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Working Groups 2009/10 ::

READING MARX’S CAPITAL

  • Vida Knežević
  • Marko Miletić
  • Hadrian Bnin – Bninski
  • Maja Stojačković
  • Violeta Kačakova
  • Nebojša Vukelić

During the project, stomatology this group (conceived as a reading group) would be largely occupied with close reading of the ‘Capital’.

The initial concept for the group was the topic of critique/critical theory, clinic in brief. Immediately before and during the Ohrid session we had talked extensively about the references to begin with, whether it should be critical theory and its history on the one hand, or contemporary critical art theories in the widest sense, on the other. In Ohrid we read and discussed (partly, as we never finished) Virno’s A Grammar of the Multitude, subsequently deciding that it would indeed be important to return to Marx and the ‘Capital’ because it informs the major part of contemporary critical theory. Many authors we consider consequential frequently and comprehensively refer to Marx. Our further thinking went along the lines of conclusion that we all tend to read contemporary authors and works related to our respective fields and professions, but much too often lack time (or have none) to concentrate on some key historical sources. Therefore we decided to engage with a group reading of the ‘Capital’ in the context of DSC.

So, the primary focus of this group is reading of the ‘Capital’. However, there is a suggestion to additionally discuss some contemporary authors who draw from Marx or critically assess his work, in order to (among other things) inquire why and how we refer or return to the ‘Capital’ today. We proposed to meet every 10 days, so we could have enough time to prepare for the next session. It seems that a week between sessions would make the course too intense, and 2 weeks between would not suffice.

Additionally, there is a suggestion to produce a publication, some form of a working notebook, comprising (beside the original text) edited excerpts from our discussions, of potential assistance for some further readings of the ‘Capital’– for instance, to the next DSC generation. This suggestion should be further elaborated.

ON THE LIMITS OF IDENTITY: Identity Trouble

  • Slavčo Dimitrov
  • Vladimir Jerić Vlidi
  • Nikola Jovanović
  • Katarina Popović
  • Jasna Jovićević
  • Irena Cvetković
  • Đorđi Janevski
  • Đorđe Jovanović
  • Jovanka Popova
  • Dimitar Samardžijev
  • Velimir Žernovski
  • Stefana Savić
  • Attila Antal
  • Jasmina Aleksova
  • Biljana Klekačoska

“…if governmentalization is indeed this movement through which

individuals are subjugated in the reality of social practice through

mechanisms of power that adhere to truth, well, then!

I will say that critique is the movement by which the

subject gives himself the right to question truth on its effects of power

and question power on its discourses of truth. Well then!:

critique will be the art of voluntary insubordination, that of reflected intractability.

Critique would essentially insure the desubjugation of the

subject in the context of what we could call, in a word, the politics of truth”

The group, as it is imagined within these preliminary frames, will aim at contesting, troubling, problematizing and deconstructing the very notions of identity which are seen as the one of the core pillars of contemporary neo-liberal and biopolitical mechanisms of control, regulation, normalization and manipulation in capitalist societies.

The phenomenon of identity should be tackled from different recourses and problematized in its entirety, that is in the complexity of all its forms it is being imposed, circulated and sustained in contemporary societies. By these means, all the individuals involved in the group work should by no means be forced to homogenize their view, but on the contrary, should offer a critique coming from diverse disciplines and artistic media. For example,  identity/subjectivity can be contested by the means of a research in regards to the patterns of its consolidation in the notion of the author, the representations of different identities in arts, and curating, and reversely their relationship, for example, with identity politics. Furthermore, it can be contested by in-depth analyses of contemporary dance, the body in contemporary dance and its relation to the normative notions of identity, that is a reading of the contemporary dance body, or the impossibility of its reading in the terms of identity.  As we already discussed in Ohrid, this body can be seen as site of resistance impossible to be totalized and encoded in existing identity patterns and bodily norms. Let me just recall one quote of Foucault in thie direction:  “the essence of being radical is physical, the essence of being radical is the radicalness of existence itself”

One more focal point can be raised in regards to the question of how identity is related to the capitalist notion of private property, branding, consumerism, political legitimization, or as Grzinic would put it in one of her texts while referring to Petit, “I build (and I possess) my conscience in the same way I build (and I possess) a brand. In this sense, “I am my brand.”

The final outcome of this working group can be a book of texts, can be an exhibition, a performance, a video, or some mix of all of them, depending of the working process of course.


Foucault, Michel. What is Critique? In The politics of Truth ed. By Sylvere Lotringer (Semiottext(e), Los Angeles: 2007), 47

Foucault, Michel. Clarifications on the Question of Power in Foucault Live. Collected Interviews, 1961-1984. Ed. By Sylvere Lotringer (Semiotexte, New York: 1996), 26
Marina Gržinić. SUBJECTIVIZATION, BIOPOLITICS AND NECROPOLITICS: WHERE DO WE STAND?- http://www.reartikulacija.org/RE6/ENG/reartikulacija6_ENG_grz.html

NOTIONS

  • Bojan Đorđev
  • Milena Bogavac
  • Dragana Bulut
  • Milan Marković
  • Anđela Ćirović
  • Aleksandra Jančevska
  • Boris Krmov
  • Ivana Vaseva
  • Ljiljana Tasić
  • Siniša Ilić
  • Dragana Zarevska
  • Elena Veljanovska
  • Biljana Tanurovska

Terms / Concepts is a self-education group exploring the concepts/terms pertaining to the world of contemporary artistic, theoretical, cultural, and educational practices. The work in the group comprises members’ individual terminology problems/projects, designed to eventually construct a complicated map of mutually defining concepts/terms (based on the principle of tag clouding). Additionally, we insist on conceiving a non-taken-for-granted and non-colloquial conceptual platform, escaping the pattern often affecting the projects of this format. The group’s work primarily relies on members’ different backgrounds and diversity of the terms taken into consideration, subsequently confronted and redefined when in combination with the other concepts. The final output should not be a new glossary, vocabulary or lexicon, but a relational web of concepts in most frequent use. We either comprehend them differently or are, simply, unaware of the different readings according to one’s assumed theoretical (or ideological) position.

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.