Performative Gestures Political Moves

Editors: Katja Kobolt, Lana Zdravković
Publisher: City of Women Association / Red Athena University Press, Ljubljana
Content: 248 pages
ISBN: 978-953-6955-48-0
Year: 2014

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 on performance art and performativity in a region denoted as “East European”, but also produces positions that go beyond the representation(s) of what performance art, performativity in/and “Post-Socialist Europe” are.

Performative Gestures Political Moves therefore also raises questions of historisation(s) and their ideological positioning. The issue of labelling art production as feminist has been a topic of massive interest especially within feminist art history as well as in feminist curating. The question of how, what, when, why, where, by whom and for whom is (performance) art feminist obviously does not have an unambiguous answer. The same is true for art and feminism as such. Therefore, the publication aims to foster reflection on research positions and theoretical considerations of performativity, performance art, feminism, historisation and, above all, their political implications in, and for, the “continental Post-Socialist” condition.

With contributions by: Angela Dimitrakaki, Ana Peraica, Barbara Orel, Dunja Kukovec, Grupa Spomenik and DeLVe, Marija Ratković, Marina Gržinić, Martina Pachmanová, Milijana Babić, Suzana Milevska, Tea Hvala, Waldemar Tatarczuk. Edited by Katja Kobolt and Lana Zdravković

This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.