9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN02 Sociology of the Arts

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Arts and Politics Building II, C6.08

Margin the Border: Streetart in Kosovo and Serbia as an Example for European Societies in Transition

To analyse visual culture in societies in transition like in Kosovo and Serbia a method mix is necessary to understand through the personal and visual impressions of streetartists in what state these societies are. Artists in post-war societies recover sources of vulnerability for new expressions in their society. These articulations stand in contrast to the efforts of the international community in stabilizing the political situation in Kosovo and Serbia. Artists in Kosovo and Serbia are erecting signposts indicating a break, the new perspectives of a society through their remembrance. Memories carry the social as an existential form like the taste of a past society. To Bruno Latour the plurality of the existential form of the social is just a fact, that has been ignored by sociology ever since, because she engaged herself too much in the task of modernization, instead of developing controversies, to stabilize and investigate its political relevance. In order to break the continuity of the network of knowledge he suggests throwing ourselves into the open ocean: our common unawareness. "It´s as if at some point you had to leave the solid land and go to sea." (Latour 2005: 244). On a journey though a landscape of networks, that consists of empty rooms, wires, subways, airports, termite canals in the sociology of the social, the question arises, what substance, what mass actually holds the whole together? This background, the open sea of an unfathomable mass, is called "Plasma" by Latour, under which he understands, what "is not yet formated, not yet measured, not yet socialized, not yet engaged in metrological chains, and not yet covered, surveyed, mobilized, or subjectified." (ibid.) To comprehend it we have to point our attention at the outside, achieve an infinity for this between that is unknown, like a memory that contains a moment of recognition.