Talking by Night #1 : Goran Sergej Pristaš

Theodore Verhaegen 18, 1060 Brussels
— Ring the bell Robin Vanbesien. Second floor by elevator, the first door to the right.


From time to time, we lower our nets and drag up some of the rare fish passing through Brussels or just lurking in the murk. These discourse fish. We’ll take time for thinking that is rarely shared in public. The first night will give the floor to the freshly published Exploded Gaze, and its author Goran Sergej Pristaš in conversation with former philosopher and the publisher of the book Petar Milat. Hosted by Bojana Cvejić.

About Exploded Gaze

Diverse in forms and rich in styles, from personal artistic notes to theoretical insights, this volume by Goran Sergej Pristaš recapitulates two decades of reflection from Pristaš’s work in theatre and artworld. Exploded Gaze flashes out as a rare treat of poetics and political and philosophical thought at once. In a virtuoso stroke of style, this book advances novel terms of viewing, time and production in which the imaginative and critical powers of theatre are reinvented past theatre. Like Jean-Luc Godard, Mladen Stilinović or Anne Boyer, Pristaš reinvigorates the dense thinking from within the matter of art that can alter our worldview if we follow its shrewd implications.
Pristaš leads us elegantly and eloquently to the conclusion, which is also his artistic starting point that “theatre demands a faithfulness to the impossible, to the living matter which is not there yet, was already there and will maybe re-appear again.” Or, as Peter Brook would say: “[theatre] don’t need certainty”.

Goran Sergej Pristaš is a dramaturge, founder member of performing arts collective BADco. and Professor of Dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb. With his projects and collaborations Pristaš participated at Venice Biennale2011 and 2016, Documenta 12 and numerous festivals, exhibitions and conferences.

Petar Milat is a former philosopher and serves as the head of programmes at Multimedia Institute/MaMa [Zagreb, Croatia]. Petar commissioned and published books and artworks by authors like Jacques Rancière, László Krasznahorkai, Lawrence English, Thomas Köner, etc. Since 2008 he is the director of Human Rights Film Festival, a festival of cinéma d’auteur engagé.


With an afterword by Bojana Kunst
Translation: Žarko Cvejić
Layout: Dejan Dragosavac Ruta
326 pages / price : 15 EUR or 110 HRK


— the book is available via superknjiž i (copies will be available in Brussels)
* you can download the PDF of the book here


— a joint publication of Multimedia Institute and the performance collective BADco. in collaboration with Drugo more, in the series Skhole (a program-segment within the flagship Dopolavoro / Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture)