DICTIONARY

ARENA: MIND CONFLICT
Kartsen MEYHOFF
Denmark

BLITZKRIEG
Friedrich KITTLER
Germany

PAINE. MEMORY. A MEMORY-BOOK
Zoya YEROSHOK
Russia

WAR AND PEACE IN TERMS AND DEFINTIONS
Dmitry LOSKUTOV
Russia/Brussels

IMAGE WAR
Sotirios BAHTSETZIS
Greece

REDEMPTION OF THE HOSTAGES
Viacheslav IZMAILOV
Russia

WARS, WAVES, RULERS
Wladimir VELMINSKY
Russia/Germany

HARMONY (WAR SONG)
Yuki HIGASHINO
Japan/Frankfurt

CIVIL WAR
Valery PODOROGA
Russia

INTERPRETATIONS
Oleg NIKISHIN
Russia

INFORMATION
Dmitry ROGOZIN
Russia

ZONE INERDITE
Christoph WACHTER
Germany
Mathias JUD
Switzerland/Berlin

CLOWN (AT WAR)
Leo BASSI
Italy/Spain

CIRCLE OF WAR
Arkady BABCHENKO
Russia

CONCEPT - UNKNOWN SOLDIER
Oleg ARONSON
Russia

CORPORATION
Uzochukwu NDUKA
Nigeria

CAT-NOTATION
Joulia STRAUSS
Russia /Berlin

FACES OF TERROR
Anthony BEEVOR
UK

IMAGE OF AN ENEMY
Ljubov VINOGRADOVA
Russia

UN: CONDITIONS FOR PEACE
Vladimir PETROVSKY
Russia

REFUSAL
Roman SCHMIDT
Germany

HEROISM
Boris LEONOV
Russia

ANCESTORS
Nikolay PLUZHNIKOV
Russia

SERGEANT KOSOV: PEACEMAKER
German VINOGRADOV
Russia

RADICAL SIMPLIFICATION
Andrey TKACHENKO
Russia

SNIPER
Jakob BOESKOV
Denmark/NY

STRATEGIC CONFLICT PREVENTION
Anton IVANOV
Russia

LEVEL OF DISPERSION. ASHES
Ilya PLEKHANOV
Russia

FINANCIAL WAR (EX-VASION)
Sigudrur INGOLFSSON
Iceland

PRIVATE WAR
Obrad SAVIC
Serbia/UK

SHALAMOV:WAR/CAMP
Mikhail RYKLIN
Russia

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The 2-nd Session Of The International Action “SLOWAR: THE DICTIONARY OF WAR (MOSCOW)” Press-release

 

SEPTEMBER, 2-3, 2010. MOSCOW. THE SECOND SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT “SLOWAR: DICTIONARY OF WAR”. THE PROJECT IS ORGANIZED THROUGH THE PARTNERSHIP OF THE “LETTERRA.ORG” PROJECT1 AND “SCHOOL OF DRAMATIC ART”2 THEATER, WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE  NATIONAL CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS (NCCA) AND AT THE INITIATIVE OF THE “LOGOS PUBLISHERS” (MOSCOW) AND “MERVE VERLAG” (BERLIN)3 THE ACTION IS SUPPORTED BY THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO RUSSIA, GOETHE-INSTITUT (MOSCAU), INFORMATIONAL AGENCY “ROSBALT”, POLISH CULTURAL CENTER (MOSCOW). THIS TIME THE PROJECT FOCUSES ON EXITS – WAYS OUT OF WAR (SLOWAR-X).

 

The "EXIT OUT OF WAR"(SLOWAR-X) is an opportunity to speak about continuing war and wars still going on as a result of traumas that defined the 20th century. Among the participants of the project are theater and film directors Rezo Gabriadze, Ali Khamrayev and Igor Yatsko; writers Andrey Gelasimov and Nedim Gursel, journalist and philosopher Jon Olafsson, lawyer and historian Ernst Reuss; philosophers Yelena Petrovskaya, Petar  Bojanic, Vitaly Kaftan, Daria Lungina, Marcus Steinweg; economist Rohini Sahni; composer Vladimir Martinov; poet and activist Christopher Merrill; painter  Boris Zhutovsky; artists Mikolaj Grynberg, Rafał Betlejewski; historians Galina Zvereva and Yelena Zubkova and many others.4

 

“SLOWAR: THE DICTIONARY OF WAR” 2010 is organized by “Lettera.org” project in partnership with theater “School of Dramatic Art”. This Second Session of the project coincides with the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. 5 Russian Society, as well as many other societies has never recovered from the traumas of the Second World War and its anniversaries continue to inspire emotional commemorative services. It is clear that not only have Russians never recovered, they seem to have never fully exited this war. The same can be said about the wars and violence that preceded it. Russians have never exited violence: War became post-war terror, followed by the Cold War, and then all the different wars that followed the collapse of the USSR. Another problem is  that the last “Good War” as they call the Second World War never stopped next wars arriving all around the globe. With the help of our presenters we will explore that trauma of the “non-exit” that prevents a contemporary society from fully entering the 21st century. More than 30 participants will present their version of intensive discourses where each is a person in his/her own drama  as well as an element of one whole event. This is an intellectual theater whose participants are all taken from life. It is an unwritten play that will be performed unrehearsed in front of the audience. This is an open laboratory that will show its results in real time. In what way, through our concepts and notions, are we already beyond the reach of war, and where do we continue to stay within it? The very same questions are addressed to the guests from Latvia, Georgia, USA, Iceland, Germany, Italy, Poland.

 

The format of the initiative is very simple. Each participant is asked to choose a word, thereby selecting his/her own aspect of War. The presenter, a professional in his/her own field, who has a civic standing, is given 20 minutes to present this concept before the audience. The concept can be presented in any form – an oral presentation, a happening, a performance. The event will last for 7-8 hours and will take  2 days in total. The conceptual presentations will be put in alphabetic order and together they will compile “The Dictionary of War” (the Materials of the First Moscow Session and information about the new participants can be found on the bilingual site www.slowar.tv)

 

The event will commence on 2 September at 15.00 at “School of Dramatic Art” theater in the “Globe Hall”. It will resume at 15.00 on 3 September. Parallel art exhibitions and video-art presentations will be held in the “Atrium Hall” of the theater. The presentations will be accompanied by an on-line translation and will be placed for viewing at www.slowar.tv Simultaneous translation will be provided.

 

 


 

1 “Letterra.org” is a joint project of the “Logos Publishers”, “Civitas Russia” foundation in partnership with the German edition of the international magazine “Lettre International”. “Lettre International” is one of the most successful projects of the international intellectual journal that has round 6 national editorial boards. The German edition was founded in 1989 and during the 20 years of its functioning managed to collect the texts from the most powerful living authors of today – writers and poets, journalists and artists, politicians and political analysts from many countries including China, India and Latin America contributed to this edition. The “Letterra.org” project is the project of the creation of a platform for international collaboration, for the exchange of the ideas between the world’s intellectuals on the basis of the Russian language. “The Dictionary of War” project is the first of such experimental attempts to apply an international format to the Russian problematic. It is supported by the European Union.

 

2 “School of Dramatic Art” theater was founded in 1987 by an outstanding theater director, teacher and thinker Anatoly Vasiliev. The main goal of this theater and laboratory was the studies within the field of acting technique, poeticsand methodology of contemporary theater. At the present time the “School” is a unique socio-cultural territory  which gives space to non-controversial co-existence of the repertoire theater and the experimental one,  of dramatic and musical performances, of concerts of classic and new improvisational music, of exhibitions and seminars in theory. See site: www.sdart.ru

 

3 “Logos Publishers” (founded in 1997 in Moscow) – is the publishing house for the intellectual literature, that brings out for the Russian reader the classic works of the 20-th century in philosophy, sociology, theory of art and poetry both Russian and Western (J. Lacan, L. Witgenstein, Th. Adorno, G. Deleuze – among its authors).  The “Merve Publishers” (Merve Verlag (Berlin, 1970-2010)) is humorously  described in media as a “place of encounter between Foucault, Adorno and the punk culture” and has been working over the period of 40 years on the development of the critical modern discourse. It is the first laureate of the Curt Wolf Foundation (2001) prize that is annually handed over to the independent publishing houses for the “outstanding program and the contribution to the diversity of literature”. See site: www.merve.de

 

4 The international Project “The Dictionary of War” was initiated in 2006 by the Berlin publishing house “Merve” and the artistic groups “Multitude” and “Unfriendly Take-over”. The project's first four sessions took place in various cities across Germany and Austria, against the backdrop of anti-war demonstrations fuelled by the war in Iraq. Later the project moved on – to Serbia, Korea, Italy and Taiwan (see: www.dictionaryofwar.org ). The first Moscow session of the project was conducted in 2009 in the framework of the “Letterra.org” project. Among that participants were a famous war writer Arkady Babchenko, a leading journalist of “Novaya gazeta” Zoya Yeroshok, a famous negotiator major Izmailov, leading Russian philosophers Valery Podoroga and Oleg Aronson, the chief editor of the “Art of War” magazine Ilya Plekhanov, an internationally acclaimed psychiatrist Andrey Tkachenko, a UN ex-undersecretary, diplomat Vladimir Petrovsky and many others. They were “answered to” and “dialogued with” by a classic of media-theory Friedriech Kittler, a classic of the genre, a clown and an intellectual Leo Bassi, a guest-star artist Jacob Boeskov, a famous British historian Anthony Beevor. There were 29 presentations made. The materials of the actions are available on www.slowar.tv The video-materials were demonstrated during the 3 Moscow Biennale  of Contemporary Art, 2009.

 

5 The World War II ended on Sept. 2, 1945. This date is being celebrated in Russia for the first time over a long period. It reminds us that the war that has long become the Great Patriotic War for the Russians is a part of the world event which started on Sept 1, 1939 with the German invasion of Poland and ended on Sept, 2, 1945 with the capitulation of Japan before the united forces of allies.

 

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The Second session of the international action “SLOWAR: THE DICTIONARY OF WAR (MOSCOW)” is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (Sept. 2,1945)

The session will take place in the theater “School of Dramatic Art”

The dates: SEPTEMBER 2 – 3.   THE BEGINNING OF THE ACTION IS AT 15.00

The address: SRETENKA, 19/27, metro station SUKHAREVSKAYA

THE ACTION WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED WITH AN INTERNET TRANSLATION — WWW.SLOWAR.TV