IMAGINARY SCHOOL FOR THE FUTURE OF THE (ART) INSTITUTIONS

What if none of the conditions of work that we knew are left? How can we regain the notion of democracy and reclaim the imagination, taken over by the populist narratives? Where to find a space that would not be trapped between the frames of ‘capitalist realism’ on one hand and neo-nationalism on the other?

The aim of the Imaginary School is to enable a free, independent exchange of ideas and experiences, to reinforce a real dialogue and long-term cooperation of performing artists and thinkers in Europe, to reclaim the notion of democracy and to open ways to imagine possible (and impossible) alternatives of being together. It is an answer to the populist, nationalist wave in the Eastern European societies and a space for imagining what seems unimaginable.

The first edition of the project focuses on the topic of artistic institutions in the socio-political and economic context of populism on the one hand and late capitalism on the other. It will aim at inventing, naming and practicing ways of reclaiming institutions as public good and common wealth.

The imaginary school is realized in cooperation with:

BADco., Zagreb, Croatia // ColectivA, Cluj, Romania //  Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany // Lokomotiva Center for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Skopje, Macedonia // Nomad Dance Academy, Ljubljana, Slovenia