Ion Grigorescu. Diaries and Dreams, 1976-1979

Ion Grigorescu. Diaries 1976-1979

Ion Grigorescu is one of the seminal visual artists of his generation in Eastern Europe. In recent years, his complex body of work has attracted increasing attention in the West, entailing a reading of his oeuvre through the prism of canonized Western art histories. This is the second volume of his translated diaries – the first […]

Eastern Sugar

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Contributors: Edit András, Rado Baťo, Fedor Blaščák, Johann Bockman, Kathrin Böhm, Anetta Mona Chişa, Cooking Sections, Annalee Davis, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Ferenc Gróf, Dušan Janíček, Katarína Karafová, Peter Liška, Jason W. Moore, Ilona Németh, Michael Niblett, Raj Patel, Józef Rosta, Joanna Sokołowska, Olja Triaška Stefanović, Imre Szeman, Raluca Voinea Eastern Sugar is an international, interdisciplinary, […]

Všichni jsme emotivní! / We are all emotional!

Exhibition catalogue The festival of performance art Všichni jsme emotivní! / We are all emotional! took place on May 6–7, 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic. The program comprised new works by Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Larisa David, Helena Eribenne, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkáčová, Laundry Collective, Hajnal Németh, Ovid Pop, Maja Štefančíková, Doris Uhlich, and Zorka Wollny. It seems we live in an era […]

The ERSTE Foundation Tipping Point Talks 2019 – Identity | Normativity

The Tipping Point Talks present ERSTE Foundation’s contribution to the 200th anniversary of the savings bank idea in Austria, curated and realised by Verena Ringler. In 2019, ERSTE Foundation welcomes great thinkers, researchers and pioneers of action from around the globe to reflect on and cross-fertilise each other’s thinking and to embrace an urgent moment of […]

“Frieden bauen heißt weit bauen”

Von Brüssel ins Amselfeld und retour: Mein Beitrag zu Kosovos/Kosovas Weg in die EU (From Brussels to Amselfeld (Kosovo Field) and back: my contribution to Kosovo’s/Kosova’s path to the EU) The Republic of Kosovo/Kosova celebrated the tenth anniversary of its independence on 17 February 2018 – a good moment for Ulrike Lunacek, a Kosovo rapporteur […]

Is teaching always political? New challenges in higher education

PATTERNS Lectures conference publication The final conference of PATTERNS Lectures 2016/17 dealt with the topic “Is teaching always political? New challenges in higher education”. Currently, this question is more timely than ever. Within the programme of PATTERNS Lectures 2016/17 a passionate discussion about freedom of speech in the classroom, the role of university teachers and […]

The Future of Europe. Comparing Public and Elite Attitudes

A major Chatham House study examining European attitudes on issues from identity and integration to the future of the EU has been released in June 2017 – a year on from Britain’s vote to leave. Based on a unique survey of more than 10,000 members of the public and 1,800 “influencers” from politics, the media, business […]


Texts by: Ivana Bago, Milena Bartlová, Boris Buden, Karel Císař, Cosmin Costinaş, Ekaterina Degot, Branislav Dimitrijević, Marta Dziewanska, Charles Esche, Christine Frisinghelli, Boris Groys, Daniel Grúň, Tom Holert, Christian Höller, Nataša Ilić, Maud Jacquin, Leonida Kovač, Izabela Kowalczyk, Anders Kreuger, Roman Kurzmeyer, Kim Levin, Tevž Logar, Antonia Majaca, Boris Marte, Ewa Majewska, Susanne Neuburger, Peter […]

Little Warsaw: Rebels

This book has been published on the occasion of the OFF-Biennale Budapest 2017 GAUDIOPOLIS 2017 – The City of Joy. Through films, installations, and a wide variety of media, Little Warsaw addresses historical memory and confronts personal encounters with social experience. In the research, publication, and exhibition project Rebels, the artist duo revisits the revolutionary […]

Monuments Should Not Be Trusted

This publication was produced on the occasion of the group exhibition Monuments Should Not Be Trusted, curated by Lina Džuverović. The exhibition brings together over 30 leading artists and groups from the “golden years” of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia – the period between the early 1960s and the mid 1980s. Over 100 artworks […]

The Empire Strikes Back?

A traveling academy through the post-Soviet cityscape Is the Empire striking back? The Soviet period is judged differently today from country to country.In the autumn of 2016, a traveling academy made up of intellectuals, urban researchers, architects, and activists from Kyiv, Minsk, Moscow, Chişinău, Tbilisi, and Yerevan traversed the post-Soviet cityscapes of these capitals, accompanied […]


Normalities presents artists from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), Austria and the United States. While the exhibition focuses on a specific region, it also features an impressively multifaceted array of personal statements by various artists. The plural chosen in Normalities already suggests that the exhibition invites visitors […]

Mittendrin – people and recipes from the VinziRast restaurant

Former homeless people, students of all nations who wait tables or work in the kitchen, volunteers who provide hands-on support, young and old guests – a community full of life. That’s “mittendrin”, the VinziRast restaurant in Vienna. Aleksandra Pawloff, photographer and a VinziRast volunteer from day one, portrays the lively diversity of the people who […]

An oral history of homosexuality in Croatia

Documenting accounts of the private and public activities of sexual and gender minorities before the rise of the LGBT movement in Croatia. This book is a pioneering attempt at documenting the life circumstances of members of sexual minorities in times before what could be called “the contemporary battle for the recognition and equality of human […]

Artists as agents of institutional exchange –

“Artists as agents of institutional exchange” is a 2015 joint initiative of Iaşi and Skaftfell, Seydisfjordur, Iceland, that is materialised into a unique live streaming platform dedicated to the use of its artists in residence: Cristina David and Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir. It took place as part of the programme “Promoting Diversity in Culture and […]

Unsere neuen Nachbarn / Naše nove komšije / Our new neighbours

The articles selected for this catalogue provide the readers with diverse and comprehensive view of the topics dealt with in the exhibition Our New Neighbours. The authors are people engaged in different fields of activity and their texts are the result of their own experiences and observations of the refugee crisis. The civil sector, which […]

Július Koller. One Man Anti Show

Július Koller is one of the most important Eastern European artists working since the 1960s, whose art had and has considerable international significance. This is the most comprehensive exhibition of the Slovak artist’s work to date, documenting his independent contribution to the neoavantgarde and based on painstaking research into his art and archives. Koller’s work […]

Extending the Dialogue

Essays by Igor Zabel Award Laureates, Grant Recipients, and Jury Members, 2008–2014 Contributors: Edit András, Fouad Asfour, Keti Chukhrov, Karel Císař, Ekaterina Degot, Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes, Alenka Gregorič, Daniel Grúň, Sabine Hänsgen, Tímea Junghaus, Klara Kemp-Welch, Miklavž Komelj, Lev Kreft and Aldo Milohnić, Kirill Medvedev, Piotr Piotrowski, Jelena Vesić, Raluca Voinea, WHW /What, […]

Dan Perjovschi – Vybrané správy / Selected News

Dan Perjovschi (*1961, Sibiu) is a Romanian visual artist and reporter whose artwork includes drawing, comics and graffiti. His realistic, satirical comments on the current political situation are featured on the walls of world-famous galleries. He is planning to create a site-specific installation named Selected News in the Kunsthalle. He will be using the New […]

Anna Jermolaewa – Dobre czasy, złe czasy / Good Times, Bad Times

The title Good Times, Bad Times of Anna Jermolaewa’s first solo exhibition in Poland was borrowed from a series of photographs. It captures an everyday urban life situation: on a grey façade, pigeons sit on the arrows of a wall clock and it turns out that a quarter to three is a better time to […]

Dobrović in Dubrovnik: A venture in modern architecture

Dobrović in Dubrovnik traces the past and the present of avant-garde modern architecture constructed in the 1930ies, in the Mediterranean landscape of the south Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Comprehensive historical, theoretical, and phenomenological readings of events and forms, in two essays by architects Krunoslav Ivanišin and Ljiljana Blagojević respectively, describe a specific yet, […]


The book’s concept is based on the framing of film images with new layers of their reading. Images and texts document the search for the original, uncensored version of the film Mueda, Memória e Massacre (Ruy Guerra, 1979). They play out the mystery of the cultural production and ideological control. The one-word title UHURU, translated […]

Detours – approaching Immanuel Kant in Vienna, Austria and Eastern Europe

Umwege (Detours) explores the reception of Kant’s work in Vienna, Austria and in Eastern Europe from the viewpoint of the history of philosophy, focusing on six topics: Kant and Censorship, Kant and Karl Leonhard Reinhold – who was the first Kantian born in Vienna and became a precursor for German and Austrian Kant reception in […]

War of Memories. A guide to Hungarian memory politics

This collection of essays is published in the framework of’s programme series on memory politics. The War of Memories project investigates how current local and international urgencies of memory politics manifest themselves in artistic practices, and in the institutions of art and culture. How do certain maps and methodologies of cartography fuel political imagination, […]

Izkustvo za promyana 1985-2015 / Art for Change 1985-2015

Art for Change 1985-2015 is a project tracing the profound changes in Bulgaria’s society since the mid-1980s, as well as artists’ awakened consciousness with regard to their mission as correctives of the social milieu. By means of an exhibition and a publication, it exposes the process of opening up new opportunities and waking up to […]

When Attitudes Become the Norm

The Contemporary Curator and Institutional Art When Attitudes Become the Norm is a collection of essays and interviews by art historian and theorist Beti Žerovc on the topic of curatorship in contemporary art. Žerovc examines curatorship in its broader social, political and economic contexts, as well as in relation to the profound changes that have […]

Balkan Delikatessen – “Silence”

In its 19th issue, literary magazine Keine Delikatessen looks eastwards and takes the title Balkan Delikatessen. It contains poetry, prose and essays from the South-Eastern European region dealing with the topic of “silence” and introduces authors mostly unknown in Austria. This multilingual issue aims to create a new network between writers, translators and cultural organisations. […]

Garden Of Everyday Errors

“Garden of Everyday Errors: Alternativa Book of Practices” is a methodological book dedicated to the curatorial and artistic practices grounded in local context. Based on five years of experience in addressing timely local and everyday matters in historically and politically important Gdansk Shipyard, with strong consideration of regional and global issues, this book is made with […]

RE.ACT.FEMINISM #2 – a performing archive

This comprehensive, thoroughly researched archive offers a compelling argument for re-locating feminism (in all its forms) as a fundamental force, shaping the political dynamics of performance art from its formative years up to the present. After three years of project development, seven exhibitions across Europe and numerous events – we are very happy to present […]

Team 10 East. Revisionist Architecture in Real Existing Modernism

This volume coins the term Team 10 East as a conceptual tool to discuss the work of Team 10 members and fellow travellers from state-socialist countries – such as Oskar Hansen of Poland, Charles Polónyi of Hungary, and Radovan Nikšic of Yugoslavia. This new term allows the book’s contributors to approach these individuals from a […]

Sixpackfilm – Distribution catalog

Sixpackfilm presents the entire collection of films and videos directed by Austrian artists including the work of Peter Kubelka, Kurt Kren, Linda Christanell, VALIE EXPORT, Maria Lassnig, Hans Scheugl and Ernst Schmidt jr., short films by then upcoming directors like Barbara Albert, Jessica Hausner, Marie Kreutzer and Ulrich Seidl and much more. The publication is […]


Liquidation is an interdisciplinary project concerning questions of visibility in response to the often invisible processes of privatization. With a curatorial framework that New York curator Sarah Lookofsky conceived and produced for Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, its Zagreb iteration includes the addition of several works by Croatian artists chosen by the curatorial […]

Give Citizen a Chance – Central European Forum, Bratislava 2013

The publication Give Citizen a Chance is the result of the fifth Central European Forum, held from 15 to 17 November 2013 at Pisztory Palace in Bratislava. This conference was organized by the Bratislava non-profit Project Forum together with the Prague-based Václav Havel Library as part of events marking the anniversary of the 1989 Velvet […]

An Meine Völker! Der Erste Weltkrieg 1914-1918

In 1914, one hundred years ago, World War I broke out. To mark this occasion the Austrian National Library is dedicating an extraordinary exhibition with the title An Meine Völker! Der Erste Weltkrieg 1914-1918 (To my peoples! World War I 1914–1918) and will present the library’s comprehensive collection relating to this key incident that shattered […]


MAKE.A.MATCH (initiated by Katharina Schendl) gave artists Carte Blance to develop a project, but with one restriction: they have to collaborate with another artist, a stranger chosen by the curator. What happens if this premise is put into action? What are the strategies the artists will use in these “arranged marriages”? Ana Prvacki + Magda […]

Spasi znak!

Spasi znak! (Save the sign!) is a project proposing the conservation and protection of old factory signs, writings and logos in the Zagreb area. After the collapse of various factories and industrial plants that once were among the most important elements of development and economic prosperity in former Yugoslavia, the factory signs are often the […]

Parallel Lives. A Documentary Theatre Project on Secret Police in Eastern Europe

A documentary project on communist secret services in the former Eastern bloc Parallel Lives. A Documentary Theatre Project on Secret Police in Eastern Europe is a long-term project of Slovakia’s international theatre festival Divadelná Nitra in 2013: Six teams of artists from six countries (Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania) created plays and performances […]

PIONIRI – Meine Geschichte, unsere Geschichte

A group of young adults from Salzburg turned out to be real pioneers when they decided to go on an adventure to sit down and discuss together the wars in former Yugoslavia, develop and offer workshops and documents on the topic. All of them are in some kind of relation with the country and of […]

Július KOLLER – Galéria Ganku

Július Koller, UFOlogist, sceptic and game-player, is considered the key figure in 20th century Slovak art. The Ganek Gallery (Galéria Ganku) is a book devoted to reconstructing one of his most important artistic projects. This legendary gallery was situated on a mountain peak, highly regarded by climbers, in the High Tatra range. Although no works […]

Syria’s War. A Journal of Pain

In a series of photographs captured in Syria on the territories controlled by rebel groups, Narciso Contreras provides us with insights into everyday occurrences of the Syrian civil war. The scenes of suffering, pain and destruction from the midst of battles between Assad’s army and the rebel groups bear witness to one of the worst […]

Država u krevetu. Međunarodna izložba / State Abed. International exhibition

The exhibition is the final event of the course “Feminisms and social changes in contemporary art practices” at the Academy of Fine Arts University, Split 2012/2013. This course, held by Natasha Kadin, aimed at introducing and mapping the phenomena of feminisms and contemporary feminist art in South-Eastern Europe during the social and political changes over […]

Staatsgrenze 1981 – 1983

Between 1981 and 1983, Japanese photographer Seiichi Furuya, based in Graz, took photographs at the Austrian border towards the former Eastern bloc nations. In contrast to the media attention devoted to the inner German border and the division of Berlin, Furuya was searching for images in the inconspicuous and at times even idyllic border territories […]

Grey Gold. Czech and Slovak Female Artists over 65

This monograph follows an eponymous exhibition project conceived by curators Vendula Fremlová, Terezie Petišková and Anna Vartecká, which was presented at the Brno House of Arts from May to August 2014. The publication’s central catalogue section presents the photographic documentation of the exhibition and follows its specific architectonic designs and individual exhibits. It is preceded […]

“Traducerile au de cuget să îmblînzească obiceiurile …” – Rumänische Übersetzungsgeschichte – Prozesse, Produkte, Akteure

The history of translation is a transnational phenomenon that needs to be examined beyond language boundaries, although the translation process as such takes place between two languages and has been conceived in national terms for more than one hundred years. As part of this transnational system of translational activity, Rumänische Übersetzungsgeschichte (Romanian History of Translation) […]

Handbook for International School Projects

The handbook is a new resource for teachers and students, providing a wide range of information, advice, ideas and good practice examples for the successful launch, management and realisation of international school partnership projects. Whilst the book’s examples stem from the school exchange project aces – Academy of Central European Schools, findings and content are […]

Parallel Lives – Reader

The Parallel Lives reader includes five stories from each country participating in the project. They are stories that the creators came across while doing research in the archives of communist secret police organisations and that they have composed in an original way. Diverse stories of people whose lives were fatally influenced by the secret police are […]

Ion Grigorescu: Diaries 1970–1975

Ion Grigorescu is one of the seminal visual artists of his generation in Eastern Europe. In recent years, his complex body of work has attracted increasing attention in the West, entailing a reading of his oeuvre through the prism of canonized Western art histories. This first English edition of his diaries from the crucial years […]

Performative Gestures Political Moves

While acknowledging the “problem of performativity”, Performative Gestures Political Moves nevertheless lingers on the term, exploring its echo in the research focused on what should thus also be considered as an effect of the performance of power – on art and theory production in so-called “Eastern Europe”. The book does not (only) represent the research […]

Tomáš Pospiszyl: Asociativní dějepis umění. Poválečné umění napřič generacemi a médii (koláž, intermediální a konceptuální umění, performance a film)

The collection of essays by Tomáš Pospiszyl entitled Asociativní dějepis umění (An Associative History of Art) follows in the wake of his book Srovnávací studie (Comparative Studies) [Agite/Fra, Prague 2005]. It is a set of freely interlinked texts that analyse selected examples of Czech post-war art in chronological order using a similar methodological perspective. While […]

Brian O´Doherty: Uvnitř bílé krychle. Ideologie galerijního prostoru

Few essays have garnered as much immediate response as Brian O’Doherty’s Inside the White Cube, originally published as a series of three articles in Artforum in 1976, and subsequently collected in a book of the same name. The story goes that the issues of Artforum containing O’Doherty’s texts sold out very quickly, and as he […]

Nesvrstani Modernizmi / Non-Aligned Modernisms

These seven publications explore the political modernism developed through the political practises of non-aligned countries and its reflection in the production of new social relations, public spaces and representations in visual arts and urban studies; its potential for todays’ globalised art, culture and politics. The publications entered the field of debates on European political and […]

Postkoloniální myšlení IV / Post-Colonial Thought IV

This anthology of theoretical studies and essays is the fourth volume in the series Post-Colonial Thought, which has a loose chronological order and contains both translations of whole books (Frantz Fanon – Black Skin, White Masks and Homi K. Bhabha – The Location of Culture) and two anthologies of selected texts. The present volume focuses […]

Fragmenty anarchistické antropologie / Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy – everywhere, that is, except the academy. Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, less alienating basis. Anthropologists, terrified of being accused of romanticism, respond with silence… But what if they didn’t? This pamphlet ponders […]

Ministry of Highways – A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi

With contributions by Ei Arakawa, Ruben Arevshatyan, Levan Asabashvili, Bouillon Group, George Chakhava, Thea Djordjadze, Didier Faustino, Yona Friedman, Nana Kipiani, Nikoloz Lutidze, Marion von Osten, Nini Palavandishvili, Gela Patashuri, Lali Pertenava, Marjetica Potrč, Richard Reynolds, Slavs and Tatars, Gio Sumbadze, Sophia Tabatadze, Éric Troussicot, Jan Verwoert, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, et al. Once described as “Italy […]

Sozialatlas Steirische Eisenstraße. Lokales Wissen erfolgreich nutzen

Emigration and an ageing population, economic and social change – these are only some of the challenges facing the inhabitants of the Styrian Eisenstrasse. What changes do local people want? And how can the problems be tackled? The Social Atlas documents the answers given in 67 projects that emerged during the Social Festival Tu was, […]

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

Sweet Sixties is a long-term trans-regional research initiative working across art, research, media, and educational contexts in Europe, the Middle East, western and central Asia, Latin America, and northern Africa. Involving particular, experimentally oriented arts and research groups as well as individual artists, researchers, and media, Sweet Sixties investigates hidden histories or underexposed cultural junctions […]

Dui Rroma – Zwei Lebenskünstler

The movie Dui Rroma – Two Bon-Vivants is a documentary that tells the story about Hugo Höllenreiner, Sinti from Germany, the victim of Dr. Josef Mengeles, that survived the concentration camp. He tells his experiences to the young composer, student Adrian Gaspar from Pojejena in Romania, that lives in Vienna. Gaspar is emotionally occupied with […]

A Flower for the Dead – The Memorials of Bogdan Bogdanović

Bogdan Bogdanović’s equally impressive and reconciliatory memorials and monuments in former Yugoslavia. The Serbian Bogdan Bogdanović (1922–2010) – architect, urbanist, polymath, writer, and former mayor of Belgrade – created some of the most distinctive memorials in Europe. In particular his “Flower of Stone”, the Memorial for the Victims of the Concentration Camp in Jasenovac (Croatia, […]

Truth and Love – Central European Forum, Bratislava 2012

The Central European Forum met from 15 to 18 November 2012 for the fourth time, bringing together writers, social scientists and civil society activists from Europe and worldwide at the Astorka/Korzo Theatre in Bratislava. This forum was organised by the Bratislava non-profit Project Forum together with the Prague-based Václav Havel Library – with ERSTE Foundation […]

Maska – Performing Arts Journal

Maska is Europe’s oldest professional journal in this field (published with interruptions since 1920). It fosters high-level critical discourse in the field of performing arts and provides a platform for reflections, confrontations and discussions on contemporary art as well as its local and global contexts. Four double issues of Maska dedicated to specific topics are […]

Mutually. Artists and Communities in Moravia in the 1970s – 80s

The publication examines artistic phenomena on the peripheries of social affairs in the Moravian environment of the 1970s and ’80s. Each of the five chapters is dedicated to a single artist or pair of artists. In the environment of state-controlled cultural policy, the free-thinking artists of the then Czechoslovakia operated “on the periphery” of society. […]

Život umjetnosti – časopis za suvremena likovna zbivanja

Život umjetnosti is a magazine for contemporary visual arts, dedicated to various aspects of contemporary art practice primarliy in Croatia and Europe, with a tradition of continuous publication since 1966. It is published by the Institute for Art History in Zagreb twice a year as a bilingual edition.

Avděj Ter-Oganjan: The Museum of a Russian Futurist

The publication is based on the accompanying catalogue to the retrospective exhibition of avant-garde artist Avděj Ter-Oganyan titled Fucked Up (or The Museum of a Russian Futurist), which was mounted in 2013 in the Prague tranzitdisplay gallery. The book may be perceived as a component and continuation of the exhibition, while it also contains everything […]

Ivan Martin Jirous – Leben, Werk, Zeit

The book “Magor Ivan Jirous” is dedicated to the post-revolutionary poet, art historian and essayist Ivan Martin Jirous, also Magor. He is best known for being the grounder of the Czech psychedelic rock group “The Plastic People of the Universe”, whose prohibition by the regime was one of the causes for the Charter 77. Jirous […]

Dincolo de oraş / Beyond the City

This Romanian-English publication develops the themes of the exhibition. Seven chapters attempt an illustrative profile of the recent reality in rural areas on Romanian territory. On the whole, there are two kinds of materials: Texts which are primarily theoretical, describing phenomena in a synthetic manner. Some of these texts introduce chapters, others are independent essays. […]

Urban Report #4 – Oameni şi oraşe în Europa Centralǎ şi de Sud-Est / People and Cities in Central and South-Eastern Europe

Post-totalitarian urban space in Central and South-Eastern Europe is not just about wild development and collisions of identities, vanities, and interests. Heroes of a new urbanity enter the stage – people and organizations that rebuild communities, invent independent culture centres, and produce social architecture and public space. The volume contains a selection of articles published […]

PROTO – grafický design a současné umění

PROTO – Graphic Design and Contemporary Art is an anthological publication that examines graphic design in the context of visual art. The book is published as a compilation of parts of two degree dissertations from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and comprehensively maps the last thirteen years (2000–2013) in graphic design. […]

Hope stronger than fear / Nada jača od straha

The booklet contains ten articles by Elvis Berisha, a 22-year-old law student from Podgorica who gained a journalist training in the editorial office of Montenegrin Weekly Monitor between summer 2012 and spring 2013 within ERSTE Foundation’s Fellowship for journalists of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian origin. Elvis had the opportunity to work for the most prominent […]

Talking Letters – a film on the Romani language

Written texts by Roma did not exist until the early 20th century and it was not until the 4th World Romani Congress in Poland in 1990 that the International Romani Union decided on a common alphabet for the Romani language. Thus, stories have passed through generations in the oral tradition and few have been written […]

House of the Hedgehog

An animated episode of the story House of the Hedgehog by Branko Ćopić was selected to be produced for the project Individual Utopias Now and Then because of the idea that is presented in the story. Hedgehog reminds us all to care for the places where we live, for our natural habitat, and that our […]

Holidays after the Fall – Seaside Architecture and Urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia

Every summer season, the sun-drenched coasts of Bulgaria and Croatia turn into densely inhabited, intensively exploited tourism industry hotspots. This book traces the various architectural and urban planning strategies pursued there since the mid 1950s, in order first to create then to further develop modern holiday destinations. It portrays (late-) modern tourism architecture and resorts […]

ARTPOOL – The Experimental Art Archive of East-Central Europe

Using authentic documents, numerous photographs and illustrations, Artpool’s chronological volume contains a brief presentation of events and exhibitions, a detailed bibliography and references, following the history of the Artpool art project – launched more than forty years ago by fine artist György Galántai and later jointly realized with Júlia Klaniczay – from the exhibitions of […]

Zbyněk Baladrán and Jiří Kovanda: The Nervous System (Into Idea)

A dialogue between two artists about the Voynich Manuscript: how ideas come in artistic practice, propitious situations, memory of the conscious and unconscious, transcribing poetry, ornithology, zoological gardens, the films of Fellini, screenplays, why the master of Czech literature, Jan Neruda, slept in the same bed as his father… The conversation between Zbyněk Baladrán (*1973, […]

Curating “EASTERN EUROPE” and Beyond. Art Histories through the Exhibition

The anthology entitled Curating “Eastern Europe” and Beyond: Art Histories through the Exhibition comprises fifteen texts that have been commissioned and previously published. The aim of this collection of essays is to monitor how exhibition – as a medium that functions among curators, artists and visitors as well as between different times and places – […]

Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller. Photography & Film

This publication offers a selective retrospective of the work of photographer and filmmaker Friedl Kubelka – known as a filmmaker under the name of Friedl vom Gröller. In addition to a selection of her fashion photographs, the book focuses on portraits of her friends and family, as well as series of images and films. Kubelka […]

Na místě. / Vor Ort.

Na místě. Franziska Lesák v rozhovoru se čtyřmi aktéry samizdatu / Vor Ort. Franziska Lesák im Gespräch mit vier Akteuren des Samisdat is a bilingual publication (German-Czech) of retrospective interviews that Franziska Lesák (art historian, born in Vienna and living in Berlin) led with four protagonists of Samisdat between 2006-2011. She interviewed the author and […]

Can you see the future?

The thematic TV series Can you see the future? deals with the idea of utopia and questions the need for utopia in contemporary society. As Rastko Močnik, Slovenian philosopher and sociologist, one of the interviewed persons, suggests, “We have no more time for utopia today because our civilisation has no time to imagine an ideally […]

Sozialatlas Lungau. Ideen und Projekte für ein besseres Zusammenleben

“Sozialatlas Lungau” presents the outcomes of the initiative Tu was, dann tut sich was. and documents the findings of the scientific projects that accompanied the first project of this kind in the region of Lungau in Salzburg. The book provides analysis and insights into the social and economic set-up of this particular region and shows […]

Dim. Stolittja zmin / Home. A Century of Change

From September 2011 until March 2012 the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe organized in Lviv the exhibition Home: A Century of Change, which explored the history of dwelling in its cultural and social dimensions, as well as in its political and ideological contexts throughout the 20th century. The exhibition looked at home […]

Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe

The conclusion of the Cold War in 1989 signalled the beginning of a new era in Eastern Europe, and this widespread change was felt no less strongly in the world of art. In Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe, Piotr Piotrowski examines the art made after 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe in light of […]


€uroXibition is a result of six months intensive work of five young Serbian and five young Kosovar photographers, gathered around the ideas and perspectives of their realities toward EU and sharing their thoughts through photos. A coherent group of ten artists broke all the prejudices inside of them, myths that exist among nations and faced all […]

Draga umetnost / Dear Art

Dear Art was an international group exhibition in the new building of the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, curated by the collective What, How and for Whom/WHW from Zagreb. The exhibition Dear Art looked at art’s own reflection upon its practice, and offered proposals for rethinking the role of art through challenging its models and […]

No arhiv / No archive

10 razloga za otvoreni digitalni arhiv konceptualne i neoavangardne umjetnosti / 10 reasons for an open digital archive of conceptual and neo-avantgarde art No archive is a spatial annotation, merely one among many possible visualizations of a permanently changing virtual archive. Interconnected through its data on the dimensions, years of production, materials, and authors, its […]

Igor & Ivan Buharov: Good opinion

The Buharov brothers (aka Kornél Szilágyi and Nándor Hevesi) have been working together for over 15 years. Their surreal avant-garde films dance on the edge of art and cinematic art with a focus on social and political criticism. The point of departure for the book by Igor and Ivan Buharov is their 2012 exhibition in […]

Sećanje grada / Memory of the City

The publication Memory of the City is a result of the eponymous project and in the same time dossier on the activities that were realised within the project from September 2011 till January 2012. It explored the memory and the cultural heritage of the City of Belgrade, striving to identify different ways to activate the […]


This documentary, titled Non-Movement (Nepokret), is an intimate story of the one Sarajevo neighborhood, Džidžikovac, involving Bosnian artist Nebojša Šerić Shoba who lives in New York for past 15 years and was grown up in Džidžikovac. The documentary is directed by Enes Zlatar and talks about the generation born in the late 60ies and early […]

Svědectví. Ženským hlasem / Testimonies. In a Female Voice

The publication Testimonies. In a Female Voice summarizes the outputs of the course at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague during the winter and spring semester 2010/2011 initiated by PATTERNS Lectures. The book is a collection of twelve interviews with Czech and Slovak women artists and art historians. The interviews capture opinions […]

Drugost – Magazine for cultural studies

PATTERNS Lectures supported a special issue of Drugost (Otherness), the student journal of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka. The goal was to encourage students who took the class The Comparative History of the Culture of Memory and participated in the study trip to sites of memory in the northern Adriatic […]

Murdered in Maly Trostinec

The Austrian victims of the Shoa in Belarus Nowhere else were so many Austrian victims of the Shoa murdered by National Socialists as in Maly Trostinec, Belarus. Yet, this spot near Minsk is barely known in Austria and has not yet been anchored as a place of annihilation in Austria’s collective memory. The organization IM-MER […]

Black Cats. A documentary film

This documentary was produced within the framework of the regional partnership project: Individual Utopias Now and Then – discontinuity of generation dialogue or what do we have in common? by Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Arts, New Media, and Tirana Institute for Contemporary Arts (T.I.C.A.). Black Cats is a documentary composed in two parts: The […]

Reclaiming the City

Through a complex interweaving of field trips and interviews, archival and found footage, personal narratives, interventions in public spaces, images, and other sources, the film reveals a number of sites of the New Berlin that uniquely exemplify the contradictions and tensions of social memory and national identity in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. […]

Return to Europe. Croatia, Moldova

In 2008, around four million viewers followed the TV documentary series Return to Europe (German title: Balkan Express) on ten countries of Southern Europe on ORF and 3Sat. Now, the documentary series, which was initiated by ERSTE Foundation in cooperation with the European Stability Initiative (ESI), continues with two new episodes. Croatia, Europe and the […]

Gendering Popular Culture: Perspectives from Eastern Europe and the West

Gendering Popular Culture: Perspectives from Eastern Europe and the West – is a useful guide to understanding the meanings and contradictory effects of popular culture and gender today. The texts in this collection reveal how popular culture is a dynamic terrain where gender norms and identities are simultaneously produced and contested. The authors explore such […]

Martina Kudláček – Notes on Marie Menken

Notes on Marie Menken explores the almost forgotten story of the legendary artist Marie Menken (1909-1970) who became one of New York’s outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the 1940s through the 1960s, inspiring artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger, and Gerard Malanga. She was a probable role model of Edward Albee’s Who’s […]

Ivan Ladislav Galeta – Obsession: Structuring Time and Space

Ivan Ladislav Galeta from Zagreb is the neo-Platonist among European experimental film directors. Galeta hides a true chamber of wonders behind the clear, mathematically abstract structure of his films and videos, meticulously compiled rhythmically frame for frame, each work likewise presenting an analysis of the film medium. Concealed therein, culled from deep in the medium’s […]

Return to Europe – A ten-part documentary

“This remarkable documentary dismantles all cliches!” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Hop on and let’s take a ride across the south-east of Europe. What is so fascinating about this colourful entity called the “Balkans”? History is told on old Roman and Ottoman roads, in young urban centres like Tirana, in the mountainous countryside of Montenegro. With stories […]

SAJMIŠTE – The History of a Camp

Sajmište, the place whose name used to be whispered in fear, is today practically buried in oblivion. Present-day occupants of former fairground pavilions, from which thousands of incarcerated camp prisoners were taken to their deaths, are ordinary people who know very little or next to nothing about the horrific history of this site. Where the […]

The ERSTE Foundation Tipping Point Talks 2019 – Possibility | Audacity

The Tipping Point Talks present ERSTE Foundation’s contribution to the 200th anniversary of the savings bank idea in Austria, curated and realised by Verena Ringler. In 2019, ERSTE Foundation welcomes great thinkers, researchers and pioneers of action from around the globe to reflect on and cross-fertilise each other’s thinking and to embrace an urgent moment of […]

Come closer / Pojď blíž : Guide Prague

Exhibition catalogue in English and Czech. Curated by Vit Havránek and Tereza Stejskalová. The Biennale Guide comprises information about the first edition of the Biennale Matter of Art from 22 July until 15 November 2020. This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library or as free download.

COME CLOSER The Biennale Reader

The reader COME CLOSER was published on the occasion of the first Biennale Matter of Art and presents various perspectives on class, race, and gender differences as they manifest themselves in the specific contexts of post-socialist states—in their histories as well as in the present day. The focus is on art as a specific language that can […]

Creativity Exercises: Emancipatory Pedagogies in Art and Beyond

Texts by LÁSZLÓ BEKE, ILDIKÓ ENYEDI, MIKLÓS ERDÉLY, ÉVA FORGÁCS, JANNA GRAHAM, DÓRA HEGYI, SÁNDOR HORNYIK, ZSOLT K. HORVÁTH, EMESE KÜRTI, ZSUZSA LÁSZLÓ, DÓRA MAURER, MARION VON OSTEN, FERENC MÉREI and TAMÁS ST.AUBY, AXEL WIEDER. How do people learn, what do they know, and how does it influence their personality, their behavior and their position in society? These […]

After Piotr Piotrowski: Art, Democracy and Friendship

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The book offers a critical approach to the legacy of Piotr Piotrowski (1952–2015), who has become one of the major figures in the discourse of both East-Central European art history and global art history. It focuses on an aspect of his writing that is less well-known to the international audience: his interest in the political […]

Neviditeľné múzeum / Invisible Museum / Nadikhuno muzeumos

This book follows up on the exhibition organised at in Bratislava from November 29, 2017 to January 27, 2018. The exhibition, which was initiated by artist Oto Hudec, was a proposal to reflect on the idea of a museum of Romani culture in Slovakia. This book was conceived as a new format for the further envisioning […]

Inside Out – Not So White Cube

“Inside Out – Not So White Cube” is a long-term research and co-curatorial cross-disciplinary project initiated by Alenka Gregorič, the artistic director of the City Art Gallery Ljubljana and CC Tobačna 001 (MGML), and Suzana Milevska, independent curator and art theorist based in Macedonia. Featuring artists: Azra Akšamija, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Yane Calovski & Hristina Ivanoska, Nemanja Cvijanović, […]


The book includes theoretical essays and previously unpublished documentary material relating to the long-term collaborative art project CODE:RED, which was initiated in 1999/2000 by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art. At the same time, the book’s publication also serves as an introduction to the retrospective exhibition project Crisis or Expansion of Public/Private Forms of Life: […]