Lecture/discussion with Jelena Vesic- “Administration of aesthetics…”


// lecture // Jelena Vesić

After lecture talk with Jelena Vesić and guests participants Ivana Vaseva, Nebojsa Vilić, Vladimir Jancevski and Slobodanka Stevceska.

Moderator – Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski

22.05.2019 @ 19:30 KINO KULTURA

It is our pleasure to start 2019 program Art Piolitics Institution Body with lecture by Jelena Vesić, titled “Administration of aesthetics or on underground currents of negotiating artistic jobs; between love and money, between money and love …”

This lecture explores different modes in which concepts of love and money inhabit contexts of the production and interpretation of art. Love and money – as social relations – are analyzed within this ideological space, strained by internal tensions between the autonomy of art and the heteronomy of labor. In our attempt to understand the “apparatus of production” of contemporary art, we try to approach this from close distance, considering different practices of the administration of aesthetics in their “everyday banality”. From this proximity, we can concentrate on the very moment in which projects and collaborations are set in motion. How does art-as-ideology and commodification of affects inhabit the speech used inside arts’ occasions of labor negotiation? How are modes of production established by means of speech? How do individual actors mediate these processes?

***Jelena Vesic is an independent curator, writer, editor, and lecturer. She is active in the field of publishing, research and exhibition practice that intertwines political theory and contemporary art. Her most recent exhibitions are Story on Copy (Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart) and We are Family (with Natasa Ilic) presented in Pawilion, Poznan, part of www.d-est.com. Vesić also curated Lecture Performance (MoCA, Belgrade and the Kölnischer Kunstverein, with Anja Dorn and Kathrin Jentjens) as well as the collective exhibition project Political Practices of (post-) Yugoslav Art, which critically examined art historical concepts and narratives on Yugoslav art after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Her recent book, On Neutrality (with Vladimir Jeric Vlidi and Rachel O’Reilly) is part of the Non-Aligned Modernity edition of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade.

Guests of discussion:

Ivana Vaseva (1984, Skopje) is curator and researcher of cross-disciplinary, collaborative and socially engaged works and programs in contemporary visual art, in an attempt to confront established relations and existing ways of producing art. She focuses on the research on the modernist canon and the repercussions today as well as the precarity of the freelance cultural workers.
She is the program director of the organization Faculty of things that can’t be learned (FR ~ U) and is co-curator at the AKTO Festival for Contemporary Arts that was established in 2006.
Vaseva has curated and presented many exhibitions, discursive projects and various programs in the country and abroad, and has published several publications.
She graduated from the Faculty of Art History at UKIM in Skopje and specialized in curating at de Appel Arts Center Curatorial Program in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Nebojša Vilić (1962, Veles, Republic of North Macedonia, nvilic@ukim.edu.mk), art historian and full professor at the University ‘SS. Cyril and Methodius’ in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.

Vladimir Janchevski (1984 / Skopje) independent researcher based in Skopje, working simultaneously in the field of contemporary art and visual studies. He is interested in interdisciplinary art practices and image theory, art and politics, iconoclasm and image wars.

Since 2011 collaborates with CVS-Skopje, participated in several international conferences and organized public lectures in Skopje. As a core member of the art initiative KOOPERACIJA (2012-2015), co-organized, co-curated and participated in numerous international events, group exhibitions, collaborative projects, lectures and public discussions.

Slobodanka Stevceska, visual artist, MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Skopje. Currently teaches painting and drawing at the same faculty. She is part of the collaborative team OPA (Obsessive Positive Aggression) and co-founder of the initiative Kooperacija. Has received residency fellowships in France, Estonia, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands and has exhibited widely in group exhibitions and festivals such as Transmediale, Berlin; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin; Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Transeuropa – European Theatre- and Performance Festival, Hildesheim; Freewaves’ Biennial of New Media Arts, Los Angeles; I Had a Dream, Kunstraum Baden, Switzerland; Victory Obsessed, Zamek Culture Centre, Poznan; Autostrada Biennale, Prizren; etc.