In 2012 Maribor (or any partner town) hosting exceptional and leading personalities from a certain international field, ranging from all kinds of arts to philosophy. The common criterion is that all guests must be leading international representatives in their fields, and that they create an interesting aspect of the future for the event. Charles Simic, Boris Groys, Jan Fabre, Rebecca Horn, Tzvetan Todorov, Garry Kasparov, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Vikas Swarup are some of the notable authors that will visit Slovenia as part of the European Capital of Culture. Extraordinary philosophers and artists creating a net of visions with their presence, and give a creative boost to Slovenian and international artists and philosophers.
This is also an extraordinary media event that will add Maribor on the global map of creative environments. One of the goals of this project is to awaken Maribor and create a global platform for a creative future and a global meeting point where the writer meet, orient, and structure their visions, which will function as key impulses in the local and international environment in the long term.
One of the leading Macedonian playwrights and screen writers Goran Stefanovski was the new guest of the project Twelve. Stefanovski was born in 1952 in Bitola. After graduating in English and literature from the Skopje Faculty of Arts, he obtained his MSc in drama studies in Beograd. In 1986, he became a professor at the Skopje Faculty of Dramatic Arts. He currently lives and works in England.
Rebecca Horn was a new guest of the project Twelve. In her work she combines different arts: performance, installations, poetry, theatre, films, drawings, sculptures and photography. The conversation from Kazinska Hall in Maribor was lead by Aleš Šteger.
Maribor hosted Charles Simić, an american poet and editor, born in 1938 in Belgrade and currently living the the USA. He is a regular contributor for the New York Review of Books and the editor for poetry at The Paris Review. Simić is the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry for his collection The World Doesn't End. In 2007 he was named American Poetry Laureate.
Jan Fabre, born in 1958 in Antwerp, is well known as one of the most innovative and versatile modern day authors. Over the last twenty-five years, he has been working as a performer, theatre actor, choreographer, opera writer and writer. He was the fourth guest of the cycle of conversations called Twelve. The conversion was led by Špela Kožar.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger, born in 1929, is a poet, an essayist, a translator, an anthologist and an editor and as such has left a distinct mark on the cultural and social situation in the former West Germany and the entire German space in the post-war era. His poetry inhabits the footprints of the poet’s critical understanding of civilization, which has now become a home to the spiritually decaying lives of individuals. He was hosted in Maribor in the project Twelve.
“I think it is time for political leaders of Europe to understand that the future of Europe cannot be in the nation state, but only in a common solidarity and in the reinforcement of the common European space.”Tzvetan Todorov
Boris Groys is the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, a writer and a professor of Esthetics at the Centre for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe. He is one of the foremost theorists in the field of contemporary arts and culture. He is an expert in modernism, in the Russian avant-garde, in innovations and new discoveries, and in the role of archives and museums in their relationship to society. The city of Maribor hosted Boris Groys as the first guest of the international project...
Terminal 12 is one of the four individual program sections of the European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012. The word 'terminal' is usually reserved for a place which represents the start and the end of a journey.