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12 Hour Non-State Parade | International Symposium

12-Hour Non-State Parade
International Symposium
Saturday 30 November, 11am–11pm

Indicated by but not limited to the ideologies circulating in Jasmina Cibic’s exhibition The Pleasure of Expense at Cooper Gallery,  the 12-Hour Non-State Parade international symposium is choreographed as a performative think tank and feature collective readings, case studies, storytelling, talks, performances, round table discussions, screening, and a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop. 

Setting in motion a creative and critical mass of national and international practitioners from the arts, theory and social activism, the 12-Hour Non-State Parade will found a shared imaginary that unpacks, subverts and proclaims an alternative to the hegemonic discourse and hidden powers of the contemporary state.

12-Hour Non-State Parade is a continuation of Cooper Gallery’s programming focus that foregrounds art as a radical and essential tool for critical thinking, enhancing and extending its capacity to contribute to a progressive social reality. Previous 12 Hour International Symposia include 12-hour Jamming Symposium (2014) and 12- hour Action Group (2016).

Full programme of the symposium will be published soon.
Tickets will be available to book shortly.


12-Hour Non-State Parade takes place within The Pleasure of Expense, a major solo exhibition of new works by award-winning Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic, internationally lauded since representing Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial (2013). Visually evocative and critically engaged, the exhibition at Cooper Gallery choreographs film, sculpture, photography, textile, performance and archives into a provocative mediation on the aesthetics and gestures underscoring contemporary politics and international relations.

With 2019 marking one hundred years since the founding of the League of Nations and haunted by the uncertainties of Brexit and concurrent shifts in global power, The Pleasure of Expense is a timely dissecting of statecraft and the concept of the political gift; the donation of artistic, architectural, political or philosophical thoughts to ideological structures. Composed of a newly commissioned gallery-specific filmic installation, a live performance, existing works and archival material, the exhibition and its Event Series provide a nuanced and subtle play on the recurring politicisation of culture.

The visual touchstone of the exhibition is an immersive photographic mural of a fictitious politicised landscape. Projected onto this assemblage, Cibic’s new film The Gift: Act II conjures the architectural space of the Palace of Nations in Geneva (home to the League of Nations 1929-1938), whose interior was comprised of gifts from member states.

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Venue Information

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
University of Dundee
13 Perth Road
Dundee DD1 4HT

The gallery is on two floors. First floor has ramped access and disabled toilet.
Second floor is accessible via lift and for wheelchair access via a stairclimber.
Large print versions of the exhibition information handout are available, please ask our Guides.

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Funding support

12-Hour Non-State Parade at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

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