UCL and the gallery Calvert 22 have collaborated to organise a major symposium exploring the practice of the Slovenian art collective IRWIN/Neue Slowenische Kunst.
Archive as Strategy: Conversations about Self-historicisation across the East
Symposium - East Art Map: History is Not Given. Please Help to Construct It
Saturday 2 June, 2-6.30pm, Pearson Lecture Theatre, UCL Main Quad, Gower Street, (North-East Entrance)
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Speakers include Charles Esche, Gediminas Gasparavičius, IRWIN, Saša Nabergoj, Milena Tomic, Jonah Westerman, and Klara Kemp-Welch.
This symposium will explore IRWIN and their project East Art Map in relation to strategies of self-archiving, self-historicisation and re-enactment in Eastern European art. It will involve an afternoon of presentations from established speakers and postgraduate researchers engaging with issues surrounding IRWIN’s practice, EAM, archival tendencies in Eastern European art, and the legacies of these practices today (with specialists exploring the legacies of the project in relation to artistic and curatorial practice, art institutions and the writing of art history).
IRWIN are arguably the most influential art movement to emerge from the Balkan region in the latter half of the 20th Century. These events run in parallel to the new exhibition on at Calvert 22, which is the first major UK exhibition of IRWIN, the visual arts component of NSK, founded in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 1983. This ambitious exhibition will feature seminal projects from the past twenty years. Neue Slowenische Kunst was established in what was then Yugoslavia. Concerned with the political unrest in the region at the time and issues of national identity NSK projects broke through the limitations of the visual arts. Highly collaborative and based around a constant flow of ideas, NSK provided a platform that brought together theatre, music, painting, literature, philosophy, design and performance, reaching into society at large.
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