Punk and Subculture

Saturday, October 8th, 17:00 – 19:00 at Social Centre Dunja! ::: Than came PUNK! With Ben...

Saturday, October 8th, 17:00 – 19:00 at Social Centre Dunja!

::: Than came PUNK! With Ben Watson and Sezgin Boynik

Ben Watson will deliver a punk poetic lecture on his experiences when he was in Leeds 1979-93, so punk was bound up with the F Club and then Rock Against Racism, as local skinheads misinterpreted Vivienne Westwood’s swastikas and thought punk was fascist. He saw the Sex Pistols shortly before they left the UK and split up and was impressed with the records they played in the interval – his first taste of dub Reggae. Not one for history, Ben will dwell on the pertinent art of our time that remained with him in the decades when he was writing about jazz and free improvisation for Wire magazine and inform the way he leads his band (AMM All-Stars) today – and his music choices for his twice weekly radio broadcasts.
Ben Watson is a British writer on music and culture of Marxist views, known especially for his writings on Frank Zappa. Watson is well known as a regular contributor to The Wire, as well as the author of numerous books, often entailing studies of popular culture from the perspective of Marxist aesthetics.

Sezgin Boynik will present the publication Punk Suprematism, which includes the first English translation of theoretical writings on punk, art, socialism, bureaucracy, and nationalism by Slavoj Žižek, Rastko Močnik, and Zoja Skušek. Written in the first half of the eighties, these texts are a unique mixture of punk attitude with theoretical concepts borrowed from Althusser, Lacan, and avant-garde art. Written in a turbulent period of Yugoslav socialism, these texts were trying to understand the political importance of punk as a mass movement of impoverished youth. Punk Suprematism is the first volume of the Punk Research Series initiated by Rab-Rab Press. The series starts from the idea that punk is a break, and it will focus on punk as something completely separated from bourgeois culture.
Sezgin Boynik is the founder of Rab-Rab Press in Helsinki and a founding member of Pyke-Presje in Prizren.

19:00 – 21:00::: Skopje: An introduction to a movement underneath

Promotion of the publication and research on Skopje subculture by Artan Sadiku and Gjorgje Jovanovikj conducted in the Frames of the Manifesta Biennial and in partnership with Termokis Prishtina
>>Showing of the short documentary: Skopje: An introduction to a movement underneath
>> Live concerts and drinks:
>Marija Kaeva
>40es casa

*Than came PUNK! With Ben Watson and Sezgin Boynik is an event organized by CRIC Festival for critical culture. Kontrapunkt and CRIC – Festival of Critical Culture are supported by: Goethe-Institut Skopje, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and Allianz Kulturstiftung, Creative Europe.

*Skopje: An introduction to a movement underneath is organized in the frames of the Manifesta 14 the European Nomadic Biennial which takes place in Prishtina.


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