collective self-education in the arts and culture…

SUMMER SCHOOL DESCHOOLING CLASSROOM (o^o) :: 6-12 August 2010 :: Herceg Novi (Montenegro)

Walking Theory, more about Belgrade and Kontrapunkt, and Skopje

Deschooling Classroom (o^o)

a project of collective self-education in arts and culture

Summer School

6 – 12 August 2010

Igalo (Herceg Novi), website Montenegro


6 August

from 21:00

Opening session

Opening talk – Ana Vujanović

Introduction of the participants – moderator: Milena Bogavac

7 August

10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00-18:00

Group Art and Activism


Calendar of Lies

lead by: Dragan Protić, ŠKART Group

The workshop „Calendar of Lies“ is conceived as a practical art-activist work on verbalization and visualization of deceptions and illusions, on personal as well as on social levels. The workshop addresses the working group Art and Activism, but is open to members of all groups.

Škart is an experimental studio for artistic, graphic and social research founded in 1990 by Dragan Protić and Đorđe Balmazović in an abandoned graphic studio at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, where both of them gained formal education. Combining various experiences in poetry, graphic design, architecture, performance and social engagement, Škart developed a local strategy of street samizdat / samodat actions. They exhibited in Belgrade, Brussels, Berlin, Graz, Paris, New York, Vienna… and received many awards for their work. Some of their socially engaged projects include „Your Shit – Your Responsibity“,„Survival Coupons“, „Kuvarice“, the choir and orchestra Horkeškart and „Pesničenje“ – monthly poetry festival, which in less than two years became the most popular literary event in Belgrade. With their project „Klackalište“  they represent Serbia at the forthcoming Venice Biennale.

Dragan Protić, multimedia artists born in 1965, sums up his biography as follows: „Nobody. Member of Škart, a poet maybe.“

from 21:00

joint public programs of the participants

8 August


Presentation and open call for participation in the programme


within 51st Octobar Salon exhibition, Belgrade

lead by: Marta Popivoda

Presentation is open for everyone.

12:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00

Group Cultural Policies of the Independent Scene



lead by: Ana Žuvela Bušnja

The workshop „Cultural Policies and the Independent Cultural Sector“ is concerned with the questions of the role, position and space of the independent cultural scene in relation to the existing cultural policies. The topics included in the program of the workshop are impact of the civil society on the decision-making processes in cultural politics, independent cultural sector and local cultural development, with a focus on the practices of networking in the cultural sector in the region. The workshop is conceived for the working group „Cultural Policies of the Independent Scene“ and open for participants in all groups.

Ana Žuvela is Research Fellow at the Institute for International Relations (IMO) and a coordinator of Culturelink Network, Zagreb, Croatia. Originally a pianist with a degree from the University of Central England, Ana holds an M.A. in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from the University College Dublin and is a PhD candidate at the University of Zagreb. She has a proven track record in cultural production and arts management from working in City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Arts for Amnesty International among others. Her research interests include cultural management and development of cultural policies and strategies, local cultural development (cities), cultural democracy and interconnections between standing cultural policies and emerging digital culture. She is involved in the scientific research project entitled “Cultural Diversity, Intercultural Communication and Digital Culture”. Ana Žuvela is the Co-Chair of the LabforCulture Steering Committee, a member of European Cultural Parliament and an Advisor for Cultural Affairs in the City of Dubrovnik. Ms. Žuvela regularly publishes scientific and expert papers and delivers lectures and presentations on cultural conferences, symposiums and events world-wide.

from 21:00

joint public programs of the participants

9 August


Group Cultural Policies of the Independent Scene



from 14:00

joint public programs of the participants


Group Art and/as Politics

workshop and discussion


Ana Vujanović

The lecture comprises an analysis of politicality of contemporary art in the context of neo-liberal capitalism. Basic theoretical references are the notions of politics/police by Jacques Ranciere and strategies/tactics by Michel de Certeau, the basic issue being the cannibalistic nature of the neo-liberal order. Concrete art examples will be observed in a subsequent discussion from the perspective of the proposed theoretical platform. The lecture is open for all DSC students.

Ana Vujanović (Belgrade, 1975) is a theorist of performing arts and culture, and an accomplished cultural worker. She holds a PhD in humanities in the field of theatre studies. Ana is a member of the editorial collective and program director of TkH (Walking Theory), and lecturer at the University of Arts in Belgrade, active in the local, regional and European contexts as a freelance theorist, writer, lecturer, editor, organizer of various cultural-artistic programs and dramaturge for contemporary performance, dance and post-dramatic theatre.

10 August

11:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00

Group Art and/as Politics



lead by: Jasna Koteska

Alphabetarium is the name of the workshop that re-discuses twelve previously chosen phenomena: abject, avant-garde (Soviet, Yugoslav), animalism, city, infantilism, informe, miniaturization, sanitation, senses, terrorism, torture, fascism/holocaust.

ABC system is here to constitute a territory, where instead of a disciplinary sanitation (physics, literature, theology), we will think of notions (butterfly, number, toilet); instead of an effort of culture and the reserve knowledge, we will re-gain an opportunity to imagine, think, meet. When a notion is locked into the art work, it only takes a little to displace it into the politics, and it opens up other perspectives. Thinking with crutches: we have a de-sanitarization of art, but what if we transpose the de-sanitarization into politics? Miniaturization of art, and what will politics look like, if it is miniaturized? Avant-garde in art, what about the avant-garde in politics? Informe in art, what about the formless politics? Etc.

To quote Agamben: “With Descartes and the birth of modern science, the function of phantasy is assumed by the new subject of knowledge: the ego cogito (while, observe that in the technical vocabulary of medieval philosophy, cogitare referred rather to the discourse of the imagination than to the act of intelligence… While scientific experiment is indeed the construction of a sure road (of a method, a path) to knowledge, the quest, instead, is the recognition that the absence of a road (the aporia) is the only experience possible for man.” (and, woman). We will try that second road.

Jasna Koteska (Skopje, 1970) is an Associate Professor of literature, gender studies and theoretical psychoanalysis at the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. She holds MPhil in literature (Skopje, 1999), MA in gender studies (Budapest, 2000), and a PhD in women’s literature (Skopje, 2002).

She works in the fields of theoretical psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, Klein, Žižek), literary theory and gender studies, and with the variety of topics: intimacy, sanitation, trauma, etc. Her texts have been translated into English, Slovenian, Serbian, German, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Slovakian, Turkish, etc. She has served as an editor in several magazines: Identities, Shine, Literary Word, and others.

She has published the following books: Postmodern Literary Studies (2002), Macedonian Women’s Writings (2003) – first history of Macedonian female literature, Sanitary Enigma (2006) and Communist Intimacy (2008). Her book Intimist has been translated into Slovenian (2008).

from 21:00

joint public programs of the participants

11 August

11:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00

Group Art and/as Politics



lead by: Jasna Koteska

from 21:00

joint public programs of the participants

12 August


Joint meeting: planning of the Incubator

Moderators: Ana Vujanović and Iskra Gešoska

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additional information

breakfast: 08:00-09:00, lunch: 13:00-14:00, dinner: 20:00-21:00

UV radiation: before 10:00 and after 16:00 in the green zone (1,5 to 2,5) / 10:00-16:00 orange and red zone (6,5 to 8)

best beaches: Rafaelo (gravel) and Yachting (concrete), on the esplanade 5 Danica, 5 and 20min from the hotel in the direction of HN / before 10:00 and after 18:00 free entrance; and Žanjice (the best beach with gravel, concrete, cafés, restaurants, good entrance into the water, clean water, free of charge) – take a boat from the esplanade from the hotel Obala, ticket: 5eur

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Deschooling Classroom

Deschooling Classroom is a project that addresses the contemporary independent cultural scenes in the region, researching and offering an alternative to the hierarchical models of education in the art and culture. Methodologically, the project moves away from the concepts of individual authorship and expertise, and advocates open collective educational structures where self-organised communities facilitate horizontal production, exchange and distribution of knowledge.