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From: "Marina Grzinic" <>
Subject: INTERPOL + FICTION RECONSTRUCTED - two books presentation in 
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 14:26:39 +0200

Presentation of the book



Written by the Slovenian philosopher and media artist MARINA GRZINIC

Published by Edition selene, Vienna, 2000

In ENGLISH, 200 pages with reproductions

June 24, 2000 (Saturday) at 18.00, Club Egoeast, Metelkova complex, No.
0 (on the Metelkova street) Ljubljana

In the book FICTION RECONSTRUCTED the point of departure is a difference
between Eastern and Western Europe that I try to conceptualize
philosophically, insisting on a difference - a critical difference
within and not a special classification method marking the process of
grounding differences. This book can be perceived as a radical
theorization of a particular (Eastern European) position; here
positioning means repoliticization.

The first part of the book focuses on selected artistic projects and
concepts by Mladen Stilinovic (Zagreb), Kasimir Malevich (Belgrade,
1986), and the group Irwin (NSK) (Ljubljana), which were developed in
the territory of the former Yugoslavia, and continue to function,
develop, and mutate. These projects are read via dialectic positioning
(i.e., thesis, anti-thesis, and synthesis) within not only countries of
the former Yugoslavia, but also Eastern Europe in general. They - not
only visualize and conceptualize the processes of thought developed
within new media and technology, but also conceptualize the system in
itself and the operational logic of new media and technology. Within the
framework and context of these works, it became possible to detect
models of thought and perception, which allows one to question the
visible and the political. Moreover, similar strategies are now being
developed by new media technologies and interpreted philosophically and
theoretically. Consequently, classical arts strategies and concepts have
acquired a radically different meaning compared with this reversed media

The second part of the book deals with political and ethical questions
concerning processes of the de-visualization and re-articulation of
space and time in relation to new media. The very process of negotiating
the mutations of Post-Socialism requires the development of new visual
and media strategies that problematize representation and
self-representation. There is something very definite about the
Post-Socialist 'Eastern European' condition condition - it produces a
specific spectralization of representation, space and time. Set in
relation to foreign Western European and American capital centers, the
media events (i.e., virtual reality, the Internet, the 'media obsession'
over the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc.) literally metastasized from
day to day, opening up innumerable interpretations. Grzinic treats new
media in an attempt to re-define certain fundamental concepts in the
history of philosophy and theory, notably the subject, real/virtual,
(public and media) space, in relation to the real war in
Bosnia-Herzegovina and the virtual war of the subject with its so-called
double in virtual environments.

FICTION RECONSTRUCTED offers a very detailed inquiry into specific
Post-Socialist art and media strategies.

Marina Grzinic Mauhler (

is doctor of philosophy and works as researcher at the Institute of
Philosophy at the ZRC SAZU (Scientific and Research Center of the
Slovenian Academy of Science and Art) in Ljubljana. She also works as a
freelance media theorist, art critic and curator. Marina Grzinic has
been involved with video art since 1982. In collaboration with Aina
 A9mid she has produced more than 30 video art projects, a short film,
numerous video and media installations, Internet websites and an
interactive CD-ROM (ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany).

Marina Grzinic has published hundreds of articles and essays and 5
books, including In a Line for Virtual Bread. Time, Space, the Subject
and New Media in a Year 2000, Ljubljana 1996 and Zagreb 1999. In the
year 2000 two of her essays were published, one for MIT Press and the
other for Ablex Company: Grzinic, "Exposure Time, the Aura, and
Telerobotics" in The Robot in the Garden: Telerobotics and
Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet, ed. Ken Goldberg (Cambridge,
Mass.: MIT Press, 2000) and Grzinic, "Strategies of Visualisation and
the Aesthetics of Video in the New Europe" in Culture and Technology in
the New Europe: Civic Discourse in Transformation in Post-Communist
Nations, ed. Laura Lengel (London: Ablex Publishing Company, 2000).

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