The exhibition outlines the turbulent events having taken place in the Slovenian society, humanities and arts on the backdrop of the global context of 1968. It presents in more detail the context of the student movement and its most prominent magazines, especially Tribuna and Problemi. The central part of the exhibition focuses on Slovenian neo-avant-garde art, which in the period 1965-1975 experienced a boom culminating in numerous multimedia and conceptual projects of the OHO Group; the legacy of this art is documented, in particular, in innovatively designed publications (EVA, OHO, KATALOG, katalog 2, pericarežeracirep) and individual books (OHO co-productions, the Znamenja collection). Particular attention is given to the literature which was marked in this period by the currents of reism, ludism and concretism. The exhibition presents the Slovenian neo-avant-garde, especially the literary neo-avant-garde, as an overwhelmingly comprehensive, diverse, artistically significant and broadly interesting artistic and social phenomenon.
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The Conference intervened in the study of the global student and labour movement that erupted in May 1968 by systematically analyzing two largely neglected, but key aspects: the dimensions of the literary and of the semi-peripheral. It sought to analyze the ways in which critical theory and late modernist, neo-avant-garde literature were related to these protests which, opposing the institutional politics of the late sixties and early seventies, struggled for the socioeconomic transformation of both the capitalist world-system and its second-world socialist alternative. The Conference compared developments in Paris and other capitalist metropolises of the modern world-system and those in the socialist Ljubljana and other cities of literary semi-periphery that, nevertheless, revitalized the immunized modernism of the Western core (e.g., the ludism and conceptualism of the OHO group, Lacanians of Ljubljana School). As the last phase of modernism faded together with the student-labour movement, this was followed in the core of the world-system by postmodernism in aesthetics and neo-conservatism in politics, while in Slovenia and other Yugoslav republics, it was followed by the crisis of the self-management experiment, the bloody disintegration of the federation, and the emergence of independent successor states. The speakers at the Conference addressed the question of how the conjuncture of 1968, whose struggle to transform the world seemed to have failed, led to that of 1989, which transformed the world by announcing the end of the utopia that had inspired 1968.
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The international colloquium rethought our assumptions about May ’68 across such divides as the West and the rest, politics and culture, culture and counterculture, and art and critique. As such, the conference posed such fundamental questions as, Why was May ’68 necessary at all in the country that led the Non-Aligned Movement and experimented with self-management as an alternative to both capitalism and state socialism? Estranged in this way, the fact that May ’68 did take place even in Yugoslavia can begin to have consequences for what we think about May ’68 globally. If this is so, it does indeed make sense to put May ’68 at 50 and Yugoslavia at 75 together.
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