Micropolitics

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The Micropolitics programme was launched in 2005, and has been running continuously since then, introducing the local public with socially engaged art practices, critical curatorial positions and artistic institutions insisting on more democratic production and distribution models. The programme hosts artists, curators – practitioners as well as theorists, and – unlike the direct action that interventions in the public space allow us – we open space for a critical reflection of art and its stronger contextualization within the current socio-political situation. Through this programme, we are expanding our activities into the field of research of the conditions for producing engaged art and art in public space, as well as for the analysis of processes that change the public space, criticizing the commodification of artistic production and the narrowing of the infrastructure for cultural production more generally. The programme is designed as an alternative to the circumstances dominated by the art that is insensitive to the conditions of its own production. Therefore, we strive to – in the formats that range from lectures, through discussions, projections to collections and thematic editions of professional journals – introduce new theoretical instruments, spread the discussion, but also question again some generally accepted postulates (autonomy of art, politics of art, process-product dichotomy, institutional-independent, participation, etc.) through another modality of discussion. At a time when the measures of savings are particularly affecting the art institutions, pushing them into complete commodification of services and resources, the sensibilization of the field for system insights becomes the only way to preserve them.

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