Sunday, January 02, 2011

BOOK: Esma Berikishvili --ELY - smART GROUPware:"Eurasian Laboratory": Poetry, Prose, Music and Politics in Georgia (

Esma Berikishvili (Author) Sociologists and Social Anthropologists.Born in 1986 now lives in Georgia, Tbilisi.

Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (December 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3639310322
ISBN-13: 978-3639310320
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches

description of book:
The artistic wonderland of Georgia - full of passion, breeze of Chernobyl, five floors Khrushovka's, professor grandfathers and drug addict fathers, black sea and mains of Chiatura, beautiful girls and boys, abandoned industrial buildings and dreams about Georgian Cosmonavtica - seen through theoretical prism. The book takes you to the world of Georgian artists who in their twenties experienced war, fear, darkness, cold, drug addiction, alcoholism, three unsuccessful attempts to build the state and consequently became abhorrent enough to "dance on the ruins". Follow the book and let new artistic viruses in.

published by
VDM Publishing house

the book will introduce to you the brief history of Georgian cultural field and state ideology, 80-90s underground art and contemporary art-practice by smART-GROUPware ELY -- through the prism of Bourdieu's field theory and Cohen's theory of Symbolic communities.any1 interested in topics like Sociology, Social Anthropology, Contemporary Art, Ontological Anarchism, Post Soviet Cultures, Contemporary Georgian Culture, DIY Cosmonautics, Second Hand Techno, Third World... Enjoy!and share your thought with us


essay about ELY by Esma Berikishvili for Master diploma :)

“Eurasian Laboratory”: Poetry, Prose, Music and Politics in Georgia
Summary: Esma Berikishvili
Central European University
80 pgs; P. 2009

This paper examines the emergence of the ‘alternative’ culture in Georgia in 2006 and maps thestructure of the artistic field. I focus my study on artistic collaboration “Eurasian Laboratory”and I argue, by using Anthony Cohen’s theory of symbolic construction of community, that theycreate an ‘alternative’ community through art as a social activity. Using Pierre Bourdieu’s theoryof field and practice, I show how the artistic field is formed and influenced by several politicalhappenings in Georgia from 1917 till 2003. I expose the issue of cultural policy in order tounderstand the priorities of the State in cultural field and to examine how the State apparatus byproviding the dominant symbolic system, excludes ‘alternative’ cultural forms, forms that do notfit in State’s understanding of culture. Following this lines, I trace how artists engage in strugglefor legitimation over proper/improper modes of expression. I will also demonstrate how“Eurasian Laboratory” with using subversive cultural forms produces an alternative space forcreating music, prose and poetry, which is free from any kind of aesthetic and politicalrestrictions. In addition, I analyze how Georgian context as well as external forces affectsformation of the community and art, by looking at the deeper levels of “Laboratory’s” art works.
YOU can download it HERE

1. ELY is not an eurasionist. the sentence that ELY is interested in russian left eurasionism was taken from Nextdreamhacker's old blog post. we were interested in it, but we don't support any kind of rusian eurasionism or any imperial phylosophy.
we have different view on Eurasian geopolitics, we see it like multicultural space, which must overcome the totalitarian systems and bring back it's multicultural chaotick magic.
2. Nikoloz, and Amiko are close friends of ELY and we do a lot of stuff together, but still they aren't ELY.

AmazonShop: Books, Maps, Videos, Music & Gifts About The Caucasus

No comments: