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Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective

The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. 
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Book launch “Extending the Dialogue”

Trees are sprouting, flowers are blossoming, and bees are buzzing. It is Spring, again! We use the start of the outdoor and gardening season to present the research on art and ecology in socialist Eastern Europe by Maja and Reuben Fowkes from Budapest.
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Július Koller. One Man Anti Show

Extending across three floors, Július Koller. One Man Anti Show turns the spotlight on the topicality of this unique artistic practice through a new reading and presentation of Koller’s creative anti-universe, in which everything is called into question. 
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BÁLINT SZOMBATHY: WE WERE HEROES

Bálint Szombathy’s art is centred on history and its personal, collective and artistic aspects. However, these aspects are inseparable on account of Szombathy’s basic stance, and thus the artist’s task is to explore the archaeology of these layers and if necessary, to take action in order to elicit change.
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THE BOSCH+BOSCH GROUP: CONCEPTUAL PRACTICES FROM THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

The intellectual community within the group was based on the avant-garde tradition and the generational rebellion against conventional art, but within this framework, each member chose his or her individual path.
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ecologEAST. Art and Nature Beyond the Wall

At the start of the 1970s, the topic of the environment which emerged in full in the West, did not appear to have been stopped by the Iron Curtain. This is not because the crisis in nature stood, by its very statute, apart from the economy, society and politics and, therefore, would be self-explanatory. But, on the contrary, precisely because the origins of its deterioration lay fully within these factors, it is necessary to ask ourselves what it is then that unites both the East and the West under this aspect.
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Cultural Memory of Europe: East and West

The summer school aims to critically examine how the memory and the history of a certain place or space serve to form a cultural identity; or, indeed, how memory gives us an understanding of culture as such. In this course, we will offer students a wide variety of approaches to understanding the interplay between the geographical position of the region and its cultural memory.
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Seminar Series: ART FOR COLLECTIVE USE: MONUMENT, PERFORMANCE, RITUAL, BODY

The seminar treats two distinctive art phenomena in Yugoslavia and its successor states:performance art and memorial monuments associated with World War II. Our discussion deals with the entire period from the end of the 19th century to the present, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s, when both practices were at their high point.
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Making of the Communist Body by Bojana Pejic

In Pejic's lectures she shall examine the iconosphere instituted in Socialist Yugoslavia and discuss arange of discursive practices employed in the production of a concept she have named the “Communist Body”. 
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The Artist Behind the Iron Curtain: The Legacy of the 70s and 80s in Contemporary Activism

Klimowski, Schejbal and Fydrych will visit Calvert 22 to discuss their experiences and the legacy of artistic movements from the 1970s and 1980s. How, in such an oppressive atmosphere, did a community of artists flourish? And how might the success of these movements inform the work of activists and artists in today’s society, where oppression, while less visible, is equally present? 
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LAST YEAR'S SNOW: THE HUNGARIAN NEO-AVANT-GARDE IN THE 1970S & 80S

Austin / Desmond Fine Art is delighted to announce an exhibition of works by the Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde in the first show of its kind to be held in London. Artists exhibited will include Gábor Attalai, Miklós Erdély, Tibor Hajas, György Jovánovics, Katalin Ladik, Dóra Maurer, Géza Perneczky, Endre Tót, Bálint Szombathy and Tamás Szentjóby.
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Beyond the Iron Curtain

The Eastern European Zone has become a performance art festival, organized four times between 1993 and 2002. At the same time, it has also served as a platform for various debates and for an artistic and cultural reawakening.
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Exhibition - Július Koller - "?"

The question mark “?” was Július Koller’s signature, subject matter, and medium from 1969 onward. It was for him a universal symbol of doubt — it did not simply function as a sign that questioned the social and political situation in Czechoslovakia.
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Construction to Transmission: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980

Featuring series of works and major installations, several of which are on view for the first time, Construction to Transmission: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 highlights multiple points of contact, often initiated and sustained through collective actions and personal exchanges between artists.
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Research Associate: Socialism Goes Global

SSEES-UCL, in collaboration with the Universities of Exeter, Oxford, Columbia, Leipzig, Belgrade and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, has been awarded a major Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant (2014-18) to study the relationship between what were once called the ‘Second World’ (from the Soviet Union to the GDR) and the ‘Third World’ (from Latin America to Africa to Asia).
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My Body is the Event

Actions by Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Otto Muehl, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler will be contrasted with works by significant international practitioners of performance art, with works by Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Jon Grigorescu, Shigeko Kubota, Paul McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Neša Paripovic, Ewa Partum, Carolee Schneemann, and VALIE EXPORT.
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Program of Second International Forum for doctoral candidates in East European art history Berlin

East European art history has recently been enjoying a surge of academic interest, however, within art historical research it remains a marginal area. Accordingly, there are only few suitable platforms for young academics to discuss issues focusing on this subject area. With the annual International Forum for doctoral candidates of art history of Eastern Europe we have initiated such a forum. 
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Ambiguities and Dogmas of the Real

A three-day workshop organised by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University in collaboration with IASPIS March 5-7, 2015.
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Branislav Dimitrijević´s Lecture: AGAINST ART

After the “disappointing” outcome of his initiative for the International Strike of Artists in 1979 (a project that resulted in a collection of postcards with responses from well-known artists of the time) and after a reconsideration of the “iconoclastic” nature of conceptual art (simultaneously with Art and Language), Djordjević began employing another strategy of “fighting against art with the means of art itself”: the copy. 
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Exhibition - Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons

Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons reveals connections between Eastern European and Russian artists, both through personal collaboration and via references to the Russian avant-garde.
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Exhibition - Art Has No Alternative

Art is neither idiocy nor helping others. Doing away with this most unfruitful dichotomy, the project Art Has No Alternative aims to suggest that going against common sense, being useless, counterproductive, or incomprehensible within the frames of the current social and political consensus might just be the way for art to contribute to the sanity and well-being of its environment. 
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Exhibition - Paul Neagu. The Artwork as Visual Hermeneutics

The exhibition entitled Paul Neagu. The Artwork as Visual Hermeneutics, recently opened at the Art Museum of Timişoara, offers a comprehensive insight into the main themes of the artist’s creation, brought back into the public’s consciousness, while also offering a recontextualization of his work.
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CALL // ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP AT THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS VIENNA

The professorship is focused on the field of art histories in Central and South Eastern Europe, especially after 1960. With this professorship, the art history of the region should be promoted in Austria within the academic field.
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Eastern European Art Seen From Global Perspectives: Past and Present

The issues we would like to address include classical imperialism and the colonialism of traditional art, the international spread of the avant-garde and the Western model of the academy, the neo-colonial hegemony of the superpowers during the Cold War and the cultural practices which have followed since the fall of communism.
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Which Side Are You On? Positioning and Orientation in the Art Histories of Eastern Europe

The workshop "Which Side Are You On? Positioning and Orientation in the Art Histories of Eastern Europe is designed as a working meeting for young academics (in history of art and cultural history), curators and artists engaged on a research project with reference to Eastern Europe.
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