Laboratories of paraesthetic – re-establishing of the political

Kontrapunkt's project in the frame of the long-term project Aesthetic Education Expanded Project partners: Multimedijalni institut...

Kontrapunkt’s project in the frame of the long-term project Aesthetic Education Expanded

Project partners: Multimedijalni institut (CR), kuda.org (SR), Berliner Gazette (D), Kontrapunkt (MK) and Kulturtreger (CR).

Project website: http://www.aestheticeducation.net/

Timeframe of the project: 2015 – 2017

‘Laboratories of paraesthetic – re-establishing of the political’ is a residency-based programme of an interdisciplinary character. The aim is to create a laboratory, an experimental environment that will explore the paradigms of power, the emancipatory branching of the political and the esthetical in the path that communicates with all repressive forms over the public domain of its citizens: educational, social, cultural, political and the media.

Para-aesthetic is drawing the philosophical, political and the historical framing with which the socio-cultural practices are related. An auto-reflexive critical theory or aesthetical practice cannot do enough for further change. It is necessary to continuously confront the political and the aesthetical and to have a continuously confronting political analysis of the production relations. There is a great need to connect the phrases of the discourses of culture and the political. The end result of this laboratory concept is creating a platform for the usage of the artistic practices in a critical re-questioning of the ideological, social, political discourses. 

“Archives of violence”

2015 – 2016


The module “Archives of violence” will research and present, throughout 2015 and 2016 the processes of archiving the violence of the 20 and the 21st centuries. The violence, understood discursively, theoretically, thoughtfully, articulated through various artistic practices. One of the basic questions will be how to differentiate, recognize and archive the characteristic of the political manifestations of the community and the subject – what enables it’s existence in the circumstance of intellectual, creative and political repression- by questioning the practices of power and violence? What would be the performatives of violence in a multicultural politically non-cultivated environment? How the power and the obedience are becoming a discursive condition of every “we”?

Gerald Raunig​

November 2015

“Archives of violence”

6 – 7 November 2015, Skopje

The module “Archives of violence” will research and present the process of archiving the violence of the 20 and the 21st centuries. The violence, understood discursively, theoretically, thoughtfully, articulated through various artistic practices. One of the basic questions will be how to differentiate, recognize and archive the characteristic of the political manifestations of the community and the subject – what enables it’s existence in the circumstance of intellectual, creative and political repression- by questioning the practices of power and violence? What would be the performatives of violence in a multicultural politically non-cultivated environments? How the power and the obedience are becoming a discursive condition of every “we”?

“Machinic Capitalism, Dividuality and Violence”

(Public lecture)

6 November 2015 | 7:30 pm | GEM Club, Skopje

“Machinic capitalism” does not indicate a new phase of capitalism, but an increasing significance of the machinic in contemporary capitalism. It does not imply a further version of the dichotomous preference given to objects (over subjects), animals (over humans), materialities (over the immaterial), realisms (over discourses). Rather, it concerns the flows passing through these dichotomies and through the single things – data flows, currents, desires, becomings, middles, dancing relations, the in-between of dividual sociality. With it we experience new forms of violence, new forms of self-government and machinic subservience, but also new forms of molecular revolution.

“Transversal Intellect and Dividual Writing”

(Seminar – for selected participants only) 

7 November 2015 | 11:30pm – 4pm | Serious Interests Agency, Skopje

Just as the authorship of any book is divided, as all thinking always already stands on the shoulders of giants, who are obligated in turn to entire swarms of averagely tall people and allegedly negligible entities, as an intellect is inhabited by many ghosts, is never solely individual, everything begins in the raging middle of the dividual. The middle is raging, because in it things pick up speed, a stream overflowing in all directions, the opposite of regulated mainstream, mediocrity and mediation. The middle is not simply along the way between a beginning and an end; linearity and myths of origins are sucked into its maelstroms. The middle is dividual, because it implies parting the parts. Even if a “me” speaks here, this me has never been entirely alone. Divided and dividing, this instituent me shares its becoming with many instances of beginning in the middle.

Bio:

Gerald Raunig is a philosopher; works at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and at the eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies); member of the editorial boards of the multilingual publishing platform transversal texts and the journal Kamion. His books have been translated into English, Serbian, Spanish, Slovenian, Russian, Italian, and Turkish.

Recent books in English: Art and Revolution. Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century, translated by Aileen Derieg, New York/Los Angeles: Semiotext(e)/MIT Press 2007; Art and Contemporary Critical Practice. Reinventing Institutional Critique, London: mayflybooks 2009 (Ed., with Gene Ray); A Thousand Machines, translated by Aileen Derieg, New York/Los Angeles: Semiotext(e)/MIT Press 2010; Critique of Creativity, London: mayflybooks 2011 (Ed., with Gene Ray and Ulf Wuggenig); Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity, translated by Aileen Derieg, New York/Los Angeles: Semiotext(e)/MIT Press 2013. Forthcoming: DIVIDUUM. Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution, Vol.1, translated by Aileen Derieg, New York/Los Angeles: Semiotext(e)/MIT Press 2016.

“Laboratories of paraesthetic – re-establishing of the political” is part of the project Aesthetic education expanded realised in collaboration with: Multimedijalni Institut (Zagreb), kuda.org, (Novi Sad), Kontrapunkt, (Skopje), Berliner Gazette (Berlin) and Kulturtreger (Zagreb).

The project Aesthetic education expanded is financed by the European commission in the frame of the program Creative Europe 2014- 2020 and the Goethe- Institute Verbidungsbüro, Skopje.

This event is realized in cooperation with the GEM Club and Serious Interests Agency from Skopje. 


Boris Buden and Petar Milat

“Archives of violence – Genealogy of the resistance”

seminars and public lecture
​January 2016, GEM Club, Skopje

January 2016, “Archives of violence – the genealogy of the resistance” is the second research module in the frame of the series of events entitled Laboratories of the para-esthetical that Kontrapunkt develops in the frame of the wider partner project Aesthetic education expanded.

PUBLIC LECTURE: Boris Buden

“Violence After History”

28 january 2016 | 19:00 – 21:00 

followed by a discussion between Boris Buden and Petar Milat

“Always historicize!”, advised Fredric Jameson long ago, arguing that history should be the ultimate horizon of both our understanding of the world and our action aimed at changing this world. But how to historicize in a time that proudly calls itself “the post-history”? How to disclose historical logic of such a phenomenon like violence if history is no more than a nightmare we have happily awaken from? Once when there was history, violence was seen as induced by social conflicts and explained by its political cause. This was a time when war was still “a continuation of politics with other means”. Today it is rather cultural logic that provides rational for violence. And we look at its effects from a moralist retrospective, as though it is a matter of our past and a mere object of our memory. And yet violence is our contemporary. Moreover, it is just now shaping our future. Why are we blind to this?

SEMINARY #001: Boris Buden

“Thinking the Violence: The Limits of Retrospectivity”

27 January 2016 | 18:00 – 21:00 

Those who look for violence in archives run the risk of mistaking the world in which we live for a post-violent one, which it is evidently not. Not only is violence omnipresent today, it is exercising its creative power all over the place changing radically the global political landscape and even defining the horizon of our post-historical possibilities. Nevertheless, we see it only through the traces it has been leaving behind. Why is a contemplative forensic retrospectivity and not, for instance, a practically transformative critical prospectivity our major reflexive tool in dealing with violence today?—this is the question we will try to answer in the workshop.

SEMINARY #002: Petar Milat

„The challenges of power and the resistance“

29 January 2016 | 18:00 – 21:00

Researching the trajectories of violence, emancipation, power and the resistance, will open questions of their genealogical grounding in the contemporary political theory of Foucault and Agamben. In the same time, it will be an attempt do concretize the question of the genealogy over the conceptual figures which present the resistance through the reading of the politico-philosophical perspectives of Badiou (St. Paul), Deleuze (Bartelby) and Didi Huberman (The movie “Saul’s son” by László Nemes). Throughout the seminar, several key issues were examined, among which, how to transform the immaterial world around us through the emancipation of the resistance.

Bio:

Boris Buden is a writer, cultural critic, and translator. He studied philosophy in Zagreb and received his PhD in Cultural Theory from Humboldt University, Berlin. In the 1990s he was editor of the magazine and publishing house Arkzin in Zagreb. He is a board member of European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies (eipcp), Vienna. His essays and articles cover topics related to philosophy, politics, translation, linguistics, the post-communist condition, and cultural and art criticism. Among his translations into Croatian are some of the most important works by Sigmund Freud. Buden’s writings appear in numerous books, including the BAK publication Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art (2006/2010) and Art and Contemporary Critical Practice: Reinventing Institutional Critique(2009). He has co-edited and authored several books, including: Zone des Übergangs: Vom Ende des Postkommunismus [Zone of Transition: On the End of Post-communism] (2009); Übersetzung: Das Versprechen eines Begriffs [Translation: Promises of a Concept] (with Stefan Nowotny) (2008); and Der Schacht von Babel: Ist Kultur übersetzbar? [The Pit of Babel: Is Culture Translatable?] (2004). He is currently Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Art and Design, Bauhaus University, Weimar. Buden lives and works in Berlin.

Petar Milat (b. 1974), 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.


Aesthetic education expanded is a continuation of the collaboration among five organisations which work in the field of contemporary art, theory and reflection, and societal action: Multimedijalni Institut (Zagreb), kuda.org, (Novi Sad), Kontrapunkt, (Skopje), Berliner Gazette (Berlin) and Kulturtreger (Zagreb). The project Aesthetic education expanded is financed by the European commission in the frame of the program Creative Europe 2014- 2020, the Goethe- Institute Verbidungsbüro, Skopje and The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia. This event is realized in cooperation with the GEM Club from Skopje.

“Laboratories of the Paraesthetical – re-establishing the political” is part of the project Aesthetic Education Expanded

Aesthetic education expanded is a continuation of the collaboration among five organisations which work in the field of contemporary art, theory and reflection, and societal action: Multimedijalni Institut (Zagreb), kuda.org, (Novi Sad), Kontrapunkt, (Skopje), Berliner Gazette (Berlin) and Kulturtreger (Zagreb). The project Aesthetic education expanded is financed by the European commission in the frame of the program Creative Europe 2014- 2020, the Goethe- Institute Verbidungsbüro, Skopje, Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC) and The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia.


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