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MASKA journal for performing arts

Maska is a journal for performing arts with the longest European tradition (published since 1920). It is published in four double issues a year, each issue dedicated to one specific topic. Apart from articles related to chosen topics each issue, rich with photographic material, brings interviews with renowned artists and theoreticians, reviews of latest Slovene and foreign performances and books. Bojana Kunst, Krassimira Kruschkova, Josette Féral, Susanne Winnacker, Bojana Cvejić, Eda Čufer, Marina Gržinić, Valentina Valentini, Ramsey Burt, Jens Giersdorf, Johannes Birringer, Thomas Irmer, Gerald Siegmund, Hans-Thies Lehmann are only some of the acclaimed authors who contribute to the magazine. The magazine tries to unveil the hidden phenomena in contemporary performing arts and elusive neighborhood between theatre, dance, performance and visual arts. It is also concerned with conceptual dilemmas, which constantly master the slippery relationship between art and society.

In recent issues the authors have thus focused on dance and politics, vision and visuality, theatrical tactics, performance education, performance territories, new European drama, genetic art, dramaturgy of dance, theory on stage, eroticism, new eastern art and theory, the pleasure of the automaton, gestus, etc.
Slovene/English edition, 96–116 pages, 220×295 mm format, over 40 black and white reproductions.

Maska, vol. XXII, no. 109–110 (autumn 2007) – The Art of Writting.
The journal you have before you arose from the need to affirm the field of writing for and  about art as a field that, through a principally predominating logic of language, aims to materialize the textures of contemporary art and the questions this places before the viewer. As a form through which intercommunication in a community is established, writing is an important material practice of every social situation and writing for art is not committed only to reflecting certain art practices but also represents the possibility of raising questions and developing a dialogical interaction that arises when one form transforms into another. Writing for and about art is therefore not only a document, but also a realization of mental concepts, a written materialization of thoughts and views that actively cooperate in the shaping of the landscape and meaning of contemporary art.

Maska, vol. XXII, no. 107–108 (summer 2007) – Does Production Dance Alone? II.
In the summer edition of Maska, we continue with the problematization of the state of production conditions in contemporary art. This time, we present texts that consider the practical examples of production conditions in the Slovene and international context and show the relations that define the current state in the field of art and culture. In the main topic you can find among others, Primoz Jesenko’s article on the state of Slovenian theater, Petja Grafenauer Krnc’s discussion on the problem of contemporary art museum in Ljubljana, Tomaz Zaniuk’s contribution on politization of production conditions in Art in the case of the closure of Art Centre Sredisce, dancer Eleanor Bauer’s reflection on the state of transnational Brussels dance community, Maria Lind’s text on European cultural policies and Alexander Karschnia’s article on performance practice as development & research.

· Petra Kapš Ants – Organism – Structure – Society. An Interview with Luiza Margan and Miha Presker

· Primož Jesenko Parenthesis As a Mode Of Existence
· Petja Grafenauer Krnc History of the Unfulfilled Wish of Contemporary Art Museum for Contemporary Art or a Multipurpose Exhibition Venue?
· Petra Kapš Kibla, the island in the Slovene archipelago of art
· Tomaž Zaniuk The Closure of Art Centre Središče = Politization of Production Conditions in Art
· Ivana Ivković Alliances In The Pedestrian Zone
· Jasmina Založnik The Inconveniences of the Cultural Policy
· Maria Lind The Future is Here
· Eleanor Bauer Becoming Room, Becoming Mac: New Artistic Identities in the Transnational Brussels Dance Community
· Alexander Karschnia Post Scriptum to performance practice as development & research

· Alenka Priman Customs and Traditions III.
· Marko Peljhan Landscapes of Knowledge

· Andreja Kopač »If there is no history we have to construct it.« An Interview with Mark Franko

· Suzana Milevska Participants and Victims of Participation: Documenta 12

· Klemen Fele The Vulnerability of the Theatrical Polylogue

Maska, vol. XXII, no. 105–106 (spring 2007) – Does Production Dance Alone? I.

The main topic of the current journal is devoted to the question Does production dance alone? With it we are beginning the debate on the circumstances for art production with a wish to open a dialogue for solution of an impossible situation dominating this field. The core of the rubric phenomenon is therefore dedicated to two extensive interviews. Firstly with the producers in the independent sector and then with the representative of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. With both we would like to stimulate reflection on necessary realization of more flexible production relations that will support the autonomy of art creation and a cultural politics that will protect the rights and needs of heterogeneous views on contemporary art production and their coexistence. Among other the rest of the sections in this issue of Maska present an interview with a dance collective Les SlovaKs, review of the 3rd Slovene dance festival Moving Cake, and two manifesto like text on guerrilla theatre production.

· Andreja Kopač LeSlovaks: Les SlovaKs: “The Body is the Most Intelligent Thing” An Interview Within the Collective Without a Leader
· Samo Gosarič: Monsters and Peaches

· Katja Praznik: Does Production Dance Alone?
· Katja Praznik: Production Over the Abyss of Cultural Politics. A Conversation with Producers in the Independent Sector
· Katja Praznik: The Case of Plesna izba Maribor
· Karla Železnik: Are the Skies Over the Cultural Map Going to Clear Up? An Interview with Uroš Korenčan

· Alenka Pirman: Costumes And Traditions II.
· Marko Peljhan: Monadology

· Dejan Spasić: “Guerrilla” or Slovene Theatre Without Gods
· Andrej Jaklič: Jumping Into It

· Alja Bulič: Moving Cake – A Practical Example of the Sate of Slovene Contemporary Dance
· Mojca Puncer: From Poetics to the Politics of Body Images in the Theatre: Rodin II
· Saša Nabergoj: U3 and The State of Things

· Alja Bulič: The Politics of Modern Dance. Mark Franko Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics
· Ana Perne: Theatricality of the Everyday. Janelle Reinelt Public Performance: Essays on the Theatre of Our Time
· Urška Jurman: Self-historicization as Attempt at Dismantling or Inclusion? IRWIN East Art Map. Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe

Maska, volume XXII , nr. 103–104 (winter 2007) – Art in the grip of education

This year’s first issue of the magazine was published in March. The issue boasts the improved concept and a new editorial board under the lead of the editor-in-chief Katja Praznik, which is conceived as a field of critical public of contemporary performing art and is based on the strategy of communication and openness to the new, topical and groundbreaking activities both in the home and in the international context. The magazine is divided into several sections, the main topic of this issue being art and education. Among other, you may read through the reviews of Slovenian and foreign performances and exhibitions, columns, interviews, conversations with some important actors in the area of education in the arts and self-education as well as critical and theoretical contributions on the condition of artistic education.

Mihaela Michalov The Steps to Normality: Dance in Romania
Andreja Kopač, Katja Praznik And what then? Well exactly… Choreographing Coversation with Antonija Livingstone and Heather Kravas

Miško Šuvaković Epistemology of Teaching Art
Katja Praznik On the Chessboard of Education and Art. A Converstation with Maja Delak, Bojana Kunst, Nina Meško, Saša Nabergoj, Jože Barši, Sebastijan Horvat, Emil Hrvatin in Blaž Lukan.
Mojca Dimec Bogdanovski Reflection on Planning Cultural Education Reforms
Katja Praznik To Enter into a Dialogue about Dancing and Love
Oliver Frljić From a Promise of Emancipation to New Formats of Discipline
Katja Praznik “Dancing doesn’t lie just in the technique of moving the body, it lies in many other things.” An Interview with Matija Ferlin
Bojan Đorđev, Marta Popivoda, Ana Vujanović Self-managed Educationa System in Art: S-O-S-project
Saša Nabergoj Future Academy. An Interview with Clémentine Deliss
Adela Železnik Between radical pedagogic and participatory art practices

State Of Affairs
Alenka Pirman Customs andTraditions I.
Marko Peljhan Polar Views

Manifesto Sketch-book
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Andreja Kopač A Situation for Action or Reaction?
Ivana Slunjski Strategies of Theatrical Determination
Alja Bulič A Tragic Metamorphosis of Caprice
Primož Jesenko Working Against the Movement of Time
Tanja Mastnak Today for Tomorrow