GeoAIR's participation to Conference 28th – 29th January 2010
Space Gallery, Velehradska 7/A, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
The Heinrich-Boell-Foundation Brandenburg in collaboration with Space Gallery Bratislava kindly invites you to the conference
Being Europe: Crisis? What Crisis?
The conference “Being Europe: Crisis? What Crisis?” opens up new vistas on Europe 20 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Under the designation “Crisis? What crisis?” we bring into focus various perspectives on European changes in the last 20 years and the current crises. The title – taken from a cover of Supertramp's LP from 1975 – can ironically be interpreted in divers ways. For example as a synonym for a non-existing crisis or an attempt to disavow the existence of crises. It also describes the crucial questions for this conference: Are we really having a crisis? Are we even confronted with different crises? Or do we deny their existence and profoundness? What can we do to solve possible crises?
20 years have passed since the Velvet Revolution. Since then a globalized economy within a free society of politically responsible citizens seems to have grown. In these years societies in Europe came into transformation, new democratic systems have emerged and social reforms have passed. The European Union has fundamentally changed. At the same time it faces several crises. Some of them seem to be obvious. First of all a deep economic crisis. And also the crisis of climate change and energy resources which affect not only Europe but the whole world. But what about European culture and art? What about the crisis of the art market and the lack of support of culture and art in the new member states of the European Union? And do we also have a crisis of the democratic system? Sure enough democratic governmental institutions do not work efficiently in many member states of the European Union. The current constitution of democratic systems in European countries is confronted with a loss of political impetus. Public discussions of political issues seem to get less important. Most decisions are taken by only a few opinion leaders in national or supranational parliaments and governments. The level of participation of the citizens is low, their involvement in the process of decision-making weak. Nevertheless, political decisions taken today in times of crises will be eminently important for the future shape of our political, economical, cultural and ecological system. What Europe decides these days touches its being and the every day live of millions of people. Again: Crisis? What Crisis?