Conference: Performing Arts in the Second Public Sphere


On 9 May 2014 the conference Performing Arts in the Second Public Sphere is starting in Berlin, which understands itself as a significant attempt to debate these ways of posing a problem through the magnifying glass of theatre studies in an interdisciplinary dialogue with international experts from different fields of academia. The wide range of presentations includes case studies from (East) Germany, Poland, Hungary, former Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union, Romania and approaches that go beyond classical (and historical) state borders.

The rise of event-based art forms in Eastern Europe is mainly located in the niches of late Socialism’s official public sphere. In the art world behind the Iron Curtain the existence of an unofficial parallel culture was the basic condition for the production of performances and other neo-avant-garde actions. To understand the social, political and cultural circumstances that lead to the development of performance art, one has to think at the same time with local precision and in transnational networks.

Performing Arts in the Second Public Sphere
9-11 May 2014
Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Knaackstraße 97 (Kulturbrauerei), 10435 Berlin

With the participation of: Judit Bodor, Micha Braun, Amy Bryzgel, Katalin Cseh, Adam Czirak, Andrea Euringer-Bátorova,  Sandra Frimmel, Barbara Gronau, Daniel Grúň, Beáta Hock, Roddy Hunter, Klara Kemp-Welch, Kata Krasznahorkai,  Via Lewandowsky,  Andrej Mircev, Ileana Pintilie, Piotr Piotrowski,  Angelika Richter, Sylvia Sasse, Miško Šuvaković, Can Togay, Jasmina Tumbas.

Have a look at the detailed programme of the conference here.