Rubin Beqo about SHOCK

Hosted at TULLA Center

part of a series on Shock

About the speaker

Rubin Beqo was born in Tirana in 1985. He as been involved with youth NGO’s since a very young age and has been active as a social and cultural activist for the past 15 years. Studied Humanities at the Anglo American University of Prague and since returning to Albania in 2009 he has been very active as a cultural promoter. Rubin has been managing several artist run spaces and has organized numerous exhibitions, concerts and art events. As of now he is the Executive Director of Tulla Culture Center, arguably the most important independent cultural space for the moment in the city of Tirana.

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A traumatic state of mind and spirit that comes due to an unpredicted and sometimes harsh encounter with another value system. This can open up possibilities for the better or the worst.

Almost all the political and social transformations that have taken place in the past 25 years in albania have come with a certain degree of Cultural Shock. The transformation of the political process (from a single party leadership to electoral democracy), market and labour modalities (from centralized economy to free market and from planned labour force to massive unemployment and virtually no workers rights) and purpose of artistic and intellectual production have in their own generated different levels of Cultural Shock. However, the opening of the Albanian society to the world, its migratory experience, travel and access to international media is by far the most significant process of cultural shock and cultural transformation.

As someone who grew in this society it is hard for me to point at one particular process of cultural shock. I think i have been subjected to so much of it in the same way the human body goes through many infections without even realizing. However what has left a profound impact in my cultural and intellectual upbringing is certainly the so called “No Global” movement that came to life in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. The themes advocated by this movement still make up the greatest criticism to the many flaws of the global capitalist society.