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KABK: The artist as Dog

Eye on Art's Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. Students from different art academies and universities are asked to put together a programme featuring their own work and films (including remixes) from Eye’s collection. Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms. Today: The artist as Dog by KABK.

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The focus of this year”s research lab of the KABK is on Diogenes, the infamous Greek philosopher born in the Black Sea coastal city of Sinope in 412 BCE. Diogenes was called the Dog (from the Greek word Kyôn) because of his shameless doglike behaviour. The philosophical school that he and his followers developed is called Cynicism. It is a loosely based, slightly anarchistic and meandering way of thought characterised by notions like living in the moment, true independence (autarky), free speech, voluntary poverty, austerity and cosmopolitism.

The Lab”s theme gravitates around the research question how an artist can achieve a state of independence within the tightly woven fabric of today”s society. Where society”s complex social, economic and technological character forces the individual to adapt to it with a fair chance of losing the possibility of creating a genuine autonomous voice.

The KABK 2020 lab is producing six projects:

the mad dog

The program is presented by Besan Pas (the mad dog), a popular talkshow host from the former Yugoslavian State Television. After his downfall prompted by his involvement in the Ljubostinja nuns convent scandal, he is now making a weekly YouTube vlog from his native village of Trstenik.

The best curated programme and the best work will be awarded by a student jury and an Eye jury.

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