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The Chomsky-Foucault Debate

  • andrei state, florin flueraș, iulia popovici

Căminul Cultural launched on Friday, 30 September 2011@ subRahova The Chomsky-Foucult Debate

(1) Protests, revolts, popular insurrections, violent actions; Andrei State debates with Florin Flueras. Moderator: Iulia Popovici.

“…why am I so interested in politics? But if I were to answer you very simply, I would say this: why
shouldn\'t I be interested? That is to say, what blindness, what deafness, what density of ideology would have to weigh me down to prevent me from being interested in what is probably the most crucial subject to our existence, that is to say the society in which we live, the economic relations within which it functions, and the system of power which defines the regular forms and the regular permissions and prohibitions of our conduct? The essence of our life consists, after all, of the political functioning of the society in which we find ourselves.” (Michel Foucault, Human Nature: Justice versus Power; Noam Chomsky debates with Michel Foucault, 1971).

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate is a series of live encounters to take place in Bucharest, Romania, in Autumn and Winter 2011, initiated by Căminul Cultural. They are to present the local public with the opportunity of following discursive arguments not as pre-established, dominant instruments of persuasion but as paths that lead to the shaking of prejudice, revealing of hidden relations of power and reinvestment in the interest in and participation to politics.
In a climate in which cultural actors are expected to unconditionally endorse the official policies and in which voices of dissent are categorized as Bolshevik, performative discourse becomes an essential battleground, a space where to test the limits of applicability of inherited knowledge systems and where to forge new tactics for the everyday conquering of freedom, justice and creativity.
The invited debaters are local and international artists, theorists and professors, sociologists, philosophers or choreographers, who are critics of the traditional, Eurocentric ways of making politics, who don’t trust consensus and recipes of happiness, who dismantle gender, ethnic or age normativity, and who are researching active models of hierarchy dissolving.
The first meeting has its starting point in the recently happened or currently developing events in the Middle East, in Greece, Spain, the UK or the US. Are these fitting the classic categories of social revolt or do they represent new models of organization and action, which could lead to radical changes in the way of looking at and making politics?

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Odeon Theatre (Sala Studio)
Tuesday, October 18, 20:30h

Aleef, Arabic, means I am turning and at the same time evokes aleph, the first letter of the alphabet. Taoufiq Izzediou thereby marks the moment of initiation and the uncertainty with which the ever new search for the self and the writing of one’s own history is always associated. “I am angry. My energy is crazy, clever, slow, controlled, tired, exhausted, restrained . . . Am I Moroccan? An African? From the Mediterranean area? An Arab? Or a citizen of the world?”, he describes the question of his own identity as an open wound. And he sketches out a solo that also reflects the struggle that is linked to a life in contemporary dance in Morocco; with the decision for an art form that in its inherent search for an “other” body confronts us with one’s own and official national and family history, between tradition and modernity. Together with the traditional Gwana musician Maâlem Adil Amimi and the sound designer Guy Raynaud, an atmospherically dense journey through memory develops in the attempt to be able to say ,I’ again.
CHOREOGRAPHY, INTERPRETATION: Taoufiq Izeddiou│WITH: Le Maâlem Adil Amimi│TON: Guy Raynaud│LIGHT: Taoufiq Izeddiou
PRODUCTION: Cie Anania│COPRODUCTION: Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy, Centre National de la Danse Pantin, Centre Chorégraphique National Tours, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen Basse-Normandie, la Mission Départementale de la Culture Aveyron, MJC Rodez, Institut Français, Service de Coopération et d`Action Culturelle de l`Ambassade de France Rabat
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The Chomsky-Foucault Debate (2)

Căminul Cultural presents:

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate (2)
Marginality, intimacy, precepts; Adrian Schiop debates with Ion Grigorescu

Sunday, 30 October 2011, 6 pm, at subRahova, strada Sergent Nuțu Ion nr. 2, Bucureşti

“I would say that the notion of life is not a scientific concept...” (Michel Foucault, in Human Nature: Justice versus Power; Noam Chomsky debates with Michel Foucault, 1971).

The second meeting in the Chomsky-Foucault Debate series brings face to face Adrian Schiop, writer, and Ion Grigorescu, artist, for a discussion on the possibility of situating oneself outside of norms, about iconic and the marginal, about the limits of intimacy in artistic representation and of conformity in critical evaluation.

Adrian Schiop (b. 1973, Porumbacu de Jos, Sibiu county) graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Cluj. He worked as a teacher of Romanian language and literature (1997 - 2001, Industrial High-school Tehnofrig in Cluj-Napoca), house painter (2002, Paintech LTD in Auckland, New Zeeland), journalist (2004 - 2010, Evenimentul Zilei, Prezent, România Liberă). Currently, he’s making a research on manele. He published two novels, pe bune/pe invers (Polirom, 2004) and Zero grade Kelvin (Polirom, 2009).

Ion Grigorescu (b. 1945, Bucharest) is one of the most active and radical artists in Romania. In his works one can find patterns from sacred art as well as from performance and body-art, political analyses and records of the everyday, poverist aesthetic references and others which are contextually sophisticated. Among the exhibitions in which his works can be seen at this time, one can find: Performing History, The Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Back to Back, Andreiana Mihail gallery, Bucharest, Cortul diplomatic, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest, A Complicated Relation, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden, Works from the Kontakt collection, Sofia Art Gallery, Bulgaria.

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate is a series of live encounters initiated by Căminul Cultural.
The first meeting, on protests, revolts, popular insurrections, violent actions, had Andrei State and Florin Flueraş as guests and was moderated by Iulia Popovici.
The debate on 30 October takes place also within Zilele Strâmbe [The Crooked Days], a project that wants to performatively address forms and issues that are fragile or tense in Romanian society but not only.

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Căminul Cultural and Atelier 35 Gallery presents

Thursday, 9 November 2011, 8 pm, Atelier 35 Gallery, 13 Selari Street, Bucharest.

A screening of the iconic documentary that chronicles the "golden ages" of drag ball culture:
PARIS IS BURNING (Jennie Livingston)

Followed by
LIQUID SKY (Slava Tsukerman) & FLAMING CREATURES (Jack Smith)

The "Stramb FilmNight" event takes place within Zilele Strâmbe [The Crooked Days], a project that wants to performatively address forms and issues that are fragile or tense in Romanian society but not only.
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Stramb Living /// Brynjar Åbel Bandlien @ Atelier

Stramb Living a graphic novel by Brynjar Abel Bandlien it will be launched on Sunday 13 of November at Atelier 35!
One of the most awaited books of the year comes at Zilele Strambe!
The characters will wait for you as well as the host of the evening the one and only Palomus Desdemon!

Atelier 35, selari 13 Bucharest
Sunday, November 13 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Laugh - by and with Antonia Baehr

Caminul Cultural in partnership with Goethe Institut Bucharest, Tha National Dance Centre and Odeon Theatre presents

Laugh - by and with Antonia Baehr

November 22, 19:30, Odeon Theatre, Studio

Concept, interpretation, composition and choreography: Antonia Baehr
Artistic collaboration and choreography: Valérie Castan
Dramaturgy: Lindy Annis
Based on scores by: Naima Akkar, Lindy Annis, Bettina von Arnim, Antonia Baehr, Ulrich Baehr, Frieder Butzmann, Valérie Castan, Manuel Coursin, Nicole Dembélé, Nathan Fuhr, Frédéric Gies, Christian Kesten, Heather Kravas, Antonija Livingstone, Andrea Neumann, Stefan Pente, Isabell Spengler, Steffi Weismann, William Wheeler, Henry Wilt, among others.
Sound design and composition : Manuel Coursin
Light design: Sylvie Garot
Administration: Ulrike Melzwig, Alexandra Wellensiek
Production: make up productions

Co-production: Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Les Subsistances, Lyon
Supported by the cultural administration of Berlin and Ausland, Berlin.

Duration 50min.

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Opening reception: Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
ATELIER 35, Selari 13

Artists: Oravecz Évi, PR group & Dan Perjovschi, Szeleczki Rozália, Serban Savu

Curator: Muskovics Gyula

The exhibition is based on a show and sequence of events called Exposed. Taking Stances on Prostitution curated by the Hungarian activist group 1nem Foundation Art for Gender Equality at Demo Geléria and Fogasház Cultural Center in Budapest in April, 2011. The foundation's aim is to help the victims of violence based on gender differences, and to strengthen social responsibility of young artists in Hungary. The show at Atelier 35 contains some of the art pieces exhibited in Budapest and works of Romanian artists too.

By presenting prostitution in the context of contemporary art we aim at shaping public opinion and confronting with a problem that most people are not concerned with. Our starting point is the social context that legitimizes the process of prostitution and the selling of bodies and the indifference which supports the practice of sexual exploitation. Since the change of political system in the region the notion that prostitution is nothing but a 'consensual sexual encounter between two adults' is more and more prevalent. It is widely held that it is 'a service', the 'oldest profession', that must not and should not be banned since it has always existed and always will. This approach, which sees prostitutes as 'sex workers' not only found it's way to legalization for example in Hungary by defining 'tolerance zones', but many people share the view that 'courtesans' or 'games' are women with exciting lives and decadent morals. We, on the contrary - , in accordance with the resolutions of international organizations such as the UN, the WHO and the European Council – believe that prostitution is the most prevalent form of rape. International researches show us that the death rate of prostitutes is forty time higher than the population's, it usually starts at age 14, 80-95 % were abused in their childhood, and 95 % would leave the sex industry immediately if they could. Our initiative is in itself a stance taking against the alienation of the body and defining it as commodity, which is not only morally unacceptable but severely violates the human rights of prostitutes.

Within the framework of Crooked Days II we intend to create a discursive space at the gallery and show the problematic aspects and the possible interpretations of the topic. This exhibition is about prostitution though, this time in Bucharest we also pay attention to the role of exhibitions in today's societies where, as Emese Kürti sais, 'the revolutions are organized by the mass, not by the art'.
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Participatory workshop about consensus decision making

*a diversity that is not merely tolerated* -- participatory workshop about consensus decision making. how, why, and what are the necessary preconditions for consensus decision making? what is the difference between consensus and compromise? how do we take advantage of diversity? what are the limitations of representative democracy? what does direct democracy for organizing non-hierarchically in action groups and protest movements look like?"

Biblioteca Alternativa
12 Noiembrie, 19:00h
Str. Episcopul Radu, Nr. 17
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Little Paris is Burning

Closing party of Zilele Strambe. Queer, Shade, Realness!
Come and be a future Legend and join the House of Stramb!

special guest: Norberta (Miss Travesty Romania 2011)

Hosted by Palomus Desdemon and BoyGeorgeMichaelJackson
Music provided by: Boru, Rek Abu, SillyConductor and Tudor
Surprise guest stars and many prizes to win!
But first and foremost come and win respect!
Runway for your life!

Intrare: 10 RON or dress fabulous and enter for free!

PARIS IS BURNING este un documentar despre nopţile „în travesti” ale clasei defavorizate newyorkeze. "Reginele" sunt intervievate şi observate chiar în timp ce se pregătesc pentru numeroasele baluri care au loc în oraş şi pentru concursurile din cadrul acestora. Oamenii, hainele, ambianţa, toate sunt ieşite din comun. Este o descriere obiectivă şi inedită a acelor new yorkeri care au creat "voguing"-ul şi balurile de travestiţi şi au transformat aceste celebrări zgomotoase într-o manifestare puternică a mândriei personale.
Balul "Little Paris is Burning" face trimitere la tema faimosului film "Paris is Burning", jucându-se cu ideea mult prea nostalgică a societăţii româneşti şi a membrilor „elitei” culturale potrivit căreia Bucureştiul a fost cândva (în trecutul recent şi înfloritor) un mic Paris.
Vom lăsa Bucureştiul să devină micul Paris încă o dată şi vom încuraja imaginaţia publicului şi fanteziile bogate ale elitei româneşti să calce strâmb.

PARIS IS BURNING is a documentary of 'drag nights' among New York's underclass. Queens are interviewed and observed preparing for and competing in many 'balls'. The people, the clothes, and the whole environment are outlandish.
An unblinking behind the scenes story of people who created "voguing" and drag balls , and turned these raucous celebrations into a powerful expression of personal pride.
"Little Paris is Burning" plays with the theme and the famous cult movie "Paris is Burning" and with the all too vivid fantasy of Romanian society and elite members that Bucharest was once (in it's recent golden past) a smaller Paris.

We will let Bucharest become little Paris once more reversing in a Stramb manner the heavy dreams of the Romanian elite and public imagination.
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Caminul Cultural, in partnership with subRahova* and CNDB presents:
Thursday  24 November, 20.00,  @ subRahova

“Rogvaiv”, by Bogdan Georgescu. With: Emilian Cretu, Veaceslav Sambris, Ina Surdu, Doriana Talmazan, Irina Vacarciuc
Teatrului Spălătorie/Chisinau
In the frame of Crooked Days, by Caminul Cultural

In 1864, when the constitution and the first modern criminal code were adopted in Romania and Moldova, same-sex relationships weren’t incriminated in any way. In 1995, Moldova removes from its criminal code the article which persecutes homosexuality, which was adopted by Carol the 2nd in 1937, following the model of Nazi Germany, the Romanian ally at the time. At this moment (June 2011) the antidiscrimination law is not any longer debated upon in the Moldovan Parliament, being withdrawn because it mentions the “sexual orientation” form of discrimination, along with any other form. The antidiscrimination law was meant to protect in the first place all minorities against the abuse of authorities and secondly, against the abuse of the citizens. Political leaders come out with statements such as: “there are some disorders, nature is nature, but that doesn’t imply that we have to put them on the front page. It’s like we would take out our sick people from the psychiatry hospital and set them free downtown. I won’t vote.” And they make use of this situation for electoral purposes, promising “normal” families” to the society.

ROY G. BIV – Active Art project against any form of discrimination. A document-performance on the intolerance expressed publicly, openly, without any control or responsibility, shamelessly by the political leaders and public figures of the Republic of Moldova in 2011.

ROGVAIV was produced in cooperation with the German Cultural Centre ACCENTE with the support of ERSTE Foundation.

Producers - Nicoleta Esinencu and Nora Dorogan
Author of the project – Bogdan Georgescu
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On Arab springs and winters of dreaming; Róza El-Hassan debates with Galit Eilat

Căminul Cultural presents:

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate (3)
On Arab springs and winters of dreaming; Róza El-Hassan debates with Galit Eilat

Wednesday, 30 November 2011, 7 pm, at subRahova, strada Sergent Nuțu Ion nr. 2, Bucureşti

“I would agree that we are certainly in no position to create a system of ideal justice, just as we are in no position to create an ideal society in our minds. We don't know enough and we're too limited and too biased and all sorts of other things. But we are in a position-and we must act as sensitive and responsible human beings in that position to imagine and move towards the creation of a better society and also a better system of justice.” (Noam Chomsky, in Human Nature: Justice versus Power; Noam Chomsky debates with Michel Foucault, 1971).

The third in the “Chomsky-Foucault debate” series is not trying to be a mirror of the news flow, though it is born out of the same urgency. We are all watching in real time the events from the Near and Middle East and we are projecting on them hopes and desires, some of which we never knew we had. Here in Romania, we declare ourselves smart and watch presciently how their fragile revolutionary achievements are threatened every day, still we might be wrong and theirs could be the fight “in the ends of justice, (…) in the ends of realising fundamental human needs, not merely in the ends of putting some other group into power”, as Chomsky would say.
We have invited to talk about these issues an artist and a curator whose practices are embedded in political consciousness and who are attentive to the aesthetic forms in which the social and political demands or statements are manifested. We will not speculate on the roots, the sequence of events or the historical context of the long Arab spring but we will agree that its dreams are shared by many of us. In this space where imagination is freed, artists and cultural workers should be among the first ones to step in and speak out.
The debate will be preceded by short presentations of their professional work by Róza El-Hassan and Galit Eilat.
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Manifesto for the Gynecene – Sketch of a New Geological Era

The "Manifesto for the Gynecene – Sketch of a New Geological Era" is an eight point provocation. It calls for the Gynecene, a feminine cultural principle that works to overturn institutionalized violence in the form of: domination, exploitation, slavery, colonialism, profit, exclusion, monarchy, oligarchy, mafia, & religious wars. More in a live presentation/talk with Alexandra Pirici & Raluca Voinea, on Thursday 29 of October, 19:00, @ Bucuresti, str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4, București
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Performance Farid Fairuz

  • Performance Farid Fairuz

You might as well have sung the Swedish national anthem

performance for a single male participant
concept & performance: Farid Fairuz
length: approximately 1.15 h

Co-produced by: Solitude Project, German Cultural Centre Timisoara/Performative Arts Festival Timisoara, Caminul Cultural
A project supported by ERSTE Foundation

It’s commonplace nowadays to accuse politics, governments, the economy, corporations, the army, mass media, video games, pornography, certain sports and part of what we call entertainment for producing and reproducing mechanisms that generate, perpetuate and consolidate elements that lead to a culture of violence. Nevertheless the substance that fuels all this is generated by each of us, by our fears and weaknesses, our desires and intentions, and by the way we allow all these factors to come together, take over and absorb other logics and hidden agendas. When confronted with power structures, they turn into complicities and addictions, making us vulnerable and prone to blackmail. We allow ourselves to be manipulated and we manipulate in return, we use, abuse and make use of violence in the most intimate and banal of gestures and daily actions, thus creating the structure on which violence reaches a grand scale and reinserts itself as an insignificant part of our daily life.

17 of October in the frame of Biennial for Emerging Arts Romania @ Arthalle Bucharest
30 and 31 of October & 1 of November in the frame of Caminul Cultural programme @ Atelier 35
8, 9, 10,13 & 14 of November in the frame of Temps d’Images Festival, Cluj Napoca

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PUNCH Micro Library @ Caminul Cultural


PUNCH is happy to present its first commissioned project: within Caminul Cultural 2015 program, a thematic micro-library covering  a wide spectrum of issues related to gender, feminism and queerness.  The publications will be available for reading at PUNCH (Piata Pache Protopopescu 13, 3rd floor), from 20 of October through 20 of December, by appointment.
For detailed info about the selected publications click here.
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  • Nick Srnicek

(in the frame of Chomsky-Foucault talks)

Saturday, November 7, 17:00 @ști, strada Gazelei 44, sector 4, Bucuresti

We live in an era where the greatest mobilisation of people leads to the smallest increment of change, where the future appears to have been cancelled. What is the source of this situation? And what can be done? This talk will analyse the recent cycle of struggles stretching from the anti-globalisation movement to the Occupy movements in order to uncover a common limitation. In its place, this talk will put forth an alternative path forward: one which liberates us from work and which constructs new modes of freedom.

Nick Srnicek is a political theorist. Along with Alex Williams, he has co-authored the #ACCELERATE Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics and Inventing the Future: Folk Politics and the Left (Verso 2015).
He is the author of Inventing the Future (Verso, 2015 with Alex Williams) and Postcapitalist Technologies (Polity, 2016).He is currently researching the epistemology of economic models, post-work futures, and repertoires of contention in social movements.
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