Stop the world, I want to get off! If my memory serves me right, once upon a time, in the 1980s, this was the title of a popular aphoristic satiric rubric in the Slovenian newspaper Dnevnik. However, now 30 years later, in times when we are witnessing the gradual, protracted and unrelenting neoliberal privatisation of the public good, such exclamations are no longer satire. Art research such as that we are trying to cultivate at Maska Institute has long been hijacked by capital, whose brutal...
is a nonprofit organization for publishing, production (performances, interdisciplinary and visual artworks), education and research. It is organized into three sections: Maska Publications,Maska Productions and Maska Symposium. Maska’s theoretical, critical and artistic activities deal with contemporary art and theory, research, experimental performing practices, interdisciplinary art and critical theory. Its contents and events often provide a direct and sharp reflection of the cultural and political space in which it acts.
Collaboration with various governmental and non-governmental organisations, artists, professionals from different areas and partners from abroad is an important segment of all of Maska’s activities.
Aldo Milohnić’s book Art in the Times of the Rule of Law and Capital (Umetnost v času vladavine prava in kapitala) is the result of several years of the author’s research on the position of art in contemporary society. It foregrounds performing practices, which appear as unique distortions in the system of art and, at the same time, in other social fields, especially politics, but also law and economy.
Political conflict in our society is inevitable, and the results are often far from negative. How then should we deal with the intractable differences arising from complex modern culture?