[-empyre-] from temporary to unfinished
School of Missing Studies
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Sun Jan 20 05:00:21 EST 2008
Some very interesting comments and url’s—thanks for posting.
Ana, to comment on temporary autonomous zones, this is very pertinent
in the Western Balkans. The question may be how temporary is
temporary? This gets into the “unfinished” business.
First, so many individual initiatives sprouted up during and after
Some were great like Ljudmila, kuda, center for cultural
decontamination, etc. but others were things like war criminals
building huge television empires that promoted turbo divas and
nationalist sentiment. People are building their own family homes
extra-legally, claiming a certain right to private property in the
absence of the government’s ability to provide for them after
socialism. But then, they are putting up their own fences around
their property to block the world out. http://talkingcities.org/
On one hand this is great because people were active and exercising
free speech and expression—but the question of taking responsibility
for this freedom is a huge question we think. The Belgrade artist
group skart has a great project “your shit, your responsibility.”
So I still didn’t finish the thought on “unfinishedness,” but do
others have thoughts on whether it is necessary for a project to be
unfinished or to be immaterial (different but related concepts) for
it to be participatory? This is a huge discourse now from Nicolas
Bourriaud to Claire Bishop to Jacques Ranciere. But we wonder what
art, design, and media creators really think and practice?
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