Opening and Culture Under Pressure: Culture cannot be reduced to economic reason

The conference was opened by representatives of the organiser, Miljenka Buljević and Emina Višnić, as well as the Croatian Minister of Culture Jasen Mesić. As he stressed, the Ministry is aware of weaknesses in functioning of public cultural institutions and will surely keep the eyes and ears open for new ideas.

The panel Culture Under Pressure started with lectures by Jim McGuigan and Vesna Čopič. Read More »

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Buden: Open institutions speak a foreign language

So, what would be an open institution? It’s a positive stereotype based on prior political normativity. Open institution is a good institution. Open means democratic and democracy is good. So every public institution is an open one? Yes, but when we talk of open institutions we talk about a specific type of openness. Obviously there’s not only one opennes, as there is not one single public sphere or space. As Habermas puts it, the space in which open institutions operate is an informal public space as opposed to the formal public space and language of the state. The language of open institutions therefore is always a foreign language to the state. It needs to be translated into the mother tongue…

Listen to Boris Buden’s keynote

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Conference Live Video Stream

For all those who cannot attend the Conference Cultural Television (Student Centre in Zagreb Culture of Change) has prepared a live video stream. Just follow the link

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Kontejner Party on Saturday in Pogon Jedinstvo

KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis invites you to a party celebrating its 10th birthday on saturday 22 Jan in Pogon Jedinstvo right after the last conference session! The gathering will feature the launch of KONTEJNER | curatorial Perspectives on the Body, Science and Technology, a book reviewing this decade’s activity. Distinguished guests Miško Šuvaković and Davor Mišković will introduce the work. Do not miss this offbeat event. Good times, food & drink guaranteed!

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Deadline for registration is January 14th

Conference events are open for all, free of charge and registration in advance is not obligatory. Of course, you may want to register and be listed in the conference participants list.

If you want to join us for lunches and coffee breaks, registration is necessary and we have to charge you a fee for Friday or Saturday: 75 kn / 10 € per day (opening or closing day: free of charge)


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Conference program published

Less than a month before conference opening, the final version of the program was published. The program includes lectures, conversations and debates that will involve theoreticians, scholars, experts, artists and practitioners such as: Boris Buden, Vesna Čopič, Sanja Iveković, Jim McGuigan, Suzana Milevska, Blaž Peršin, Mirko Petrić, Simon Sheikh, Miško Šuvaković, Andrea Zlatar and others. A special focus of the conference will be exploration of practices in running the cultural infrastructure, with around 30 participating institutions and organizations. The program is available here.

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