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4 Regimes of Aesthetics: Competing Performances Surrounding the Skopje 2014 Plan

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This chapter focuses on the aesthetics of political protests in Macedonia. Rancière has argued that the sensible, what one can see and how he/she sees it, is crucial for the articulation of political subjectivities. The changes in the economic structure promoted by the international realignment of the country are explored here with regard to their effects on lived experience. The author argues that the different regimes of aesthetics, despite building on the shared language of the "Dream of Europe" articulate conflicting visions of politics. He also views that protesters produce a new regime of aesthetics that inhabits and displaces the reimagining of the past and the future articulated by the government. He briefs about aesthetic experiences constructed through the different performances of Skopje 2014 have a meandering divide; they share convivially certain prerogatives of the "Dream of Europe" brought forth by Macedonia's transition.

Keywords: aesthetic experiences; Dream of Europe; international realignment; Macedonia; political subjectivities; Skopje 2014

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