Postmedia Art Practices - announcement

We cordially invite you to attend the international conference under the title Postmedia and non-institutional art practices from the 60s onwards, which will be held in the Müller Hall at the Cinema Europa, on 28th and 29th of November, 2014.

Guest lecturers are: Ryszard Waśko, Reinhard Braun, Dalibor Martinis, Krešimir Purgar, Liesbeth Decan, Katarzyna Kozyra, Ivana Keser Battista, Fabio Cavallucci, Bojan Mucko, Falk Messerschmidt, Igor Španjol and Tanja Vrvilo.

Organization: Sandra Križić Roban, Institute of Art History and Leonida Kovač, Academy of Fine Arts

The academic conference titled Postmedia and non-institutional art practices from the 60s onwards is organized as an international platform of knowledge and held in collaboration between the Academy of Fine Arts and the Institute of Art History, in Zagreb. Through dialogue and cooperation of professionals who work in various institutions (research institutes, faculties, art academies, museums and galleries) or outside of them (NGOs, independent curators and researchers, artists, critics), the participants will explore the significant postmedia artistic phenomena which marked the last sixty years in Central and Eastern Europe.

This project intends to explore the impact of institutions within artistic phenomena in the early postwar decades, as well as how they are conditioned by the political and social circumstances. Non-institutional independent art practice (self-initiated projects, performances, action art, events in private places) will be considered outside the usual modernist (reductionist) logic, and special interest will be paid to the media whose identities are not fixed in time, but are subjected to the changes of meanings and interpretations.

The time of the Berlin Wall, which rose in 1961 and fell in 1989, marks an important part of the Cold War period in a divided Europe. In relation to that period, we intend to consider the ways in which artistic practices emerged and lasted beyond the Iron Curtain, and their specificities and similarities which they share with Western experimental art practices. The existing contacts between artists and scholars of the East and the West will also be taken into consideration.

The purpose of this conference is to allow the young generations to work innovatively within the field of language capable of creating new concepts and new forms of communication. This conference is fully committed to the important European cultural dimension, while simultaneously preserving the particularities of different backgrounds. Presentations and panel discussions aim to contribute to the promotion of a common artistic, cultural and innovative framework. In this way, we hope to reach a new audience (with an emphasis on the education of the younger generation) and transmit to them the content in an innovative and stimulating way through a series of workshops and direct encounters with the actors working within the art scene.

Conference Booklet