Parallax Views – Repositioning the East

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It has been a good 25 years since “West” and “East” experienced a decisive shift in real political terms. And it has been nearly as long since the still-ongoing process of overcoming the narrow and restrictive notional corset of “art from the former Eastern Bloc” got underway. Articulating oneself in a more freely chosen, expanded context unaffected by the “Eastern art” label represents a special challenge of the transitional or threshold-order that has arisen since then.

Initiated by Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation, which is focused on precisely this area, and in cooperation with springerin, the conversations will take a closer look at the changing parameters of perspectives on art from the former East. The series of publicly held conversations between renowned theorists and art historians deals with questions such as: What new narratives have stepped up since 1989 to supplant the old East-West paradigm? To what extent has the approach of global art historiography made regional markers obsolete? And can the oft-proposed notional framework of contemporary art serve to sensibly identify what is specific about art that is anchored in a given political geography? This series of “parallactic” discussions is intended to help investigate the positionality, context-dependency and changeability of all the issues in question.

Andrzej Turowski in memoriam Piotr Piotrowski
Ekaterina Degot in conversation with Cosmin Costinaş
Nataša Ilić in conversation with Peter Osborne

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 6 – 9 pm

Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wienn (mumok cinema)
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna

Cosmin Costinaş, curator, currently executive director at Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong.
Ekaterina Degot, art writer and curator, artistic director at the Academy of Arts of the World, Cologne, teaches at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography.
Nataša Ilić, member of the independent curatorial collective What, How & for Whom (WHW) founded in Zagreb in 1999, curator and writer.
Peter Osborne, professor of Modern European Philosophy and director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London.
Andrzej Turowski, art historian and critic, professor emeritus of modern art history at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France.

Parallax Views is a cooperation between Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation and springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst