POLITICAL SCHOOL FOR ARTISTS (AND ALL INTERESTED)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 25 SEPTEMBER, 2016


Since the 1990s, the field of art experienced a real boom of engaged artistic practices, and even a canonization of a special genre - that of political art. While the concepts of equality, solidarity, equal distribution - all from the left political option - loudly resound in the artistic field, the left spectrum of political field is devastated and broken down into a series of localized microformations. Together with this retrograde process, the political field is rapidly moving away from democratization: political power is concentrated in the hands of (political) elite. Political education, which once made a constituent part of political organizing from below, disappeared under the pressure of demands for direct actions.

I can’t be said that the art institutions have ever been recognizing the need for political and social education of artists, nevertheless, artists themselves have gained access to such knowledge by participating in the political movements that took care of the education of its members. The way in which art and politics are related today - a celebration of the inherent political nature of art, as an area devoid of social divisions - is a consequence of the outlined political landscape, but above all of the development in art education. It toggles between the conservative masterful and liberal postmodern approach, with the latter being crucial in the academisation of artistic discourse. The absence of a systemic education based on insights from political and social sciences is spiced by the latest neoconservative tendencies, most evident in secondary education.
Taking into account such circumstances, as well as our own experience of working in the art field, we decided to launch a program of political education for artists, and all others interested. The intention is to offer basic insights into the systemic analysis of capitalism and into the socialist alternative, and in particular the role and place of art in them.
Political School for artists (and all interested) is structured around five concepts / themes, in the rhythm of weekly sessions (on Thursdays) with invited speakers, and will last for 6 weeks (October 6 to November 17, 2016). The speakers will give an introduction to the subjects, and, with the help of selected materials open a group discussion.


PROGRAM
GORAN PAVLIĆ: Ideology - some observations on false consciousness
MARKO KOSTANIĆ: Capital and state - introductory considerations
MARIO KIKAŠ: Feminist angle - from primitive accumulation to situation today
MIRA BOGDANOVIĆ: Liberalism and the Left - Focusing the optics
STIPE ĆURKOVIĆ: Classes and class theory
ANA KUTLEŠA, IVANA HANAČEK, VESNA VUKOVIĆ: Art and social movements

Applications should be sent by mail to: blok@blok.hr (subject: Political School) until 25 September 2016.
Applications should contain the following information: name, year of birth, education, institution (if you are employed or studying) and short motivation letter (up to three cards) in which you will expose how much you are familiar with the issues and context, why you are interested in school and what you expect from it. Previous knowledge of the issues and the engagement is not a criterion in the selection of participants, but will help us to adapt the teaching to the level of participant’s prior knowledge. Motivation and interest will be key in the selection.

Program funded by the Ministry of Culture and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports of the City of Zagreb.

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IVANA PERICA: CABARET OF YUGOSLAV JOURNALS (1928-1933)

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION OF LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS

READING PUBLIC SCULPTURE FROM FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE

NEWSREEL AS WEAPON

SLOGANS OF NEOLIBERAL CITIES: ON ARTISTIC PRACTICES AND RESISTANCE IN BUCHAREST AND MARIBOR

VIDA KNEŽEVIĆ: BETWEEN AESTHETICS AND POLITICS – ART IN REVOLUTIONARY TIMES

DISCUSSION “DRAWING POLITICS, THE POLITICS OF DRAWING”

POLITICAL SCHOOL FOR ARTISTS (AND ALL INTERESTED)

Život umjetnosti nr. 97: Art and Social Movements

Jelena Petrović: Feminist Art Practice: The Temporary Zone of (Non-)participation

Margareta Kern and Valeria Graziano: bodies that can’t take anymore. images that can’t take anymore

Ana Vilenica: Art and the Housing Question

Mario Kikaš: The Art of Organization, or: On Democracy

Jasmina Cibic: FRUITS OF OUR LAND

Iva Marčetić: Workshop on Housing

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Ana Méndez de Andés

Petja Dimitrova & Can Gülcü

LIGNA

Nika Autor and Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić

Joanna Warsza and Dubravka Sekulić

Housing – From Right to Financialisation (and Back)

Kristina Leko and Judith Laister

Art and money

Representing Capital

Melanie Mohren and Bernhard Herbordt

Fokus grupa (Iva Kovač and Elvis Krstulović)

Chris Lee

Katharina Schlieben & Sønke Gau

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez

The Bureau of Melodramatic Research

Beata Hock

Thomas Keenan and Ugo Vlaisavljević

Clare Butcher

Unexpected Encounters: Points of Intersection

Nora Sternfeld

Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen

Differentiated neighbourhoods of New Belgrade

Angel Nevarez

Matei Bejenaru

Carlos Motta

Judi Werthein

Apolonija Šušteršič

Iris Hoppe

Mika Hannula

Nina Möntmann

Tellervo Kalleinen

Martin Krenn

Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas

Elke Krasny

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Geheimagentur

Isa Rosenberg

WochenKlausur

Park Fiction