• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Dorit Margreiter

Since its earliest beginnings, the artistic project of Dorit Margreiter has been about dealing with modernity, with all its utopian promises, aesthetic legacies, and diverse narratives. Margreiter finds her themes where modernity has been reformulated and redefined, where its former potentials are absent, and where new forms and new sociopolitical spaces—in the broadest (including media-related) sense—have subsequently arisen. In her precise and subtle works, Margreiter examines functions and effects in the media, film, advertising, and consumer goods industries as modernity’s machines for change and with regard to their inherent myths. She follows this processual transformation while simultaneously grappling with associated present-day contexts and the new meanings with which they are charged. In this, an important aspect is that Margreiter’s description of her own work “emphasizes generative as well as reactive, productive rather than retrospective,” as Penelope Curtis points out.1 Margreiter’s artistic methodology therefore also corresponds structurally with the approach taken in her investigations: her work encompasses the genres of sculpture and architecture as well as the media of film, video, photography, and typography. She deals with historically diverse models: film is interlaced with architecture, such as in her works addressing modern architectural icons such as buildings in Los Angeles (some of cinematic fame), or in works pertaining to the pavilion by Josef Hoffmann in Venice as well as to present-day shopping malls and the architectural settings of television series. “Margreiter’s artistic project is genealogical in nature and at a remove from agendas that seek to identify, archeologically as it were, the origins of aesthetic modernism. In contrast to telological narratives, the artist charts a model of reconstruction that focuses on the effects of power revealed in the fabric of historical contingencies and conflicts…” (André Rottman2).






1 Penelope Curtis, “The Naming of Parts,” in Dorit Margreiter. Description, ed. Lynne Cooke, (Madrid: Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2011), p. 113. Exhibition catalog.


2 André Rottman, “The Artist as Toplogist”; in: ibid., p. 108-109.




1967, Wien / AT

Margreiter studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Austria) from 1988 to 1992. She works as artist, teacher, author, curator and graphic designer. Furthermore is Margreiter professor for Video and Video Installation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has received several scholarships and awards, including the “Georg Eisler Prize” (2000), the “Otto Mauer Prize” (2002), and the “Telekom Austria Award” (2004).

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Description“, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

2010     “Rewriting the Space. Josef Hoffmann/Dorit Margreiter“, Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice, Czech Republic

2009     “Locus Remix: Dorit Margreiter“, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, USA

2008     “Poverty Housing. Americus Georgia“, (with Rebecca Baron), MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria

2007     “zentrum“, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, Austria

2006     “Analog“, GfZK Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany

2005     “zentrum“, Kiesler Foundation, Vienna, Austria

2004     “10104 Angelo View Drive“, MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2002     “Some Establishing Shots (Arbeit), museum in progress, Vienna, Austria

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Museum der Wünsche“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2010     “Yesterday’s Tomorrows“, Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada

2009     Austrian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

2008     “Cutting Realities. Gender Strategies in Art“, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York City, USA

2007     “Bodypoliticx“, Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2006     “Dark Places“, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA

2005     “Occupying Space. Sammlung Generali Foundation“, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2004     “Body Display“, Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria

2003     “el aire es azul/the air is blue", Museo Luis Barragan, Mexico City, Mexico

2002     “Das Neue“, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Cooke, Lynne, ed. 2011. Dorit Margreiter: Description. Barcelona: ACTAR.


Iemura, Kayoko, ed. 2010. Psychoanalysis: Gazes on Photo and Video Art from Austria. Curated by Seiichi Furuya, Walter Seidl et al. Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation of History and Culture.


Eiblmayr, Silvia, EXPORT, VALIE, eds. 2009. Elke Krystufek, Dorit Margreiter, Franziska & Lois Weinberger. Cologne: Walther König [Exhib. Cat., Austrian Pavillon 2009, 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (Jun. 6-Nov. 22, 2009)]


Noever, Peter, ed. 2009. Rebecca Baron, Dorit Margreiter: Poverty Housing. Americus, Georgia. Vienna: Schlebrügge [Exhib. Cat., MAK Vienna (Oct. 8, 2008-Mar. 8, 2009)]


Thun-Hohenstein, Felicitas, ed. 2009. Synchronicity. Cologne: Walther König [Exhib. Cat., 11th Cairo Biennale (Dec. 20, 2008-Feb. 20, 2009)]


Schäfer, Julia, ed. 2006. Dorit Margreiter: analog. Frankfurt: Revolver [Exhib. Cat., Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (Sept. 2-Okt. 15, 2006)]


Gržinić, Marina, Seidl, Walter, eds. 2005. Double check: Re-Framing Space in Photography. The Other Space, Parallel Histories. Celje: Gallery of Contemporary Art.


Saxenhuber, Hedwig, ed. 2004. Erlauf erinnert sich... = Erlauf remembers... Texts by Bojana Pejić, Dorit Margreiter et al. Frankfurt: Revolver.


Dorit Margreiter: 10104 Angelo View Drive. 2004. Cologne: König [Exhib. Cat., Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (Nov. 19, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005)]


Dorit Margreiter: Short Hills. 2002. Curated by Eva Maria Stadler. Frankfurt: Revolver [Exhib. Cat., Grazer Kunstverein Graz (Nov. 19, 1999-Jan. 20, 2000)]


Eiblmayr, Silvia, ed. 2001. Dorit Margreiter. Everyday Life. Vienna: Triton [Exhib. Cat., Galerie im Taxispalais Innsbruck (Nov. 24, 2001-Jan. 13, 2002)]

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