Escaping the exception in global finance and economy – alternative solutions, FAIRCOOP and Bank of Commons | 20:00 – 21:00
Presentation and discussion
Their mission of Faircoop is to create an innovative glocal economic system from the bottom up in favour of an alternative and post-capitalist model to pave the way for a collective change towards a life in common. Cooperation, solidarity and transparency are key factors for them to create a truly justice system for everyone. The development and use of powerful interconnected digital tools (global) and regional networks (local) are crucial for their success. They are using their time and energy constructively and in a collaborative way to create real alternatives by putting theories into action.
They envision a global network of self-organized and self-empowered local communities and individuals, independent of abusive centralized forces and restrictions. Their global principles and framework are defined collectively, on behalf of the 99% and at the same time, are realized at a local level according to their specific regional needs and circumstances. This way people take back control of their own lives by having the freedom to choose diverse alternative society models based on a decentralized organization structure. Their cooperative work is creating an independent ecosystem, which aims to reduce global economic and social inequality, leading to a new global wealth accessible to everybody in the form of commons. Like a domino effect, the game-changing framework of this economic system will open the door for a global shift, impacting all aspects of life such as education, healthcare, energy, housing, transport, and creating opportunities to rediscover healthy and non-exploitative relationships with our fellow human beings and nature. The actions of the FairCoop community are based on three major branches of already existing principles: Integral Revolution, P2P Collaboration, Hacker Ethics.
Bank of the Commons. Banking and payment technologies are changing quickly and continuously to become more efficient and easier for everybody to use, but the basic way official systems work remains the same. This does not satisfy the expectations of many sectors of society. Ethical banking cooperatives and democratically run alternative currencies worldwide now face the challenge of benefiting from these technological advances while staying loyal to their own values. As they grow and are able to reach a wider audience, only activists would participate in uncomfortable systems to use, compared to mainstream ones. Now we have the proper tools to broaden the use of these new technologies. The current tools that are part of the blockchain revolution make it possible to decentralize banking and make it more transparent, so these capacities can be used to recover popular sovereignty in finances, participatory budgeting and money creation.
In order to make these significant improvements happen, it is very important to create economies of scale so as to build shared technologies, integration and services that any local financial cooperative or alternative currency project can use. This is what the Bank of the Commons is about. Bank of the Commons is an open cooperative initiative whose objective is to transform banking, payments and currencies in order to support the economy used in cooperative and social movements both at a global and a local level. We are building another economy for a better society. Bank of the Commons has adopted FairCoin as a strategic global social currency and blockchain technology upon which to base the development and adoption of decentralized financial structures for the Commons. Legally, it is based on the networking process of existing cooperative structures in different parts of the world, and on the creation of a European Cooperative Society in Italy, which will take care of the social capital invested in the Bank of the Commons, providing it with an independent legal status.
On the 7th of June 2017, Bank of the Commons entered its Beta stage, opened its doors, and began to offer banking services to our first members as a beta stage. So that this can be possible from the very first day, Bank of the Commons has partnered with the local Catalan financial coop CASX, involved in the ecosystem of the Catalan Integral Cooperative.
The FAIRCOOP is a network of communities driven by the vision for a deep and comprehensive transformation of all parts of society, including its values and structure. The new, self-managed society is based on autonomy and the abolition of all forms of domination: the state, capitalism, patriarchy, and all other forms that affect human relationships and with the natural environment. Conscious and strategic actions are needed to compost the obsolescent structures and recover those values and qualities that enable us to live a life in common. As the most promising entry point for the collective change we see a new economic system. This is giving people the opportunity to finally exit the vicious circle of capitalistic enslavement and its side effects, to find space for new ideas without boundaries and make possible the switch to a healthy life in balance with nature.
The Bank of the Commons is an open cooperative initiative with the mission to facilitate a transition to an ethical post-capitalist space to gradually free us from the control of the current banking system, replacing it by a growing, fair, self-managed system. It aims to rethink money and finances as commons.
We intend to build a financial alternative linked to the official banking system, in order to combine both until the new one is strong enough.
This project is for and by the 99%, bringing a breath of fresh air to society in opposition to the murky and opaque world of finances today. Transparency, ethics, self-management and the logic of commons are the keys that will let us open the broken safe and escape from the rules of the mainstream banking system.
Some thoughts on under-identity, Ana Vujanović (DE/SRB) | 20:00 – 21:30
Keynote lecture followed by a moderated discussion
In the moment of rethinking social categories such as the nation and the multitude, Ana Vujanović would like to propose to look again at the notion of identity. Recently, identity politics has regained prominence in the art and beyond. It may be a handy liberal and center-left instrument in the current European situation, which is defined by the rise of right-wing politics and the refugee crisis. However, Vujanović polemical question is whether identity politics is the most efficient instrument for fighting far-right nationalism and populism or maybe we need to change the vocabulary all together. To think “the performativity of resistance as a gesture of inventing new, solidary political and socio-cultural narratives” Vujanović would like to propose to deepen an understanding of the individual and the singular as under-identity categories of the common. In the lecture, she will speak about some propositions coming from contemporary dance and performance such as those by Ligia Lewis and Doris Uhlich, through the theses on pre- and transindividuality by Paolo Virno, Gilbert Simondon and early Marx.
Ana Vujanović (Berlin/Belgrade) is a cultural worker: researcher, writer, dramaturge and lecturer, focused on bringing together critical theory and contemporary art. She holds Ph.D. in Humanities – Theatre Studies. Since 2016 she is a team member and mentor of fourth year students at SNDO – School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. She was a member of the Belgrade based editorial collective of TkH [Walking Theory] and editor in chief of TkH journal for performing arts theory (2001-2017). She works as a dramaturge in art projects in the fields of performance, dance, film/video and theatre, with artists such as Marta Popivoda, Eszter Salamon, Christine de Smedt, Dragana Bulut etc. She has published a number of articles in magazines such as TkH, Maska, Frakcija, Performance Research and four books, most recently Public Sphere by Performance, with Bojana Cvejić (Berlin: b_books, 2012/2015).