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THE RENAMING MACHINE

23rd April - 22nd May 2010

OPENING: 22nd April, 7 PM - 9.30 PM

PROJECT CURATOR: Suzana Milevska »

Participants:
Magnus Bärtås | Zdenko Bužek | Liljana Gjuzelova | Igor GrubiĆ | Dejan Habicht/Tanja LažetiĆ | Kalle Hamm | Albert Heta | Sasha Huber | Hristina Ivanoska | Sanja IvekoviĆ | MONUMENT Group | Oliver Musoviќ | Dan Perjovschi | Lia Perjovschi | Tadej Pogačar | Dejan Spasoviќ | Sašo Stanojkoviќ | Alexander Vaindorf | Žaneta Vangeli

Lecture, Q/A: 23 April, 17.00 - 19.00 pm
Renaming: Identity Overwriting or Potential Agency by Suzana Milevska at Open Space


The project The Renaming Machine looks at the complex entanglements involved in the political and cultural processes of renaming. Its main concept reflects the crucial need to question the way these processes have influenced the construction and destabilization of the memory of national, cultural and personal identities in the former Yugoslavia and South-Eastern Europe over the past two decades. The project examines various artistic and cultural phenomena, strategies and research formats of work associated with the notion of “renaming” in order to determine the extent to which renaming affects visual culture and shapes the cultural identities and cultural politics in the region and elsewhere.

The exhibition consists of an archive divided in three programmes and other conference and performance documents that either pre-existed or were accumulated as results of the newly commissioned research projects.

The Renaming Machine underscores the arbitrary and contingent nature of names. Alongside the philosophical and theoretical implications of the “mystic writing pad” of historic renaming, the project examines clandestine ideological patterns of the “desiring renaming machine” at work behind the dominant and visible social machines. As a region overburdened with changes in its state borders, the Balkans, for example, possess a history that abounds with the politics of renaming.

Particularly with the break-up of Yugoslavia, the renaming “apparatus” erased and overwrote most traces from the Tito era, including the Yugoslav leader’s own name, which had been attached to many places in the former country. The region itself has been called by different names: the Balkans, the Western Balkans, South-Eastern Europe, etc., depending on the geopolitical interests and attitudes regarding its integrity or dismemberment. The “renaming machine” has also its profound implications for gender politics in the way the patriarchal marriage contract has traditionally dictated that a woman assumes her husband’s family name, thus overwriting her premarital identity.

Changes in the names of institutions, people, ethnicities, languages, toponyms and even states are usually viewed as the first step in the process of appropriation, or erasure, of national, cultural, and personal identities, as well as a way to protect long-term political interests and ensure the domination over a territory. For example, the on-going conceptual “war of names” between Greece and Macedonia (that in 1993 was forced by UNO to start using the description “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”) resulted in an international outwitting game. This case became the most obvious example of complex ideology of renaming: how the endlessly postponed event of renaming can enable a “state of exception” whereby the political and economical power of the “renaming machine” is either underappreciated or overrated.

The Renaming Machine was imagined as a two-year umbrella project that comprised a series of events: conferences, exhibitions, debates, video programmes, bloggers’ posts, etc. that take place in Ljubljana, Skopje, Prishtina, Zagreb and Vienna. A comprehensive publication edited by the Skopje-based curator, theorist and professor of art history Dr. Suzana Milevska. The book will be published by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute as the culminating segment of the project.

The Zagreb exhibition included new commissions by: Albert Heta, Sanja Iveković, Tanja Ostojić/David Rych, Tadej Pogačar, Dejan Spasoviќ and Alexander Vaindorf.


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VIDEO ARCHIVE:
Video Archive I: Rewriting History

Dan Perjovschi, Romania (documents), 1987-2007, 17’
Dejan Habicht/Tanja Lažetic´, No Remembrance, No Comradeship, 2005, 5’
Sasha Huber, Rentyhorn, 2008, 4’30”
Lia Perjovschi, CAA Archive, 1985-2005, 7’
Kalle Hamm, Renamed Helsinki, 2007, 11’30”

Video Archive II:
Video Archive: Renaming Troubles: Gender/Kinship/Culture
Liljana Gjuzelova, Eternal Recurrence, 2006, 45’
Hristina Ivanoska, Naming of the Bridge “Rosa Plaveva and Nakie Bajram”, 2006, 13’6”
Tadej Pogacar, DASPU Parade, 2006, 2’47”
Oliver Musovik, Ć≠ K , 2002, 8’

Video Archive III:
Renaming the Self: Pseudonyms/ Appropriations/Misnomers
Magnus Bärtås, Kumiko, Johnnie Walker & The Cute, 2006-2007, 50’
Igor Grubić, Black Peistyle, 1998, 6’10”
Albert Heta, Belgrade Talk, 2005, 17’21”
Sašo Stanojkovik, To Whom It May Concern, 2005, 6’

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Performance Documentation:
Dejan Spasoviќ, Renaming Paradox, storytelling performance, DVD loop, 20 May 2009, Zagreb

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Conference Documentation:
The Renaming Machine, DVD loop, Pristine 8 December 2008, at the Contemporary Art Centre: stacion
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Audio Archive
Monument Group, Discussions 2008-2009 (In Serbian)
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The organiser of this exhibition:
Open Space - Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna

The initiator and organiser of previous installments:
P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, www.zavod-parasite.si

Partners:
g-mk | galerija miroslav kraljević, Zagreb, Croatia, www.g-mk.hr
Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia, www.mirovni-institut.si
Press to exit project space, Skopje, Macedonia, www.presstoexit.org.mk
Cultural Centre “Točka”/Kontrapunkt, Skopje, Macedonia, www.kontrapunkt-mk.mk
Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina, Kosovo, www.stacion.org
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The previous editions of the project were supported by:

Erste Foundation
European Cultural Foundation-ECF
Swiss Cultural Programme Macedonia
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
Municipality of Ljubljana
FRAME - Finnish Fund for Art Exchange
Majaoja Säätiö (Majaoja Foundation)
IASPIS - International Artists Studio Program in Sweden
City of Zagreb - City Office for education, culture and sport


Hristina Ivanoska

Hristina Ivanoska

Naming the Bridge: Rosa Plaveva and Nakie Bajram

2004-2006


Dan Perjovschi

Dan Perjovschi

Romania

1993-2003


Alexander Vaindorf

Alexander Vaindorf

Renaming Times

2009


kind support provided by:

BM:UKK
interkulturelle und internationale aktivitäten
ERSTE Foundation


The previous editions of the project were supported by:
Erste Foundation
European Cultural Foundation-ECF
Swiss Cultural Programme Macedonia
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
Municipality of Ljubljana
FRAME - Finnish Fund for Art Exchange
Majaoja Säätiö (Majaoja Foundation)
IASPIS - International Artists Studio Program in Sweden




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