Discourse program at the exhibition The Heritage of 1989. Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents Exhibition.
BADco, a collaborative performance collective from Zagreb: “Long Durations and Ideas about the Future” consists of a series of interventions in the form of discussions and workshops, focusing on the social antagonisms of the post-Yugoslav political space through the prism of material and ideological heritage, the continuity of cultural networks, and the potential of the future, all of which taken together is called the Yugoslav experience.
Simposium »(Post) Jugoslavia and Long Durations – About Sociatal Antagonisms through Art and Culture of the Long 20th Century«
Speakers: Sezgin Boynik, Miklavž Komelj, Tijana Okić, Tatomir Toroman
Moderator: Tomislav Medak (BADco.)
12:00 – 13:00 Tijana Okić, From Revolutionary to Production Subjects: On Certain Aspects of Feminist Issues in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
13:00 – 14:00 Miklavž Komelj, Was Jure Detela wirklich sagte?
15:00 – 16:00 Tatomir Toroman, Yugoslavia my Country, Its Joys and Sorrows: Yugoslav Emigrant Workers in Light of Broader Social Contradictions
16:00 – 17:00 Sezgin Boynik, Nationalism without Limits – Landscapes of Cultural Nationalism
17:00 – 18:00 final discussion
Tijana Okić was born in Sarajevo. For the past two years she has lived in Pisa, Italy, pursuing doctoral studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Currently, she is a DAAD visiting PhD fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Tubingen, Germany. Together with Andreja Dugandžić she has edited a reader about the Yugoslav Women’s Antifascist Front Izgubljena revolucija: AFŽ između mita i zaborava (Lost Revolution: WAF Between Myths and Oblivion), Sarajevo, 2016. She is a member of the staff of the Viewpoint magazine. She is socially and politically active and publishes translations from several languages. She was among the group from Sarajevo who conceived and organized the Plenums in 2014.
Miklavž Komelj has published nine books of verse so far, with his latest – Liebestod – in press. Among his other works there are also the treatises Kako misliti partizansko umetnost? (How to Think Partisan Artt?) and Jugoslovanski nadrealisti danes in tukaj (Yugoslav Surrealists Today and Here) and the collection of essays Nujnost poezije (Necessity of Poetry). He is also a prolific translator (Fernando Pessoa, Cesar Vallejo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Djuna Barnes, Alejandra Pizarnik ...). Currently he is working on a monumental edition of Jure Detela’s collected poetry.
Tatomir Toroman is an ethnologist and anthropologist and works as a curator for the Museum of Yugoslavia, where he has co-curated the 2016 exhibition Jugo, moja Jugo – gastarbajterske price (Yugoslavia, My Country – the Stories of Yugoslav Emigrant Workers). In 2014 he conceived the program “Conversations about Yugoslavia: An Introduction into (Post) Yugoslav Studies”, which he is currently heading. He has also participated in realizing other exhibitions and research projects focusing, among other things, on mass media and mass culture. He explores the everyday life of the common people through the vantage points of social and cultural anthropology, critical cultural studies, and political economics, especially in the processes of socialist modernization and post-socialist transition.
Sezgin Boynik (1977), lives and works in Helsinki. He has completed his PhD in Jyväskylä University Social Science department on the topic of Cultural Politics of 'Black Wave' Films in Yugoslavia from 1963 to 1972. He has been publishing on punk, the ideology of arts, on cultural nationalism, Situationist International, and Yugoslavian cinema. Co-edited reader Nationalism and Contemporary Art (with Minna L. Henriksson, Rhizoma & EXIT, Prishtina, 2007), and co-authored book on History of Punk and Underground in Turkey, 1978-1999 (with Tolga Guldalli, BAS, Istanbul, 2008). He is also an author of artistic books Counter-constructivist Model (co-authored with M.L. Henriksson, Labyrinth Press, Stockholm, 2012), Still Stealing Steel: Historical-Materialist Study of Zaum (Rab-Rab Press, Tbilisi, 2014), and Noise After Babel: Language Unrestrained (Spector Books, Leipzig, 2015). He is editor of Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art.