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Discursive frames: culture <-- politics

with Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca, Adi Dohotaru, Vitalie Sprânceană, Vladimir Us, Ovidiu Țichindeleanu, Dan Acostioaei, Veda Popovici, Ovidiu Pop

Saturday, 9th of April 2016, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 14th of May 2016
Saturday, 28th of May 2016 Iași
Al. Lăpusneanu St. 7-9

Theories and things coexist. Voluntarily or not, every time we act upon things we are forced to decide on the words that accompany them. We decide on discourse. We permanently negotiate its limits and contents. Different languages and different discourse universes emerge, disappear, are created, destroyed, claimed or kept silent, highlighted or overshadowed; they form and deform what we see.

“The series of workshops Discursive frameworks: culture <-- politics aims to reveal various ways of ordering the relevant words in the plane of political and cultural action. Social situations / artistic practices / specific art projects / will be juxtaposed / discussed / framed and reframed discursively with the help of the participants. The determining objective is to question the presence of politics in the realm of cultural interactions in a manner that is free from the constraints of any one unifying system of theoretical reflection, but specially designed to stimulate the need for theoretical reflection.

The participants will be encouraged to discuss freely / critically about various alternative/concurrent perceptions that describe the relationship between culture and politics, within three workshops. Each workshop will start from topics/themes presented by two guests.” (Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca)

Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca will take on the role of moderator/instigator in the debates.

Schedule/ Programme

Workshop 1 (9th of April, 6 p.m.)
Adi Dohotaru – „Leap into the Civic Void”
Vitalie Sprânceană and Vladimir Us – „Spațiul public între artă și politică/ Public space between art and politics”

Workshop 2 (13-14th of May, 6 p.m.)
Ovidiu Țichindeleanu – „Contracultura/ Counterculture”
Veda Popovici, Ovidiu Pop

Workshop 3 (28h of May, 6 p.m.)
Dan Acostioaei – „Procesul/ The Trial”
Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca – „Clivaje culturale, politica culturii. Cazul ICR/ Cultural cleavages, politics of culture. The ICR case”

Guests Workshop 1:

--> Adi Dohotaru (b. 1983) is a Cluj based activist, researcher and journalist, a small vagabond between humanities and social domains. He uses Anthropology performative technique in the frame of a larger civic engagement methodology: Participatory Action Research. He enjoys that some defended cases had been successfully and he is sad because other more important did not have much.

--> Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca, lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences, International Relations and European Studies (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași), mediolog, cultural mediator and negotiator

--> Vladimir Us is an artist and curator based in Chișinău, Moldova, founding member of Oberliht Young Artists Association. He studied art, curating, cultural management and cultural policy in Chisinau, Grenoble and Belgrade. Through his recent works and projects he examines the processes of transformation of the public space in post-Soviet cities along with the need for conceptualizing an alternative network of public spaces for Chisinau.

--> Vitalie Sprînceană is a sociologist and public intellectual, co-founder of the platform of critical thinking License studies in Bulgaria (Political Sciences), Master in Philosophy in Chisinau (USM), in the present PhD at George Mason University, USA. Intersts in: urban sociology, sociology of religion, political sociology.