[oberlist] EE* cfp/conf: Shared Practices - the Arts in the Culture of Socialist Eastern Europe

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Subject: SPECTRE Digest, Vol 142, Issue 2
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Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:37:17 +0100
From: Andreas Broeckmann <broeckmann at leuphana.de>
Subject: [spectre] CFP: Shared Practices - the Arts in the Culture of
	Socialist Eastern Europe (Tallin, 22-24 Oct 15)

From: Anu Allas <anu.allas at ekm.ee>
Date: Dec 2, 2014
Subject: CFP: Shared Practices (Tallin, 22-24 Oct 15)

Tallinn, auditorium of the Kumu Art Museum, October 22 - 24, 2015
Deadline: Jan 30, 2015

The Kumu Art Museum’s fall conference 2015
In cooperation with the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts

Shared Practices: The Intertwinement of the Arts in the Culture of
Socialist Eastern Europe

Changes in the culture of socialist Eastern Europe, which started to
take place in the late 1950s in relation to Khrushchev’s Thaw and its
aftermath, brought about closer and more varied relationships between
different forms of art. This process was encouraged by the idea of the
synthesis of arts, which was promoted within the framework of the
modernisation of official art, and by the emergence of innovative
artistic practices, which would nowadays be referred to as
interdisciplinary (different forms of conceptual art, installation and
environmental art, happenings and performances, visual poetry, early
sound art etc.).

The objective of the conference is to analyse the changes that happened
because of contacts between various art forms and the expansion of their
borders in the culture of post-World War II Eastern Europe. We will
cover both the processes guided and encouraged by official ideology and
movements that tried to distance themselves from or oppose themselves to
the established canon. The conference organisers invite scholars to
examine the issues of how operating in intersecting areas of different
forms of art (visual art, theatre, music, literature, film, design,
architecture etc.) and cooperation between artists gave rise to
practical strategies which shaped the ideas emerging in artistic
processes (instead of expressing existing ideas). A focus on the
performative and material aspects of artistic practices allows us to
view art not only as a symptom but also as a shaper of the social

We are looking forward to theoretical presentations (dealing with the
idea of the synthesis of arts in the official Soviet ideology, the
manifestations of interdisciplinarity and the potential forms of its
conceptualisation in the context of the socialist bloc etc.), as well as
detailed examinations of specific artistic phenomena and presentations
on changes in artists’ self-awareness and position resulting from
innovative artistic practices. Keeping in mind the expansion of borders
of the artistic disciplines in different cultural contexts of the second
half of the 20th century, the conference poses the question: what were
the specifics of this process in socialist Eastern Europe?

Conference board: Anu Allas (Kumu Art Museum), Andres Kurg (Institute of
Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts), Lolita Jablonskiene (National
Art Gallery, Vilnius), Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld Institute of Art,

Please send your paper proposals (up to 300 words) by 30 January 2015 to
the e-mail address anu.allas at ekm.ee.

Additional information:
Anu Allas
anu.allas at ekm.ee
Tel. +3726026056
Mob. +37253403356

Kumu kunstimuuseum / Kumu Art Museum
Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1
10127 Tallinn

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Shared Practices (Tallin, 22-24 Oct 15). In: H-ArtHist, Dec 2,
2014. <http://arthist.net/archive/9039>.

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