[spectre] CFP: Networks & Sociability in East European Art (London, 23 Oct 10)

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Fri Feb 5 09:39:06 CET 2010

From:    Maja & Reuben Fowkes <fowkes at translocal.org>
Date:    04 Feb 2010 08:52:10 +0100
Subject: CFP: Networks & Sociability in East European Art (London 23 Oct 10)

Proposals for papers and presentations are invited from art historians,
curators and artists that examine the art and visual culture of Eastern
Europe in both historical and contemporary contexts. The SocialEast Seminar
on Networks and Sociability in East European Art will be held at the
Courtauld Institute of Art on 23 October 2010.

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 seminar also considers the
degree to which state-sponsored artistic events, held for Cold War
propaganda reasons, could become spaces for unofficial exchange, the roles
available to exiled artists and intellectuals in facilitating international
communication, collaboration and the circulation of materials, as well as
the contribution of curators and intellectuals from the far side of the Iron
Curtain in creating informal networks.

The SocialEast Forum <http://www.socialeast.org> 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 has become an
internationally-recognised generator of pioneering research into the art
history of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. This second SocialEast
Seminar at the Courtauld Institute follows on from the SocialEast Seminar on
Art and Espionage held in February 2009 and co-organised with Dr. Sarah
Wilson. Previous SocialEast Seminars have dealt with issues of Foreign
Experience, Art and Ideology, Art and Documentary, Art and Revolution, Art
and Memory, Art and Empire and the Legacy of 1968 and were held at
Manchester Art Gallery, the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest,
Krakow University, and Mimara Museum Zagreb.

The SocialEast Seminar on Networks and Sociability in East European Art is
organised in collaboration with Dr. Klara Kemp-Welch of the Courtauld
Institute as part of a three year Leverhulme Trust funded project entitled
Festivals and Friendships: Networking the Soviet 'Bloc', examining
unofficial exchange between artists from East-Central Europe and former
Yugoslavia in the 1960s and 1970s. The seminar is supported by the
Leverhulme Trust and the Courtauld Institute Research Forum.

To propose a paper for the SocialEast Seminar on Networks and
Sociability in East European Art, please send a 200 word proposal and
biographical note to info at socialeast.org <mailto:info at socialeast.org>

The deadline for submitting a proposal is *Monday 15 March 2010*.


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