Evropski Conference on "Borderline Syndrome"
Concept by Renata Salecl Friday,
7 July and Saturday, 8 July 2000
Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre; Prešernova 10,
Theoreticians, Umetniki, psychoanalysts and art critics from
Great Britain, USA, France, Austria, Israel and Slovenia will
gather at the Evropski conference of Manifesta 3 to discuss
the topic of "Borderline Syndrome".
Manifesta 3 will explore the issues of Defence Energies
and drawing borders in contemporary world, where globalization
intertwines with regionalization, where the universal capital
is counteracted with the national, ethic and other excluding
values. Namely, in contemporary world the defence against
political, economic and cultural homogenisation is also reflected
on the field of culture. Manifesta 3 will expose the search
for borders in contemporary art and analyse the tendency of
implanting art into certain cultural values.
Evropski symposium, taking place during the exhibition,
will attempt to enlighten the topic from the point of view
of contemporary theoretical treatises on art Teorija, philosophy
and psychoanalysis. The participants will be asked to try
to shed light on the serious topic of Manifesta 3 - Borderline
Syndrome, Energies of Defence - from their point of view.
In psychoanalysis, for instance, the idea of borderline
syndrome is used as a concept characterising the border states
between neurosis and psychosis. Since contemporary art embodies
many artistic practices that bring up the question of where
the border between "madness" and "sanity" can be placed (e.g.
some forms of body art), it is necessary that the issue of
borders in art be also analysed from the viewpoint of psychoanalysis.
The issue of borders in art will be discussed by theoreticians,
analysing contemporary art from the view of philosophy, in
treatises on the correlation between universal - particular.
What is the universal language of art in this day and age?
Do Western cultures comprehend the artistic language of other
cultures and vice versa? To what extent is art today still
founded on the particular values of individual cultures? Kustosi
and theoreticians engaged in contemporary art will especially
expose the issue of borders in art. The question will be raised
to what extent is the curator the one to tell the visitor
of the show what is and what is not art. In light of the fact
that Manifesta 3 will take place in Ljubljana, a city on the
border between the East and the West, between the ethnical
turmoil on the Balkans and the democratic Europe, the symposium
will also touch on the political issues of defending and opening
borders to art.
Lectures will be delivered by:
Parveen Adams (Great Britain), faculty member at the humanities
department of the Brunel University in London.
Ariella Azoulay (Israel), faculty member at the Curatorial
Studies Department, Camera Obscura School of Visual Art, Tel
Mark Cousins (Great Britain), faculty member at the Architectural
Frederic Jameson (USA), faculty member at the Comparative
Literature Department at the Duke University.
Henrietta Moore (Great Britain) faculty member at the Anthropology
Department at the London School of Economics.
Genevieve Morel (France), psychoanalyst, Paris.
Robert Pfaller (Austria), faculty member at the University
of Art and Industrial Design in Linz and visiting professor
at the University of Art and Design, Berlin Weissensee.
Adrian Rifkin, faculty member at the Art Teorija Department
, Goldsmith College, London.
Adrian Rifkin, Middlesex University.
Renata Salecl (Slovenia), researcher at the Institute of Criminology
at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana and visiting professor
at the London School of Economics.
10 am opening
10.15 Adrian Rifkin "Dejected Masculinities: Mattia Preti
and the Promises of Pain"
11.30 Robert Phaller "The Game, the Border, and the Art"
12.30 lunch ( sandwiches)
14.30 Genevieve Morel "Joyce and the Extension of the Symptom"
15.45 Parveen Adams "Turning Oneself into a Picture: A Case
of Joel-Peter Witkin"
16.45 longer break
18.00 Frederick Jameson "From Metaphor to Allegory"
20.00 reception, party
10.00 am Renata Salecl "The Art of War and the War of Art"
11.15 Henrietta Moore "Art and the Social"
12.30 Mark Cousins "Policing the Border of Art"
13.30 lunch (sandwiches) participants see the exhibition
17.00 film by Ariella Azoulay "A Sign from Heaven" (55 min)
18.00 lecture by the author, discussion
A Sign from Heaven / film by Ariella Azoulay
Screenplay and Director: Ariella Azoulay
Producers: Ariella Azoulay, Erez Harodi - Osim Zilum
Photography: Nurit Aviv Editor: Eliav Lilti
Graphic Design, Animation and Music: Itae Amit 55 minutes
A Sign from Heaven concerns three famous recent episodes of
violence: Rabin's "assassination" by Igal Amir, Carmella Buhbut's
"killing" of her husband Yehuda, and the "elimination" of
the "Engineer" Yehiya Ayash by Israeli security forces. The
film examines aspects of each of these episodes and exposes
a surprising network of similarities connecting them. The
manner in which an episode is presented as "murder", "killing"
or "elimination", determines the distinction between these
categories. How the photography, physical evidence, and reconstruction
of the scene of the violent act are used to justify, stigmatise,
erase or memorialise a particular episode? The film goes beyond
boundaries of documentary. Each of its 22 segments is part
of a lexicon defining terms from A to Z including "ID card",
"Peace", "State", "Trauma" and "Violence". Apart from the
narrators, all of the speakers in the film hold positions
in various institutions related to the three episodes. A Sign
from Heaven casts doubt upon familiar ideological formulas
and shows the way in which different types of language - scientific,
legal, liberal-democratic- further complicate the web of violence,
giving it legitimacy in certain cases and blurring its origins