• 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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Peter Weibel

From critiques of language such as those provoked by Ludwig Wittgenstein, through the Vienna Group and Vienna Actionism, artists focused attention on the assumption that our inability to gain precise knowledge about the world is rooted in the nature of our language. Significantly, this was always associated with strong critiques of society. As early as in the nineteenth century, the philosopher and language critic Fritz Mauthner had been an incorrigible anti-establishment figure, not to mention the central figures of the Vienna Group and Vienna Actionism.

Peter Weibel, who is very close to this tradition and who from the outset situated his artistic practice between poetry, music, philosophy, and science, is interested in the communicative, agitative element of art. Logically enough, sociopolitical critique and change must be accompanied by analytical and reformative efforts in one’s own work—anything else would mean a continuation of the traditional, bourgeois concept of art.


1944, Odessa / UA

Peter Weibel studied Medicine, Literature, Film, Philosophy and Mathematics in Vienna (Austria) and Paris (France). Since 1976 he has been teaching at Universities and Academies in Europe and the USA. After being the head of the digital arts laboratory at the Media Department of the New York University in Buffalo (USA) from 1984 to 1989, Weibel founded the Institute of New Media at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) in 1989. Between 1986 and 1995, he was artistic consultant and later artistic director of the Ars Electronica in Linz (Austria). From 1993 to 1999, Weibel was curator at the Neue Galerie Graz (Austria). At that time he also commissioned the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennial. Since 1999 Weibel has been Chairman and CEO of the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany).

Lives and works in Karlsruhe and Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and Graz and Vienna, Austria.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2014     “Media Rebell. Warning! This exposition can change your life!" 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

2011     “The Art is the beemaster not the bee“, Lisi Hämmerle Gallery, Bregenz, Austria

2010     “Changing Channels“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2009     “Rewriter“, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA

2006     “The open work“, Collection Falckenberg/Phoenix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg, Germany

2004     “Peter Weibel“, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2003     “B-Picture. A Film about Peter Weibel“, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Shadows of the Bright“, BERLINER KUNSTKONTAKTER und BERLINARTPROJECTS, Berlin, Germany

2010     “Changing Channels“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2009     “WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM, MERCER UNION“, A Centre For Contemporary Visual Art, Toronto, Canada

2008     “True Romance. Allegories of Love from the Renaissance to the Present“, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

2006     “Mind Frames. Media Study at Buffalo 1973-1990“, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

2005     “Open Systems“, Tate Modern, London, UK

2004     „Virtual Frame“, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Rosen, Margit, ed. 2011. A little-known story about a movement, a magazine, and the computer's arrival in art: new tendencies and bit international, 1961-1973. In collaboration with Peter Weibel et al. Karlsruhe: ZKM.


Weibel, Peter, Žižek, Slavoj, eds. 2010. Inklusion – Exklusion: Probleme des Postkolonialismus und der globalen Migration. Vienna: Passagen-Verlag.


Eigner, Christian, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2008. Un/Fair Trade: die Kunst der Gerechtigkeit. Vienna et al.: Springer [Exhib. Cat., Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum (Sep. 22-Nov. 25, 2007)]


Groys, Boris, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2008. Die Kunst des Denkens. Hamburg: Philo Fine Arts.


Buddensieg, Andrea, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2007. Contemporary art and the museum: a global perspective. Texts by Rasheed Araeen et al. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz.


Jongen, Marc, ed. 2007. Der Göttliche Kapitalismus. Ein Gespräch über Geld, Konsum, Kunst und Zerstörung mit Boris Groys, Jochen Hörisch, Thomas Macho, Peter Sloterdijk und Peter Weibel. Munich: Fink, 2007.


Ševčík, Jiří, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2007. Utopien & Konflikte: Dokumente und Manifeste zur tschechischen Kunst 1938-1989. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz.


Jansen, Gregor, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2006. Light art from artificial light: light as a medium in 20th and 21st century art = Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht: Licht als Medium der Kunst im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Engl./Germ. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz [Exhib. Cat., ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst Karlsruhe (Nov. 19, 2005-Aug. 6, 2006)]


Latour, Bruno, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2002. Iconoclash. Translated by Charlotte Bigg et al. Karlsruhe: ZKM, Centre for Art and Media [Exhib. Cat., ZKM Karlsruhe (May 4-Aug. 4, 2002)]


Briški, Mika, ed. 2001. 2000+ Arteast collection: The Art of Eastern Europe. A Selection of Works for the International and National Collections of Moderna galerija Ljubljana. Curated by Zdenka Badovinac, Peter Weibel. Vienna; Bozen: Folio [Exhib. Cat. Orangerie Congress Innsbruck (Nov. 14-21, 2001)]


Druckrey, Timothy, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2001. Net_condition: art and global media. Karlsruhe: ZKM et al.


Weibel, Peter, ed. 2000. Olafur Eliasson: Surroundings surrounded: essays on space and science. Karlsruhe: ZKM [Exhib. Cat., Neue Galerie am Johanneum Graz (Mar. 30-May 21, 2000), ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (May 31-Aug. 26, 2001)]


Weibel, Peter, ed. 2000. Max Peintner: Der Pilot als blinder Passagier. Wahrnehmung im technologischen Zeitalter. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz [Exhib. Cat., Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz (Mar. 3-28, 2000)]


Weibel, Peter, ed. 1997. Jenseits von Kunst. Translated by Lajos Adamik et al. Vienna: Passagen [Exhib. Cat., Ludwig Museum Budapest (Oct. 17-Nov. 23, 1996), Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz (Feb. 7-Mar. 30, 1997)]


Kolekcja artystow = Artist's collection: 1973-1993. 1993. Krakow: Fundacja Wyzwolenia Kultury.


Huck, Brigitte, Weibel, Peter, eds. 1989. Peter Weibel: Inszenierte Kunstgeschichte: mise-en-scène of art history. Vienna: Hochschule für angewandte Kunst [Exhib. Cat., Österreichischen Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien (Dec. 15, 1988-Jan. 30, 1989)]



Other Media


Export, Valie, Weibel, Peter. 2006. Invisible adversaries (1976). Vienna: Arge index (Index DVD Edition; 021), 1 DVD (104 min.)


Weibel, Peter. 2006. Depiction is a crime: video works 1969-1975. Vienna: Arge index (Index DVD Edition; 024), 1 DVD (73 min.)

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