Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)

Archive for May, 2008

Fragments from entries to the Lexicon for Provisional Futures, by participants of “How Soon is Now?”, May 2008.  

“The status of “ongoing temporality” to everything we do originates in the sense of not having feasible ways to experience the western concept of “pragmatic ideology”.  At the end, it is maybe a combination of hunger and anger that things don’t move fast enough, that make us consider a provisional future.” Yane Čalovski (Press to exit project space / Skopje)  


Organizations or informal groups could create a specific “collective contract” with the state in order to provide self-autonomy and self-management, and not to be swallowed by state bureaucracy. That means a state should import a limited injection of liberal (liberal in classic economical sense) agendas in its still very immobile cultural institutions, but also provide a certain degree of protectionism to networks, entities, organizations and individuals who are roaming around in something that is a mix of neoliberal precarity and applied self-management.” Kristian Lukić (Napon / Novi Sad)


“Taking the obviously idealistic and utopian agenda as well as its similarly idealized adopted legacy, the Non-Aligned Curatorial Front will first of all operate as a think-tank but also as creative agency exploring techniques, strategies and methodologies of curating as action starting from a position of ‘independent uncertainty’…” Antonia Majača (Galerija Miroslav Kraljević / Zagreb)


“The political potential of cultural, urban and other kinds of activism might prove to be insistence on bureaucracies working to rules, insistence on normativity of regulations, insistence on delivering on policies, insistence on formalities. Rule by rule, policy after policy. It is only then that changing rules and drafting policies might start making sense. The political rallying call might prove to be: become more bureaucratic than bureaucracies.” Tomislav Medak (a/o Multimedia Institute MAMA / Zagreb)


“I am equally interested in an artistic potential of the highjacking of such a manipulative tool [referendum] of the state politics and in political perspectives of such a project and process.” Nebojša Milikić (Rex / Belgrade)


“… to what is the future of culture operators remaining at the periphery? This future lies in creating peripheral aggregators, the small nodes that will simulate the atmosphere of a centre or, by emphasising their exoticism (the more diehard the better), attract the cultural nomads. This is the role we have been assigned and to which we adapt. (…) If there is the third option, our rationality is so limited that we cannot grasp it.” Davor Mišković (Drugo More / Rijeka)


“At the same time, a parallel work should be developed that would allow for the high profile international events, that on their side should slowly but surely merge into more research oriented practices, involving other disciplines and fields related to arts, decreasing the size of the event and increasing the size of the more continuous structures.” Edi Muka (TICA / Tirana)


“We are witnessing a radical change of the cultural field’s infrastructure. The state and municipality institutions are gradually closed; many employees become free lancers, and the centres are being transformed into various kinds of hybrid cultural spaces given to certain actors for a limited period. (…) It would be exaggerated to say that the new context is an idyll… it opens hard questions. (…) Am I contributing to a future open to the multitude, to the existence of the organs without a body; or to a monster, to the bodiless amoeba that will eat all of us by its un-localized organs? Isn’t it bodiless spectre even more dangerous? It’s early to know. But I cannot stop asking…” Ana Vujanović (TKH / Belgrade)


Project-based forever

May 15th, 2008

I am personally interested in hypothetical scenarios. “Doing something” in Skopje despite the fact that it seems way to peripheral when comparing to other capitals in Europe, seemed at first a strange decision for an emerging artists. I wondered with whom and how I could work and maybe the interest into the hypothetical can be exercised from a safe distance, let say Berlin. But with time I understood that the main motivation for my involvement in the cultural discourse in Macedonia comes from the conviction that a change of the preconceived and outmoded definitions of what is artistic, social and political involvement in our cultural context is actually more provocative here, in a place that is somehow left out from the wider international discourse. (more…)

Surreal Legacy

May 15th, 2008

Immediate thoughts on provisional future.

(Un)Flexible Past: The Complex Organizations of United Work – the Potential of Obsolete Forms…?
In the overall acceleration, under the impact of information technologies in the society of late capitalism, the remnants of socialist arts clubs seem to be a sort of survived archaic form, initially conceived as a way of the collective organization of workers’ free time, but also a form of self-initiated unification of individual workers in large companies through cultural and artistic activities. In the local historic context of the socialist «complex organizations of united work» (SOUR), the form of these sort of arts clubs was strongly encouraged and one of them actually in the 1980’ started Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic. Let me try to hypothesize how we could pass this, almost ‘surreal’ legacy further? (more…)

Self-managed Life Style

May 15th, 2008

Belgrade, 2018.

These are the last days of the nation-states and of corporative economy, and even here things start to change. The Serbian prime minister won with the slogan: We are pro-capitalist, but anti-corporatist! Serbia finally found its way to Europe. It sounded progressive compared to what we inherited from the local primary accumulation of capital: monopoly on the one hand, corporation on the other. Anti-corporatism is a wide movement that unites-in-differences European leftists and rightists. The leftists expect it results in opening the public space and a horizontal distribution of power. Rightists grasp it as a tool for globalization’s dissolution, and an imaginary return to the nation-state. Even anarchists like it, as it promises that labour power is separated from the state. I also stand for it as I hate any kind of “collecting as a body”. Many of us, free-lancers of the independent cultural-artistic scene accept the inevitable “pro-capitalist” for the sake of the “anti-corporatist”. And here we are. (more…)


May 15th, 2008

An unedited manual on how to work with culture in Albania
(valid also for the next 10 years) (more…)

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