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Concrete Utopia:

Lisi Raskin in conversation with Eda Cufer

 

October 23, 7-8:30PM

What makes collective practice so difficult to pursue, so open to co-optation, here and now? And how might revisiting the histories of artistic and architectural collaboration in (post-)socialist states serve as a way out of this trap? Lisi Raskin, who works to make abstraction matter, and Eda Cufer, founder of seminal Slovenian collective NSK, will draw on experiences of Cold War modernisms. The hope is to revisit the idea of utopias as a concrete means rather than an abstract end. This conversation will range over experiments in teaching/learning/building collaboratively, the well-known architecture of the Partisan Monuments and the trajectory of Ljubljana experimentalism from the 1980s onwards.

 

Lisi Raskin explores the intersections between utopian architecture, the idiom of western abstraction, community connectivity, capitalist individualism, materialism, energetics, and art pedagogy. Since 1998, she has traveled to the Arctic Circle, former East German and Yugoslav Atomic bunkers, and through the American west chasing the specter of nuclear-age fears and utopian mythologies as they manifest in oral histories and the architectures of the Cold War.

 

Eda Cufer is a dramaturge, curator and writer. In 1984 she co-founded an art collective NSK based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and she has collaborated with many contemporary theater, dance and visual art groups including the Sisters Scipion Nasice Theater, the dance company En-Knap, the IRWIN group and Project Atol. She recently published a history of dance notation systems, and is now working on Art as Mousetrap, which identifies radical art practices such as mimicry and over-identification that first appeared in Communist states.