Symposium program // FORGOTTEN DREAMS IN FOREIGN LANDS: LEGACY OF ‘68 — ART PRACTICES AND PRESENT-DAY UTOPIAS

Symposium program // FORGOTTEN DREAMS IN FOREIGN LANDS: LEGACY OF ‘68 — ART PRACTICES AND PRESENT-DAY UTOPIAS

Symposium program


2nd and 3rd November, 2018
University of Applied Arts Vienna (Lichthof B)
Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
1010 Vienna

The key note speakers of the panels are art historians, historians, political scientists and artists.
After giving their presentations on relevant topics of their interest (15 minutes) the key note speakers will engage in a moderated panel-discussion talk for another 30 minutes, with additional 10 minutes for audience Q&A.
The participants will exchange and compare their knowledge, experiences and convictions on the context, causes, the course and the aftermath of the influential tendencies in the art of the ’68, while emphasizing the following issues:

 

Friday, 2nd November


16:00  17:30  Panel I

“Political Reality and Democratic Dreams of 1968 in Europe”

Youth rebellion, anti-establishment activity and conformism in the Eastern Block, struggle for power in the communist states, collective identities and solidarity, relation to the current political situation in Austria and former Yugoslav countries (the upheaval of the right-wing political options).

Panellists:
Hrvoje Klasić – historian (Croatia)
Robert Misik – journalist and non-fiction author, (Austria)
Svetlana Slapšak – retired Professor of anthropology of Ancient worlds, anthropology of gender and Balkanology, former dean of Ljubljana Graduate School of Humanities, writer, translator, activist (Serbia/Slovenia)
Moderator: Vedran Džihić – political scientist (Austria)


17:30
 18:00  Coffee break

 

18:00  19:30  Panel II

“Critical Discourse of ‘68 and its Influence on Art Practices (Austria and Yugoslavia)”

Actionism — Avant-garde movements and art groups (Austria). A rethinking of classical Marxism and its update to the socio-historical context — seminal for the fields of sociology, cultural studies, and media studies. Influential philosophical circles — the neo-Marxist theory of “Frankfurt school of critical theory” and ”Praxis summer school” (Yugoslavia); artistic reactions to the socio-political transformations.

Panellists:
Nathan Stobaugh – Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University
Dalibor Martinis – artist (Croatia) 
Milica Pekić – art historian, curator (Serbia)
Moderator: Ana Hoffner, artist (Serbia/Austria)

20:00  21:30  Reception

 

Saturday, 3rd November


16:00  17:30  Panel I

“The Visions of Past / The Aftermath  Are We Living a Dreamy Future of 1968’s Struggle?”

Examining the aftermath of ‘68 in contemporary art theory and practice. Is the legacy of ‘68 in any way reflected in the work of the millennial generation of artists and curators? How do they interpret these struggles, convictions and ideology? What’s the role of Art Universities and other institutions in administrating and questioning this heritage?

Panellists:
Hedwig Saxenhuber – curator (Austria)
Darko Fritz – curator, artist (Croatia)
Moderator: Anamarija Batista, researcher and curator (Austria/former Yugoslavia)

 

17:30  18:00  Coffee break

 

18:00  19:30  Panel II
“Curating New Utopias: 1968 as an incentive in the case of the Curators’ Agenda Exhibition

Is the new age a time of a form or of a substance? Does the art practice of the millennialls deal with simply fulfilling the form or is there a content which reflects a freedom of thought enabled by the generations of students back in 1968?
In the framework of the project ”Curators’ Agenda: Vienna 2018”, 8 international emerging curators created an exhibition around the  topic of new utopias, with selected artworks from the students of the Viennese University of Applied Arts . This has provided a unique opportunity for us to see how these international curators are understanding the art practice of the Viennese based emerging artists, its possible similarities and contrasts with the generation of emerging artists in ‘68, their perception on the society they live, concept of freedom of thought,…

 Panellists:
Kathrin Heinrich – art critic, AICA Prize for Young Art Criticism 2018 (Austria)
Nina Rokvic – emerging curator, participant of the Curators’ Agenda 2018
Lisa Grosskopf – artist and student of the University of Applied Arts, participant of the exhibition “Tomorrow is Cancelled”, exhibition in the framework of Curators’ Agenda 2018
Moderators: Nevena Janković, cultural producer, director of BLOCKFREI and co-initiator of Curators’ Agenda (Serbia/Austria)
and Eva Kovač, art historian and co-ordinator of Curators’ Agenda (Croatia/Austria)


The project is supported by the Federal Chancellery of Austria. 
Project partners the University of Applied Arts Vienna

 

PANELISTS SHORT BIOGRAPHIES

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