History Means Interpretations, Factually.
Selected Experimental Practices from Eastern Europe, 1960s – 1970s

Thurday, 1 March 2012

14.00 - 16.00, Research Forum South Room

Stano Filko, Transcendention, 1970- 1976-1978, 1979, OsakaStano Filko, Transcendention, 1970- 1976-1978, 1979, Osaka, black and white photo, white paint, 18.3x24.1cm.Speaker(s): Vít Havránek (Director,, Prague)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Klara Kemp-Welch

One of the major anxieties of artists from Eastern Europe in the seventies and eighties (some of them were already active in the 1960s) was that their practices were developing in a space ‘beyond History’. From today’s point of view, factual History is not absent – we can reconstruct particular events, artistic and intellectual relations in particular countries of this heterogeneous geo-political region; what is missing are interpretations from that time (1970-1989) as well as current interpretational frames that might allow us to compare experimental production from this region with the canonical historical interpretation of the ‘West’. In this respect Havránek wishes to recall in a very factual way some ‘experimental works’ from Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland and at the same time try to develop a certain Postcolonial perspective for their interpretation.

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