A platform to reinforce critical and experimental practices & discourses in contemporary performing arts

Short interview with Bojan Djordjev, one of the founding members of TkH (Walking Theory) / Teorija koja Hoda.

TKH was founded as a group for theoretical and artistic research at the end of 2000 in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2002 TkH platform operates as an independent organization: TkH-center for performing arts theory and practice. 

The main objective of the TkH platform is to reinforce the critical and experimental practices / discourses in contemporary performing arts in the local context, as well as to affirm them in a wider, regional and international context. TkH’s activities are a theoretical praxis in the field of contemporary performing arts, implemented through textual production, self-organization, critical education and cultural policy.

In addition to its specific, more theoretical and artistic interests, TkH has been active in the field of cultural policy. It engages in collaboration with self-organized initiatives, organizations, and platforms from Belgrade (the Other Scene), the region of Western Balkans (THe FaMaClubture), as well as with a few other platforms from Europe (a.o. PAF). The initiatives and projects of collaboration with the above-mentioned platforms are motivated by the common goal: reinforcing the infra-structural and discursive potentials of independent cultural and artistic scenes.

>>> Find out more by exploring TKH online platform –  TkH is an independent (institutionally non-aligned, extra-academic) platform for performing theoretical-artistic activism. It is initiated and run by the editorial collective TkH whose members are theorists and artists coming from performance theory and practice, theater, cinema, and visual arts.

The video was shot for Ready to change by Relais culture Europe in Ljubljana, April 2015

Drawing: from TKH Journal N°10

Beware of participation #4

Interview with Nevenka Koprivšek, director of Bunker, Ljubljana – Slovenia, reflecting, after Bojana Kunst’s conference, on how cultural workers,  by promoting participatory art practices, may become tools to maintain precariousness. 

 

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Photo: from the study blog of Teresa van Twuijver

Beware of participation #3

Interview with Alenka Pirman, visual artist based in Ljubljana, Slovenia; she is a founding member of the Domestic Research Society (2004), where she develops collaborative exhibition and Internet projects.

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Photo: from the study blog of Teresa van Twuijver

Experimenting performative public formats

Interview with Bojan Djordjev artist based in Belgrade, about two of his works:

Part 1 of 2 – about The Discrete Charm of Marxism – a dinner piece  – Exploring the notion of “food for thought”, this performance stages a reading group according to the dramaturgy of a six course meal. The audience is served texts consisting of Marxist quotes on class positions/investments in critique of capitalism.

Part 2 of 2 – about Role exchange – Manuela and Bojan – in Amsterdam, Dappermarkt, October 2013, artist and fruit seller exchange their roles for a while. While artist folds crates at the end of the market working hours, fruit seller starts a conversation with the audience about the world without money.


 

>>> Find out more by watching other parts of Bojan Djordjev’s interview:

 

 

The video interviews were shot for Ready to change by Relais culture Europe in Ljubljana, April 2015.

Other videos are from Bojan Djordjev’s website.

 

Photo: from « The Discrete Charm of Marxism« 

Beware of participation #2

 

Interview with Bojan Djordjev, artist based in Belgrade – Serbia, about how artists should bear in mind the political weight of the word participation, and the need to tackle this issue with responsibility.

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Photo: from the study blog of Teresa van Twuijver

Dramatizing the collectivity

Interview with Roger Bernat and Roberto Fratini Serafide about their interest in dramatizing the collectivity through performances « in which the audience takes the stage and becomes the protagonist » *.

Part 1 of  2 – about how theatre could be a place for « poetical training » for the collectivity

 

Part 2 of 2 – about the ongoing political changes in Spain, and how it echoes with their work

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The interview was shot for Ready to change by Relais culture Europe, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in April 2015.

Photo: Domini Public © Cristina Fontsaré

 

Beware of participation #1

 

Interview with Roger Bernat and Roberto Fratini Serafide, on participation considered as « a mean to achieve something, not a value in itself « ; and how artists need to remain cautious while institutions are encouraging participation mostly to legitimize their existence and power.

 

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Photo: from the study blog of Teresa van Twuijver