Sunday, 26 July 2009

Pyzdry Festival - The Communitarian Neighborhood Concept

Abstract from the full article of Pyzdry Day Festival, Poland
July 11, 2009 is the official day for the small town of Pyzdry in Poland. The artists-in-residence team from Malaysia is very fortunate to have arrived in this laidback, sleepy town on the day where the community of Pyzdry goes out and celebrate the commemoration day of their neighborhood. All preparation were done early in the morning – banners, tents, stalls, emergency posts, a small concert stage, etc. were being put in place and constructed by the community themselves, reflecting the strong bonding of the society, which was a by-product from their experiences of going through difficulties and hardships during the wars. Communitarian structure forms their social organization and from this structure, almost each family units and individuals understand and respond to their responsibility towards the community and neighborhood. Younger generations from big cities like Warsaw and Poznan return to their village – some arrived in style with convoys of super bikes, some took the almost dilapidated old bus service (which our team travel in together with them), and some even made their way by hitch-hiking tractors, trucks and so on. Observing these people, we can understand that no matter who they are and from which level of society they come from, the celebration day assimilates the people as one – the community of Pyzdry. From the large diversities and contrasts of different layers of the society, the appearance of social organization forms the concept of the spectacle, which if being referred from a historical point of view, is part of a class struggle – a fight for social justice in the living age of modern society. “One of the most remarkable characteristics of human nature is,” writes Hermann Lotze (1817 – 1881), a German philosopher, “alongside so much selfishness in specific instances, the freedom from envy which the present displays toward the future”.  This celebration of freedom is evolving from its position of relative insignificance, to becoming a tool in shaping a society, which in the words of Guy Debord (1931 -   )the Society of Spectacle. This spectacular feeling is being expressed not only during the night of celebration, where concert performances, dances and cultural events took place, but was also being expressed by the community during the preparation of the event itself. Like modern society itself, is at once united and divided, struggles between forces. These struggles have been established for the purpose of running the similar socio-economic and political system. The globalization phenomena, which is more likely is the capitalism invasion towards the world had caused social justice being left at a dilapidated condition. From these processes of ups and down, the society have formed a system of understanding between themselves, thus simultaneously resist the global phenomenon of capitalism.

The full article will be published soon

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