Sweet Sixties. Specters and Spirits of a Parallel Avant-garde


Book launch

The book has been published as part of the Sweet Sixties project, developed during 2010–2013. Sweet Sixties is a long-term trans-regional research initiative working between art, research, media, and educational contexts in Europe, the Middle East, western and central Asia, Latin America, and northern Africa. Involving a particular group of experimentally oriented arts and research groups, as well as individual artists, researchers, and media, Sweet Sixties investigates hidden histories or underexposed cultural junctions and exchange channels in the revolutionary period of the 1960s.

The air of the 1960s echoes a spirit of emancipation. And the newly arising art-scapes are interspersed with double agents: diasporas bring their academies; the streams between Soviet, North and South American, Western European, Non-Aligned, etc., are full of interlocutions, hidden pathways, and narratives of trade routes, beyond the seemingly stable hegemonies of the blocs. The stories and spirits of a parallel avantgarde, whose silhouettes have yet to be found on the walls of the Western canon, are the theme of this publication.

Date: 26 February 2014, 7 pm
Location: Secession – Friedrichstraße 12, 1010, Vienna
Speakers: Christine Böhler, ERSTE Foundation; Georg Schöllhammer, tranzit.at, editor

The publication is edited by
Georg Schöllhammer
Ruben Arevshatyan

With texts by
Nancy Adajania, Ali Akay, Emin Alper, Ruben Arevshatyan, Vardan Azatyan, Hrach Bayadyan, Derya Bengi, Boris Chukhovich, Keti Chukhrov, Yasmina Dekkar, Daho Djerbal, Catherine Dossin, Bassam El Baroni, Tarek Elhaik, Mohamed Elshahed, Ali Essafi, Vigen Galstyan, Ahmet Gürata, Vardan Jaloyan, Ana Longoni, Sohrab Mahdavi, Toni Maraini, Matko Meštrovic, Viktor Misiano, Iva Nenic, Fatih Özgüven, Lívia Páldi, Ozren Pupovac, Speran“a Radulescu, Oleksiy Radynski, Yehuda E. Safran, Rasha Salti, Georg Schöllhammer, Catrin Seefranz, Dubravka Sekulic, Jaime Vindel, Mohanad Yaqubi, Ala Younis

Artists’ contributions by
Graciela Carnevale, Andreas Fogarasi, Porter McCray, Rayyane Tabet

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