‘Sweet Sixties’ in Istanbul and Vienna

Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991. Unknown Stories
Parallel Pop – Orientalist Modernisms

Parallel Pop – Orientalist Modernisms

November starts with two initiatives by, as part of the project ‘Sweet Sixties’.

Parallel Pop – Orientalist Modernisms’ is the title of the seminar discussing these topics, taking place in Istanbul. The seminar is organised in the framework of the exhibition ‘A Kind of Electricity Appeared in Outer Space: Musical Turkey in the 1960s’. It will try to analyse various aspects of the emergence of different new folklore and urban cultures since 1960 (like Arabesque, RABIZ, Novokomponovana muzika, Etnophonie etc.) and their adaptation in the entertainment culture as well as their impact on social and political transformations.

Date: 3-4 November 2012
Location:Cezayir – Hayriye Caddesi No.12, Galatasaray, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Click here for the detailed programme.

The Architekturzentrum Wien writes architectural (hi)stories: ‘Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991. Unknown Stories’ explores, for the first time comprehensively, the architecture of the non-Russian Soviet republics completed between the late 1950s and the end of the USSR in 1991.

The exhibition shows the large diversity of local strategies, configurations and norms within the former Soviet Union, and contradicts the western prejudice that Eastern Bloc architecture is monotonous looking because of apparently having been produced under similar conditions and having had to conform to the same standards in a closed political system.

Opening: 7 November 2012, 7pm
Location: Architekturzentrum Wien, Museumsplatz 1, 1070, Wien
Exhibition curators: Katharina Ritter, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Alexandra Wachter The exhibition project is based on an initiative by Georg Schöllhammer and the association ‘Local Modernities’.
Exhibition design: Six & Petritsch

More details here.