Runner 2049's cityscape has been heavily influenced by brutalist
forms. But the hyper-capitalist society in which the film takes place
is completely at odds with the style's underlying philosophy.
In mid-1990s South Africa, apartheid ended, Nelson Mandela was elected president, and the country’s urban black youth developed kwaito—a form of electronic music (redolent of North American house) that came to represent the post-struggle generation. In this book, Gavin Steingo examines kwaito as it has developed alongside the democratization of South Africa over the past two decades. Tracking the fall of South African hope into the disenchantment that often characterizes the outlook of its youth today—who face high unemployment, extreme inequality, and widespread crime—Steingo looks to kwaito as a powerful tool that paradoxically engages South Africa’s crucial social and political problems by, in fact, seeming to ignore them. Politicians and cultural critics have long criticized kwaito for failing to provide any meaningful contribution to a society that desperately needs direction. As Steingo shows, however, these criticisms are built on problematic assumptions about the political function of music. Interacting with kwaito artists and fans, he shows that youth aren’t escaping their social condition through kwaito but rather using it to expand their sensory realities and generate new possibilities. Resisting the truism that “music is always political,” Steingo elucidates a music that thrives on its radically ambiguous relationship with politics, power, and the state.
García Lorca desarrolló una teoría estética donde despliega sus
ideas acerca del proceso de creación artística: "El teatro y
la teoría del Duende", conferencia dictada primero en Buenos
Aires y luego en La Habana, en el año 1933. Aquí, Lorca manifiesta
que el gran arte depende de un conocimiento cercano de la muerte, de
la conexión con los orígenes de una nación y de un reconocimiento
de las limitaciones del raciocinio.
The Actopolis exhibition is showcasing works produced as part of the project since 2015. Materials from the more than 45 individual projects show a rich repertoire of options for action to shape and change the cities in which we live in.
The Athens chapter of Actopolis was co-curated by Elpida Karaba and Glykeria Stathopoulou who - as Temporary Academy of Arts - developed the performative Soft Power Lecture series together with a group of artists, journalists, architects, and scientists. The Temporary Academy of Arts (P.A.T.) questioned power relations in the fields of arts and culture, challenging institutional practices in times of massive economic, social and political transformations.
Artistic works as part of the Soft Power Lectures were produced by Panos Sklavenitis, Sofia Dona, Despina Zefkili, Contantinos Chatzinikolaou and invited artists Giannis Papadopoulos, Kostis Velonis, Angelos Krallis, Vangelis Vlahos, Natassa Bisa, Stefania Ablianiti, Stavroula Morakea, Dimitris Antoniou, Efthimis Theou and Elektra Angelopoulou.
Mariela Cvetić (Actopolis Belgrade) will be present with her lecture performance "Gaudeamus igitur: The Self-Organised Artist in a State of Domestic Agoraphobia". Actopolis Ankara/Mardin will be represented by the video works "Donkey Work" by Önder Özengi and "Foucault's Typewriter" by Ahmet Öğüt.
ACTOPOLIS | The Art of Action
A project by Goethe-Institut and Urbane Künste Ruhr.
Concept: Angelika Fitz
Artisitc direction: Katja Aßmann, Angelika Fitz and Martin Fritz
Project management Urbane Künste Ruhr: Daniel Klemm
Local curators: Ankara / Mardin: Pelin Tan, Athens: Elpida Karaba/ Glykeria Stathopoulou, Belgrade: Boba Mirjana Stojadinović, Bucharest: Stefan Ghenciulescu/ Raluca Voinea, Oberhausen: geheimagentur, Sarajevo: Danijela Dugandzic, Zagreb: Ana Dana Beroš.
1918 when I entered the Residencia
de Estudiantes in
Madrid, and 1928 when I left, having completed my study of Philosophy
and Letters, I listened to around a thousand lectures, in that
elegant salon where the old Spanish aristocracy went to do penance
for its frivolity on French beaches.