How it all began – Presentation with “singing and shooting”

30.07.2020. | 18:00

The Center for Cultural Decontamination invites you to join us on the project The Ups and Downs, the Highs and Lows… and the Forgotten dealing with the complexities and the contradictions of political, economic and cultural relations between USA-Yugoslavia/USA-Serbia through historical case studies of artistic and cultural collaboration, exchange and influence.

We invite you to take part in the presentation and the discussion at the final event in the first phase of the project:

How it all began
Presentation with “singing and shooting”


The presentation and the discussion (in webinar form)
Thursday, July 30th 2020 at 6pm

Presenting: Radina Vučetić (Professor at the History Department, Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade)
Reacting and commenting: Vladimir Arsenijević (writer and columnist, translator, editor, musician and publisher)

The presentation and discussion are part of the first phase of the project which includes a series of seven case studies, or online presentations of experts during the pandemic (research in the field of film, architecture and urbanism, visual arts, theatre, comic books, music and literature) which were followed by a live discussion with an invited audience every Thursday in May and June.

“How it all began” is a return to topics of “popular culture” as referential scenes of contemplating American cultural influences. Based on new research sources and templates, Radmila Vučetić will develop and create a narrative on the thesis of the global influence of American popular culture and its influence in these parts, as well as specific histories of circulation of cultural forms, phenomena, and long-lasting topics. This eight and final presentation in this phase of the project is conceived as a discussion about the approaches to historisation, as well as the culture of memory in the approaches of different disciplines which are a part of The Ups and Downs, the Highs and Lows… and the Forgotten.

The presentation and discussion will take place via the Zoom platform, and it is necessary to register in order to participate. Please follow this link for registration.

The project The Ups and Downs, the Highs and Lows… and the Forgotten aims to become a platform or trampoline for further discussion toward a critical, multi-perspective and multi-layered approach. The project collects documentary, archival, artistic and performative materials, curated to emphasize the fascinations and antagonisms, politics and diplomacies “above” and the daily life  “below”.


The Ups and Downs, the Highs and Lows… and the Forgotten

Project authors and manager: Ljubica Slavković
Project authors and curators
: Ana Miljanić and Branislav Dimitrijević
Production: Center for Cultural Decontamination

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The project is supported by the US Embassy in Serbia.

Presentations and discussions with invited audiences in the filed of film, architecture and urbanism, visual arts, theatre, comic books, music and literature, took place every Thursday in May and June 2020:

May 7th 2020 at 6pm
The Third (Film) International in Yugoslavia 
Presenting: Greg de Kuir Jr. (independent researcher/curator)
Responding: Pavle Levi (Stanford University)

May 14th 2020 at 6pm
Rethinking the “American-Yugoslav Project”
Presenting: Nika Grabar (University in Ljubljana)
Responding: Jelica Jovanović (Technical Faculty in Vienna)

May 21st 2020 at 6pm
Influences and non-influences: Recollections and reflections on the exhibition of Robert Smithson at the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, 1983
Presenting: Branislav Dimitrijević (Higher School for Visual and Applied Art)
Responding: Prota Škart (poet)

Maj 28th 2020 at 6pm
Intersections, influences and inspirations: American-Yugoslav/Serbian cultural relations in the field of dramatic arts 
Presenting: Milena Dragićević Šešić (UNESKO department at the University of Art in Belgrade) and Nataša Vučurović Đukić (MFA, Theatre designer and producer, department of set design, Maryland University, USA)
Responding: Silvija Jestrović (Warwick University, UK)

June 4th 2020 at 6pm
American Poetry in the Field of Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Poetic Cultures
Presenting: Dubravka Đurić (Faculty of Media and Communication)
Responding: Vladimir Bajac (writer and publisher, founder and director of Geopoetika)

June 11th 2020 at 6pm
More than music: influences, exchanges and collaborations between the American and the Belgrade hardcore punk scene 1990 – 2012
Presenting: Miloš Stošić (Unison, Mnjenje, Stonewall) and Srđan Kuzmanović (Unison, Stand Point, Hands in Ashes…)
Responding: Igor Todorović Zgro (Novosadska pank verzija, To be punk festival, No Speed Limit)

June 18th 2020 at 6pm
The forging of Mickey Mouse: following the trail of contact between the American and the pre/post/Yugoslav comic
Presenting: Marija Samardžić (Pančevo Cultural Center)
Responding: Zoran Đukanović (comic book theorist) and Aleksandar Zograf (comic book author)



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