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THEORY
Can the art world really do Hollywood better than Hollywood?


TRAVELOG

The City in the Age of Touristic Reproduction
Boris Groys
The tourist and the city dweller become identical.

Can the art world really do Hollywood better than Hollywood?
Steven Rand
The hypnotism
of technology: where is the end?

Mobile Utopia
Charles Esche
A utopian day-trip through two views of humanity 400 years apart.

FEATURE AND WRITINGS
LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT BY TANJA OSTOJIC
ONLINE
Light Type Writer
Constantin Luser


THEORY

Utopia with Lara Croft and some other monsters and Aliens
Marina Gržinić
The re-direction of desires, facts & bodies in the global world.

THE EMPIRE AND ITS UTOPIAS
Žarko Paić
How to envision utopia, and not run away from society’s real repression / depression into a ghetto or exile for fantastic outsiders?


ZERZAN VON TARZAN UND TAXIS - FASCISM OF DESIRE OR FASCISM OF OBJECTS
Zoran Roško
The rejection of human will, civilisation, & the search for what we have left.




ARTEFAKT
EDITORIAL

THE NEW CALL OF UTOPIA
Žarko Paić

With the theme simply entitled UTOPIA, Art-e-fact wishes to provoke an interaction between theoreticians and visual artists by posing a set of questions related to contemporary society/art. A self-confident artist in the age of conceptual-performative "upheavals" of the boundaries of social perversions of power (globalization, symbolic and real violence of capital on living labour as a subjugated substance-subject of history, bio-power of technology, terrorism and war as "transformational logic" of the new cartographies of the world) that no longer has a WALL of monolith ideology in front of them.

Can the utopian "being" and "thinking" from a deficiency of utopian perspectives of all our transitional, post-industrial, postmodern societies of general apathy not end up in the uncritical blindness of one ideology for the creation of "real" hope for the success of one's own utopia? How much longer can art as the new image of sub-version of social and cultural boundaries be outside the clear form of ideological discourse? Who are the relevant contemporary thinkers of utopia at all? Why does every form of opposition to the governing neoliberal system of imperial globalization have no real utopian perspective? How to oppose the international movement of "cosmopolitan internationalism of capital" more than the abstract non-power of the resurrection of the icons of the student revolution of '68 (NGO, civil society, zones of cosmopolitan culture of non-violence and peace)?

The new call of utopia no longer has a reason for escaping to a deserted island. There is no reason for the late discovery of any kind of eastern exoticism. In the global world of the one and same ideology - neoliberal fundamentalism of capital, power, new religions of pleasure - which now assumes the contours of the eternal, universal and "natural" civilization -
the last escape has already been carried out. This is the escapism of spirit of unbearably shallow hybridity of culture and the so-called individual salvation in New Age ideology of the Age of Aquarius. Utopia today? Is that not real ground for live criticism, the irreducibility of anything previously utopian issued in the name of the future as the history of salvation (communism, anarchism, libertinism and last but not least - utopian socialism) which in the 20th century unavoidably transformed itself into its opposite?

How to envision utopia, and not run away from society's real repression/depression into a ghetto or exile for fantastic outsiders?



The editorial board of art-e-fact is not closed in terms of either generations or disciplines, nor does it stem from sectarian or commercial interests. It has been conceived as a dynamic body, which is continuously re-formed and changed, involving various authorial personalities and experiences, while the central theme is given shape by an invited guest editor.

editorial board (alphabetic order): Nada Beroš (editor-in-chief), Markita Franulić, Marina Gržinić, Susan Jakopec (English language editor), Trudy Lane, Silva Kalčić, Dalibor Martinis (AIM, for the publisher), Tihomir Milovac, Žarko Paić (guest editor), Ružica Šimunović, Leila Topić (executive editor)



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ART WORK
Homeless  Ideas
VIEW
FILM
Private Utopia
(excerpted detail)
Ivana Keser
PERSONAL

Utopia Project: Sleeping
Kata Mijatović

"my wife" drawing 2003
Sislej Xhafa

Private utopia
Ivana Keser


TOPIC AREAS
SYSTEMS

SYSTEMS
 
TRANS.MISSION
 
PERSONAL
 
MECHANIZED
 
MICRO-UTOPIAS
 

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