<synthesis> Fwd: COLLECTIVITY BEYOND ART COLLECTIVES, Wednesday 08.07.2020. at 7PM CET

Krystian Woznicki kw at berlinergazette.de
Wed Jul 8 10:18:23 CEST 2020


*WEDNESDAY 08.07.2020. at 7PM CET *

*Collectivity beyond Art Collectives *

*Cassie Thornton* (USA/CA) and *Tomislav Medak* (HR/UK)

Moderator: *Ana Vilenica*

The conversation series /*Vectors of Collective Imagination in
Arts*/will be conducted through the /Zoom platform/, within which the
audience will have the opportunity to actively participate through a
chat discussion.

Join Zoom Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89245339583

Meeting ID: 892 4533 9583

The conversation series /*Vectors of Collective Imagination in Art*/
a space for discussion about self-organised art groups, ad-hoc and
mythical-real collectives, as well as artistic infrastructures for the
collective production of knowledge and the struggle for commons. The
series consists of three conversations that will deal with the political
economy of art collectives, socio-political engagement of art groups, as
well as imagining the anti-systemic collective practices in the period
before World War II, during the socialist experiment in Yugoslavia, the
anti-Yugoslav period of the 1990s. and the present situation.

In the first discussion, /*Collectivity outside Art Collectives*/, we
will discuss the (newly) established links between social movements and
the arts, which are being articulated in the struggle against the
financialisaton and privatisation of everyday life. Cassie Thornton, an
activist and artist based in Canada, will talk about her artistic
practice derived from experience with the /Strike Debt /(USA) and from
/Wiindo Debwe Mosewin/- a feminist indigenous patrol in Thunder Bay, as
well as about her new project /Hologra/m which tries to organise sick
(artists) into a healthcare support network. Tomislav Medak, a
researcher and artist from Zagreb, will propose a different genealogy of
the free culture movement, with references to the /Pirate Care Syllabus
project/- a space for collective production, exchange and distribution
of knowledge about (re)organising social reproduction.

*Cassie Thornton* is an artist and activist from the US, currently
living in Canada. She refers to herself as a feminist economist, a title
that frames her work as that of a social scientist actively preparing
for the economics of a future society that produces health and life
without the tools that reproduce oppression— like money, police or
prisons. She is currently the co-director of the Re-Imagining Value
Action Lab in Thunder Bay, an art and social centre at Lakehead
University in Ontario, Canada. Her forthcoming book, /The Hologram:
Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future/, will be
available this summer from Pluto Press.


*Tomislav Medak*is a doctoral student at the Coventry University’sCentre
for Postdigital Cultures
His PhD is on political economy of technology and the planetary
ecological crisis. He is also a member of the theory and publishing team
of the///Multimedia Institute/MAMA/ <http://www.mi2.hr/en/>in Zagreb, a
co-initiator of the/Pirate Care/ <https://pirate.care/>///project,/and
an artist in the performing arts collective/BADco/.
<http://badco.hr/>With his colleagues at the Multimedia Institute/MAMA,
since 2000 he has organised talks, conferences and exhibitions, and
edited publications in the fields of political economy, tactical media
and the commons. His own research interests are in technology,
capitalist development and post-capitalist transition, with a particular
focus on environmental crisis, political economy of intellectual
property and unevenness of techno-science. At times, he also writes on
theatre, dance and politics. You can find more about his writing and
work at:https://tomislav.medak.click <https://tomislav.medak.click/>.

*Concept and moderation: **Ana Vilenica* is a housing activist, a
researcher and theoretician of social movements, urban changes, housing
and art.

*Chat moderation and technical support*://*Darija Medić*is a digital
practitioner and educator, researching the field of identity
correction//building and labyrinths of contemporary technical practices
through the poetics of language, technology and art.

Conversations /*Vectors of collective imagination in art*/are part of
the project /*Art Organisation*/
<https://kuda.org/sr/search/umetnička%20organizacija>*-*a long-term
international research project that deals with the analysis of artistic
(self)organisation in the (post)Yugoslav region. The focus of this
project is on self-organised art initiatives outside the mainstream. The
project covers a wide historical field from Surrealism in the 1930s to
the present day. During 2017, our work on the project began with
interviewing participants and protagonists of the contemporary art scene
in Yugoslavia. This work continues in 2018 and 2019, when interviewees
were theoreticians and art historians, as well as artists who had
realised their practice through group art work. The result of this
research is an archive consisting of interviews, documentation of works
of art and critical texts written during the project trough the program
*/Fragments for studies on art organisations/
In July, simultaneously with the series of talks, a collaborative
research working group will meet online to analyse and review the
materials created during the project. This working group will create a
space for collective critical rewriting of the art history of the
(post)Yugoslav cultural space and critical work with the generated
archive. The online format of the upcoming events and sessions was
selected due to the changed circumstances that arose during the COVID-19
pandemic and represents a kind of a challenge for all those involved in
this process.

**Art Organisation** is part of a wider project **Vectors of Collective
Imagination** where kuda.org cooperates with partners: _Multimedia
Institute mi2_ <https://www.mi2.hr/> and _Kulturtreger-Books_
<http://www.booksa.hr/>, Zagreb (HR); _Glänta Gothenburg_
<http://glanta.org/about/>  (SE); _Kontrapunkt_
<http://www.kontrapunkt-mk.org/>, Skopje (MK) and _Berliner Gazette_
<https://berlinergazette.de/>, Berlin (DE).

The project is supported by the European Commission through the Creative
Europe program from September 2018 till September 2020, with the support
of the FFAIART Foundation for Art Initiatives and local program support
of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and
the City of Novi Sad.


New Media Center_kuda.org
Brace Mogin 2
21113 Novi Sad, Serbia
tel/fax +381 21 512 227

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