CAA - THE MINEASTRY OF POSTCOLLAPSE ART AND CULTURE: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS NETWORKED FOR RESILIENCE BEYOND THE ANTHROPOCENE

deadline for submissions: 
September 16, 2020
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THE MINEASTRY OF POSTCOLLAPSE ART AND CULTURE: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS NETWORKED FOR RESILIENCE BEYOND THE ANTHROPOCENE (VIRTUAL PANEL)

We established the MinEastry of Postcollapse Art and Culture (MPAC) of art professionals from the Balkans and Western and Central Asia in response to contemporary crises. Humans from these highly politicized and rapidly evolving geographies recognize the disappearance of meaning, erasures of citizenships, the exiles of people, and (literally) mined landscapes as distinct realities. Emerging out of crisis, we redefine the very core of how to be a human in today’s world. By foregrounding human experience, in light of heightened conflict and polarizing ideologies, our framework emphasizes this diverse region’s impact on issues of transnational subjectivity and resilience.

Having traversed countries replete with historical entanglements, where trauma became routine and absurdities normalized, how are we to define ourselves and our contemporary moment? How do the aesthetics of black or red humor build resistance? How might we inhabit our new, albeit exclusionary, homelands as artists and scholars who do not readily fit within the established schema? How do we account for human experiences when existing structures in the transatlantic European and North American perspectives have failed? MPAC showcases new synthetic research and ongoing artistic enquiry, entertaining these questions, and more.

This Round Table session seeks proposals for 7-10 min presentations from artists and cultural workers whose interests overlap with postcommunist hyper-modernities in South Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and their diasporas. We especially welcome presentations on the Green Bloc’s interventions in the Anthropocene, and examples of rigorous work originating in these geographies since 1989.

This session will be held virtually on Feb 10-13, 2021. Please submit 250-word proposals by September 16, 2020 to katsaniv@evergreen.edu

Field of Study:
Geographic Area: Southern Europe and Mediterranean
Geographic Area: Eastern Europe
Modern Movements: Contemporary
Theory / Practice: Artistic Practice
Theory / Practice: Theory

Chair:Vuslat D. Katsanis, The Evergreen State College - katsaniv@evergreen.eduDiscussants:Megan C. McShane, Florida Gulf Coast University - mmcshane@fgcu.eduMirela Kulovic, Artist - mirela@postcollapse.art and Ilknur Demirkoparan, Artist - ilknur@postcollapse.art