Academic Session 7: Edinburgh 2016

AAH2016 Annual Conference and Bookfair
University of Edinburgh
7 - 9 April 2016

Artistic Re-enactments as Vehicles of Cultural Transfer in Eastern European Performance Art, 1960–present


Amy Bryzgel, University of Aberdeen,

The re-enactment of artistic performances and actions is a topic that has garnered much attention in recent years, most notably catalogued in Amelia Jones’ and Adrian Heathfield’s substantial publication Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History (2012). Given the fact that, in many cases, artistic transfer from one generation to the next did not occur in the traditional manner – through the academies – in Eastern Europe, re-enactments of artistic performance can function, in the region, as a witness to the forgotten past, functioning as a vehicle of cultural memory. Additionally, it can facilitate the transfer of ideas, history and practice from one generation to the next.

This panel includes papers that discuss artistic re-enactments of performances from across the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe in recent artistic practice. Authors will address the following questions: What are the various functions of artistic re-enactments of performances in Eastern Europe? How do these functions compare with current understandings of re-enactment in the West? How can re-enactments be used to access a lost or inaccessible history (such as performance art in Eastern Europe)?

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Jasmina Zaloznik (University of Aberdeen) Could the Re-enactment of a Music Score be Compared with the Re-enactment of a Radical (Body Art) Performance from the 1960s and 1970s (with and through re-enactments of Marina Abramovic)?

Amy Bryzel and Jasmina Zaloznik (University of Aberdeen) Artistic Re-Enactment of Era Milivojevic’s 1971 performance Taping Marina Abramovic

Aleksandra Gajowy (The University of York) Performativity of the Private: The ambiguity of (re-) enactment in Karol Radziszewski’s Kisieland

Tomasz Zaluski (University of Lodz, Poland) Reproduction, Restoration, Reactivation. Re-enactments of Ewa Partum’s performances and actions of 1970s and 1980s in contemporary Polish art

Mary A Nicholas
(Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA) Performing the ‘Communication Tube’: Artistic words and actions in Moscow, 1975–2015

Anu Allas (Kumu Art Museum (Art Museum of Estonia), Estonia) Performing Oneself into History: Two versions of Trio for Piano (Tallinn, 1969/1990)

Ileana Parvu (Geneva School of Art and Design, Switzerland) Re-enactment as Construction of Memory. Ion Grigorescu’s two dialogues with Ceausescu

Nicoletta Rousseva (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) From Antiphilosophy to Antipolitics: Labor and repetition in the art criticism of Boris Groys

Speaker withdrawn: Viktoria Popovics (ELTE BTK Budapest (Hungary) The Killing of the Father. Neo-avant-garde tradition in post-1989 art in Eastern Europe