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 […]

ERSTE Foundation Annual Report 2012

Cover Annual Report 2012

ERSTE Foundation publishes annually a report with information and figures related to its work. The Annual Report 2012 shows what has been done in this year, describing specific projects, their objectives and accomplishments, as well as the highlights of our work. In addition, it provides the foundation’s financial statement and gives an overview of developments […]