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Public lecture by Svetlana Racanović / Marina Abramović "The Cleaner" / MoCAB, Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6 p.m.Talk programs | 02.12.2019
Public lecture by Svetlana Racanović
The warlike, holy, promiscuous artistic procedures of Marina Abramovic and Ulay
Museum of Contemporary Art (Ušće 10)
"Miodrag B. Protić" Hall
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
The twelve years of artistic love procedures of Marina Abramovic and Ulay meant a constant temptation, assault, stretching, straining, as well as breaking, relaxing and disentangling of their individual boundaries and the boundaries of their relationship, the “given” boundary of the organism, which is biologically defined and socially, culturally, historically constructed, that is suppressed by (social) rules.
Early, warlike performances brought about the painful exploitation of the body for the purpose of internally tempting and shaking up their relationship of mutual alignment and balance. The stability and self-sufficiency of the couple was also attacked externally by the gradual and steady integration of third bodies into their relationship - living and non-living, human and non-human, material and immaterial. Thus, they built a hybrid performance body capable of “schizo-love”, capable of experimentation and of opening to new pairings and provoking permanent new connections.
Their latter holy performances brought a refinement to the power of the body and the mystical and enthusiastic feeling of one being overflowing into another, a feeling of maturity and unity in the Third Body that they referred to as That Self. Finally, the couple sought an uplifted state of being: to outgrow their bodies and their individualities and connect with "higher" bodies of pure inner nature, with the harmonious bodies and energies of the external nature and the great body of the entirety of existence. The fruits of this intensive state of commitment and the long journeys dedicated to this cause were "grounded” and interwoven into different and multiplied (material, spatial, formal, media, semantic) paths of displacement and the final disentanglement of their relationship.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Svetlana Racanović is an art historian, art critic and curator. She received a PhD in 2018 from the Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University in Belgrade, with the thesis Perpetuating Change - Technology of Self by Marina Abramović. She completed her master's degree in 2000 in Cultural and Artistic Management (ECUM / ECUMEST program) in Dijon. Racanović graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade at the Department of Art History in 1998. From 2018, she has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje and at the Faculty of Political Science in Podgorica, University of Montenegro.Between 2011 and 2015, she was a guest lecturer at the Digital Arts and New Media Department at the Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University in Belgrade.
She was the director of the NGO Nansen Dialogue Center of Montenegro from 2003 to 2009, and executive director of the NGO Montenegro Mobil Art from 2001 to 2003. Since 1996, she has been active as an art critic and has curator. She has curated multiple exhibitions in Montenegro and abroad, including the exhibition The Eros of Slight Offense at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, and the Presentation of Marina Abramović Community Centre Obod Cetinje at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. She is the curator of the Montenegrin Beauty exhibition presented in Budva and Belgrade in 2003, and at the Motorenhalle, Dresden and the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin in 2005.
She was the recipient of the 2003 Lazar Trifunović Award for Fine Arts. Racanović has also published the books: Marina Abramovic: From Cuts to Stitches (2019) (Belgrade: Geopoetika); The Millennium bug?! - Montenegrin Art Scene around 2000: Delinquent Coalition of Critic and Practice (2009) (Podgorica: Centre for Contemporary Art of Montenegro). As a Fulbright Fellow, she resided in New York in 2014.