Memory and Deceit: The Green Bridge Case

‘There are eloquent silences, and guilty silences, and silences of genuine bewilderment, and silences of creativity. The trick is to know what kind of silence you are hearing…’ Le Carré, John (2009), A Most Wanted Man. Hodder. This article focuses

Critical Thinking Expelled from an Art School. The case of the Art Academy of Latvia

What would one expect after graduating from an art school? Leaving aside more complex questions about what an art school nowadays should and could be, let’s assume that an essential part of art education is the process itself and that

The Effect of Contemporaneity – V

< Back to Part IV   / postcolonial colony   Even if an artist is from megapolis, she still needs to enter the contemporary art world through certain global hubs of geopolitical importance. Not to mention someone from ‘anywhere’ (i.e., ‘global

The Effect of Contemporaneity – IV

< Back to Part III    / it’s natural   The problem of considering oneself as underdeveloped today does not signify a failure to develop, but a failure to ask a question: ‘underdeveloped—yes, but under whose terms?’ What is at stake

The Effect of Contemporaneity – III

< Back to Part II   / value   Let us continue with a paradoxical observation: when an artist enters the structure of a global art market, the thing we call ‘artistic value’ can become (and it often does) only an

The Effect of Contemporaneity – II

< Back to Part I   / developement   Before we go any further, let us ponder a bit on what could possibly be implied by this overused and hyperinflated term ‘development.’ Surely we can rely on an almost instinctive

The Effect of Contemporaneity – I

  / emergence   If there was only one important word that would give us a hint at how the international portfolios are being put together by emerging artists today, then the word would be ‘quickly.’ To be more precise, the

What would a contemporary Bildungsroman be like?

One begins to think about the subtleties of education from a philosophical perspective not when one is in the role of the educated, but rather when one becomes (usually quite unexpectedly) a teacher. I’m not sure if there are many

Need, Politics, Alytus, Gentrification, Commons: Five Intersections on Public Space

This conversation took place a couple of months after Kasparas Pocius gave his lecture “Indiscernibility: Public Spaces, Nomadic Strategies” in Kaunas, at the “Forensic Flaneur” event. I (T.M.) had quite a few questions for Kasparas, I wanted a proper discussion,

The State of Critique in the Times of Acceleration

I. The problem that critique faces today is that of its relevance in the world where even the most subversive strategies and actions—including ‘having fun’ and ‘making friends’—are capitalisable. It is a problem of inability to speak ‘from within the