press to exit project space

Curatorial workshop and exhibition | Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska, the team of press to exit project space, participated at the Behaviour workshop for Idiots takes place at the Kunsthalle Luzern (Switzerland) conceptualized by the artistic director, Lillian Fellmann

On May 8 one could catch the following headline in the International Herald Tribune "Rule No. 1: Pursue Happiness". This refers to last year's radical shift from an absolute monarchy to a new political science in Buthan initiated by the monarch himself – moving away from complete dedication to economic development towards the "pursue of gross national happiness". This as a reaction to the financial crisis. Who is an idiot, and who is a genius today? Who can still speak his language, his idiom and "be an idiot" in a world that asks more and more for a normative way of production, presentation and distribution?

Workshop participants are Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska, press to exit project space, Skopje; Albert Heta, Stacion, Kosovo; Per Hüttner, University Linköping, Sweden/Paris; Sixten Kai Nielsen und Martin Rosengaard, Wooloo Productions, Copenhagen; Fatos Ustek, independent curator Turkey/London; Mari Brellochs, GfKFB, network for artistic research, Berlin.

The participants are invited to discus these questions specifically in a contemporary art market context. Central to the exchange are the culturally varied experiences, social limits and specific political dependencies in different parts of Europe and abroad.

The workshop is closed to the public.
Results will be presented at the opening of the exhibition "Love in the age of postponed democracy, the critical crisis" on May 31.

Opening, May 31, 2009, 5 p.m.
"Love in the age of postponed democracy, the critical crisis"
Was kann heute Liebe alles (nicht mehr)?

Video and photography exhibition with Swiss and international artists.
Special: Mary Kelly shows WLM Demo Remix, 2008.

Opening talk
Prof. Dr. Eva Lia Wyss, media scientist and linguist, Zurich

Love, accomplishment and passion: Some sociolinguistic thoughts on the discourse of love”
Those who think that love is something that hits you like a blizzard and makes your blood cook, do not recognize – and maybe wilfully so – that social practices of love are tightly intertwined with principles of accomplishment and that romance as well as passion not rarely are being produced in the context of economic practices and are being reinforced by them.

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