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The new Translocal Institute publication, River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities, which brings together the insights gained from the symposia, exhibitions and wilderness excursions of the River School is out now.

The new book by Maja Fowkes, The Green Bloc: Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism (Budapest/New York: CEU Press, 2015) looks at Central European conceptual art's take on ecology.

  • River Ecologies River Ecologies Contemporary Art and Envirionmental Humanities on the Danube, edited by Maja and Reuben Fowkes (Budapest: Translocal Institute, 2015)
  • The Green Bloc The Green Bloc Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism by Maja Fowkes
  • Simon Sheikh: Art, Populism and the People Simon Sheikh: Art, Populism and the People A guest lecture for the OFF biennale budapest on critical issues of art and democracy.
  • Translocal Library Translocal Library A specialised collection of books on art, ecology and Eastern Europe
  • What's Left of Nature What's Left of Nature Art and Wilderness in the Anthopocene reading group at Translocal Institute
  • #underthestars@curated_by_vienna #underthestars@curated_by_vienna Ecological alternatives to the 24/7 immaterial worker who spends too much time in bed with Tibor Horv├íth, Oto Hudec, Renata Poljak and Davor Sanvincenti
  • Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art Changing human relationship to the natural world, the channelling of environmental awareness, and the political dimensions of ecology.

     

The Green Bloc
Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism


Maja Fowkes
Budapest/New York: CEU Press, 2015

Expanding the horizon of established accounts of Central European art under socialism,The Green Bloc: Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism uncovers the neglected history of artistic engagement with the natural environment in the Eastern Bloc. Focussing on artists and artist groups whose ecological dimension has rarely been considered, including the Pécs Workshop from Hungary, OHO in Slovenia, TOK in Croatia, Rudolf Sikora in Slovakia, and the Czech artist Petr Štembera, Maja Fowkes’s innovative research brings to light an array of distinctive approaches to nature, from attempts to raise environmental awareness among socialist citizens to the exploration of non-anthropocentric positions and the quest for cosmological existence in the midst of red ideology...(more)


What’s Left of Nature: Art and Wilderness in the Anthropocene

Translocal Institute,
February - May 2015

At a time in which nature appears thoroughly exploited, subjugated and managed, reflecting an anthropocene era in which humans have usurped planetary processes and used technology to turn their dreams of mastery over nature into a nightmarish prospect, a counter urge to reconnect with what is left of wild nature is beginning to emerge...(more)

Art, Populism and the People
Simon Sheikh

Translocal Institute Budapest
12 May 2015, 7pm

In his presentation at Translocal Institute, London-based theorist Simon Sheikh addresses crucial issues around art and democracy that are of critical relevance to the social and political context of artistic production at a time of global uncertainty. This talk is realised within the framework of Anthropocene Response, a series of guest lectures at Translocal Institute and on the occasion of the Off-Biennale Budapest...(more)

 

 

River Symposium on Art, Ecopower and the Liberation of Energy

Central European University, Budapest
3 October 2014, 14.00-19.00

River Excursion to Szentendre
4 October 2014, 10.00-17.30

Speakers:  Axel Braun, Peter Coates, Ian Fairlie, Jozsef R. Juhász, Cecylia Malik, Ilona Németh, James Prosek, Martin Schmid and Nick Thorpe

The River Symposium on Art, Ecopower and the Liberation of Energy considers the political, social and ecological proportions of the river and examines it as a site of power. While appreciating the natural strength, kinetic energy and resilience of rivers, the discussion will also take into account political struggles over their use, as well as schemes to control and harness their flows....(more)

 

 

River School Bucharest

Tranzit.ro Bucharest

Tour of the Văcărești Bucharest Delta
9 May 2014, 2-4 pm

The Văcărești swamp is an abandoned lake site in the south-eastern part of Bucharest, the remains of a hydrological flooding system begun during Ceausescu’s regime, but never finished...(more)

Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art

Trafo Gallery Budapest
Dec 2013 - Jan 2014
tranzit.ro Bucharest
May 2014

Like a Bird is a group exhibition with a focus on avian ecologies in contemporary art, a theme that provides a platform to investigate intricate questions around the changing human relationship to the natural world, the channelling of environmental awareness and its political dimensions...(more)

Csaba Nemes - Don’t Try to Make it Logical!

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka
25 June – 19 July 2014

In his distinctive and wide-ranging critical art practice, Hungarian artist Csaba Nemes investigates the overlaps between personal and political history, the dark side of the nationalist psyche, and the fragile bonds of social solidarity. The exhibition Don’t Try to Make it Logical at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka surveys Nemes’s singular artistic achievement that deftly incorporates painting, drawing, film, animation, photography, as well as art activism. ...(more)

Art, activism and daily life in an age of crisis

Translocal Institute Budapest
September 2014

Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan will present their work with the The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, a collective that brings artists and activists together to create new forms of civil disobedience and post capitalist life...(more)

Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

Translocal Institute
Oct-Dec 2014

The realisation that we have become geological agents with the power to alter the most basic physical processes of the planet has wide-reaching consequences for economics, society, politics, culture, as well as art. This seminar considers the anthropocene as a transformative concept for environmental art history, sustainable art systems and green curating...(more)

#underthestars

Knoll Gallery Vienna
2 Oct - 15 Nov 2014

#underthestars explore ecological alternatives to the tragic figure of the 24/7 immaterial worker who spends too much time in bed - replying to emails, creating clips for social media, interacting virtually, but not going anywhere. The exhibition highlights the opposite tendency of sleeping outdoors, making a bed beyond the illusionary security provided by modern architecture, and challenging the alienation of a technologically-determined life symbolised by the bad habit of working in bed...(more)

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