Branislav Dimitrijević / Preoccupations / Conversations in a museum /
On Wednesday, October 25, our guest will be the historian and theoretician of art Branislav Dimitrijević from Belgrade.
Through his lecture, film projections and discussion, his two books will be presented:
Sweet movie Dušan Makavejev
/ screening and talk about Sweet Movie (1974, p: France, Canada, Germany, duration: 98 min.)
Sweet Movie is the first film by Dušan Makavejev produced outside Yugoslavia and a film that even amongst the appreciators of the director remained in the shadow of his earlier achievements (such as “Mystery of the Body”, “Love Case” or “Innocence without Protection”) and was mainly treated as an exhibitionist crossing the boundaries of “good taste”. In his book about this movie (MSU, Belgrade, 2017), Branislav Dimitrijević offers a different interpretation and classifies this film with those works of art that anticipate the paradigmatic changes that emerged in the mid-seventies when ideologically the world is created, which Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe difine as the world in which “an individual is not subordinated to capital through the sale of his workforce, but through his or her incorporation into a multitude of other social relationships: culture, leisure, illness, sex, and even death.”
Consumed Socialism – Culture, Consumers and Social Imagination in SFR Yugoslavia
In the book Consumed Socialism (Fabrika knjiga, Belgrade, 2016), Branislav Dimitrijević deals with the cultural history of socialist Yugoslavia through the prism of changes in social imagery that took place in the 1950s and 1960s and characterised by “transition” from collectivist and egalitarian social ideals to the “small bourgeois fantasy” about the happiness and prosperity of the individual – that is, the transformation of communist utopism into “anti-utopian utopianism of the potential”. The appearance of consumerism in the socialist ideology system will be illustrated by many examples including the projection of the short documentary “We Do not Sell Hollywood” (J. Aćin, D. Karaklajić, 1972) about opening Penthaus hotel on the island of Krk at the beginning of the seventies. The research that will be presented in the lecture is part of the author’s efforts to establish a “Yugoslav Studies” that will overcome the dominant revisionist discourses about the totalitarian character of the Yugoslav socialist system.
Dr. Branislav Dimitrijević is Professor of History and Art Theory at the High School of Fine Arts and Applied Arts in Belgrade and occasionally teaches in other educational institutions in Serbia and abroad. Since the mid-1990s he has been active as a curator of contemporary art exhibitions and art critic. As a writer and researcher, he deals primarily with culture, film and art from the times of socialist Yugoslavia.
Both presented books are part of the collection in The corner for contemporary art and reading created through the PREOCCUPATIONS project.