Last night at about 2:30 a.m. Bunny and I found out that we are going to Slovenia next week. It was a little nerve-wracking for me, not knowing if we were really going or not until the last minute, but now that they sent us the airplane tickets I guess we are really going! Why Slovenia? Here's the reason:
ENCOUNTER ON RADICAL EDUCATION
November-December 2008 events: Dialogs/Debates/Exhibition
Participants: Contra Filé, Dostje!, H.I.J.O.S., La Lleca, The Pinky Show, Radical Education, Section for Latin America, Social Center Rog, Universidad Nómada, Zampa di Leone, Albert Heta, Agon Hamza, Hajrudin Hromadžić, Helena Popović.
The encounter of art and activist collectives from three continents is a small piece in the mosaic of numerous experiments of symbolic and material social recomposition in times of capitalism's profound systemic crisis. It represents an opportunity to rekindle discussions about the tradition of radical pedagogy and the methods of co-research, to learn about the media representations of overlooked realities excluded from the mainstream visual and sensual realms, about various tools for the production and distribution of effective counter-narrations emerging at the margins of the system: autonomous, self-organized communities.
"There is no silence, we are here to speak. About memories that give us strength to organize social struggles. About networks that move into new territories. About art as experience and experiment. About cultural hybrids and political mutants. About practices of freedom and about different social relations."
In their different ways, the participants are involved in deconstructing the dominant meanings, media discourses, and ideological certainties to give back the voice to those who were voiceless, and the image to those who were faceless. Their counter-narrations (publicly ignored histories, unspoken memories, etc.) humbly submit to the principles of empowering communities (of native inhabitants, farmers without land, children from metropolitan margins, relatives of the disappeared, migrant and precarious workers). They are based on a grammar of practical questions and concepts, whose purpose is not to formulate a unified "program of action," but to teach us to tell a coherent story committed to new subjectivities of resistance.
For rad. edu: Gašper Kralj, Bojana Piškur
Encounter on Radical Education, Friday, 28 November at 6 p.m.
Participants: Contra Filé, Dostje!, H.I.J.O.S., La Lleca, The Pinky Show, Radical Education, Section for Latin America, Social Center Rog, Universidad Nómada, Zampa di Leone.
rad. edu. exhibition opening, Friday, 28 November at 8 p.m.
exhibition at Škuc Gallery runs from 28 November – 14 December 2008
Participants: Contra Filé, H.I.J.O.S., La Lleca, The Pinky Show, Zampa di Leone.
Debate on satire and animated film as a means of social critique and Zampa di Leone workshop, Saturday, 29 November at 6 p.m.
Participants: The Pinky Show, Zampa di Leone, Hajrudin Hromadžić, Helena Popović.
Discussion with Albert Heta and Agon Hamza, Wednesday, 3 December at 6 p.m.
Sounds interesting, right? I'll write about it when we get back (~December 4) if not sooner (still don't know if I'll have access to a computer or internet connection while we're there). Okay, now I better go pack my backpack.