Daily Archives: December 4, 2009

“Pugovka”: A Film about the Battle to Reopen the European University

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This film by Ilya Utekhin, an ethnologist at the European University in Saint Petersburg, documents the closure of the university in February 2008 by fire inspectors and the vigorous, highly creative campaign on the part of students, faculty, and their supporters (at home and abroad) to reopen it. The university was in fact reopened on March 21, 2008.

In Russian, without English subtitles, but certainly worth a look even if you don’t understand Russian. Running time is 44 minutes. The title refers to a song by the great Russian bard singer Yuli Kim, which you will see him performing live at the end of the film.

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Activist Club: Re-Constructions (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven)


Film programme in the Activist Club



Location: Van Abbemuseum: Room B2.06

On Thursday 3 December at 19.00 a film programme will be screened in the Activist Club (2007(2009)) by Chto Delat, from B2.06 on the second floor of the Nieuwbouw (New building).

This night is the start of a programme of videos and lectures with presentations by both local and international artists and activists. This programme is composed by the guest curator Galit Eilat, director of the Israeli Center for Digital Art, in close collaboration with the artists of Chto Delat.

New videos and/or lectures can be seen every month. The next film programme will be on Thursday night 17 December, the theme for this night will be announced in due time.

The Activist Club has room for about 25 people, so please reserve your seat timely. Continue reading

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Chto Delat International No. 1: Transitional Justice

Chto Delat International issue no.1, entitled Transitional Justice, emerged as a cooperation among its authors and in connection with the recent production of the video film Partisan Songspiel: A Belgrade Story, during the summer of 2009 in Belgrade.

Our authors provide a contextual overview of a Serbian society in transition. During the last two decades, it existed as an isolated camp where everyday life was monopolized by corrupt politicians and ruthless tycoons. The catastrophe of the wars in the ex-Yugoslav countries, which unfolded as an act of mutual extermination, was followed by economic polarization and discrimination against a large part of the population, who ended up homeless and deprived of any state protection. 

The collective Zampa di Leone has produced furious illustrations of hardcore Serbian realities. Novi Sad lesbian activist and Partisan Songspiel actress Biljana Stanković Lori discusses the autonomy of the LGBTIQ community in Serbia in her text Through the Windows of Activism. In his text In the Waiting Room, activist and independent writer Boban Stojanović draws a parallel between the Stonewall riots, which are seen as the beginning of the contemporary struggle for the rights of sexual minorities, and the Pride Parade that was planned in Belgrade forty years later. In his text “Beyond Monstrosity, Nebojša Milikić, cultural worker and program editor at Cultural Center REX, writes about how mass crimes, such as the tragedy in Srebrenica, are perceived in Serbian society today. In Antiziganism and Class Racism in Europe” Vladan Jeremić and Rena Rädle discuss the various forms of ethnic and class racism against Roma that have appeared throughout contemporary Europe. InWhy Do Partisans Still Matter to Politics?” Dušan Grlja, editor of Prelom, journal for images and politics, and a member of Prelom kolektiv, explains that the reference to partisans, communism, and socialist Yugoslavia, as well as the originality of their solutions, represents a “non-existing impossibility” that can provide a radical alternative to what was and still is happening in the region, which is now termed the Western Balkans in the dominant geopolitical agenda.  

The term “transitional justice” has recently received greater attention by both academics and policymakers. It has also generated interest in the fields of political and legal discourse, especially in transitional societies. Transitional justice refers to a range of approaches that certain authorities may use to address past human rights violations and includes both judicial and non-judicial approaches. In the case of the ex-YU countries, transitional justice has been connected with International Tribunal for War Crimes and not, consequently, to other important aspects such as lustration or desirable institutional reforms. 

Issue editors: Vladan Jeremić, Dmitry Vilensky 
Authors: Dušan Grlja, Boban Stojanović, Biljana Stanković Lori, Rena Rädle, Vladan Jeremić, Nebojša Milikić, Dmitry Vilensky, and Olga Egorova Tsaplya 
Translations: Marko Mladenović 
Drawings: Zampa di Leone and Gluklya 
Production: Biro za kulturu i komunikaciju, 2009 
The publication of this issue is self-financed and produced with the support of the exhibition project re: ex-post. Critical Knowledge and the Post-Yugoslavian Condition, January 20–February 14, 2010, Open Space, Vienna, Austria.

A .pdf of the entire issue (in Serbian and English) can be downloaded here.

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