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On Saturday, 19th October 2019, The Croatian National Theatre (HNK) in Zagreb, Croatia inovativelly presented premiere of famous philosopher Slavoj Žižek’s Antigona, directed by the German/Croatian theatre director and activist Angela Richter, thus positioning itself at the top of European theatres.

In the first 20 minutes the play is frontal multimedia and then it becomes a total work of art, introducing the surprising performance art of the choir characters from the audience: randomly judging from the left, right and back balcony, as well as from the audience parterre. Choir characters were accompanied by a spotlight and a video camera with simultaneous projection.

The auditive, musical part of the play was impressively fitting into visual multimedia.

Firstly Žižek adhered to the classic content of the tragedy, but then technically and  humorously by „flashback“ restrospection he examines three possible, elaborated solutions: in addition to the classic ending, Žižek recognizes a rigid or fundamentalist actuality, and finally he directly questions political thinking and leader’s responsibility. Appearing personally as a huge projection, Zizek harnessed the holistic and existentialist potential, like the great creator of proposed trinity (thesis-antithesis-synthesis).

Which of the three versions is the correct one?! The prophet Tiresias concludes that only in solitude by stopping the buzz of the world, we stop the chaos.

Still, the impression of over-controlling the play remains, it lacks the kind of „camp“ freedom, performative anarchy, although there were rhythmically impressive experimental audio-visual breaks in the play directed by Angela Richter! In my oppinion this could be achieved with a deeper and greater momentum towards the real audience, not filmed before the play, including all audio-visual risks.

Ph.D Vesna Srnic

 

 

 

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subversive_film_festivalWhat is actually un-democratic in systems that call themselves democracies, and how does one build a true democracy? Is democracy an unattainable or an achievable utopia? Is this utopian inspiration a prerequisite for any emancipatory struggle? Following these questions, as well as taking into account current social and political developments, the 6th Subversive Festival, under the general theme The Utopia of Democracy, will take place from May 4-18 in Croatia’s capital Zagreb. Some of this year’s speakers include Slavoj Žižek, Silvia Federici, Chantal Mouffe, Bernard Stiegler, Susan George, Maurizio Lazzarato, Yanis Varoufakis, Franco Berardi Bifo, Tariq Ali, Erik O. Wright, and Costas Douzinas.

The programme of the 6th Subversive festival features more than 300 participating activists, authors, writers, intellectuals, civil society actors, film directors and artists from the region and the entire world and is organized into several separate programs:

Subversive Film Festival (May 4-12) boasts more than 50 thought-provoking films. Festival’s special guest Sophie Fiennes’s documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Another special guest of the Festival is triple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone who will present his documentary series The Untold History of the United States, participate in a round table with Tariq Ali as well as in a “late night conversation” with the audience.

Subversive Forum (May 7-18), a series of events on the most pressing political issues of today, includes the following conferences: Peace Forum (May 7); Austerity, Green/d Economy and the Struggle for Democracy (May 8);  Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Left Perspectives (May 9); Commoning the Future (May 15);The Enlargement of Post-Democratic Europe (May 16);The European Left and the Global Crisis of Capitalism  (May 17).

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