The Renaming Machine

Book presentation: 23 September 2010, 6:30 pm at Jakopi? Gallery, Ljubljana
Speakers: Suzana Milevska, Aldo Milohni?, Lana Zdravkovi?, Tadej Poga?ar
and on 23 October 2010, 5 pm at Open Space, Vienna

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute from Ljubljana, Slovenia, announces the launch of the source book The Renaming Machine – The Book, 2010, edited by Suzana Milevska, curator and visual culture theoretician based in Skopje, Macedonia. This reader comprises various theoretical texts, art works and research projects, commissioned comprehensive cross-disciplinary research files, and a thesaurus of news and curiosities dealing with the complex historical, socio-political, cultural and visual implications of the renaming phenomenon.

The concept renaming machine was coined to underscore the  arbitrary and contingent nature of names and to ask questions about the clandestine ideological patterns of “desiring renaming machine” at work behind the dominant social machines that change toponyms and personal names.

This publication was imagined as a meta-disciplinary discursive outcome of the two-year project The Renaming Machine curated by Suzana Milevska. The unravelling of the multiple folds produced by the social and desiring renaming machine in the Balkans and in other cultural and geo-political contexts was the main aim of the series of three exhibitions (Gallery Jakopi?/Ljubljana,  Gallery Miroslav Kraljevi?/Zagreb, Open Space/Vienna) and conferences, seminars, workshops, blogs, the video archive consisting of fourteen videos and art performances that were realised with partner organisations in Ljubljana (Peace Institute), Skopje (press to exit project space and Kontrapunkt), Prishtina (Stacion-Centre for Contemporary Art), Zagreb (Gallery Miroslav Kraljevi?) and Vienna (Open Space) in 2008 and 2009.

The project and the publication were supported by ERSTE Foundation through the Patterns project, the ECF Foundation and many other supporting institutions.

The Renaming Machine – The Book, edited by Suzana Milevska, published by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, Ljubljana, September 2010, pp. 420, 124 photographs. Graphic Design: Ajdin Baši?.

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