This podcast was created on the occasion of Clarissa Thieme’s solo show Can’t you see them? at Errant Sound Berlin, November 2019.(In collaboration with Library Hamdija Kresevljakovic Video Arhiv, Sarajevo. Video 8 footage by Nedim Alikadic, Sarajevo, Grbavica, May 2, 1992. The exhibition was the second in a series of exhibitions presented under the title Visual Approach to Sound, which aims to reflect on sound from the perspective of visual art. For this series, visual artists are invited to present works that are based on the forms and methods of visual art, but which also include a central … Read more
In this interview, Eszter Szakács, a young Hungarian curator, interviews three curators, of different generations, working in Hungary: Hajnalka Somogyi, Adele Eisenstein, and Márton Pacsika. These discussions explore recent changes within the cultural policy of the Hungarian government and, more specifically, how they affect curatorial work.
Adele Eisenstein is a freelance curator based in Budapest, Hungary. She emigrated to Budapest in 1990, where she worked for the Balázs Béla Studio and Toldi Cinema. She was also a curator of the alternative art spaces “Turkish” Bath and Folyamat Galéria in Budapest. She is a former editor of the art journal Praesens… Read more
In this interview, Hedvig Turai, co-editor of this update, talks with Gergely Nagy, art critic and journalist, about cultural politics. Nagy discusses the “big picture,” mapping the current political situation, and drawing a trajectory of some of the events outlined in this introduction.
Gergely Nagy is a prose writer, and freelance journalist and editor. He lives and works in Budapest. Currently he is an editor for Artportal, Hungary’s leading webzine dealing with contemporary art, cultural politics and the art market, as well as an editor for a book-marketing magazine. He has published three books and is working on a novel … Read more
In this interview, artists Csaba Nemes and Szabolcs KissPál, leading members of the Free Artists group, speak to Drs. Maja and Reuben Fowkes, of the Translocal Institute, about the challenges posed by controversial government policies towards the arts in Hungary. Nemes and Kisspál also share how they see the contemporary art scene evolving in the future.
Csaba Nemes is an artist, whose work, which includes painting, video and conceptual projects, has been shown internationally. He studied painting at the Fine Art Academy Budapest, Hungary, and received his doctorate at the same school in 2010, focusing on … Read more
In this interview, curator and critic Gyula Muskovics speaks with Dóra Hegyi, project leader of tranzit.hu, on the occasion of the occupy action that took place on the stairs of the Ludwig Museum in Budapest May 9-21, 2013. Hegyi, who took part in the action, speaks about its origins and the newly formed civic group United for Contemporary Art.
Dóra Hegyi is an art historian, curator, and critic living in Budapest. She was a curator at the Ludwig Museum Budapest from 1996 to 2003, and since 2005 she is a project leader of tranzit.hu ( http://hu.tranzit.org/en). … Read more
Irena Knezevic (born Serbia, 1982) is an artist who works in various media, including prints, ceramics, sculpture, video, music, and architecture. Her work often addresses issues related to the political and cultural history of her native Serbia. She was a student organizer who helped organize protests against Slobodan Milosevic’s government before moving to Chicago in 2000, where she studied at Columbia College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MFA, 2007). Knezevic is currently an assistant professor at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and researches at … Read more
Since he began working at the PinchukArtCentre in 2009, artistic manager and curator Bjorn Geldhof’s curatorial intelligence has caught the attention of local artists and viewers. As curator of the past few annual Future Generation Art Prize exhibitions (as well as the solo shows of Candice Breitz, Damian Ortega, Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Wall, Gary Hume and Anish Kapoor, among others), Geldhof has played an important role in shaping the institution’s mode of mediating the encounter between artworks by both international and Ukrainian artists and the PAC’s vast audience. The PinchukArtCentre remains Ukraine’s most visited institution devoted exclusively to contemporary art, … Read more
GoEast: The 12th Festival of Central and East European Film in Wiesbaden, held in April 2012, devoted its symposium section to a thorough and scintillating reevaluation of Lenfilm, entitled: RealAvantGarde – With Lenfilm Through the Short 20th Century.
About the Lenfilm Studio
Lenfilm, the first Soviet studio to be founded after the revolution, but perpetually the second studio of the USSR exerted enormous influence at crucial periods of Soviet and Russian film history: from its contribution to the 1920s avant-garde with the FEKS films and innovative animation, to its era-defining Chapaev and Maxim trilogy in the 1930s, … Read more
Marge Monko (born 1976) is an artist living and working in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts (MA in Photography, 2008) and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Monko’s main mediums are photography and video. She has examined psychoanalysis and its impact on gender representation in visual culture. Recently she has been focusing on gendered work in the context of paradigmatic changes in labour policies.
Monko has had solo exhibitions in Tallinn and Helsinki and participated in several group exhibitions, such as Manifesta 9 (Genk, Belgium, 2012), curated by Cuathémoc Medina, and the Biennale … Read more
The following podcast took place on October 30, 2011, on the occasion of the exhibition Voices from the Center at threewalls gallery in Chicago, October 28 – December 10, 2011. The exhibition is an extension of a series of interviews with those living in Eastern Europe about life during and after communism by artist and curator Janeil Engelstad, beginning in 2006. This multi-tiered project takes the form of an interactive web platform (www.voicesfromthecenter.net), as well as public events. This exhibition, the first iteration in the United States, gathers the work of Engelstad and artists Grafixpol (Poland), Oto … Read more
Natascha Drubek discusses Eighty letters (Osmdesát dopis?, CZ, 2011, 75 min) with the film’s director, Václav Kadrnka.
Václav Kadrnka was born in 1973 in Gottwaldov (now Zlín), Czechoslovakia. In 1987, when the ?SSR was not touched by perestroika, yet, his mother filed an application for emigration to the United Kingdom. Her husband had already fled to England earlier. The family was reunited in 1988. When 1989 brought political changes in his homeland, Kadrnka revisited Czechoslovakia. In 1992 he decided to stay. From 1999 to 2008 he studied to be a film director at the Film and TV School … Read more
The International Film Festival (Mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary) is held annually in the Western Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary, (formely also known as Karlsbad). This A-festival in the last 15 years gained worldwide recognition and has become one of Europe’s major film events. Notable programme sections are East of the West (a selection of films from the former Soviet bloc) and an overview of the Czech and Slovak films made during the past year. Natscha Drubek talks to Och about the festival. http://www.kviff.com/en/news/
Made during the 46th edition of the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, in … Read more
The Polish born director talks to Natascha Drubek about the symbolic place of the Hospital, about Death as the only portal to spirituality in Western societies; about unconscious Catholicism; windows in art and voyeurism in Code Blue; the cleanliness of Berlin hospitals; the non-existence of female sexuality; and the withholding of permission to use a DVD cover of the film Doctor Zhivago in Code Blue.
Made during the 46th edition of the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, in July 2011.
Urszuła Antoniak was born in Czestochowa. She studied film production in Poland and graduated as film … Read more
Recently the Director of the Polish National Museum in Warsaw, Piotr Piotrowski, resigned after the museum’s Board of Trustees rejected his ideas for the further development of the museum. The Board of Trustees had offered Piotrowski the position only two years earlier on the basis of what Piotrowski called his project for “a critical museum.” Some local observers think that the Board of Trustee’s rejection of Piotrowski’s plan was related to his controversial exhibition ’Ars Homoerotica‘; others believe he had to resign because the museum staff couldn’t accept his development strategy.
The interview podcast here was recorded … Read more
Miško Šuvakovi? is a theorist and ex-conceptual artist. He works and lives in Belgrade. Šuvakovi? was a co-founder and member of conceptual artistic Group 143 (1975 – 1980), and a co-founder and member of the informal theoretic and artistic “Community for Space Investigation” (1982–1989). He has participated in TkH – tehory platform from October 2000. From 1988 he has been a member of the Slovenian Aesthetic Society. Šuvakovi? teaches aesthetics and theory of art at the Faculty of Music and theory of art and culture at the University of Art (both Belgrade). Šuvakovi? is the co-editor of the magazines Katalog … Read more
Chto delat’? The Theory and Practice of Critical Intervention: Sven Spieker in Conversation with Dmitry Vilensky (St. Petersburg) (Podcast)
Interview with St. Petersburg-based Dmitry Vilensky (Santa Barbara, March 2, 2010/Sven Spieker). Vilensky is a founding member of the collective Chto delat’. The collective was founded in early 2003 by a group of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod. The idea was to merge political theory, art, and activism, and to politicize Russian intellectual culture. Chto delat’ publishes an English-Russian newspaper on issues central to activist culture. Chto delat‘ sees itself as a self-organizing platform for cultural workers who want to politicize the production of knowledge and develop critical autonomy outside of … Read more
The interview with Beata Hock was recorded on January 27, 2010 in Budapest (Allan Siegel). The exhibition Agents et provocateurs, the subject of this interview, was co-curated with Franciska Zólyom (http://www.ica-d.hu/?p=264). It was on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art-Dunaujvaros, Hungary in October-November 2009, and will re-open at Hartware MedienKunstVerein-Dortmund in May 2010.
Beata Hock is an independent researcher and curator based in Budapest. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Gender Studies. Her research and curatorial interests include feminist cultural theory and the interrelation between social formations and cultural production. She published the book Nemtan … Read more
This podcast was created on January 8, 2010 (Sven Spieker, Aaron Moulton). Aaron Moulton is the owner of the gallery FEINKOST in Berlin. The exhibition Communism Never Happened took place November 7th – December 20th, 2009 at Feinkost Gallery. Participating artists: Ciprian Mure?an, David Levine, Julien Bismuth, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Lucia Nimcova, Patrick Tuttofuoco, REP Group, Sean Snyder, Yang Zhenzhong, Anetta Mona Chi?a & Lucia Tká?ová.
Forum: Feminism and Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe (Roza El-Hassan, Orshi Drozdik, Adele Eisenstein, Jana Cvikova)
The discussion featured in this podcast took place on November 9, 2009. It was held in conjunction with the exhibition Les Femmes Parlent, organized by Gandy Gallery (Bratislava). The speakers are the Hungarian artists Roza El-Hassan, Orshi Drozdik, and the critic Adele Eisenstein. Also participating (in Slovak, but omitted because it was untranslated in the recording) was the Slovak artist Jana Cvikova. The exhibition featured the work of twelve women artists from nine countries. The exhibition was supported by the Goethe Institute/Bratislava and the Hungarian Cultural Institute (Bratislava).
Interview with new media artist Michael Bielicky (Sven Spieker). Recorded on 11/15/09 in Los Angeles. Over the past twenty-five years, Bielicky has participated in many international exhibitions, festivals and symposia, presenting projects that experiment with navigation, video?communication, virtual reality, and data visualization technologies. He has collaborated with the ZKM (Karlsruhe); Ars Electronica (Linz); and High Tech Center in Berlin-Babelsberg. Recently Bielicky has been featured in prestigious exhibitions at institutions that included the Centre Pompidou; MOMA; the National Gallery Prague; the Kunsthaus Zürich; ZKM; and Ars Electronica. In this interview, Bielicky discusses his career and background, beginning with his early days … Read more
Interview with Jarosław Suchan, director of the Art Museum (Museum sztuki) in Lódz (Sven Spieker). Recorded on August 25, 2009 at the museum. Suchan is an art historian, critic and curator. He has been the museum’s director since 2006. Suchan discusses his plans for the future of Museum sztuki, one of Europe’s most important modern art institutions.
Vladimir Paperny interviews Alexander Melamid (left). The conversation was recorded on December 4, 2008 in Melamid’s New York studio. Melamid discusses his career as an arist. [in Russian]
Anyone wishing to speak about present day Eastern European art has no choice but to once again take sides on the inevitable question: Can this art be said to possess a distinctive character?
And if so, what precisely constitutes, in other words, its particularity (or singularity)? Whether and in what manner does contemporary Eastern European art differ from its Western counterpart? It’s really an important question: what is specifically Russian about Russian art? What is specifically Eastern European about Eastern European art?
I would like to start by clearly stating that I do believe one may, and should, speak about
Introductory remarks by Glenn Lowry, Director of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
Roger L. Conover
The recently published book, Primary Documents, A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art Since the 1950s, took several years to complete. The original idea came from Laura Hoptman, at that time a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Primary Documents became the first title in a series of books prepared by MoMA´s International Program. The main intention of this and forthcoming anthologies is to provide English speaking audiences with translations of seminal texts … Read more