Critical Phenomenology: Borderline Between Grey, Opaque and Non-Transparent Zones – Permanent Transitional Times


  • Miško Šuvaković



agency, grey zones, critical phenomenology, diagramatic, globalization, living in a time of crisis, macropolitics, micropolitics, modular, world image


In what follows, I will point to theorisations of diagramatic modular models of the human, social and cultural practices that relate to antagonistic and certainly turbulent processing of production and reproduction, political economy, real life, and forms of life in the field of contemporary non-transparent or gray sociality. My main thesis is that the transition has not been completed and that we are now in the midst of transition changes throughout the world – that contemporary media and art fictionalizes or defictionalizes our human condition. My intent in this article is to point to the modular complexity of contemporary phenomena in relation to the criteria of the politics of time (dialectic historicisation) and politics of space (geographic difference). In relation to every contemporaneity that has occurred or is occurring at different times and in different places, contemporary art and culture required different conceptualisations of ‘modernisation’ and different conceptualisations of a critical response to the transition of global/local practices from the margins of society to its hegemonic centre, both internationally and locally. In an epistemological/methodological sense I intend to develop critical phenomenology. Critical phenomenology is a project of the politicization/radicalization of conservative phenomenological thinking.

Author Biography

Miško Šuvaković

Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade

Miško Šuvaković (PhD) is Dean of Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade, and professor of theory of art and media in the PhD program of trans-disciplinary humanities and theory of art. He works on theories of avant-gardes, neo-avant-gardes and contemporary art. He has published around fifty books in the Serbian, Slovenian and English languages.


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How to Cite

Šuvaković, M. (2017). Critical Phenomenology: Borderline Between Grey, Opaque and Non-Transparent Zones – Permanent Transitional Times. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (14), 13–31.