Aesthetic Education Expanded

The project “Aesthetic Education Expanded: Artistic Experimentation and Political Culture in the Age of Networks” starts from the Enlightenment concept of aesthetic education that stated the interdependence between arts (literary culture back in its day), politics (revolution) and technologies (print and publishing) with the aim of creating an emancipated sphere of public action. We expand this concept (as much as the project of the Enlightenment might have become troubled) with the objective of jointly researching, aggregating, documenting and disseminating knowledge how heterogeneous geographies and practices can transversally connect to create a common space of action and reflection in the age of networks, when the forces of disintegration and fragmentation are increasingly conflicting with the projects of integration as can be currently experienced in Europe.

The project “Aesthetic Education Expanded” establishes a long-term cooperation between 5 organizations: Multimedijalni institut (HR), kuda.org (RS), Berliner Gazette (DE), Kontrapunkt (MK) and Kulturtreger (HR), all working in a broader cultural field where artistic experimentation meets political culture and communication technologies. The specificity of this project lies in that it brings together organizations working in different geographies and practices: from trans-European publishing networks, emancipatory (self-)education projects, to intense local public action.

In the framework of the project, Multimedia Institute organized following activities: lecture about MUTE magazine, book launching of Howard Slater’s Anomie/ Bonhomie & Other Writings, conference “The Idea of Radical Media”, Exhibition “Prospects of Arkzin”, lecture by Kenneth Goldsmith “Uncreative Writing”, media campaign “Instaliranje javnosti”, a lecture by Jacques Rancière, a talk with Anne Boyer, series of talks on literature Writer’s diary, a series of concerts, books and lectures Sve se svodi na estetiku i političku ekonomiju.

Project is supported by the Culture 2007-2013 and Creative Europe programme of European Union. The project “Aesthetic Education Expanded” is funded by Balkan Arts and Culture Fund BAC. BAC is supported by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). Activities of Multimedia institute are supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb and Croatian Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.