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  • 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) http://www.novasynagoga.sk/poetry-performance/

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OHO

Members of the OHO group, active from 1966 to 1971, developed various strategies and approaches that they first called “reism.” It was a type of arte povera, land art and body art, processual and conceptual art. They aspired to “liberate” situations and objects and present them to the public outside of their fixed functions. The term “Oho” refers to the observation of forms (with the eye, ‘oko’, and ear, ‘uho’) in their immediate presence, and is also an exclamation of astonishment, says Marko Pogačnik, the group’s leader, “Because when we uncover the essence of a thing, that is when we exclaim ‘oho.’”

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artist collective since 1966, Ljubljana / SL, at that time Jugoslavija

Members:
Marko Pogacnik, Iztok Geister Plamen, Marjana Ciglič, Milenko Matanović, Andraž Šalamun, Tomaž Šalamun, David Nez, Matjaž Hanšek, Naško Križnar, Vojin Kovač Chubby, Aleš Kermavner, Franci Zagoričnik, Marika Pogačnik, Zvona Ciglič, Nuša and Srečo Dragan


Broader circle of collaborators included also:
Ivo Volarič-Feo, Slavoj Žižek, Braco Rotar, Bojan Brecelj, Drago Dellabernardino

OHO was a Slovenian artist movement founded by Marko Pogacnik, Iztok Geister Plamen and Marjana Ciglič. The name is deducted from the Slovenian terms “oko” (eye) and “uho” (ear), who were blended into one word. The greatest success of OHO came with the inclusion at the exhibition „Informations” held in 1970 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (USA). The group dissolved in 1971.


Solo Exhibitions (selected):

1994     “OHO”, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria          

1978     “OHO”, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia          


Group Exhibitions (selected):

2017     “Viva Arte Viva", Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2012     “Museum of Affects”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2011     “Museum of Parallel Narratives. In the framework of L’Internationale”, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2010     “MOCA's First Thirty Years”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

2009     “1968. Die Große Unschuld“, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

2008     “Revolutions 1968”, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2007     “Eye on Europe”, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA

2006     “Arteast Collection 2000+23”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2005     “KOLLEKTIVE KREATIVITÄT“, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

2004     “Kurze Karrieren“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2003     “Parallel Actions: Conceptual Tendencies in Central Europe from 1965 to 1980”, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York City, USA

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues

 

Sudac, Marinko, ed. 2011. Podrucǰe zastoja = Standstill: kolekcija Marinko Sudac = Marinko Sudac collection. Zagreb: Avangarde Research Institute.

 

Pogačar, Tadej, ed. 2010. The clandestine histories of the OHO group. Ljubljana: Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. [Exhib. Cat., P74 Center and Gallery Ljubljana (Apr. 23-May 21, 2009)]

 

Zabel, Igor. 2007. OHO. Engl./Germ./Slov. Curated by Igor Zabel. Ljubljana: Moderna galerija [Exhib. Cat., Moderna galerija Ljubljana (Feb. 1-Mar. 13, 1994)]

 

Neuburger, Susanne, Saxenhuber, Hedwig, eds. 2004. Kurze Karrieren: Stephen Kaltenbach, Christine Kozlov, Lee Lozano, Konrad Lueg, Karel Miler, Jan Mlčoch, Hilka Nordhausen, OHO, Verena Pfisterer, Charlotte Posenenske, Petr Štembera, Goran Trbuljak. Cologne: König [Exhib. Cat., Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (May 20-Aug. 1, 2004)]

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