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Extravagant bodies: Extravagant minds - Public talk

Public discussion: “Art and madness: beyond mental health”

8th February 2011. at 6.30pm in KC Grad

KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Zagreb, Croatia I KIOSK platform for contemporary art, Belgrade, Serbia

Public discussion in organized within the frame of international project: EXTRAVAGANT BODIES: EXTRAVAGANT MINDS International festival of mental health (Zagreb, Sarajevo, Skopje, Belgrade)

Participants: Petar Milat, Zagreb (Mama, Kontejner), Ivan Milenković, Beograd (Third program RTS, philosopher), Mario Kovač, Zagreb, theatre director, Amela Frankl, Zagreb, artist, Paul Murray, Belgrade/London, theatre director, actor, Zoran Todorović, Belgrade, artist, Armend Kabashi, Prishtina, artists, director.

The disscusion was moderated by Milica Pekić, art historian and curator.

The discussion is supported by European cultural foundation.

Petar Milat philosopher and director of the independent cultural centre MaMa [Zagreb, Croatia]. He also coordinates the publishing and musical programme within the Multimedia Institute. Together with Tom Medak he’s editor of several socio-theoretical book series. The main focus of his own research is the nexus of biopolitics and normativity, applied to the history of socialist Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav cinema.

Ivan Milenković  graduated from the University of Belgrade, Department of Philosophy in 1996. In 2008 he earned an MA degree from the Department of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, with a thesis on philosophy of Michel Foucault. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis at the same department. He is an editor with the Third Programme of the Radio Belgrade, a state radio of Serbia. He is a translator of philosophical literature from French. Since graduation he has published a number of articles in Serbian and international journals. His philosophical interest lies in the field of contemporary French philosophy and political philosophy.

Amela Frankl is a visual artist born in Zagreb in 1963. She earned a BFA, painting major, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1988. Her work mostly focuses on intimate states of mind, such as loneliness, fragility of hope, vitality of memories, necessity for creative abstinence etc. Often choosing a radically minimalist approach, Frankl manages to adopt and transform the subject matter of her works. Since 2006, she has realized numerous projects in Zagreb, Rovinj, Labin and another places.

Zoran Todorović is an artist born in Belgrade in 1965, where he lives and works. He graduated painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Arts in Blegrade, where he now holds the position of a docent. His work often deals with issues of surveillance and control, shedding light on uncomfortable truths and concealed motivations. Todorovic exibited his work in numerous leading media art institutions and events in Europe and beyond and was the author of the Serbian pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Paul Murray graduated in 2009 from the University of Winchester, faculty of Arts U.K. with a PhD in Theatre. In 2004 he graduated from University of Warwick, faculty of Drama U.K. with a Masters Theatre, Education and Cultural studies. In 1989 he graduated from Bretton Hall, UK with a B.A. in Dramaturgy and Acting. Currently is visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama, London, University of Winchester and University of Fine Arts, Belgrade. He has worked through the UK, Europe and internationally as a theatre maker, performer and art consultant. He is a working theatre, performance and film actor and is founder and director of the English Language Theatre School in Belgrade. He was director of the Scottish Government Arts and Health strategy: ArtFul (Scotland) from 2005 to 2007 and Theatre selector of the BELEF festival 2009 (Belgrade). He has published a number of articles on the subjects of theatre, community theatre and development.

Mario Kovač is a theater director from Zagreb. So far, he directed more then 40 full-length plays, a range of radio drama shows, happenings and performances. He initiated and founded a number of theater festivals and revues, while intensively dealing with other artistic forms: film, music, literature… He is an editorial member of magazine “Kazalište” (“Theater”). He is a phd candidate at the Cultural, Literature, Performing Arts and Fim Studies, Faculty of Philosophy Zagreb, where, under dr.sc. Sibil Petlevski mentorship, is writing a doctoral dissertation on subject “Methodology of theatrical work with blind and sand blind (visually impaired) people”.

Armend Kabashi is in charge  of GINGER Space Mediatheque in Prishtina, established in 2001. Together with Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Media, Armend is working on the dissertation in the field of Journalism and Cultural Studies. He holds a degree in marketing and management both in Sweeden and Kosovo, and he spent one year at the Humanity Studies Faculty in Amsterdam and Athens. Divides his time between Prishtina, Vienna and Chicago.