WOJTEK DOROSZUK, TOMASZ KOZAK at the book “Public Preparation. Contemporary Nationalism and Critical Art Practices” (2010), presentation of the book: 03.12.2010 at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

Wojtek DoroszukTomasz Kozak
Marina Grzinic and Rael Artel: video screening, discussion, book launch

date: Friday, December 3, 2010 at 6.30 pm
venue: Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

We are pleased to announce the screening of videos “Obsession” (2008) and
“Naked Freedom” (2010) by Marina Grzinic and Aina Smid and the
presentation of the book “Public Preparation. Contemporary Nationalism and
Critical Art Practices” (2010) by editor Rael Artel. The event is
organized by Rael Artel and starts with a commented video screening by
Marina Grzinic, following discussion will open up the wider spectrum of
topics negotiated both in the artworks as well as the newly published
The event is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia. Marina
Grzinic and Rael Artel wish to thank the very welcoming staff of Wiels
Contemporary Art Centre.

Shortly about video “Naked Freedom”
The video “Naked Freedom” that connects Ljubljana, Belgrade, Durham/USA
presents a conceptual political space of engagement that allows for
rethinking what local community is and functions. It conceptualizes the
possibility of social change under the conditions of financial capitalism
and its financialization processes that permeate art, the social,
political and critical discourse. The collective process of making the
video “Naked Freedom” is about enactment of social, political , and
performative practices. It is a collective performance for the screen that
resonate with performers off screen lives. In Ljubljana seven young
activists, musicians, poets and your workers discuss capitalism,
colonialism, education, and the power of art as a possibility for

Idea and realization by Marina Grzinic, Aina Smid
Text by Marina Grzinic (based on Beller, Kopac, Lopez Petit, Deleuze, and
Drawings and animations by Sinisa Ilic
Procuced by CCC/Cross Community Creation Institute, 2010

19 min 27 sec, color with sounds, in Slovenian and English, English subtitles

Shortly about the “Public Preparation” book
“Public Preparation. Contemporary Nationalism and Critical Art Practices”
is a selective documentation of the “Public Preparation” project that
consisted of seminars, talks, screenings, and workshops and took place in
collaboration with different art institutions and cultural producers
during a two-year period from 2008–2010. Besides transcripts of chosen
presentations, a selection of commissioned essays based on given speeches,
and several talks, it is also to a large extent a rather unconventional
art book. One of the main aims of the publication is to pay extra
attention to discussing recent artistic production, as often in discursive
discussions, the particular artworks tend to be forgotten. The circle of
contributors comes mainly to former Eastern Europe and mostly consists of
art professionals. The book produces the contextual framework for the
international exhibition “Let’s Talk About Nationalism! Between Ideology
and Identity”, which opened in February 2010 at Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn.

Contributions from Rael Artel, Charles Esche, Eva Fotiadi, Marina Grzinic,
Flo Kasearu & Tanel Rannala, Karolis Klimka, Vida Knezevic & Ivana
Marjanovic, Martin Krenn, Tanya Muravskaya, Alexei Penzin, Joanna
Rajkowska, Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, Marko Stamenkovic & Tomas
Tomilinas, Mihaela Varzari, and Tamara Zlobina.

The works by artists like Yael Bartana, Wojtek Doroszuk, Maria Eichhhorn,
Kaspars Goba, Jens Haaning, Tomek Kozak, Boris Mikhailov, Tanya
Muravskaya, Kristina Norman, Marjetica Potrc, Joanna Rajkowska, Gerhard
Richter, Wilhelm Sasnal, Luc Tuymans are discussed among others.

Concept and realization by Rael Artel
Editing by Rael Artel, Kendra Ballingall
Graphic design by Jaan Evart
Published by Public Preparation, 2010

ISBN: 978-9949-21-293-4
120 pages, in English, price: 10 eur

The golden sponsor of “Public Preparation. Contemporary Nationalism and
Critical Art Practices” is Open Estonia Foundation. Graphic design is
supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment.

Short bios of the speakers:
RAEL ARTEL is an independent curator based in the forests of Estonia. She
graduated from the Institute of Art History at the Estonian Academy of
Arts in 2003, and participated in the Curatorial Training Programme in De
Appel, Amsterdam (2004–05). Since 2000, she has curated shows in Estonia,
as well as in Lisbon, New York, Amsterdam, and Warsaw. From 2004 to 2008
she ran an experimental project space, and in 2007 she initiated Public
Preparation, a platform for knowledge-production and network-based
communication, which has focused on issues of nationalism and contemporary
art in Europe in the format of international seminars and exhibitions
since 2008.

MARINA GRZINIC is a philosopher, artist, and theoretician, working in
Ljubljana and Vienna. She is a professor in Post-Conceptual Art Practices,
Institute of Fine Arts, at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is a
researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Scientific and Research
Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art in Ljubljana. Her
latest book is “Re-Politicizing Art, Theory, Representation and New Media
Technology “published by Schlebrügge, Vienna, 2008. She is the co-editor
of “Reartikulacija” — an artistic-political-theoretical-discursive
platform in Ljubljana. Marina Grzinic has been involved with video art
since 1982 in collaboration with Aina Smid who is art historian, editor of
a design magazine, and lives and works in Ljubljana.