On Directing Air #2 2018: Zsuzsa Laszlo, Dora Maurer, Jelena Vesic, Juliane Debeusscher: Selforganization and the Artsystem in Central Eastern Europe

The theme of self-organization has acquired a wide currency in contemporary international art circles. In the times of network cultures and in the wake of the absorption of institutional critique, critical practitioners often talk about producing new culture through cooperation and sharing, through platforms and networks, through working outside of ‘isolated’ and ‘traditional’ state-run institutions and their representative and repressive socio-political functions. Proliferating declarations of the value of self-organization come from an everincreasing number of (so-called) ‘independent’ cultural actors, regardless of their actual material ties to institutions of culture and of governance.