December 19, 2007 - Pavilion Magazine - Issue NO. 11 out now
December 19, 2007

Issue NO. 11 out now

Flexicover, 14.5 x 19.5 cm (6.6 x 8.9 in.),
English, 288 pages.

Issue NO. 11:
Editors: Razvan Ion & Eugen Radescu

Cover: Dan Perjovschi, The Right Socialism, 9 drawings, artist project for Pavilion.

“Taken as a whole, What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next? constitutes a dissent from the prevailing directions of much transitological writing. It not only employs an understanding of socialism’s workings that is far from widespread in scholarship about the region but also views the central concepts of research into post-socialism with a skeptical eye. This skepticism comes from being not at all sure about what those central concepts-private property, democracy, markets, citizenship and civil society-actually mean. They are symbols in the constitution of our own “western” identity, and their real content becomes ever more elusive as we inspect how they are supposedly taking shape in the former Soviet bloc. Perhaps this is because the world in which these foundational concepts have defined “the West” is itself changing-something of which socialism’s collapse is a symptom (not a cause). The changes of 1989 did more than disturb western complacency about the “new world order” and preempt the imagined fraternity of a new European Union: they signaled that a thorough-going reorganization of the globe is in course. In that case, we might wonder at the effort to implant perhaps-obsolescent western forms in “the East.” This is what I mean: what comes next is anybody’s guess.” Katherine Verdery

In this issue
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What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next? by Katherine Verdery


Adorno On Late Capitalism: Totalitarianism and the Welfare State by Deborah Cook
The Attitude of Classical Marxism Toward Art by David Walsh
The Gataia Experiment by Ovidiu Pecican
Socialism, Avant-Garde, and the Western Europeans by Tincuta Pârv
Denationalized States and Global Assemblages by Magnus Wennerhag in dialogue with Saskia Sassen
A Portrait of the Rebel Consumer Opressed by Life by Pascal Bruckner


Synthesis: Retro-Avant Garde Or Mapping Post-Socialism by Marina Grzinic
Marxism News by Cosmin Gabriel Marian
Lenin’s Century: Bolshevism, Marxism, and the Russian Tradition by Vladimir Tismaneanu
Of Butchers and Policemen: Law, Justice and Economies of Anxiety by Gunalan Nadarajan
Can Lenin Tell Us About Freedom Today? by Slavoj Zizek
The Bipolar World Has Ended. What Comes After? by Chantal Mouffe
Apocalyptic Spirits: Art In Postsocialist Era by Misko Suvakovic
Empty Pedestals by Ana Peraica
Numismatics of the Sensual, Calculus of the Image: The Pyrotechnics of Control by Jonathan L. Beller
The Theory of Revolution in The Manifest of The Comunist Party by Catalin Avramescu


Mud by Xavier Ribas (with a text by Felix Vogel)
End Station by Elmgreen and Dragset (with a text by Dana Altman)
The Right Socialism by Dan Perjovschi
Notes on the Disappeared: Towards a Visual Language of Resistance by Chitra Ganesh+Mariam Ghani
Monumental and Personal Modernism by Marjetica Potrc
La Inmovilidad by Vincent Delbrouck
Corrections by Rassim (with a text by Iara Boubnova & Luchezar Boyadjiev)
Machine Shall be the Slave of Man but Man Shall not Slave for Machine by Olivia Plender
¡Protesta! by Taller Popular de Serigrafia
Incident by Hüseyin Alptekin (with a text by Raluca Voinea)
Sartre kommt nach Stammheim by Naeem Mohaiemen
NSK State by Irwin (with a text by Juliane Debeusscher)
Pioneers by Ciprian Muresan
(another) point of view by Olga Kisseleva



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