Nada Prlja: the left, language and writing

Morariu, Vlad ORCID: Nada Prlja: the left, language and writing. The large glass - Journal of contemporary art, culture and theory, 27/28 . pp. 126-128. ISSN 1409-5823 [Article] (Published online first)


In 2013 artist Nada Prlja invited me to moderate Red Discussion, a performance-debate that aimed to untangle the conditions of possibility of Marxism and the Left in contemporary (Western) society. In the performance I sat in the centre of a red table in the form of a pentagon and write notes, concepts, ideas, and arguments emerging from the my discussion with five scholars: Dave Beech, Hannah Black, Gail Day, Mark Fisher, and Nina Power.

In 2019 Nada Prlja invited me to reprise my role in a second instalment of the work, within North Macedonia's pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The other 5 participants were Charles Esche, Maurizio Lazzarato, Chantal Mouffe, Laura Raicovich and Artan Sadiku.

In 'Nada Prlja: the Left, Language and Writing' I am reflecting on my experience of performing in Red Discussion 1&2, specifically considering the relations between speech, discourse, language and writing. I’m arguing that the kernel of this work is eminently linguistic; thus, instead of promising to reveal or discover the ‘essence’ of a ‘new left’, the project rather articulates an ‘infra-semiological system of signification’ (Roland Barthes) which resists the seduction of essentialism, mythification and ideologization.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
Item ID: 30978
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Depositing User: Vlad Morariu
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 14:04
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