Danilo Prnjat Lenght:
Red Square in Moscow is an area which, in global perception, has always been connected to military parades, marches…a space where even today soldiers are spending several hours standing still in front of Lenin’s museum without showing any signs of tiredness.
Traditionally connected to typically official and military perception of a man… a strong, precise man in stiffed clothes with rigid attitude…even today he has remained a sort of a symbol of strongly defined, intangible and ‘ clearly determined’ idea of masculine that has been cherished for centuries by both, Balkan and Oriental tradition forcing appropriate “military look” in appearance as well as in behavior; while Russian climate, previously central place of communistic and post communistic regimes, today represents a central frontier of modern and traditional values.
In performance Red I spend one hour standing still in the middle of square dressed in white, lips stressed with red lipstick.
This sexual game with male/female appearance, native origin, erotic and passion put an issue on individual’s intimate and public nature and its conditionality by social, traditional and geographical standards.
In Serbia the first half of year 2008 was marked with continuous tensions in media domain induced by announcement and recognition of independence of Kosovo province. As Slovenia was the chairman of Europe Union, and was during the creation of this project positively disposed towards future independence of the province, great number of “Merkator” supermarkets, which are owned by Slovenians, were targets of anonymous bomb tip-offs and attacks.
Concerning complex (partly quoted) circumstances these ways of radical, anti-capitalistic behavior in public, commissioned via media were observed exclusively in context of narrow national and political interests and were allotted to some of the nationalistic organizations in the country.
My project considered false tip-off of a bomb set up in one object of supermarkets owned by Serbian investor (“Tempo”) and by it, created media manipulation changed public reception context of all previous tip-offs/ attacks.
Namely, right after the realization of the project (08.02.2008.), in a period from 17th of January to 8th of May there had been 114 false tip-offs of bomb set-ups in Belgrade1 addressed to key state-ideological institutions of our society (schools, hospitals, courts,…). Therewith, we can assume that the project contributed to subversion of critical public focus from foreign affairs determination of a problem to ideological aspect of national policy. In other words, the goal of the project was to demonstrate that the central problem that country was facing with – issue of Kosovo – was actually a problem (of nationalism) completely determined by inner politics of our own2, and not the matter of foreign politics in which the public of Serbia was encouraged to believe through media mechanism.
Connecting supermarket as capitalistic formation and the importance of Kosovo updated as an issue of the greatest national interest, this performance actually propound a question of meaning of nationalism and its purely material determination in our country.
Odnos nacionalizma i kapitalizma
Text predavanja za prezentaciju projekta Tempo
Autor: Šefik Šeki Tatlić
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Autor: Aneta Stojnić
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