Performance Art in the Second Public Sphere is the first interdisciplinary analysis of performance art in East, Central and Southeast Europe under socialist rule. By investigating the specifics of event-based art forms in these regions, each chapter explores the particular, critical roles that this work assumed under censorial circumstances.
The artistic networks of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, East Germany and Czechoslovakia are discussed with a particular focus on the discourses that shaped artistic practice at the time, drawing on the methods of Performance Studies and Media Studies as well as more familiar reference points from art history and area studies.
Table of Contents
Katalin Cseh-Varga and Adam Czirak
Geopolitics and Transnationalism of Art Production
01 Beyond "East" and "West" through "The Eternal Network": Networked Artists’ Communities as Counter-publics of Cold War Europe
02 Tactical Networking: The Yugoslav Performing and Visual Arts between East and West
03 Connection with the World: Internationalism and New Art Practice in Yugoslavia
04 Questioning the East: Artistic Practices and Social Context on the Edge
Locating the Second Public Sphere
05 Basements, Attics, Streets and Courtyards: The Reinvention of Marginal Art Spaces in Romania during Socialism
06 Performing the Proletarian Public Sphere: Gender and Labour in the Art of Tomislav Gotovac
07 Outside by Being Inside: Unofficial Artistic Strategies in the Former Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 1980s
08 From a Local to a National to a Transnational Public Sphere: The Emergence of Solidarity in Poland from a Theatrical Perspective
09 Surveilling the Public Sphere: The First Hungarian Happening in Secret Agents’ Reports
10 Performance Art in Latvia as Intermedial Appropriation
11 Escape into the Nature! The Politics of Melancholy in Czechoslovakian Performance Art
Facets of Gender in the Second Public Sphere
12 Gender, Feminism, and the Second Public Sphere in East European Performance Art
13 Decision as Art: Performance in the Balkans
14 Communities of Practice: Performing Women in the Second Public Sphere
15 Artistic Collaborations of Performing Women in the GDR
16 Socialist Performance Replaced: Re-enactment as a Critical Strategy in Contemporary East European Art
Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes
Index of works
Index of names
Katalin Cseh-Varga is lecturer at the Universität Wien and a postdoctoral fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany. Her research focuses on the theory of public spheres in the former Eastern bloc, archival theory, and performative and medial spaces of the experimental art scene of the 1960s-80s.
Adam Czirak is Assistant Professor in Performance Studies at the Freie University Berlin, Germany. His research focuses on aesthetics of contemporary theatre, visual culture, and performance art in Eastern Europe. His publications include: Partizipation der Blicke (Bielefeld 2011); Melancholy and Politics (co-ed., Athens 2013).