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SOCIETE REALISTE


Activities: May 2008.

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    i/ TRANSITIONERS: LE PRODUCTEUR

Presentation module
from Wednesday 30 APR to Sunday 25 MAY.
your-space / Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10, EINDHOVEN
http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl _ http://www.your-space.nl


    ii/ CULTURAL TRANSLATION: FROM NATIONAL TO HYBRID

Conference
Thursday 8 - Friday 9 MAY
a program by LCCA
at Medenes Studio, The Artist's Union of Latvia House,
11.Novembra krastmala 35, RIGA
http://www.lcca.lv


    iii/ UTOPOLITIKA

Public discussion
Sunday 18 MAY, 14:00
Auditorium of the Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10, EINDHOVEN
http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl _ http://www.your-space.nl


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CONTENT: TRANSITIONERS: LE PRODUCTEUR
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Presentation module


Following an invitation by: your-space coordinator Freek Lomme and
independent curator and writer Marko Stamenkovic.

TRANSITIONERS is a trend design agency, specialized in political
transitions. Transposing the principles of prospective design, generally
used by professionals in the field of fashion, to the field of politics,
Societe Realiste questions the revolution (transition?) as a central
category for contemporary Western society. How can a "democratic transition"
be produced? What is the role of design in the permanent conversion of
political flux into mythology? How can the effect of an event on citizens be
transformed into a controlled affect? Depending on present atmosphere,
TRANSITIONERS defines the general climate, in which future social
transformation movements will take place, in order to maximize their
efficiency. By examining the evolution of revolution as a form, the project
offers visual and semantic tools ready to be used by whomever wishes to:
logotypes, color charts, lexical fields, etc.

For each new step in the project, Societe Realiste conceives a new trend
collection, originated by a precise historical event. In 2007, the
inspiration for « Bastille Days » was the French Revolution. The 2008
collection, entitled « Le Producteur » , is based on the utopias developed
during the first three decades of the 19th century, by thinkers such as
Fourier, Enfantin, Rodrigues, Cabet, Owen, or Saint-Simon. A wide
double-side panorama, pictorial and theatrical device inherited from that
time, is inscribed in the architecture of Your-Space, allowing the visitors
to discover the latest research of TRANSITIONERS.

The central question of the 2008 collection is related to the progressive
separation of liberalism and socialism. While they have a common origin and
were not differentiated by major utopist thinkers, the events of 1830 and
1848 progressively opposed them. This binary confrontation between
liberalism and socialism still constitutes the basis of our common
representations. For TRANSITIONERS, the interrogation of this ideological
chasm, of its accuracy and its contradictions, is central. The stake of the
collection « Le Producteur » consists in knowing how these movements share a
common ideological base, and how the latter can nourish the design of future
transitions.

In 2007-08, Societe Realiste has presented Transitioners: Le Producteur at
La Synagogue de Delme (France), within the frame of Transmediale 08:
Conspire... at the Haus der Kulturen  de Welt (Berlin), and within the frame
of Utopia Transfer at Kiscelli Museum in Budapest.


from Wednesday 30 APR to Sunday 25 MAY.
your-space / Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10, EINDHOVEN
http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl _ http://www.your-space.nl




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CONTENT: CULTURAL TRANSLATION: FROM NATIONAL TO HYBRID
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Conference.


While striving for united political and economical space and policy,
European Union has left culture for its member states as sphere where
difference and competing can flourish. The great stress countries put on
strengthening the positions of national culture indicates that culture has
become the actual field and instrument for political power struggles. The
Latvian state culture policy is organized according to the national
narrative, where the priority is given to ethnic Latvian culture and high
art. Not only other ethnic cultures stay outside the framework of the
national canon, those culture initiatives that questions the national
identity's indissoluble nature, too, lack the political representation.

"Cultural translation" has been discovered as one of the most effective
tools against the cultural dominance. In this process one culture attempts
to translate the other in its own language, creating hybrid mouldings that
transcends existing cultural and social borders in non violent and
democratic way. The crossdisciplinary conference organized by the Centre for
Contemporary Art "Cultural Translation: From National to Hybrid" will
address this phenomenon as a possible tool for creative, social and
political emancipation.

Conference speakers: WHW? (Zagreb), Marina Peunova (Tbilisi/Geneva), Societe
Realiste (Paris), Sergei Kruk (Riga), David Rych (Berlin/Linz), Chto delat?
(Moscow), Mara Traumane (Berlin/Riga), Cristina Ricupero (Paris), Tone
Nielsen (Copenhagen), Orbita (Riga), Marija Hlavajova (Utrecht).


Thursday 8 - Friday 9 MAY
a program by LCCA
at Medenes Studio, The Artist's Union of Latvia House,
11.Novembra krastmala 35, RIGA
http://www.lcca.lv




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CONTENT: UTOPOLITIKA
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Public discussion


UTOPOLITIKA seeks to find bonds between various notions of utopia in
contemporary cultural production from the perspectives of architecture,
publishing, cultural project management, art criticism, subjective geography
/ topography, political design and cultural activism.

Discussants: BAVO, Annelys de Vet, Marko Stamenkovic, Societe Realiste,
Cindy van den Bremen, Marije van der Park and Daniel van der Velden.

A program coproduced by Academie Jan van Eyck - Design Department
(Maastricht) and your-space, Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven)


Sunday 18 MAY, 14:00
Auditorium of the Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10, EINDHOVEN
http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl _ http://www.your-space.nl




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