[Related Event] Subversive Forum


Subversive Forum: “The Future of Europe”

Zagreb, May 13-19, 2012


Under the umbrella of Subversive Forum a number of events will take place in May 2012 in the Croatian capital, including an international conference dedicated to the main theme “The Future of Europe”.

The debates within the main theme will be ”The Crisis of Europe” (May 14-15), “The Struggle for the Commons” (May 16) and “Towards the Balkan Social Forum” (May 17-18), the Subversive book fair and, during the introductory week (May 5 – 12), the 5th Subversive Film Festival.

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It is no news that the European Union is facing its biggest crisis since it was created. It is at the same time an economic, financial, social and ideological crisis of this project. Across the continent, instead of solidarity we are witnessing a resurgence of national selfishness, the rise of extreme right, intolerance, and racism. The Mediterranean countries who have been hit the hardest by the crisis show us also a possible response to it: the appearance of strong social movements demanding social justice, a different economic model, and direct democracy. Almost everywhere we see the youth on the streets, in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, but also in the future EU member Croatia.

Through a critical examination of Europe’s current crisis, the Subversive Forum will try to outline realistic possibilities for its transformation and the creation of another political, social and economic project across the Old Continent.

The keynote speakers include Stéphane Hessel, Michael Hardt, Tariq Ali, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Žižek, Saskia Sassen, Christian Marazzi, Samir Amin, Bernard Cassen, Ignatio Ramonet, Eric Touissant, Costas Douzinas, Renata Salecl, and more than 100 participants from 20 different European, African and Asian countries.

For one week in May, Zagreb, the town placed almost exactly on the EU’s shifting border, will become both a center of the world’s critical thought and a laboratory of possible political, social and economic alternatives. (c) Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

For more infos see: www.subversiveforum.com/



The annual conference of the Studies in Social and Political Thought will concentrate on ‘Forms of Domination and Emancipation’ this year.

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Michael of meta-D.O.N. will present a conference paper on the Serbian workers’ struggle with the title: Workers’ Protests in Serbia: A Counter-Hegemonic Project?

More information on the conference can be found here.
For a detailed conference programme please click here.

Interdisciplinary student research project on protest


The Students’ Union of the University of Applied Arts Vienna ist looking for students who are interested in contributing to a research project on “Protest and Standstill“. The project will be carried out between March and July 2011.

For more information see here.

Lecture on “Social movements, social conflicts and transformation of society”


Michael G. Kraft and Sebastian Lasinger will hold two lectures on “Social movements, social conflicts and transformation of society” at the Johannes Kepler University Linz in fall term 2010/11. The lectures are part of the Master in Political Education, which is offered by the Institute of Contemporary History at the JKU Linz.

In their lecture, which aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of social movements, they will also present the work of Meta-D.O.N. on workers’ protests in Serbia.

Friday, 19 November 2010, 09:15 – 18:00,
room: KEP 1
Thursday, 16 December 2010: 12:00 – 20:00,
room: ESH 2
Friday, 17 December 2010: 09:15 – 18:00,
room: KEP 1

Saturday, 20 November 2010: 09:15 – 18:00,
room: K 012D
Friday, 18 February 2011: 09:15 – 18:00,
room: K 012D
Saturday, 19 February 2011. 09:15 – 18:00,
room: K 012D

Meta-D.O.N. interviewing the Serbian filmmaker Zelimir Zilnik

Having met Zelimir Zilnik for the first time two years ago, Sebastian Lasinger and Alexander Vojvoda return to the Crossing Europe Film Festival on the occasion of the first screening in Austria of his new film The old school of capitalism”.


In the interview Zilnik talks about his new film, a mixture of documentary and fiction, which traces back the current Serbian workers’ protest to the first wave of workers’ revolts to hit Serbia since the advent of capitalism.
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Interview with Zelimir Zilnik

The Serbian filmmaker explains how he got involved in the workers’ protest movement and reflects on the relationship between political activism and intellectual discourse as well as the current post-socialist situation in Ex-Yugoslavia.

Zilnik concentrates on the crucial relationship between intellectuals and workers which gives the movement an essential force. He also highlights the surprising revitalisation of the socialist idea of workers’ self management and their selfawareness, putting in question a construction of identities solely based on nationalistic ideas.


Film review by Ernest Larsen

Representative of Meta-D.O.N. at the 3rd Subversive Film Festival in Zagreb, Croatia



The 3rd Subversive Film Festival whose theme this year explores”Socialism”, will be held from 1 to 25 May in Zagreb. Apart from a rich film, theoretical and artistic programme, there will also be a large international conference. The conference will be held in the Europa Cinema from 3 to 7 May entitled “The crash of neo-liberalism and the idea of socialism today”, whose directors are Slavoj Žižek and Srećko Horvat.

Apart from Žižek, numerous intellectuals have confirmed their attendance such as Gianni Vattimo, Samir Amin, Michail Ryklin, G. M. Tamas, Michael Lebowitz and others. Noam Chomsky and Michael Hardt will participate via video-link.

Sebastian Lasinger will attend the conference and will conduct various interviews on new real utopia, the future potential of alternative societal and economic concepts with special regard to socio-economic transformations in former Yugoslavia and new worker protest movements in Serbia.


[Related Exhibition] The Renaming Machine



The Renaming Machine

23rd April – 22nd May 2010
OPENING: 22nd April, 7 PM – 9.30 PM

Open Space
Zentrum für Kunstprojekte
Lassingleithnerplatz 2
A- 1020 Vienna

PROJECT CURATOR: Suzana Milevska

Lecture, Q/A: 23 April, 17.00 – 19.00 pm
Renaming: Identity Overwriting or Potential Agency by Suzana Milevska

Participating artists:
Magnus Bärtås | Zdenko Bužek | Liljana Gjuzelova | Igor GrubiC | Dejan Habicht/Tanja LažetiC | Kalle Hamm | Albert Heta | Sasha Huber | Hristina Ivanoska | Sanja IvekoviC | MONUMENT Group | Oliver MusoviK | Dan Perjovschi | Lia Perjovschi | Tadej PogaCar | Dejan SpasoviK | Sašo StanojkoviK | Alexander Vaindorf | Žaneta Vangeli

The project The Renaming Machine looks at the complex entanglements involved in the political and cultural processes of renaming. Its main concept reflects the crucial need to question the way these processes have influenced the construction and destabilization of the memory of national, cultural and personal identities in the former Yugoslavia and South-Eastern Europe over the past two decades. The project examines various artistic and cultural phenomena, strategies and research formats of work associated with the notion of “renaming” in order to determine the extent to which renaming affects visual culture and shapes the cultural identities and cultural politics in the region and elsewhere.

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Meta-D.O.N. at LiWoLi



LiWoLi is an open lab focusing on Free/Open Source Software (FLOSS), Open Hardware and open contents in digital art and culture. This event will offer workshops, lectures, presentations and performances.


LiWoLi raises the question of whether a practice of  “doing it together” (DIT) might be a more successful formula for developing free tools (FLOSS tools) for art & culture, learning & teaching. This also implies examining the motivation of active producers and making room for the aspect of  “unpaid work”.

Hannes Weingartner, the technical aficionado of Meta-D.O.N. will do a presentation on METANET at the  LiWoLi “Artist & Developers” – block on April 17th.

Download the presentation

METANET is a distributed platform-independent service for creating, managing and exploring complex knowledge networks build for social and artistic researches. The software architecture involves multiple distributed components responsible for different aspects of maintaining and representing related semantic and topographic information. A main focus of this project is to enable access to a dynamically growing and large knowledge database with intuitive and sophisticated user interfaces on multiple information levels.


French philosopher Jacques Rancière on emancipation


Report from the lecture: “Does emancipation belong to the past?”

Ljubljana, Klub Gromka at Metelkova
Saturday, 03.04.2010, 17.00h

French philosopher Jacques Rancière  visited Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia from March 29  to April 04, 2010.

Rancière, who started as a structuralist Marxist in the 1960s is still probably best known in the English speaking world as one of the co-authors with Louis Althusser (and Étienne Balibar, Pierre Macherey, Roger Establet) of Lire le capital (1967). Rancière broke with Althusser and structuralist Marxism after ‘the events’ of 1968. He criticised Althusser’s philosophy for its elitism and rejected the rigid and hierarchical distinction between science and ideology which it presupposed. He accused it of distrusting the spontaneous popular movements which had emerged in 1968 and of supporting a `politics of order’. He began to develop an oppositional and radical political philosophy which aims to give voice to an egalitarian politics of democratic emancipation.

In Belgrade, Zagreb, Rijeka and Ljubljana Rancière held three lectures and participated in two discussions. In Belgrade he spoke on “The Method of Equality: Politics and Poetics” at the Narodni univerzitet „Božidar Adžija” and there was a discussion on his book “The emancipated spectator” at the Jugoslavensko dramsko pozorište. In Zagreb he held a lecture on “The Method of Equality: Politics and Poetics” and in Rijeka there was a meeting with the author.

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On emancipation

Nina Bandi and Michael Kraft of meta-D.O.N. visited his lecture in Ljubljana, which was organized by the Workers’ and Punks’ University (http://dpu.mirovni-institut.si/). Workers’-Punks’ University has from its very start participated in inventing an alternative form of education. The focus of the 2010 lectures is to join the struggles against neoliberal reforms and struggles for new forms of solidarity, inclusive politics, free thinking and education.

Within this framework Rancière reflected on the present state and possibility of emancipation. He presented his concept of “living in several times at once”, living as equals in a world of inequality, opposing against the dominant form of temporality in a world of reassembled grand narratives and the widening of the power of temporary interruptions.

Jacques Ranciere at Klub Gromka, Lujbljana:

Jacques Ranciere from Delavsko – punkerska univerza on Vimeo.

The lecture of Rancière can be listened to here:

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Jacques Ranciere – Method of Equality

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[Veranstaltungsreihe] Arbeitskämpfe in Serbien


Auf der Suche nach Alternativen zur neoliberalen Weltordnung

Veranstaltet vom Komitee “Solidarität mit den Arbeitskämpfen in eXYugo”

Seit Beginn der 90er Jahre erleben die Menschen in Serbien zuerst durch Krieg und Embargo und anschließend durch die neoliberale und neokoloniale Privatisierungspolitik eine beispiellose Deindustrialisierung des Landes und damit die Vernichtung der Existenzgrundlage unzähliger ArbeiterInnen.

Bereits 2007, nach einer Welle von Auseinandersetzungen, endete der Kampf der Belegschaft des pharmazeutischen Betriebes „Jugoremedija“ in Zrenjanin als einer der wenigen Kämpfe erfolgreich. Nach der Besetzung des Betriebs und der Errichtung der Selbstverwaltung ging die Belegschaftsvertetung im Jahr 2009 im Zuge der weltweiten Verschärfung der Wirtschaftskrise daran, den Aufbau einer neuen, unabhängigen ArbeiterInnenbewegung mitzugestalten.


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