Lectures on the Second Public Sphere – Contributions to the Performance and Intermedia Art in Eastern Europe


PATTERNS Lectures kick off in Vienna on Monday, 26 November 2012 with two lectures:

Women artists’ trajectories and networks within the Hungarian counter-culture and beyond

9 am, A lecutre by Dr. Beáta Hock, Research Associate at the University of Leipzig

In the mid-1990s a feminist criticism-inspired discourse emerged in the Hungarian art world. These inquiries quickly established that the Hungarian underground art scene of the 1960s-80s was a strongly male-dominated community: art historical accounts document only few female members and even fewer female artists had been recorded among performance and action artists. Beát Hocks research into this period, however, turned up findings that evidence the activity of a greater number of female artists, including performance artists who performed at the usual venues of the “zweite Öffentlichkeit”, realised events and actions among themselves or without audience. The activities and networks of some of these artists reached beyond the borders of the country. Her talk will recover the artistic practice of a handful of Hungarian female artists who were active within (or beside) the so-called “neo-avantgarde” generation, and will at the same time provide possible explanations why we have had little art historical record or awareness of the existence and activities of these women.

Artpool (Hi)Stories. The origins and activities of the research center

7 pm, A Discussion with Júlia Klaniczay, Director of Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest

The lecture´s basis is a personal (rather subjective) view on the history of the Artpool Art Research Center – a kind of story-telling about the roots and artistic self-experiencing of this period. Starting with the roots (the Chapel Studio of György Galántai in Balatonbolglár) and introducing the illegal archiving and project activities of Artpool with a restrictive culture-policy in the background. During the talk several issues and investigations of performances (Hommage to Vera Muhina, 1980), intermedia actions (Budapest-Vienna-Berlin telephone concert, 1983) and performative places (like exhibitions) created, organized by Artpool will be referred to. One main focus will lie on Artpools involvement in mail art, publishing of art-samizdats (Pool Window, 1980-1982; AL/Artpool Letter, 1983-1985) and on international relations, inspirations and contents. This lecture allows the auditorium to see the perspective of a personal point of view and to experience a fragment of how artistic freedom could be preserved and how progressive artistic ideas could be promoted by creating a “parallel culture” in a former Eastern Block country.

26 November 2012
Venue of both lecutres:
Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft, Schreyvogelsaal
Vienna University, Hofburg, Batthyanystiege, 1010 Wien