Socialeast seminar on networks and sociability in eastern european art

Saturday 23 October 2010

09.30 - 18.15, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (with registration from 09.00)

Czech Slovak and Hungarian artists play tug of war
A meeting of Czech, Slovak and Hungarian artists, Chapel Studio of György Galántai, Balatonboglár
, 1972, photo György Galántai - courtesy

Speaker(s): Ewa Borysiewicz (Warsaw University), Anthony Gardner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Beata Hock (Central European University, Budapest), Anda Klavina (independent scholar and curator, Riga), Maria Matuszkiewicz (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw), Dorota Monkiewicz (Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw), Angelika Richter (independent scholar and curator, Berlin), Miško Šuvakovic (University of Belgrade), Jasmina Tumbas (Duke University), Jutta Vinzent (University of Birmingham), Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art); plus Zofia Kulik (Warsaw), Petr Štembera (Prague) and Goran Trbuljak (Zagreb) in conversation

Ticket/entry details: £15 (£10 concessions and Courtauld staff and students), includes coffee, and reception. Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Coordinator, The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘SocialEast Seminar on Networks and Sociability in East European Art’. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785. For further information, send an email to

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. This 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.

The SocialEast Forum is a platform for innovative, transnational research on the art and visual culture of Eastern Europe initiated by Dr. Reuben Fowkes in 2006. Based on active collaboration with institutes of art history across Europe and the involvement of prominent academics, curators and artists, SocialEast is an internationally-recognised generator of pioneering research.

The SocialEast Seminar on Networks and Sociability in East European Art is co-organised with Dr. Klara Kemp-Welch at The Courtauld Institute of Art as part of her Leverhulme Trust funded project, ‘Networking the Bloc. Unofficial International Relations in Late Socialist Art’ (please see The seminar is supported by the Leverhulme Trust and The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Research Forum.

For more information, including abstracts and speakers' biographies, please see the SocialEast Forum website:

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