“CRIC – Platform for critical culture” is a response to the destructive and isolationist societal retrograde processes. CRIC is actively committed to question the models of cultural action based on the principles of diversity and integration and to enable democratic models of critical knowledge production and distribution, emphasizing the idea of changing and shaping the societal values through the connection between contemporary art, culture, the political and politics.
The project will provide a platform that stands in defense of the right to critical culture, the one that continuously shifts borders of the emancipatory policies in the socio-cultural space.
The project is composed of three interventions:
1. “Thinking out loud” – a series of workshops, seminars and residencies that will cover topics related to socio-cultural analysis and linkages between the political, the artistic, and the critical. The seminars and the residencies will cover basic critical and argumentative theory, history of critical thought and critical writing and debating skills. The main focus is put on the tools for critical argumentative writing in the sphere of socio- cultural phenomena, contemporary artistic practices, including gender, feminist and LGBTQI perspectives.
2. “CRIC Festival” – International forum for critical culture: an acronym for critique, reaction, idea, confrontation (also a simultaneous Macedonian noun meaning “scream”), aims to oppose the “culture of silence”. Its hybrid programmatic concept comprises of sequential multimedia formats (public lecturers, debates, artistic and discursive program) that connect artists, cultural workers, theoreticians, activists and local community on a national, regional and international level, in order to stimulate critical thought and dialogue and accentuate the importance of social participation in processes of societal transformation. The project plans to deliver public lectures, panel discussions, translations, and a curated movie program addressing topics of human rights and society.
3. “Embedded freedoms” – an on-line repository and magazine of critical thought that will synthesize all the written and visual materials produced from the other clusters. It will host an on-line magazine that among other relevant topics will showcase examples of creative cooperation and support of civil society by public authorities in EU countries and provide a newsfeed related to freedom of opinion and expression.