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The Post-futurist Manifesto

Maska – Performing Arts Journal, nos. 177–178

For the Unconditional Freedom of Artistic Research
(after Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Susan Sontag, Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Žižek, Rastko Močnik and Bertolt Brecht)

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 dimensions we are not aware of. Today more than ever before, intellectuals and artists are being subordinated to the machinery of capitalist production. It has dispersed and atomised everything social, while we have been pushed into precarious working conditions, exhausted and turned into a modern cognitariat.

How are we to escape the prevailing modality of the world? What are we to do in order to make the masks concealing the ideas about the possibility of different modes of production and thinking fall off? Exit! Since we have forgotten what art, its thinking and research basically mean, we declare:

1.      Today’s art and its research strive hysterically for impossible promises about market value: we declare a decisive “No!” to corporative mentality in art and (its) research.

2.      We reject neoliberal imperatives according to which artists, publishers in the field of art and the humanities, researchers, lecturers, etc., must vie humbly for funding for our work through tenders and in the free capitalist market. We want to remove the stifling fetters imposed on us by meeting complex demands of target tenders, by writing reports, by concerns and fears about disseminating references, by updating bibliographies, by scrambling for standardised uncritical publications in select journals, by their translation into a numerical value, by constant competition to participate in representative festivals … These nowadays commonplace assumptions of the way thing just are signal the true defeat of modern research, art and education.

3.      Quantitative evaluation of scientific and artistic contributions has turned into a farce. Hence we declare a decisive “No!” to numerical, measurable results being placed on creative research processes. Truly artistic or scientific research has no clearly determinable properties that could be translated into numbers.

4.      Forever and definitively, we reject the utilitarian orientation of research work. We insist on the uselessness and unprofitability of art and science. We categorically reject the stance that art and research must pay off, that they must contribute to an imaginary progress or development of society. If art and science are to evoke the kind of thinking that, when real, can be situated in the vicinity of pleasure – this in itself constitutes something valuable.

5.      We shall take the time and the space for risks and dreams in our works and activities.

6.      If anything, art and scientific research are entitled to err. Without fear, we are going to afford, above all, failures in our experiments. And we are going to fail, time and again, and we are going excel increasingly in our failures.

7.      We are going to celebrate every intellectual effort that can condense different speeds of thought into fountains of research passion.

8.      We are going to show our teeth to the atomisation of our work and thinking: we are going to build communities for a creative dialogue of equals, we are going to create parallel forms of existence in which creative experience and freedom will matter.

9.      Art and science can create longing for something else and something different in the world; they open up the space for thinking and they give hope that the latter is possible.

10.  We shall restore the social and erotic dimensions of artistic, research and cognitive labour, the pleasure of cognition, the joy of thinking, acting and changing reality. We shall be united in pleasure and desire to discover and invent something new, while this new will trigger triumphant feelings of liberation.

11.  We swear by the unconditional freedom of thinking, creating and art research.

Amelia Kraigher

Translated by Polona Petek

Maska 177–178
SUMMER 2016

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MASKA Performing Arts Journal
Since 1920
vol. XXXI, nos. 177–178 (Summer 2016)

ISSN 1318-0509

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Editor-in-chief: Amelia Kraigher | Editor-in-chief Assistant: Nika Leskovšek | Editorial Board: Nika Arhar, Pia Brezavšček, Janez Janša, dr. Nikolai Jeffs, dr. Nenad Jelesijević, dr. Andreja Kopač, dr. Bojana Kunst, Gašper Malej, Rok Vevar | International Advisory Board: dr. Daniela Hahn, dr. Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher, dr. Thomas Irmer, Katarina Pejović, mag. Martina Ruhsam, André Schallenberg

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Maska
was founded in 1920 by the Ljubljana sub-committee of the Association of Theatre Players of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Udruženje gledaliških igralcev Kraljevine SHS). In 1985, the Association of Cultural Organisations of Slovenia (Zveza kulturnih organizacij Slovenije) revived this publication under the title of Maske. In 1991, its original name was restored and its co-founder – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis – reinstated.

Chief and/or executive editors thus far: Rade Pregarc (1920–21), Peter Božič & Tone Peršak (1985–90), Maja Breznik (1991–93), Irena Štaudohar (1993–98), Janez Janša (1998–2006), Katja Praznik (2007–2009) & Maja Murnik (2011).

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The journal is supported by the Slovenian Book Agency.