Srećko Horvat | Philosopher | Author (Croatia)
“One of the most exciting voices of his generation.” This is how the German weekly Der Freitag described Srećko Horvat, a Croatian philosopher and author who produced a blizzard of political works – with several books published when he was barely into his thirties. Nowadays he is known as a fiery voice of dissent in the Post-Yugoslav landscape.
If you aren’t familiar with Horvat’s work, you can probably recognise a lot of people who are. He is friends with the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis; had regular visits with Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, an organisation that publishes news leaks and classified media provided by anonymous sources. He is also a staunch friend of Slavoj Žižek, the maverick Slovenian celebrity academic with whom Horvat co-wrote a book in 2013 entitled “What Does Europe Want?”.
His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel. Aside from co-founding DiEM25, which campaigns to reform the EU into a “realm of shared prosperity, peace and solidarity”, he is a founder of the Subversive festival, an annual jamboree in Zagreb of radical thought that has featured the likes of Oliver Stone and Antonio Negri.
Your Lips, My Lips, Apocalypse
If you are lucky enough, you are bombarded daily by images of the Apocalypse. Or you are, like many around the world, addicted to doomscrolling. Wait… how exactly are you lucky then? Well, it means you are not one of the billions who are already affected by a multiplicity of catastrophes, from the utter climate crisis, neverending war to devastating floods and earthquakes. In the meantime, the "developed" World drives electric cars and eats organic food, while it continues with neverending extraction and expansion. In his DK2023 talk Your Lips, My Lips, Apocalypse Srećko will tackle our contemporary post-apocalyptic Zeitgeist and reality, various reactions to the End (denial, melancholy, depression…) and dive deeper into the concepts of the "supraliminal", "Apocalypse blindness", commodification and fetishism of the Apocalypse.
Featured photo: Oliver Abraham