Sweet Sixties: Avant-gardes in the shadows of the Cold War
Lectures and Conference about MODERNITIES TRANSMOGRIFIED
In the 1960s, the landscapes and cities of protectorates and former colonies from india to the Maghreb, from the Soviet Republics to the new states in the Southern hemisphere were replete with the spirit and forms of modernity; forms that transmogrify and then dissolve into the thin air of the vernacular. The star-maps that are used to survey these artificial worlds often serve to navigate the boundaries between private and public domains. The world is full of eerie displacements, gestures of the uncanny, and the constellation of the real exists in a plethora of doubled forms. Question marks, meanderings, rows of numbers, and persons of the line belong to the inventory at hand. Communication machines emerge and shut themselves up before they have the chance to become immaterial, disappear, and corrode in postmodernity.
The air of the 60s 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 blocks. The stories and spirits of a parallel avant-garde, whose silhouettes have yet to be found on the walls of the western canon, are the theme of this conference.
Dates: Sat, 20 April, 11:00 am — 6:15 pm, Sun, 21 April, 11:00 am — 6:15 pm
Location: mumok, mumok kino, Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
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FRANCO BERARDI »BIFO«
JOSIP RASTKO MOČNIK
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