Public discussion "Omitted History" at the opening of the exhibition
Public discussion "Omitted history" on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, 18.11.2005.
Discussion moderator: Želimir Žilnik, film director, Novi Sad Discussion participants: Dr. Zvonko Maković, art historian, head of the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb Dr. Latinka Perović, historian, Belgrade Nebojsa Popov, sociologist, editor of the magazine "Republika", Belgrade Lazar Stojanovic, film director, Belgrade Prof. Dr. Miško Šuvaković, art theorist, University of Arts Belgrade Balint Szombathy, artist, Novi Sad / Budapest Tribune "Omitted History"
The aim of our "Omitted History" panel is to present a part of local history that is still unknown to the public or it's fragmented and based on personal interpretations. The main issues during the forum will be related to the freedom of artistic expression and the (im)possibility of working in a politically controlled public sphere with an emphasis on the local context of Novi Sad. To what extent has global politics refracted on this local Novi Sad scene, and to what extent are the events around the "Youth Tribune" the product of local and mutual interactions in the culture and politics of Novi Sad? At the global level, that time was marked by Vietnam, demonstrations and youth revolt, occupation of Czechoslovakia, post-Ranković liberalization and rehabilitation of nationalisms in Yugoslavia, student demonstrations, and then the state reaction to liberal tendencies. The forum should be seen as the beginning of a joint public debate, and the media promotion of the exhibition "Permanent Art Hour" and the discussion "Omitted History" should open this field for further interdisciplinary research in the field of history and theory of art, sociology, cultural studies, political science and history. . Between 1972 and 1974, the editorial boards of the Novi Sad art and literary magazines "Polja", "Új Symposion" in Hungarian, the student magazine "Index", and the film house "Neoplanta" were replaced. In 1971, artists Slavko Bogdanovic and Miroslav Mandic were convicted and imprisoned for their artistic activities. The films of the successful film company "Neoplanta" were bunkered and banned for distribution. An extensive action was carried out during which the intellectual, cultural and even democratic potential of the local environment was disabled. Now, after thirty years or more, it is necessary to revalue the artistic practice of that time, which was closely related to the basic principles of democracy and the right to freedom of speech and expression. It was the political events in the late 1980s in Novi Sad that showed the weakness of the social and democratic alternative, and in connection with that, we can ask the question of whether the discontinuity that occurred in the early 1970s weakened social perception and inhibited the critical dam of populist tendencies of the late 1980s. Considering that the participants in the forum are from Belgrade, Novi Sad and Zagreb, we hope that we will get a clearer interpretation of what happened at the "Youth Tribune" and around it. We hope that our Public Conversation "Omitted History" on the one hand will try to shed light on what happened in the early seventies in Novi Sad, and on the other hand to offer possible models of how to read and write the new history of the seventies.
Biographies of forum participants:
Dr. Zvonko Maković Head of the Department of Modern Art and Visual Communications at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. Author of numerous exhibitions and monographs dedicated to important Croatian artists. Curator of the Croatian National Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale, a sharp critic of the political and social situation in Croatia during the 1990s. He was one of the editors of "Parquet Salon" at the "Youth Tribune" in 1971.
Dr. Latinka Perović was the president of the League of Communists of Serbia from 1969 to 1972, when she was replaced together with Marko Nikezić and her associates on charges of liberalism. Since then, he has been studying the history of the modern Serbian state. She worked at the Institute for Recent History of Serbia from 1976 to 1998. Since 1993, he has been the editor-in-chief of the magazine "Tokovi istorije". Works: "Closing the Circle", Sarajevo 1991. "Political Elite and Modernization in the First Decade of Independence of the Serbian State", "Serbia in Modernization Processes" - Scientific Conference, Belgrade 1994.
Dr. Nebojsa Popov Sociologist (Social History - University of Zagreb), editor-in-chief of the magazine "Republika", Belgrade. He was a member of the board of the "Korcula school" and the secretary of the magazine "Praxis", which was published in the period from 1964 to 1974. Together with a group of professors, including Zagorka Golubović, Mihailo Marković, Dragoljub Mićunović, he was expelled from the University of Belgrade in 1975. He was a participant in the anti-war movement in the early 1990s. He is a scientific advisor at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory. Areas of research: social history, political sociology, social conflicts.
Bálint Szombathy Founder of the "Bosch + Bosch" group in the early 1970s. Multimedia artist, writer and designer. Areas of artistic work: installations, performance
Lazar Stojanović Film director and publicist Lazar Stojanović was born and educated in Belgrade. For the past 15 years he has lived and predominantly worked in the S.A.D. He was involved in theater, criticism, teaching, editing publications and documentaries. Disagreement with the ruling policy of former Yugoslavia, and now Serbia, significantly marks his public actions. He is the author of the feature film "Plastic Jesus" made in 1971, seized, and then released and shown in 1990.
Dr. Miško Šuvaković Co-founder and member of the conceptual "Group 143" (1975-1980). Co-founder and member of the informal theoretical and artistic "Space Research Community" (1982-1989). Associate of the group "Walking Theory" (2000-2002) and associate of "TkH - Center for Theory and Practice of Performing Arts" (since 2002). He was engaged in performance art between 1974 and 1980. He has been engaged in theoretical performance since 1998. Edited magazines: Catalog 143 (1975-78), Mental Space (1982-87), Transcatalogue (1995-98) and TkH (since 2001). He is a full professor at the Faculty of Music. He teaches at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, and at the Interdisciplinary Master's Studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade, he is the coordinator of the group for "Theory of Art and Media".
Želimir Žilnik Film director, editor-in-chief of "Tribine mladih" in the period 1961-62. years. Director of numerous short, documentary, feature films and documentary TV dramas. Zilnik dedicates the entire first phase of his film work to contemporary topics, which include a social, political and economic critique of everyday life. Student demonstrations in 1968 are also the subject of Žilnik's first feature film "Early Works" (1969). While making films in Novi Sad's "Neoplanta", Žilnik was surrounded by the first concrete actions of Vojvodina's "new artistic practice" of the 1960s and 1970s (Youth Tribune, KÔD group, Bosch + Bosch, etc.), and his early films bear the stamp of all kinds of experimentation and free expression. "Early works" were banned through state censorship. The film won the Golden Bear Grand Prix at the Berlin Film Festival. His 1995 film "Marble Ass" was awarded at the Berlin Film Festival. www.zelimirzilnik.net