Between Necessity and Spontaneity: The Cultural Policy of Dušan Makavejev

Sezgin Boynik

Attempting to think the work of Dušan Makavejev in terms of the effects of social and cultural action, in terms of change or political engagement will inevitably lead us into the sphere of cultural policy. Considering the fact that in most cases the discourse surrounding Makavejev’s work could be schematized (structured) in various antagonistic dichotomies, such as the abstract and the concrete, the collective and the individual, or dogmatism and pluralism, it is obvious that a discussion dealing with cultural policy would conclude with some kind of antagonistic dichotomy. Before starting to discuss the specifics of Makavejev’s cultural policy and its contradictions, it is necessary to perform this operation on the very object of cultural policy.

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