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LECTURE AND WORKSHOP “CULTURAL PRODUCTION FIELDS” by DR PREDRAG CVETIČANIN

Last weekend, a workshop and lecture on “Field of Cultural Production” was held in the premises of the “Magacin” cultural center in Kraljevića Marko. Predrag Cveticanin, who was a mentor in the first generation of the Creative Mentoring program, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts in Niš, a lecturer at the UNESCO Chair of the University of Arts in Belgrade, and the Head of the Center for Empirical Studies in Southeast Europe.

Professor Cveticanin presented to the participants the theory “Field of Cultural Production” by French sociologist Pierre Burdieu, as well as the history and development of various models of cultural policy. The workshop was followed by a workshop in which the mentees had the opportunity to analyze the ways of positioning and functioning of different actors within the field of cultural production in Serbia, models of cultural policy that favor these actors, as well as to map the potentials of cooperation through actively exchanging opinions and views on this topic.

On this occasion, Professor Cveticanin presented to the participants the current initiative “1% for Culture” which was launched in order to increase and better allocate the budget for the culture of the Republic of Serbia and presented his research on this topic.

After the workshop, a guided tour was organized through all the premises of the “Warehouse”, which, in addition to more space in Kraljevića Mark 4, also includes the space of the Abandoned Gallery and the Workshop / Practice, which were arranged and put into use last year. The “Warehouse” was spoken by Aleksandar Popovic, president of the Managing Board of the Association Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia (NKSS) and user of this independent cultural center, which is actively involved in the processes of space development and management, and Iva Cukic, director of the Institute for Urban Policy, founder and program director Street galleries and mentor in the current 5th cycle of Creative Mentoring. On that occasion, the publication “Warehouse – A Model for a Self-Organized Cultural Center” was presented, in which alumni and program participants could hear more about the model of work of this unique cultural center in Serbia.

The Warehouse Cultural Center is a space dedicated to art, culture and sociability. Through the open calendar model, the warehouse is available to hundreds of users every day for free, which together contribute to the preservation and improvement of space and its increasing visibility and importance. At the same time, it is becoming a place where a community is expanding on a daily basis and an example of collective work to preserve the public good. The warehouse survives and develops thanks to the struggle and self-organized work of numerous actors in the independent cultural scene, artists, activists and their friends and associates.