Impossible Dialogues 2: Contested Memories, Conflicting Presences

A few years back Framer Framed came into contact with the PATTERNS Lectures programme, initiated by ERSTE Foundation. Under this programme, artists, researchers and curators are asked to develop new university courses for Central and Eastern European universities, in the fields of artistic research, art history, cultural theory and cultural studies. The programme fills an existing gap in knowledge production within and about Central and Eastern Europe in the social sciences, arts and history, specifically in light of how to deal with their recent socialist past, which sets them apart from their western neighbour.

Although the programme thus takes place across universities in Central and Eastern Europe, this knowledge has yet to travel westwards. Supported by ERSTE Foundation and Europe by People, Framer Framed invites lecturers from the PATTERNS series and brings this new, important knowledge from and about Central and Eastern Europe to the Amsterdam context – not just in their exhibition space, but also in the Dutch academic context. This is why, in their programme, they are collaborating with Amsterdam University College, introducing new perspectives to engage the existing curriculum.

The first succesful edition of the programme took place between 7 April and 9 April. The next session, including the discussion programme Impossible Dialogues at Framer Framed, curated by Inga Lace, Katia Krupennikova and Margaret Tali, will take place on Thursday 26 May and Friday 27 May 2016.

For this edition we have invited scholars and curators Tímea Junghaus (Budapest), Roma Sendyka (Krakow) and Zuzana Štefková (Prague) to discuss particular ‘impossible dialogues’ from the areas of their expertise and based on case studies of artistic work from their contexts. All three talks address the relationships between everyday life and art, and will further unpack the complex meanings of time in the Eastern European context that shape majority/minority relationships. The discussion will be moderated by Tina Bastajian.

The three speakers’ contributions articulate local mechanisms of maintaining fears towards particular ‘Others’, and negotiate possibilities to establish dialogue as a way to challenge enduring silences. What are the platforms, networks and solidarities or ‘new political tectonics’, as Timea Junghaus calls them, that could expose current struggles? What has been the role of artistic practice in addressing unquestioned positions and in undoing the collective imaginaries shaped by ignorance? Welcome to join the discussion! 

Thursday 26 May
Public lecture Queerly There? by Zuzana Štefková | Facebook event
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Location: New Democracy Dome at FabCity Campus, Java-eiland, Amsterdam
About: here.

Discussion programme Impossible Dialogues II | Facebook event
Time: 20:00 – 22:00
Location: Framer Framed, Amsterdam
About: here.


Friday 27 May
AUC Who’s In Town? Lecture by Professor Roma Sendya | Facebook event
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Location: Amsterdam University College, Common Room
About: Roma Sendyka will present the public lecture Contested sites, contaminated landscapes and Eastern-European “bloodlands”. The lecture is focused on a specific category of memorial sites: the ones that fulfil the requirements to be memorialized, but aren’t. An abundance of such locations are characteristic for Central and Eastern Europe (recently termed as “Bloodlands” – Snyder or “contaminated landscapes” – Pollack.
For more information on event, location and detailed description of the lecture, visit the AUC Website.

More Information on all events: Framer Frame