Monthly Archive: June 2000

Ripping Off the Emperor’s Clothes: Jo Anna Isaak

Jo Anna Isaak is a writer and curator living in New York City. Her recent exhibitions include: Laughter Ten Years After (1996-98) and Looking Forward Looking Black now touring in the U. S. Currently she is working on Aquaria, an exhibition about water, scheduled to open in Linz, Austria in January 2002. Her publications include: Feminism and Contemporary Art: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Laughter (Routledge, 1996) and Nancy Spero (Phaidon, 1996). She teaches Art History at Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, New York.

M. P.: Since the 1970s, the impact of women artists on contemporary art has increased … Read more

Neue Slowenische Kunst: Miran Mohar, Borut Vogelnik and Eda Zufer

Joanne Richardson: Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) was formed in the early 1980s in Slovenia from the discrete groups Laibach, whose musical performances exhibited a fanatical overidentification with totalitarian rituals, the visual arts group Irwin, whose montage paintings juxtaposed fascist and communist symbols with avant-garde iconography, the theater group, Scipion Nasice Sisters, which proclaimed an exorcism of religion and ideology into the mirror image of art, and the design group, New Collectivism, best known for a scandal that ensued in 1987 when their remake of a Nazi poster was awarded a prize in a national competition–thereby showing the proximity between socialist … Read more

Est-ethics of Counter-Documentary

The following text was commissioned for the 46th Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage Festival, as part of a special retrospective program curated by Slovenian video artist and media theorist Marina Grzinic. “Sex, Rock-n-Roll, and History: Video & Films from Eastern Europe 1950-2000” will be the most comprehensive retrospective devoted to Eastern Europe to date, consisting of 10 video programs (over 100 works), and numerous guest presenters, including Slavoj Žižek, Stephen Kovacs, organizer of the Ostranenie video festivals at Bauhaus Dessau since 1993, Gleb Aleinikov, co-founder of the Russian experimental film collective CineFantom, and Olia Lialina, Moscow net artist. (An interview with Read more