Poetry & Performance

Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective
New Synagogue, Žilina / Slovakia
22.12. 2017 – 10.3. 2018
curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň, Sabine Hänsgen
Blok online magazine
Gallery Podroom, Cultural Center of Belgrade / Serbia
8.3.2018- 29.3.2018
curated by Tomáš Glanc, Sabine Hänsgen and Dubravka Đurić
Spring 2019 Dresden Motorenhalle Projektzentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst
Autumn 2019 Budapest Kassák Museum

Babi Badalov, Rimma Gerlovina in Nová synagoga, Žilina, Slovakia. Photo” Peter Snadik

In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene.
The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings.
The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure.
Sections:
– Writing-Reading Performance
– Audio Gestures
– Interventions in Public Space
– Cinematographic Poetry
– Body Poetry
– Language Games
Artists:
Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group KÔD, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Vladimir Kopicl, Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Slobodan Tišma, Raša Todosijević, Vujica Rešin Tucić, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch

In cooperation with: Dubravka Djurić, Emese Kürti, Claus Löser, Pavel Novotný, Branka Stipančić, Darko Šimčić, Mara Traumane
Architecture: Matej Gavula (Žilina)
Installation: Katarina Kostandinović (Belgrade)
The catalogue book will be published in 2019.

Exhibition view. New Synagogue, Žilina, Slovakia Photo © Peter Snadik
Ewa Partum: Active Poetry, 1971. Photo © Peter Snadik
Vlado Martek: Ponos (Pride). 1975. Photo © Peter Snadik
Exhibition view. Podroom, Cultural Center Belgrade, Serbia. Foto Katarina Kostandinović.
Slobodan Tišma: I want to tell you something, Belgrade 2018. Foto Ratko Rakin.