KAJET Journal no2


Edited by Petrică Mogoș & Laura Naum

Design by Gabriel Barbu

Illustration by Ana Maria Dudu

Cover: Lenin Forever by Natalia Drobot

Publisher: KAJET, a journal of Eastern European encounters

Language: English

Pages: 240 pages

Size: 16,5 x 23 x (2) cm

Weight: 600g

ISSN: 2559 - 8015

Print run: 4850 copies

Printed at: Fabrik, Bucharest, Romania

Editorial excerpt:

“In the case of Eastern Europe, it is the very fluid history of the region that makes it the perfect site for critically delving into its troubled relationship with the notion of utopia. That is why, especially here, we must continue to juxtapose the current desolate order with a well-established ideal. Focusing on revolts and rebels, on insurgency and visionaries, on the speculative and idealistic, the second issue of KAJET Journal seeks to decipher and resurface utopian alternatives. At a time when the guarantee of liberal Westernism has reached a certain point of saturation in Eastern Europe, we’ve come to realise that we have been tricked into distrusting the existence of an alternative modernity, dooming ourselves to decades of stagnating, catching up, and forever emerging. In fact, utopia itself has become utopian—a forsaken relic of the past, a symbol of failure.

But storming palaces and booing speeches bear no meaning any longer, for these counter-hegemonic tactics have become largely ineffectual. We ultimately need to replace these excessive sentiments of powerlessness and disorientation with a new futurology of the East. We need to proclaim the end of the end of history, to reclaim the future, and to start building. Eventually, we end up asking ourselves:

Is there room for utopia after utopia?“

0. Prologue: An Empty Utopia

  1. Petrică Mogoș—The Age of Nothingness (photos: Mihai Șovaială)

I. Archaeologies of the Future

  1. Anya Smirnova—What is to be done? On excavating utopias and the difficulties of making art politically in Russia (illustration: Ana Maria Dudu)

  2. India Lewis—Meteors and Meat Machines (collage: Anna Grozavu)

  3. Dominik Wojciechowski—The World’s Yugonostalgia

  4. Laura Naum—Adidas or Adibas? Thoughts on Eastern European Counterfeit Culture (photos: Neal Gruer)

  5. Irina Savin—Dreams are made of porcelain (photos: Cristi Savin)

II. Fabric of Time

  1. Maisa Imamović—Past Utopia in a Loop (visuals: Sasha Staicu)

  2. Seda Yıldız—Forgetting through Symbols, Remembering through Mimicry (screenshots: Sasha Litvintseva)

  3. Stanisław Welbel—The Sputnik Western (visuals: Neal Gruer & Ana Maria Dudu)

  4. Florina Năstase—The Frog (illustrations: Ana Maria Grigoriu)

  5. Alina Cristea—The Bretzel as Culinary Utopianism

III. Architecture as a Machine for Living

  1. George Jepson—Recourse to Utopia: Architecture and the Production of Sense without Meaning (collage: Anna Grozavu)

  2. Miruna Dunu—Project Seaside. Socialist Leisure between Fulfilled Promise and Staged Reality

  3. Anna Łyszcz & Olga Roszkowska—Richtung Venezia

  4. Jonas König—The Grand, Utopia, Prishtina (illustration: Nomado)

  5. Uroš Pajović—The Utopia Belongs to Us. Towards Self-Management: On Resistance, Remembering, and a Hope for Revolution

IV. Imagining the Radical

  1. Jeannette Petrik—Teknivals as Prototypes for Utopian Imagination (illustration: Ana Maria Dudu)

  2. without appeal—Arcadia as a Surface to Throw Personal Stones Into

  3. Katarzyna Wąsowska—Atlantidology

  4. Cosmin Nicolae—Songs and Laments of Yung Yue Nourescu (illustrations: Cristi Iacob)

  5. Griet Menschaert—Leave Me Alone: A Flagline to Protect You

V. Easternfuturism

  1. eeefff—Picnic Near a Data Centre

  2. Sabin Borș—The Fortunes of Expectations (photos: Simon Crofts)

  3. Océane Réveillac & Philipp Preiß—Hidden Giants

  4. Ștefan Ionescu-Ambrosie—The Unbearable Lightness of Bling

  5. Natalia Drobot—Lenin à Vie