TrAIN Open Lecture | Klara Kemp Welch | Anti-Happenings / Anti-Poliitcs. Experimental Art in Late Socialist Central Europe.

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Tadeusz Kantor Cricotage 1965 Copyright Eustachy Kossakowski Estate and Museum of Modern Art Warsaw.

This paper traces the passage from a commitment to artistic ‘autonomy’ among unofficial artists of the late 1950s and early 1960s to the development of experimental practices which enabled artists to address the problem of isolation and to explore new forms of ‘contact’ in the 1970s and 80s. Drawing new parallels between experimental artistic practices in the central European soviet satellite countries and the writings of prominent central European dissidents, the paper explores the interplay of the cultural, social, and political fields in the decades preceding the events of 1989.

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