Dec 20, 2009

“Eurasian Laboratory”: Poetry, Prose, Music and Politics in Georgia

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“Eurasian Laboratory”: Poetry, Prose, Music and Politics in Georgia Summary:

Esma Berikishvili
Central European University
80 pgs; P. 2009
This paper examines the emergence of the ‘alternative’ culture in Georgia in 2006 and maps the
structure of the artistic field. I focus my study on artistic collaboration “Eurasian Laboratory”
and I argue, by using Anthony Cohen’s theory of symbolic construction of community, that they
create an ‘alternative’ community through art as a social activity. Using Pierre Bourdieu’s theory
of field and practice, I show how the artistic field is formed and influenced by several political
happenings in Georgia from 1917 till 2003. I expose the issue of cultural policy in order to
understand the priorities of the State in cultural field and to examine how the State apparatus by
providing the dominant symbolic system, excludes ‘alternative’ cultural forms, forms that do not
fit in State’s understanding of culture. Following this lines, I trace how artists engage in struggle
for legitimation over proper/improper modes of expression. I will also demonstrate how
“Eurasian Laboratory” with using subversive cultural forms produces an alternative space for
creating music, prose and poetry, which is free from any kind of aesthetic and political
restrictions. In addition, I analyze how Georgian context as well as external forces affects
formation of the community and art, by looking at the deeper levels of “Laboratory’s” art works.

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 ELY is not an eurasionist. the sentence that ELY is interested in russian left eurasionism was taken from Nextdreamhacker's old blog post. we were interested in it, but we don't support any kind of rusian eurasionism or any imperial phylosophy.
we have different view on Eurasian geopolitics, we see it like multicultural space, which must overcome the totalitarian systems and bring back it's multicultural chaotick magic.

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