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Reflexive Ecologies of Post-Internet Art, EAH Seminar at CEU Budapest, 13 February 2018

'Letter from Budapest' in Art Monthly (Dec 2017)

'Eastern Europe Can Be Yours! Alternative Art of the Eighties,' essay in Afterall Online Sept 2017

'On East European Art' Interview with Maja and Reuben Fowkes on


  • Reflexive Ecologies of Post-Internet Art Reflexive Ecologies of Post-Internet Art EAH Seminar at CEU Budapest, 13 February 2018
  • Eastern Europe Can be Yours! Eastern Europe Can be Yours! Alternative Art of the Eighties
  • Experimental Reading Room @ ICA London Experimental Reading Room @ ICA London 16-18 August 2017
  • Vegetal Mediations Vegetal Mediations Plant Agency in Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities, 5-6 May 2017
  • Placing Bookmarks Placing Bookmarks Institutionalisation and De-Institutionalisation of Hungarian Art in Tate Papers
  • ECOhUMANITIES.ORG ECOhUMANITIES.ORG The online platform of the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Central European University.
  • Translocal Library Translocal Library A specialised collection of books on art, ecology and Eastern Europe


Reflexive Ecologies of Post-Internet Art

13 February 2018
Central European University Budapest

Perpetual connectivity and the incorporation of the internet into the habits of daily life, the intercession of social media in personal communications as well as in interactions with the natural world constitute critical elements of post-internet art practice. This seminar investigates the reflexivity of such approaches in relation to the environmental aspects of the underlying infrastructure, ecological footprint and conflicting materiality of online transactions. How does contemporary art impact a post-internet ecology that confronts the wastefulness of built-in obsolescence and challenges the transformation of the internet into a monetised space of surveillance and manipulation? What are the prospects for the emergence of post-human, entangled and non-dystopian relations between people, species and the natural world?...(more)




16-18 August 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art, London

The Experimental Reading Room treads between the global and the planetary, indigenous knowledge and scientific culture, multispecies and human solidarity. It is an invitation to immerse the mind in ecological thought, handle the critical tools of the environmental humanities, and encounter the responses of contemporary artists to climate change, species extinction and extractivist attitudes to the natural world. Based on close readings of vital texts, analysis of eco-centric art practices and experiential exchange, this collaborative activity focuses over three days on the interconnected themes of geoontology, de-extinction and plant liberation... (more)



Vegetal Mediations: Plant Agency in Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities

5-6 May 2017
Central European University

Rather than mere passive bystanders to history, plants act as agents, mediating relations both among people and between people and their environments, knowledge, markets, and politics, as well as serving as go betweens in non-human spheres. This conference explores the response of artists, writers and theorists to manifestations of plant agency considered through vegetal non-cognitive thought and non-representational memory, plant ethics and rights, and the relationship of humans and plants in the Anthropocene. It asks whether, moving beyond an anthropocentric concern with the instrumental value of plants, the vegetal world might offer models for coexistence and planetary being with relevance for human society, politics and economics...(more)



Symposium on Mutating Ecologies in Contemporary Art

MACBA, Barcelona
1 December, 2016

The Anthropocene and climate change not only define the biogeophysical planetary conditions in the early decades of the 21st century but also describe an unprecedented social and cultural space in which environmental crisis coexists with, and is in fact related to, humanitarian disaster and multiple geopolitical conflicts on a global scale. Today, ecology is a prism through which artists are working with issues related to radical gardening and permaculture, sustainable bio-fuels, micro-economies, speculative design, open-source technologies, food access, biohacking, post-gender subjectivities and sustainable social practices. Papers are sought that seek to deep this notion of expanded ecologies by examining current transdisciplinary artistic, cultural and curatorial practices that provide different ways to understand, contest and interrogate our relation to the earth...(more)


Contested Spheres: Actually Existing Artworlds under Socialism

Co-organised by Kassák Múzeum – Petőfi Literary Museum and Translocal Institute, Budapest

Dates: 27-28 May 2016

This conference aims to provide a platform for fresh research into the art history of Eastern Europe that brings to light the varied solutions that artists and cultural workers found to living and working inside the socialist system in the period of the 1960s and 1970s...(more)


Brian Holmes: Landscapes of Fear and Desire - The Political Ecology of the Present

Translocal Institute
6 May 2016, 19.00

In this lecture/slideshow, art and cultural critic Brian Holmes explores some landscapes of late industrial modernism while developing his four-field theory of social change. What does the concept of "political ecology" really mean? Where is the pathway to transform the present structure of society? Dead ends and violent confrontations will not be ignored in this thought-provoking inquiry...(more)

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)


Katerina Gregos
'The Politics of National Representation in the context of the Venice Biennale'
Translocal Insitute, 10 March 2016

Katerina Gregos presentation about her approach and her experience in curating the Danish Pavilion in 2011 and the Belgian Pavilion in 2015. She elaborated on alternative curatorial strategies that challenge the orthodoxy in the context of the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, as well as what constitutes the notion of 'national representation'...(more)

Art in Motion: Migration in the Anthropocene
with T. J. Demos and Maja and Reuben Fowkes

The National Gallery / Veletržní Palace, Prague
17 October 2016, 5–7 pm

The twenty-first century has seen a radical redrawing of geopolitical boundaries and topographies. Taking into account the possible results of unmitigated or exacerbated climate change, and reflecting upon the resulting political and subjective tragedies which threaten both north and south populations, how does such a state of affairs resituate the vocation of art production? How does both western and world art reflect the nature of social displacement beyond a simple token appropriation? Should the art of the Anthropocene stake a claim in social reform, and how to go about such an endeavour? These are some of the questions which will be addressed during the afternoon session with TJ Demos and Maja and Reuben Fowkes...(more)

Art and Ecological Crisis: Planetary Consciousness in Practice

Translocal Institute
October - December 2015

This seminar examines how contemporary art not only comments on current debates around the growth-oriented economy and its effect on the natural world, social inequality and its relation to climate change, the technocratic paradigm and forms of political power, but also decisively contributes to bringing about genuine change. It also offers a forum to explore points of connection between global and planetary consciousness, indigenous knowledge and scientific culture, as well as multi-species and human solidarity. A number of free places are available for the seminar group and those wishing to participate are invited to send a short motivation letter to the organisers. The group will meet at Translocal Institute on alternate Mondays beginning on 12 October 2015...(more)

River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube

Edited by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Translocal Institute, 2015

Challenging anthropocentric conventions that seek to harness the river for economic, cultural and political purposes, River Ecologies places the complex ecological materiality of the Danube at the centre of artistic and scholarly attention. Drawing on the insights of artists, scientists, anthropologists, writers and environmental historians, brought together in the experiential setting of the River School, this collective inquiry journeys to sites of urban and natural wilderness to explore issues of reciprocity, resilience, non-human agency and interspecies solidarity...(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)

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)



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)

Walking without Footprints, Bratislava,
11 December 2015 – 27 February 2016

Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Participating artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan,
Fokus Grupa (Iva Kovač / Elvis Krstulović),Oto Hudec, Michal Kindernay, Cecylia Malik, Davor Sanvincenti

To walk into the landscape today is to do so in awareness of the tragic record of anthropogenic transformation of the natural world. Taking care where we tread, avoiding disrupting the undisturbed, we cannot help anticipating the sound of the chainsaw, the peel of gunshot and the eerie silence that marks the absence of birds, reminding us that civilisation has changed nature forever...(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)

Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art

Trafo Gallery Budapest
Dec 2013 - Jan 2014 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)



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)

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)

River School Bucharest 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)

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