• 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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Dalibor Martinis

Dalibor Martinis, one of the pioneers of media art in this part of Europe, has since the late 1960s dealt with communication in public spaces as well as with the system of signs that facilitates this communication.

Communication in public spaces and the system of signs that facilitates this communication are the fundamental problems that Dalibor Martinis has been dealing with since the late 1960s and his early performances during his studies at the Academy of Art in Zagreb (“Module N&Z”, 1969, “Triangles”, 1971.) 

Whether he uses modern media–it is important to emphasise that in the early 1970s Martinis, along with Sanja Iveković and Goran Trbuljak, did pioneer steps in the area of media art within the Central European context–or he uses “motionless pictures“ and “counterfeits” of traditional methods, Dalibor Martinis systematically examines the truth and lies, unique and surrogate, real and virtual, nature and technology, manipulation and recontextualisation, commonly using a kind of coded message hidden behind the iconic surface.


1947, Zagreb / HR, at that time Jugoslavija

Martinis graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (Croatia) in 1971. He was lecturer at the Drama Academy in Zagreb from 1987 to 1991, and guest lecturer at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto (Canada) in 1991. Since 2008 Martinis teaches at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka (Croatia). He works as transmedia artist and video maker. Martinis has received several awards, including at the Tokyo Video festival, Tokyo, Japan (1984), in Locarno, Switzerland (1984), and at the Alpe Adria Film festival in Triest, Italy (1996).

Lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Egyptian Odessa Stairs”, AŽ Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

2010     “Data Recovery 1974-2009”, Vzigalica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2009     “Zidne novine”, Prozori Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

2008     “Oktobarska reevaluacija”, Gradska Gallery, Labin, Croatia

2007     “Dalibor Martinis”, Centra za kulturu Gallery, Vela Luka, Croatia

2006     “Dalibor Martinis”, Umjetnina Gallery, Split, Croatia

2005     “Dalibor Martinis: Variable Risk Landscape”, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Site Inspection”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2010     “The Promises of The Past”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2009     “A Pair of Left Shoes”, Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

2008     “As soon as I open my eyes I see a film”, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warsaw, Poland

2007     “Up Close and Personal” (video program), Museum of the Moving Image, New York City, USA

2006     “Kontakt …aus der Sammlung der Erste Bank-Gruppe“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2005     “History started playing with my life”, National Art Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo

2004     “COLLECTED VIEWS FROM EAST OR WEST”, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria

2003     “Blut & Honig. Zukunft ist am Balkan“, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

2002     “Misfits”, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Greiner, Boris, ed. 2010. Dalibor Martinis: simultaneous speech. Zagreb: Omnimedia.


Pogačar, Tadej, ed. 2007. Oktobrska reevaluacija = October Re-evaluation. Dalibor Martinis. Ljubljana: Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. [Exhib. Cat., P74 Center and Gallery Ljubljana (Oct. 29-Nov. 21, 2007), Town Gallery Labin (2008)]


Dalibor Martinis. Public Secrets = Javne tajne. 2006. Text by Nada Beroš. Zagreb: Muzej suvremene umjetnosti.


Martinis, Dalibor, Milovac, Tihomir, eds. 2005. Variable risk landscape = Krajolik promjenjivog rizika: Man Foundation: annual report 2004. Zagreb: Omnimedia.

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