EUROPOLY, CONFERENCE # 2
Past, Present and Future of the Balkan Migrations in Countries of Central and Western Europe
Opening: 2. May 2017, 7 pm
2. ‒ 3. May, conference
2. ‒ 11. May, exhibition
4. ‒ 6. May, film screenings
Centre for Culture and Information (KIC)
Series of regional conferences EUROPOLY is a multidisciplinary project realized in collaboration with four independent organisations – Bijeli val (Croatia), Krokodil (Serbia), Crvena (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and BLOCKFREI (Austria). It deals with topics of migration, primarily from the area of South-Eastern Europe to the countries of Central and West Europe – starting from the big wave of economic migrants (so-called Gastarbeiter) in the 1960s and 1970s to the tens of thousands war refugees during the 1990s, anti-provincial departures of the young people mostly to world metropolis, constant brain drains, as well as the latest refugee crisis that is moving towards European countries through the Balkans. The intention of the project is to research and map the intense social, cultural and artistic influence which this long-term wave of migrations made on the West Balkan countries, as well as the countries that mostly represented final migrant destination.
Panel discussions, exhibition program and film screenings will be held during 2017 in four cities: Belgrade, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Vienna.
The framework and a starting point of the project is the art installation EUROPOLY – The European Union Identity Trading Game by the Serbian/Austrian artist Dejan Kaludjerović, which will be exhibited in all four cities.
The conference consists of two panels, the first one dedicated to socially engaged art practices critical to the migration and EU cultural policy and the second panel focused on the policies of identity and migration practices on the (non) imaginary Balkan.
Participants of the first panel: Andreja Kulunčić (artist), Tanja Ostojić (artist), Bojan Krištofić (designer and art critic).
Participants of the second panel: Marina Gržinić Mauhler (philosopher, theorist and artist), Marijana Hameršak (scientific associate at the Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb), Viktor Koska (political scientist) and Duško Petrović (anthropologist).
Art installation EUROPOLY – The European Union Identity Trading Game questions the position of the immigrants in EU, general idea behind the EU, as well as the gap between ideals and practice. Citizens of the non-EU countries, who are working in the EU countries, have been photographed and with their professions are featured in the installation. Luck, to a great extent, determines the possible rise or fall of the players who wish to become part of the new European identity.
The European Union defines European identity as something that is provided only within the Union and only to European Union citizens, although Europe does not end at the borders of the Union. However, the EU does have the power to define identity, the power to set up the rules of a game others have to join. The consumer society of the European Union has created a rule, that ’everything is for sale’, including even notions of identity.
As part of the exhibition program, a video installation GUESTures, a long-term project by artist Margareta Kern will be presented which focuses on the overlooked histories of women migrant workers, reflecting the fragmented nature of memory and narrative, and thinking through the radical potential of an artwork as an archive and a memorial to the unsaid and the unheard. The project is dedicated to migrant women who were part of organised mass migration from the socialist Yugoslavia to West Germany in the late 1960s – as the guest workers or Gastarbeiter who worked in the factories that produce video and television equipment. Although they represent a large population of migrant workers, their stories are generally absent from the service history and the archives and the imaginary collective.
Film screenings will show eight recent films and cult classics that question the hybrid position of gastarbeiters and migrants in Balkan-European everyday life – from ethnological studies Halo München by Krsto Papić, to the dark humor documentary Dragan – Wende West Berlin by Lena Müller and Dragan von Petrović to the subversive film Montenegro by Dušan Makavejev.
Entry to all events is free!
The project is supported by Allianz Kulturstiftung, ERSTE Stiftung, Federal Chancellery of Austria, the City Vienna, Austrian Cultural Forum in Serbia, the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb, m, Eurocomm-PR GmbH.
Tuesday, 2. May
19 h ‒ Opening of the installation EUROPOLY ‒ The European Union Identity Trading Game by Dejan Kaludjerović.
Panel: The European multicultural projects and socially engaged art practices: carrot and stick play
Participants: Andreja Kulunčić, Tanja Ostojić, Bojan Krištofić
GUESTures | GOSTIkulacije, two channel installation by Margareta Kern, 2011, 33 ‘
Installation EUROPOLY ‒ The European Union Identity Trading Game and video GUESTures will be exhibited until 11. 5. 2017.
Wednesday, 3. May
19 h – Panel: (Non)imaginary Balkans – identity politics and migration practices
Participants: Marina Gržinić, Viktor Koska, Marijana Hameršak, Duško Petrović
Thursday, 4. May
19 h – Halo München, r. Krsto Papić, Yugoslavia, 1968. 12′
The second generation, r. Želimir Žilnik, Yugoslavia, 1983., 88′
21 h – Special trains, r. Krsto Papić, Yugoslavia, 1972., 16′
Undertaker r. Dragan Nikolić, Germany/Serbia, 2013., 53′
Friday, 5. May
19 h – Dragan Wende – West Berlin, r. Lena Müller, Dragan von Petrović, Germany/Serbia, 2013., 87′
21 h – Flotel Europa, r. Vladimir Tomić, Denmark/Serbia, 2015., 72′
Saturday, 6. May
19 h – Katzelmacher, r. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, FR Germany, 1969., 88′
21 h – Montenegro, r. Dušan Makavejev, Sweden/GB, 1981., 96′