17 July 2018

In the precarious situation that we are all in, we are forced to accept to work  under conditions that are not legally defined or guaranteed. Based on our own situation, we pose questions about our working and living situations: about the price of our work, the possibilities of a working space, working hours, health and social insurance, etc. To what extent are vague conditions and “contracts” prevalent – those based on dependence, flexibility, uncertainty , conditionality, blackmail and exploitation?

What is also quite noticeable is a lack of public debate on the above issues.  Additional areas of concern include the marginalisation of critical artistic production; the abolition of undesirable  cultural institutions; the practices of censorship and autocensorship in cultural production at various levels; the suspension of autonomous initiatives and spaces; non-transparent redistribution of budgets; as well as the concentration of power within the ruling political party framework. These are only some of the problems facing those employed in the sphere of culture today. However, one of the key  issues, it seems, are the new forms of exploitation of labour in the fields of culture as in all spheres of  social production.

Such contemporary capitalist system increasingly views culture as a field for achieving economic gains. Aggressive promotion of the concepts of creative class, creative industry and creative cities as part of the neoliberal deregulation, over and  exploit  various  social  goods such as public sector, public resources, public knowledge. By transferring matrices from developed capitalist countries, Serbia’s implementation of cultural policy has actively contributed, over the last few years, to establishing a relationship of domination and subordination, which ultimately places cultural employees in an impossible position.

The programme From Creative Work to Creative City takes the form of a two-day seminar. Through lectures and discussions, we shall review the observed problems pertaining to the conditions in which we all live, learn and work today.

Kontekst at the local community represents a continuation of our struggle for an autonomous space that began after we ceased to work on the site of the “Stari grad” Cultural Centre in October 2010. This struggle is  a self-organised pressure on the network of exploitation of contemporary art and culture, and will contribute to the development of different  relations of production in which the art would be are-politicised place of conflict as a driver of a new social relations. The process of research and communication with various administrative structures in the sphere of local cultural policy, resulted in signing a contract with the Municipality of New Belgrade that provided us with the opportunity of continuing our work on the premises of New Belgrade’s “Students’ City” local community. The period of our work in the local community we will use  to create a platform  for autonomous education as a possibility for a  new knowledge and knowledge relating to such political activity.



© Oktobarski salon Beograd
Belgrade October salon 2011

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