Branko Milisković APPOINTED, Extravagant Bodies (Crime and Punishment)

Extravagant Bodies is an international festival curated by Kontejner, Croatia, examining the socially determined borders between the normal and the pathological, be they concerned with corporeality, appearance, behavior, sexuality or lifestyle.

The fourth festival, Crime and Punishment (2016-17), looks at the social, legislative, scientific and ideological constructions of criminality and social norms that delineate criminal from non-criminal behavior and has involved programmes in Zagreb, Croatia and Belgrade, Serbia in November 2016, in partnership with KIOSK, Belgrade.

LADA has been a partner on the festival since its outset and is delighted to be hosting a London presentation of Extravagant Bodies: Crime and Punishment on 17 and 18 November, featuring work by artists who took part in the programme in Zagreb and Belgrade, and UK based artists working in these territories.

SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER, 5PM – 7PM

Branko Milisković (Serbia), APPOINTED, UK Premiere

Created in response to failed attempts to gain access to the UN in Geneva, Branko Milisković presents a two hour performance in which he delivers the eight inaugural speeches written for the eight UN Secretary Generals since 1949. Audiences can come and go at any time.

APPOINTED
to name or assign to a position, an office, responsibility etc.

While on an artist in residence program in Geneva, Branko Milisković’s main goal was to try to enter the United Nations quarter while following his basic concept, that of being an intruder (a foreign body). Milisković made several attempts to obtain legal permission to get access to the UN’s Ariana Park as well as to the main building complex in order to have a photographic session. However, after negotiating for more than two months with several UN bureaucrats responsible for accreditation, Milisković’s inquiries were turned down due to his inability to provide the required documents. In order to react to and strongly criticize the UN’s policy of separating themselves with armed security guards and a steel fence from the civilians, working as a secret society and simultaneously retaining the position of global peacekeepers, Branko Milisković decided to inagurate a new fictive Secretary-General of the United Nations, working and existing in its own dimension with an unlimited mandate. In his 2 hour-performance APPOINTED, Branko Milisković delivers the eight inaugural speeches written for the eight UN Secretary Generals since 1949.

http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/projects/extravagant-bodies-crime-and-pun...

18-11-2017