HOW TO REVOLUTIONIZE ART: PARTISAN RUPTURES TEIL II
First broadcast: Mon 01.03.2021, 11.06 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 17.03.2021, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: KURS (Mirjana Radovanović and Miloš Miletić), Gal Kirn
BÜCHS’N’RADIO is a broadcast conceived by Andrei Siclodi together with the participants in the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.
In the context of the final exhibition of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2019-20 Identity is Uncertainty #2, which is exhibited in the Kunstpavillon of the Tiroler Künstler:innenschaft until 13 March 2021, the Büchsenhausen Fellows KURS (Miloš Miletić and Mirjana Radovanović) presented their contribution to the exhibition as well as the associated research of the same name on the cultural activities of the partisan movement in the liberated territories during the Second World War. They invited theorist Gal KIRN as a discussion partner, who has recently published a study on the same topic. The online event took place on 22 January. The corresponding VIDEO is available on the Facebook page of the Künstlerhaus.
In the March broadcast of Büchs’n’Radio you can listen to Gal KIRN’s presentation.
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Mirjana RADOVANOVIĆ and Miloš MILETIĆ jointly practice visual art and research as KURS. In their work they explore how artistic practice can contribute to — and become an integral part of — various social movements. They often use archival material as a starting point, in combination with revolutionary poetry and prose and the visual language of progressive movements from the past. Most often they produce murals, illustrations and various printed materials including newspapers, posters, graphics. They are guided by the idea that the content they produce should be didactic and accessible to the wider public.
Projects that KURS realized in recent years are, among others: the research Lessons on Defense conducted in 2016 and 2017 on cultural activity within the People’s Liberation Movement; the mural Solidarity—to the International Brigades in Belgrade, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the International Brigades; the mural Struggle, Knowledge, Equality in Belgrade, on the occasion of the Students’ Day; the mural 20th October on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade; the mural Factory to the Workers at the Itas-Prvomajska factory in Ivanec, Croatia as part of the 13th Urban Festival; a residency in Chile at the AIR Casa Poli; the participation in the Persona Non Grata program in Ankara, organized by the AsiKeçi Collective; and the mural What Do We Know About Solidarity during the Qalandiya Biennial 2018 in Palestine.
As part of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2019-20 at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen in Innsbruck, KURS published the book Lessons on Defense: Cultural Activities of the People’s Liberation Movement (2020).
Gal KIRN has a PhD in Intercultural Studies of Ideas and Cultures from the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia. He has since worked, among other places, at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Humboldt University in Berlin, GWZO in Leipzig, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and TU Dresden, where he researched on the Soviet avant-garde and partisan memory. He has published diverse topics from post-Fordism, and Yugoslav black wave cinema to Althusser and critique of neoliberalism. His latest books deal with the topic of partisan struggle and socialist Yugoslavia, albeit from different angles. Partisan Ruptures was published by Pluto Press (2019) and deals with the politico-economic investigation of the rise and demise of socialist Yugoslavia, while The Partisan Counter-Archive (De Gruyter, 2020) works on the triangulation of politics, art and memory on the case of the partisan liberation struggle. He is currently Visiting Professor at Cultural History program at the University of Nova Gorica.