Alienation Effects: Performance and Self-Management in Yugoslavia, 1945-91 (Theater: Theory/Text/Performance) by Branislav Jakovljevic
English | June 13, 2016 | ISBN: 0472073141 | 384 Pages | PDF | 3 MB
In the 1970s, Yugoslavia emerged as a dynamic environment for conceptual and performance art. At the same time, it pursued its own form of political economy of socialist self-management. Alienation Effects argues that a deep relationship existed between the democratization of the arts and industrial democracy, resulting in a culture difficult to classify. The book challenges the assumption that the art emerging in Eastern Europe before 1989 was either “official” or “dissident” art; and shows that the break up of Yugoslavia was not a result of “ancient hatreds” among its peoples but instead came from the distortion and defeat of the idea of self-management.