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Public Lecture by Jelena Vesić / Marina Abramović "The Cleaner" / MoCAB, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Talk programs | 20.11.2019


Public lecture by Jelena Vesić
SCC as a Place of Performative (Self)Production: Institution, Self-organization, Speech in the first-person, Collectivization


Museum of Contemporaray Art (Ušće 10)
Miodrag B. Protic Hall
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

The space of SCC (Students Cultural Center) as a place of performance production can be viewed from two clearly positioned angles. One would be to look SCC as an alternative institutional space in which the genre of performance art in the local Belgrade environment was established, and which shared numerous characteristics with the BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival) art program. Performance was canonized in the visual arts space as an expression of procedurality, artistic subjectivity, the dematerialisation of an artwork and, in general, an expansion of the traditionally understood field of art. Another way would be to look at SCC’s performativity as an institution emerging in a kind of performing mode as an institution-in-motion, as an institution-movement, as it emerged from the student-worker protests in 1968 and continued that movement from within, as a critical a wave aided by an international flux of artists, intellectuals and activists.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jelena Vesić is an independent curator, critic and lecturer. She was the editor of the magazine for image and politics Prelom (2001-2010) and one of the founders of the organization Prelom collective. She is active in the field of publishing, research and exhibition practice that intersects political theory and contemporary art. She is the editor of the magazines Red Thread (Istanbul) and Art Margins (MIT Press).In her research, she deals with the relation between art and ideology in the field of geopolitical writing of art history, focusing on experimental artistic and exhibition practices in the 1960s and 1970s in former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe. She has curated the collective exhibition project Political Practice in (Post) Yugoslav Art (2009) and the international exhibition Lecture performance (2010). Her most recent book, On Neutrality (with Vladimir Jerić Vlidi and Rachel O'Reilly), is part of the edition Non-Aligned Modernity (MoCAB, Belgrade).