NETWORKS AND SOCIABILITY IN EAST EUROPEAN ART
The Courtauld Institute of Art Saturday 23 October 2010
The SocialEast Seminar on Networks and Sociability in East European Art provides a forum for the presentation of new research into practices of informal exchange and patterns of alternative communication between experimental artists in the Eastern Bloc. The seminar explores the ways in which unauthorised artistic ideas were able to transgress national and ideological boundaries through networks of friendship and artistic collaboration that flew in the face of an official culture of isolationism, censorship and political control. It focuses on processes of artistic exchange that took shape at a grass-roots level, inventive strategies to surmount bureaucratic obstacles, and the specific meaning of ‘networking’ in the context of communist Eastern Europe.
Speakers include: Zofia Kulik (Warsaw), Petr Stembera (Prague), Goran Trbuljak (Zagreb), Miško Šuvaković (University of Belgrade), (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw), Dorota Monkiewicz (Contemporary Museum, Wrocław), Ewa Borysiewicz and Maria Matuszkiewicz (Warsaw University), Anthony Gardner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Beata Hock (Central European University, Budapest), Anda Kļaviņa (Riga), Angelika Richter (Berlin), Jasmina Tumbas (Duke University, USA), Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Jutta Vinzent (University of Birmingham).
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THE SPECIAL ISSUE OF THIRD TEXT ON SOCIALIST EASTERN EUROPE
Socialist Eastern Europe
Issue 96, Mar 2009
Guest editor Dr. Reuben Fowkes
Piotr Piotrowski, Misko Suvakovic, Gerald Raunig, Bettina Jungen, Ulrike Goeschen, Lara Weibgen, Edit Andras, Marian Mazzone, Andrzej Szczerski and Hedvig Turai
This special issue of Third Text includes essays by leading theoreticians dealing with the problematic of how to rewrite the art history of Europe after the Cold War to take into account the multiple histories of the countries of Eastern Europe.
It also highlights the work of a new generation of scholars whose approach to European art history is comparative, pluralistic and goes beyond the binary oppositions that has structured much thinking about Modernism, Socialist Realism, and Conceptual Art.
The thematic areas covered range from the modalities of Socialist Realism under Stalin, the achievements of the Post Avant Garde in Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia, to public attitudes to the socialist past and recent reflections on the cultural legacy of East European socialism in contemporary art.
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A SHORT HISTORY OF
The SocialEast Forum on the Art and Visual Culture of Eastern Europe was set up in order to address the many pertinent questions arising from the ongoing reconsideration of the history of art in Central and Eastern Europe...(more)
Revolution I Love You: 1968 in Art Politics and Philosophy
Edited by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Published by MIRIAD Manchester Metropolitan University
in association with Centre for Contemporary Art Thessaloniki,
Trafo House of Contemporary Arts Budapest (May 2008)
The exhibition publication considers the interconnection of art, politics and philosophy in 1968 across a divided Europe. It is a mosaic of interviews, statements and essays by prominent theorists, historians, curators, cultural workers and artists that shows the multipolar and interrelated experience of that extraordinary year...(more)
The SocialEast Forum is a platform for innovative, transnational research on the art and visual culture of Eastern Europe.
Networks and Sociability
Art and Espionage
Foreign Experience in Post-89 Art
Art and Empire
The Legacy of 1968
Art and Revolution
Art and Memory
Art and Ideology
Art and Documentary
Gáspár Miklós Tamás
Szacsva y Pal
Manchester Metropolitan University
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest
Pasts Inc / Central European University
ACAX: Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange