Follow up: En Garde, Avant-Garde: 20/21; “A Man Sings After the War“

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 PDF of the complete program of En Garde, Avant – Garde 20/21


October 17-18 2014

Center for Cultural Decontamination

En Garde, Avant-Garde: 20/21

“A Man Sings After the War“


The recent experience of rebellion and disillusionment, the intensive recycling of war stories as a resource for new wars and political reconfigurations, the reintroduction of revolutionary movements and practices as topical in the society and their reflection in culture, somewhat resemble the overall disposition the historical avant-garde movements once originated from and reflected the social context before, during and after World War I. The osmotic processes immanent to the avant-garde practices will be considered in the form of public classroom – the younger generation of researchers and those who have researched avant-gardes in the past will compare the epistemology and the overall context of the research. Critical practices – whether in art, insisting upon continuity within the method, or as public interventions into the media discourse and public space – are invited to examine today’s and possible critique, as well as its role in society.



Day 1

Friday, October 17


Pavilion CZKD



Opening:  song recital “A Man Sings After the War“, performed by Bekim Fehmiu

Audio recording from the archives of the public broadcasting service – Radio-Television of Serbia (RTS)

Welcome address: Borka Pavićević and Maria Glišić

Open Lecture Hall – Now and Then

Presenting the ongoing research and dealing with the historical avant-gardes, followed by a discussion with art historians, writers and other researchers who addressed this issue during the past decades, as possible insight into how the epistemology changed, and clarification of the processes we are witnessing, concerning the political decontextualization of the historical avant-gardes. The Open Lecture Hall, unlike the academic conference, invites public participation and encourages contributions from all participants.


Introduction to the Program: Aleksandra Sekulić and Branislav Dimitrijević

11:00 – 13:00

Open Lecture Hall, Part 1

Keynotes: Gal Kirn, Gordana Nikolić

Discussion: Jerko Denegri, Radonja Leposavić, Irina Subotić, Nikola Dedić, Miško Šuvaković

Moderator: Branislav Dimitrijević

Interpretation will be provided for the discussion segments in English

13:00 – 14:00


Musical performance: EPP, inspired by Zenit magazine

14:00 – 16:00

Open Lecture Hall, Part 2

Keynotes: Attila Sirbik, Stanislava Barać
Discussion: Dejan Ilić, Radonja Leposavić, Vida Golubović

Moderator: Branislav Dimitrijević

Interpretation will be provided for the discussion segments in Hungarian


Identity by Choice

In the beginning of the 21st century, CZKD organized Moderna – a project which examined the continuity of modernism since the beginning of the 20th century and its possible utilization today in considerations about the future.

–          Selected video documentation of the Moderna program taken during the Moderna project in CZKD, 2001.

–          Presentation: Theodora Matziropoulou[1], Thessaloniki/Belgrade

Presentation in English

–          Exhibition of the Moderna project, CZKD,  Author: Branko Pavić

18:00 – 20:00

Discussion on the Images of 1914

Marcel Beyer, German novelist, in conversation with Dubravka Stojanović, historian from Belgrade.

Conversation in German and Serbo-Croatian, with simultaneous interpretation


Presentation: Nađa Bobičić

Overview of theatrical and literary manifestations to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I

Exhibitions and Archive Material


Exhibition of the Moderna project, CZKD (author: Branko Pavić)



Archive TV material in cooperation with public broadcasting service Radio-Television of Serbia (RTS)

Day 2

Saturday, October 18


Archive TV material in cooperation with Radio-Television of Serbia (RTS); Moderna program taken during the Moderna project, CZKD, 2001.


Exhibition of the Moderna project by CZKD (author: Branko Pavić);

Open Lecture Hall – Pavilion CZKD



Start of the performance “Walk for Dimitrije Tucivić“, Marko Brecelj

(Ongoing until 19:45 – Finale at the monument to Dimitrije Tucović at Slavija Square)


Bad Design

How can artistic practices be deployed or critical in the overwhelming spectacle of the World War I anniversary, especially if they relate to the central place of commemoration in Sarajevo.

Igor Bošnjak – presentation of artistic research created on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of World War I. Moderator: Aleksandra Sekulić.


The Great Method

“The Excluded. In a Moment of Danger”, film-performance by Chto Delat collective in 12 scenes, with participation of graduates of the School for Engaged Art and other comrades. Disscussion with Olga Egorova Tsaplya (Chto Delat collective)

Conversation will be held in English


Dimitrije Tucović – as a public gesture

The fact that the work of Dimitrije Tucović is again topical in the year of the grand spectacle on the occasion of the World War I anniversary causes for many questions – from the political theory, view on his anticipated social emancipation in the past century, anti-war movements, to the announced displacement of the monument to Dimitrije Tucović  from Slavija Square in Belgrade.

Keynote: Milan Miljkovic (IKUM); participants in the discussion: Milos Jadžić Baković (CPE), Stanisalava Barać


Reuniting at the monument on Slavija

Performance-homage to Dimitrije Tucović; author: Marko Brecelj

The program was realized in cooperation between the Center for Cultural Decontamination and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Project support: Goethe Institute Belgrade and the Krokodil Association


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