This Saturday, March 19, Societe Anonyme will host its first public conference entitled “Collective Initiatives and Public Interventions”, with guest speakers Spiros Pegas, Yiorgos Papakostas, Aris Stilianou, Apostolos Kalfopoulos and Marios Spiroglou, at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art at 12:30 p.m.
The conference will focus on the recent upsurge of collective initiatives and public interventions in Thessaloniki over the past few years. It will look at how these different initiatives and interventions operate, examining both the ways in which they frame the social sphere, and articulate a particular model of communal engagement. The conference aims to address a number of questions including: Why the recent proliferation of such initiatives and interventions: in other words, what socio-political and art institutional context has promoted such development? What understanding of “the common” do they enact through their collective formation and their engagement with the public? What strategies (play, detournement, etc.) do they deploy within their field of action and to what end? Are such initiatives effective?