MAY 31, 2011
Organized by Aylin Kuryel and Begum Ozden Firat
With presentations and performances by L.M. Bogad, Robin Celikates, Kees Hudig, Thijs Witty, Christian Scholl, Emrah Irzik, and John Jordan.
Featuring John Jordan’s PATHS THROUGH UTOPIAS: A BOOK-FILM
The encounter between the insights of political, social and critical theory on the one hand, and activist visions and struggles on the other, is urgent and appealing. Indeed, there is much to gain from a productive dialogue between the theorizations of the intricacies of our time and the subversive practices that deal with them. New forms of activism, with their insistence on creative interventions based on the notions of humor, playfulness and confusion, may provide a suitable ground to explore the relationship between theoretical acts and activist thinking.
The NICA Atelier Toppling Times: Cultural Activism will consist of a one-day event focusing on contemporary activist practices that aim to interrupt and reorient politics as well as culture. The atelier includes presentations from some of the contributors of the recently published book Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas, and Possibilities (eds. Aylin Kuryel and Begum Ozden Firat; Rodopi), roundtable discussions, as well as a movie screening followed by a debate.
Download: Toppling Times Program