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Labour Day Assembly: RED RIJEKA ASSEMBLY

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RED RIJEKA ASSEMBLY
Towards an international combative production

Labour Day Assembly 2017
27/4— 30/5

 

Following the last year’s Labour Day Assembly, this year we move on, in a more ambitious manner, to develop a platform that examines the growing structural violence in our society and seeks ways to resist the adverse course of events. Without separating the artistic from theoretical production, we persist in the actualization of revolutionary practices.

If we take a look at the political context, we see that in countries that place their ”national projects” in the center of all spheres – from economy to arts – for the sole purpose of not realizing them, the discontent majority gets more and more frustrated. Identity-based violence has assumed new forms of fascist characteristics.

Where are today’s protagonists of change in all this? Do they have their own organizations? What is happening in today’s companies and institutions that employ the ”lucky ones” who still have a job? How is this related to political parties, NGOs and trade unions? Can solution be found in street activism? Does the idea of communism shield a much more modest request for reaching socialism again? Where is the rebelling nation and who speaks on its behalf and how? Who are the communists of today?

Our opponents are depolitization, mysticism, instrumentalized mind, populism and ethnocentrism.
To present a nation in action is a big and difficult task. In moments of the rise of a collective, or in moments of expressing people’s will, the entire referential framework of society and culture are called into question. Transformations of normative meanings begin to occur. And these transformations also affect the language, the structures of speech acts, the forms of communication.
We are not the translators of a nation’s voice, and we are not just cultural workers entrapped in a field of the so-called advancement.
The aim of this platform is to create a common space and time for political, economic, artistic and theoretical practices that are not orientated to profit-making, art foundations of banks or politics of ruling oligarchies. By working and producing together, we create a space for communism of the future.

A solution, which would dig deep into the core of things, may be sought in an international alliance based on anti-fascism, anti-imperialism and anti-colonialism of the present moment. The nations of Yugoslavia once succeed in this, when by founding the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia they associated their future not with a language, or state traditions, not even with cultural identities, but only with victory against fascism and development of socialism.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

OPENING

—Friday 28/4
City Hall, Korzo 16

The Opening of ‘Red Rijeka Assembly’
10:30
opening words of the organizers
Nemanja Cvijanović, Srećko Pulig, Mirna Gurdon

 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

PANEL DISCUSSION 1
Boundaries of fascism analogies
11:00—13:00

Graphic designer and activist Barbara Blasin will present the women’s anti-fascist movement that existed between the two world wars in Zagreb, with its variants and its combat against different forms of the then-increasing fascization.  The sociologist Rastko Močnik will discuss the difference between historical fascisms and the contemporary neo- and post-fascism that affect Europe and, particularly, Yugoslavian countries. Philosopher Boris Buden wonders if the word ‘fascism’ is still a usable name for the terrors that have been happening to us globally and reflects on the potential scopes of the contemporary anti-fascism in our countries. The sociologist Maja Breznik is going to share her views on modern forms of wage slavery in the EU countries, with an emphasis on Slovenia. She will also reflect on new forms of fascization, offering reminders that fascism has always been familiar with slave-like labour.

Moderator: Srećko Pulig

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 2
Where are the communists today?
14:00—16:00

Srećko Pulig from Zagreb will be talking about forms of political organizing on the contemporary left, both as an onlooker and as a participant. The Naples-based artist and activist Christian Costa will discuss how artistic values are transformed into political values, and how central regions in Italy, the spots of the strongest communist party in West Europe, have become the foothold of centre-left politics. Sezgin Boynik will share his experiences and opinions about why conventional communist parties, and left-oriented parties in general, are impossible i.e. unnecessary today, and offer the alternatives. Finally, the sociologist Rastko Močnik will raise the question of whether the invocation of a communist alternative hides a much more modest goal of reaching socialism again.

Moderator: Boris Buden

 

—Saturday 29/04
HKD (stage), Strossmayerova 1

PANEL DISCUSSION 3
10:30—13:00

The rebelling nation 1

Minna Henriksson will present her projects that reflect on the fierce resistance of fascism and anti-communism in Finland and suggest some ways of fighting such practices. Curator Vesna Vuković from Zagreb will discuss the activities and changes in the reception of the Earth Group, from its founding, over the period between the two world wars, to the present. Publicist Srećko Pulig will introduce us to the concepts of self-management and culture, with an analysis of the polemics published by Predrag Matvejević in the mid-1970s in Yugoslavia, when self-management was reaching its end. Sociologist Milan Rakita will problematize the geneses of historical revisionism as an ideological form of economic and political interests of the ruling classes in the countries of former Yugoslavia and the EU.

The rebelling nation 2

Sezgin Boynik will be introducing us to the work of people gathered around Helsinki-based international journal and platform Rab-Rab, while David Munoz and Giovanna Esposito Yussif will be discussing the work of Alberto Híjar Serrano, the Mexican theorist and conceptual artist, who emphasizes the importance of a revolutionary movement theory in Central America. Finally, Ilya Orlov from Russia and Sezgin Boynik from Finland will speak about what the Russian Formalists heritage means to us, especially the two books about the October Revolution by Viktor Shklovsky, and tell us more about the relationship between the Formalists and the Futurists.

 

INTERVENTIONS AND ACTIONS IN PUBLIC SPACES

—Thursday 27/4 Korzo

Potentials for combative creative production
Rena Raedle & Vladan Jeremić are going to exhibit their artistic-political posters and objects

—Thursday 27/4
display window of the City Hall, Korzo 16

Marina Naprushkina is going to present her illustrated newspaper

—Friday 28/4—30/5 Korzo

ZIP Group will begin with the making of the sculpture/stage in front of Radio Rijeka building (Mali Salon gallery)

—Saturday 29/4
Titov Trg/Tito’s Square

12:00—23:00
Scenography for an applause!
Nemanja Cvijanović is going to build a sculpture of security barriers, which will serve as the set for the concert of Tržaški partizanski pevski zbor Pinko Tomažič

 

EXHIBITIONS

—Friday 28/4—15/5
Studio Kamov, Križanićeva 6a

exhibition opening—18:00
Women’s Antifascist Zagreb
a documentary exhibition
Curator: Barbara Blasin

—Friday 28/4—7/5
SIZ Gallery in Kortil Gallery, Strossmayerova 1

exhibition opening—19:00
Red Rijeka
the curators’ collective of May 1st Assembly
Authors: Rena Raedle i Vladan Jeremić, Rene Gabri i Ayreen Anastas, Minna Henriksson, Ilya Orlov, Nemanja Cvijanović, ZIP Grupa, Filip Jovanovski, Marina Naprushkina, Christian Costa, Giovanna Esposito Yussif i David Munoz

—Saturday 29/4
Studio Kamov, Križanićeva 6a

guided tour with curator and discussion—11:00
Centre for Women’s Studies Zagreb
Sin collaboration with Centre for Women’s Studies Rijeka

—Tuesday 9/5—16/6
SIZ Gallery in Kortil Gallery, Strossmayerova 1
exhibition opening—19:30

Exhibition of combat-oriented works
the curators’ collective of May 1st Assembly
authors: ZIP Group

 

PERFORMANCE

—Sunday 30/4
SIZ Gallery in Kortil Gallery, Strossmayerova 1
Performance—19:00

Il rimmel dell’Europa
Collective Et l’Europe alors

 

MUSIC

—Saturday 29/4
Titov trg (or Art kino Croatia in case of rain)

concert begins—19:00
Tržaški partizanski pevski zbor
Pinko Tomažič

 

FILM

—Saturday 29/4
Art Kino Croatia, Krešimirova 2

projection begins—21:00
Battleship Potemkin
Sergei Eisenstein, the Soviet Union, 1925
Selected by: Ibro Hasanović

 

Program co-financed:
City of Rijeka, Rijeka 2020 Ltd., Primorsko Goranska County, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Clubture

Media support: Novi list

 

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