Survival narratives - Socio-economic power structures

There seems to be a general agreement that the world as we know it is coming to an end. The reasons for the coming "apocalypse" vary: the end of Anthropocene will result in the extinction of the most invasive species - human, the capitalism or neoliberalism will end because it will eat itself, the artificial intelligence will take over, our land will disappear due to climate change … It has become quite easy to imagine the end of the world since we know how apocalypse looks like from art. But as the famous quote says: it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

At the same time we seem to be more anxious about our present struggles than with our distant futures or the future of humanity. How to survive now, in the pressing time of constant choice, in the time where our space of freedom is limited to the fight about nudity on Facebook or the choice of clothes. How to survive now and think about the survival of the whole humanity at the same time?

Since human thought is not organized according to the facts, rather facts are organized according to our narratives, stories, structures that offer us framework in which we position the facts, we will try to think about the survival narratives. We will gather an eclectic compilation of narratives - from concrete survival tactics in the system that we are part of to the big utopian narratives on the survival of the humans. The undertone of all our lectures, debates, talks will of course also be the role of art in the survival narratives. Is art the hummus of new narratives? And what about the survival of art and artists?

UH_Maribor LAB_program.pdf (0.84 MB)

Urban heat_Reader_Art of or survival_Kitch.pdf (1.09 MB)




November 21-25, 2016

Organised by

Drugajanje in collaboration with Baltic Circle