Women, Performative Politics and Memory

Round Table

Discussion with the 2006 City of Women artists
Moderated by: dr. Marina Gržinić

The discussion, involving the active participation of artists introduced at the 2006 City of Women Festival, is a continuation of the idea first realised in 2005 to allow contemporary artists involved in performance, theatre, concerts and exhibitions to clearly and loudly articulate their concepts, interventions and specific practices regarding the issue of this year’s Festival.

The issue under discussion in 2006 is how contemporary performative politics presents, constructs and alters memory, which is nowadays becoming increasingly more established beyond mythology, and is being transformed into the category of the political and activistic. Memory is history – not merely the history of contemporary dance, performance, video, film, visual art and theatre, but also of the feminist, lesbian and queer movement, as well as the history of activism and hard-won social, cultural and, last – but not least – political changes. In this respect a shift in memory, activism, culture and politics in the current global capitalist context – which could be characterised as a transition from the politics of memory to the memory of what used to be political – is something to be concerned about.
Marina Gržinić


Dragana Alfirević (Slovenia / Serbia): a performer who in 2004 co-founded STATION / Service for Contemporary Dance in Belgrade, which works in education, information exchange and promotion of contemporary dance and performing arts.

Loredana Bianconi (Italy / Belgium): a director who started producing her own films, in particular documentaries and videos, in the late 1980s. 

Eva Egermann (Austria): a Vienna-based visual artist working in a variety of media and in several collectives and projects. She is the author and editor of the monthly magazine Malmoe, part of the feminist art group A Room of One’s Own, and has been active in the Manoa Free University since 2004.

Miriam Ginestier (Canada): a performer, filmmaker, curator and DJ. She is the Artistic Director of Studio 303 and the Edgy Women Festival, and in 2003 was awarded a prize for her outstanding contribution to queer culture in Montreal.

Heather Kravas (USA): has studied a wide variety of dance forms since childhood. For the past eight years she has been working and producing dance in New York City and has  performed with – among others – DD Dorvillier, Peter Jacobs, Jennifer Allen, Amy Cox, Yvonne Meier and Okkyung Lee. 

Antonija Livingstone (Canada): an interdisciplinary artist, a performer and a teacher who strives to activate collaborative processes. Her practice has a background in classical ballet technique, contact improvisation, Chinese martial arts and drag king-ing. 

Magdalena Lupi (Croatia): a dramaturg who works in Ivan Pl. Zajc – Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka, where she has produced more than 30 dramas. In 1998, with colleagues from the younger generation, she founded Rijeka’s independent TRAFIK (Transitive-Fiction Theatre) company, whose main purpose is experimentation in the field of movement theatre.

Bonfire Madigan (USA): started her music career at the age of 16, when she formed the duo Tattle Tale, a first generation Riot Grrrl band from Seattle. Madigan established her own label and formed her own ensemble, which evolved gradually. She regularly collaborates in projects by other musicians, and composes film music as well as scores for documentary and feature films.

Cécile Proust (France): a dancer and choreographer who has long been interested in the issues related to gender construction. Since 2003 she has been engaged in studying relations between feminist thought and art, which is also the topic of her lectures delivered at the department of dance at Paris 8 University as well as the Centre National de la Danse. The origins of the femmeuses project date back to 2004, and pertain to an invitation extended by Centre d'Art Contemporain du Parc Saint-Léger.

Hanna A. W. Slak (Slovenia): a film director. Even during her student years, she received several Slovene and foreign awards for her short films. Her first feature film, Slepa Pega (Blind Spot, 2001), which she both wrote and directed, was awarded at the 2002 Cottbus Film Festival, and also received the Don Quixote Award and the Ecumenical Jury Award bestowed by the International Cinematography Clubs Association (FICC).

Elisabeth Schimana (Austria): a performer, free-lance composer, radio artist and artistic process manager working in an electronic environment. She is a founder of the Institute of Media Archeology (IMA).

Rebekah Wilson a.k.a. Netochka Nezvanova: works as an independent composer, electronic musician, installation artist, filmmaker and software developer.

Marina Gržinić (Slovenia): has a PhD in philosophy and works as a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana. She is a freelance media theorist and curator who has been involved in video art since 1982. In collaboration with Aina Šmid she has produced more than 30 video art projects, a short film, numerous video and media installations, Internet websites and an interactive CD-ROM (for ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany). She has published hundreds of articles and numerous books.

Organisation: City of Women
In collaboration with: Cankarjev dom
With the support of: Skrivanek prevajalske storitve d.o.o.


Date and time of event: 
Oct 05th 19:00
Place of event: 
Cankarjev dom, Klub Lili Novy