Upside Down: Hosting the Critique

External activity |  Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoskaexhibition Upside Down: Hosting the Critique”  | concept: Alenka Gregoric and Suzana Milevska | curatorial-research team: Zoran Erić, Alenka Gregorič, Vit Havránek, Suzana Milevska, Vladimir Vidmar and Raluca Voinea | Museum of City of Belgrade  | 24.06 – 24.07. 2016

The exhibition Upside Down: Hosting the Critique is built on the long-term curatorial and research project Inside Out which was initiated by Alenka Gregorič and Suzana Milevska in 2014 who co-curated the first exhibition entitled Inside-Out: Not so White Cube held in the City Art Gallery Ljubljana/MGML from September 24th to November 22nd in 2015. After the realization of the first exhibition, publication and the conference in Ljubljana, the decision was made to form a joint curatorial-research team comprising six curators and researchers (Zoran Erić, Alenka Gregorič, Vit Havránek, Suzana Milevska, Vladimir Vidmar and Raluca Voinea), who were offered an equal role in the adaptation of the exhibition to the context of Belgrade. The exhibition Upside Down: Hosting the Critique was thus reconfigured for a new contextual and institutional framework. The primary focus of the curatorial-research team was placed on the position of museums which is one of the dominant subjects of this exhibition. 

Upside Down: Hosting the Critique is a co-curatorial cross-disciplinary exhibition which focuses on the transformation of the role(s) of museums, galleries and other public institutions in the production, presentation and collection of contemporary art in periods of transition and the part played by artists and independent artist-run spaces in these activities. 

Hauntutopia / What If

External activity | Hristina Ivanoska | “Hauntopia/What if” Performance | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna | MIMOK Cinema | 8 June 2016 |

Traveling through gaps of imagination, summoning ghosts of the colonial presence, following traces of unfinished revolutionary moments. Momentary openings of I-think-I-know, animated suspension, presence of absence. Do not be afraid.

In the frame of Hauntopia/What if, conceptualized and organized by the PhD in Practice program at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Hristina Ivanoska (PhD in Practice candidate) executed a fragment of her research project “Document Missing: the intricate sense of truth in oral history” in a form of a performance titled “Document Missing: performance no. 3”.

In the work Ivanoska returns to retracing the life and work of Rosa Plaveva (1873-1970) a social-democrat, fighter for women’s rights and activist to detect and understand the conflicting emancipation processes in Macedonia in the first half of the 20th century. The sources of information are based on oral interpretation of historic events which are inconsistent and prone to manipulation that inspired her to use performance as a tool to confront the past in the context of the present. Ivanoska has worked with the history of Rosa Plaveva since 2004.

On the Edge: Genealogies and Futures of Precarity

External activity | Jovanka Popova's presentation at the conference “On the Edge: Genealogies and Futures of Precarity” | CEU University Budapest | 3 – 4 June, 2016.

The emergence of ‘precarity’ as a ‘worldwide symptom of neoliberalism’ signals both a socio-economic condition and an ontological experience under the global regime of late capitalism. In the current political moment, precarity has come to designate a shift away from job security, an erosion of social belonging, and a loss of well-being for a neoliberalized citizenry, whose daily lives are increasingly marked by economic instability, uncertain futures, risky livelihoods, and a perceived dependence on the political will of elite actors. Such precarious shifts, furthermore, are deeply embedded in an intersectional hierarchization that signifies some bodies as more precarious and less grievable, with relating differentiations in social positions of insecurity.

Open Call | Summer School as a School

Open Call | Summer School as a School | organized by Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina | 3-18 July, 2016

press to exit project space is pleased to announce the Open Call for Summer School as a School 2016 organized by Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina.

‘Summer School as a School (SSAS) is an art and schooling platform, stationed in Prishtina, with collaborating partners in Ljubljana, New York, Belgrade, Vienna, Oslo, Skopje, and Sarajevo.

SSAS is envisioned as a guide and an intervention, designed to unite and disseminate critical knowledge and address relevant challenges of today, with new models and possibilities in art education and art collaboration. Course leaders, lecturers, and collaborators for SSAS 2016 have compiled a challenging and inspiring program for participants and the public, structured as a hub with seven courses, which combine theory-based classes and production classes, public lectures and presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and performances, to produce a unique experience and a model.

The organizer, Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, provides scholarships for participation at the Summer School for two Macedonian candidates.

The program is held 3–18 July, 2016. The application deadline is 19 June, 2016. The results will be announced no later than 22 June, 2016.