18. Feb 2016
Šum #4 | Jovita Pristovšek et. al. |On politics, aesthetics and democracy
ABSTRACT: The interview On politics, aesthetics and democracy was conducted in an e-mail correspondence with the authors of scientific papers collectively published under the title Politics, Aesthetics and Democracy. The publication was based on the eponymous international colloquium held on 11th of May 2015 at the Atrium SRC SASA Ljubljana, organised by the Institute of Philosophy SRC SASA and the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) in Ljubljana, and was co‑published by House of Photography, Novo Mesto, and Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, in collaboration with Novi Kolektivizem and the AVA Academy. In parallel with the mentioned collection of scientific papers, the interview addresses the questions of politics, aesthetics, democracy and freedom, as well as the problems and current status of theory, therefore touching upon the question of the political of art.
Keywords: politics, aesthetics, democracy, biopolitics, necropolitics, theory.
Nina Cvar graduated with honours in Cultural Studies from the Faculty of Social Studies in Ljubljana. Currently, she is finishing a PhD at SRC SASA (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. Marina Gržinić. In her dissertation, awarded with a scholarship by the Municipality of Ljubljana, she is researching an elusive relation between the (digital) image and global capitalism. She also writes on film and serves as a member of the editorial board at KINO! Magazine for Cinema and Cinematic Issues.
Katja Čičigoj graduated in Philosophy and Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Ljubljana. She is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Leibig University, Giessen, and a member of the editorial boards at On Culture and Maska magazines. Her fields of interest are contemporary continental philosophy, feminist and critical theory, and the intersection between philosophy and contemporary science and aesthetics.
Marina Gržinić Mauhler is a Doctor of Philosophy, a research advisor at the Institute of Philosophy at SRC SASA (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Ljubljana, and a lecturing Professor for the postgraduate program Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures at the Postgraduate School SRC SASA and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. She has published numerous books at home and abroad. In collaboration with Šefik Tatlić, she co‑authored the book Necropolitics, Racialization and Global Capitalism: Historicization of Biopolitics and Forensics of Politics, Art, and Life (Lexington Books, USA, 2014).
Adla Isanović holds an MA in New Media (HEAA–School of Applied Arts), and an MA from the research-based postgraduate program Critical, Curatorial, Cybermedia Studies (ESBA–School of Fine Arts) at the Geneva University of Arts and Design, Switzerland. She is currently working as an assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, and following the Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures PhD program at the Postgraduate School SRC SASA (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Ljubljana.
Sebastjan Leban holds a PhD in philosophy, he is a theoretician, researcher and artist; co‑founder and co-editor of the Reartikulacija magazine (2007–2011); assistant professor at the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) in Ljubljana.
Jovita Pristovšek holds an MA in Fine Arts from The Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the Postgraduate School SRC SASA (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Ljubljana, where she is writing a PhD thesis on the regimes of aesthetic, public, and political. Since 2009, she has been teaching at the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) in Ljubljana.
Šefik Tatlić is a theoretician from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds an MA in journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo and a PhD in sociology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. His main focus is on political philosophy, decolonial theory and political sociology. He co‑authored (with Marina Gržinić) the book Necropolitics, Racialization and Global Capitalism: Historicization of Biopolitics and Forensics of Politics, Art, and Life (Lexington Books, USA, 2014).
Jasmina Založnik is a dramaturge, curator and writer in the field of contemporary performing arts. She earned her MA in Philosophy from the SRC SASA (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts) under the auspices of the University of Nova Gorica. Since 2014 she is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Aberdeen (GB), where she is conducting research on alternative performative practices of the 1970s and 1980s in Slovenia and Serbia. In 2015 she received the Ksenija Hribar contemporary dance award in the category critic/theorist/dramaturge.